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& the Road to the National Stage health beat

New Health Technologies

Business Legacies

Shaping Our Region

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CATALYST BUSINESS LEGACIES Whether you are in business for one year or 100 years, you build a legacy right out of the chute by virtue of the lives you touch. We honor local entities who have been shaping the business landscape of our region for many years .

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Legacy Businesses

GU MEN’S BASKETBALL It has been a month since our Zags gave us the thrill of a lifetime . . . and we honor them by looking back over the last 19 years to trace their steps to the national game stage.

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MIC DROP From 2016-18, Tod Marshall is serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate, a position sponsored by Arts Washington and Humanities Washington “to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry throughout the state.”

ABOUT THE COVER Photo: Courtesy Torrey Vail for Gonzaga University. Gonzaga Men’s Basketball players while traveling to Phoenix, Arizona, for the NCAA Final Four games. Pictured: (back left) Zach Norvell Jr., (front/center) Nigel Williams-Goss, and (back right) Jeremy Jones.

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Editor’s Letter

The Nest

Stephanie’s Thoughts

Book Nook Upside to Downsizing Window Blinds


First Look and Buzz Innovative Collective Lilacs & Lemons 4 Ways to Eat Local Lead Spokane Mixed Media Spokane Rising Reflections


The Scene Navy Week Lilac Lit: Nance Van Winckel Music: Kori Ailene Artist: Debbie McCulley


Real Estate First Time Homebuying: 5 Mistakes to Avoid


Horsepower Nascar in Spokane Motorsports Calendar


Woman Pages


Glennon Doyle Melton Green Living Role Model Closing the Gap OBGYN Feature

The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do


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People Pages People & Events


Metro Talk Gonzaga Men’s Basketball


Catalyst Business Legacies Innovation Selling Your Business PR and Socia Media

Healthbeat Lung Health New Health Technologies


Local Cuisine Feasting At Home Cake Roulette Food Chain: Summer Beef Prices Potato Possibilities DINING GUIDE


Mic Drop: Tod Marshall


Why We Live Here

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CONTACT US Spokane Coeur d’ Alene Living is published twelve times a year. If you have any questions or comments regarding the magazine, please call us at (509) 533-5350; we want to hear from you. Visit our Web site for an expanded listing of services:

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for comments about our recent articles. Your opinions and ideas are important to us; however, we reserve the right to edit your comments for style and grammar. Please send your letters to the editor to the address at the bottom of the page or to Stephanie@

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Why-We-Live-Here photos: On the last

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Story submissions: We’re always looking for at least three months prior to the event. Fundraisers, gallery shows, plays, concerts, where to go and what to do and see are welcome.

Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine and casual restaurants for residents and visitors to the region. For more information about the Dining Guide, email Stephanie@ BUZZ: If you have tips on what’s abuzz in

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CONTRIBUTORS Lisa Beach Jennifer Evans

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Kris Kilduff Calvin Knapp

Michele Martin Andrea Prabhu

Diane Corppetts

Matt Griffith

Dawn Kopp Christal S. Lam

Brian Newberry Sharma Shields

Chris Patterson Jennifer Vesbit

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Honoring Ned McNamara I was given a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine with the article about Ned McNamara. It is absolutely lovely and the last sentence (“None of us are exempt from anything. What we have is this moment right now.”) is so appropriate at this time . . . for on Monday, April 10, while on a search and training exercise on Mt. Anton, Ned was taken from us. He was with his “comrades”— and is now in the House of the Lord. Thank you for doing such a memorable article on my husband. ~Catherine McNamara

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Sometimes, I’m just too busy to read the magazine when it arrives in my mail. This morning I found time and, as always happens, your Editor Letter resonated with me. It’s positively uncanny when you write down exactly what I’m feeling! Following the Guardian debacle, thanks for your glowing testimonial to all that Spokane offers it’s residents. I had a birthday last week but will never tire of working to keep our community moving forward to being an even better place to be. ~Roynane Lisk

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Outrage over Women’s Articles in Magazine I’m trying to understand, why you feel the need to put women’s articles in a city magazine. I didn’t see any articles on men

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and their ability to be better at . . . you fill in the blank! But that’s fine, I don’t have to read your magazine. A new agenda is coming with our new president, and you can write all the articles you want, it isn’t going to change anythingOutinofthe nextows: eight years so marinate the Shad Mocktails: Human Trafficking in our Regio n Delicio us & Health on that one. A women’s march for what? To y ensure you can get more birth control for “free”? Sad and pathetic all at once, thanks for saving me money on canceling my script. ~Kurt Beardemphl

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Dear Kurt, The Woman’s magazine runs inside of the city magazine every other month. I launched Woman magazine five and a half years ago, and we decided last year to roll all of our smaller sister publications (Woman, our business magazine, Catalyst, and our older adult lifestyle magazine, Prime) into Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living as an enhanced regional magazine. We understand that not all of those topics are of interest to all of our 130,000 readers, but most of our readers have learned the fine art of not reading what doesn’t apply to or interest them . . . and not becoming enraged when they do read something that isn’t geared directly toward them. And because you didn’t see men’s articles in this particular issue, doesn’t at all mean we don’t cover topics specific to men throughout the year (Men’s Health is coming in June). And none of our Woman’s articles (or any article for that matter) are about anyone or anything being better at . . . you fill in the blank, so our magazine isn’t a good read if that is what you seek.  If I do find you have a subscription, I will have my team honor your request to cancel it. Although, I suspect you aren’t a subscriber, and that you aren’t familiar with our magazine(s).  ~Stephanie Regalado, editor-in-chief

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Grace in Community “Oh the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” ~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, poet and novelist (18261887) A friend posted this quote to Facebook—which was brilliant timing— the day after a colleague passed along a vitriol-filled email—foul language, demeaning messaging, personal attacks— about errors in a magazine piece. I am first in line to thrash myself when errors slip through, while accepting responsibility and apologizing to those we may have wronged in any way. First. In. Line. And I encourage all readers to send a message at any time with their thoughts—positive or negative—when something in the magazine moves them to do so. I always prefer knowing the realities associated with our work, and being given the chance to raise the bar.  Not long ago, I posted my own grievance about an offensive headline in another local publication, which inspired a host of “Kill the Beast” comments directed toward that publication. Humans are often inclined and in the ready for a “let’s torch the place” movement. There is a fine line between holding each other accountable and trying to tear each other to shreds. I may take occasional delight in the viral meme—“May the bridges I burn light the way”—but my desire and will to honor myself and others keeps me tethered to understanding, tolerance, and kindness, and to wanting more for us all. While reading through the messages on my Facebook thread about the other publication, I realized it was a good opportunity for me to share my respect for the publication’s work—and the journalists and editors making it happen—as well.   As our region moves forward in growth and continues the pursuit of positive motion, we need to be diligent in our efforts to grow in our relationship to one another, as well. Buildings are being raised—it is so cool to see cranes breaking up the blue sky with giant triangular roof trusses swaying into place on a brand new structure’s rooftop—and we need to raise the trusses on our own understanding of one another as we continuously socially sway into new places in our thriving community. Part of the angry email I received was devoted to saying what a joke certain aspects of our community are, including those “who call themselves professionals.” Again, let’s keep climbing together because there is room for growth and development in each of us. Let’s also understand that our climb is not a solo mission where we look back and scoff at those who we may not perceive as being on the same rung. There is also room to consider, in the same vein: if you look down or back, you will eventually look forward, and not one of us has no one in front of us. The Danish, known as the happiest humans on the planet, value the “hygge” movement.

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Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the term is defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” It’s possible to hygge alone, wrapped in a cozy blanket with a warm cup of tea, but the true expression of hygge is joining with those you appreciate, admire, and maybe even love, in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. It’s not a solo mission to peace and quality of life, although our interpersonal health is a vital aspect of that process. It is the weaving of individuals and community. We need to value and respect each other as a powerful collective of human possibility, while simultaneously nurturing ourselves in order to continue to rise to the occasion of offering true value to others and to our community. And, as I often love to quote, “Be the change we wish to see.” The quote worked both ways for me: I wished the sender of the email beheld more of the “breath of kindness” in his messaging, and I reminded myself to be “a faithful hand” to sift his words and keep what was worth keeping, while letting the rest blow away. And I believe we can all work toward rising up on both sides of this quote for the betterment of our entire community. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and we are Spokane. Please find me on Facebook or Twitter—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living page—to stay connected between press dates, and share your thoughts, stories, and life in real time.  With much respect,   Stephanie Regalado 

My name is Chuck Conrad. I graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA degree. I was honorably discharged from the Army in 1974. I graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1977. My practice focuses on motorcycle accidents. I ride a 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. I have ridden to Sturgis, Hwy 66, the Four Corners, throughout the US, Canada, Cuba and the Tail of the Dragon. I am a platinum sponsor for the “Ride For Life” motorcycle event, which financially supports children with cancer. I have written several articles as a guest columnist for a monthly motorcycle publication called “Northern Rocky Riders.” I am a guest speaker on motorcycle accidents at many motorcycle functions. I have represented Canadian citizens and riders in the Pacific Northwest, who have been in motorcycle accidents. Additionally, my firm has extensive experience with Social Security Disability claims and on the job injuries. In closing, I want to thank the gifted surgeons and physical therapists who have put my clients back together.

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A New Way of Thinking and Planning for the Future at the Innovative Collective

he Innovation Collective team, based in Coeur d’Alene, is on a mission to help everyone in the world understand and prepare for the future of work. Founder Nick Smoot believes that “work” as it was traditionally known—repetitive tasks—is for machines. And that humans come alive and are most fulfilled when they can contribute to the creation of something meaningful. This can be a piece of art, a story, a new technology or a one-of-a-kind tree house. “If we like it or not, robots and artificial intelligence will replace many of the jobs we see in factories and non-factory settings,” says Smoot. “Oxford estimates 47 percent of the jobs today will no longer be done by humans in the next 25 years.” Smoot and his team aim to create “the tech hub of the Inland Northwest” and are renovating the nearly 100 year old Elk’s Lodge in Coeur d’Alene that has been vacant for more than 30 years. The space is being coined the “Innovation Den” and will house tech companies, a coffee shop, a members-only lounge, community and event spaces, and plenty of co-working areas. Smoot plans for the Innovation Den to become an ambitious business accelerator, as well. The Innovation Collective team travels to other cities to work with citizens, local governments, businesses, nonprofits

and schools to gain an understanding of the town’s past industries and economic success, and then helps to determine a profitable niche around an exponential technology. They bring in industry experts from companies such as Google, Facebook, SpaceX, Apple, and many others to help engage the community in their selected tech niche. The Innovation Collective is creating a hub for entrepreneurs and local businesses to connect. By providing access to capital, mentoring, leadership training,  and a network of other professionals from around the world, they create the support system for the future of work. The result is a rebranded economy, activated citizens and global experts supporting and mentoring the local innovation economy.  The crescendo will be the annual Think Big Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5. Industry titans and leaders from some of the most impressive innovative companies in the world will be on had for two days packed full of collaboration, networking, and celebrations. Find more information at You can find more information on the plethora of Innovation Collective plans in the works, along with Smoot’s fascinating video blog updates and information on new technologies at













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lilacs/lemons by Vincent Bozzi

LILACS to the Spokane park board for approving a $1 million renovation of the Rotary Fountain. At the main entrance to the park, the fountain sets the tone and is a rare feature that is both an aesthetic delight and functionally fun. It needs to spray perfectly in all directions for kids of all ages to be able to run through and take a chance on how wet they’ll get. Our only reservation: don’t spend a dollar if they’re going to keep using those unsightly street barriers that cheapen the entire experience. LILACS to the Browne’s Addition neighborhood for adding ANOTHER six months to their moratorium on new building in the neighborhood. And when it finally ends, they need to make absolutely certain that any new construction keeps with the historic architectural feel of the neighborhood. No one wants to see a jarring concrete apartment built next to beautifully restored craftsman homes. Neighborhoods should have a right to take control of the appearance of their locale and to preserve their way of life. LEMONS to all the entities involved in cutting a one-mile road through High Drive Bluff without going through proper channels. It looks like a classic “seek forgiveness, not permission” scenario. LILACS, though, to Avista for vowing to restore the road as much as possible to the state it was in and for NOT simply using the road for another project they have in the works down the road. LEMONS to the City of Spokane for attempting to ramrod a climbing gym onto park land for a private developer before putting it up for a public vote. Although a fun new amenity near Riverfront Park sounds great, should the city be competing with tax-paying businesses like the two other climbing gyms in town, one of which, Wild Walls, says would certainly put them out of

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business? Rather than lose those taxes, why not find a way to cooperate with existing businesses instead of finding ways to hurt those who have contributed to our fabric for decades? LEMONS to local politicians Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Mike Crapo for voting to allow Internet and telecom companies to share our personal information, including web browsing history. For five-figure donations from the Internet industry they have now allowed the already-too-powerful telecom firms to sell our web histories to the highest bidder. Shouldn’t we be making it LESS easy for others to see our personal information? LILACS to Spokane City officials for working to move forward on a branch of the Centennial Trail that would take hikers and bicyclists along the SOUTH side of the Spokane River, through Peaceful Valley. What a great hiking loop it would make, to be able to walk in safety from Sandifur Bridge, through Kendall Yards, to Riverfront Park, and back past the Spokane Club and all along the river. Currently the trail is so far above the river that you barely know the river is there, but hiking back along the shoreline will be a great added branch to the trail. LILACS to ZBA Architecture for seeking to turn the Otis Hotel into microapartments. When an old beauty can be restored and repurposed it’s so much better than tearing it down and switching it to parking. Downtown is getting more populous with each passing month, and that can only bode well for safety and economic success. There is safety in numbers, and the more people living downtown, the more safe the once-empty streets will be, even at nighttime.

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by Erika Prins Simonds

KEEP IT FRESH Small farms need need capital to get started each year. Despite the objective deliciousness of cheap pizza, you should be eating fresh food to be truly living. Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs invite you to partner with your local farm to meet both these needs at once: you pay literal seed money upfront and reap a weekly share of the bounty throughout the growing season. LINC Foods, a farmer’s cooperative, offers add-ons like local eggs and meat at an additional cost. CasaCano Farms offers a picky-eater-friendly deviation from the traditional CSA: for a membership fee, you can shop at the farm or at their farmer’s market stand for wholesale prices. And thus, the adventure begins. As you dig through your box of goods, you’ll learn all kinds of things. For example, that dill exists independently of dip, and what the heck that weird little knobby potato is. (It’s a sunchoke.) There’s no shame in sticking to a recipe, but you’ll gain confidence to branch out as you develop an understanding—perhaps even a friendship—with the almighty vegetable. Tolstoy Farms: Urban Eden Farm: LINC Foods: CasaCano Farms:

Ways to Eat Local

LEARN THE ROPES Build confidence to move beyond your usual rotation of weeknight dinners—or learn a few tricks for wowing guests—by signing up for a live cooking class. In Spokane, The Kitchen Engine’s class offerings range from Salad Lab to cutting your own steak to making traditional Thai cuisine. Classes fill up fast, so plan in advance to learn from the masters. The Kitchen Engine:

Grocery store aisles are for toiletries and winter. While the sun’s out, throw on a tank top and peruse the aisles of your local farmer’s market for greens that stay fresh longer and eggs from chickens who (probably) have names. Local food stays fresh longer and tastes better, and shopping at a local market is a treat in itself, with live music and tempting aromas floating through the air. Each local market holds its own charm and most vendors accept EBT cards, making fresh food more broadly accessible. Catholic Charities’ Food For All program offers their kids’ nutrition program KERNEL at five local markets, giving kids the chance to earn vouchers for veggies by completing an activity. Liberty Lake Farmer’s Market: Spokane Farmer’s Market: Thursday Market (South Perry): Kendall Yards Night Market: Fairwood Farmer’s Market (N. Spokane): Kootenai County Farmer’s Markets (Coeur d’Alene & Hayden):

EAT (LOCAL) OUT Not all restaurant ingredients are created equal, but with a little research, you can eat local while eating out. Several Spokane restaurants have transcended business as usual to seek out fresh, local ingredients—or even grow their own. A hidden rooftop vegetable garden supplies some of Hills’ Restaurant & Lounge’s vegetables and herbs. Strolling along the Centennial Trail in Kendall Yards during the warm months, you may spot Central Food chef David Blaine watering the garden right outside his restaurant. 20 / MAY 2017

Blaine sources produce and meat from local farms, which are listed on the restaurant’s website. Similarly, Wild Sage Bistro and Santé name their suppliers online for conscious consumers. Central Food: Hills’ Restaurant: Wild Sage Bistro: Santé:

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past year, this article has been an absolute pleasure to write, highlighting so many good things happening in Spokane. As spring takes firm root, what is most exciting to see is so much of our dynamic growth will be permanent with an incredible construction season of exciting projects sustaining our momentum. You often hear discussion of how cranes populate the Seattle skyline. A review of Spokane’s building activity suggests we, too, are shaping our future for the good. The majestic Grand Hotel is Exhibit A demonstrating our growth. Likewise, have you visited Airway Heights recently? Thanks to the earnest determination of city manager Albert Tripp and an expanding West Plans Chamber of Commerce, a seismic boom of businesses is sprouting up along Highway 2. Downtown, our blossoming Renaissance is most visible by the passionate work repurposing the iconic Macy’s into an innovative design, the M. Construction energy abounds with more than $1 billion in building permits issued including work beginning soon on the University

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District Gateway Bridge and a nearly completed vital modernization to the historic North Central High School. Adding to the economic rejuvenation since last fall are $52 million in startup company deals. Not all of Spokane’s building Renaissance is brick and mortar, with our region’s dynamic Spokane Transit Authority initiating popular projects as part of its 10-year-long Moving Forward plan, and our dazzling gem of an airport has started nonstop service to five new major destinations in just the last month. The significance of our building momentum is it adds permanence to our blossoming Renaissance. Winston Churchill famously quipped: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” The great news is our visionary leaders are shaping a Spokane landscape that will impact our future for the good for generations to come—our Renaissance is building!

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next time you attend a Spokane Symphony concert, take a second to look for two adorable people—one the principal clarinet (generally seated stage center, toward the back); the other, principal second violin (stage center-right most of the time)—making beautiful music amid the tightly arranged interpretation of orchestral classics. Less clear in that group setting: the two—Chip Phillips and Amanda Howard-Phillips—are married and, even cooler, each has their own creative side in addition to anchoring sections of one of the most notable orchestras on the West Coast. These are their stories.

