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It’s all about girl power on the pages of WOMAN in this issue. Inspiration abounds in tenacity and perseverance.

The Best Doctors list is unveiled with the region’s highest ranking phisicians according to the national Best Doctors group. Take a peek to see if your doctor made the list, or shop the list for physicians in a host of specialties.

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Women in Business Leadership We honor 15 women in this year’s Inland Business Catalyst Women in Business Leadership Awards. Join us on March 23 at Chateau Rive for the awards breakfast. Tickets are on / MARCH 2017

From high atop the mountain, president and CEO of Schweitzer Mountain Resort Tom Chasse shares what he has learned throughout his life, and what he holds dearest of all.

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Editor’s Letter


Stephanie’s Thoughts

Day in the Life Listen to Your Mother Closing the Gap Role Model: Ellen Welcker Sockpants & Superheroes If They Only Knew


First Look and Buzz Northern Quest Expansion Lilacs & Lemons 5 Projects with Your Honey Road Trip: Paradise, MT Lead Spokane Mixed Media Spokane Rising


The Scene Lantern Fest Lilac Lit: Openness Music: Buffalo Jones Artist: Rick Davis


Healthbeat Mental Health Best Doctors Joining a Gym Heroin Addiction Hypnosis


The Nest


Spring-ish Decor Wild Wild West Landscaping & Pools

The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do

Real Estate




Pets and Home Choices

People & Events



Speed & Custom Car Show

Human Trafficking in the Region

Local Cuisine

People Pages

Metro Talk


Catalyst Women in Business Leadership Awards Investment Banking 1889 Salvage Co.



Feasting At Home Mocktails: Healthy Sips Hospital Cafeterias Roulette Food Chain: Food Marketing DINING GUIDE


Mic Drop: Tom Chasse


Why We Live Here

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Extraordinary Where You Are


ou never know where life will take you, and my dreams for an extraordinary life began long before I took my first jobs working as a deli clerk and a nurse’s assistant in an assisted living facility in a small town on the Palouse. After graduating from high school, I charged out into the world to see where life might take me. Turning down several sports scholarships at regional colleges and feeling out of sorts on what was next, I needed to see what else the world had to offer me. So, naturally, I fled to the east coast, breathing in the big city air where the opportunities were vast and lucrative, where the pace and lifestyle made it clear I needed to take my life where I wanted it to go. While reading the newspaper on the train to New York City from Connecticut about a year later, a front page story grabbed my eyes. A highly regarded business and family man—also the respected treasurer of a large synagogue in Connecticut—had succumbed to the pressures of his shiny, high-powered, fast-paced life and had made unauthorized “loans” to himself from the synagogue’s bank accounts. Loans that equalled hundreds of thousands of dollars. Loans, he called them, that he could not pay back in spite the best of intentions. This man was my employer. The same man who had inspired me to pursue a larger than life existence. As he drove me to the airport several months later—days before his embezzlement trial was to begin— he apologized to me for his actions. “Don’t be ruled or driven by what you perceive to be an extraordinary life, Stephanie,” he said. “Reach for the stars while staying close to home—by staying close to what is in your heart. If you can do that, then you’ll experience an extraordinary life.” I brought my new perspective and goals to Spokane—a city I had enjoyed visiting throughout my childhood—where opportunity and potential for success also seemed to support a deeper, truer connection to self, friends and family. Spokane has taught me that extraordinary lives are lived anywhere people are open to them, anytime people are driven to turn normal, ordinary circumstances into something special. Our sister publication, Inland Business Catalyst—which is now found within the pages of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine—first grabbed my attention back in July of 2006. It was the issue debut of the 20 Under 40 Awards feature. I was inspired to read about young movers and shakers who represented 20 great reasons to be proud of Spokane’s progress and future direction. The 20 stories shared in that issue helped validate my decision to land in

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Spokane. And next came the Women in Business Leadership Awards (featured in this issue) highlighting the women in our region who are the finest of examples of holding the world on their shoulders while making community, friends and family top priorities. What was more extraordinary than that, I mused. As a freelance business writer way back then, I began contributing to Catalyst soon after that issue. My career path has woven me in and out magazines and other industries since then. I have been on all sides of business—from employee to employer—and nonprofits—from volunteer to executive director. And I was honored to be named a Catalyst 20 Under 40 professional in 2010 (during a time I was leading a nonprofit, and not associated with the magazine). I find inspiration in all of those around me, in this extraordinary community, full of extraordinary people. Shining a light on ordinary lives lived extraordinarily through ambitious business practices and a dedication to make the Spokane region the best it can be, while valuing connections to friends, family, and all members of the community—and to celebrate the struggle and the glory along the way— is a task I manage with pride as a media and communications professional, as a community leader, as your editor-in-chief. We have a lot to be proud of in the fine cities of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, and I am honored to share many reasons with you in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. I hope the inspiration finds its way into all you do, as it has—and continues to do—within me. My best,

Stephanie Regalado

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Northern Quest Expands with Family-Friendly Entertainment & RV Resort


he Kalispel Tribe will soon break ground on a nearly $20 million expansion of Northern Quest Resort and Casino and high-end signature RV Resort. The resort expansion will include Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, a day care/ entertainment center and family-friendly arcade; additions to the food court; and Windfall, a new retail store featuring a variety of outdoor recreational items, home and sporting goods and more. “We’ve worked hard the past 17 years to ensure our successful gaming opportunities create a thriving and sustainable source of funding for our government, while providing our people with access to quality education, healthcare and employment,” says Kalispel Tribal Chairman Glen Nenema. “Throughout it all, our intent has been to diversify and build on our dream of creating a fun place for the whole family.” The expansion will include 40,000 additional square feet connected to the south side of the casino. The grand façade, located on the corner of Hayford Road and Northern Quest Boulevard, will feature beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows with a two-story circular beacon rising through the roof. The expansion plans were designed by Parametrix and ALSC Architects. Groundbreaking is


scheduled for late spring 2017, with projected opening in early spring 2018. The expansion includes: Cyber Quest: This family-friendly, professionally supervised arcade features 70 of the latest non-violent games and attractions. Build up your tickets and redeem them for a wide variety of prizes at the Cyber Quest Prize Zone. Kids Quest: This children’s entertainment center provides hours of fun for the kids while Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa enjoy a night out. Kids up to age 12 have a variety of activities to choose from, including an arts and crafts area, an indoor gym, a karaoke stage and quiet spots for reading or tablet play. Northern Quest Food Court Expansion: With space for at least two new vendors, the dining options at Northern Quest continue to multiply. The new restaurants will join the highly successful Fatburger and The Deli on the southeast side of the resort. Northern Quest RV Resort: A new high-end RV Resort has the design stamp of approval from nationally recognized RV Resort developer Bud Surles. It will feature luxury and standard site hookups, tiny cottages for rent, as well as a pool, sports courts, a dog park and an amenity center with conference space, an exercise room and laundry facilities. Windfall: This new Kalispel Tribe-owned retail store will showcase outdoor, home goods and fine gifts in a beautiful setting. While it’s open to the public, it also features a unique benefit for Northern Quest Camas Club Reward members. Members will be able to redeem Rewards Play points for all kinds of merchandise, turning their “windfall” of points into products. Watch for updates at









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LEMONS to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for confiscating Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s gun at a charity event. He was wearing a black suit with a badge on the lapel. Keeping guns out of the arena is a fine idea, but you don’t disarm the sheriff. The lack of common sense is astounding. In any event, at least they’ve revised their policy going forward. LILACS to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman for introducing a bill that would move the Washington presidential primary forward to the second Tuesday in March. Washington is one of the last states to hold its primary, which was May 24 this last election cycle, and often the presumptive nominee is a foregone conclusion by that date, giving our state little say in the election. It’s bad enough that states on the West Coast often know the results of the election before our polls close, but our state gets overlooked because we can’t give the candidates an early win.

LEMONS to the city of Spokane for killing the parking meter payment by phone app. Some of us had just gotten the hang of it, and now have to suddenly scramble for change again. The company the city contracted with hasn’t paid $80,000 in fees, so now they are looking at a different vendor. Why not wait a few weeks and then switch to the new program immediately rather than confusing everyone by letting it go dormant? And maybe a little due diligence on ability to pay next time? LILACS to Idaho Rep. Lance Clow for intruding a bill in Idaho that would allow cars to exceed the speed limit while passing. It’s always been annoying to have to S-L-O-W-L-Y pass cars, rather than safely and efficiently zooming past. Under the bill, a driver could go up to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit while passing, without fear of getting a ticket. The only downside is that it wouldn’t apply on freeways, which is exactly where it SHOULD apply.

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LEMONS to state Rep. Matt Shea for proposing that the east side of Washington state should recede from the rest of Washington and form a new state of Liberty. That would make us one of the poorer states in the nation, and services would undoubtedly decline: even now we take in $1.35 from the state government for every dollar we send. We would also lose all the clout and pride we get for being part of the state that hosts Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and so many other big companies. And squeezing in a 51st star on the flag is . . . just wrong. LILACS to Zuill Bailey, director of the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, for scoring a grammy last month for his cello work on a piece entitled “Tales of Hemingway.” It couldn’t have gone to a more dedicated, more serious or better looking performer! If you haven’t experienced the healing power of his cello playing, book tickets immediately next time he performs in town. LEMONS to restaurant chains that don’t honor gift certificates on national holidays. Telling customers who’ve driven an hour into town that they can’t use a certificate that was PAID FOR on President’s Day that they need to fork up cash and use the card another time is NOT a way to win raving fans. We can understand limiting use of coupons on holidays, but not gift cards, which should be treated the same as cash; in fact with so many cards going unredeemed, in some ways the cards should be treated BETTER than cash.

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NOTHING BRINGS TWO people together like creating something beautiful as a pair. Or, more bluntly, taking on a weekend project together may prove to be the ultimate challenge for a relationship or friendship. Whether your project induces laughter, tears or both, the outcome will leave your home—and your relationship—looking better than ever. Start Seeds for a Summer Garden Renew your sense of wonder by planting seeds and seeing them transform into sprouts before your eyes. In a matter of weeks, they’ll grow strong enough to transplant to your garden. You can give vegetables, herbs and flower bulbs a head start on Spring in the warmth of your home. Before you head out to buy a thousand tiny plastic containers, scan your house for DIY seed start pots—toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, coffee filters and even newsprint can be repurposed to house nascent plants.

Paint an Accent Wall If spending time in your living room or study is leaving you blue, it might be time to update it with a splash of yellow, a color associated with joy, energy and cheerfulness in the field of color psychology. Green, on the other hand, is said to elicit harmony. And don’t rule out blue—though it’s a standin for melancholy in language, the color may promote productivity and calm. Color psychology references abound on Pinterest and home decor sites, but be sure to tune into your own emotional response to the shade you’re about to slather on the wall. According to Sherwin-Williams’s “Color Psych 101,” our own memories, preferences and the setting impact how colors make us feel.

Rehab a Piece of Furniture Reimagine some of your own furniture—or snag a piece with all kinds of potential at a garage sale or thrift shop. On the scale of easy-to-difficult, reupholstering a chair may be a good place to start. For a more in-depth project, sand and refinish a retro desk or dresser, swapping out the drawer pulls for a final touch. DIY furniture isn’t all about shabby chic, either. There are a million ways to mix-and-match the parts for IKEA furniture for brand new furniture that suits your weirdly-specific needs—perhaps a climbing wall for your cat. Or, just build it as it comes and use stencils or decoupage to make it your own.

Build a Birdhouse The Northwest is home to hundreds of species of birds, from tiny swallows to majestic eagles. Invite a few of to take up residence in your backyard with a low-cost birdhouse and feeder. Lowe’s provides online instructions for a birdhouse requiring only one pine board, wood glue and a few other materials. An old cake pan and some pretty pebbles make a perfectly good bird bath. To sweeten the deal, hang any open container from a tree branch—a vintage teacup or pretty bowl will do—and fill it with birdseed. 18 / MARCH 2017

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floated about six miles up river to the town of Plains. The float trip was one of the highlights of the visit even though it clouded up and rained a bit; we stayed warm as we slowly made our way among the other friendly floaters and boaters on the river. The Clark Fork River is renowned for its fly-fishing, while the Flathead River produces northern pike, smallmouth bass and perch. We didn’t bring fishing gear but thoroughly enjoyed the abundant wildlife and gorgeous scenery up and down the river.


by Judith Spitzer

EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME, I start searching for the perfect early summer

getaway for an extended family of eight or nine where five adults, two almost 20-somethings, two adorable and energetic grandkids, plus two dogs, can recreate, relax, have fun and make memories. This year the trip needed to be a shorter than usual with plenty of room for privacy and fun. It’s a challenge to fit varying ages, energy levels, and find a balance of privacy and togetherness. There is a plethora of websites dedicated to vacation rentals, as well as Airbnbtype companies that offer a wide array of options. I decided to go with Trip Advisor—a site that offers advice from millions of viewers on accommodations, restaurants, attractions and more. What I found was Paradise . . . Paradise, Montana, and a Log Cabin Hideway. Paradise, Montana, lives up to its name if you’re into the outdoors, whether you’re fishing, hiking, picnicking, taking photos of local wildlife or just relaxing. The newly completed three-bedroom, three-bath log home with its rustic décor, including mounted moose and deer, is nestled between aspen, ponderosa and fir trees with views of rocky peaks overlooking the Flathead and Clark Fork River valleys. The cabin had everything we needed and more. And it was located near good food, good fun and something for everyone in the family. The location and drive-time were perfect—about two and a half hours from Spokane on I-90, then northeast about 30 miles from St. Regis. The price for the four-night stay was more than reasonable. Even though we felt we were in a secluded, out of the way area, we were close to civilization. So we didn’t want for groceries, gas or the occasional visit to the from-scratch bakery in Paradise, or a 20-minute drive to a small grocery store in Plains, a charming little town with several restaurants and antique shops. We took the kids for short hikes out the back door of the cabin with stunning views up and down the valley. More challenging hikes are close by for the more energetic. We spied ospreys and eagles from the cabin, and watched the hummingbirds at the window for their meals as we had ours at the dining room table. We walked on nearby trails, and watched deer and other wildlife from the wrap-around deck. On day two, we launched our blow-up rafts into the Clark Fork River near Paradise and

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Another day we relaxed and soaked at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, which has its own cabins, a historic eatery called Harwood House Restaurant, and Quinn’s Tavern, with a large selection of beers, fine wines and mixed drinks. Serving guests since 1885, the hot springs resort is located on Hwy. 135, only a few minutes’ drive from the vacation rental cabin. Well-known for its healing waters, the resort has six soaking pools—three that range from 100 to 106 degrees. The kids even braved the polar plunge, which ranges from 55 to 60 degrees, between hot soaks.

Experience a National Bison Range A little over an hour’s drive east of Paradise is the National Bison Range, a native prairie land refuge featuring wildlife viewing, a visitor center, trails and scenic drives. A 14-mile roundtrip gravel road is open daily, weather and road conditions permitting. If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, the National Bison Range provides some of the best wildlife viewing and photo opportunities in the area. After you’re done playing in Paradise, head north to the Glacier Park/Whitefish/ Flathead areas. The log cabin is close enough to drive to those places to enjoy them, but far enough away to experience the beautiful vastness that makes Montana so special. Judith Spitzer is an independent journalist in the Pacific Northwest.

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WE celebrate local medical professionals in this issue, it is important to highlight that the medical Renaissance is a central element of our exciting revival. In the original Renaissance, medicine extended the explosion of learning that led to incredible advances like the discovery of the microscope. Today, our medical Renaissance is on the forefront of our momentum and is exciting to witness. Innovation is the heart of the cure. The most visible innovation is the rapid growth of medical education. Last fall, the University of Washington partnered with Gonzaga University starting 60 firstyear students and challenging them with a curriculum featuring fewer lectures, more active learning in small groups and focused on independent lifelong learning skills. Likewise, founding Dean John Tomkowiak for the new Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is building a curriculum for his 60 new medical students answering the call of the late Dr. Floyd to be “bold, audacious, and visionary.” He aims to incorporate precision medicine training which allows students to

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Heather Hart: Carpentry, Drawing, Social Practice Heather Hart describes her work as coming from a position of the in-between. “I love the slippage between a story I tell and what my listener hears,” she says. “I hope to create work that questions the idea of a singular read and asks visitors to take an active role in the art viewing process through participation.” Her audiences aren’t just invited to view her drawings, but often to participate in their creation, and to not just walk around her installations— like the “Western Oracle,” the roofline of a large, craftsmanlooking house jutting out of the ground in Seattle’s Sculpture Park as if a whole house were buried underneath—but to play music on the roof and climb in the windows. Her viewers can even have a hand in the building, rooting her art in the craft that inspired it. “Like traditional carpentry,” she says, “I always build with a team.” In a collaboration with the artist Jina Valentine, Hart has co-created The Black Lunch Table, a traveling series of dialogues with local black artists and the community at large rooted in their observation that in public settings like school cafeterias, black students can tend to self-segregate. “We sit together,” she says, among many reasons, “because we share common backgrounds, face common challenges, and because we have a vested interest in our communal wellbeing.” An extension of the Black Lunch Table, the BLT Wikipedia Hackathon, is a research and writing project that seeks to help communities like ours bring visibility to their artists of color by fleshing out their biographies on Wikipedia. Hart will show a selection of drawings and have a Wikipedia hacking kiosk set-up at the Terrain Gallery (304 W. Pacific) throughout March. The gallery is open from 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1-7 p.m. Satruday. You can view Hart’s work online at

Terrain is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a more beautiful, vibrant and just Inland Northwest by building community and creating economic opportunities for our region’s artists and culture creators and by increasing access to and participation in the arts. Head to their website, to learn more about their programs, sign up for the newsletter and to find out how you can help. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @terrainspokane.

