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Haystack Heights: Spokane Cohousing The quintessential essence of community comes together for the Spokane Cohousing project, Haystack Heights in the Perry District.

Mic Drop: Dr. John M. Tomkowiak The dean of the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine shares what he knows to be true about life, and his journey to Spokane to lead the area’s new medical school.

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Letters to the Editor


People Pages Event Highlights

Reader Feedback


Hot Topic

Editor’s Letter

Domestic Violence

Stephanie’s Thoughts



First Look and Buzz Kootenai Hospitality Center Lilacs & Lemons Editor’s Picks 5 Local Beers to Try Artist’s Eye Spokane Rising Road Trip: South Lake Union Lead Spokane Good Deeds #SpoaknePulse Photos


Top Attorneys


The Nest Garden Retreat Mediterranean Retreat Spokane Cohousing Air Conditioning


Local Prime 4 Over 50 Digital Identities Home Safety Hacks


The Scene

Local Cuisine

Art Spirit Gallery The Body Mutinies Steven Fazakerley Rhea Giffin

Feasting At Home Fried Chicken Ribbon Cuttings DINING GUIDE


Datebook A Few of our Editor’s Favorite Upcoming Events (expanded list of community events on bozzimedia.com)



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Mic Drop: Dr. John M. Tomkowiak


Clarksville: Summer Excitement Quiz

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CONTACT US Spokane magazine 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: www.bozzimedia.com. Letters to the Editor: We are always looking 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@ spokanecda.com.

Editor in Chief

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of each issue, we publish a photo that depicts the Inland Northwest and why we live here. We invite photographers to submit a favorite to Kristi@spokanecda.com.

Datebook: Please submit information to Ann@ spokanecda.com 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@spokanecda. com. BUZZ: If you have tips on what’s abuzz in

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/what you had to say

Editor Letter Love This happens to be the only magazine that I get to read the editor letter. Don’t get me wrong, there is great information in the magazine, but I can always count on being moved by the words written by Stephanie Regalado. She infuses an element of humanity that is commonly missed in community. She sets a beautiful example of leading well. —Navara Reardon

Power 50 Awards Gratitude Stephanie: Thank you for making our community better. I so appreciate being part of your winning community … five years from now we will look back and see your fingerprints and Bozzi Media all over our renaissance. You are a maker of our history! —Brian Newberry

Rugged Trading Company Our phone is ringing and we are grateful! Just had a chance to read the article on Rugged Trading Company in the July issue of the magazine, and it is so well done and looks fabulous. Thank you so much. We appreciate this great coverage. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Enjoy the rest of your summer. —Josh Roe

Good Deeds: Prohibition Gastropub Hands down the best part of owning a business is the opportunity to give back on a big scale. Thank you, Darin Burt and Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, for sharing our Bees Knees program and the amazing work it enables us to do for local nonprofits. —Jill & John Leonetti

From the Editor I’m celebrating 28 issues as editor-in-chief of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and this issue marks my 121st magazine (approximately 7,400 pages of content) as an editor of seven different publications over the last 10 years. It continues to be a wild and honorable ride, and I’m grateful for your readership. Thank you! —Stephanie Regalado


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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

For the Love of a Dog, and the community who brought her home “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” —Coretta Scott King