Amanda Howard-Phillips | Spokane String Quaretet, Spokane Symphony, Gonzaga University In addition to her work in the Spokane Symphony, Howard-Phillips plays second violin in the Spokane String Quartet and teaches at Gonzaga. She does what she does for a lot of reasons, but at the deepest level, because it’s fun. “I feel so fortunate to immerse myself daily in some of the greatest works of art ever created,” she says. “To share the deepest emotions and wild imaginations of some of history’s greatest geniuses.” She’s especially proud of the work she does with the Quartet, which also includes Mateusz Wolski, Jeannette Wee-Yang, and Helen Byrne—to bring our region new music by living composers—“wonderfully creative people who are reshaping the world of modern classical music”—and showcasing the work of people whose voices haven’t always found their way to the concert hall. At the end of April, the Quartet performed work written by young student composers from the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. “Chickasaw is such an amazing program,” she says. “It has been a personal mission and a labor of love to bring it to Spokane.” The troupe plays five full concerts every season, usually at the Fox Theater and the Bing. They’ve begun branching out regionally with a couple of recent concerts in Sandpoint, Idaho. Howard-Phillips says the experience was “really rewarding” and the group is trying to figure out how to do more shows like that. “I’d love to do more ‘mini-tours’ to smaller, nearby communities that maybe don’t get to hear live chamber music very often,” she says. “Live chamber music is so visceral and excit-

ing. It can be a great gateway drug to classical music.” She gets excited talking about the present state of the quartet, and even more so when talking about the future. “They’re such fantastic musicians, and wonderful friends,” Howard-Phillips says. “I love the support the arts get in our community. Our audience members are so supportive and loyal.” And while people don’t often think of Spokane as being a mecca for the classical arts, Howard-Phillips says she and her co-conspirators are exactly where they want to be. “We really have a pretty ideal situation here in Spokane.” You can find the Spokane String Quartet on Facebook and at

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Chip Phillips | Principal Clarinet, Fine Art Photography Chip Phillips has always enjoyed learning new things, “pushing myself past my comfort zones and growing and learning.” He started playing music as a little kid and has had success as a clarinetist with the Symphony, but he also says, “I’ve always loved the outdoors. I’ve hiked and backpacked forever.” About 10 years ago, he started taking pictures, and landscape photography seemed like a natural fit. While he’s a classically trained in clarinet, and self-taught behind the camera, Phillips says his musicianship has helped his photography grow. “As musicians, we spent many years dedicating thousands of hours to practicing our instrument,” he says. “I feel like that discipline, that attention to detail, helps in any artistic medium.” The dedication to practice, repetition and patience is necessary in photography, too, he says. “Whether I’m getting up at four in the morning to shoot the sunrise, waiting for that perfect light to crest over a mountain, or creating the perfect composition to guide the viewer’s eye through my photo, that focus helps me get to my goal.” He loves living in Spokane because of the proximity to such beautiful and diverse settings. “Twenty min-

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utes from my front door, the rippling hills of the Palouse begin to appear,” he says. “North Idaho is so beautiful too. We’re fairly close to Glacier National Park, to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, the Columbia River gorge, and countless other places to hike, camp, play, and photograph.” “Amanda and I have a little son who’s almost three,” Phillips says. “We love raising him breathing the wild air, getting dirty, and saying hello to butterflies.” Phillip teaches one-on-one and group workshops to photographers who want to learn camera technique and composition, and post-processing techniques. “I do many of my workshops in the Palouse region, and I’m so lucky to live nearby such a ridiculously beautiful part of the country. I’ve spent so much time over the past ten years exploring and photographing the Palouse, and it never gets old. Every season, every weather condition, is magical.” Even though photography is mostly an individual art form, community is important. Phillip is a founding member of a group of seven landscape photographers from the Pacific Northwest called PhotoCascadia. Last summer, he taught his first workshop in Italy’s Dolomites with California-based photographer Erin Babnik and the result was lifechanging, he says. “We’ve scheduled another for this summer and I can’t wait to get back.” Phillips’s plan is to continue to grow as a photographer, in a way that takes him to more far-flung locales. He would love, he says, “to be able to see and photograph more of the world. And take my little family with me.” Keep up with Phillip at,, on facebook (search Chip Phillips Photography) or on instagram @chipphillipsphoto

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Embracing “un-pride” by Anthony Gill


the debacle surrounding that Guardian column We embrace—and maybe even celebrate—our flaws. Where some which portrayed Spokane and Spokanites as might see blemishes, we see potential and opportunity, and we’re having no purpose except for Gonzaga basketball, I have to admit always searching for a diamond in the rough. Think North Monroe, I was taken aback by the ferocity of the public response. Don’t get Garland, an early South Perry. Even places like Browne’s Addition me wrong—I disagreed with Cody just as much which today are some of Spokane’s most beloved as everyone else. But in my experience, most local neighborhoods. Where some might residents tend to be fairly low-key about expressing It takes a special kind of savvy and authenticity their feelings for our city. A public and vociferous to pull off this sort of “un-pride” (which, in a subtle see blemishes, we outcry over a column published in a British newsirony, is actually pride) in a destination marketsee potential and paper did not seem to be in character. ing campaign. Portland, Cleveland, and a number But maybe it is. I noted during the mess of that opportunity, and we’re of other U.S. cities have promoted their cities article that our civic consciousness often takes the always searching for a using similar ideas and unconventional messages form of “un-pride.” We are so proud of our city, that diamond in the rough. and visions. And local resident Derrick Oliver has sometimes we seem not to be. We are self-deprecatcrafted a concise, compelling, and deeply satisfying, choosing nicknames like “Spokompton” which ing message of an “un-cool” city with his “Spokane have so little basis in reality that you have to wonder whether their Doesn’t Suck” campaign. It’s an incredibly “hip” sentiment. So as original purveyors had a cruelly and deeply biting sense of humor. Visit Spokane and other local organizations reportedly work on Some of us occasionally bash our city for the sole purpose of keepa new vision to promote Spokane to regional visitors, perhaps it’s ing it uncrowded, unvarnished, and inexpensive for everyone else. time to look beyond the subtle jab of “near nature, near perfect.”

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(Who wants to be near perfect?) Imagine what we could achieve if we could craft a compelling message for our city that embraces its insecurities while at the same time drawing in curious visitors. Why not? Sure, it might break just about every marketing convention and rule. But it would also be true to our city, absurdly trendy, and authentic in a deep and convincing way. What would you choose to promote? Which exhibitions of “un-pride” make you the most proud? Which “blemishes” would you put into plain view for all to see? Anthony Gill is a Spokane native and graduate of Santa Clara University. He is the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live. Actual Invisalign Patients

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FIRST LOOK/reflections by Dennis Held

In last month’s

column, I described how Hangman Creek got its name. This month, we focus on the enduring legacy of the man who ordered the hanging, Colonel

George Wright. Why was Col. Wright even in the area in September of 1858? As is often the case with local history, it’s complicated. Wright’s campaign was meant to punish local tribes for their attack on Col. Edward Steptoe, who had ventured from Fort Walla Walla that spring as far north as Rosalia before he was turned back. In early May of 1858, Steptoe had been sent north with 160 soldiers and about 40 others, including civilians and at least three Nez Perce scouts. According to, they were sent to investigate the deaths of two miners. By crossing the Snake River they were in violation of a treaty signed in 1855, but not ratified until 1859 by Congress. Steptoe’s force was seriously undermanned and underequipped for such an expedition, carrying about 40 rounds per man with muzzle-loaders as their main weapon. “On May 17, 1858, Yakama, Palouse, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Indians attack(ed) a column of U.S. Army troops under command of Colonel Edward Steptoe,” historyylink says. “Native Americans face(d) the oncoming encroachment of Euro-Americans in ever greater numbers . . . on lands that were the ancestral homes of the tribes.” Steptoe led his men into a tight canyon between two hills, and managed to retreat the next day after the loss of seven men, including two officers. The stage was set for further warfare. According to Donald L. Cutler’s 2016 book, “Hang Them All”: George Wright and the Plateau Indian War, Colonel Wright left Fort Walla Walla and met up with other forces at the confluence of the Snake and Tucannon rivers. His force included 680 officers and men, 33 Nez Perce fighters, 200 civilian packers and a 400-mule pack train, “the largest army force to have embarked on a military expedition in the West,” Cutler writes. They were well-armed this time, with new Sharps rifles and plenty of ammunition. Wright had fought in the Cascades, and was known for his willingness to destroy anyone and anything in his path, and for his summary executions of enemy combatants. The first battle came on Sept. 1 near Four Lakes. Wright’s own account put the combatants at about 400 allied Native warriors, mostly Yakamas and Spokanes, who were quickly routed by the new rifles and the well-organized attacks of Wright’s forces, who didn’t lose a single man. Native sources indicate about 20 warriors were killed and about 50 wounded. On Sept. 5, at the Battle of the Spokane Plains, howitzers were instrumental in securing another victory for Wright’s troops, again without a single loss of life and only one minor injury. The battles were over, but the war would continue. Wright’s actions thereafter are the source of much debate over the years. Were they the actions of a cruel man who used terror to subdue the local tribes, or was he merely a man of his times and as such, free from contemporary criticism of his deeds? Qualchan’s hanging was not the first on Wright’s campaign. On Sept. 7, he took into custody a Palouse man, Jo-hout, who had come into Wright’s camp after laying down his arms. A day later, after asking a few questions, Wright ordered Jo-hout hung. According to Donald Cutler, “hanging was often used not only as a means of killing an offender, but also as a warning to others. It was a gruesome way to intimidate and display the power of the executioner. The sight of the victim struggling at the end of a rope, his judge standing nearby, indifferent to the man’s suffering, sent a clear message to those watching.” The same day, according to David Wilma at, Wright “orders his troops to slaughter 800 Native American horses (the herd of a Palouse chief) at Liberty Lake to deny their use by enemy tribes. Soldiers also destroy Native American lodges and storehouses of grain . . . Horses represent both the wealth and military power of the tribes. The slaughter along with the destruction of the food supply devastates the tribes.” Tribal historians say that many of the most vulnerable tribal members—the elderly and small children—died that winter as a direct result of Wright’s campaign. On Sept. 25, Wilma writes, “Yakama warrior Qualchan is hanged 15 minutes after he surrenders to Wright carrying a white flag . . . The following day, six Palouse warriors are hanged after surrendering. Ned-Whauld River, called by the

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SAVE YOUR MEMORIES tribes Sin-too-too-olley (river of small fish) Creek, is thereafter called Hangman’s Creek . . . Army officers justified the summary execution by blaming Qualchan for the death of Indian Agent Andrew J. Bolon in 1855, but Qualchan had no involvement in this event.” The other four Palouse men were killed Sept. 30. Qualchan’s father, Owhi, had been taken into custody earlier by Wright, and after Qualchan’s hanging, he was being transported back to Fort Walla Walla when he was killed while trying to escape. Wright told Spokane Chief Garry, who had come asking for peace: “I did not come into the country to make peace; I came here to fight . . . You must come to me with your arms, with your women and children, and everything you have, and lay them at my feet . . . If you do not do this, war will be made on you this year and the next, and until your nation shall be exterminated.” What can be made, today, of Wright’s exploits? In his day, he was heralded by many, especially white “settlers” who were, even at the time, settling on lands that were supposed to be left to the Natives. But, as Donald Cutler points out, Wright was well aware of the effects of his policy of terror. And while “one may claim that terror can limit bloodshed, it is an argument that carries little weight with Wright’s victims, their descendants, and with many people of any ancestry living on the Columbia Plateau today.” That Wright is still celebrated as a hero, with roads and buildings named after him, is troubling to some in Spokane, including the Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, located on Fort George Wright Drive. “We’ve wanted the name changed for quite some time, and we’ve made our concerns known to the city council, but it’s not a priority for them right now,” he says. To be clear, Eklof says, he doesn’t think the road was named to be hurtful. “It was just, that’s the road that goes to Fort Wright, so that’s what they called it. But it’s past time to change it. I’ve said it from the pulpit: this is our Confederate flag. And every piece of church mail that goes out has that flag on it. “It seems that it’s aggrandizing a fellow who was so ruthless, so brutal to the Indigenous people of this area,” Eklof says. “As a congregation, it just goes against our fundamental values.” Of course, the last word on this matter should go to “It seems that local tribes, Eklof says. “My hope is that (a replacement it’s aggrandizing name) would be something the local Native American community would be involved in selecting.” a fellow who (In the course of preparing this article, I reached out to Carol Evans, Spokane tribal chair; two other members was so ruthless, of the tribe’s council; a director of the Salish School of so brutal to Spokane; and a local writer, also a Spokane Native. No one was able to respond on a relatively short deadline the Indigenous of one week. But next month, I hope to be able include more from the current Native perspective.) people of this Meanwhile, Cutler quotes Robert McDonald, area.” communications director of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, as saying he’s disappointed that Wright’s memory is treated with respect by so many non-Natives. . . “‘We don’t want to dwell on the past, but it’s frustrating to be around people who don’t at least acknowledge it. How can we, as a community, move forward if we don’t take an honest look at the past?’” And Cutler quotes Spokane Native artist and teacher Charlene Teters, founding member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media: “‘We must help young people believe in themselves,’ she says. ‘They need to understand that our culture is intact. We won the war.’”

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Spokane Selected for 2017 Navy Week


merica’s Navy is coming home to Spokane in 2017, one of 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. Spokane Navy Week is scheduled for May 15-21, coincident with the Lilac Festival and Veterans Torchlight Parade, and is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. The Navy plans to include the following elements in the week-long celebration:

—Navy Divers and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams —Officers, Sailors and a CH-53 helicopter from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, home based in Norfolk, Virginia —Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world —Navy Band Northwest musical performances —Sailors and officers from USS Washington, the Navy’s newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine —A senior flag officer and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders —Navy simulator(s) and other interactive displays —Visits to area schools —Community service projects and events with local sports franchises —Visits with local veterans




“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand that their Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans, that their Navy is deployed around the world around the clock, and is ready to defend America at all times,” says John Wallach, deputy director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.” “We bring in as much of the Navy as we can,” says Gary Ross, Navy Office of Community Outreach. “The Blue Angels, the Navy Parachute Team, bands, divers, Seabees, EOD teams, crews of ships and submarines that are named after a city or state or have a tie to the area, hometown Sailors, medical personnel, environmental displays, USS Constitution Sailors and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets all have participated in the Navy Week program.” Find the full schedule of events at












Lilac Lit:

crazy for the image Nance Van Winckel on Writing, Digital Imagery, and Inviting Mystery Back into Our Lives

by Sharma Shields


of fifteen titles of poetry, fiction, and hybrid prose, Nance Van Winckel is one of the Northwest’s most prolific and revered writers. She’s published two books in the last few months, the first a book of visual poems, Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Printing), and the second a collection of poetry, Our Foreigner (Pacific Coast Poetry Series). You’ve been a part of the Spokane writing scene since 1990. What brought you to Spokane? My husband and I are both from Spokane, so in 1990 when a job opened up in EWU’s creative writing program, I jumped at it. We wanted to be back in the Northwest, and I loved my job and my colleagues. Part of my job was editing Willow Springs, as well as teaching poetry in the graduate program. What inspires the mischievous meddling with form and function as found in Ever Yrs (a novel in the form of a photo album) and Book of No Ledge (a collection of visual poems, or, as you have called them, pho-toems)? First and foremost, I am crazy for The Image. Manipulating actual images in the digital realm has been exciting. (The medium in which I’m working is called “textbased digital photo-collage.”) This work had given me the same sort of energy charge that I had when I first began writing poems as a teenager, and in many ways that energy has helped me continue to press onwards down a mysterious road into what seems like an endlessly interesting adventure. “Make it new,” Pound says, and I think that’s as much for the maker’s delight as for any perceiver. Book of No Ledge begins by telling us about Mr. Explainer, who the speaker ends up thumbing her nose at when she matures into a “much older woman” who wields “nice sharp scissors and even X-acto blades.” Mr. Examiner begs the speaker of Book of No Ledge, “Please point that glue stick elsewhere,” but she skewers him anyway, putting her “little poems” in the place of his definitions of westward expansion, human invention, and more. I love this notion of a woman intellectually armed and dangerous. How do you see humor and rebellion functioning in your work? This has been another avenue that’s felt different to me. I like talking back to “given knowledge.” One of my editors once described my voice as “impish,” which made me smile since that’s a voice I was scolded for using as a kid; “back-talk” my parents

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and teachers called it. But poetry, or really many kinds of art, is all about talking back. We don’t need permission, or more accurately, we give ourselves permission. I appreciated chopping away some of the original text that explains with such grandiose simplicity the complex inner-workings of the universe, and substituting my own small bits of language that explain nothing but instead invite the mystery back into our lives, a kind of deeper-down knowing that may finally not be just about cognition. I thought about the work of W.G. Sebald while reading Book of No Ledge, a writer who uses images to play off of his fiction about place. Are there artists or writers whose work inspired your pho-toems? Sebald has been a huge influence for me and not just because of his integration of pictures into his text but because I adore the leaps he makes between sentences and paragraphs. I find his prose such a delight to read: luminous and poetic. I found Anne Carson’s book in a box, Nox, about the death of her brother very moving. Ditto a book called Bough Down by Karen Green; she’s a visual artist who was married to David Foster Wallace and the pages are her very detailed postage stamp-sized images along with some very spare and poignant text she wrote concerning the aftermath of Wallace’s death. Tom Phillips’s A Humument has been an amazing touchstone for me too. I love that he continues to update the pages of that amazing erasure book. A favorite for me lately is Robert Seydel’s work. He’s a collage artist, but I also love his quiet, quirky text. He has invented a persona, a woman named Ruth (I believe she was based on his aunt) and given her this wild and wonder-filled life—including a friendship with Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp; the pages are her journal entries with small graphics. I think I most love about his work the blend of fiction, poetry, and visual, and the “naive” feel of it since the character is untrained as a writer or an artist; the pages make me totally believe in and participate with her wonder about the world and her everyday encounters with it.   What book (or books) would you describe as quintessential reads for literary readers in Spokane? So many great writers in our area now. I love Jess Walter’s books. He captures the quirkiness of Spokane neighborhoods. Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping are both important books about this area, and I keep close at hand the Journals of Lewis and Clark, as well as The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest.


by Matt Loi

The past

ten years have been a wild ride for Kori Ailene. A decade ago she performed regularly in Spokane at Rock Coffee and Caterina Winery. Her songs conveyed a more passive character in those days. Then she made the move to Hawaii and gave up music for years. But she returned to Spokane and is now making a huge comeback with a full-length album. Through her job at Left Bank Wine Bar, Ailene got to know the musicians who perform there, including Jay Condiotti, Lucas Brown, and Nick Grow. The challenges she faced over the past few years provided fuel for songwriting, and she was looking to collaborate. Thanks to her persistence, she was the first artist booked in Condiotti’s J Bones Studio earlier this year. Grow fleshed out the arrangements and added some vocal harmonies and additional guitar, while Brown laid down some tasteful lead guitar lines. Condiotti opted for a minimalist production style, free of gimmicks and unnecessary processing. He placed mics at a distance from Ailene in his cavernous studio space to capture a natural live ambience. The result is a true-to-life representation of Ailene and her friends through a 10-song collection called Bear With Me. Ailene’s earnest voice draws inspiration from timeless American singer-songwriters and carries a tinge of classic country. But she is a songwriter, primarily. And her style changed drastically from what it was a decade ago. Now she writes about fighting through her darkest hours and slaying her demons, rather than being a victim. No longer hiding in metaphors and clichés, she takes a strikingly literal approach to the subject matter. Her new-found assertive style was born out of rediscovering herself after a divorce, as well as her stepping away from religion. Now she knows exactly what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it.