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Ryan Ricard and Nick Pontarolo: CustomCraft Northwest Furniture pieces made of reclaimed wood and metal often have a rich patina that can only come from decades if not centuries of use. For Ricard and Pontarolo, it’s nicks, blemishes and contours that come with use that make repurposed materials truly special. “Everything has a story,” they say, and by reworking and reimagining that story into a bench or a table or a coffeeshop bar, the pair believes they are “paying tribute to the men and women who originally either worked the wood or rolled the steel.” Both Ricard and Pontarolo are from Spokane and have known each other for more than 25 years, and while the men hew their incredible furniture pieces out of metal, wood, stone, glass, they say the real secret is in their collaboration. They love creating with their hands, but “most rewarding is the time spent together building and brainstorming.” They continue to grow and build a brand that is reputable for high quality work, reasonable prices, and to encourage all clients to come and get their hands dirty, to encourage each client to take part in their vision. You can find Ricard and Pontarolo’s creations on instagram @customcraftnw



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SPOKANE AND Coeur d’Alene are the leading cities of the Inland Northwest, both in population and culture. They should be the leading cities in civic learning. Civic learning has been waning in America for generations. Numerous surveys by both conservative and liberal organizations routinely test the civic knowledge of Americans—with disastrous results. A few years ago, the nonprofit, nonpartisan George Nethercutt Civics Foundation ( tested 800 Americans nationally, asking three basic questions: Should all American office holders possess a basic understanding of U.S. history, government, economics and foreign policy? 73 percent said “Yes.” Should America’s schools have a core curriculum subject area in civic learning? 85 percent said “Yes.” Should all Americans be able to pass the U.S. Immigration test that applicants for American citizenship must pass to become citizens? 67 percent said “Yes.” Notice that question three had the lowest percentage of affirmative answers. That’s probably because those surveyed thought, “I don’t want to take that test,” so the scores fell off a bit, but still, more than two-thirds answered “Yes.” A few years ago, the National Endowment for the Humanities concluded that families who are civically knowledgeable are stronger, they volunteer more in their community and they vote more often. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene can lead the way in civic learning, but it starts in our schools. The Mead School District is contemplating a joint federal grant application with the Nethercutt Civics Foundation for a civics project supported by students and civics teachers that encourages high school seniors to reach out to senior citizens (called the Senior to Senior project) to connect generations by exposing them to one

another. At least eight states require high school seniors to pass the U.S. Immigration test to graduate. More than 20 other states have some civic learning requirement. Author/historian David McCullough, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and actor Richard Dreyfus have all called for a stronger emphasis on national civic learning, saying that if we don’t address this gap in our education system now, students and future leaders will be without such historical and basic knowledge necessary for the perpetuation of our Constitution, the oldest in world history. If Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho citizens encourage the region’s schools to teach civics, students, teachers and administrators will react positively and graduating students will be armed with more knowledge of the world and America’s place in it. They’ll have higher expectations of elected officials because they’ll know about public policies. And, perhaps citizens better educated about government will decide to seek public office, relieving some of the frustrations with government so prevalent in politics today. Another good place to start is with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs. There are about 2.4 million Boy Scouts in America. If every Boy Scout earned his Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge, think of how they’d be prepared to be leaders possessed of basic knowledge about the American system. The same is true for Girl Scouts and other youth leadership groups. We citizens have an important role to play. To encourage young people to be civically informed, older Americans must also be willing to learn. It can start by having all American adults pass the U.S. Immigration test. After all, if our laws require that new citizens must pass the test, why shouldn’t the rest of us do so? Knowing about America makes us all better Americans.



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Festival of Light Coming to Spokane


istorically, Chinese Lanterns symbolized good fortune, requested favorable weather and celebrated the lives of loved ones. In 2014, The Lantern Fest, owned by Sack Lunch Productions, translated this ancient tradition into a family-friendly festival with food, music, s’mores and children’s entertainment. When the sun goes down, lanterns paint the sky in a spectacular release. The Lantern Fest is growing rapidly, and now holds events all over the country. Last year, more than 150,000 families and friends gathered in communities nationwide to participate in The Lantern Fest. It is a magical community event that delights people of all ages. “We are shaking things up this year,” says Lantern Fest spokesman Maxwell Christen.“We have introduced a camping theme, bringing merit badges, campfire songs, s’mores and all your favorite camp activities under a lantern filled sky. We have also partnered with Eventbrite to make registration even easier.” Activities at “Camp Lantern Fest” include face painting, inflatables, a stage show, s’mores, live music, photo opportunities with princesses, live music and more. Each participant receives a large paper lantern and a set of permanent markers to write their hopes, dreams and wishes, and decorate their lantern. When the sun goes down everyone begins lighting their lanterns, and thousands of lanterns begin painting the sky during the unforgettable lantern release. Lantern Passes are available at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine readers receive 20 percent off their ticket purchases with the promo code: CDALIVING (be sure to type in the promo code at the top of the ticket page before clicking on your ticket choices).


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on OPENNESS Lilac Lit:

by Sharma Shields

“READING IS AN EXERCISE IN EMPATHY,” says author Malorie Blackman, and empathy is too rare these days. Walls are purportedly being built, borders being closed. There is an ugly, stagnant selfishness taking over, an erroneous belief that to protect yourself, you must shut out someone else. This ideology of xenophobia and exclusion have always been here—more than many of us are perhaps willing to admit—but that it’s come to such menacing power is terrifying, disturbing, and, fortunately, motivating. There is an entire movement now against close-mindedness. Books, even as mundane objects, are about openness. We “crack open” a good book, we relish its “opening lines.” When a book falls from a shelf, it flutters open, pages rippling, then lands with a thump. When we open a book, it shapeshifts from a firm rectangle to a malleable body, a flightless, letter-flecked bird whose shape bulges and thins as we ruffle its feathers. And there in the pages is the story, itself. It’s here we find the most meaningful of gateways, inviting us into an experience that is not—and also miraculously becomes—our own. The best stories have a powerful effect on our psyche. They urge us, as author George Saunders says, to “open the hell up.” I remember reading The Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood when I was a teenager, and lifting my head from the book after one painful chapter to experience the profound thought that reading was making me a kinder, more accepting person. I felt I’d found my religion. I met characters who left a bad taste in my mouth, and I met characters I admired. I learned that the most complex characters were like myself: mixtures of both good and bad, strength and weakness, and that much of our actions boil down to raw choice. I winced when I saw myself in someone’s ugly behavior and ached at the injustices that befell the decent-hearted. I learned about faraway places—the Caribbean in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, New Zealand in Kerri Hulme’s The Bone People, Oklahoma in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit—and mourned the social wrongs occurring there and here, too. The more we learn of one another’s stories, the more empathy and understanding we glean. Now more than ever we must embrace diversity in our country. “We Need Diverse Books,” started by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, aims to put books that feature diverse characters “into the hands of children.” They define diversity as “including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Natives, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” I have been impressed with the beautiful picture books published about immigrants and refugees, such as The Journey, by Francesca Sanna. The pictures and the words are stunning: “The farther we go . . . the more we leave behind.” The Italian illustrator and author created the book after meeting two young girls in an Italian refugee center. She interviewed refugees from many countries. The result is a universal, deeply affecting tale about the refugee crisis. I cried reading it. Reading in translation, too, can be one of the best ways to vivify your library and your perspective. I loved The Vegetarian by Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize. This South Korean novel involves a woman who suddenly refuses to eat meat. Her decision rattles her traditional South Korean family, ultimately penetrating issues of misogyny, patriarchy, and mental health. It reads with the pace of a psychological thriller. Translated from the Afrikaans, Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk is heralded by author Toni Morrison as, “The most extraordinary book I have read in a long, long time.” It concerns the relationship between an older white woman and her black maidservant, Agaat. It was published by Portland publisher Tin House Books in 2010. 32 / MARCH 2017

Another independent press, Coffee House, published The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli in 2015. Translated from Spanish, this story about a famous auctioneer is as strange as the title suggests. “I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I’m grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Eurípides López Sánchez, was given to saying, is character forming.” Pick this up if you love books that are clever and imaginative. Check out more books in translation from Words Without Borders: Here are a couple of other recommendations in the diverse books vein (although not in translation): The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield, a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about a gay teenager and his relationship with a collection of tough, softball-playing “broads” in small-town Montana. Fifield lives in Missoula now, originally from the very small town of Troy in the remote Montanan Yaak. Check out The Mothers by Brit Bennett, a gorgeous novel about womanhood, love, and betrayal. It follows two young black women in California, one of whom becomes pregnant by the pastor’s son. This was one of my very favorite reads of 2016. The last one is perhaps the most apropos: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new story collection, The Refugees. Nyugyen came to the U.S. after Saigon fell when he was four years old. He won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his debut novel, The Sympathizer. As he said in a recent NPR interview, “I wish everybody had a sense of what it is like to be an outsider, to be an other. Because that’s partly what gives rise to compassion and to empathy—the sense that you are not always at the center of the universe.”

Buffalo Jones


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BUFFALO JONES started about a dozen years ago as the solo project of Spokane singer/guitarist/songwriter Jason Johnson, who was joined by three other members soon enough. The name comes from frontiersman and early conservationist Charles “Buffalo” Jones. The bandmates preserve the past in their own way, fusing 1990s alternative rock with alt country elements. Their new EP saw its release at the Iron Goat Brewing Co. in February, and the group is gearing up for more live shows. All the songs were written prior to the 2016 presidential election, but the lyrics seemed to take on a new meaning afterward. In keeping with Buffalo Jones tradition, naming each release after the opening line of the first track, they called their new EP We Woke Up and the World Had Changed. Coincidentally, this became an apt observation after November 8. The recurring themes of escape now strike a chord with many people. After opening for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers early last year, Buffalo Jones played a gig in Portland, which led to a 15-hour drive home, thanks to snow and ice. This served as Jason’s inspiration for the lead-off track “Portland.” Lead guitarist Brandon Humphreys wrote “California Sky” in late 2015, and that spawned the idea to have each band member write a song about a location. Featured guest Jamie Frost, originally the guitarist with Spokane garage rockers The Makers in the ’90s, lent some atmospheric pedal steel to this recording. He did the same for Buffalo Jones’s EP release concert last month. Johnson says, “Everything sounds so much more serious when there’s a pedal steel involved.” “MexicOh!” is Joshua Martin’s first foray in songwriting. In defiance of band member stereotypes, the drummer manages to write the catchiest and most concise tune on the EP. It clocks in at just over three minutes and has an earworm hook. Frost’s pedal steel is a bit more prominent here than the previous track. This classic country song ventures south of the border for a Spanish/Latin interlude before the final chorus. Glenn Case, a prolific songwriter and solo artist in addition to Buffalo Jones’s bassist, brought “Australia” to the EP. This track takes the lead in lyrical creativity, with turns of phrase about how moving down under might not be enough to get away from a relationship gone bad. Case also engineered the entire EP, with everyone lending a hand on various production aspects. Finally, all the band members collaborated on writing “Earth,” the ten-minute epic. A chill, spacey Pink Floyd trip transitions into a series of monster classic rock riffs. This closer serves as the aural equivalent of the EP’s cover art, by Jonathan Melcher, which looks to be a subtly warped continent. It only appears familiar at first glance. You can see Buffalo Jones perform live in downtown Spokane at The Observatory on Saturday, March 25 at 9 p.m. Find them online or purchase their EP We Woke Up and the World Had Changed at MARCH 2017 /



Rick Davis

Creating Something That Won’t Soon Disappear:

by Darin Burt

BUILDING SNOWMEN is a favorite winter tradition. When the conditions are right, you’ll find Rick Davis out in his yard with the kids, packing snow into familiar forms like Santa Claus, Buddha and a seven-foot tall Bumble, the abominable snowman from the animated holiday classic, Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer. But the thing about snowmen, as Frosty will attest: when the sun gets hot, they melt away. That’s why Davis prefers to create in something a bit more permanent: metal. An electrical contractor by day, Davis, 50, often finds the materials, such as scrap steel, pipe and rebar, for his sculptural art projects on the job. Look closely at one of Davis’s sculptures and you’ll see evidence of the material’s former life— one piece, made out of the cover from an old Avista electrical box, is stamped “Do not break or steal.” “When I first noticed, I thought it was kind of cool,” Davis says. “But then it became a marker of my style.” Large-scale metal sculptures make up the bulk of Rick’s portfolio. Among his public works are a panther at Mead High School; look up when you’re inside Auntie’s Bookstore and you’ll see some of his metal “scrap fish” swimming above, and in downtown Coeur d’Alene, a heron greets walkers at the corner of Third and Lakeside. Davis has also collaborated with metal artist Sister Paula Turnbull in her studio at Holy Names Convent. Some of Davis’s pieces are small and lightweight enough to hang on a wall, but he prefers working with large-scale assemblies. On a large sculpture of Ganesh, a Hindu deity with the face of an elephant, Rick spent months working on the head and trunk alone, figuring out how to make it strong enough while maintaining aesthetic appeal. 34 / MARCH 2017

“Along the way, you’re trying to come up with the answers— you have a picture of the finished piece in your mind, and as you’re actually building it, all of the details start coming out, and the problems arise that you need to solve,” Davis says. “Even in my electrical work, rather than just running pipe and pulling wire, I prefer to troubleshoot the problem and find a solution.” Davis draws inspiration from his travels and the world around him. Within his works are designs featuring Celtic, Native American and religious themes. “Things I see grab me and make me want to sculpt them. I’ve done a a lot of salmon, eagles and orcas in the style of the coastal Natives—I really like their shapes and designs,” Davis says. “I have lots and lots of sketches in my book that I want to make into sculptures. I like the idea that metal sculptures are something I’m going to leave behind, and not something that’s going to disappear. I’d like to leave a mark on the Earth that’s positive.” Rick Davis is the featured artist at the Bozzi Gallery (221 N. Wall St. Suite 226) during the month of March. For information about his work, visit

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Through May 7: Titans of the Ice Age: Mammoths and Mastodons

Explore the world of mammoths and mastodons in an 8,500 square foot traveling exhibition from The Field Museum of Chicago. This exhibition taps into the spirit of scientific exploration, discovery, and curiosity with a specimen and media rich display. This exhibition is truly international in scope, featuring a slate of worldrenowned scientists and their breakthrough findings on Pleistocene mega fauna. Original artistic creations including environmental murals, life-sized replications, and soundscapes immerse visitors in Earth’s diverse ecosystems, past and present. Collection pieces from the museum will accompany the exhibition with an unveiling of a mammoth-sized Pleistocene display in the museum’s group entry, created by artist Peter Thomas. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931,


March 4: Spokane Superpops: Altan

March 23: Women in Business Leadership Awards Breakfast

Join us as we celebrate the women leading our community and making Spokane and Coeur d’Alene communities we can be proud to call home. The team at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, on behalf of Inland Business Catalyst, will be honoring 15 women who stand out in all that they do in their professions and for our communities. Hosted by Robyn Nance of KXLY, the room at Chateau Rive will be packed with powerful and inspirational leaders—both women and men—who believe that rallying together makes us all more successful and elevates our region to new heights. Doors at 7 a.m., Event at 7:30 a.m. Email for questions. Tickets:

ART March 3, April 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. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane.

March 5, March 20, April 5, April 20: Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam

Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience and, after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. Bootslam, at Boots Bakery, is held on the first Sunday of each month, while Spokane Poetry Slam, held at the Bartlett, is held on the third Monday of each month. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

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No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. Now they will play their signature Irish sound in concert with the Spokane Symphony just in time to set the mood for St. Patrick’s Day. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard-hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 5: Elton John and His Band: Wonderful Crazy Night Tour 2017

Elton John & His Band return to Spokane for one performance at the Spokane Arena on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. as part of a 12-city concert tour that will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible fivedecade career, as well as selected tracks from his latest release, Wonderful Crazy Night. One of the most successful artists on the road today, Elton and his band perform a concert you will never forget: the entire audience singing along to much-loved classic songs such as “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and many more. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 5: Spokane String Quartet: Fugue for 4

The Spokane String Quartet presents works by Mozart, Hovhaness and Beethoven that celebrate the fugue. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 6: Gonzaga Symphony With Young Artist Winners

The Gonzaga Symphony will perform a selection of works featuring this year’s winners of the Young Artist Concerto/Aria Competition. Soloists’ program will be determined once the competition winners have been announced. The orchestra will conclude the program with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 10: Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called “impossible to categorize.” He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle” player four years in a row. Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. 621 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 11: Bluegrass in the City

A special one-night bluegrass concert boasting a dynamic lineup of bluegrass and Americana bands: Spokane’s beloved Brown’s Mountain Boys, soul-stirring Lucas Brookbank Brown and energetic all-girl trio No Going Back Band. The Palomino Club. 6425 N. Lidgerwood St.

March 15: Journey, with Asia

Journey is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Any Way You Want It,” “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “Open Arms,” “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Legendary British Band Asia will join Journey on this tour. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 16: Chris Botti

From the age of 12, Chris Botti knew he would be a career trumpeter after hearing the sounds of Miles Davis. A successful musical career is an understatement for the type of impact Chris Botti has made on the industry. Botti played with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Joni Mitchell at the beginning of his career, followed in the 90s with Paul Simon for an extended period of time and later with Sting. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

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March 17: Eric Church

EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring the Holdin’ My Own Tour to the Spokane Arena on March 17. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and his band will play two full sets with an intermission in between. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 23: Great White and Slaughter

Dating back to the late 1970s in Los Angeles, Great White started their journey to stardom playing small shows throughout Southern California. Fast forward to the late 1980s with a few band member changes and record label switches in between, Great White hit the mainstream with the release of their album Once Bitten in 1987. This album included hits “Rock Me” and “Save Your Love.” Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

March 25-26: Spokane Symphony Classics: The Russian Soul

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March 30: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’s commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. 621 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

April 1: Black Violin

Fox Presents Black Violin, a string duo performing a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Black Violin fea-

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tures Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin. They will be accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standingroom-only crowds. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest. com.

April 15: Survivor and Loverboy

Survivor is back on the road, taking their legendary sound to cities and fans across the United States. With a new lead vocalist, 22-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton, audiences will again be rocking out to “Eye Of The Tiger,” “Burning Heat,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” and many other major hits. Joining Survivor will be another staple of 80s rock and roll, Loverboy. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.