he was walking around the perimeter of the pack, on nimble legs. Hind end permanently swollen from pushing life after life after life into the world, and two rows of four dangling nipples each—make that three on the left side where, before she was old enough to have babies of her own, she allowed a motherless kitten to suckle one nipple right off her body—all seven casting shadows on the ground as the sun shone down. A new set of younger breeder dogs had arrived, and the old girl looked displaced. “What’s the plan with Tink?” I asked. “Is she heading into retirement soon?” My sister explained that Tink had, indeed, completed her tenure as a puppy factory, and they were considering rehoming her. “She has to stay in the family,” I said. “She is family.” I had first met Tink when she was a spry 10-week-old black streak of a dog, never staying in one space for long if she wasn’t furled up inside someone’s sweatshirt. When awake, she leapt from sofas to chairs and back ‘round again, invisible cape wildly flowing behind her in the visions of those who loved her. Through the years, we procured two of her puppies, Piper and then Friday, who I referred to as my therapy dogs—I hadn’t experienced such devotion or adoration out of a living thing before. Tragically, each of their lives was cut short. Piper was attacked by a larger dog while the kids and I were on a family walk shortly after their dad and I had broken our house in two. She was the loving creature who soaked up lonely spaces in my life as I transitioned into the idea of “visitation” and no longer being part of every moment of my kids’ lives. The pit bull had rushed out from under his fence with little warning and ripped Piper right off the end of the leash my seven year old was holding. As the kids and I rushed her torn body to the pet emergency clinic, we pushed words through our heaving sobs: “You’re a good dog, Piper. We are right here. We love you.” Several years later, Friday chased a squirrel out into Lincoln Street, just off of Cannon Hill Park on the south hill, after a botched leash exchange between the kids. Cars in one direction had stopped, but a lady in a red car talking on her cell phone never slowed or even looked back after her bumper hit Friday in the head, killing her instantly. I had given the kids a 10 minute head start to the park, and as I walked over to meet them their cries pulled me faster. I dashed toward the street, turning the corner to see a man dressed in white surrounded by a group of people, Friday cradled in his arms as though she was sleeping. We sat in the backyard petting her still body, once again pushing words through the tears: “You’re a good dog, Friday. We are right here. We love you.” She had gotten me through two miscarriages, never leaving my side, curling up with me for days when I couldn’t get out of bed, always in the ready to clear my face of tears. Those losses rose to the surface again, although this time without the comfort she had provided me because she was gone now, too. I vowed to never bring a dog into my life again … but there was Tink, on the farm that day, ready for retirement. She had been a source of comfort for me after the loss of Piper and Friday, rushing to my lap as I arrived for family visits. Curling up and staring right through my eyes and into my soul, without hesitation she, too, would clear the tears as they fell. A running joke with the kids is that if anything ever happens to Tink, they aren’t sure how I would get through it. They’ve seen me face the loss of humans and family, but Tink is like a precious toddler to me; we are tethered together as though we are each other’s lifelines. She can no longer hear, has gone blind in her left eye and is quite a bit more decrepit than before. She’s still a mighty dog, and she loves like no other living thing. A couple of weeks ago, I realized she wasn’t right beside me, or in her dog bed. When I couldn’t find her in the house, I peeked out the slider doors even though it didn’t make sense that she would be outside in the heat for more than a quick bathroom break. I lost all of the air in my lungs when I saw the front gate ajar. My blood-curdling scream brought the kids rushing out to the front yard with me when she was nowhere to be seen. I bawled as I ran toward Thor and then toward Freya … the end-caps to our street that would be impossible for a small dog to survive crossing. In between sobbing meltdowns, I posted to my Facebook page and to the lost pets pages. Within seconds, my posts were being shared and people were messaging me, wondering how they could help. Friends


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reached out to me via text and phone calls, people I didn’t know messaged me through Facebook and the NextDoor app. At least 20 people rushed to the neighborhood, driving or walking street after street, looking for Tink. Linda and her teenage daughter, Jaylie, had traveled to Trader Joe’s for the first time that Saturday. It had been on their to-do list for quite some time. As they headed back home to Post Falls, they came upon a busy intersection on Freya as a little black dog was being dodged by four lanes of traffic. Linda pulled over instantly as Jaylie jumped out to wave down traffic and catch the little dog before she was run over. The moments were so harrowing and intense, Jaylie busted into tears when she climbed back into the truck with her mom, the little dog safely wrapped in her arms. When they couldn’t see anyone looking for a lost dog, Jaylie begged her mom to let her take the dog home. She couldn’t stand the thought of her being left at a shelter after the trauma of being a lost dog in traffic. Seventeen hours later—after my social media posts were shared more than 250 times—I received a call from Karen in Post Falls, who saw the post and believed her neighbors had found Tink. Shortly afterward, I was standing in front of Linda and Jaylie’s house as Jaylie brought Tink, freshly bathed and loved and hand-fed salami, out to me. I sat in the car and cried for a while, Tink in my lap, stretching her nose up to me and pressing her head onto my chest. “You’re a good dog, Tink. I’m right here. I love you.” At 14 1/2, I know she won’t be here forever, which is hard to fathom. For now, I’m grateful for a community who cared about my old girl, a dog, and who cared about me enough to rally to my aid in time of despair. Heartfelt thanks to Linda and Jaylie, two angels on earth. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and we are Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook or Instagram—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine page—to stay connected between press dates, and to share your thoughts, stories and life in real time. To community … and everything we hold closest to our hearts,