Kori Ailene April Egly Photography

You can see Kori Ailene (pronounced “a-lean”) perform at her Bear With Me album release concert at The Bartlett in downtown Spokane on Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m., with opening acts Liz Rognes and Mark Ward. Ailene also plays the Iron Horse in Spokane Valley on Sunday, May 14 and No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane on Wednesday, May 24. Rumor has it she will also perform at the Volume Music Festival in Spokane in early June with Lucas Brown. Get more info at, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Get your digital version of Bear With Me via iTunes, Spotify, or BandCamp.

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A Lighthearted & Colorful Perspective of


with Artist Debbie McCulley

Debbie McCulley’s

artwork is really out there. Not like a Picasso, where people stare at it with heads tilted wondering “What is this all about,” but in the sense that it’s available to the masses—not hanging in some stuffy museum, but in people’s homes, and as mouse pads, garden flags, cutting boards, greeting cards, drink coasters, trivits and even on utility boxes in Coeur d’Alene. “I’m not the kind of artist who’s just going to paint and be in some show because it makes a statement . . . that’s not my personality. My goal is to sell my art and ultimately to become a fulltime artist,” says McCulley, a hairstylist for more than 35 years, who still works at the salon a few hours a week when she’s not painting in her home studio.

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McCulley has always dabbled in art, but it wasn’t until she took classes at the Spokane Art School that she decided to take her talent seriously. Her world of art invites us into her lighthearted perspective of life— full of color, whimsy and detail—mirroring our lives through frogs lounging in martini glasses, birds morphing into wine, fanciful kitchen scenes and iconic Spokane images including Spokane Falls, Loof Carousel horses, Monroe Street Bridge, Bloomsday runners and even the wily marmots. “When I create pieces that might seem simple to somebody else—like a still life of vegetables—I enjoy seeing where I can take it and make them come alive,” McCulley says. “I try to put a twist into my art.” A twist like a pink owl, blue moose or

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32nd Annual Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture ArtFest 2017 June 2, 2017 Noon to 10:00pm June 3, 2017 10:00am to 10:00pm June 4, 2017 10:00am to 5:00pm At Coeur d’Alene Park in the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood

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purple elephant as in her “Party Animals” series. “What other color would they be?” she asks with a laugh. “I’m not going to paint a nice realistic moose; it’s going to be something that’s creative, thoughtful and different. “One thing that drives me is that people really respond to the bold colors I use,” she says. “They say it makes them happy.” McCulley’s art has been exhibited at Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene and in Spokane at Arbor Crest Cellar’s Art and Glass Show, the Chase Gallery and at ArtFest. She is the creator of two local art shows, Art! On Broadway and Art at the Bluff. You can also find McCulley throughout the year at numerous First Friday events.

The next time you’re buying groceries, look for her work at Rosauers—the Northwest supermarket chain was so tickled with her paintings they put them on 50,000 reusable shopping and wine bags. “I really enjoy that everyone can afford to own a piece of my art. I really struggled with where I fit as an artist, but you know, I’m okay that I do fun art,” McCulley says. “I love to make art that is true to me, but I want other people to like it as well,” she says. “I’m not driven by people’s reactions, but I’m definitely encouraged by them. I’m not going to force myself to paint what people like, I’m just lucky that people like what I do and it makes them happy. That makes me want to do more and more and more.”

Art & Glass Fest at Arbor Crest August 26, 2017 11:00am to 6:00pm August 27, 2017 11:00am to 6:00pm At Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

Featured Artist at New Moon Art Gallery

September 30, 2017 3:00pm to 7:00pm At New Moon Art Gallery

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May 13: Spokane Garden Expo The 18th Annual Spokane Garden Expo will be held on the Spokane Community College campus, promising to draw in thousands of people. The fair offers more than 250 booths of plant and garden-related items. You can explore unique offerings of garden art, wind chimes, planters, garden furniture, iron works, and a wealth of other products. The Garden Expo is presented by The Inland Empire Gardeners (TIEG). Every year the show provides an opportunity for nurseries and merchants to interact with the community by offering a wealth of goods, services and information. Admittance is free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1810 N. Greene St.


May 5, June 2: 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. May 7, May 15, June 4, June 19: 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. 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, Illinois. This exhibition taps into the spirit of scientific exploration, discovery, and curiosity with a specimen and media rich display. This is the only exhibition created on the topic that is truly international in scope, featuring a slate of world-renowned 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, both 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, May 13-June 24: “Beautiful Stuff” “Beautiful Stuff” is a group art show with works by Mariah Boyle, Louise Kodis, Deb Sheldon and Karen Mobley. An artist “snack and chat” from 3-6 p.m. on May 13 will start the show. 29th Avenue Artworks. 3128 E. 29th Ave. (509) 534-7959

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Opening June 9: Z Nation: Behind the Camera This summer the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture becomes a working television production studio and a celebration of the dozens of local artists behind the hit Syfy TV series Z Nation. Museum visitors will be able to watch scenes being shot for Season Four of Z Nation, using the galleries as sound stages and the grounds as set locations, and learn how a real television series is made. In addition to getting a glimpse behind the scenes, visitors will also learn more about the local crew members who have taken their passion and talent for art and turned it into careers in filmmaking. Plus, signature props and costumes from the show, amazing special make-up effects and masks, interactive displays about the process and tools of film production, along with the history of Z Nation and zombie lore. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, Opening June 10: Melissa Cole & Ric Gendron Artists Ric Gendron and Melissa S. Cole have very different styles but are each influenced by cultures in which storytelling is an integral part of everyday life: Gendron, Native American; Cole, Asian Indian. The tales these artists tell on canvas pulsate with color and energy and are infused with a magical realism in their depictions of people, animals, and environments. The exhibit, Life | Stories, includes twenty works by each artist as well as collaborative pieces that weave together the artists’ expressive styles on single canvases. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, June 30-July 2: 4th Annual Art on the Blacktop Festival 29th Avenue Artworks will take over the parking lot and inside the gallery with artist booths showing a variety of art, from ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, repurposed art and more. They also have a great food truck, so stay for lunch. This is a family friendly event. 29th Avenue Artworks. 3128 E. 29th Ave. (509) 534-7959


May 6-7: Spokane Symphony Classics: The Power of the Human Voice The human voice is perhaps the most powerful of all instruments, expressing the deepest passions, joys and sorrows of our souls. Rachmaninoff wept at the sheer beauty of Shakespeare’s sublime “Serenade to Music” set to Vaughan Williams’s transcendent music. Verdi applied opera technique to the sacred text, filling it with soaring melodies, lush orchestra-

tion and music that perfectly conveys the text’s dramatic intensity. The result is his greatest opera and an icon of Western music. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or May 9-10: Spokane Symphony Chamber Soiree 3: May Celebration Immerse yourself in the old world charm of the Davenport Hotel while enjoying an outstanding assortment of baroque, classical and contemporary chamber music performed by ensembles of the musicians of the Spokane Symphony. Relax at a table with wine and small bites, or take a seat in the gallery of the distinguished Marie Antoinette Ballroom. This is the final event of the Spokane Symphony 2016-2017 Season. The Davenport Hotel. 10 S. Post St. (800) 325-SEAT or May 12: Spokane Symphony Performs the Music of Led Zeppelin Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, the Spokane Symphony performs The Music of Led Zeppelin. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors. Delivering a note-for-note interpretation, vocalist Randy Jackson (lead singer of the rock band Zebra), shrieks brilliantly, more than capturing the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. The band reproduces what Led Zeppelin did on the albums, verbatim, while the orchestra behind them gives the music a richness and a whole different sense of power. The concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or May 13: Everclear, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball Everclear is back and better than ever. With a heavier, darker sound, the band released its current album Black Is The New Black in 2015, consisting of songs that play to the true-life stories of the band stemming from lead singer, guitarist, cofounder and songwriter, Art Alexakis. Vertical Horizon joins Everclear, with its original lead singer and songwriter, Matt Scannell. Fastball, a trio out of Austin, Texas, hit the charts with their breakout album All The Pain Money Can Buy (1998). With hit songs on the album such as “The Way,” “Out Of My Head” and “Fire Escape,” in a short six months the album reached platinum. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

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May 18: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 Grammy award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” which features a stop at the Spokane Arena on Thursday, May 18. Special guest Chris Lane will open for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in Spokane. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or May 21: Spokane Youth Symphony:Insights Featuring the four orchestras of the Spokane Youth Symphony: Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Philip Baldwin, conductor), Spokane Youth Philharmonic (Dr. Roberta Bottelli, conductor), Spokane Youth Sinfonietta (Ms. Heather Montgomery, conductor), and Spokane Youth Strings (Dr. John Marshall, conductor) will perform. The 2017 Concerto Competition Winners will be featured at this concert. In addition, Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischutz Overture will be performed by be performed by the Spokane Youth Philharmonic, Spokane Youth Sinfonietta and Spokane Youth Strings. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or June 7: Def Leppard, with Special Guests Poison and Tesla Fresh off winning their fan-voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three-month run across North America. The tour also marks the first time in more than five years that Poison will tour with all original members, including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall, and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold more than 40 million records and is set to perform some of its greatest hits, including “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something to Believe In.” Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or June 7: David Lindley Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show. At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives a unique concert experience. Chateau Rive. 621 Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or June 18: Alice Cooper Best known for his grand horror-themed theatrics on stage, Alice Cooper is still rocking and shocking audiences across the world. With major albums such as School’s Out,

Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love, the Alice Cooper band has been a staple in American hard rock for more than four decades. Alice Cooper released his first solo album in 1975, Welcome to My Nightmare, and started the legendary, groundbreaking theatrical “Welcome to My Nightmare” concert tour. Cooper’s solo career skyrocketed after his album release and tour in the late 1970s, with hits such as “You and Me,” and even bigger and more elaborate concert tours. Alice Cooper continues to rattle stages across the globe, playing more than 80 concerts per year. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. June 23: Paul Simon During his distinguished career, Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland) were albums of the year. In 2003, he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song “Mrs. Robinson” from the motion picture The Graduate was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or


May 4: Tosh.Show on Campus Daniel Tosh will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0” on Thursday, May 4 at the Star Theater. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or May 5: Terry Fator As the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry Fator went from performing at schools and fairs to headlining his own show on the Las Vegas Strip. His outstanding cast of hilarious characters take his show to a laugh-out-loud level. The most famous of his characters is Winston the Impersonating Turtle, who was with him when won America’s Got Talent and takes the credit for that impressive accomplishment. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. May 12: GSI’s Good Morning Greater Spokane—Economic Update The first half of the year is almost over. How did the major economic areas within Washington (Puget Sound, Spokane, TriCities and Wenatchee) fare during this time period compared to each other, the Northwest and the United States? What influence are oil and the dollar having on the economy? Who are the potential winners and losers as related to oil and the dollar? What is the outlook for Federal Reserve actions and interest rates? This session will provide infor-

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June 1: Margaret Cho Actress, comedian, activist, and musician are only a few of the words used to describe the many talents of Margaret Cho. Born and raised in San Francisco during the late 1960s and into the 1970s, her experiences growing up surrounded by hippies, drag queens and ex-druggies shaped her individuality and desire to share her unique humor with those around her. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest. com June 7: David Blaine Live Live Nation presents David Blaine, described by Howard Stern as the greatest magician who ever lived, live in Spokane. Blaine single-handedly redefined magic after producing and directing his original television special Street Magic when he was just twenty-three, which Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller called “the best TV magic special ever done.” The New York Times noted that

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Blaine has “taken a craft that’s been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it,” while The New Yorker claimed “he saved magic.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest. com. June 7: Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 32nd Annual AGORA Awards AGORA Awards is the region’s premier business awards ceremony that celebrates and recognizes business excellence. This is a chance for the public and Greater Spokane Incorporated to congratulate each of the businesses for the important role they play in the community and for contributing to the region’s economic growth. Visit the winner’s page to view these outstanding businesses. Spokane Convention Center—Centennial Ballrooms. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


Through May 7: Arcadia Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, 13-year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits, the attraction Newton left out. Stage Left Theatre. 108 W. 1st Ave. May 11-14: Cinderella Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jawdropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream . . . or a really great pair of shoes. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or Through May 21: The Taming of the Shrew Bianca has many admirers, but is forbidden by her father to marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. Enter Petruchio—a man challenged by Bianca’s suitors to tame Katharina. Will Petruchio succeed in his mission and

even find love along the way? Find out in this much-loved comedy by William Shakespeare. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. (800) 325-SEAT or May 19-June 11: Kiss Me, Kate Combine Cole Porter’s music and lyrics with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to get one of Broadway’s most endearing shows, Kiss Me, Kate. When the egotistical performer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi in the leading roles of Taming of the Shrew, the drama off stage leads to pandemonium on stage. Mistaken identity, gangsters, and a colorful cast of characters add up to a hilarious musical comedy filled with beloved Broadway standards “Too Darn Hot,” “I Hate Men,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. (800) 325SEAT or


May 7: 41st Annual Bloomsday Run A 12 kilometer (7.46 mile) race through downtown and west Spokane, Bloomsday is one of the nation’s largest road races. After more than three decades, Bloomsday has worked its way into the fabric of life in the Inland Northwest. For most residents, it’s impossible to imagine spring in Spokane without Bloomsday. This event starts at 9 a.m.  All runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers are welcome to participate. Downtown Spokane. May 12: Glow for Hunger Kids’ Run Glow for Hunger was created by Northwest Harvest to help fight hunger locally in the Inland Northwest. Every $25 registration will provide 100 meals for local children and families in need Join us at this event to do your part in fighting hunger, make a difference while making memories. Joe Albi Stadium. 4918 Wellesley Ave. May 21: Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon Now produced by Negative Split, the Windermere Marathon can continue to grow and be a staple of the Pacific Northwest for many years to come. This race will feature a scenic, flat and fast course, long-sleeve technical shirts, spinning medals and a long-stemmed rose for all finishers, as well as an awesome finish-line party.


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Gonzaga’s Road to the Finals

A Championship Game 19 Years in the Making by Kimberly M. Gunning


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he Great Eight!” “Down to the Final Four!” “GO ZAGS!” Messages on business marquees throughout Spokane transformed with the rounds of the NCAA Tournament this spring. Downtown Spokane’s Wells Fargo building was illuminated at night in support of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and t-shirt and souvenir vendors were peppered throughout the city. This year marked the West Coast Conference Gonzaga University men’s basketball team’s 19th consecutive appearance at the tournament. “Gonzaga men’s basketball has been a fairly bright light in our community for almost 20 years now; that’s rare in today’s sporting world,” says Bryan Rosman, Spokane resident and a fan of the Zags since grade school. “For a city and surrounding area of approximately half million people, GU basketball continues to be the biggest show in town.” Going into the last game of the regular season, Gonzaga remained the only undefeated team

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in the nation before falling to BYU and ending the season with the Zag’s all-time-best record of 29-1. “Yes, Gonzaga has won more games than anybody else in the country, but it’s deeper than that,” wrote former Bulldog Adam Morrison in an editorial titled “Adam Morrison: G-O-N-ZA-G-A!” which appeared in The Players’ Tribune. “These Zags don’t play to the level of their competition. Not at all. They’re the ones who dictate the tempo and tone of the game.” Even with an end-of-season loss, Gonzaga’s momentum never faltered and the team continued on to claim the conference title, entering the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. It wasn’t long before the Zags propelled to the Final Four with a 24-point win over Xavier. Then, a hard-fought game against South Carolina brought them to the final stage with powerhouse North Carolina. Despite a devastating loss of 71-65, the Zags proved they belonged in the spotlight every step of the way. “We broke that glass ceiling everybody said we couldn’t get over,” says Jordan Mathews, senioryear guard and transfer from Cal.

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[Right] Point Guard, WCC Player of the Year 2017, Nigel Williams-Goss with Coach Few at National Championship vs. North Carolina. [Below] Coach Few, 1999.

A Long Time Coming Over the years, Gonzaga University—a private Roman Catholic university with 5,000 undergraduate students, located in the heart of Spokane—has been referred to as everything from the NCAA’s “most polarizing,” to the “most under-rated,” to the “most over-rated” team. The nation’s eyes have been on Gonzaga since its first trip to the Elite Eight in 1999. Named the tournament’s “Cinderella” team, the Zags fell to the eventual champions, University of Connecticut, during the final seconds of a nail-biting game played in Phoenix. Mark Few, associate head coach at the time, was named head coach several months later. Entering this season, Few had led the Zags to 17 consecutive winning seasons, keeping losses to single digits in all except two. But early-round heartbreaks in past tournaments stunted the Zag’s potential to prove their talents on the national stage, and criticism of the team’s limits became common conversation. “The West Coast Conference isn’t tough enough” and “They’re good, but not good enough to make the Final Four,” were opinions most fans of the Zags endured hearing—possibly even agreed with at times.

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Enter the 2017 Bulldogs Three transfer students—Mathews, junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss from University of Washington, and junior forward Johnathan Williams III from University of Missouri—played in Gonzaga jerseys together for the first time this season. They were joined by two international recruits, freshman forward Killian Tillie and returning senior center Przemek Karnowski. All-star freshman forward Zach Collins, sophomore guard Josh Perkins, and junior guard Silas Melson rounded out the key, eight-man rotation. With so many new faces, coach Few seized the opportunity to begin this season with a wilderness experience that, in turn, bonded the team on and off the court. “We talked a lot during that trip,” says Tillie. “We talked a lot about sacrificing for each other and playing together. Unselfishness is really important to this team and you can see it on the court. Every time we have a bad moment in the year we just remember what we did on our trip together.” Indeed, this season’s team often times exemplified the definition of “meshing” on the court—with the partnership between Karnowski and Collins under the basket, WilliamsGoss’s vision and command to create plays, and the calculated and refined shots taken by Williams and Mathews. The team communicated as if they had played together for years, conquering both ends of the court and occasionally throwing up a score more than 30 points ahead of their opponent’s by the final buzzer. “I’ve had some really, really tough teams. I’ve had some really close Short term rentals and overnight residence.

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Team after victory at Final Four vs. South Carolina

There are many places that preach about their family atmosphere, but I don’t really know how else to describe what we have in Spokane

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teams. I’ve had some teams that have been crazy efficient on the offensive end and ones that have been pretty darned good on the defensive end that probably didn’t get credit for it,” Coach Few says. “These guys are all of that. All of it.”