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Each year on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick put together one of the most fun and entertaining parades in the region. Using proceeds from the parade, the Friendly Sons’ passion for this event extends beyond the parade route each year when they provide donations to several area nonprofit organizations to support the community. This annual parade is one event in Spokane that is open for total community involvement. Regardless of race, creed or color, everyone has just that wee bit of Irish that comes out in full spirit; whether you’re a dyed-in-thewool Irish person or just Irish-for-the-day, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Downtown Spokane. Noon.

March 15: Nat Geo Live! Hilaree O’Neill—Point of No Return

On one of mountaineering’s most dangerous journeys, a 5-person team of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and filmmakers traveled 300-plus miles overland, across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, and through remote cultural areas, in an effort to reach and ascend Hkakabo

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March 19: Lewis Black

Known worldwide for his outrageously funny views on life, Lewis Black has been speaking his mind to audiences for more than 30 years. Black hit the comedic main scene in 1996 when he was asked to put together a segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” where he would rant for three minutes on anything that was bothering him at that time. This segment, later named “Back in Black,” catapulted his career and remains the longest-standing segment on “The Daily Show.” Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

March 29: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

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March 31, April 1: Comedy Night at the Inn Friday night’s headliner will be Grant Lyon, featured on Comics Unleashed and The Bob & Tom Radio Show. This show will also feature Carmen Morales. On Saturday, David Nickerson, who has appeared on Comedy Central and Howard Stern’s Killers of Comedy, will entertain audiences. Aaron Woodall will also appear. The Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. 506 W. Appleway Ave. Coeur d’Alene. For tickets, please call (208) 765-3200.


Through March 5: A Little Night Music

Sondheim’s romantic waltz featuring his popular song “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around traveling actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. Both men—as well as their jealous and suspicious wives—agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

March 3-19: Emma

Historian and playwright Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I. With his wit and unique ability to illuminate history from below, Zinn reveals the life of this remarkable woman. The play will be of immense interest to feminists, American historians, and people interested in the long history of resistance and protest in the United States. Stage Left Theatre. 108 W. First Ave.

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March 17-April 9: Holding On ~ Letting Go

Holding on ~ Letting Go is an honest, humorous and heartrending look at a family forced to come to terms with end-of-life. It is also a love story of Bobby and Lee, legendary NCAA basketball coaches, who now must face the toughest challenge of all. This is the last in Bryan’s cycle of plays on end-of-life, which include Vesta and Dusk, both of which also premiered in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

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March 22-23: Mamma Mia. Farewell Tour

Mamma Mia. is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325SEAT or

March 31-April 23: Noises Off!

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off! presents a manic menagerie as a cast of traveling actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Slamming doors, on and offstage intrigue, and frequent mishaps make up the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

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starts to get violent. And she starts doing drugs to cope with this nightmare she’s found herself in.” That’s how Aaron Kilbury, founder of the Jonah Project, begins the story of a now 19-year-old woman currently in the organization’s care. When he can’t make the payment on his Audi, the woman’s boyfriend persuades her to help him out—by selling her body. Now that she’s using drugs and having sex for money, she’s a criminal. That becomes his weapon against her. When she tries to leave, he threatens to tell her family what she’s done.

“She begins to believe this stuff and she can’t tell anybody. The shame and the guilt at this point, especially in this society— she’ll begin to tell herself she can figure a way out,” Kilbury says. Sex trafficking, a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud or coercion, particularly of underage victims, operates in the shadows of every U.S. state and around the world. Despite a wealth of figures presented by anti-trafficking organizations, accurate numbers do not exist for the size of the problem locally or globally. The national hotline for victims of sex and labor trafficking, Polaris reports that of more than 31,000 cases it’s received over the last decade, more than 77 percent involved sex trafficking. Not all survivors choose to report the crime. What seems like a simple choice—to cooperate with law enforcement—may, in fact, be quite complicated for survivors of sex trafficking. “‘If you ever turn me in, I’ll find you and I’ll kill you and I’ll kill your family’—they’ve heard this over and over and over again,” says Mark Kadel, former executive director at World Relief Spokane and volunteer director for the Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking for the Inland Northwest. “A lot of times, they love that person. They don’t want to see them get in trouble and they don’t want that person to know that they are hurt by their behavior,” says Erin Williams Hueter, director of Victim Advocacy and Education at Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW). When a victim finally finds herself in a safe place, she often still fears retribution from her trafficker—better known as a pimp—and others involved in her trafficking—and she may fear criminal charges herself. “Investigations take a long time and there are no guarantees about arrests or prison time,” Williams Hueter says. “We have to trust survivors to know what’s going to be best for them. So, a lot of what we do is help

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them plan for their safety to help them feel empowered.” Kadel says women or girls fleeing a trafficker sometimes simply disappear. They may leave the area to flee their abuser. It’s also common for victims to return to their abuser—sometimes over and over again. “Every single time, their pimp’s going to come in with roses and try to get them to go back to them,” he says. While there’s a chance an advocate will hear from her again, there’s no guarantee. In Spokane, sex trafficking victims are most commonly young women, addicted to drugs and sometimes involved in criminal activity. That means when people encounter a victim in need of help, they may judge her rather than recognize that she needs help. “Everybody is passionate about crime victims until they meet the person that’s at the center of that. They often have flaws and have made mistakes,” Williams Hueter says. “I think we need to believe survivors when they come forward.” Likewise, victims often do not, themselves, realize they are being trafficked. “A lot of young people hear the term ‘human trafficking’ and immediately rule themselves out because a lot of the imagery that’s out there is so sensationalized and doesn’t feel like their experience,” she says. Pressure to Perform “People have a very strong emotional reaction when they hear about the problem of human trafficking,” Williams Heuter says. “Frankly, I wish all of our crime victims had such a high level of community support.” The public’s interest in hearing survivors’ stories can result in undue pressure to relive painful memories too soon and without the support of a therapist, resulting in new trauma. “They’re often really vulnerable after what they’ve experienced and need time to heal,” she says.

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Kilbury says girls and women recently removed from a trafficking situation may not immediately understand they have the freedom to say “no.” “When we go from a pimp to a program director, we’re still talking about a performance-based lifestyle,” he says. “The whole idea that they’re in a house with a group of girls and then they’ve got this dominant guy who’s going to tell them what to do —,” he says, referring to a common model for victim recovery programs. “They do literally trot these young ladies out to an event to share their testimony, and then people cry and then they write a check.” Along with law enforcement agencies at every level, several local nonprofit organizations offer help for sex trafficking victims. But not all organizations employ staff trained to provide legal help, counseling, drug treatment, housing placement and other necessary services. Kadel says landing in the care of an illequipped organization can place victims at risk during what should be their recovery process. “Unless you’re aware of some of the push-and-pull factors of getting them out of the trade, so to speak, then they’re very susceptible to going back,” he says. Finding Safety No dedicated housing for sex trafficking victims exists in the Spokane area. Locally, underage survivors may be placed in foster care or at transitional housing facilities like Crosswalk Teen Shelter. Adult survivors often find housing at transitional housing facilities. Two faith-based organizations, the Jonah Project and HRC Ministries, have emerged in the past two years with a shared goal of providing safe housing for survivors. The Jonah Project provides housing for sex trafficking victims either with local families or connects them with dedicated facilities in other states. To get out and stay out of a trafficking situation, says Kilbury, a change of scenery can yield

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immediate safety and the opportunity for a fresh start. “The idea of her staying in Spokane— she could just be going on the bus to Rosauer’s to get her EBT card, she could run into her dealer,” he says. “And he now knows that she’s giving information to the police.” HRC Ministries was established just two years ago and soon after, it opened a home called Freedom House for adult female trafficking victims. Now, the home is closed, though the organization still cares for several sex trafficking survivors. “We realized that this was a much bigger issue than what we thought it was. So, we’ve had to shut down our program and come up with an actual healthy program,” says executive director Caleb Altmeyer. The new iteration of HRC Ministry’s housing program is more ministry than nonprofit organization, he says, leading girls through Bible studies and “classes,” and taking them to church. Kilbury, who helped HRC Ministries launch Freedom House, says HRC Ministries caused “very negligent damage” to some of the women housed there. One woman is now receiving housing and other assistance from the Jonah Project. “They took her off her schizophrenia medication and delivered her from demons,” Kilbury says. Altmeyer says a group of people does come in and pray with “the girls”—all of whom are adults—but that the woman’s choice to stop taking her medication was her own. He points to another circumstance where he believes prayer did heal a survivor. “One of the girls started having crazy manifestations so they prayed over her and whether a demon left her or not, she’s doing a lot better.” We provide whole body cryotherapy to aid in recovery, reducing inflammation, weight management and tissue repair. To learn more visit 3319 N Argonne Rd | STE B | Spokane, WA | (509)863-7433 48 / MARCH 2017

The Perfect Business Model Most often, sex trafficking is tied to local gang activity, says Christian Parker, Supervisor and Special Agent at the FBI’s Spokane office. Traffickers target teenage girls who appear vulnerable at places like

the train station, bus station or juvenile detention centers with promises of a place to stay, drugs or money. “These perpetrators are very good at what they do,” Parker says. The local FBI leads a Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force—which counts among its members representatives from the SPD, Sheriff ’s office, Washington State Patrol and other state and federal agencies—to coordinate efforts to curtail gang activity. The FBI and Spokane Police Department work closely to combat sex trafficking in Spokane with a focus on underage girls. FBI-led Child Exploitation Task Forces around the country, including in Spokane, specifically target sex traffickers. “We’re casting a wider net, as often these victims are transported from one city to another,” Parker says. Spokane Police Detective Harlan Harden says intense demand drives the industry. But, he isn’t sure the clients— called johns—always know the women are underage or being forced to have sex. “These ads online, they want you to believe that she’s earning the money,” he says. “It’s just not the reality. These girls are on drugs and they don’t even realize what’s going on half the time.” Thirteen men were arrested in Spokane last July after responding to a Craigslist post advertising sex with children in exchange for gifts. More than a thousand men responded to the post, Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez, who posted the ad, told the Seattle Times. “If you take the moral component out of it, it’s a perfect business model. It’s all about money,” Harden says. Sex trafficking convictions carry fewer legal penalties than drug trafficking. And unlike drugs, he says bluntly, the “supply”—vulnerable girls—is a renewable resource that’s easier to obtain that drugs. For Harden, the solution lies in dissuading men from buying sex. “If there’s no profit in it, there are no pimps. If there’s no profit, it ends immediately.”

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Women in Business Leadership Awards


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“The world will be saved by the Western woman.” —Dalai Lama


he women in our region are creating—and leading—companies and a community we can all enjoy. And we are proud to honor 15 of the top women in business and leadership in our annual Women in Business Leadership Awards, nominated by our Inland Business Catalyst readers. So, let’s hear it for the girls! Please join us for the awards breakfast at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill on March 23. Doors open at 7 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at










Victoria Z Enterprises, LLC ( dba) Audrey’s Boutique Owner, Certified Mastectomy Fitter

Victoria Zvoncheck-Ferro Audrey’s Boutique is Eastern Washington’s premier provider of lingerie, post-mastectomy products, career, casual and eveningwear for every woman. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: My biggest life success is having raised a daughter who is a strong, intelligent, compassionate driven young woman, who is successful in her own right. But, I have success and pride almost every day. That moment when I or one of my employees can ease the pain and concern of a client who just had a mastectomy. Fitting a woman in a bra that fits her properly and seeing the look of amazement on her face. Being called the “Bra Whisperer” and having a great “Bra Squad” staff. Proving daily, that every woman who walks into my shop is beautiful.   What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? The business women in this community are an incredible tapestry of ideals and talents. With the vast number of professional groups in this area, women have a plethora of opportunities for networking, support and education in their fields of endeavor. By continuing the 40+ year legacy that is Audrey’s Boutique, I feel this example shows how women-owned businesses can thrive and grow with the times.

Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Yolondé Powell Collins Superior Court Clerk: specialized clerical support work for the Spokane County Clerk and Judicial Officers of Superior Court. Chef : Team-oriented chef providing exceptional meals for international students and banquet clientele.

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“The main eye-opener is the trauma that we endure when we sit on cases throughout the week and witness conflicts that affect our children and families in our community. From drugs, to homelessness, and abuse, I see so many things connecting to each other. And when I leave work I cannot stop working. My real focus is connecting with others in doing our best to help people in our community.” Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: My proudest moment was connecting nonprofits together with the goal of helping our community. Last summer, Solution is Hours hosted a BBQ for local homeless people; and I had the opportunity to bring volunteers from Pura Vida Recovery, NAACP—Spokane, and Spokane County employees. It was an amazing day witnessing everyone working together for the same cause. It is all about people helping people.

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Susan Stewart-Baldwin Isagenix is one of the fastest-growing companies in North America with products, solutions and culture redefining the health and wellness industry, backed by science and client statistics. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: Seven years ago I had the opportunity to shift gears and re-think my future. How can I both support my boys and do something that brings me joy? I decided it was time to take a chance—and left a 20-year career with a global pubic relations firm I’d helped grow from the ground up. I was executive vice president of North America when I resigned. I pursued my life-long passion of health and fitness, turning my hobby into a career.


What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? I moved to Spokane from Silicon Valley. There were a lot of powerful women in Silicon Valley but not the same community you find in Spokane. There is a true sisterhood here. A sincere community of support. And what makes it even better, I feel like it isn’t just women supporting women . . . the men in this community are also very supportive.

Executive— Nutrition Coach Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Traci McGlathery Founded by educators in 1934, STCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative with 161,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in total assets, and 20 branch locations in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: In the spirit of cooperation, I brought 19 Spokane credit unions together to give time, talent and treasure on International Credit Union Day to build a playground at the Northeast Youth Center, replacing an area that had been dirt and rocks. It was a heartwarming display of the power of the cooperative spirit of credit unions and I am looking forward to continuing this collective service project annually. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokane is a highly collaborative business environment. When we see an opportunity or challenge we come together as a community and have built what was thought could not be done by a city of our size (Expo ’74, Elson S. Floyd Medical Center). I appreciate that we have an open door environment and we can call upon one another to lend expertise, advice or resources to help. We’re resourceful and dedicated to working together to improve our schools, economy and our community.

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Barbara Pleason Mueller

Gizmo-CdA, Inc

Founder and Executive Director

Empowering through doing, Gizmo-Cda, Inc. builds creative confidence and curiosity through programs that give all people access to tools, technologies and mentors. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success. It is hard to not say that standing at the Kennedy Space Center watching our camera equipment being launched into space for the filming of the Space Station movie was my proudest moment. Instead, it was during a camp last summer where 15 girls came together to learn to code and work in the shops. They were learning to be problem solvers, have a growth mindset and be confident and comfortable with who they are. What do you feel Coeur d’Alene’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? There are many women who hold influential roles in our community. They do it with intelligence and diligence. I speak with the community about the choices young girls make to not go into the STEM fields at an early age, self-selecting out of lucrative jobs because they are not encouraged to be rule breakers. I see my role is to help inform girls through our Girl Revolution in Technology (G.R.I.T.) program that they don’t have to be perfect and they, too, can take risks.

Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Sheryl McGrath

Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation

The foundation is a leadership development organization that cultivates leaders who communicate, collaborate, inspire and serve in agriculture, forestry, fishing and related natural resource industries. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: The opportunity to serve my family, my community, my organization and my church in my professional and personal life, through volunteerism, “giving back,” and helping those around me shine. My proudest moment comes from the joy that happens through Stephen Ministry each time I have a Care Receiver, and I am the Care Giver, providing a caring relationship, one-on-one, with a woman who is in crisis or grief and being there through the healing journey to listen, care and witness their own personal victory.   What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Spokane’s business environment is ripe with opportunities for women. The number of women in leadership positions already speaks volumes of Spokane’s commitment to offering up incredible opportunities for all women, regardless of age, ethnicity, orientation or religion. My role is to advocate for those opportunities, to mentor women who are in their early stages of personal growth, to gently guide and encourage those who are emerging leaders by sharing and articulating my own experiences, successes and challenges.


Molly French Hake Director of West Region Enterprise Sales, Pacific Northwest and Northern California XO Communications Inc., A Verizon Company

XO Communications is a trusted, high-valued provider of advanced communications helping clients compete in a hyper-connected economy. XO has a long history of technical innovation including the first to market their 100G Coast to Coast IP Network.

Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: Since starting XO in 2005, I faced adversity, including changes in leadership that resulted in a demotion. It was with a tireless work ethic, a maniacal focus and passion for the business and our teams that I worked my way back to my former role, which then led me to taking over the Pacific Northwest and now, the Northwest and Northern California. I stayed the course of who I am, stayed dedicated and connected to what matters most in our business, our clients and our teams in the field. I became a better leader, a much better coach and have a greater passion for our business now more than ever.   What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? There is no better time to be in IT and Technology. IT can open up doors on a global scale if that is your desired path. Never stop investing in yourself: take classes, read books, join IT professional networking groups and most important, find a mentor.

Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Nadine Burgess Spokane Gymnastics offers a progressive program to help students develop strength, skills, and character through gymnastics training. Their mission is to provide opportunity for success, no matter talent, level or goal. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: Besides the incredible moments I get to experience working with children and seeing my team grow, I am thrilled with the success of each of the three national gymnastics events we hosted in Spokane. (2014 Trampoline and Tumbling Nationals, 2015 Level 9 Western Championships, 2016 Kelloggs Tour of Gymnastics Champions). The support we received from our community was indescribable. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? I love the quote, “You can always tell who the strong women are, they are the ones you see building each other up, instead of tearing each other down.” I believe that whole-heartedly, and choose to surround myself with others who are contributing to our community. I have found that Spokane provides an extremely open and friendly business environment for anyone willing to hustle and give to others. There is enough of the pie for all of us to achieve our dreams, and I love being involved with projects that are win-winwin.