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Ground Broken on New Kootenai Health Hospitality Center


ootenai Health has experienced significant overall growth in the last five years, including a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an expanded Family Birth Center and enhanced services for pediatric, cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedic and neurosurgery patients. As Kootenai Health has expanded services, the hospital has seen a dramatic increase in patients seeking treatment from outside Kootenai County. This has caused the hospital to consider how to address the complex needs of out-of-town patients. For many years, patients and their families have had access to lodging at the Walden House, an eight-bedroom home located on Kootenai’s campus. The need for overnight lodging continues to grow and the Walden House has limited capacity and accessibility. When Kootenai began exploring additional lodging options, they connected with the Community Cancer Fund (CCF), a local nonprofit organization that has seen unprecedented fundraising success in its first four years. These two organizations began exploring a collaborative effort to build a new lodging facility for adult and pediatric patients and their families. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest (RMHC) joined their efforts, providing additional expertise in hospitality and family support services. With Kootenai Health’s growth in services, total revenue has been steadily increasing




over the past five years from $323 million in 2012 to $491 million in 2017. Hospital emergency department visits have also grown 10 percent during this time. Additionally, one third of all patients seen at Kootenai Health are from outside Kootenai County. The need for accessible, affordable patient lodging has never been greater. The hospitality center at Kootenai Health will provide overnight accommodations that are low cost for adults and free for pediatric patients and families accessing services at Kootenai. It will include 14 adult rooms and six Ronald McDonald House rooms for pediatric patient families. The hospitality center provides a home-like setting with kitchen and laundry facilities and recreational spaces, in addition to overnight lodging. Ronald McDonald House guests will also enjoy services such as meal and pet therapy programs. The hospitality center will have easy access to walking trails and a shuttle service to take guests to various campus locations. Guests will stay at the hospitality center free of charge or at a greatly reduced rate. Project Timeline Ground was broken in late July with a targeted completion date sometime in early 2019. The current Walden House will remain fully operational and will continue to provide lodging for those patients and families in need until the new facility opens. The Walden House There is a tremendous legacy of the Walden family to be honored in this project. In the new hospitality center, the adult portion will still be called the Walden House. The history, mission, and story of the Walden family and the Walden House will be prominently displayed in the new facility. The current Walden House building will be sold and removed to allow continued growth and development of the medical office campus to meet the needs of patients and community. kh.org













FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}


by Vincent Bozzi

shouldn’t have the right to lay the guilt of an accident on the hands of an innocent driver. It’s time to start ticketing blatant traffic light scofflaws. LILACS to Ben Stuckart for sponsoring a law that would ease the parking requirements for developers downtown and in commercial areas. They now have to provide parking for all residents, which drives up the cost of rent and reinforces that we are an automobile-centered city. Some choose not to drive at all, and if they choose to live in an apartment that doesn’t provide parking, that’s their business. Let the free market reign.

LILACS to the Spokane International Airport for expanding their economy parking by 1,300 spaces. Sounds like they are betting on growth. We’ve always believed you can get a better reading of the economic tea leaves by looking at how developers are spending than by listening to the finance prognosticators, entertaining as they can be. LEMONS to the Spokane Valley City Council for abruptly removing fellow Councilman Ben Wick from two of his boards without explanation. Backroom politics are supposed to be so yesterday. Funny business like this needs to be remembered at election time. Meanwhile, we wish great wisdom on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board and Spokane Valley’s Finance Committee; sounds like they’ll need it. LILACS to the Spokane Parks department for recommending the relocation of the Vietnam memorial. It’s such a lovely and touching memorial, a statue of a vet gazing into the distance. The current spot isn’t necessarily bad— directly above the underpass where


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Washington St. goes into a tunnel— but very few people have seen it because of its obscure location. Once found, it’s an opportunity for peaceful reflection, but we think the goal of memorials and art should be to be witnessed and enjoyed, and the new location near the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena seems more appropriate. LEMONS to those who blithely ignore the Don’t Walk signs at crosswalks downtown. We are guilty ourselves when there is no traffic coming; but what we are seeing more frequently is the complete flouting of the signs regardless of heavy traffic. Over the course of one day recently, I nearly hit three different reckless pedestrains, one of which gave me the finger when I honked to get his attention. They

LEMONS to apartment owners who won’t allow pets. Well-trained house cats are nearly harmless and we think that with a proper damage deposit, one shouldn’t be discriminated against simply for having a pet, nor should a pet owner in need of housing have to consider putting a loved animal down.