A Family On and Off the Court “There are many places that preach about their family atmosphere, but I don’t really know how else to describe what we have in Spokane,” Morrison wrote in his editorial. He went on to explain that former players remain close; they are often seen at Gonzaga’s games, and a couple dozen even chose to settle down in Spokane. At the helm of the family, of course, is Coach Few, who began his career as a graduate assistant coach in 1990. In 1992 he became the assistant coach before eventually moving up





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the ranks to associate head coach and head coach in 1999. “I think coach Few is a great man and a great coach,” says Tyson Linstrum, a loyal Zags fan of 20 years. “When he first started as head coach, we were considered a mid-major team. He had success very early. Unlike many coaches put in his position, he chose to stay in Spokane and stay at GU. I give him credit for this because

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Final Four vs. South Carolina

he developed a culture in the school and the community that can never be taken away from him.” Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Williams-Goss penned an editorial titled “Where My Zags At?” that appeared in The Players’ Tribune. He wrote about Few, “He’s one of the reasons I came here.” In his article, Williams-Goss goes on to explain, “Coach Few has a lot of different sides to his personality. He’s a family man. He’s ultracompetitive. He delivers fiery speeches and he’s not afraid to be a disciplinarian.” At a typical practice, Few’s four kids are often in the stands, while the family’s German shepherd watches intently from the sidelines. It is, indeed, a family affair. The family extends to the university, with an administration that is consistently investing

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Where My Zags At?

into the men’s basketball program through its upgraded facilities and recruiting efforts. And the Gonzaga spirit is vibrantly embraced by the students—who kick-start each season with a team introduction and scrimmage at an event on campus called Kraziness in the Kennel. “I can’t really do it justice, but it’s one of the wildest things ever,” Williams-Goss wrote about the event.

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I’ll tell you this: they did it the right way.

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He described his introduction in front of his new school as the best standing ovation he had ever received. A further extension of the Gonzaga family is within the community of Spokane. “Just seeing that support from the people around the city, it’s awesome,” Karnowski said, of the sold-out home games. “Some of them are bandwagons, some of them are true fans, but we’ll accept them all, we’ll embrace them all,” Melson stated during the tournament. “A lot of this is just for the city of Spokane. We know the fans up there are loyal so we’re just performing for them.”

Squashing the Critics “Regardless of the year or team, I think the greater Spokane community has and always will

support GU,” Linstrum says. But as loyal as fans can be, Gonzaga’s time to prove itself as a fierce competitor in the NCAA bracket was long overdue. And it took place, appropriately, in the same city where the Zags first captured the nation’s attention in 1999. “It didn’t finish the way we wanted, but with only two teams left in the whole country, it was us and North Carolina,” says Melson. “It was a welldeserved championship for them, but in the back of our minds we won’t hold our heads too low.” Coach Few proudly reflected on this year’s Bulldogs following the championship game. “They absolutely ignited a lot of stale people that were kind of bored with the Zags and saying that we haven’t been capable of achieving something like this. I think they got the whole world behind them and believing in them,” Few said. “I’ll tell you this: they did it the right way. These are high-character dudes, and are good students, are hoopers, and that’s what college basketball is all about.” Congratulations, Gonzaga, on an incredible season.



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Kimberly M. Gunning and her husband are recent Spokane transplants, brought here on military orders, and are exploring all the region has to offer now that the snow has melted. She’s a foodie, wine drinker and runner, and has worked as an associate editor and freelancer for a variety of travel and lifestyle publications. Gonzaga’s men’s basketball team stole her heart this year. “Their games gave me something to look forward to while my husband was away for extended trips to the field, and witnessing the community’s support was what made me begin to love this city. I will continue to be a fan in the years to follow; you can bet on it!”

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was forever changed in 1966 with the addition of the Sarff family from Sau Ste Marie, Ontario. Because Geri Sarff was the registered nurse in the family, she was the best choice to move to Spokane with her husband, Harold, and two boys, to care for her mother-inlaw. They purchased a home and settled in for the long haul, embracing the new adventure. Geri learned early on that seniors wanted—and deserved—an environment where they could maintain their independence, live in private quarters, and receive support services to maintain that lifestyle. She worked to become a licensed administrator, opened four adult family homes, and then opened one of the first assisted living facilities in Spokane Valley, Colonial Care. She then opened Broadway Court Estates, offering support


services and giving tenants options for more complex care if they should require it, along with a quality of life that some of their tenants wouldn’t be able to achieve if they were living on their own. As testament to the dedication and care the Sarffs have devoted over the years, they have large albums of letters and photos from appreciative clients and families for all the love and care they have provided through the years. This adventure has been and continues to be much more than a business for the Sarffs and the Broadway Court Estates long-term, dedicated staff, and they are continually staying ahead of the times in order to best support an ever changing population. Broadway Court Estates | 13505 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 921-0249 |



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A Legacy of Shaping the Landscape of the Spokane Region

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earliest times, the Greeks have celebrated life to its fullest. The Arger brothers, Gregory and Prokey, and Gregory’s son Gene, have much to celebrate, not only as part of their Greek heritage, but also for the success of their local businesses ventures. Gregory Arger founded G. Arger Real Estate Company Inc., a commercial real estate sales, development and property management firm located in Spokane Valley. Since 1979, this family-owned company has become a major force in property management of both multifamily units and commercial complexes. The total amount of square footage under management includes more than 375,000 square feet. The Arger brothers are responsible for developing Center Pointe Business Park, in Spokane Valley, and Sunset Pointe Business Park, in west Spokane, along with several other commercial projects. Gene Arger joined the family business in 2005. His degree in marketing and advertising serves him well as the marketing director at Evergreen Fountains, the state of the art senior living community in Spokane Valley developed, owned and operated by the Arger family. The mission at Evergreen Fountains, explains Gene, is to take care of our seniors in the community and pay them back for what they’ve given to prior generations, and to serve all their needs. Bridging senior living and wellness is the motto here—wellness as way of life, referring to


spiritual, mental and physical health. The Argers are about to launch a major Phase II Skybridge addition to Evergreen Fountains, adding 51 units to their 110 unit campus. “We had great success with our original project, and saw an even larger need for additional apartments,” Gene says. “So we’re planning 51 additional one, two and three bedroom apartments with a dozen independent living cottage homes—something we have seen great demand for from the active baby boomer generation.” Much has changed in Spokane Valley since Gregory and Prokey were kids there, able to play football in the middle of Sprague Avenue as there was so little traffic. Where once there were orchards, there is now a vibrant community and prosperous businesses. The Argers are proud to have had a hand in shaping the landscape in the Spokane region. “It all starts with family,” Gregory says. “We try to achieve excellence in all our projects and to provide outstanding local professional services.” G. Arger Co. Real Estate Inc. | (509) 926-5311 Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community | 866-517-1201




From Zoo to Trusted Lawn, Garden & Pet Company

The Beloved Legacy of Northwest Seed & Pet

The company

was founded by Harry Gross in 1944, operating out of the front of his house on the present site of the East Sprague store. Harry was a natural promoter. This and his desire to grow his business led him to start selling pets and pet supplies along with the traditional lawn and garden products. His interest in exotic animals led him to bring in more and more into the store, eventually leading to the concept of “Jungle Town,” Spokane’s only zoo at the time. The company, called Northwest Seed & Insecticide Co., continued to flourish. In 1946, Ken Hester Sr., with his wife Frieda and two young sons, moved to Spokane from Seattle to pursue a career with the Duthee Seed Co. Hester was recruited by Gross to join Northwest Seed & Insecticide around 1950. In 1953, Hester left the company to start his own tree spraying business but was lured back when the opportunity to buy Northwest Seed presented itself. In partnership with Walt Williard, Hester bought the company in 1954. During this time, the animals on display at the store included an elephant, lion, puma, chimpanzees, baboons, ocelots, bobcats, wallabies and many other interesting specimens. Hester bought out Williard in 1961 and continued to run the company with

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his wife until the early ’70s when their two sons—who had graduated from college and tried their hands at other professions—returned to work in the family business. It was about this time that the name of the company was changed to Northwest Seed & Pet to better reflect the true nature of the business. In 1979, Hester, Sr. retired and sold the business to his sons. The brothers decided to aggressively build the business by expansion and when an opportunity to lease a location on North Division came available, a small pet store was opened in 1983. After two successful years in this location another property on North Division came up for sale and the brothers purchased it, remodeled it and opened it for business in 1985. In 1978 Bob Mauk started to work at Northwest Seed & Pet and in April of 2003 he purchased the business from the Hester brothers. Northwest Seed & Pet has enjoyed more than 70 years in business. Mauk says, “We know what works in the yards, gardens and ponds of the Inland Northwest.”

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Shoestring Budget to Successful HVAC Empire

R&R Heating & Air Conditioning

Randy Hastings

started in the heating and air-conditioning industry in 1974 at the ripe old age of 12. When other kids his age may have had paper routes, Hastings was working with his half brothers and their dad in the industry. “I lived with a single mother, we didn’t have a lot of money, and my brothers worked, and I wanted something to do,” Hastings says. “So I went to work in the sheet metal shop making ductwork and all kinds of fitting. I was fifteen when I went out on a job site for the first time.” In 1984, Hastings and a friend started R&R Heating & Air-Conditioning on a shoestring. The partnership was short-lived, though, and Randy took over the business and continued to grow it into the successful company that it is today as the Inland Northwest’s leading provider of residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling solutions, from mechanical system design and construction to preventive maintenance programs. From radiant or geothermal heating to tankless water heaters and ductless mini splits designed to heat or cool individual zones within your home, R&R Heating & Air Conditioning will help you save money and use less energy. This year they’re on schedule to work on close to seven hundred local residences.


“At the end of the day, I find great value in being able to help people become more comfortable in their homes, and providing them service at a time of need,” Hastings says. “My work allows me to be a part of the Spokane community, and I always appreciate my customers for giving me that opportunity.” On the commercial side, R&R Heating & Air Conditioning offers complete HVAC service, from custom duct and ventilation systems to energy recovery ventilation and thermal imaging. The area’s most experienced team of installers, project managers and comfort specialists are dedicated to quality and doing the job right the first time. With around 80 employees, including more than a dozen service techs, R&R is uniquely qualified to handle any HVAC needs, including 24-hour emergency repairs. “I enjoy overseeing the company and watching the employees grow with it,” Hastings says. “I especially like dealing with the customers on the design+build aspect of projects—it allows me to stretch my mind and really think about what we can do to be creative and more energy efficient and save the customer money.” R&R Heating & Air Conditioning | (509) 484-1405




Providing More Industry and Product Knowledge Than Anywhere Else

Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc.


Northrop’s lifelong dream was to own a hardware distribution business, after having been a buyer for the Marshall Wells Company for 20 years and earning the nickname “Mr. Hardware.” He had a passion for servicing his community and helping play a part in people building their dreams. The business began shortly after World War II, when Roland and two nephews returned from completing their service. R.L. Northrop knew it was the perfect time to pursue his dream—that was in 1945. Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc. began by selling basic products that could be found in a general hardware store, and have since carved their niche in builders finish and functional hardware. When they embraced e-commerce in 1995, they were one of the first in the industry, changing the landscape of hardware distribution in the U.S. and bridging


their core values from Spokane Hardware Supply’s brick and mortar store to an online platform, giving them the ability to sell their products around the globe. Their staff has made them most proud over the years. Their team recently celebrated the retirement of their longest serving employee who had worked with them for 54 years. Most of their staff has been around for 20 years with many dedicating 35 or more years, now led by the fourth generation of Northrops since the inception of the company. The Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc. team provides a lot of industry and product knowledge under one roof: more than you can find anywhere else, guaranteed. Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc. | Founded: 1945 2001 E. Trent Ave. | (800) 888-1663 |


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Extraordinary People Driving Hi-Tech Imaging and Finishing Equipment

at Ross Printing


W. Ross and his partner Oscar Peterson were managing several key accounts with their print supplier and were not pleased with the level of service, so Ross Printing was born and has operated at the highest caliber ever since. In the early days, the bulk of their work came from printing primary forms and business papers, along with pioneering some complicated sequentially numbered and bound “chit” books for legal gambling. The company entered into pharmaceutical labeling as George Ross and Guy Hollister—of what is now Jubilant Hollister-Stier—were close friends. That business relationship of 95 years still survives today. The company has grown to be a major West Coast provider of strictly controlled packaging components for the pharmaceutical industry. Product emphasis has changed dramatically over that last 100 years. From a letterpress print process to lithography, and then adding flexography, and now high resolution digital print makes up the majority of Ross Printing’s revenue with products such as labels, film packaging and small folded cartons. Other projects include commercial printing, brochures, booklets, business cards, pamphlets, direct mail, folded cartons, inserts and outserts. Recently, the company upgraded two new HP Indigo Digital presses and made a large investment into a “Hybrid” finishing machine to add embellishments to highly decorated packaging like wine, spirits and micro brews. “Hybrid” solutions like their new CEI machine incorporate the benefits of both analogue and digital print capabilities into one. A Legacy of Pride Being a part of Spokane’s growth throughout the past 100 years has been most gratifying for the family and the business. Their history and survival was in large part due to the support and loyalty of many small Spokane enterprises. This thread rings true most recently as they watch many cannabis based start-ups use their services of collaborative selling, design and customized packaging in an accelerated time to market industry. The future at Ross Printing is exciting as custom and highly decorated packaging demand continues to grow. Changing market demands, lower price points, faster time to market and innovative ways to differentiate themselves will continue to challenge them; but it all drives their team to their sweet spot of extraordinary people driving hi-tech imaging and finishing equipment. Ross Printing | Founded: 1917 Founders: George W. Ross & C. Oscar Peterson Current Owners: Alan Ross 1611 E. Sprague Ave. | (509)534-0655 |






“It’s easy to lose sight of your vision, and the kind of innovative thinking that got you to where you are, when you become bogged down in solving each day’s problems,” he says. So why it is important that companies keep innovating?

Innovate Or Perish: Businesses That Stand Still Stand To Lose

It’s often

said that all it takes to change a person’s life—or the life of a business – is one big idea. While it’s true that many individuals and businesses have gone a long way on the strength of a lone idea, plenty of others prospered even further because they are constantly innovating—coming up with one good idea after another. “Businesses usually start out with an innovative idea,” says Mayur Ramgir, president and CEO of Zonopact, Inc. “But they soon lose that innovative edge as they just try to survive with their day-to-day operations.” Ramgir has seen the problem often while working with the clients of Zonopact, which provides companies with software products that help them streamline their processes, carving out more time for innovation.

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Other companies can claim your market share. Apple has become a perfect example of what a gap in innovation can leave. There hasn’t been much game-changing innovation from Apple since it released the iPad in 2010, thus giving its competition time to make up the ground that separated them from the tech juggernaut. Whether it was the death of Steve Jobs or another factor, there is no doubt that the technology gap has narrowed. Failure to meet consumer demands could put a company out of business. It was the late 1980s; hair was big, neon was cool and there was a Blockbuster Video Store on every corner. Fast forward to 2017, where the hairstyles have flattened out and Blockbuster is nowhere to be

found. At least neon has made a nice comeback. Blockbuster failed to meet the changing demands of consumers who were going to their local grocery store or pharmacy to rent a movie out of what looked like a vending machine. As a result, the one-time $5 billion company was liquidated and now lives with the VHS tapes that used to fill its shelves.   Lack of product-storage innovation hurts supply volume. It seems as though we hear the same story every year around Christmas; there is a hot item that every child has to have. The only problem is that there aren’t enough of the toys to go around, leaving plenty of disappointed faces around the tree on Christmas morning. Companies that do not have an innovative supply plan run the risk of falling short on getting products to their customers. This lack of foresight could give those customers an opportunity to walk away and discover other items. Mayur Ramgir ( is an international award-winning author, speaker, innovator and entrepreneur.

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Are You Ready to Sell Your Business? You need to decide when you want to sell the business. Do you want to sell in the next three years, five years, 10 years, or more? And, you’ll want to define what “sell” means to you. For some business owners, they want to remain an active part of the business even after they have sold it. For others, once their business is sold, they are on the beach or a boat, far away from the business. Having a general timeline or date for the sale helps you prepare your business for sale and build it correctly over time. You need to decide how much the business needs to sell for. If your business is your largest asset, it’s probably your retirement plan. Business value is based on many things, including EBITDA, client base, reoccurring revenue, market share, brand recognition, growth potential, and scalability. Knowing how much cash you need from the business can help you structure the sale in the right way.

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owners dream of passing their business to their children. A family business or multigenerational business can create a great family legacy and ensure continuity of service and commitment to clients. But how does a business owner actually transfer the business to their children or someone else? There are four things you need to do.

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You need to decide who you’ll sell the business to. Some business owners are set on keeping the business within the family. Other business owners want to sell or transfer the business to key employees. The final option is to sell the business to a third party, which can be an individual or a company. There are various benefits to selling to each of these parties and a trusted business advisor can help you figure out the right choice for you.

You’ll want to make sure your business can be run without you. Often, this can be difficult for business owners because they are the business. The most valuable business is the one that isn’t reliant on the owner or any individual. Using written policies, procedures, and systems (or creating them), will make your business more valuable. A good business consultant can help you get your business organized so you don’t have to be there all the time to manage it. Working with a team of advisors gives you the best chance of selling your business on your own terms. A business attorney, financial advisor or wealth advisor, or CPA can help you get started on the process of exiting your business. They can recommend other professionals to connect with, and guide you through the process. The sooner you start preparing your business for sale, even if it is 20 years down the road, the better off you’ll be.

Christal S. Lam, founder and managing attorney of Spokane Business Attorneys, has experience in administrative law, labor and personnel law, employment law, contracts, litigation and business law. She was raised in Seattle, but she likes Spokane because of the four seasons and people.

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As a social

media manager rest of the social media world hasn’t been so silent. Browse who manages many through United’s tweets prior to the incident and you’ll corporate campaigns for my agency’s clients, I can’t help discover angry Twitter users finding clever and creative but sympathize with the poor soul who handles United ways to weave the notorious incident into unrelated Airlines’s social media accounts. conversations. The results range from hilarious to savage. I can imagine that person driving to work Monday But what would you expect? Any company that thinks this morning, listening to Gary Jules’s “Mad World” on repeat, type of mistake (read: abhorrent, boneheaded, violent dreading what the day would hold—all because of a total violation of the customer/business relationship) will go and incomprehensible lack of basic customer service. unpunished by the internet (read: actual human beings) By now, nearly everyone is living in a different century. has watched the infamous Consumers are more active now viral video of a United Airlines than they’ve ever been. They passenger getting “voluntarily” expect more than they ever have yanked out of his seat by police, before. And they arguably have his face smashing into the greater power than ever before armrest in the opposite row. because of social media. Gasping passengers aimed Social media has created an their smartphone cameras at avenue for consumers to make the ordeal, but no one with the their voices heard, much to the United Airlines staff seemed to detriment of companies who realize how bad the situation choose to put customer service was—and certainly not how on the back burner in favor of bad it was about to become. the bottom line. They soon found out. Social media was never News organizations reported meant to be a place where on this PR disaster, social customer service issues media skewered the company were handled. That’s just the relentlessly, and competitors way things evolved, at least gleefully piled on. in part because companies And what’s been happening avoid dealing with problems with those folks who manage their policies create until the the United Airlines social collective voices rain down on media? Just two posts had them via their Facebook and by Jay York appeared on the United Airlines Twitter profiles. Twitter account a week after the Can you blame customers incident. The first was a muchwho feel cheated or wronged for derided non-apology apology taking the only recourse they from CEO Oscar Munoz, who expressed regret for having to know? Companies have a duty to service their customers “re-accommodate these customers.” in a fair and just way. Yes, mistakes can happen and in those The second came a day later, when the first post failed to cases customers will do their best to take to traditional capture the essence of what an apology is supposed to be. means to get their problems solved. If those avenues don’t This time the CEO assured us that United would take “full work or are too inconvenient, to Twitter they’ll go. responsibility and will work to make it right.” It was signed, What’s really unfortunate from a PR standpoint—and simply, Oscar. social media manager standpoint—is that the United Although United Airlines Twitter has gone mum, the Airlines situation could have been avoided.