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Paw Print Genetics Founder & CEO

Lisa G Shaffer, PhD Paw Print Genetics provides inherited disease testing for dogs. They have the largest menu of tests with the highest accuracy and best customer service in the industry. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: My proudest moment was when the test that my previous company, Signature Genomic Laboratories, developed was identified by the American College of Medical Genetics as the first test that a child with a developmental, physical or intellectual disability should receive in trying to find a diagnosis. Creating a diagnostic test that was highly useful in making diagnoses and was accepted by the medical genetics community was very rewarding. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I hope to be volunteering to help young entrepreneurs with their start-up companies and in fulfilling their dreams What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Spokane has created an environment that is very supportive to new businesses. For whatever reason, women are not always aware of these supportive opportunities within our community. I enjoy mentoring others and hope the advice I give is helpful to them and aids in their successes. 

Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Marie Marx Strohm Hummingbird Productions, LLC is the culmination of 25 years of award-winning corporate and nonprofit video production experience. Turnkey capabilities include highconcept creative, scripting, animation, videography and post-production.

Hummingbird Productions, LLC

Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: Winning “Best Documentary Short” from the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in January, especially since we were competing against documentaries from every country in the world. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Since moving back to Spokane four years ago, I’ve spent much of my efforts forging new friendships and business alliances through networking, business-tobusiness conferences and a whole lot of meet and greet lunches to gain the confidence of potential corporate and nonprofit clients to break into this male-dominated production market. One of the best ways I find to give back is to constantly be mindful of ways to help women be successful in this market. So I’ve served on several business building panels. I really like connecting people I feel could be a good match working together by sending out their resumes to business leaders and companies to help further their careers.

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Ginger Ewing Terrain Programs’ mission is to build community, awareness, and financial stability for the young and emerging artists of the Inland Northwest. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success. Throughout the years, I’ve had several different people pull me aside and tell me they decided to move to Spokane, or chose to stay in Spokane, because of the work Terrain is doing. Being a part of something that is influencing how people feel about and engage with their city is pretty profound. I feel blessed to be a part of something that makes people feel like they have a voice and that Spokane is the community where they belong. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Despite art’s proven track record in building economic vibrancy, Spokane’s current business environment all but ignores our city’s culture makers. Because of this, it’s been less about what Spokane’s business environment has to offer me, and more about what kind of business environment I want to see in Spokane, and then Dressing working extremely hard to try to achieve that.

Window & Cofounder, Terrain Terrain Programs Director Diane Maehl Photography

Diane Maehl Photography

Kim Plese Plese Printing and Marketing is a locally owned commercial printing company. The company employs nine full-time employees and offers graphic design, high-speed duplicating, digital color printing, offset printing, and direct mail marketing services. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success. I became vice president, then president, of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs at the same time I was going through a bitter divorce. Going through a divorce trial, raising two boys, running a business and working with a successful board of 32 members—and surviving—was my proudest moment. I feel like I can do anything. I have my two boys, my family, friends and clients to thank for helping me the entire way. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Spokane’s business environment is getting better at offering women more opportunities. I pick up the Book of Lists and see women in major roles in our business community. Susan Horton, the president and CEO of Wheatland Bank; Cheryl Desautel of Desautel Hege Communications and Marketing; Shirley Branson of Inland Empire Drywall Co., and the list is growing. I like to see myself as another role model that woman can own successful businesses in Spokane and thrive.

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Sharelynn Moore Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. Please describe your proudest moment or biggest success: One of my proudest moments comes each October when my team pulls off the industry’s best conference with Itron Utility Week. The event brings together Itron’s customers and partners to discuss the challenges facing the utility industry and opportunities to make the most of our energy and water resources. It is truly a world-class event and it makes me proud to be a part of Itron, leading a rock star team.

Global Marketing and Public Affairs Itron Vice President

Erin Ribic Ribic Productions: promotes and organizes sporting and fitness events as well as operates four GNC Live Well stores in Spokane. St Luke’s Rehab: inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? The Spokane community has a long history of collaboration, bringing together various stakeholders—including many women in leadership—to pull off the seemingly impossible. A recent example is Urbanova, the smart city initiative in Spokane’s University District, formed by several partner organizations, including Itron. Working for a global company with nearly 8,000 employees and 70 locations worldwide, it can sometimes be a challenge to stay connected to the local community, but it is my priority to invest in our community to make it a better place for future generations.

Ribic Productions, Ribic Nutrition and St. Luke’s Rehab

Please describe your proudest moment: We are always proud of what we create with the fitness events when we complete our mission of giving people a once in a lifetime experience. One of my biggest successes was bringing in a professional deadlift competition. I was given 20 minutes of stage time to complete the entire event from set up to the lifts, awards and tear down. From a logistics standpoint it was very challenging (and I lost a lot of sleep over it) but it turned out amazing for both the athletes and audience. Personally, my proudest moment was when I passed my Category 1 International Referee certification at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2016. It’s the highest level obtainable and took me 15 years to work up the ranks from State to National to Category 2 then Category 1. I am the youngest of three women in the U.S. who have ever achieved this certification.


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Owner & Principal

Bonnie Quinn Clausen QUINN is a full-service marketing communications firm that focuses on strategic marketing, awardwinning creative, content development and integrated traditional/digital media for clients throughout the U.S. Since 1969 they’ve been the competitive edge in advertising and marketing for local and regional businesses and organizations. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? I was a single mom for 12 years, from when my boys were 3 and 5 years old. I know it was a struggle and stretch, but in the end, it made me strive even more. Like so many others, I had to be both “mom and dad” to my boys while keeping this very competitive business alive. I am so thankful for my parents’ support, my education, my growing faith and the opportunities I’ve experienced, as well as the dedication and support of amazing employees at QUINN. In turn, I have been drawn to lend a hand to other single moms . . . whether it’s a job, encouragement or a gift, I’ve tried to be intentional to “pay it forward” to other single moms.  

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THE SAME NOT-FOR-PROFIT credit union that has helped members

save and borrow wisely for more than 80 years has launched a new division to help with their long-term financial goals. “For much of STCU’s existence, our members counted on employer-based pensions for their retirement,” says Tom Johnson, STCU president and CEO. “In the new economy, they need someone they can have confidence in, to help with long-term investing for every life stage.” That means saving for retirement. But it can also mean planning ahead to send a child to college, getting the right insurance, leaving a legacy for your family, or saving up for something major—the trip of a lifetime, maybe, or launching a new enterprise. Because credit unions cannot act in the capacity of broker-dealers, STCU Investment Services is being offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. CFS is an independent broker-dealer and SEC registered investment advisor formed in 1996 to provide investment guidance, products and services to credit union members. STCU Investment Services will combine the resources and know-how of CFS with the commitment to members that has made STCU the region’s favorite credit

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STCU Launches Investment Services union. Investors will work directly with STCU employees who are experienced, CFS-licensed Financial Advisors. The need is critical. “Most Americans nearing the end of their work years are still struggling to save for retirement, while younger adults who came of age during the financial crisis are wary of investing,” says Michael Gradl, CFS program manager. “In either case, an experienced advisor from a reliable organization like STCU can help provide the confidence that comes from having a financial plan.”

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vintage home décor store with items for your home you just can’t find anywhere else. “We love rusty, painty, chippy things and we carry upcycled and repurposed items,” says owner Gina Campbell. “Giving new life to old things is a passion.” Campbell invested eight years at Visit Spokane and one year as executive director of First Night Spokane. “It was actually my work at First Night Spokane that led me to believe I could open my own business,” she says. Campbell and her team custom build pieces for those who can’t find exactly what they have in mind. If you need a cupboard in a particular color, they are happy to create your ideal piece. Jamie Flanery is their creative genius craftsman who makes it happen. “I enjoy finding things I love and then selling them to someone who loves them enough to buy them for their home,” says Campbell. “I meet many wonderful people that I buy things from and I’m always, always learning.” They carry many treasures at affordable prices and when you are finished perusing 1889 Salvage Co, you can stay in the neighborhood and visit the other unique shops on N. Monroe. 2209 N. Monroe, (509) 315-4485 or

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Mariah Rose McKay

by Jennifer LaRue

Y O U ’ V E P R O B A B LY seen Mariah Rose McKay around town riding her bike—even in snow and ice courtesy of studded tires— promoting healthy living and alternative transportation. When she’s not at her day job at the Spokane Regional Health District, she is actively connecting with her community through outreach and organizing in hopes of a better world. McKay was raised in Spokane. She moved to Portland to attend Reed College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, but she had a change of heart.




“I felt that the pressing social and political problems in the world were more urgent to address than negotiating the patent rights on the next first world disease drug,” she says. And so, upon returning to Spokane, she started organizing and doing what she could to help create a community she could be proud of. Her first act of community organizing was founding the Shrinking Violet Society which recently merged with the Spokane Area Chapter of the National Organization for Women











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(NOW). “Our meetings are experiencing record attendance with women who feel compelled to find strength in community in the face of an uncertain future,” McKay says. She also community organizes through Fuse Washington, volunteering at campaigns and helping in the response to the incredible demand to become civically engaged after this last presidential election. She is the youngest board member of the University District and the only elected representative of the “Community At Large.” Evenings and weekends, you can find her building relationships with small business owners and discussing what can be done to build a more vibrant local economy and handing out “All Are Welcome Here” posters to be put in windows as a show of love and inclusiveness. Or you can find her simply talking to others—one-on-one or groups—sharing hopes and dreams and coming up with ways to realize them. Her advice is for people to remember that they are not alone, to join forces, to maximize their skills, and to take their democracy back. Knowing who your state representatives are and what they’re doing also helps. McKay does what she does because, she says, “Our survival as a species depends on it. I feel compelled to create new ways of living together on our planet that more fairly share resources and that turn humanity toward living in peace.” McKay also does what she does because it’s in her blood; her great-grandfather, John Francis McKay (1884-1954), was an organizer, a protestor, a politician, and champion of the people as a Democrat, a socialist, and a leader. He was slapped by a Spokane city councilman, brawled with a cop, been thrown in jail for peacefully protesting, and did his share of public speaking for causes and organizations including Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies). McKay did not know of this until she heard about it in college, but didn’t think much of it until several years later when she was a community organizer at the Washington Community Action Network. “I was reading about the history of the Wobblies and I felt electrified by their efforts. I realized that organizing people to address their own concerns and needs was what I was meant to do in life. It was then my cousin sent me a packet of articles and I realized the significance of my great-grandfather’s work

and how we are still actively fighting many of those battles today.” As you sit and talk with McKay you notice a slight hint of sorrow mixed in with her excitement for the future, if only because she sees the isolation and anxiety within people who have never gotten to know their neighbors. But still she carries on, cruising through town on her bike and smiling at strangers. Organizing is not easy; it takes time, understanding, and lots of healthy snacks often pulled right out of her garden: fresh or preserved. And while her days might seem alternative to some, it is a meaningful way of life that she hopes others might adopt. “I do this because I’m in love with people and the poetry of this place. Caring isn’t something you have or you don’t, it is something to carefully cultivate. It takes a lot of strength in vulnerability to do it well and I feel fortunate to have this chance to be fully alive and to continue my journey as a human work in progress.”

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WAY #1 Start off by having a lot of experience with kids but none with babies. Make sure that any time you imagine your future baby, he is at least two years old. This will ensure that you develop a false sense of security and neglect to mentally prepare. Next, make sure that in the third trimester of your pregnancy you develop a rare pregnancy-induced liver disorder. It will cause your skin to itch insatiably and will pose a threat to your baby. This will help you to lose sleep and stress out and require that your labor be induced several weeks early. When your baby arrives, don’t forget to consider yourself the head of the Breathing Patrol. In this role you will need to be staring at your baby at all times of the day and night to make sure he continues to breathe. Convince yourself that if you close your eyes, he will certainly stop breathing. You will not waste any time sleeping this way, and your anxiety will heighten. This will cause you to lose more sleep. And then become more anxious. Spend your pregnancy as a breastfeeding crusader. Secretly judge parents who bottle feed. Then have such a terrible time breastfeeding your own child that you lose your mind and your baby fails to gain weight. See a lactation consultant who speaks in a baby voice and tells you it’s not working because “your wrist is bent.” When trying to pump and blood and puss explode into the pump, decide to give in and feed your baby some formula. But make sure to freak out constantly because your baby doesn’t eat as many ounces as the books say he should. 

Lastly, when people offer their help, act really awkward and tell them you’re fine, because you can’t even think clearly enough to tell them what you need help with. In the meantime, be way too overwhelmed to cook, clean, do laundry, or brush your teeth. And make sure to leave the house without shoes on, twice.

WAY #2 First, already have a kid that has managed to survive your parenting. Then, don’t contract the liver disorder until five minutes before you go into labor. The contractions will be a great distraction from the itching.   Swear loudly out the window on the way to the hospital, and don’t get there until you’re at least six centimeters dilated. Have the anesthesiologist read you the risks after she administers your epidural to make sure there is time to get it. Labor in a room with a view of the city and mountains and deliver at dawn, just an hour and a half after you arrived. Text your in-laws to buy plane tickets ASAP, and don’t leave the hospital until they’ve arrived. At home, let your in-laws cook and clean and do yard work and hold the baby and play with your first born. Go on nature walks and walks to get ice cream and go out to breakfast and to the lake. Try to breastfeed again. But on the third night when your nipples are bloody and your baby spits up a bunch of blood, decide to bottle feed and be fine with it. Share feedings with your husband.     Take people up on their offers to bring meals, and emphasize your need for

cocktails. Quit your job with the Breathing Patrol and stare at your baby instead because you think he’s cute. Eat dinner outside and occasionally forget that your baby is inside by himself. Feel guilty because you are enjoying the newborn stage so much more than you did the first time. And then stop because your first baby is turning out just fine.

WAY #3 Accidentally get pregnant when baby number two is four months old. Have such a fast and easy labor that when it’s over the first thing you say is, “Seriously?” DO NOT accidentally leave your baby in the car at Fred Meyer twice just because he is so quiet that you forgot about him until you got to the diaper aisle. Do realize that you have very little control and accept it. Give yourself permission to make at least 30 mistakes/ hour and laugh at things you maybe shouldn’t. Remind those telling you television is evil that your kids were formula-fed, so they were doomed anyway. Spend less time trying to make your kids who you think they ought to be and more time enjoying them. Even when they’re three and a half and still in diapers. Try to be the person you want to be, and know that the kids will be all right. Caroline Fowler is a Spokane resident with her husband Ben and her three boys Harvey, Gus and Scout. She’s a creative teacher to her children, a songwriter, singer, musician and lover of rainbow color palettes.

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depth of my wounds. I think I have moved past the failed relationship, bad advice or criticism. I think I am healed and healthy. Yet every once in a while I am surprised to learn I’ve hung on to something that doesn’t serve me. Something I didn’t even realize I was carrying around. For the last year I’ve been struggling with a business deal. Only a few people know the depth of my struggle. I like the role I play in my friendships and community as a cheerleader and optimist and I haven’t wanted to share the deep fear and gloom that have been consuming me. I’ve leaned on a few close friends for support, but even those have been guarded interactions. I turned to my faith over the last few months knowing that my pain is no secret to my Creator and it seems to me that the obstacles I have to conquer could use the help of supernatural proportions. While my faith is providing a great deal of comfort and strength, my problem is far from solved and I recently had a complete breakdown. I cried, I yelled, I sobbed. The fear was crippling. A little voice told me to reach out for help and at that point, something dawned on me: why hadn’t I reached out sooner? That is when the memories started to rise. The bad advice. The shame I felt when I was told I am an over-sharer and that I needed to stop sharing my story and troubles with others. The advisor who told me to never let anyone know I was ever struggling in business. Whenever I was asked how things were going I was taught to tell people that business was exciting and growing—no matter what. But in this state, with problems that

seemed insurmountable, there was no value in continuing to isolate myself. I needed a miracle and I was not going to get it by hiding my problems from the world. Suffering in silence and hiding the despair was only compounding the issue. Without detail, I shared on Facebook that I needed prayer because I was facing a situation I couldn’t handle alone. I never could have imagined the outpouring of support and resources that presented themselves to me. It was humbling and overwhelming for me to see that I was not lacking resources, simply resourcefulness. Ironically, the very source of some of the bad advice I carry was one of those to call and offer a shoulder, coaching and ideas. This is when the breakthrough hit: if the source of my pain has moved on and can’t even remember the words they spoke that held me back and left scars, it’s time for me to let go, too. For me, that came through the realization that being true to my desire to be authentically me is called for. No matter how you label it, I have the gift of transparency. And the purpose of that gift isn’t just for myself. When I am authentic and share my stories, it gives others the courage, strength and speech to share their own. So I’m blazing a new trail and being true to myself, even in the business arena. As a result of my meltdown turned breakthrough, the last week produced the best results we’ve had in 10 months. The problem is far from solved, but through this I learned to seek help and advice and to let people know where my opportunities are for growth. I’m still battling fear and worry, but I also feel hope, as well as support and love. And what more can one ask for than the courage that comes from hope, the support of colleagues and the love of friends and family? I stumbled on this bit of information by Brené Brown and I think she sums this lesson up best: “The root of the word courage is cor- the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant, ‘to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Love hard. Be brave.” Love hard. Be brave, my friends.

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WOMAN/role model As a non-poet, I’ve always found poetry intimidating because it seems rife with rules and structure. Is that a misconception? There are a lot of forms in poetry but all of them are forms you can mess with and throw out. In my poems, things are never neatly wrapped up with a bow at the end. That’s not how my life is and that’s not like anything I’ve experienced. There are so many ways to write poems. It’s also so unclear when it stops being a poem and starts being prose. People argue about that all the time—and I like that ambiguity. Space in a poem creates space in the mind. It creates room for things to come in—emotions and feelings. And it also creates room for things to go out—things that you’ve felt before, like energy or anger.