LILACS to Premera Blue Cross for donating $180,000 to two Spokane nonprofits, Catholic Charities and St. Margaret’s Shelter. Premera wanted to help with the homeless problem, and these two charities are instrumental in addressing the tough issues that are difficult for many of us to face. Homelessness is a complex problem and it’s not always best addressed with simple kneejerk solutions. LILACS to the owners of the new Centennial Hotel downtown (formerly Hotel RL—and before that, Red Lion Hotel) for honoring their commitment to the musicians and fans who were counting on their outdoor summer concerts to continue. We knew the city couldn’t possibly be so stubborn as to let a minor technicality kill a good thing.

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FIRST LOOK/editor’s picks

editor’s picks by Stephanie Regalado


’ve always wanted to find a message in a bottle by the sea—I love humans and their (positive) words and stories and messages and statements. You may never find the following items washed ashore, but you’ll see them romping through cities and up mountains and anywhere their people decide to take them because people who wear statement pieces rarely sit at home and keep them to themselves … and then a love of maps and Place and all things holy in trekking across our region.

LOVE & Some Girl Power, Too

For the Love of the Bears Since 2013, The Great PNW clothing company has created casual apparel for those who love The Pacific NorthWest. Built on a love for camping, hiking and all things outdoors, they strive to keep things simple and provide the best products for daily use so you can show your love for The PNW. They made quite the scene with their mating bears billboard that lasted less than 24 hours in Downtown Spokane, but the bear couple mates on forever emblazoned on t-shirts and hats. Near nature, near perfect, make love not war … and all that jazz. Get Woodsy at thegreatpnw.com.

The Love of Place Combining the Love of Place and the structure of landscape one could travel through, Ben Joyce created Abstract Topophilia. He realized in painting from a bird’s-eye vantage point, it would force the viewer to connect to the piece on a personal level, and experience a personal odyssey through the piece. His work has found its home in a myriad of public and private collections both in the United States and abroad. Google Earth has invited Ben to create an annual six month exhibit in their corporate headquarters. Joyce’s private commissions have been created for some of the biggest celebrities and most prominent corporations across the globe. If you have a Love of Place for Spokane, you’ll appreciate this piece by Joyce in honor of our fine city. benjoyceart.com 22

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Audibelle Clothing was created by teenager Kayla Meares to inspire and encourage young girls to achieve their goals and believe they should never be held back. Meares and her team make more than clothes: they make armor, they make wings, they make good listeners and they make skin thicker. They want to make girls feel like women and women feel like girls. I’m a number one fan of girl power (and know it equals woman power down the road of life), so I had to make sure my favorite little human, my 2.5-year-old grand baby The Love Nugget, had this cape. Her first words after we pulled it out of the bag and put it on her: “Look, Glamma! I can fly!” Yes you can, baby girl. audibelleclothing.com

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spokane tripsrising FIRST LOOK/road

top5 by Kimberly Gunning

LOCAL BEERS to Try This Summer

A day out on the lake or working in the yard almost demands the reward of a frothy beer, and there’s nothing better than lounging on a

warm patio, relishing the locally brewed hops. It’s true. You’ll never catch me with a Coors Light in hand. There are far too many craft brews to try, locally, regionally, and nationally. According to the Brewers Association, there are more than 6,300 breweries registered in the U.S. as of 2017, and more than half of them are microbreweries. Each, to me, brews up a different fundamental taste—a taste one can grow to expect and one so different from the rest. When my husband and I travel to a new city, we get to know the area, in part, by its flavors, from local eateries to coffee roasters, wineries to breweries. And we rarely leave a place without trying at least one flight of local brews. For those visiting Spokane for the first time or others who need to put down the Coors Light and branch out a little, there are plenty of local breweries and brewpubs to get to know. And having done my “research” for this piece, here are five beers you just can’t miss this summer.

Born & Raised IPA, No-Li Brewhouse The obvious contender for any local list, but a must to include. No-Li is likely the most recognized Spokane brewery outside city limits. Its Born & Raised IPA is an award-winner at local and international competitions, and is the ideal ease-your-wayin pint to sip for those looking to dabble in the craft beer-drinking scene. It’s smooth, yet complex and wakes up the taste buds, perfect for a warm summer day spent on the brew house patio.