Why United Airlines Woes Had Nothing To Do With Social Media

68 / MAY 2017 United Airlines needed four people off that flight. They asked for volunteers, offering vouchers as enticement, but couldn’t clear the seats they needed. So they chose passengers themselves and ordered them off the plane. When the doctor, already in his seat, declined to leave the police were brought in and social media infamy followed. What should have happened instead? The airline could have simply raised their offer for vouchers. They could have enticed someone to give up their seat by other means. A volunteer could have been found, if only they’d been willing to pay for it. This incident should remind companies that they need to take a hard look at the policies they have in place when dealing with customer disputes. They need to train their employees to identify and disengage when their policies are causing needless escalations. They should do this because it will help them avoid a PR disaster but, more importantly, because it’s the right thing to do. The viral videos, hashtags, posts, articles, and subsequent hit to their stock prices are just an after-effect. So let’s make it happen, brands. Let’s come together for a united effort to do right by our customers. Your customers—and the folks who manage your social media accounts —will thank you.

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Game Set Match Launches in Spokane as Test Market

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behind Game Set Match has broken down the walls of tennis clubs and school teams, allowing players from all over the U.S. to find players of equal skill level within 30 miles, set up matches, and take aim at moving up the singles and doubles leaderboards. Game Set Match uses a revolutionary rating system never before used in the game of tennis. This, combined with the social and historical match features, allows anyone to find players closer to their current skill level and formulate a plan to improve play. They rolled out Game Set Match with Tennis Director Jeff Urie at the Spokane Club and have seen increased traction in both registrations and real-life matches being created in the platform with their members. Urie says, “I immediately saw the platform as an excellent fit for our club.  This on-line tool helps players find local players near their ability level and allows them to challenge each other with a little ‘skin in the game.’”  In Game Set Match (GSM), players risk ranking points every time they play a GSM match. The winning member gains ranking points, while losing a challenge moves you down in ranking points. This puts a little match pressure into the equation.      “As the director of tennis at the Spokane Club, I see GSM as a great way for our members to play more challenging matches both here and at other venues, making them more prepared when USTA leagues and tournaments roll around,” says Urie. “As an avid player, I know that anything to get more players playing the sport of tennis is a great thing.”  They hope to launch with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation department in the coming weeks, as well.

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Some of us never forget a face. We put our best face forward. We face the music and dance. Faces are intrinsically interesting to us; we begin recognizing faces at just a few weeks old and are fascinated with them for the rest of our lives. Faces are utterly unique, and we have an almost unlimited capacity for recognizing them. But among the billions of faces that have wandered the earth, only some are currently living in Spokane, Washington, and only some of them have achieved notoriety in their field of endeavor. Still fewer can claim to be the “face of” their profession or industry. We celebrate those few, the Faces of Spokane, in this special section.

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Recognized as Top Doctor in Spokane, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Kai Morimoto excels in her field of expertise. Specializing in Breast Surgery, Body Contouring, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Anti-Aging Medicine, Testosterone Pellets, Botox, Fillers, Surgical and NonSurgical Fat Removal. Dr. Morimoto respects the unique individuality of each person and empowers them to express their cosmetic goals. By creating a personalized treatment plan she is able to make their goals a reality and improve the patients overall well-being.

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by Diane Corppetts


eading nooks are the interior trend you’ll be loving in 2017. Renovations made to an old wet bar brings back added value to this lovely space. Add comfy pillows, colorful additions and plenty of books, and you’ll create your own fun little get away, right inside your home. For step-by-step paper flower instructions and additional nook photos, please visit Home stylist and stager Diane Corppetts specializes in creating affordable room styling. You can follow her on Instagram @


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The Upside of Downsizing

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Holding on to the dearest treasures in a new chapter of life photos and story by Joni Elizabeth


s the empty-nester story often goes, Bev and Greg Paterson decided to downsize about a year ago to a home better suited for the couple and their desire to travel south for winters. However, the Patersons’ present home is a living testament that less space need not be synonymous with a decrease in style. In fact, quite the opposite may be true. Bev Paterson left behind the home where she had raised her children and, in a serendipitous play of events, returned to an area marked by special memories of her own childhood. Her parents often visited friends who lived there. “This was where we played . . . as kids it was a playground,” says Bev, as she describes ice skating in a swamp that is now just a memory and tripping along the reeds as they ran through the brushlands in warmer seasons. The present Paterson home sits in a gated community on Spokane’s South Hill. Cozy individual homes, built in the 60s, surround a larger common area. The arrangement feels like a spacious yard with little upkeep, as individual homeowners have minimal plots of land to care for while still enjoying the surrounding common areas kept up by the Home Owners Association. Bev appreciates the security of the neighborhood, especially

when they are away. Remodel plans began immediately upon moving in, and Bev most appreciated the clean slate for a new style. “You have to function a certain way with children,” Bev says, adding that between the kids, dogs, and whatever else the kids wanted to experiment take of meant decor choices were often more functional than anything else. Bev’s decor style eclectic, as she deeply treasures furniture and relics passed on by family members and searches for ways to meld these into a cohesive style with her own findings. Doing so proved to be a challenge, until Bev met Cindy Ebel, Interior Designer and owner of CSI Design. The two met after Bev mentioned her desire for design help to her banker, who recommended his wife. The two met up and found chemistry right away. And just like that Bev had a remodel comrade. Ebel says relationship is key in the design process. “It’s really about the relationship at that point because you’re in their chest of drawers and measuring their stuff.” The relationship bloomed as they laughed and shopped a lot through the remodel process, forming a friendship that extended beyond the project timeline.

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Design decisions took time, a little angst, and resulted in some overall personal growth according to Bev. “It’s a process to learn about how you function in making decisions and sometimes you just forego all because you want something and then you give up on others. You have to figure out where you should save money. ‘Will I hate myself in another six months because I didn’t make this purchase, or should I have been

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more cautious in another area?’” Bev praises Cindy for being good at understanding the costbenefit ratio. Differing opinions presented another remodel roadblock. “It’s a compromise the whole way through because you are working with a designer and contractor. They have their own opinions and sometimes you get outvoted and feel unhappy,” says Bev. Yet she

says she can laugh about things in hindsight. One particular challenging decision presented itself in the way of paint colors. “It was a circus,� says Bev, describing an onslaught of paint swatches and samples in various hues

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graffitiing the walls for a time. Bev’s daughter saved the day. She walked into the home, condemned every sample as awful and then returned with a few new samples that struck gold (or rather the proper hues) with the team. “What she did was what I had intended but couldn’t do, even though I thought I had a sense of color. I am forever grateful,” says

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Bev. The story brings a nice connection to family, a theme congruent throughout the fibers of the home. Design decisions, furniture selections, art and the trinkets all somehow seem to relate to family. “Behind everything there’s a story, whether it’s my story or a relative’s,” says Bev.


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“She loves Spokane,” says Cindy. “It’s her home. It was all about using her family things, heirlooms and travels. Everything is about her family and the way she grew up.” The kitchen and formal dining room certainly shout family and community. A great reformation took place in the kitchen remodel. “Kitchens were just a dot. There must have been a point where they

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quit cooking and went out. I wanted to center around the kitchen and entertain,” says Bev. Together, Cindy and Bev redesigned a more open space by opening the wall to the adjacent family room. A large central island down the rectangular kitchen provides more than enough room for a simultaneous workspace and gathering point.


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cabinetry from Tapley Cabinet Works out of Coeur d’Alene. “I admire and respect their work,” says Bev, the third generation to use the trusted cabinet makers in her family. “They are very accommodating to make things functional.” One such functional fantasy is a knife block built into a drawer to avoid a cluttering countertop block for kitchen blades. Another is the appliance cabinet, spanning the far wall where a set of doors folds back to reveal an entire counter of appliances plugged into power and ready for use, able to be tucked right back behind the simple doors when through. A double stacked oven sits to the right of the appliance wall. “When I went shopping for ovens the angels started to sing,” says Bev as she swings open a set of french doors to reveal the interior. “I had a love affair with these ovens.” A Thermador cooktop and spacious Thermador fridge round out the luxurious appliance collection that all get their fair share of use from the entertainment enthusiast.

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A salad bowl that could hold portions for 18 sits perched atop one cabinet, providing a perfect splash of color as it waits for the next dinner party—which is never too far away. “I had to have a formal dining room,” says Bev, adding that she loves the feeling of serving people in a dining room separate from the kitchen and having wonderful

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conversations about the world and life and everything one can imagine. “Let’s fill the table! That’s always been my motto,” says Bev. An Asian-inspired table and complementary wall-to-wall hutch command the formal dining room, just off the kitchen. Bev loves rugs and pieces with an Asian flair because, to her, those lines are timeless. A wet bar across the hallway accomplishes another great entertainment stop as well as a chance to showcase a collection of decanters that bear a story. Like the red decanter, which Bev purchased along with 24 glasses at a store in Rome shortly after college. When the items,

which were supposed to follow Bev home via the mail, never arrived, her father’s attorney contacted the Italian council to protest. Bev eventually received a red decanter and 12 glasses—not quite the style or number she had originally ordered—but still cherished decades later. Stories spring up in the living room, just

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off the formal dining room. Removing the mantle in the remodel infused a more contemporary vibe, allowing artistic accents like bronzed African sculptures and an antique painting to shine without clutter. A silk rug souvenir from China defines the space and floor to ceiling windows allow light to permeate the room with energy. A vibrant orchid adds life to a grand piano set against the back wall beneath an Asian-inspired tapestry. An eclectic collection of artwork fills the home, yet it all seems to fit just right. “Some of the art has great value and others aren’t much,” says Bev’s husband Greg. He points out a piece of street art purchased in Paris that he says has no real value, though it has great value to them. The Patersons were married in Paris 12 years ago. Paris is

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The master bath remodel proved challenging. Bev wanted many things in a minimal space, and despite her begging, the contractor could not push the walls out—not even six inches. Yet everything came together in the end, including Bev’s bathtub. “Cindy was brilliant in coming up with an idea and a plan for making the master bath friendly for both my husband and me,” says Bev. Overall, the Patersons are very happy with their new space, though it’s still a work in progress. “I was really hesitant to leave our family home that we had been in for 35 years,” says Bev. However, health issues began to slow Bev down, and she felt guilty her husband did the majority of upkeep around their large home. “I think that was the beginning of me letting go.” She says she’s glad they found the opportunity to purchase their current home where they both felt comfortable. “It was a transition, a way we could make a move and still have enough space and have kids and grandkids come. They might be on a few blow-up beds but who cares,” says Bev. There won’t be a shortage of stories. Or salad.

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Ann Rinker has been a professional window design specialist for four decades, and has been on the interior design staff at Wallflowers Design Center for the past 32 years. She has seen a lot of styles come and go, and whether the choice is between shutters or shades, long draperies or a valance, sheers or room darkening curtains, one element remains the same—window treatments combine style with function. In considering the type of window treatments that fit best for specific spaces in your home, you must first think about their intended purpose. Will they be used to block out light? Will they provide privacy? Are they able to conserve energy by helping keep a room warmer or cooler? Or will they be a decorative focal point for the room? “The fun thing about window treatments, is seeing what a difference they make to the room,” Rinker says.

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According to Rinker, one of the biggest trends in window treatments is texture. And one of the best ways to add texture, while retaining function, is with woven wood blinds. Made from horizontally slatted bamboo, grass, jute, reed or other natural materials, woven wood blinds are available in variety of finishes—from blond to Brazilian cherry—and sizes, to fit seamlessly into any home’s style. Woven wood blinds can range in look from rustic to refined, but their function remains the same: to provide a level of privacy to your home. They also help cut down on sunlight coming into the room, reducing exposure to UV rays that can cause damage to furniture and flooring. “You get what you pay for,” and woven wood blinds are no different. They are durable and made to last, requiring minimal upkeep. One of the first questions Rinker asks a client during her initial visit is whether they are settled and planning to live in their home for years to come, or whether they may be looking to move before too long. As she points out, there’s no good reason to go with a high-quality window treatment if your time in the home is short. “A lot of times I will suggest a faux wood blind, which is made from plastic polymer, yet still uses all the same basic components of higher-quality blinds,” Rinker says. “Faux wood blinds are a wonderful product—they are the least expensive treatment you can put in your windows, but still they look very good.”


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Sometimes referred to as “honeycomb shades,” cellular shades are one of the most popular window treatments on the market today. Their contemporary design fits with a wide variety of décor styles and will enhance the comfort and appearance of any type of home from vintage Craftsman to mid-century modern. Cellular shades are not just about looks—because of they are made from two layers to create air pockets, cellular shades help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Available in a variety of colors and materials, cellular shades are a great option for rooms where you want more light, and yet, maintain a degree of privacy. With a “top down bottom up” cellular shade you can open the shade from either the top or the bottom leaving the rest of window unobstructed. Its a style that is perfect for the living room, especially ones that get lots of direct sunlight where you want to block the glare, and also for bathroom, where privacy is important and so is extra light. Because cellular shades are minimalistic, Rinker says one design strategy to add some style and pizazz is to layer them with side draper panels. “We’re doing a lot of stationary side panels on nice iron rods with a shade in the window. Your function is the shade and the design is the side panel,” Rinker says. “It’s cost effective because you only use enough fabric for a single panel on each side while still achieving the look of a full drape.” Side panels are so basic they can be purchased ready to hang from most department stores. There are many options in color and texture, and many homeowners change out their side panels to reflect the seasons—a light and airy fabric in the summertime, and warmer and more colorful to brighten up the grays of winter.

M ot o r i z e d W i n d o w T r e atme n ts Motorizing your window treatments is the ultimate in convenience. It allows you to adjust your blinds and drapes with the touch of a button, at home and remotely. Every kind of shade or blind can be motorized and easily controlled with a simple to use battery-powered remote or integrated into a state-of-theart whole home automation system. Motorized window treatments can be opened and closed using an app on your smartphone or set to be adjusted on schedule to maximize energy efficiency. Motorizing your window treatments can keep your home safe as well as comfortable. When your home is empty during the day while you are at work, away for the weekend, or gone on vacation, you are able to provide the appearance that somebody is home and activities are going on as normal. This could make your home less of a target and may also prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek or making an unwelcome visit. Having motorized shades in your home has nothing to do with you being too lazy to get off the couch and pull a cord. It might seem like a simple task, but for people with physical limitations, opening and closing blinds can be much more difficult—cords can be hard to reach, but now they can be controlled from anywhere in the room at the push of a button. For homes with toddlers and pets, motorized shades offer an additional safety benefit. The cords used to operate traditional blinds and shades might seem like fun playthings for precocious tots and frisky kitties, when in reality, they are choking and strangling hazards. Motorized blinds are completely cord-free, and are the safe and convenient solution for all members of your family, two and fourlegged alike.

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a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding. Like most beginners, first-time homebuyers will likely make a few mistakes as they initially go through the home-buying process in the upcoming year. Here are five mistakes first-time homebuyers often make, and how to best avoid them.

1. WAITING TOO LONG TO MAKE AN OFFER One of the biggest mistakes first-time homebuyers will make in 2017 is simply waiting too long to get into the real estate market, according to Jay Carr, a senior loan advisor for RPM Mortgage. Because the rates look like they’re going to continually increase over the year, it’s important for buyers to get in as early as they can so that they can avoid paying more later on. If you see a home that you’re interested in and you have been thinking about entering into the market for some time, don’t hesitate too long.

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Many first-time buyers are younger, tech-savvy and are comfortable researching homes on their own. Overall, these are positive traits in a buyer. However, because these buyers are typically self-sufficient when it comes to other purchases, they often think they know best when it comes to what price they want to offer. “Buyers rely too much on what they see on the Internet instead of the good advice they would hear from a real estate agent,” Carr says. Of course sometimes it pays off to be bold in an offer (in that you get to pay a lot less than the asking price), but often it can end up that the buyers are negotiating themselves out of a deal. It’s important to pay attention to your real estate agent, who is a seasoned professional, when it comes to putting in an offer so you don’t offend the seller and lose the house you want.


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Carr says many first-time buyers have grown up thinking that they need to save up for a 20 percent down payment before they can enter the housing market. While it is always great to have as much money to put down as possible before you purchase a home, it’s important to consider many of the new options available today. One option is a home ownership investment such as the Unison HomeBuyer program, which typically provides up to half of the down payment you need. The money is an investment in the home, not a loan, so there are no interest charges or monthly payments. This new type of financing— which works in combination with a traditional 30-year mortgage—can offer greater flexibility and control to the home buyer. It allows you to cut the time needed to save for a down payment in half, lower your monthly payments and avoid mortgage insurance, or

increase your purchasing power so you can buy the home you want.

4. WANTING THE DREAM HOUSE RIGHT AWAY Everyone has a picture in their minds of what their first home will look like. Whether you envisioned a Craftsman bungalow near all your favorite bars and restaurants or a classic ranch-style home with tons of land and no neighbors, chances are you’re going to have to trade up to that dream home from your first starter home. “If you really like the house, you probably can’t afford it. If you think the house is just kind of below what you want it’s probably right in your price range. Get in the market rather than wait to get the dream house,” Carr says. Carr advises those in the hunt for their dream home to focus on becoming homeowners now and to wait on their dream home until they have built up equity and have higher incomes in the future. The median tenure of a homeowner in 2017 is about 10 years, but for the 20-year period before that it was only six. Believing that this won’t be your last house can take a bit of pressure off the home being perfectly suited for you.

5. NOT HAVING YOUR OWN REPRESENTATION Another mistake a first-time homebuyer can make is not having their own representation: they use the seller’s agent as their own buyer’s agent. While this is not always a bad situation, Carr cautions buyers to be careful to select a trustworthy real estate agent who will look after their best interests. In other words, you don’t want to pay an unfair price because someone is looking after their own best interests. To learn more about the Unison HomeBuyer program and how it could help you, visit

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he K&N West Racing Series rolls into town on May 13 for a full night of racing action at the Spokane Super Oval in Airway Heights. If you enjoy watching NASCAR live or even on TV, and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been out to the local races for a while, this event is a terrific choice for you and the whole family. The K&N West Series has a 14-race season starting mid-March and running until early November. It is a traveling series racing circle tracks all over the Western U.S., as does its sister series K&N East which runs out East. It is the primary developmental series for NASCAR, so many upcoming and talented drivers are anxious to make their mark in K&N Racing.