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ELLEN WELCKER is a mom of two and coordinator for the national Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. She steals moments in between working from home and parenting to write her own poetry. Local publishing house Scablands Books recently released her latest collection of poems, Ram Hands. In this month’s Role Model, Welcker dispels myths about the rules of poetry with her signature blend of wit and wisdom. How did you come to be a poet? I kind of came to poetry writing late, I think, compared to a lot of people. I probably would have liked to be an English major, but I kind of bounced around in my interests a lot and ended up being an Asian Studies major. I didn’t really consider becoming a writer until after college. I thought, “A lot of people spend a lot of money on vacations and stuff; I’m going to treat myself to an M.F.A. — and I’m not going to have any expectations about what comes out of it.” So, that’s what I did. Why did you pursue poetry, in particular? I have tried writing fiction and I suck at it. It’s so hard. It seems like it should not be as hard as it is. I think that for me, poetry is the language of inquiry. There’s no authority. There’s no prescribed way to go about it. It’s all about, kind of, that exploration. I think it fits my personality and my worldview right now where life is complicated. It’s a complicated place and I don’t have any answers. Poetry helps me work my way through it and deal with it without going insane—or while petering on this side of sanity. 72 / MARCH 2017

Tell me about your new book, Ram Hands. Ram hands got its name because my brother-in-law and I, a few years ago, were up at Green Bluff picking fruits. And one of the farms we were at had a couple of rams. He just sort of casually plunged his hands deep into the ram’s wool, pulled his hands out and sniffed and said: “Ooh ram hands!” I just always wanted to casually drop that phrase into conversation and then, it began to have meaning because I needed it to have meaning. And that meaning was: the stench of complicity. We can’t just wash it off and say it’s not us because that’s not how the world is. We’re too interconnected to not be responsible for each other and for the world we live in. We can’t wash our hands of any of it, and that to me is the essence of “ram hands.” How does one go about making a book of poetry? I created my first book by myself and figured it out over a long period of time. This time, I had an editor—which is unusual, I think, unless you’re a big-time poet, to get to work with an editor. Maya Zeller is the poetry editor at Scablands Books. She’s a really incredible editor. When Sharma Shields, managing editor of Scablands Books, approached me about whether or not I had a manuscript that Scablands could look at, I didn’t really know if I had a manuscript. I had some groups of poems that I was thinking about doing something with, and then her asking me prompted me take the time to sit down and think, “Do these poems work together?’’ Maya and I went away for a couple of days and really looked at the poems. It was a really fun process—and it was helpful to have someone to talk to who was invested in the form of the book. For me, writing is not a problem because I am used to being able to write for just a little tiny bit and cramming it in here and there. That’s part of having kids and part of working from home. It’s the life I’ve created for myself. When it comes time to creating a manuscript, though, I need a lot of time to see how that’s going to work—and I don’t have that. It really helped to go away. Find Ram Hands at and Auntie’s Bookstore.

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ach new year, sparks thoughts of raising the bar for ourselves and our lives. With millions of Americans—women and men—making resolutions to achieve personal or professional goals. For many, that means focusing on improving health and wellness. You tell yourself this is going to be the year you take better care of yourself, join a gym, go on that diet, take time to pamper yourself, eat better or drink less booze—and more water. Yet those goals and the commitments required to reach them often fall short, as a recent survey suggests less than 10 percent of Americans achieve their resolutions. There are many reasons people fall short of their goals, including setting the bar too high or being overly restrictive, which can lead to small failures and setbacks. However, there are easy ways to stay—or get back—on track. At first glance it may seem impossible, but nothing changes unless you take control. Maybe 2017 is the year you start living life more on your own terms. You can start today by employing these tips: Live a life that is true to you. Wrestle with this one. Is it work? Then make passion for that work front and center. Is it skill building? Then tackle an online class in a skill you need, or just want to explore. Is it where you live, or who you are sharing life with or want to share it with? Stare it down and chart one bold step toward change. The biggest regret at the end of life’s journey is abandoning your dreams. And for most people it’s just pure fear that they weren’t good enough, so they “turtle shell” up. But, there are no retakes. One mantra: Live Life Now. Repeat: This is Your Life. Find what is true to you and take one tangible step. Measure your time and where it is spent. Time is like the sand in the hourglass of life. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Manage it like money. Every person walking this planet has the same exact number of hours in a day. Think of it as currency. How are you spending it? Seriously, take out the pen, paper and write down for one week how that most precious commodity was spent. Then change the allocation and budget time toward accomplishing that change you want, and maybe even desperately need. Own your hour glass of life and take control.

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admit that one of my many failures as a mother is not properly tracking my children’s developmental milestones in a traditional baby book. Meticulously scribing accomplishments about holding a cup for first time or dates they first ate solid food seemed fairly lackluster. While I might have this blemish on my motherhood resume, I have instead been incredibly diligent about chronicling my kids’ many childhood adventures and bloopers. I seem to have a knack for capturing their sassy and spunky personalities in short little stories and quips, some of which I share on social media for the benefit of my friends’ amusement. From single mother dating bloopers to the exploratory use of the eff word, I’ve chronicled just about everything over the years. While all of these rite of passage moments most certainly provide me an entertaining hobby and have kept my friends highly amused over the years, there are times, despite the humor, I find myself with a heavy heart. Losing his older brother has forced my 13-year-old son, Tyler, to grow up faster than I’d like. Several weeks ago, I overheard a conversation between him and his 9-year old brother, Caleb, who is diagnosed with high functioning autism, about where they would live when they get older. “How do you feel about living with me in California when you grow up?” After some thought and a series of questions, Caleb was quite agreeable to the idea of living with his big brother. While most parents would be congratulating themselves that they successfully raised children who love each other enough to want to be roommates as adult, I felt overwhelming sadness. “You don’t have to make plans to take care of Caleb when he gets older. That’s my job,” I said. “You should be making your own big adventure plans instead of worrying about him.” “Yeah, well about that,” he said. “What if someday Caleb wants to have a girlfriend? How do you think it will look if Caleb has to tell the girl, ‘Let me check with my mom.’ I think it would be way cooler if he could say, ‘Sure. I’ll let my bro know.’ And let’s face it. You’d get all mom on him, but I’d be like, ‘Cool, buddy. I’ll stay out late.

Have fun!’” While the kid had a very good point, the fact remained that we both clearly questioned Caleb’s ability to live an independent life. “Well if you have confidence that your brother will have a girlfriend when he gets older then maybe we need to have more confidence that Caleb will be able to live a happy and independent life without living with either one of us,” I said. Pondering that for a moment, Tyler said, “Maybe. But don’t forget, Mom, Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory has an independent life, but that’s mostly because he’s surrounded by cool friends who are tolerant and accepting of all his quirks. I’m going to make sure that my friends do that too. We’ll always accept Caleb.” The truth is, neither one of us knows what Caleb’s future will look like, but I am more committed than ever to making sure that Caleb learns all the life skills and social pragmatics I can teach him. And while it makes my heart heavy that Tyler feels the role of watching out for his brother rests solely on his shoulders, there is comfort knowing Caleb will always have a full and rich life with his brother by his side looking out for him. I’ve recently come to the realization that this entertaining hobby of mine will eventually come to an end. Someday my kids will all spread their wings and leave the nest. So I’ll be looking for a new pastime in my golden years. But hopefully, if Tyler proves to be anything like his mother, some of those days will be catching up on reading about his own adventures he’s written in a column perhaps entitled, “Sockpants and Super Bros.” Holly Lytle is the mother of three and is the founder of The ISAAC Foundation, a local autism nonprofit organization. In her free time Holly enjoys chronicling her many adventures of motherhood for this column.

WOMAN/if they only knew

HER DAY WAS SUBLIMELY empty of details and were shamed, they needn’t be. I don’t see shame, I see young girls that was good because she had a wandering thought she needed to who—fair or not, bear the story that two should have shared. rein in. When she gets like that, it nags on her until she sits down And how about our men, our boys, our boys-turning-into-men? and pays attention to it. Blame it on the day before. The I’m not eighteen anymore but when I was, I was married. day before the day they call the first day of summer, a And I got married so I wouldn’t get pregnant first. I clouded, unpromising day, and that alone may have didn’t have to have the conversation with my mother lent itself to the weight she felt pressing in on her. because I knew if I waited too long I would not By noon buckets of rain washed over the summer have been as lucky as I was the first time I missed morning followed by a cool-down, a blue sky, a my period. Graduation night I sweated it out fresh face. She picked up her keys—a sudden thinking my life was changing in more ways than need grabbed her, a need to find a good book to my parents realized. settle in with for the week. Like dinner, like food, But that wasn’t the way things went, and when like a good night’s sleep, she knew what grounded my period came I started to plan a wedding. When her, and this week she needed a good read. they say that we have choices, we don’t realize Scanning row-by-row she covered each aisle of the sometimes how fragile our minds can be when it’s time library, then the thrift shop, then, in a last-ditch effort, the to make them. Is it any wonder so many young people supermarket, and finding nothing, and feeling nothing call out to choose to take away the life they created? Surprisingly enough, her, she came home out of sorts. Something seemed to sit with her knowing I had that choice actually helped me make the decision in the house, something waiting for her to discover. Unravel. Settle. not to go through with anything that would end the life. And then somehow she stumbled upon When I was eighteen and told Wes it online. The subject of “sent-away-girls.” I was late with my period, he was not Girls unwed and pregnant. Girls in the the least bit worried. We’ll get married, 1950s to the 1970s era. Her generation. he said. When I was thirty-eight and The subject of the book was the stigma told him I was pregnant he was not surrounding girls who got pregnant and enthusiastic. Our children were almost were sent away to homes for unwed all grown, I think he was done with mothers and “encouraged” to give up that phase of life, but he was totally their child after its birth. The backstory unaware I had struggled even with the “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and of a mother who sends away her own telling of it. These are the truths that nothing is so gentle as true strength.” daughter in shame. And the fathers of we keep to ourselves until we can have —St. Francis de Sales these sent-away daughters. And how it the conversation where I can finally was that sometimes only the girl’s father say before I ever told him, I almost would come to visit. considered an abortion. I tried to picture myself as a teenager He would never have consented, he in trouble—that was how they expressed it back then, the hiding made that clear at once, but at least he had a glimpse of the many of the girl as if to keep the family from absorbing her trouble. To things that go on in a pregnant woman’s mind. If a man cannot send her away to protect themselves, and possibly, in the mind of conceive, then he also may not be able to comprehend. That’s my that societal thinking, the teen as well. To have her go away and not contention anyway. Fair or not. Once I came to peace in my heart come home until after she was no longer with child. Nor mothering about the pregnancy, I lost the baby. And strangely that loss was not one. I supported a home for unwed mothers, really I did. I sent a a shared loss. I kept to myself, he buried his feelings which I’m sure small check each month. Maybe I thought I was somehow thanking were mixed, and got a vasectomy. them for not needing to take me in. So bless the men. The men who are still young sensitive boys, I had a church friend who had to make hard choices at a very though they try not to let that side come out. The men who young age. She did not keep the baby and the boy she thought she struggle and get upset and worry and keep trying and keep going loved did not choose to marry her. Through my eighteen-yearand sometimes fail and shut us out and don’t seem to try at all. old-eyes it looked to me that she was asked to carry the stigma for Bless the men who keep the faith when sometimes there isn’t much both of them. How brave she was. That was my take-away then as around to hold on to. Bless the men who cannot understand their it is today; the women and their stories of bravery. Strength. If they women, and bless the women who can help them begin to . . .


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4 Mindful Strategies for Your Health


osing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year’s resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently this year to ensure you’re among those who succeed? “Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly improve your chances of achieving your health and wellness

goals,” says the Mayo Clinic. “It’s important to realize that changing any behavior is often a complex process that requires you to address the mental as well as physical aspects of the change you want to achieve.” Below are helpful strategies from the wellness professionals at Mayo Clinic to assist you in achieving your goals this year >>













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Mark Kontos, M.D.

Chris Sturbaum, M.D.

David Skale, M.D.

Be on your mental game Weight loss is a common New Year’s resolution goal, but to achieve it, you’ll likely need to do more than simply change your eating habits. Behaviors, thoughts and emotions may be playing a role in keeping you from shedding pounds. For example, not getting enough sleep can thwart better eating and exercise habits. Sleep deprivation can hinder your ability to control your emotions, interfere with positive thought processes and make you too tired to exercise regularly. Being aware of factors that contribute to negative habits not only can help you succeed, it can also help you sustain the changes.

Be aware of self-talk Casey Claypool, O.D.

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Everyone has an internal dialogue, and it’s the voice we all believe the most. Is yours negative or positive? The voice of your self-talk can greatly affect your confidence level. Pay attention to your self-talk and evaluate if what you’re telling yourself is actually true. When self-talk turns negative, try to challenge it and find a more positive way to look at the situation. For example, turn “I always fail at losing weight because I eat too much” into “I enjoy eating fruits and vegetables and can easily eat three servings a day.” It will take time and practice to learn how to turn negative self-talk into positive, so be patient with yourself.

Fight boredom with fun and creativity People fail at wellness goals for many reasons, including boredom. Approaching your goals with a creative and fun attitude can help keep them fresh and exciting— and keep you on track.

Try learning something new or vary your routine. For example, try a new recipe or modify your usual food choices. Learn to use a new piece of equipment at the gym, or take an exercise class to learn something you’ve always wanted to do. Dance around the house, take a healthy cooking class, read a book, travel, check an item off your bucket list or create a list if you don’t have one. However you define “fun,” if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to want to keep doing it.

Prepare to overcome setbacks No matter how committed you are to a goal, setbacks are normal. Don’t let them derail you. Planning for setbacks and how you’ll overcome them can help you stay on track for the long term. When planning how you’ll reach a desired behavior change, try including some what-if scenarios. For example, if your fitness routine includes a yoga class after work and you get delayed, think about what you could do to still meet your exercise goal. You might be able to substitute another class or use body weight exercises at home. Having a backup plan in case your original goal doesn’t work out can help you avoid “all-ornothing” thinking. If you experience a setback, be compassionate with yourself; change is rarely easy. Giving yourself a break will help you dust yourself off and get back on track. By taking a mindful and proactive approach to your health, you’ll be on the way toward achieving your wellness goals through 2017 and beyond. To learn more about healthy living, visit


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doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Abitua earned his master’s degree in Acupuncture and undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at the National University of Health Science, and completed a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. “Our goal is to help you feel better, and to help you become as vibrant and healthy as possible,” says Dr. Abitua. “We make sure that all of your body’s systems are being supported, and that your mind, spirit and emotions are being nurtured, too.” At Thrive Integrative Health Clinic you’ll get the personalized, oneon-one care you deserve. Thrive Integrative Health Clinic Dr. Justin Abitua, ND, LAc 707 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 320A (509) 228-8268 |

nationwide. Dr. Kontos trained local eye doctors for LASIK in the 1990s and Dr. Sturbaum is a fellowship trained corneal specialist performing intricate corneal transplants. Dr. Skale is a retinal specialist who provides much needed advanced eye care for diabetic and macular degeneration patients or vision loss emergencies, such as retinal tears and detachments. Dr. Claypool and Dr. Heaton manage the most up-todate dry eye clinic in the region and work closely with family eye doctors in the region who provide primary care eye services from glaucoma to cataract care. “Restoring sight that was lost is incredibly rewarding for us and we are blessed to do so on a daily basis. Many of our patients drive multiple hours to see us and we appreciate the opportunity to enhance and improve their vision,” they say. Empire Eye Physicians Spokane Valley (509) 928-8040 | Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-9888 MARCH 2017 /


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Spokane’s Annual Best Doctors List


ur health—and those who ensure it—are some of the most precious commodities throughout our lifetime. When you or a loved one are faced with a health concern of any size, finding the best doctor available becomes top priority. We’ve partnered with the Best Doctors, Inc. to bring you our region’s Best Doctors in America , practicing in more than 40 specialties (how physicians are chosen is explained at the end of the list). Hold on to this issue so you have the BEST at your fingertips whenever the need may arise. ®


best doctors Allergy and Immunology Kerry Drain

Russell R. Blakeley

Janice D. Christensen

Cardiovascular Disease

Andrew J. Boulet

Bryan E. Fuhs

Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 W. Sixth Ave., Ste. 700 (509) 747-1624

Braden Batkoff

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 355 Sandpoint, ID (208) 265-7070

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

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Harold Robert Goldberg

John G. Peterson

Debra Gore

R. Dean Hill

Michael E. Ring

Jeffrey O’Connor

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Heart Clinics Northwest 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 310 (509) 838-7711

Darren Charles Hollenbaugh

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Philip R. Huber

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Michael A. Kwasman

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 212 E. Central Ave., Ste. 240 (509) 455-8820

Pierre P. Leimgruber

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Timothy J. Lessmeier

Heart Clinics Northwest 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 310 (509) 838-7711

Dieter Frantz Lubbe

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Gerhard H. Muelheims

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Eric C. Orme

Heart Clinics Northwest 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 310 (509) 838-7711

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Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Michael Williams

Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest 700 W. Ironwood Dr., Ste. 320 Coeur d’Alene, ID (208) 625-5250

Colon and Rectal Surgery M. Shane McNevin

Columbia Surgical Specialists Surgical Specialists of Spokane 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 747-6194

Critical Care Medicine Daniel R. Coulston

Rockwood Clinic Pulmonary Critical Care Center 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 1001 (509) 623-1456

Samuel Joseph

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Mechanical Heart Program 101 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 120 (509) 474-2041

Family Medicine Erin A. Church

Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 322 W. North River Dr. (509) 324-6464

309 E. Farwell Rd., Ste. 204 (509) 385-0600

P. Z. Pearce

Champions Sports Medicine 730 N. Hamilton St. (509) 487-4467

William Sayres

South Hill Medical Center 4102 S. Regal St., Ste. 101 (509) 535-2277

Gastroenterology Arnold N. Cohen

Spokane Digestive Disease Center 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 550E (509) 747-5145

Geriatric Medicine Jeffrey Clode

Physicians Clinic of Spokane Medical Center Building 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 500 (509) 353-3950

Susan Melchiore

Heritage Health Post-Acute Care 1250 W. Ironwood Dr., Ste. 201 Coeur d’Alene, ID (208) 620–5262

Darryl K. Potyk

Rockwood Quail Run Clinic 2214 E. 29th Ave. (509) 755-5250

Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Internal Medicine Residency 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900