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Passion Fruit Gose, Twelve Strings Brewing Company I can’t recall tasting a disappointing beer at Twelve Strings. From the IPAs to the ambers and porters, these are some of the most well-balanced brews in the city. Their summer-seasonal Passion Fruit Gose is no different. As someone who tends to stray from the fruity and is still a bit weary when it comes to trying a saison, sour or gose, my palate is maturing, and it’s beers like this that I have to thank. Though the passionfruit is distinct, don’t expect an overly sweet flavor from this gose, which is true to its name with its mild sourness.

Goatorade, Iron Goat Brewing Nearly any runner can attest, drinking a beer postrun is “great for recovery.” I’m not sure if this top summer choice is in any way influenced by the generally incredible taste of a postrun beer, but Iron Goat’s Goatorade has found itself as a top contender. This beer is rumored by the Lantern Run Club to have been brewed just for runners, as the groups official 2018 sponsor is Iron Goat Brewery. Whatever the reason, it’s quite refreshing. So, tie up those shoes for a 3- to 5-mile run around the South Hill and return back to the Lantern Tap House for a cold one to see what I mean (6 p.m. Tuesdays).

Ego Flats Amarillo Pale Ale, Badass Backyard Brewing During late-summer days when it’s just too hot to stay outside, Badass Backyard Brewing is a cool place to post-up, try a flight—it arrives via skateboard!—or order a pint, and play a few board games with friends. And on those days, the Ego Flats Amarillo Pale Ale is one you could easily settle into. This single-hop pale is refreshing, flavorful and balanced. Bonus: if you go for a second pint, be sure to try the Badass-Twelve Stringscollaboration seasonal saison.

Session India Pale Lager (IPL), Perry Street Brewing Whether you stop in for a growler fill or stay for the food—and why wouldn’t you stay for the delicious food?—Perry Street Brewing is always a nice place to visit. Its quaint location, great patio and spacious bar just beg you to linger. In my experience, you really can’t go wrong with any beer on the list, but the Session IPL is brewed right in every way. It’s ideal for a summer day with its light and hoppy profile, with just enough depth to savor every sip.


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spokane eyerising FIRST LOOK/artist

The Steam Plant


by Megan Perkins

The stacks of the Steam Plant pierce the skyline of Spokane, a reminder of the town’s industrial past, transformed for life today. The Steam Plant stopped producing steam power in 1986 and now it is a bustling center called Steam Plant Square. It houses a restaurant, stores and office space and has retained many of its formerly industrial trappings, re-purposed to make a unique space. Stop in and take a look for yourself.

Megan Perkins began her project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane, in May and plans to continue sketching and painting at cool places and events in Spokane for the next year. Follow her adventures on Instagram @artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and meganperkinsart.com.


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FIRST LOOK/spokane rising


by Anthony Gill

Building Streets for


In 2011, in the culmination of years of work by local community groups and activists, Spokane finally adopted its first “complete streets” ordinance. Under this measure, major local street projects include all planned bicycle, pedestrian, and, in many cases, transit and stormwater amenities. The rule was controversial when it passed; historically, road reconstructions in the city meant “curb to curb” pavement work. This was thought to increase the number of miles which could be repaved for drivers. But streets aren’t just for drivers. In the years since the initial passage of “complete streets,” we’ve seen major projects to build new, ADA-accessible sidewalks, create a serviceable network of traditional bike lanes, and build bio-swales along local roadways. Major projects along East Sprague and North Monroe, among others, have showcased the transformative potential of catering not just to drivers, but to pedestrians, cyclists and transit users alike. Now, as we look toward the next wave of “complete streets” projects, we have an opportunity to think bigger and bolder. Along Riverside Avenue downtown, for example, planners are considering Spokane’s


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first cycle track—a separate, “protected” lane exclusive to cyclists. The street, which could start reconstruction as early as next year, would also feature upgraded transit stops for the future Central City Line and increased street-side parking. Further east, officials are finally planning construction for the Cincinnati Greenway. The longplanned “bicycle boulevard” would narrow the neighborhood street, construct a few regionallyinnovative bike-specific features, and overall, slow cars in favor of bikes and pedestrians. Back downtown, with construction underway on a massive stormwater infrastructure project at Spokane Falls Boulevard and Monroe, the city is considering various street reconfigurations. All options under consideration would add significantly more public plaza space, but in one option, the street would close completely to cars between Lincoln and Monroe, revealing a beautiful public plaza, river view, and programmable space adjacent to the Spokane Public Library. In the future, it’s easy to imagine dense neighborhood streets which eschew cars entirely in favor of generous sidewalks, patio tables and cafés, and maybe even play areas for kids. The space might be used more often for block parties and barbecues. Downtown, improved bus stops would cut bus ride times, and perhaps we’ll even see the creation of that long-discussed pedestrian mall. In districts like South Perry and Monroe, features like abundant on-street bicycle parking, parklets, and frequent festivals (yes, closing the street to cars) should become the norm. Gradually, streets could (and should) be judged less on throughput and more on how well they bring people together in public space. It’s exciting to dream about what these bold, smartly-designed streets may one day lead us to consider. We tend to think of roads as primarily for cars, and shoehorn people in where they can fit. “Complete streets” invite us to flip the conversation and instead think of roads first as places for people—and for connection. Anthony Gill is a Spokane native and economic development professional. He is the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