Two drivers racing at the Super Oval on May 13 are Nicole Behar of Otis Orchards and Braeden Havens of Spokane. Behar, 19, is racing the full K&N schedule this year and is currently sitting fourth in points after four races. She raced a full K&N season in 2015 and had the best finish ever for a K&N West female driver and was awarded the 2015 K&N Most Popular Driver Award. In 2016, she raced a limited schedule with the K&N Series and ran races in the ARCA tour last year back east. Prior to that she was a Hydrive Late Model Champion and two-time Baby Grand Champion. She started racing in go karts at the age of eight and hasn’t looked back since. Behar comes from a racing family: her dad and grandfather are past champions. Much like Behar, Havens comes from a racing heritage starting with his grandfather who raced on dirt in Minnesota in the 1960s and his father who still races against Havens in Late Models locally on occasion. Havens also started his racing career as so many do, driving go karts. After multiple wins and championships he moved into the driver’s seat of a late model at age 15, and started racing with the K&N series when he was 17. This year he is running the K&N series on a limited schedule so that he can pursue a full tour season with the Northwest Super Late Models where he finished a strong second last year. This year, he really wants to run for the championship. In 2016, he won the coveted Idaho 200, his biggest thrill to date in racing, made all the sweeter by winning on his home track in front of his family and friends. That is a theme throughout racing which rings true with both of these young and talented drivers, sharing hard work and long hours, but also the fun and excitement of racing with their friends and family. You can follow both of these drivers and their racing season at Nicole Behar Racing and Killer “B” Racing. This upcoming race should be a great match-up between these two drivers and the rest of the strong field from all over the

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Western United States. The racing action at the Spokane Super Oval on May 13 will include School Bus Races and Pony Stocks, prior to the running of the Toyota Napa Auto Parts 150 K&N Race. Upon the conclusion of the racing, the night will be capped off by a fireworks show. When NASCAR comes to town it puts on a great show, and its one not to be missed. “Like” the Spokane Super Oval Facebook page where you can get the most up to date information on their racing for that night and the whole season. Michele Martin is a photographer and lifelong Spokane resident and motorsports enthusiast.

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Glennon Doyle Melton to Speak in Spokane May 23


lennon Doyle Melton is the author of New York Times Bestsellers Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior, and the founder of—where more than seven million readers a week experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized. Melton is the creator and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has revolutionized on-line giving through “Love Flash Mobs” and has connected countless families in need with millions of dollars in critical resources. Women Helping Women Fund is bringing Melton to Spokane during their 25th Annual Benefit Luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center on Tuesday, May 23.



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Reduce: • The Good: To cut down on all the harmful chemicals and reduce the influx of disposable containers in our home, I sometimes make my own non-toxic cleaning products with simple ingredients like water, vinegar, and lemon juice. • The Bad: While this DIY approach works as effectively as most cleaners, I’m banned from using them when my family is at home because they claim it makes the house smell like pungent salad dressing. Which it does, but only for 10 minutes. The Ugly: With two teen boys in the house, I’m not against breaking out the Lysol as needed. I’m all for “going green,” but teen messes and smelly soccer cleats demand the toxic big guns, like bleach, alkyl, dimethyl benzyl, and other ingredients I can’t pronounce. Ozone layer, air quality, and clean water be damned! I’m trying to survive two teenagers.


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Muppet, Kermit, said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Like any good mom, I try to lead my family down the do-the-right-thing path as we go about our suburban lives. This includes adopting environmentally friendly habits as I try to instill a leave-no-trace mentality in my family. Let’s just say they’re about ready to stuff me into the recycling bin with my attempts to “green up” our lives. “Listen, Mother Earth, you need to chill,” my husband Kevin says to me on a regular basis as I try to shove my save-the-planet philosophy down my family’s throat. I admit that I sometimes go a little overboard in my efforts. I also admit that I sometimes fail miserably at my own green habits due to inconvenience or the reality of living with teen boys. For example, I’ve drilled my kids on the importance of the three big “R’s”: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Yet, despite my best efforts, we often fall short.

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• The Good: We own at least a dozen refillable water bottles, which we regularly take to school, work, soccer games, etc. One drink at a time, we’re not adding to the county landfill. Yay, us! • The Bad: While we’ve slowly upgraded most of our water bottles to stainless steel or BPA-free plastic over the years, a few “bad plastics” still lurk in our cupboards. For unknown reasons, we’re still holding onto a few toxic, BPA-laden freebies emblazoned with our local radio station’s logo. • The Ugly: At this very moment, we’ve got a case of disposable water bottles sitting on our back porch. Despite our best efforts to bring reusable containers everywhere, we’ve just committed the pinnacle of atrocious eco-crimes. Not only did we buy disposable water bottles, but we bought them in bulk. What kind of monsters are we?

Recycle: • The Good: My family has dubbed me the Recycling Nazi for my zealot-level intensity of recycling. Each week, our recycling bins overflow with aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, and empty

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF? cereal boxes. I’m thrilled that we’ve reduced our carbon footprint. • The Bad: Sometimes my overly aggressive efforts tick off my husband, like when he hasn’t yet read the Sunday newspaper, and I’ve already tossed it into the recycling bin by 10 a.m. that morning. (This is where he starts, “Listen, Mother Earth….”) • The Ugly: Like George Costanza picking a Twinkie out of the trash in a classic Seinfeld episode, I’ve been known to pluck a perfectly good empty toilet paper roll out of the bathroom waste can and put it in the recycling bin. My husband thinks I’ve sunk to a new low. But do you know how many trees I’ve saved over the years? While I’ve got the best of intentions, I struggle with trying to set a good example and then consistently live up to it. For example, rather than waste gallons of water while brushing my teeth, I turn the faucet off until I’m ready to “rinse and spit.” Sometimes my husband or the boys will leave the faucet running full blast while brushing their teeth. “My God, you can bathe a toddler with all the water you’re wasting!” I chastise over the gushing stream. The problem? My hypocrisy comes back to haunt me when they point out that I take longer showers than a construction worker after a long, hot day on the job. Damn, they’re right. Yet, despite my eco-fails, I keep trying to live the green life. In fact, I’ve seriously asked for a compost bin for Mother’s Day for the last five years. So far, no one’s running to Home Depot to fulfill my wish. Instead, I usually receive flowers on Mother’s Day. Of course, when they die, I could have tossed them into the compost bin IF I HAD ONE. The struggle is real, people. I agree with Kermit. It’s not easy being green.

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young girl, I loved time with my grandma. I would visit her apartment where she had special treats hidden in a secret drawer for me, toys only I could play with, and I remember the distinct smell of rose perfume permeating her home. She was from Hawaii and many of the things I played with weren’t really toys, but keepsakes from her days on the island. She had puka shells galore and I remember a hula dancing doll that danced when you twisted the handle on her base. Consequently, I remember breaking many of her puka shell bracelets and necklaces and even the handle that twisted to make the hula doll dance. I was sneaky, and rather than confess to my wrongdoing, I would slide the broken pieces under her bed or dresser. Never once did she mention finding any of the evidence of my destruction and deceit. I remember Grandma’s hands as she aged. I would trace and press down the veins protruding from her skin. She sat with me while I played with her hands and answered question after question about “the olden days,” recounting stories from her life on the island. I was 28 years old and two states away when her time came to an end, and since I didn’t make it back to California before her passing, we said our goodbyes by phone. There are days when I look in the mirror and I see her in my reflection. My eyes are darkening and becoming more recessed, showing my Hawaiian/Portuguese heritage. I’ve had to stop plucking the occasional grey hair because I’m finally outnumbered. Recently, I ventured out to buy my first pair of “cheater” reading glasses and while they weren’t horn rimmed and pointed on the sides, I can see her face in mine. My body is changing, and even rebels against some of my favorite things: my signature look of stylish high heels and many types of exercise. I’m finding sen-

Before sible shoes practical and logical, much like Grandma’s signature ballet flats and slippers. I’m often cold, and love having a blanket nearby to wrap around my shoulders or place across my lap. If I don’t stay hydrated, I can see it in my skin and feel it in my body. But what struck me most was a moment at church during Easter service—my son began pressing on the veins in my hand as I listed to our pastor speak. The outward aging process has struck me at lightning speed when somehow I thought it was going to pass me by. However, there are other changes occurring I finding comfort in. I seek release from worry, fear and my constant obsessions in colloquial quotes and bible verses. I draw on years’ of experience and a collection of friends and influences for peace. I’ve come to realize the depth of knowledge that is contained in seemingly overused sayings in our culture only to realize they are repeated because of their truth. Along with the grey hairs, are spiritual and emotional changes I wouldn’t trade for the world. I understand some of what our elders see when they look at our follies, watch us make mistakes and have zero desire to correct us. Some even smile as they watch our lives unfold. I’m starting to see it now. Days before my Grandma died at the facility she was in, I was telling her about my day during a phone call. She interrupted me and said, “Isn’t it amazing how the sun comes up every day and sets in the evening?” In the moment, I wondered if she was falling asleep or her medications had started to settle in and I kindly acknowledged her. She repeated herself: “Isn’t it amazing how the sun comes up every day and sets in the evening?” I realized after a moment that she was making a point. And just as the sun was setting on her life, she gave me some of the greatest words to remember and live by. No matter the storms, troubles, aging and changes that are happening to our bodies and in our world, the sun will always rise and the sun will always set. We never know what each day or season of life will bring, but we can be guaranteed life, death and a sun that accompanies us each and every day.


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Merck finished a whirlwind year as Miss Rodeo America in December and has since returned to Gonzaga Law School. Before that, she represented rodeos in her home state as Miss Rodeo Washington. In this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role Model, she looks back on her time as rodeo royalty and why it meant so much to her.

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Role Model:

Katherine Merck

What were the highlights of your time as Miss Rodeo Washington? While I was Miss Rodeo Washington, I traveled to 13 different states and Canada to promote our Washington rodeos. I am actually the first Miss Rodeo Washington to be crowned Miss Rodeo America, so that was really exciting for all of us involved in the program. What was it like to compete for the Miss Rodeo America crown? The Miss Rodeo America pageant is actually eight days long. We were fully sequestered so no technology, no talking to the outside world. There is an extensive interview process—public speaking, current event questions, a fashion show where we showcase Western trends and Miss Rodeo America sponsors. Our talent is horsemanship; we ride two different horses that we’ve never been on. We’re not allowed to warm up at all in the competition. And we also take a written examination on equine science, rodeo knowledge and rodeo history. It was quite a lot of preparation. I worked a lot on getting on every horse I could. I did a lot of equine science work with my personal vet, Dr. Jed McKinlay. There’s nothing better than following a vet around to learn equine science. And I actually audio-recorded my study guides so I could listen to them while driving from rodeo to rodeo. A lot of it came down to being out and being involved in the rodeo. Being there and being with the people involved is the best way to learn hands-on. It’s a lot of preparation and then outfits. I had 28 different outfits for the eight days. I enlisted the help of Spokane community members and had them interview me—just a lot of public speaking, so I could get through all of my nerves. You’re always going to be given a question you don’t know, so it’s all about how you handle it. Describe the moment you won the crown. I was so incredibly excited to be in the top five, but when that moment came to answer my questions, that was probably the most calm I had been in the entire competition because I knew I had given my all the entire week. I was thankful to be asked a question that I am passionate about: The future of rodeo. I let instinct take over. I was dazed and amazed that I won. I didn’t even know what to do, it was so incredible. How did you answer that final question? Rodeo has been experiencing positive growth but still has challenges. One of the big challenges we have in our industry is open communication. It’s a big community spread all over the country. But also keeping those lines of communication open with the public. Continuing to educate people about what we stand for as a community. Rodeo is the only sport in which we help our friends beat ourselves. One of the biggest things we do in rodeo is support our friends and do everything we can to help one another succeed even if it means they beat us. We are now co-sanctioning rodeos in Mexico. We were already co-sanctioning in Canada. So, that unifies the sport across North America. What, exactly, is expected of rodeo royalty? It’s the best job in the world. I traveled more than 120,000 miles and all the way to Australia. A lot of rodeo appearances and a lot of public appearances to promote rodeos. I had the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards, as well.

I had a lot of opportunity to be home in the northwest and attend lots of our Washington rodeos. So much of what Miss Rodeo America does is promotional, so promotion and marketing, so I visited schools and gave talks, as well. How has the transition back to “normal” felt? I am in my final year at Gonzaga Law, so I’ll actually graduate in December because I took a year and a half off to compete for Miss Rodeo America while I was Miss Rodeo Washington. Miss Rodeo America has a scholarship that’s paid for me to finish law school, so I’m actually graduating debt free because I took that time off to serve as Miss Rodeo America. The reason I even started in law school is I plan to work in agriculture, so I’m doing estate planning in farming, in agriculture and land use. So many people in the rodeo culture come from an agricultural background. So it really is the same group of people. It all ties together better than it does when it first meets the eye. Why are you so passionate about promoting the rodeo? One of the biggest values is community and family. Rodeo community is 100 percent why I feel people who do rodeo get sucked in. We are focused as a community on patriotism. We value hard work. A contestant’s performance in the arena is just as important as how they are out of the arena. Respect [for] other people. Respect for elders and respect for animals. We treat animals in rodeo as our partners and that’s incredibly important. I don’t think I have ever been at any kind of event that is more respectful of the national anthem or where everyone can come together in prayer like we do at a rodeo. MAY 2017 /



What You Should Know About Your

by Brenda S. Houmard

In April,


we celebrated National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This annual event aims to educate the public about facts associated with fertility and to dispel the myths that accompany them. According to the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth (CDC), 7.5 million women in the United States suffer from an impaired ability to achieve pregnancy or carry a baby to term. This supports an earlier survey from the same organization that noted one out of eight couples has difficulties in this area. If you struggle to conceive, a fertility evaluation is a good first step. Fertility evaluations can typically be accomplished in one month. Many couples are surprised to discover that infertility affects both men and women equally. According to the CDC, approximately one third of infertility is attributed to the female, one third to the male, and one third to the combination of both. Twenty-five percent of couples with infertility have more than one contributing factor. Thus, infertility is a couples’ disease—and is essential to do testing for both partners. Couples with difficulties in this area are encouraged to seek assistance from either their general gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist/fertility specialist to address their concerns. One of the most surprising facts for patients is that even young couples with normal fertility only have a 20 percent chance of conceiving naturally each month. This becomes vital to understanding success rates of the various fertility treatments. A woman’s best reproductive years are in her 20s. Fertility gradually declines after 30, particularly after 35, up until menopause. At 30, the chance of conceiving per cycle is about 20 percent. At 40 it’s around 5 percent. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, approximately 85-

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90 percent of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3 percent of couples experiencing fertility issues need to go to advanced therapies such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). If you do require that therapy, about 50 percent of couples whose female age is less than 35 years has a baby to take home after one cycle. The message of National Infertility Awareness Week is ultimately one of hope. Every couple experiencing fertility issues is encouraged to reach out to their provider to get assistance and fulfill their dreams of the family they desire. Brenda S. Houmard, MD, PhD is board certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She practices at SRM (Seattle Reproductive Medicine) in the Spokane Valley.

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Noncontraceptive Benefits of Intrauterine Devices by Andrea Prabhu, MD FACOG

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2016 election, Planned Parenthood reported a 900 percent increase in the rates of requests for intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs). Approximately 10 percent of the United States population uses an IUD. The contraceptive implant and the IUD are the most effective reversible contraceptive methods available, with failure rates of less than one percent for both perfect and typical use. IUDs are also safe to use for breastfeeding mothers. What people may not realize is that IUDs have benefits that are beyond contraception. IUDs are making a comeback after a dramatic decline in the 1970s. The Dalkon Shield was linked to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Modern IUDs use a different string and are not associated with an increased risk of PID. Currently on the market there are five IUDs. The Paragard IUD is made of copper and is approved for 10 years of use. This IUD is for the purpose of contraception and is a good choice for patients who do not want to have hormonal exposure, would like a long duration of use, and would like to have regular periods. The remaining IUDs on the market are all progesterone containing. Progesterone works to thin the endometrial lining of the uterus which will decrease the heaviness of menses. Progesterone also thickens cervical mucus to decrease the chance of sperm entering the uterus. Because the Mirena IUD has been on the market the longest of the current IUDs and because the dose is higher, many of the benefits have been studied with the IUD. We do not have a lot of data yet on the impact of the lower-dose progesterone IUDs on these issues. Heavy periods. The medical term for this is menorrhagia. By thinning the endometrial lining, the amount of tissue to shed each month decreases. In studies of the Mirena IUD, the decrease in total amount of blood loss decreases 80 percent by three months and 90 percent by six months. Twenty percent of women will stop menstruating all

together with this IUD. As a result, the Mirena is FDA approved for use in menorrhagia and patients who are anemic due to this. Painful periods. Because there is a decrease in menstrual flow, pain scores also decrease with IUD use. Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining implants outside of the uterus. This is associated with pain and infertility. Studies have demonstrated a reduction in endometriosis-related pain with the Mirena IUD. Hormone Replacement Therapy. For patients who are menopausal and experiencing significant hot flashes, they may elect to go on hormone replacement therapy. In women who have a uterus, this is a combination of estrogen and progesterone. (Women without a uterus may use estrogen only.) Women on HRT may leave a Mirena IUD in place to provide protection from endometrial hyperplasia which is a precancerous change. Cost. The Affordable Care Act requires most private health plans to cover a designated list of preventative services without out-of-pocket costs to the consumer, including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods. As a result, many women have had access to IUDs which prior to these changes for some were cost prohibitive. Placement. Like all forms of medication, eligibility, risks and side effects, and alternatives should be reviewed with a health care provider. Placement is done in the office and typically takes a matter of minutes. IUDs are not right for every woman, but for many they may see benefits beyond birth control. Andrea Prabhu, MD FACOG, is a physician with Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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The Benefits of Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping by Dawn Kopp

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the most exciting and bonding moments around the birthing experience is the cutting of the umbilical cord. Did you know that waiting to cut the umbilical cord at birth may translate into benefits for infants? The umbilical cord is a marvelous connection between the placenta and the baby. It transfers oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the baby. Women are aware of the important role nutrition plays in the nurturing of their baby during pregnancy and the vital role of the umbilical cord in getting nutrition to the baby. Vitamins and minerals are important for the development of the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organs and iron is particularly key to prevent anemia, or low blood volume. Anemia in childhood is linked to delays in the neurologic system including cognitive, motor and behavioral development. Prevention of infant anemia is possible with a very short delay in clamping the umbilical cord at the time of delivery. Growing evidence from a number of studies shows that delayed umbilical cord clamping after birth (clamping at least 3060 seconds after birth) can increase the blood volume of infants. After delivery of the baby, approximately three ounces of extra blood is transferred from the placenta to the newborn via the umbilical cord. In term infants (born no sooner than three weeks before their due date), delayed cord clamping has been shown to improve iron stores and blood volumes by allowing this extra blood to reach the infant before the cord is cut. In studies of preterm infants (born 3-16 weeks before their due date) who had delayed cord clamping, there were additional benefits including less blood transfusions for anemia, less incidents of bleeding in the brain (intraventricular hemorrhage), and less death of bowel tissue (necrotizing enterocolitis).