Tammy R. Ellingsen

Brian J. Seppi

Columbia Medical Associates Family Health Center 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 600 (509) 688-6700

Physicians Clinic of Spokane 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 500 (509) 353-3950

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Infectious Disease • (509)747-6194

Henry L. Arguinchona

Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 625 W. Front Ave. (509) 624-9904

Michael D. Gillum

Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 625 W. Front Ave. (509) 624-9904 Dr. Carol Guthrie

(Breast Cancer Surgeon)

Dr. Michael Olds

(Otology/Neurotology – Pediatric Otology – Pediatric Cochlear Implants)

Internal Medicine Berdine Bender

Providence Internal Medicine 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 701 (509) 624-0111

Jeffrey Clode Dr. Shane McNevin (Colorectal Surgeon) • (509)624-2326

Physicians Clinic of Spokane 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 500 (509) 353-3950

Daniel R. Coulston

Rockwood Clinic Pulmonary Critical Care Center 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 1001 (509) 623-1456

Dan J. Dionne Dr. Jeffrey Bunn

(Head and neck surgeon – General Otolaryngology)

Dr. Brian Mitchell

(Head and neck surgeon – General Otolaryngology)

Dr. Neil Giddings

(Otology/Neurology – Implantable hearing aids)

217 W Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144

John F. Floyd

Providence Internal Medicine 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 701 (509) 624-0111

Michael C. Kerkering

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Spokane Internal Medicine 1215 N. McDonald Rd., Ste. 101 (509) 924-1950

Kirk L. Rowbotham

Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144

Brian J. Seppi

Physician’s Clinic of Spokane 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 500 (509) 353-3950

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Internal Medicine/ Hospital Medicine Peter Weitzman

Providence Holy Family Hospital Division of Hospital Medicine 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 252-6336

CancerCare Northwest 605 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 100 509-228-1400

Saritha C. Thumma

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Neurology Marie Atkinson

Providence Epilepsy Center 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 318C (509) 474-6650

Scott Carlson

Medical Oncology and Hematology


Rockwood Clinic Neurology Center 910 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 1000 (509) 342-3200

Janet Chestnut

Richard W. Carson

Madeleine C. Geraghty

John Louis Musa

Timothy Powell

Katherine Tuttle

Nuclear Medicine

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Mei Dong

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Robert H. Gersh

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Srivalli Gopaluni

Rockwood Clinic Kidney and Hypertension Center 400 E. Fifth Ave. (509) 838-2531

Rockwood Clinic Kidney and Hypertension Center 605 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 201 (509) 755-5477

Providence Kidney Care Spokane 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 7060 (509) 340-0930

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Neurological Surgery

Hakan Kaya

Jonathan D. Carlson

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Danko Martincic

CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1200

Joni C. Nichols

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Ndegwa M. Njugna CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1200

Peter J. Schlegel

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000


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Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

David P. Gruber

Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

Benjamin C. Ling

Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

Dean Martz

Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

Deaconess Hospital Department of Neurology 800 W. Fifth Ave. (509) 458-5800

Providence Epilepsy Center 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 318C (509) 474-6650

Bryan E. Fuhs

Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Sacred Heart Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 450 (509) 455-8820

Obstetrics and Gynecology Steve Brisbois

Providence Center of Gynecology, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery 101 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1300 (509) 474-7370

Elizabeth A. Grosen CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Brenda S. Houmard

SRM Spokane 15920 E. Indiana Ave., Ste. 200 (206) 301-5660

Floyd McCaffree

ObGyn Associates of Spokane 601 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 301 (509) 455-8866

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Jody M. Hechtman, M.D. F.M. McCaffree, M.D. Robin Messinger, M.D. Steven J. Richards, M.D. Traci A. Satterfield, M.D. Lori S. Smetana, M.D. Allison Sayre, A.R.N.P. L. Jan Wills, A.R.N.P BrieAnne Gray, A.R.N.P. Sally Delger A.R.N.P

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Susannah M. Mourton CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Linda M. Partoll

Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecology 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 6020 (509) 455-5050

Mark Schemmel

Spokane Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 6060 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 6060 (509) 838-4211

Ophthalmology Nicholas T. Ranson Spokane Eye Clinic 427 S. Bernard St. (509) 456-0107

Orthopaedic Surgery Mike H. Kody

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 601 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 400 (509) 344-2663

Timothy Patrick Lovell

Providence Orthopaedics 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 300 (509) 838-7100

Arnold Gustaf Peterson

Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

Brian D. Mitchell

Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

Michael J. Olds

Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

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Pediatric Neurological Surgery David P. Gruber

Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

Benjamin C. Ling

Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 624-9112

Deanna Armstong

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology


Incyte Diagnostics 13103 E. Mansfield Ave. (509) 892-2700

Kerry Drain

Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 W. Sixth Ave., Ste. 700 (509) 747-1624

Neil K. Worrall

Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

Providence Sacred Heart Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic 101 W. Eighth Ave. (509) 474-2777

Mancong Zhang

Antoine Tohmeh

Jeff D. Bunn

Judy L. Felgenhauer

Pediatric Specialist/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery


Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

59 E. Queen Ave., Ste. 102 (509) 489-9782

Providence Orthopaedics 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 300 (509) 838-7100

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 212 E. Central Ave., Ste. 140 (509) 465-1300


Neil A. Giddings

Frontier Behavioral Health 107 S. Division St. (509) 838-4651

Robert Maixner

Providence Pediatric Associates 1919 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-3081

David G. Morgan

Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Ste. 7035 105 W. Eighth Ave. (509) 838-1188

Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Pediatric Cardiology

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute 711 S. Cowley St. (509) 473-6910

C. Chris Anderson

Providence Center for Congenital Heart Disease 101 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 4300 (509) 747-6707

Gregory T. Carter

Vivian M. Moise

St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice 715 S. Cowley St., Ste. 224 (509) 473-6706

Karen Stanek

Northwest Medical Rehabilitation 1315 N. Division St., #A (509) 624-0908

Plastic Surgery Alfonso Oliva

Plastic Surgery Northwest 530 S. Cowley St. (509) 838-1010

Columbia Surgical Specialists welcomes

Carol Guthrie, M.D. and the

Spokane Breast Center to the team.

Psychiatry Tad Patterson

Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Psychiatry Residency 101 W. Eighth Ave. (509) 626-9900

Randall S. Riggs

InKARE 611 E. Second Ave., Ste. B (509) 534-5000

Pulmonary Medicine Samuel Joseph

Providence Sacred Heart Mechanical Heart Program 101 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 120 (509) 474-2041

Radiation Oncology Jason A. Call

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Carol Guthrie, MD

Breanna Kimball, ARNP

Specializing in Breast Cancer Surgery SBest p o ka Doctor n e B re asince s t C e n2013 te r

Spokane Breast Center at Columbia Surgical Specialists | 509-455-9550

217 W Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

Robert Fairbanks

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

J. Lance Griffith

CancerCare Northwest 700 W. Ironwood Dr., Ste. 130 (208) 754-3100

Susan M. Laing

CancerCare Northwest 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 228-1000

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Wayne Lamoreaux

CancerCare Northwest 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 228-1000

Christopher M. Lee CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1000

Aaron E. Wagner

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

Radiology Jayson S. Brower Inland Imaging 525 S. Cowley St. (509) 455-4455

William David Keyes Inland Imaging 525 S. Cowley St. (509) 455-4455

Rod Raabe

Inland Imaging 525 S. Cowley St. (509) 455-4455

Rheumatology Jeffrey B. Butler

Leland G. Siwek


Neil Kevin Worrall

Arthritis Northwest 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 6080 (509) 838-6500

Carol Guthrie

Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 455-9550

Surgical Oncology Ryan Holbrook

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1541

Maryam Parviz

CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1541

Thoracic Surgery William S. Coleman

Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Steven J. Nisco

Arthritis Northwest 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 6080 (509) 838-6500

Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Gary L. Craig

Branden R. Reynolds

Arthritis Northwest 105 W. Eighth Ave., Ste. 6080 (509) 838-6500


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Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

Urology Thomas Fairchild

Spokane Urology 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 118 (509) 747-3147

David Mikkelsen

Spokane Urology 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 118 (509) 747-3147

Vascular Surgery Stephen P. Murray

Providence Vascular Institute 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 420 (509) 626-9440

Mandya Vishwanath

Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 W. Seventh Ave., Ste. 110 (509) 456-0262

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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement with Dr. Susan Ashley

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF PRESS and confusion about hormone

replacement. Is it good or bad, does it cause cancer, or reduce cancer, and is there a difference between hormones like premarin, provera and androgel, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?  The pharmacology, physiology benefits and risks of BHRT are not taught in medical school. We had not one hour, not one mention, of BHRT in training. We did have a year of pharmacology where the prescribing of synthetic hormones was taught, and that hormones were hormones, binding to the same receptor site, and therefore causing the same reactions. But nothing could be further from the truth.  For women—as we approach menopause—progesterone is the first hormone that begins to decline. Natural progesterone is very calming, so as it declines, women can become anxious, irritable, have insomnia, and periods can be heavier. Since the female brain is dependent on estrogen, after menopause “brain fog” is a common complaint. Libido also declines, to near zero, and the entire metabolism changes. After menopause, the average weight gain is 20 pounds, most of it around the belly.  BHRT does not cause breast cancer, and there are studies suggesting that estriol, or the third type of estrogen, is actually protective for breast cancer. BHRT will reduce risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, and reduces inflammation. They can even be prescribed in women on Coumadin with a history of DVT or pulmonary embolism, as they do not cause clotting as do synthetic hormones.   Natural progesterone is a woman’s friend. It is calming, helps us sleep at night, reduces inflammation and joint pain, and is protective for breast cancer. It also helps with osteoporosis and helps to relieve hot flashes. This is unlike synthetic progestin, such as provera, or the Depo-Provera shot for birth control, or the progestin secreted by the mirena IUD. These are inflammatory, can provoke anxiety, and offer no protection for breast cancer—indeed, they may help to promote this cancer. Women also need testosterone, for bone density, muscle strength, libido, and overall drive and determination. BHRT can be prescribed as a transdermal cream, a troche that dissolves under the tongue, or a new way we’ve been prescribing recently: a tablet that has biolymphatic absorption.  Pregnenolone is the mother-ship hormone, from which all other sex hormones are made. I have my patients take between 25mg—100mg at night; it also is very calming, reduces inflammation, and helps to protect our brain from dementia. DHEA is an important anti-aging hormone, and women should take between 5-10 mg daily. A small amount will convert to testosterone, so if this is not desired, then use 7-keto

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DHEA instead. 7-keto at a dose of 200mg daily will help with fat metabolism. For men, testosterone begins to decline starting at age 35. When testosterone is measured, you must also measure estrogen levels. As men age, and they start to gain abdominal fat (beer belly), testosterone is converted to estrogen. This causes men to have less drive and motivation, and they start to experience brain fog. The all too familiar “man-boobs” can occur, a result of too much estrogen. As testosterone continues to decline, a man will feel lethargic, low motivation, insomnia, snoring, and become grumpy and irritable. Libido is lowered, and erectile dysfunction is a common complaint.  Bio-identical testosterone is prescribed as a cream, injection, or tablet with biolymphatic absorption, and is far safer and cheaper than synthetic testosterone. If injections are prescribed, they should be given twice weekly, rather than once every two weeks to avoid dramatic peaks and valleys in the levels. If estrogen is high, then we prescribe an anti-estrogen pill called anastrazole to lower, but if the “manboobs” have already developed, they are there to stay.  In Europe, men with active prostate cancer are now being treated with testosterone. Other benefits include a reduction in heart disease risk of 30 percent, bone protection from osteoporosis, less cognitive impairment, and more muscle strength with aging.  DHEA is recommended, at doses of 25-100mg—men need a higher dose than women.    Pregnenolone is given at night as well. Most men will feel a difference within one to three months. BHRT is not covered by insurance, and averages around $40-50/month.     Healthyliving Liberty Lake 1431 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Ste. B Liberty Lake (509) 924-6199


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THE DEVELOPMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE can be a distressing surprise for women. Urinary incontinence affects 30 to 50 percent of women, yet many are too embarrassed to seek help or believe that nothing can be done. But help is available! Doctors known as urogynecologists specialize in treating this common yet sensitive condition. They also treat other gynecologic conditions that affect the female pelvic organs and the muscles and tissues supporting these organs. Examples of other conditions they treat include pelvic organ prolapse, frequent and sudden urges to urinate (overactive bladder), recurrent urinary tract infections, and bladder pain (interstitial cystitis), vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Pelvic floor problems can have a negative effect on a woman’s quality of life, resulting in embarrassment, discomfort, and inability to do her usual activities. These conditions are most often experienced by women who have had children and are in menopause, though they can affect women of all ages. These conditions are also more common than you may realize. The American Urogynecologic Association estimates that one in three women suffers from one of these pelvic floor conditions. Urogynecologists are uniquely qualified to treat pelvic floor conditions.  Partners in The Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, a division of Northwest ObGyn, Drs. Linda Partoll and Sarah Hammil have completed medical school, a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and received additional specialized training to treat these problems. Both are board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Our multidisciplinary team has many years of experience in treating these conditions

and have worked together for many years, developing and providing effective clinical diagnosis and treatments. Treatment options for pelvic floor conditions include more than surgery. Drs Hammil and Partoll also offer conservative options, such as exercise, physical therapy, medication, nerve stimulation, Botox, or the use of simple devices such as pessaries. Even if surgery is needed, many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis. Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse can be treated with the MonaLisaTouch, a nonhormonal laser especially helpful for cancer survivors. An experienced urogynecologist has the ability to listen, empathize and help women thoughtfully evaluate treatment options. Northwest Urogynecology doctors evaluate women to determine the causes, then create effective, individualized treatment plans to help you enjoy the life you desire and deserve. Drs. Hammil and Partoll understand the disabling effects these conditions can have on women. Getting older does not mean you can’t enjoy life. You can still be active with your family and play with your kids and grandkids. Their doctors are here to support you in living your life to the fullest. Northwest Urogynecology (AKA The Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery) 105 W. 8th Ave. Ste. 6025 (509) 455-5050

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Honor Women’s Intentions

for Pregnancy and Birth NORTHWEST MIDWIVES, a division of Northwest OB/GYN, is a fullscope Nurse Midwifery Practice. Northwest Midwives will soon have four Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs): Lisa Larkin, Kelly Rickman, Mahshid Aghasadeghi, and joining them in May, Charlie Ann Lynch. This practice has been providing excellent care to women in the Spokane region for more than 30 years. They are the only midwifery practice attending births at the beautiful Birth Place within Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Historically, the word “midwife” means with women. Midwives have been taking care of women throughout the world for thousands of years. Though the training has changed throughout the centuries, the premise of midwifery remains—to provide individualized care to childbearing women in the safest way possible. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are Advanced Practice Nurses (Nurse Practitioners) with a Masters or Doctorate degree that must pass a national certification exam. In Washington State they are primary care providers who have independent prescribing authority. Not only can they provide care to women during preconception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period, they also provide gynecological care including well-woman exams, contraceptive counseling and care, and treatment of many common female health disorders. Often women seek out care by a CNM because they desire a holistic approach that honors the woman’s intuition, wisdom and informed choice. They strive to honor a woman’s intentions for her pregnancy and birth and enjoy building relationships with the families they serve. Blending the philosophy and traditions of midwifery with the back up and safety of the hospital setting is the hallmark of Northwest Midwives. This practice has the benefit of being supported by Northwest OB/GYN, a group of five well-respected obstetricians. They pride themselves on providing seamless co-management or transfer of care when a patient’s health requires care for a high-risk situation. Whether a woman desires natural childbirth or plans on having an epidural for her birth, their goal is to make sure she is informed of her options and to support her in making decisions that are best for her and her family. Their passion is to guide women through pregnancy, birth and beyond while ensuring that their experiences are positive and safe. Northwest Midwives 105 W. Eighth, Suite 6025 (509) 455-5050

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NORTHWEST OB-GYN has provided compassionate and individualized care to women at all stages of life since 1985. The founding physicians created a vision to offer matchless patient. This tradition of excellence is continued by their current team of highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, sonographers and their team of assistants and support staff. Northwest OB-GYN offers three divisions to provide the specialized care a woman may need over the course of her life. Their Obstetrics and General Gynecology Division consists of Dr. Kathryn Miles, Dr. Daniel Zwiesler, Dr. Jeffrey Hilton, Dr. Stephen Pakkianathan, and Dr. Dawn Kopp. Each physician is experienced in both high-risk and difficult pregnancies and deliveries, as well as GYN care. Minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as non-surgical options are available by their skilled physicians. They were recently blessed to celebrate Dr. Peter Fern’s 31st year of practice at Northwest OB-GYN. He continues to provide outstanding gynecologic care to the women of the Inland Northwest. Each physician and provider works with patients and families toward a positive and supported experience, honoring patient preferences. The unique relationship between their physicians and their individual patients is extremely important to them. The strong commitment of providers to their patients is reflected by the fact that their obstetric providers deliver their own patients about 80 percent of the time. Northwest Urogynecology, (previously called The Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery) is the second component of Northwest OB-GYN. 2017 “Best Doctor” Linda Partoll and Dr. Sarah Hammil are the only two fellowship-trained Urogynecologists practicing in the

greater Inland Northwest. Urogynecologists are specially trained to care for women with pelvic floor problems including urinary incontinence, weakening of the support of the female organs, bladder pain and recurrent bladder infections. Please see the additional page in this issue dedicated to Dr. Partoll and Dr. Hammil and Northwest Urogynecology. Northwest OB-GYN’s commitment to providing excellent care options for women during and after pregnancy is further demonstrated by their Certified Nurse Midwifery Division. Their Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are trained professionals with expertise in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries as well as “well woman” and basic gynecologic care. Their CNMs provide 365/24/7 care. Northwest Midwives are currently the only midwifery practice which delivers babies at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Please see the additional pages in this issue for further information about Northwest Midwives. Northwest OB-GYN has provided compassionate and individualized care to women at all stages of life for over 30 years. They look forward to continuing to build relationships with patients, sharing their joys and sorrows and in providing the highest quality and matchless care for years to come. Northwest OB-GYN 105 W. 8th Ave. Ste. 6020 (509) 455-5050 |

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ADDICTION FEELS LIKE a possession of both the spirit, but more importantly,

the brain. I could not stop to save my life. There is nothing rational or understandable about addiction, to the outside world. My brain was highjacked. My only escape: a suicide attempt two years after my introduction to opiates. “Enslaved to” or “bound to” is the literal meaning of the word addiction, which is derived from the Latin word adjectio. To those who are not predisposed to addiction, the idea of being enslaved to a substance seems inconceivable and distant. For those of us, approximately

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23 million or one out of 10 people in the United States suffering from addiction, the “enslaved to” feels real: in fact it is real. Neuroscience has come a long way the past few decades. What was once thought to be a moral shortcoming is now considered to be the brain gone awry, or highjacked.