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by Stephanie Regalado

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Romping Around South Lake Union—

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The brand new EVEN Hotel and Staybridge Suites hotel, along with Visit Seattle, whisked me away to share an adventure itinerary I may have then felt inspired to share with you. Because I take my work of disseminating ways we can all live our best, most escapade-laden lives seriously, I hopped on a plane to Seattle without hesitation, and experienced one of my favorite trips to date: romping around South Lake Union. It makes perfect sense—when one of your favorite quotes is “The curious shall have adventures”—that an EVEN Hotel would delight your adventurous spirit. EVEN Hotels were designed with options guests need to feel productive, nourished, recharged, accomplished and relaxed. The 123-room EVEN Hotel Seattle offers a fitness zone with dedicated workout space with in-room equipment and 18 different in-room workout videos that range from 10 to 30 minutes. It’s gorgeously decorated and not like any other hotel space you’ve experienced. It inspires you to move your body and live your best life, ever. For dining, Cork & Kale café offers healthy to indulgent madeto-order options for breakfast and dinner, as well as a Grab-and-Go marketplace for travelers in a hurry. ihg.com Connected to the EVEN Hotel is Staybridge Suites, designed for upscale travelers who are spending an extended time away from home for business, relocation or leisure. The 112-room, urban-style Staybridge Suites Seattle features a mix of studio and one-bedroom suites as well as amenities including complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet and evening reception, guest laundry and a 24-hour business center.

The hotels are adjacent to the Amazon headquarter campus and the new Google campus (South Lake Union is also a hub for life science and biotechnology organizations such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the University of Washington School of Medicine). A quick walk-around and you feel at the center of world-renowned—and world-hanging—efforts. Hit the Water Water enthusiasts of all ages, sizes and abilities can enjoy access to the water and take in the sights on Lake Union with the team at Moss Bay Kayak Paddle Board and Sail Center. Ask for Captain Jack, and you’ll be entertained in more ways than one (kids and adults alike LOVE him). A swift walk away from EVEN Hotel, we were in kayaks checking out the adorable water houses as sea planes landed and took off within what felt like an arms-length away. We kayaked for three hours, across Lake Union all the way up through the Montlake cut, under the Montlake Bridge—if you are as lucky as we were, you’ll see the draw bridge (a double-leaf bascule bridge) open above you to allow the passage of a gorgeous sail boat—up to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, and then back toward the marina passed Gas Works Park (remnants of the only remaining coal gasification plant in the U.S.), boats of all sizes, and more sea planes. It was peaceful, extremely fun and exhausting—as any decent outdoor trek should be. mossbay.co We hopped in an Uber and headed to lunch at Brave Horse Tavern, in the heart of the hubbub—it was take your kids to work day at Amazon and the energy was contagious—for burgers, beer, cheese curds, wood fired pretzels and an array of sauces that had us over the moon. I had a CityPass in hand but set out on foot to, first, see the Seattle Spheres, a stunning focal point of Amazon’s four billion dollar urban campus build-out. You can stroll through them two Saturdays a month with a reservation (seattlespheres.com). This attraction will remain on my must see list for future visits. City passes can be purchased for $89 for adults (13 years and older) and $69 for children and get you into the following Seattle musts: Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. If you’ve been to the The Space Needle 100 times, you need to go 100 more now that the historic renovation is complete. For you thrill seeking freaks of nature, you can now “float” over Seattle on the newest glass thrill experience—Skyrisers. Soaring 520 feet skyward, lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air deck and float over Seattle on one of the angled vantage points (I fainted just writing this). I also toured the Chihuly Garden and Glass for the first time and demand everyone experience it. I recommend tak-