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Even with all of these advantages, there are still selected circumstances where immediate cord clamping may need to performed to protect the health of the mother and/or the baby. If infants are born in distress and need immediate resuscitation, if there are certain issues with the placenta (placental circulation is not intact or the implantation of the placenta is not normal), or the mother is unstable, immediate umbilical cord clamping is instead recommended. But under normal circumstances with a healthy newborn child, delayed umbilical cord clamping does not increase the risk of bleeding for the mother. There are few risks to the baby or mother from delayed cord clamping. Though there is no difference in the rate of jaundice, studies show a small increase in term infants who had delayed cord clamping needing extra therapy for jaundice. We now know that delayed cord clamping can be performed in most birth situations, prevents iron deficiency, and helps preterm babies achieve better outcomesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all with little apparent risk to the mother or baby. Talk to your OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife (CNM) about whether a short delay in cutting the umbilical cord at the time of delivery may be the right choice for you and your baby. Dr. Dawn Kopp, of Northwest OBGYN, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her MD at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her MPH at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency at University of Washington in 2014. Dr. Kopp spent two years in Malawi (sub-Saharan Africa) completing a fellowship in global womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health with the University of North Carolina.

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line—marijuana is a harmful substance for pregnant women and their babies, despite the fact that it is legal in our state. It is not known how much exposure is dangerous, and no amount is considered safe. Here are some common questions, and the answers we feel strongly about: What effects can smoking marijuana have during pregnancy? Several studies have shown a wide range of effects of marijuana in pregnant women. One of the biggest risks is an increase in the risk of having a low red blood cell count (anemia). Other, smaller studies have shown an increase in preterm labor. What are the risks of smoking marijuana for my baby? There are numerous well-documented effects of marijuana on unborn babies. These children have a lower birth weight and slower development of physical and mental skills. Babies exposed to higher levels have been shown to have a mild withdrawal syndrome. As these children grow and mature, they have been shown to have difficulty paying attention in school and have decreased cognitive abilities. Is smoking marijuana safe if I am trying to get pregnant? Marijuana is NOT safe for women trying to become pregnant. Studies in humans have suggested that higher levels of the active ingredients in marijuana may lead to a higher rate of ectopic pregnancies. It has also been shown in mice that increased levels of these ingredients may affect how fertilized eggs implant into the uterus. Marijuana can also decrease male sperm count and make becoming pregnant more difficult.

What in marijuana makes me feel “high”? Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for the effects of the drug. Is marijuana safe for my baby if I don’t smoke it? THC and the other chemicals in marijuana are still harmful to your baby, even if you use other methods of consumption such as edibles or vaporizers. Is marijuana safe if I am breastfeeding my baby ? THC can accumulate easily in breast milk. This is because it is stored in fat, and there is a lot of fat in breast milk. This means it will still be passed on to your baby. THC is not broken down quickly by the body, and so the “pump and dump” technique will not work like with alcohol. For more information or help quitting, visit one of these sites or talk to your doctor: Marijuana or or call (866) 789-1511. Calvin Knapp is a third year medical student at the University of Washington. He recently completed an OBGYN rotation with Spokane OBGYN.

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your first mammogram is like having your first baby. Your only experience to draw from is the countless horror stories that the matriarchs in your life have shared with you. To my pleasant surprise, my mammogram was a breeze. I was in and out in 15 minutes and had zero discomfort. With that yearly chore behind me, I went about the rest of my week in usual fashion until I received a call from the imaging clinic requesting a follow-up appointment. The scheduling assistant was upbeat and explained that since it was my first mammogram, they would like additional pictures to establish a baseline. Feeling confident that the second appointment was no big deal, I arrived for my mammogram with my two youngest children in tow with plans to grab donuts and hit the park when we finished. As the kids and I were shown to my changing room, Caleb asks, “Why can’t we just get donuts?” Casually I explain, “Well, once women get to a certain age they need pictures taken of their breasts to make sure there’s no cancer.” Fake gagging, he says, “That’s disgusting.” I put on the radiology gown, told the kids to sit tight and went across the hall for my photoshoot. Looking at the machine, I realized it was different than the one from my first visit. The tech explained, “This machine does 3D mammography. We have to use this machine to get a better picture of the mass in your right breast. Once you’re done here we’ll send you down the hall for the ultrasound to get a better idea as to whether it’s a cyst or a tissue mass. Then the doctor will meet with you.” An alarm bell rings in my head, “Wait. What? I actually have a lump?” I head back across the hall to sit with the kids until they call me for my ultrasound. Sensing a change in my demeanor, my daughter says with worry, “Is something wrong, mommy?” With my mind in a fog I tell her, “Let’s hope not. They just want to check something.” My son crosses his arms over his chest angrily, “Well they better hurry. My eyeballs are melting from these boobie pictures hanging on the wall. I just want a donut.” Upset, my daughter angrily shouts, “Shut up, Caleb! Mom’s probably got cancer in her boob. They’ll have to cut if off and then she’ll have no boobs at all!” Snapping out of the fog, I cover both of their mouths with my hands and growl in my fiercest mom voice, “Listen! Mommy does not have cancer and no one is cutting off my boob. Now be quiet or neither one of you will get a donut!”

I’m relatively certain the commotion from my dressing room motivated people to get me and my delightful children out of their clinic as fast as possible. Within minutes I was having my ultrasound and was told that the lump was merely a large cyst. The doctor asks if it causes me much discomfort. I scoffed, “Until ten minutes ago, I didn’t even know it was there.” He looked at me wide-eyed, “You didn’t find that lump on your own? You must not be doing regular breast exams.” My cheeks turned hot as I shook my head. “Holly, one-third of the women diagnosed with breast cancer are in your age group. Monthly breast exams are a must. And if that cyst becomes much larger, we may want to consider removing some of the fluid.” Shaking my head fiercely, “No, thank you. I don’t have much to start with. If you drain it, I might not have a right breast.” Laughing, he walks me back to my dressing room. “That’s fine. Just remember it’s important for you to have yearly mammograms.” As I changed back into my street clothes, I happily report to the kids, “False alarm. I’m just fine. Who’s ready for donuts?” Kelly jumps up and down excitedly while Caleb sits in his chair with an angry scowl, “Great! That guy saw your naked boobie. Now you’re gonna have to marry him. Why couldn’t we have just gone to eat donuts?” Assuring him that a wedding wasn’t in my future, I left the imaging clinic feeling like I had just learned a valuable lesson. Monthly selfbreast exams are no joking matter especially if I plan to enjoy many more adventures of Sockpants and Super Heroes. Holly Lytle is the mother of three and is the founder of The ISAAC Foundation, a local autism non-profit organization. In her free time Holly enjoys chronicling her many adventures of motherhood for this column.

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My Son Shine by Jennifer Vesbit

On January

7 2017, my biological son was born to another woman. She gave birth to him on a cold winter night, in a hospital in New York City, while I laid in my bed in Portland, Oregon. I’m not sure I’m supposed to call him my son. She gets to call him that. But he feels like my son. I feel like his mom. But I’m not supposed to call myself that either. She’s his mom, and she is with him in a hospital after his birth while I’m 3000 miles away. When my husband and I decided to donate our frozen embryo to a woman in New York, we weren’t even sure it would become a pregnancy let alone a living human being. It was the toughest decision we’ve ever made. After seven years of battling infertility and two rounds of IVF, we were left with one painful miscarriage, the birth of beautiful twins, and one frozen embryo. The twins were born 5 years ago, and every day since then have been both a joy and a challenge. Once a year, amongst all that challenge and joy, we received a notice from the fertility clinic reminding us we had a frozen embryo and asking us what we wanted to do with it. We could pay for another year of storage, we could have the embryo disposed of, we could donate it to science, or we could donate to another family. For years I felt too overwhelmed to make the decision, so I kept paying for storage. In the end, and after much soul searching, I chose to donate. If I wasn’t going to try for this baby on my own (which, believe me, a part of me wanted to do), I felt a strong need to give to another woman who had been through her own fertility struggle. I felt as if all the pain that surrounded my journey to become pregnant could be given purpose, if only I could help try to relieve someone else’s pain. This brings me back to the middle of the snowy night in NYC. She went into labor early, and wasn’t able to reach any of her friends who had planned to be there with her. I was about to go to sleep when I got a text from her saying he’d likely be born soon. I wrote her back and let her know that I was still awake. After a few text exchanges, it dawned on me that I was her person that night. I lay in bed and texted her words of strength through my tears. “Once you see him, the rest won’t matter. I promise,” I told her. “Please don’t feel alone, I am with you in spirit.” In that moment, I realized that this experience is going to call on me again and again to be strong, even when I’m feeling sad or weak or scared. When I finally got the news of his birth I was overwhelmed by a range of emotions. At the forefront of that was imagining how perfect he must be. I just knew he was perfect. And then it happened. A photo of him came via text. As it flashed on my screen my heart shot down into my stomach and I threw my phone across the room. I only saw him for a second, but I knew precisely what he looked like . . .

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hardest thing about upward mobility—the so-called American dream—is attaining it. Perhaps the second hardest thing is this: Once you’ve risen from a hardscrabble upbringing and gained financial success, how do you pass the traits that helped get you there—hard work, accountability, passion and discipline—on to your children? The natural inclination is to give them all the things you never had—and to shield them from the worries you experienced growing up. But that won’t help them long term. “You can’t duplicate your humble beginnings for them,” says wealth management advisor Rebecca Walser of Walser Wealth. “But you can teach your kids the skills they’ll need when they’re making their own way in the world.” Walser, a successful tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in working with high net worth clients, says one of her earliest memories is of being 4 years old and flipping a light switch in her home, only to have nothing happen. “That’s when I learned about money and bills, and that if you don’t pay the electric bill, the lights won’t come on,” she says.

Her children—ages 9, 7 and 4—haven’t experienced anything quite like that, but she still wants them to understand money. One way she accomplishes that is they get weekly allowances to cover their expenses, and they must budget everything for themselves. “When we set a limit, we set a limit,” Walser says. “Mom and Dad aren’t going to bail them out if they are a quarter short on a toy they want.” Here are some other tips Walser has for helping fortunate kids understand finances: Experiment with delayed gratification. Remember the old Stanford University “marshmallow experiments” from the 1960s and ‘70s? A child was offered a choice between one small but immediate reward (usually a marshmallow) or two rewards if he or she could wait until the tester came back after about 15 minutes. In follow-up studies, the researchers found those who could wait longer tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, body mass index and educational success. Don’t keep the kids in the dark. Children often are unaware of all the unseen expenses that go into running a household. Make sure they know there’s a cost for electricity, water, cable and home maintenance. Needs vs. wants. How often have you heard your child say, “But I need those jeans!” There’s a big difference between wanting a designer label and needing new pants. Tell your teen you’ll give her a reasonable amount of money to buy the jeans—but if she requires more for what she wants, it’s on her. It’s amazing how quickly kids change their mind about needing something when they’re paying for it. Work it out. Your children may not need or want to work, but a job can teach a lot about having a solid work ethic, the importance of getting a good education and competition in the marketplace. Volunteering can have similar benefits. Parents want to give their children every advantage, Walser says, and that’s just what you’re doing if you prepare them to better deal with real-world financial decisions. “A little tough love now will go a long way toward preventing an unwelcome sense of entitlement from your kids and keeping them out from under a cloud of debt when they’re older,” she says. Rebecca Walser earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Florida and her masters of law degree in taxation from New York University.

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if they only knew A random

thought spoken aloud by a passing stranger can hold enough power to take a person—who was otherwise holding themselves together—down. “Wow, and I thought I had small boobs,” whispered the stranger. It was the moment that nearly took me out emotionally after a long battle for my life. A rush of heat blew through my body as I felt compelled to press her against the brick wall. I wanted to hold her face close to mine so she didn’t miss a single word that would certainly rush from my mind and into her being. In yet another act of courage, I managed to hold my temper, and take a deep breathe . . . in and out . . . and then carried on with my day. My self-esteem had been in a battle with itself over the course of a few years. I had decided that my eyes and my cleavage were my best assets, not soon before I discovered one of those assets was a ticking time bomb. I had been undergoing mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and MRIs for two and a half years due to family history. Despite initial benign and negative testing, final pathology showed extensive cancer in the ductal area of my left breast. The form of cancer was called DCIS, and it was at Stage 0, with a survival rate of 95 percent. Although this was somewhat good news, it was a concern as it had evaded traditional diagnostic testing, and had spread through the entire breast. My husband and I met with my oncologist to discuss diagnosis and prognosis and options. I had a cluster of lumps in my right breast. We chose to do bilateral mastectomies. I delayed surgery for several months so I could emotionally adjust and spend time with dear friends at a reunion in California. It has  been  an  adjustment.  There  is  the  obvious  physical  change, and a less obvious vast emotional change. I often agonize about going out in public. Trying to find clothing that camouflage my lumps and dents so I don’t feel so obviously altered is a daily battle. Reminding myself that I am still the me I had always been and not less of anything because of this change. Considering that I may be a stronger person is my daily purpose.  I joined a  local  support  group,  and  counseling  has been a tremendous resource  to fulfill my  strength reservoir.  My  husband’s  loving attitude  of  absolute  acceptance  and  support and his strong arms that have held me—and continue to do so—on good days and bad is a treasure. I often tell people that without my faith and sense of humor, I could not survive. I have purposed to use my story to encourage other women to not stop seeking answers when that voice inside says there is something wrong. And if you ever find yourself trekking down the path of breast cancer, to search out any ounce of good that may present itself. It remains one of my biggest  challenges. I wear pretty colors, scarves and blinging nail colors to infuse a little more confidence into my physical appearance. I am still me, although I am a stronger, more understanding and compassionate version of myself, who understands my assets go well beyond what you might first see of me. As I pass others on the street hustling about their own lives, I wonder . . . If They Only Knew.

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Lung Health & COPD

Signs, Symptoms and Treatment


hronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases that cause air-flow blockages and breathing problems. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. More than 30 million people in the United States are affected by COPD, yet more than half don’t know they have it. “That may sound hard to believe,” says Dr. Kevin Strait, Medical Director of Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. “But COPD may cause no symptoms or only very mild symptoms like coughing at first, so people may ignore them thinking they’re not serious. Usually more prominent symptoms like breathlessness don’t occur until significant lung damage has occurred.”









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COPD is usually caused by inhaling tobacco smoke. But the inhalation of other pollutants such as fumes, chemicals and dust, or genetics and respiratory infections also can be linked to COPD. Common symptoms of the disease include: • Persistent cough or a cough that produces large amounts of mucus • Shortness of breath • Wheezing • Chest tightness • Fatigue • Feeling winded after activities that weren’t difficult in the past

Strait suggests that individuals visit their doctors if they experience these symptoms. The most common test to confirm COPD is spirometry, which measures how much air is inhaled, and how much and how quickly air is exhaled. Other tests may include a chest X-ray, chest CT scan, or an arterial blood gas test. “Most people have mild forms of COPD, which can be controlled with smoking cessation,” Strait says. “For those with more advanced stages, there are effective medications and therapies available to help control symptoms and improve a person’s ability to lead an active lifestyle.”

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Even with ongoing treatments, however, individuals with COPD may experience exacerbations or episodes where their symptoms become worse than usual and persist for several days. “At these times, it’s important to get prompt medical help,” Strait says. “An acute exacerbation can lead to complications like respiratory infections and even respiratory failure. Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s bloodstream to allow the body’s organs— such as the heart and brain—to function properly. Respiratory failure also can occur if a patient’s lungs can’t remove carbon dioxide—a waste gas—from the blood.” For individuals who experience respiratory failure, nationally recognized care is available in Post Falls through Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. The hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification in Respiratory Failure. “This is significant because it means that we are providing the highest level of respiratory failure care available in the nation right here in our own community,” Strait says. “We hope that individuals with COPD don’t reach the point of needing these services, but if they do, we’re prepared to help them heal as completely as possible.” Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is a 40-bed, free-standing facility providing long-term acute care and critical care services for patients recovering from serious illnesses or chronic medical conditions.

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Liver Elastography— Helping Patients Avoid an Invasive Liver Biopsy


try to get the best possible information available while striking a balance between good, reliable data essential for accurate diagnoses, and patient comfort and safety. Enter liver elastography. For years, a liver biopsy was the most reliable way to assess the status of patients with chronic liver disease. Dr. Scott King, a radiologist at Inland Imaging, explains the background: “When someone has chronic liver disease, most commonly Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and alcohol abuse, the chronic inflammation eventually results in liver scarring. When this scarring, or fibrosis, becomes severe, the risk of complications of chronic liver disease, including liver cancer, increases dramatically.” Liver biopsy can determine the degree of liver fibrosis. There are potential medical complications with biopsy, however, not to mention other inconveniences. Patients may experience pain, must undergo sedation, require up to a day of recovery time, and need to arrange for transportation to and from their appointment. In contrast, liver elastography

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can provide the information a doctor needs without the biopsy in most patients. The patient only undergoes a non-invasive ultrasound. “The exam itself is simple and painless,” says Dr. King. To prepare, patients should not eat or drink for four hours prior to their appointment. During the exam, the patient lies comfortably on their back while an ultrasound technologist takes images of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and sometimes more, depending on the ordering provider’s request. There is about 5-10 minutes of additional imaging of the liver to obtain the elastography measurements. “For most patients, it’s a ticket to avoid a liver biopsy,” says Dr. King. A radiologist reviews the images and assess an “F-score,” or fibrosis score. This tells the doctors the level of liver scarring present. Dr. King explains the results: “The F-score scale is

from F0-F4, with scores of F3 and F4 corresponding to severe fibrosis and cirrhosis, respectively. Scores of F0-F1 correspond to No or Minimal Fibrosis, respectively. F2 is inbetween. Your provider will use this information to help determine the most appropriate care plan.â&#x20AC;? Talk with your doctor to learn if liver elastography might be a good option for you.