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A COMPETITIVE SWIMMER in college, Steve Flegel,

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divide between knowing and doing,” Flegel says. “I’d seen the commercials for Positive Changes for years, but never really pursued it because I wasn’t familiar with their version of hypnosis from what I’d seen in the shows at the fair.” There’s no magician swinging a watch and telling you that you’re getting sleepy—the hypnotherapists at Positive Changes Hypnosis NW are trained and certified, and registered through the State of Washington—their approach is refined by 30 years of service to people eager to break free from the patterned thoughts and

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IF YOU’RE LIKE MILLIONS of others across the globe, you made a New Year’s resolution to work out more, get healthy, be a better you. Chances are by now, you’ve already quit or are on the verge of quitting. Do you need a reboot? According to recent study at Iowa State University, you should join a gym instead of trying to go it alone. Author of the study, Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology, found that people who belong to a gym or workout facility exercise more, and enjoy better cardiovascular health. In the study, they found that gym members are 14 times more aerobically active and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strength guidelines for both men and women, regardless of age and weight. Regular gym users will also have lower odds of obesity, smaller waist circumference, lower resting heart rate, and higher cardiorespiratory fitness. Why do you make more progress at the gym rather than trying to do it at home? One term: like-mindedness. When you are around more active people, you tend to be more active. Additionally, if you have a financial commitment, it may help keep you going. Why pay for something if you’re not going to use it? 112 / MARCH 2017

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A Home Remodel in North Idaho Whispers the Wild Wild West photos and story by Joni Elizabeth


rowth is nothing new to a Midwest couple who met in the fertilizer business. Mike and Gayle Stegmann planted the first seeds of their dreams out west purchasing a home set on 83 acres just off Highway 53 near Rathdrum, Idaho. Six years later, they live in a fully remodeled home, with a guest house addition completed and others in progress, now on 500 acres of land. Though originally purchased as a summer home, the couple decided to transplant

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full-time in 2014, leaving their residence in St. Louis. Edwards Smith Construction spearheaded the remodel, demolishing the original home to the studs to provide a clean slate for new direction. “It was a nice house, it just wasn’t our

house, and what we really wanted was the property,” Mike says of the original home, built in the early 2000s. The couple knew they wanted something different—dark wood instead of light—but beyond general

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ideas they did not have an exact blueprint in mind and began meeting with contractors for guidance. Andy Smith at Edwards Smith Construction immediately clicked with the couple, and was hired for the job. “He reeled us in with his vision, excitement and enthusiasm for what this

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could be,” Gayle says. The inspired vision capitalized on the outside views by introducing a row of floor-toceiling windows as a northeast portal to wildlife and tree-studded hills surrounding the home. Adding a five-acre manmade lake and waterfall further enhanced the landscape of the Stegmanns' backyard. “Our vision was not restricted to the house, it was what we wanted this ranch to be. Now the ranch is four houses and 500 acres,” Gayle says. And though they’ve come so far, the vision continues to evolve. Construction is underway

to add a full-size barn and indoor riding arena to the property (again by Edwards Smith), that will soon house 15 mules, currently boarding a few miles away at Gayle’s father’s home. The Stegmanns own the Gem State Mule Company, a passion project for Gayle who started riding the animals, a cross between a female horse and male donkey, when she was 12. She’s been in a serious relationship with the animal ever since, showing and riding through the years. In 1989, Gayle set the world record for a mule marathon (which consists of riding a mule, in this case Apache Ripper, for 26.2 miles) and completed the course in 1:32. The Stegmanns are deeply rooted in the agricultural community. Animals, farming and land

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in the facing bookcase. A seventy-inch screen TV blends with the surroundings, encased in a custom wood frame with a cowhide border. The great room flows into the dining room, the open space broken up only by Aztec rugs and furniture placement, where white leather and hide chairs surround a simple wood table beneath a chandelier constructed of elk antlers. An open doorway leads to the kitchen, where the western theme translates to cowhide stools at the bar. Even modern appliances whisper western. A custom-made (Coeur d’Alenebased artist Theresa McHugh) hood accented with nails used for horseshoes provides proper


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morning. Extending from the kitchen, a hallway passes by Gayle’s office and circles back to the main entry, a definite conversation starter. Yes, let’s rewind a bit to the beginning. The private drive to the home leads to a timber porte-cochère decorated with an elk-antler chandelier. Once inside, custom art and historic pieces greet the entrant and set the outdoor tone. An owl painting, another Colt Idol piece, perches above a Theresa McHugh custom-made metal branch table. Across the way sits a mule racing statue, given to Gayle’s father by former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus upon retirement from office in 1995. The statue, now set in a 1,200 pound basalt rock—an enhancement from Gayle—commands the space in front of a floor-to-ceiling leather and cowhide framed mirror. As President of Lange-Stegmann

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display beneath an orbital chandelier. Though they don’t entertain much, they do house family and friends a few times a year. The downstairs is ready for such occasions, outfitted with two guest rooms, each with access to private baths. One bedroom beckons children with log bunks and antiqueinspired western decor, while another is more traditional with a suede frame and Aztec pillows and blankets. A foosball table, wet bar, and a taxidermy bear (whose story is waiting to be told) provide entertainment choices in the main downstairs living space. Other amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, sauna and tanning bed. An array of Aztec rugs and blankets scattered throughout the lower level brightens the darker space while echoing the hues of the floor above. Upstairs leads to a loft, a creative space for Gayle, who enjoys needlepoints and documents each year in scrapbooks. Another Champion safe houses the annual albums, protecting the preserved memories in the case of a fire. All in all, grand timbers with intricate detail comprise the home tastefully decorated with western whim. The Stegmanns sing praises of Edwards Smith construction. “They cut no corners, and their craftsmanship is second to none,” says Gayle, nodding to oversized darkstained baseboards lining the great room as an example. The expansion continues beyond the original home. Exit through the radiant-floor heated mudroom and the “doghouse” is just steps away through the forest. “We really ought to be calling it the bunk house, but the joke is if I’m in trouble this is where I have to stay,” says Mike.


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The Stegmanns infused a more traditional throwback to the Wild West in this space, planking and chinking the walls beneath a bronzed tin ceiling exuding Old World charm. A cast-iron gas stove provides extra heat while a cast-iron pulley light in the full kitchen sets a moody tone with Edison bulbs. Fun nooks and old relics dot the 500 acre property outside, like a dinner bell repurposed from a train of the Wabash Railroad and transported from the ranch Mike grew up on in Missouri; and a freestanding fireplace. Plans are underway for a network

of trails. Walking those trails is not something Gayle would take for granted. An incident with a mule left Gayle, an Olympic-trial qualifying marathon runner, paralyzed from the waist down. The accident resulted

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in a lengthy hospital stay and halted remodel plans as the couple waited to see what extra accessibility they might need. Fighting her way through extreme rehabilitation and therapy sessions, Gayle learned to walk again. A year later, Gayle was back to riding mules and slowly learning to run again as well. Plans sprang back into motion for the home remodel, the location cherished for the proximity to Gayle’s family as she returned to her hometown. Gayle’s dad just lives down the street, her daughter and grandchild less than two



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LANDSCAPING CAN MAKE BIG improvements to the appearance of your

home, adding curb appeal and value while making outdoor spaces more livable. As the weather warms up, projects around the yard provide a good excuse to get out of the house, acting as a source of exercise and stress relief after a long winter’s nap. Homeowners who take a do-it-yourself approach to landscaping should start by developing a plan of action. Those who are new to landscaping, or have questions about know how to proceed, should contact a highly rated landscaping service. The following tips from two of Spokane’s leading landscape design firms—Land Expressions and PLACE Landscape Architecture—will help get your project off the ground. Kathy Swehla, residential project manager and senior landscape designer at Land Expressions, sees many landscapes that were done as a labor of love, failing within a year or two due to poor-quality materials or poor decision making. One of the most popular DIY projects is perking up the yard with flowers and plants—even that seemingly simple task needs the right approach to grow successfully. “Every year I see plants carefully installed by homeowners, not suspecting that what they purchased at a big box store will not thrive in Spokane. Another common mistake in plant selection is not knowing the cultural or space requirements,” Swehla says. Her advice is to seek the guidance of local nurseries that stock the right plants, but also give them a good start, by acclimating them in their greenhouses. Modular walls, pavers or stepping stones are other projects homeowners can install on

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their own, but require an understanding of the fundamentals that make the wall or path stay in place. Modular blocks, that fit together like LEGOs, are designed to make the job easier for a homeowner attempting to do the job themselves, but as Swehla points out, researching the process, especially how to create a solid foundation, is key to a successful product. The cost of demolition of a failing wall or path to reinstall it correctly is a painful lesson to learn, she says. Water features, a speciality of Land Expressions, are a popular trend, and even in our climate, can be designed to run yearround. Not only is a water feature, like a small pond, attractive to look at, but its peaceful bubbling infuses a yard in even the busiest neighborhood with a sense of tranquility.

But building a water feature is not as simple as digging a hole and filling it with water. There are liners, pumps, skimmers and filtration, not to mention location to consider—that’s why Swehla stresses that water features are one place where corners should never be cut. “Walk through newer neighborhoods and you are likely to see dry stained rocks that were meant to be a beautiful soothing water feature. It looks so easy, but water is one of the trickiest materials to work with,” Swehla says. “Look what water can do in nature: leak through the tiniest fracture, and freeze to crack concrete and asphalt. Not only are they disappointing, they waste water and can cause a lot of damage, costing money as well as wasting our resources.” The best way to save money, Swehla says, is to do things right the first time. Even a seasoned do-it-yourselfer needs a bit of assistance from time to time. “I always educate my clients that plans done by an experienced designer are going to save them money. A big part of my job as a residential designer is ‘mistake avoidance,’” Swehla says. “Most homeowners will do one landscape in their lifetime. We designers have done hundreds. This has given us valuable experience to help our clients. A good designer helps clients make good decisions for their family, their lifestyle, their goals.” Joshua Tripp, landscape architect and owner of PLACE Landscape Architecture, echoes Swehla’s sentiments about having a plan, and says working with design professionals will help you identify the full scope of work and services required to ensure your project is a long-term success. The first signs of blue sky and sunshine might be a tempting signal to start your landscape project, but one thing professionals know is that jumping the gun can lead to a natural disaster. “Keep in mind, the seasonal nature of our region means that when temperatures drop and moisture freezes, things underground move. Subterranean shifting and heaving will certainly tear

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apart any landscape patio, wall, kitchen, swimming pool, or driveway if not properly installed,” Tripp says. He adds that the rule of thumb is to wait until Mother’s Day (mid-May) to get work underway. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking ahead. Landscape contractors are typically booked months and months ahead, and if you wait until the last minute to seek help, you may be left waiting until the following season. When interviewing landscape contractors, Tripp’s advice is to talk to a few, and not to let price be the only deciding factor. The low-bid contractor, he points out, will almost always guarantee there will be change orders, and your project will end up costing as much as the other company proposed, and there is a high probability you will be looking at repair or renovation in a few short years. Tripp also suggests you talk to trusted friends and family about your project. Learn about contractors they are familiar with, and ask to see projects that are a few years. After all photos and videos are timeless and always deliver the new-car smell. Your diligence will pay off. When it comes to landscaping, simplicity equals good design and low maintenance. Tripp says to picture what will be pretty, and what will best suit your lifestyle and the surrounding elements of your home. “Consider the proper plants for the proper space, and allow room for them to grow to their mature size. Be aware of roof lines and other factors that can have a negative impact on your living plant material. Evergreens will provide year-round structure and perennial grasses offer texture and contrast—both can be little to low maintenance design elements,” Tripp says. “The living landscape grows, changing daily, and requires maintenance. If not properly thought out, the labor of love can quickly transform into a burden.”

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by Jennifer Valerien, 2017 President Spokane Association of Realtors

ALMOST EVERYONE WHO owns a pet feels their animal is part of the family: 99 percent, according to a new National Association of Realtors survey. This becomes apparent in the sacrifices pet owners are willing to make when it comes to buying and selling homes. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would not give up their animal because of housing restrictions or limitations. NAR President William E. Brown, a realtor from Alamo, California, says “Realtors understand that when someone buys a home, they are buying it with the needs of their whole family in mind; ask pet owners, and they will enthusiastically agree that their animals are part of their family.” I’m a dog person.  I totally get this— and I think it’s cool. Yes, pets are members of the family and yes, I would make many other sacrifices before I ever considered giving up a pet. When my husband and I last moved, we made the decision on a type of house based on one of our dogs. We were having to carry a large dog up and down steps to go outside due to his hip problems.  When we were shopping for our next home, we specifically looked at one-story homes for our purchase.   Eighty percent of realtors consider themselves “animal people,” and 68 percent have pets of their own. Odds are, if you’re looking to move with pets, your

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realtor is a kindred soul. What do we mean when we say “pet”? From the survey: 83 percent own a dog, 43 percent own a cat, 9 percent own a bird, reptile, amphibian, arthropod, small mammal, or miniature horse, 8 percent own a fish, and 5 percent own a farm animal.  More than half of all survey respondents, 52 percent, indicated they had completed a home renovation project specifically to accommodate their animal. Of those who undertook projects, 23 percent built a fence around their yard, 12 percent added a dog door and 10 percent installed laminate flooring. Ninety-four percent of consumers indicated they were satisfied with their renovation; 58 percent indicated they have a greater desire to be at home, and 62 percent enjoy spending more time at home since completing their renovation. When it comes to the enjoyment homeowners gain from these projects, fencing in a yard and installing laminated floors rated highest, both receiving Joy Scores of 9.4; Joy Scores range between 1 and 10, and higher figures indicate greater joy from the project. Adding a dog door came in a close second with a Joy Score of 9.2. If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, consider these additions/modifications as things you can do now to add value to your home, from a pet-owner's point of view.  Meanwhile, you’ll boost your own joy score at the place you call home.     No wonder we want to feel at home in the place we call home.  Very often, that joy includes a pet. Whatever your family, whatever your pets, there is a home out there waiting for you to call it yours. A realtor can help you open the (cat) door. Jennifer Valerien is broker/owner at RE/ MAX Inland Empire. Her source was Animal House: Remodeling Impact February 2017.  You can find the full report on or the Facebook page, spokanerealtor.

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by Michele Martin

ince the early 1960s, Spokane had a spring kick-off to the car season with the Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show. That tradition lasted for decades until 2012 when the lights were turned off for the last time. The car show started out





at the Spokane Coliseum but later was moved to the larger Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds. The event was a place to reveal what you had been working on all winter for local car owners, while it was also a venue that showed off award-winning cars that toured the circuit nationally. The classics remain just that and the hot rods vary from nostalgic to the ultra-modern, but whatever your taste there was something for everyone. For the last five years, Spokane has gone without that car show or a replacement—until now. The First Annual Spokane Speed and Custom Show will be held April 7, 8 and 9 at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds and Event Center. Local car enthusiast and national car show judge, Brian Anderson, is spearheading this venture. With the help of many local businesses, Brian has high hopes that the new show will bring back the tradition to stay. Unlike outdoor shows, indoor car shows highlight cars with great lighting, controlled temperatures and often elaborate displays. They typically have a more diverse entry list. The show will have entries from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Canada and California. Entries include traditional hot rods, street rods, custom muscle cars, restored muscle cars, lifted 4x4 trucks, lowered trucks, import cars, and motorcycles. Several local car clubs are also doing themed displays competing in the Car Club Challenge. There will be a model car contest, a live pin stripers Brush Bash, and a coloring contest for kids. Local Vintage Top Fuel funny car owner and driver Chris Davis will be on hand with his race car and will fire the car up Friday and Saturday evening outside at 6 p.m. Multiple local vendors will be on hand with booths showing off products and services to customize your ride. Food will be available on site as well as the ever popular beer garden.

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There will be class and display awards, as well as Best of Show. Show hours will be Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and kids 10 and younger, $6. For more information about the show or to enter, contact Brian Anderson at (509) 362-7237. You can also follow the show on its Facebook page. Starting next month, with spring in the air, we will be adding back our motorsports calendar of events. If you have a motorsport event you would like mentioned please email Michele at with your contact information. Michele Martin is a local motorsports enthusiast and photographer, and lifelong resident of Spokane.


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THE RIDESHARE industry has exploded in popularity over the past several

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1. Owning and maintaining a car is expensive. At more than $9,000 per year, per

household, a car is the second most expensive purchase Americans make, yet the average car in the U.S. gets only 4 percent utilization per day. The rideshare industry was born from the idea that by pairing drivers and passengers headed in the same general direction, not only is traffic significantly reduced, but car ownership ultimately becomes optional when you know you have a ride you can rely on.

2. It’s a safe way to get around. While pairing drivers and passengers who don’t know each other might seem unorthodox, thanks to stringent background checks, car safety checks and real-time ride tracking, hopping in an on-demand ride has become commonplace for people across the country. In fact, Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare service, currently covers 55 percent of the U.S. population, meaning 177 million people are able to request a safe, reliable ride every day. By the end of 2017, that number will increase to 231 million, or 72 percent of the country.