ing two full days to experience all the CityPass has to offer. Nothing ruins a family adventure quite like the pressure of urgency. Dinner at Westward Westward is an award winning, full-service restaurant located directly on the north shores of Lake Union. The menu includes imaginative water-inspired Northwest fare, and a full variety of fresh local oysters. I cannot stop thinking about the oysters. Multiple varieties plucked from the sea, shucked and served on a bed of ice. The delight of seeing them rivals the delight of eating them—in eyesclosed, tune-the-world-out fashion. Each seat has unique views of the lake and the city skyline, and a large deck, fire pit and beach area provides space for outdoor dining. Guests arrive by boat, kayak or paddleboard (we arrived by Uber) and tie up to the 100’ dock. Westward has been featured in publications and broadcasts nationally and around the world, and applauded as one of the best restaurants in the country. westwardseattle.com This is a trip I would take again and again. For other tips or travel advice, feel free to email me at stephanie@spokanecda.com. I’m happy to share my “the curious shall have adventures” insider tips.

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by Brian Newberry

August’s Renaissance Moment


Strength Grows August is a month when all things taste better as our long days and the seemingly per-

petual sunshine yields the sweetest and juiciest fruits at the plethora of local farmer’s markets. As I have traveled the region as the new CEO at Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, I have been inspired, noting that Spokane’s renaissance is growing, and our collective region is bursting with new innovations and prospects. A rising tide does lift all boats; likewise, Spokane’s core is strengthened as the amazing surrounding regions rise up. Cheney’s Merchants Association, for example, is leading a revitalization effort to strengthen their downtown, including planning a December festival to kickstart the revitalization. The Merchants Association’s vision is shared by others in the community, as seen in Cheney Library’s successful expansion this summer of Spokane Community College-sponsored GED classes to Airway Heights Library. As education expands regionally, so does opportunity.


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On the east side of our region, Spokane Valley is, likewise, championing growth to create a business environment where success is inevitable. Katerra, a visionary and global company, is opening a 250,000-square-foot facility which will employ 150 people from our region. The revolutionary and environmentally friendly timbers produced by Katerra will next help build the 150,000-square-foot Catalyst building being constructed in the University District, which will be the centerpiece to an energy resource sharing eco-district planned for development. The small towns around Spokane bring their own kind of special vitality to our renaissance. Historic Fairfield, for example, continued its 108-year tradition of celebrating Flag Day this past June, making it the longest running town in America to show its patriotic pride. As our region buzzes, Spokane’s heart continues to beat strong, propelled forward by this greater spirit of success and growth. I was so heartened last month when our local Girl Scouts donated 300 cases of delicious cookies to nonprofits in the area that are committed to helping others: Crosswalk, Transitions, Transitional Living, Family Promise and St. Margaret’s. We always help ourselves when we help others, and because of this, our renaissance continues and our region is rising. Col. Brian Newberry, USAF (Retired) is the CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and the former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.

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by Darin Burt

Peaceful Communities


Creating Change Through Conversation and Action President Barack Obama, famous for saying, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time,” understood that real change only happens through listening and engaging. It’s the same ideology that brings together the members of the Peaceful Communities Roundtable, a group of committed community members united by former NAACP President Phillip Tyler and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in response to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center being tagged with racist graffiti in 2016.


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“I was infuriated,” says Tyler. “It did not represent what I and others believed was a good representation of our community.” Rather than immediately remove what he called a “random act of hate,” Tyler, at the time, saw it as a “teachable moment” for those living in the city often characterized as being “Spokane Nice.” In meeting with McMorris Rodgers, Tyler’s plan was to start from the ground up, getting regular people together and addressing the core problems in our community. “We wanted less distraction from the White House and more attention on OUR house, as in the community of Spokane,” he says. Peaceful Communities Roundtable was formed from a diverse group of individuals “of the community for the community,” most importantly, without personal agenda to cloud their views or judgement. It’s what Tyler calls “communities of action.” “We come together, we talk, we listen actively and empathetically, bringing together various areas of our community that may have shared goals,” Tyler says. “At the time, based on the MLK attack, we wanted to move from racism to gracism. It’s a process that my pastor preaches about: bringing people together instead of ripping them apart. “We also wanted to move from poverty to opportunity, because sometimes poverty can be at the root of hate,” he says. “Then we wanted to move from divisiveness to a sense of security so that nobody felt unsafe in the community.” As a result of those core tenets, one of the first displays of unity was Recreation Against Racism, a community event that brought together friends, families and neighbors to enjoy speeches, games and a meal together. The commitment through all the ac-