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HEALTH BEAT/new health technology

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane Unveils Low Radiation, 3D Full Body Imaging System

Every day,

people are exposed to minimal levels of naturally occurring radiation from their surroundings. However, according to a report by the American Medical Association, over the past two decades levels of radiation exposure from artificial sources—primarily from medical imaging—have been increasing. Studies have shown children in particular face potential adverse effects from excessive medical radiation. Radiation damage is cumulative over one’s lifespan, so the more radiation that can be reduced in children, the better. Shriners Hospitals for Children has recently installed the latest technology in orthopaedic imaging, the EOS Imaging System—no other hospital in the region has this cutting edge technology. The EOS Imaging System captures high quality head-totoe images with unparalleled benefits in terms of reduced radiation dose, quicker scanning procedures and improved diagnostic content. Lower Radiation This groundbreaking technology will produce an x-ray of the whole body in 3D using a fraction of the radiation dose it would take to do with conventional radiography—up to nine times less. Shriners Hospitals for

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Children—Spokane is a pediatric orthopaedic hospital specializing in conditions affecting the muscles, bones and joints, and relies on multiple radiographic images for diagnostic and surgery and treatment planning purposes. One of the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s specialties is treating spine conditions such as scoliosis— adolescent scoliosis patients may undergo radiographic imaging every 3-6 months, sometimes resulting in 20 or more scans over the course of treatment. Improved diagnostics 3-D weight-bearing images of children in an upright, standing position gives the Shriners Hospital medical staff a more accurate view of the spine and lower limbs to better evaluate and analyze the bones, joints and ligaments from multiple angles. This type of imaging provides views of all areas of the body with one image, rather than stitching together multiple images. In addition to the health benefits and the diagnostic benefits, the EOS Imaging machine is a kid-friendly machine. “The kids love it. Every week someone tells me it looks like a spaceship,” says the hospital’s radiology manager, Lucy Weidert. “Sometimes, getting x-rayed can be scary for a child. With the EOS, the fear disappears and they are excited to get in the machine. \ It's open on top and in the front so they don’t feel closed in.”

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is a mind-body technique that has been around for many years. It helps teach people how to influence their autonomic nervous systems in the areas of general stress reduction, brainwave relaxation training, pain management, and muscular reeducation. The autonomic nervous system controls numerous involuntary functions such as heart rate, brainwave frequency, and muscle tension. With the use of electrodes, the information gathered is “fed back” to the person to learn to monitor and control responses in a more positive, balanced fashion. This form of active participation biofeedback is what we refer to as “Classical.” But, a newer, more holistic form called Quantum Biofeedback is gaining more popularity, as people realize the importance of a wellness paradigm shift versus disease treatment. Quantum Biofeedback operates on the same foundational principles of Classical Biofeedback of “teaching” and “re-educating” physiological responses, but occurs at a passive level. Every system in our body, whether cardiovascular, digestive or

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reproductive, has a complex and beautiful balance it must keep, occurring beneath our conscious awareness. Due to the scientific fact that the building blocks of the entire universe, as well as the human body, are atomic, every cell, organ, and system has its own unique frequency. Quantum Biofeedback operates on the theory that stressors such as pathogens, environmental toxins, unnatural electromagnetic frequencies, injuries, and even trapped emotions can disrupt these natural frequencies, leading to an increased state of stress—a leading cause of many health conditions.

Using a common, everyday liquid to illustrate the idea of energy, water can take on different states based on the amount of kinetic energy in its molecules. It can be a gas, liquid or solid. Even though all three forms have the same molecular structure, the energetic expression, or frequency, is different. Using this as an analogy for the body, external factors can have an impact on the frequencies of our organs and systems. Quantum Biofeedback uses a wide variety of refined parameters unique to each client through autonomic nervous system interaction via electro dermal responses. Each session can be customized to support specific or general stress profiles. Biofeedback supports the body in a holistic fashion by honoring its interconnectedness and complexity. It neither treats nor diagnoses, but can be a powerful wellness modality in aiding the integration and balance of mind, body, and spirit—factors critical to optimal health. Jennifer Burrows, owner of Mind-Body Wellness, llc is a certified biofeedback specialist, certified stress management coach and licensed spiritual health coach. (509) 990-9920

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disrupt, it makes waking up in the morning much easier. Translation: limit cell phone, computer, and TV use before bedtime so the blue light they emit doesn’t affect your zzzs. Find something to look forward to Excitement will help get you up and out; it can be something as simple as a new playlist. Your body is a highly adaptable machine that responds to the stimulus you present it. If you can self-motivate, which is always the strongest form of motivation, and just get to the gym or start your workout every morning, your body will adapt, making it much easier to routinely break that a.m. sweat. You could also try snacking on melatonin-rich foods like walnuts and cherries before bed.

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every excuse in the book as to why someone can’t commit to a morning workout: “I’m not a morning person,” “Life doesn’t exist before 6 a.m.,” “I just can’t before work.” But even those who plan on making it to an afternoon or evening workout often find themselves in a position where they miss a workout. Something at work makes you stay late, a late invitation to a dinner, or, oops, you forgot about soccer practice for the kids. Yet many people seem to be able make it to the gym at 5:30 a.m. and still make it to work A-Okay. So, what’s the secret? Here are some tips to help make you a morning exercise fiend.

Have an a.m. workout buddy Ask around—you probably have a friend who either already gets up in the morning to work out, or wants to start doing it. Make plans to meet at the gym or a class, which will hold you accountable. You’ll be far less likely to bail when you know someone is waiting for you, and you’ll even get the benefit of social interaction, regardless of how quick or sweaty it might be. Even better, hire a fitness professional who will be waiting for you with a smile and workout you don’t even have to think about.

Eat right the night before The foods you eat the evening before a morning sweat session will impact how you feel when you hit the gym. Make it a point to eat lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats so you wake up feeling replenished, not tired and gross. Just be sure to finish up at least 90 minutes before you hit the hay. This gives your stomach some time to digest the food so it’s not having a party while you’re trying to take a sleep.

Set up your morning ahead of time The less you have to think about when the alarm goes off, the better. Lay out your shoes and clothes in the evening. Have a premade pre-exercise snack ready to go and set the coffee pot to start brewing at the same time as your alarm. Once you’re out of bed, everything is ready for you. These are simple things that can make a huge difference when it comes to make a workout time and routine consistent and help you continually crush your fitness goals. Simple changes can bring on the largest rewards.

Coax yourself to bed earlier It’ll be easier to get out of bed in the morning if you’ve logged your expert-recommended 7 to 8 hours, so you need to hack your body’s internal wakefulness clock. What does that mean exactly? The body has an internal circadian rhythm that if you do your best not to

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Feasting at Home

by Sylvia Fountaine

Spring Pea Pasta with Truffle Oil, Lemon & Mint


his recipe for Spring Pea Pasta with truffle oil, lemon and mint can be served warm as an entree or chilled as a salad. Goat cheese can be added for extra richness, although it’s not needed. The pea tendrils are a bonus—if you can find them, use them, but if not, don’t sweat it. Toss in a little baby spinach or arugula if you like. The truffle oil however is absolutely worth the splurge and makes this dish special. Find the full recipe on my website.





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been curious about how long-standing food traditions come into place. Why did movie theaters choose buttered popcorn? How did a hot dog become the default baseball game staple? Out of the multitude of sugar-soaked baked goods, who decided cake was going to be the candle clutching confection cooked for my birthday? Turning 35 doesn’t have many perks outside of being able to be labeled as “middle aged.” We are past the days of surprise parties or receiving breaks on the cost of our vehicle insurance, so let us revel in the little things. And by little things, I mean melt in your mouth morsels full of yeast, flour and frosting. Kris Kilduff is crafted of 77% smoked gouda, 20% gnocchi and 3% ice cream sandwich.

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Just American Desserts Apple Spice 213 S. University Rd. For years, I used to ask for a large apple fritter instead of birthday cake. Accidentally stumbling upon apple spice cake at one of my favorite bakeries sounds like the next best thing. With diced chunks of roasted apple and a perfect blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, all topped with a cream cheese frostingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like my 12 year old dream come true.

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the winter in our distant rearview mirror, and the April showers behind us (although Mother Nature brought those to us in March) our feet are firmly set on the path toward sunny days and sunglasses. The springtime transition is almost complete, and with summer just around the corner, everyone’s favorite summer tradition, barbecue season, is on the horizon. In the food world, what transitions have taken place, and what is about to take place? In produce we went from root vegetables to springtime vegetables, and produce prices in general will begin to drop as availability comes on. The salmon run is about to start, and depending on the available runs we will see some fresh fish prices jump, as the demand for breeds such as Copper River King skyrocket. After all there is only one Copper River that can produce Copper River King, yet everybody wants it. High demand, singular supply, we know what happens with that. Milk and dairy prices make the annual drop as schools close: more supply, less demand. And beef prices are going to . . . well, that’s the anomaly here. If you looked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)—where all commodity food products are traded, and prices set—report on annual beef pricing you'd see what looks like a hundred overlapping peaks of the Grand Tetons. To the untrained eye it looks like that crazy roller coaster you might think twice about getting on. The CME sets the base price for beef based on available cattle, and projected usage. After the price is set, the purchased beef is further processed, meaning the more it’s handled, trimmed and cut, the higher the price.  But there is a pattern to our market for beef pricing. The CME trades beef year around, but the demand of parts of the beef completely changes by the season. The winter season has a great demand for roasts, (prime ribs, chuck roasts) so prices reflect the need. New Yorks and smaller cuts in the winter drop. And as barbecue season comes on, we transition to small steaks like Top Sirloins, Cap Steaks and New Yorks. As these cuts take center stage, prices on these go up. In a general sense it’s all beef, however because beef has so many facets to it, trying to predict “the one price” of beef, can make an IKEA instruction sheet look sensible. Other issues factor into this equation. Winter beef is generally more prized than summer beef. Winter beef tends to be more tender and better marbled because its job in the winter is to stay warm and eat. Cattle in the summer are hot, uncomfortable, and stressed (for example: constantly swatting biting flies off with their tails).  Winter beef eats better. There is the grade of the beef: prime, select, choice or ungraded (called “no roll” in the industry). Then, the age of the beef is a factor. Aged beef plays a huge role on pricing. If you have 28-day aged beef, remember the price of the original purchase was greater than 28 days ago on the CME. Today’s price can be entirely different. Beef with no age on it at all, is what we call “green beef.”  Comparing the price of a 28-day aged steak against a green beef cut is not comparing apples to apples, even if it is the same cut of steak. Ultimately, beef is the perfect annual

case study for the law of supply and demand. But the fortunate thing about it is it happens every year, and if you follow it, you can understand how it works.   The market is the market, and being an informed consumer gives you power and understanding of what you’re purchasing.  If somebody is selling you something like New York steaks in the summer at $2.99 a pound, there is probably more to that story; it's previously frozen, imported, unknown breed, or any host of other things. And it may be worth a skeptical look. After all, some of those “old school” rules still apply. Buying a Rolex for $25 means it’s not a Rolex, or it’s stolen.  The ticket is to know that your supplier is trustworthy, and they know what they have in inventory. After all, there is a system and price structure in place that has history and credibility built into it.   Food for thought.  Now to that sunny day . . . window down, check. Left arm out, check. Sunglasses on, check. Music kickin', check. Aaand that guy still has his studded tires on. Yep. Springtime in Spokane. P.S. Don’t be that guy. 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. His team of six, which includes four chefs and a dry-goods expert, consult restaurants, hotels, and resorts in four states.



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To make watermelon simple syrup: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine watermelon and sugar. Use potato masher to mash watermelon and sugar together, pushing out liquid and dissolving sugar. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour mixture through fine mesh sieve set over bowl or jar, pressing watermelon to extract all liquid. Set aside to cool completely. To make watermelon juice: In blender, combine watermelon and water. Blend until smooth then pour through fine mesh sieve set over bowl or jar. Combine tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into prepared glasses.

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elicious and nutritious, it’s no wonder potatoes are a menu staple for many. Everyone craves meal variety, and potatoes offer a perfect canvas to inspire new flavors so you can enjoy something different every day. From russets, reds, yellows, whites and purples to petites, fingerlings and more, there are multiple varieties to keep dishes interesting. You might be used to preparing this kitchen staple mashed, baked or fried, but these inventive recipes show how easy it is to incorporate flavors and techniques to create new potato dishes for any meal of the day in 30 minutes or less.

Steak and Potato Tacos with Poblano Chiles Yield: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided • 1 large onion, sliced • 2 poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded and sliced • 12 ounces white potatoes, quartered lengthwise then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices • 1 flank steak (12 ounces) • garlic powder • chili powder • salt • pepper • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches each) • chopped fresh cilantro • pico de gallo salsa • hot sauce 1. In heavy, large nonstick skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and chiles and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. 2. Transfer onion mixture to bowl. In same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over mediumhigh heat. Add potatoes and sauté until golden brown and tender, about 12 minutes. Return onion mixture to skillet with potatoes and keep warm. 3. Sprinkle both sides of steak generously with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. In heavy, large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook until browned on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer steak to cutting board; let rest 5 minutes. 4. While steak rests, heat tortillas on griddle or over gas flame until warm, turning frequently with tongs. 5. Thinly slice steak. Top tortillas with steak and potato mixture; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with pico de gallo and/or hot sauce. 152 / MAY 2017

Potato Prosciutto Waffles Yield: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto 3 medium russet potatoes (or 3 cups mashed potatoes) 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional for salting water 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly lay prosciutto on paper. Bake 10-15 minutes until prosciutto is crispy. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

3. Peel and cube potatoes. Place in pot of salted water and bring to boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to rapid simmer and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes. Strain potatoes from water and transfer to large bowl. Mash potatoes with fork or potato masher. 4. Add milk, butter, eggs, cheese and thyme to potatoes. Stir to combine. 5. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add to potato mixture and stir until just combined. Crumble prosciutto and fold it into batter. 6. Heat waffle iron. If required, grease with cooking spray. 7. Spoon about 1 cup batter onto waffle iron and cook according to iron’s instructions until waffles are golden, about 4 minutes. Keep waffles warm in 200 degree oven until all waffles are cooked and ready to serve. 8. Serve with touch of butter, sour cream or poached or fried egg.

Fiesta Potato Smashers Yield: 8 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes • 5 small yellow potatoes • 5 small red potatoes or potato of your choice • 1 pint sweet mini peppers (red, orange and yellow) • cooking spray • 4 tablespoons fat-free sour cream or fat-free Greek yogurt (optional) • 8 sprigs cilantro, picked from stems • salt, to taste • chili powder, to taste • freshly ground pepper, to taste 1. Place whole potatoes into microwave-safe, covered dish. 2. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes. 3. While potatoes are cooking, cut mini peppers into 1/4inch slices. Spray nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add peppers and sauté until they start to brown. Remove from pan and set aside. 4. Remove potatoes from microwave and with layer of paper towels covering each potato, smash on cutting board until 1 3/4-inch thick. 5. Spray sauté pan with cooking spray, heat on high and add smashed potatoes. Cook 1-2 minutes until potatoes start to brown. 6. On plate, place potatoes and layer with sour cream or yogurt, if desired, peppers and cilantro. Dust with salt, chili powder and pepper, to taste. Serve warm. MAY 2017 /


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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.

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, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N. Division. SunThu 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).

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.

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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 twelve-course dinner party. Take his advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $15-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. 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. 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-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.

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 each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all

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the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-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. 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. 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. This is 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, which are 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.



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TASTE CAFE & FINE ART. If you love the taste of health 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. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu-Fri 5:30-8 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 468-2929. 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. Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close. 110 S. Monroe St. (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 6:00 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.


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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. Sun-Thurs 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 delicious baked goods and a host of 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) 340-9113.

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.

MEXICAN 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. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 14201 E. Sprague. (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.

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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 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 12 noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630.

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What I Know

Tod marshall

Washington Poet Laureate


have learned a few things during my travels around our state as Washington Poet Laureate—some practical, some poetical, some neither or both. I know that I-90 has five official rest areas between here and Seattle, that the Viking in Sprague has good milkshakes, and that the varied terrain, scenic vistas, and stunning contrasts in landscape between Spokane and Seattle have few rivals anywhere. I know that crop dusters always make me ooh and ah. I know that basalt columns jut up like a weird collection of consonants, an alphabet that spells something both ancient and unspeakable. I know that Snoqualmie Pass may be treacherous in a snowstorm, but the stretch between Moses Lake and Ritzville in a whiteout frightens me more. I know that if it’s raining in North Bend, then chances are good I’ll be in warm sunshine by the time my Subaru reaches Ellensburg. I know that smoked salmon from a shop near Anacortes is always worth the stop. I know that poetry can often be found in unexpected places, and that the names of Washington State—Nisqually, Nooksack, Walla Walla, Washougal, Chewelah, Chatteroy, Oysterville, Yelm, Coupeville, and Cathlamet are a constant music in my ears. I know that “so much depends / upon” careful attention to the world around us: whether in conversation with a friend, ordering a latte, casting a fly line, or eating a meal. I know that “the darkness around us is deep,” and that the more we speak clearly with one another, the better our chances of staying connected. I also know that screens attract too much of our attention, and that a reliance upon them in socially awkward situations keeps us from forging connections with other human beings and may even stunt the possibilities of empathy. I know that “deferred dreams” dry up, fester, stink, sag, and worse. And those who force others to put off dreams are hurting others and themselves. I know that “corruption has never been compulsory,” and that we should think about the impact of our every action, especially when the implications of those actions might threaten the weak and vulnerable, as well as those without power or voice (including the environment). I know that I believe in “imaginary gardens / with real toads in them,” and those toads that inhabit the imagination are as impor-

tant as any lumpy, warty critters that I know. I know that love sometimes inhabits “austere and lonely offices” and that I should be aware of the dutiful ways others provide and have provided for me—those “little, nameless, unremembered acts / Of kindness and of love.” I know the difference between “claiming an education” and receiving an education, and that to claim an education is to take rightful ownership of it—and that is not a passive act (if knowledge is light, then I want as much illumination as I can get). I know that “the world begins at a kitchen table” and thus each day’s breaking of the nightly fast is a beginning of the world, of my being in the world, and that knowledge comes with responsibilities to myself, my thoughts and to every encounter with another because we all “tramp a perpetual journey.” I know that I must habit myself “to the dazzle of the light” in “every moment of my life.” Whether the day’s journey takes me far afield (Berlin, London, or a place as strange as Moscow, Idaho) or just on a walk with my dog around the block, I am moving through a world rich with possibilities and powerful encounters. And, I know I’ll be out on the road again soon—probably zooming west on I-90, thinking about the depths of Sprague Lake, lamenting how little I know about Sorghum or Alfalfa (crop signs near Moses Lake), gawking at a crop duster, tilting my neck to see the sculpted horses poised up on the hillside, those beautiful animals connected to the ground but ready to gallop forward to the next possibility. Poems and other writings quoted above (in order of appearance): William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheel Barrow,” William Stafford, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other,” Langston Hughes, “Harlem,” Robinson Jeffers, “Shine Perishing Republic,” Marianne Moore, “Poetry,” Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays,” William Wordsworth, “Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey,” Adrienne Rich, “Claiming an Education,” Joy Harjo, “The World Ends Here,” and Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself.” From 2016-18, Tod Marshall is serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate, a position sponsored by Arts Washington and Humanities Washington “to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry throughout the state.” He teaches at Gonzaga University. You can read more about his travels at or follow him on twitter @wapoetlaureate.

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