3. Ridesharing promotes community and economic growth. It is an efficient

way to get from point A to point B, and ridesharing connects both people and communities. In 2016 alone, more than 162.5 million Lyft rides were taken. This opens the door for people who wouldn’t normally cross paths to share a car together. Drivers get to drop off passengers in neighborhoods they might not regularly venture to, and business owners serve customers that previously didn’t have easy access to their location. Ridesharing is a powerful driver of economic growth, encouraging local spending and pumping money back into the enrichment of neighborhoods.

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it primary or supplementary, driving provides flexibility and allows people to own their schedules, clocking in and out when they want, where they want. From coast to coast, teachers, retirees, aspiring musicians and everyone in between is using ridesharing as a source of income. Lyft is the only platform that allows passengers to tip, with more than $150 million dollars going directly into the pockets of their drivers.

5. On-demand transportation is proven to reduce drunk driving. According to a recent study, 88 percent of passengers say they are more likely to avoid driving while impaired because of Lyft, and 53 percent of passengers use the platform to safely get friends and family home who are intoxicated. One tap of a button ultimately leads to saving lives by reducing the number of intoxicated drivers on the road. Whether you’re a passenger or driver, ridesharing seeks to get you where you want to go, be it a final destination or a financial goal. Local communities deserve friendly, safe transportation they can rely on, and the rideshare industry is close to making that a reality for all people.

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MOCKTAILS ARE NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAILS. They offer a wide range of ingredients like fruit juices, veggie juices, spices, herbs, mineral water, ice and sweetener. Also known as mock cocktails, they’re a delicious, refreshing alternative to an alcoholic drink. And for people who don’t want to broadcast that they’re avoiding alcohol, mocktails are the perfect answer. But that’s just the beginning. They’re also the perfect answer for weight loss. If you ditch the alcohol and choose healthy ingredients, including a healthy low-calorie sweetener such as stevia, you can avoid a boatload of calories not to mention a hangover. Alcohol is one of the worst options when it comes to belly fat. Just one alcoholic drink per day can cause you to gain weight. Though studies are conflicting as to just how much weight or belly fat is gained from how much alcohol, alcohol does cause weight gain. That’s because alcohol is a toxic substance that puts a big strain on the liver. It can clog this major organ and even contribute to fatty liver. A challenged liver can make it difficult to lose weight.

since 1959 If you want to get rid of the winter “pudge” and that muffin top, add mocktails to your spring shape-up plan. You should also feel a lot better when you wake up in the morning. You may also want to try a short juice fast with mocktails before dinner. You can lose at least a pound a day juice fasting, get rid of foggy brain, and recharge your energy.

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Place the tomato chunks in a freezer bag and freeze until solid. This is optional. (Or you can use fresh tomatoes placed in the blender; then you would need to add ice cubes.) Pour the carrot and lemon juices into a blender and add the frozen tomato chunks, cilantro, salt, cumin, jalapeño, and radishes. Blend on high speed until smooth but slushy; serve immediately. Serves 2.

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Lemon Sipper With less than 10 calories, this is an ideal low-calorie, vitamin C–rich thirst quencher. 1/2 lemon, washed or peeled 1 cup unsweetened mineral water 2–3 drops liquid stevia 4 ice cubes

Twisted Ginger Berry 2 green apples juiced or 1 cup apple juice 1 cup blueberries 1-inch-chunk ginger root, peeled 4-6 ice cubes Pour apple juice in a blender along with the berries and ginger root. Add the ice cubes and blend. Serve your icy cocktail with a sprig of mint.

Juice the lemon and pour the juice into a glass over ice. Add the mineral water and stir to combine. Sweeten with stevia to taste. Cherie Calbom, known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, is the author of 32 books including her latest The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting and Sugar Knockout.

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THE TERM “SOUL FOOD” is generally associated with a variety of traditional southern rich or fatty cuisine, although, the term itself is a brilliant moniker for food in general. Cultures around the globe both celebrate and mourn with appetizing entrees. That is never more prevalent than sitting in a hospital cafeteria. With patrons visiting a sick family member or celebrating the birth of a new one, one thing always unites us: food. My cousin and I used to make jokes about visiting the hospital just to eat; now I’m afforded the opportunity. Cafeteria food often receives (and sometimes deserves) a bad rap. I am on a mission to see if we are removed from the days of dried ketchup on day-old meatloaf and vending machine tuna salad sandwiches. Kris Kilduff is crafted of 77% smoked gouda, 20% gnocchi and 3% ice cream sandwich.

Kootenai Hospital Baked Potato Bar and Hotdog At home growing up we would often have a loaded baked potato night. This didn’t feel too far off. Chili, cheese, sour cream and a bevy of salad toppings all at your disposal to stack inside your baked potato. I was half tempted to do the same thing to the all beef hotdog, but decided I’d go with the classic ketchup, mustard and red onion.

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Sacred Heart—WINNER Sandwich Bar and Chinese Noodle Soup

This is what I’m talking about. If you have to feed masses through an entire day, why not load up a table full of quality meats and cheeses and afford them every condiment known to man. I did my best impression of Scooby Doo and Shaggy and shuffled together this monster cold cut classic I couldn’t even finish. And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids.

Valley Hospital Fried Pork Chop, Mashed Potato and Stuffing This was Thanksgiving, minus the turkey. A thick-breaded fried pork chop that seemed to be seasoned well. Potatoes and stuffing that seemed fresh and tasted homemade. The gravy was a bit old and coagulated, but I can’t really complain . . . the truth is I’d prefer be inside a hospital where the staff were saving lives rather than stirring my condiments.

Deaconess Soy Salmon, Rice and Broccolini In what was undoubtedly my closest foray into gourmet hospital food, Deaconess’s menu showed signs of promise with a light soy-based salmon. Surprisingly the fish didn’t seem dried out and tasted wonderful. The rice and broccolini that accompanied it, however, had seen better days. The unlabeled mystery sauce that tasted a bit like hollandaise was good enough to pull it all together.

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Holy Family Cheeseburger and Fries The cheeseburger is an American classic. It came on a grilled bun and loaded with pickle, tomato and about half of an entire yellow onion. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be much more than a frozen 1/4 pound patty hit with a little seasoning on the grill. Luckily the cook was throwing down french fries to order; now if I could have stumbled across some tatar sauce . . .

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I WAS AT THE MARKET and picked up a package of bacon not too long ago, and something on another package caught my eye. As I look at restaurant menus all day long, I am, accustomed to seeing the messaging and marketing being attempted on menus. And something jumped out at me. One brand of bacon had GF on it. Wait, what? Gluten-free bacon? *Eye roll*   We are all trained pretty well to turn the box over and look at the ingredients when we are shopping for food. Trying to be conscious of what we are purchasing and putting in our bodies. But perhaps we should be just as aware of the front of the box. Look at the marketing that’s going on, ON the box. We see words and phrases such as “Now one third less sugar,” “lower sodium,” “hormone free.” That’s all good messaging but, compared to what? What is this messaging trying to accomplish?  Ever wonder if there is doublespeak or “code talk,” in your food? Yes there is. Now sometimes it’s inadvertent, and sometimes it’s an attempt to capture a marketing trend with a “buzzword.” And sometimes those buzzwords are used inappropriately.  Enter the gluten-free bacon.  To be fair, the practice of using buzzwords like this is not just for food. I was out of town last year on business, and drove by a tax accountant whose sign proudly said: “HD tax services.” The name of the business did not have an H or a D in it. Not initials for their name. So I’m curious, what exactly does high-def tax services look like? What does that even mean?    This is a great example of a buzzword being employed as marketing tool.   Closer to what I do, words like hormone free, grass fed, and organic, have the ability to be misunderstood or misused as well. 

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When you see “hormone free chicken,” did you know that between 1994 and 2000 the FDA banned the use of hormones and antibiotics in chicken? So, all chicken in the U.S. is hormone and antibiotic free. In this case, it’s just marketing. Looking at the term “grass fed,” we all have this mental image of cows in pastures. In truth, according to the FDA, feeding cattle with feed pellets (pellets like you might see at the pet store for rabbits and guinea pigs, only a lot bigger) is considered grass fed. What can be in those pellets? Corn, peas, soy, and all of that counts as grass fed. Look it up.  My business partner, Chef Alexa, ran across a term for “organic farm raised salmon.” She turned to me and said: “Oh no, they didn’t drop that phrase, and not expect me to call them out!”  And she did. She called the manufacturer, an aquaculture farm, and learned about the feeding process of farm raised salmon, and in this case, yes it’s in the process of raising and feeding the salmon that qualifies them to carry this statement. Pretty cool.  It’s all in the processes behind the scenes, what we don’t see, that lies a chance for misunderstanding.    Back to the gluten free bacon, it’s an assurance statement for people who may not understand what’s going on behind the scenes, or a simple application of a marketing term to try to capture sales: I don’t know which. When you look at that restaurant menu and see “gluten-free pork chops,” what they should be telling you is they’re not doing anything to add glutens to it. Breading, flour dusting, etc.   Food for thought. Now on to this business about everyone being Irish in March . . .

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Chris Patterson is the director of Business Solutions at Food Services of America. He is a 30 year veteran of the hospitality and restaurant industry. He has conducted more than 800 trainings, seminars, and consulting sessions with Inland Northwest operators.

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DINING GUIDE/local eats


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ALOHA ISLAND GRILL Hawaiian. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan serve up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount; the Francis location serves a creative breakfast concoction called the “Loco Moco.” Open daily. 1724 N. Monroe (509) 443-1632 and 1220 W. Francis (509) 413-2029. 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 continues to be #1 Best Thai in readers’ polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad thai. All locations Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12-9:30 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m. Delivery available. TOP OF INDIA Indian. A hidden gem serving up northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny house off East Sprague. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 11114 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 927-0500.

BARBECUE RED LION BBQ & 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-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N. Division. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466).

BISTROS 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 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 twelvecourse 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. 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) 4434410.

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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 and Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon-to-be-



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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 it a point to order something from their “scratch bar,” 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. (509) 456-7575. SATAY BISTRO features an American fusion menu that is nothing short of art. Every team member’s goal is to move beyond the ordinary . . . to extraordinary. Their menu is locally sourced from “farm to menu,” boasting fresh beef and seafood cut in house to their specifications. All pasta is made from scratch, as well as soups, sauces, fusion marinades, bakery, and desserts are prepared each day by their award winning culinary team to ensure the freshest quality organic flavors available. Visit Satay Bistro for an otherworldly dining experience that is beyond the pale. Mon-Thurs 4-9 p.m., FriSat 4-10 p.m.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES FRANK’S DINER Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and converted to diners in Seattle and Spokane. Larry Brown acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location. 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’tmiss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6 a.m.8 p.m. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, Sun-Thurs 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (509) 465-2464. franksdiners. com.

YARDS BRUNCHEON The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday, and—oh!—how that pleases us.

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This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complemented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. It's food the team loves to eat and is meant to be taken lightly. They make most of their menu items in house including their pastries, some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Pkwy., Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (509) 290-5952.

CASUAL DINING TASTE CAFE & FINE ART If you love the taste of healthy and enjoy putting nutrient-dense fuel into your body— while giving your tastebuds the stuff food dreams are made of—Taste Cafe & Fine Art is a not to be missed downtown destination. Jim and Mary Ann McCurdy whip up their most popular dishes—Asian chicken wrap, lentil salad, cookies and a kale salad that would make carnivores drool—among a long list of tantalizing dishes. MonFri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu-Fri 5:30-8 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509)


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GILDED UNICORN The Gilded Unicorn is a Modern American, Classic restaurant featuring hand crafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking themselves too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond coerced into new fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. This is a “must visit” eatery experience. 110 S. Monroe St., Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close. (509) 309-3698. 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 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 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues-Sun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660.

FINE DINING 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. 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3 p.m.– 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900.

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE MANITO TAP HOUSE Manito Tap House is living up to its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun–Thur. Open until 2 a.m. Fri–Sat. 3011 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 279-2671. manitotaphouse. com. STEAM PLANT BREWING CO. & PUB An amazing location for a brewery–under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3–10 p.m. SunThurs 3–11 p.m. Fri-Sat.159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks, downtown. (509) 777-3900. CAFÉ AT THE GATHERING HOUSE A great place to meet with a friend for a latté or to work away on your laptop. The café offers a full range of espresso drinks as well as baked goods and a host of delicious artisan sandwiches and a salad bar for only $5.95. The Gathering House is a church that uses their facility as a job training coffee shop, café, and meeting place that is elevating quality food and lives. Weekdays 8 a.m.—4 p.m. 733 W. Garland. (509) 3409113.

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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 on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 a.m.-2 a.m. 1018 W. Francis. (509) 326-6794. TIMBER A sleek yet laidback gastropub in Post Falls, Timber is all about nostalgia with its sepia-hued history of the region’s logging industry on their walls and a friendly wait staff bedecked in lumberjack-chic red suspenders. The diverse menu puts its focus on pizza with star attractions like BBQ Roadhouse (brisket, pulled pork, German sausage, sliced apple and house-made cheese blend). Other gastropub dishes include the duck quesadilla, a surprisingly creative house salad, and chocolate Stromboli. More conventional favorites like the “Consummate Burger” and airline chicken also pepper the menu. Timber has enough funky dishes to earn its gastropub cred, where new combinations are likely to become old favorites. 1610 E. Schneidmiller Ave. Mon-Thur 11 a.m.9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (208) 262-9593.


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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 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (509) 927-8428.

PIZZA BENNIDITO’S Though we didn’t realize it for several years, it is possible to order a gourmet pie without garlic at Bennidito’s. But who would want to with choices like the popular “LC Primo” with both fresh and roasted garlic along with

chicken, mushrooms, feta and mozzarella over a pesto sauce? The crust is hand tossed and bready in the best sense of that designation. Bennidito’s is the spot to eat outside in good weather with its own deck at the South Hill location. It also has a larger menu that includes salad, wings, calzones, and several popular hot sandwiches like the Italian Beef Sammie ($7.50 whole, $5.50 half). The gluten-free crust is top notch and made by local purveyor, Fusion Flours. 1426 S. Lincoln, Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Closed Sun. (509) 455-7411.

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE CRAVE Where to go that’s lively, airy, and serves some of the best pub and lounge fare around. They do wraps, burgers, salads, and fries (yes to the fries!) right. On the super hip corner of Riverside and Washington with eats, drinks, and nightlife done right. Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 401 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 321-7480 and on Facebook. GARAGELAND Located in an iconic Spokane venue, Garageland specializes in Inland Northwest cuisine using all natural meats and seasonal ingredients, and is well-known for their exceptional burgers and comfort food. The bar features craft cocktails, an extensive absinthe list, and curated local and international beers and wine. Also well-known as one of the best record stores in the region— with punk, jazz and rock offerings and thousands of vinyl titles. 230 W. Riverside Ave. Open daily at 11 a.m. (509) 315-8324 and on Facebook.

SUSHI 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’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat Noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main, Spokane. (509) 8380630.

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Tom Chasse

CEO of Schweitzer Mountain Resort


kiing has always had a huge influence on me. I can remember being three years old at Whittier Ski Resort in New Hampshire. My father was a parttime ski patroller, so playing there on the weekends was a big part of my life. That connection really resonated with me as I grew and aspired to be part of the U.S. Olympic race team. But sometimes life has other plans for you and when I injured my knee during a race in 1976, I thought my life in skiing was over. Luckily, I rebounded from that injury and found a new connection to the mountains as a ski instructor. In 1992, I was chosen to represent the Eastern Division of the professional Ski Instructors of America as a representative for the National Team, a huge honor. At that point, I felt coaching and instruction was where I was meant to be. But once again, life had other plans as I was unsuccessful in my bid to represent the American Teaching Method to the world. Once back at home, I began a mentorship with the president of Attitash Ski Resort in New Hampshire and succeeded him as the resort’s CEO in 1999. It was a tremendous opportunity and thanks to that experience, I was headhunted for the same role at Schweitzer, joining the team here in 2006. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you never know how or when or where opportunity will come from. Always be ready to receive it. My favorite sport actually isn’t skiing. I love ice hockey. It’s a fantastic diversion for me. I don’t have to make decisions when I’m out on the ice. I’m just one of the guys and I get to play with two really great teams, one in Spokane and one in Coeur d’Alene. Hockey motivates me to stay fit, too. I’m easily the oldest guy in the league so keeping up with my teammates motivates my fitness—both mentally and physically. It's challenging being from the East Coast and living in North Idaho. Getting used to the pace of life here has been interesting for me . . . it’s so slow! But that’s a good thing.

Sometimes back east, we’d be faced with all kinds of challenges and people could be in your face wanting resolution now. People here are more reasonable and willing to listen. There’s less rushing. It gives me some perspective that I hadn’t experienced before and I like that. Balancing work and home is critical to success. I feel like I finally have figured out how important it is to being successful on both a personal and professional level. I live about 50 minutes from the office and that distance gives me time to think and plan. In the morning, I check my calendar and email before I head out, then on the drive, I can plan out my day and the things I want to accomplish. On the way home, I have time to decompress and think things over as well. This kind of balance is unique to my time at Schweitzer. I’ve never had such a good balance as I do here. Contributing to the development of the local community is something I’m extremely proud of. In my time here, we’ve raised the awareness of Schweitzer nationally and that’s had a strong economic impact on the community. We’ve become advocates for the entire region, not just Schweitzer. I see it on a personal level with our destination wedding guests, many of whom have never been here before, and they are blown away by the combination of the scenery, the vibe, the great people in town, and the overall friendless of our community. I feel like the efforts to attract new visitors to the resort helps our whole area get “on the map” and people see what an amazing place this is. Those experiences help grow our tourism and the overall reputation of North Idaho. Never stop exploring. Moving to the Pacific Northwest “late” in life was a brand new adventure for my family and me and the entire Northwest is just incredible to see firsthand. I never thought I’d get a chance to really know this part of the country and since being here these last 10 years, we’ve come to realize that there is so much to experience. From Bend, Oregon, to Montana, to Lake Louise in Canada . . . there is just so much so explore. It’s amazing.

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