14TH AND GRAND SALON tivities was to “stand together against racism and hate” with a message of “respectability and deconstructing prejudgments with curiosity.” The issues are never-ending in the eyes of Peaceful Community Roundtable. Their True Talk Thursdays further the conversations with open forums on topics such as criminal justice reform, from which community members feel impacted. “Our belief is that ‘true’ outreach is not about defining their problems/ issues for them, but listening to their own stories and creating empowerment teams of neighbors who can work collectively to help solve issues,” Tyler says. When the Spokane Valley Veteran’s Center realized a depleted food pantry, a call to action generated $2,500 in donations—so much that a new food locker was needed to house all the items. When Crosswalk, a program providing services and support for atrisk homeless teens, expressed a need, the roundtable members donated starter kits with items like hygiene and first-aid supplies and kitchen utensils, to help the young people transition into their first real safe living situations. Most recently, the group helped Lutheran Services with supplies for their new therapy dog that gives comfort to children and adults facing family court. “We want to be able to say we are still good neighbors at the core. And in order to have a true neighborhood, we have to be neighborly,” Tyler says. “Change begins with awareness, which can only be bought through conversation. If we don’t communicate then we don’t know what needs to be changed. “Doing something that impacts others other than yourself is how you find value in your life,” he says. “It makes us better people to help others to become better and to create a better community for others to live in.”

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GOLDEN HOUR by Nick James Instagram: @nicolasojames

I am an adventure and lifestyle photographer and grew up minutes away from Glacier National Park and enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing and snapping photos around the various drainages of the Flathead River. After a recent beautiful and warm day, my friend Derek and I walked all over Tubb’s Hill snapping photos of overlooks or waves crashing against the shore. We ended up walking the entirety of the loop. As the sun began to inch closer to the horizon, the entire place just turned to this incredible golden orange and the sunbeams were visibly shooting through the trees in front of us. That is when it all came together and I captured this moment of the “Golden Hour.”


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INDIAN CANYON FALLS by Cole Locurto Instagram: @colelocurto

I am a freelance commercial photographer and have always been captivated by images of nature, so when I had a free day I jumped at the opportunity to go out and enjoy a little adventure at the Indian Canyon Falls. The magic of this shot really came from being there at the perfect time to get the sun shining over the top of the falls, casting a beautiful glow on the mist from the falls.


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SUNSET FROM THE ROCKS OF SHARON by Jon Jonkers Instagram: @jonjonkersÂ

I am best known as a senior writer for Out There Outdoors magazine. I also serve on the board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and I’m an assistant cross country coach at Shadle Park High School. I appreciated the juxtaposition of the differing landscapes seen from this view as the sun set on a gorgeous day.


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he Art Spirit Gallery opened in 1997 and is located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, nestled on the northern shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. With 2,500 sq. ft. of premium exhibition space and 1,500 of basement inventory space, you can find a wide array of high-quality original artwork featuring top regional artists. Each month, the gallery is hung with a new show of original work, creating a changing and vibrant art environment. Opening receptions are held on the second Friday of each month from April through December in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene downtown Art Walks. The opening receptions are popular community events providing opportunities to view the art, meet the artists and socialize with friends and neighbors. The Gallery is proud to showcase new works by Oregon ceramist Cary Weigand and local oil painters Kyle Paliotto and Catherine Earle. The opening reception is Friday, August 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunc-

tion with ArtWalk. Colter’s Creek Winery of the Palouse will be on hand so visitors are able to sample Colter Creek‚ award-winning handcrafted wines made from regionally grown grapes. The inspiration for Catherine Earle paintings began in her early childhood when she was raised on a flower farm in the South of France. Fascinated by the plants and animals, she spent the hours of her days analyzing their shapes, colors and movements. By watching so closely, Earle said she perceived a cellular world that is expressed in circle-like forms, splatters, drips, all of which she layers in her work. Oil painter Kyle Paliotto gathers imagery from the beautiful rustic landscape of his local surroundings in North Idaho. He searches out rural settings that display a time gone by when harmony between land and man existed. His style is one that takes from impressionism without disregarding the discipline of representational art up to the early 1900s. Painting en plein air on location is essential to his process, but the real meat and potatoes is in the studio. Ceramist Cary Weigand was born and raised in Hawaii (6th generation) and earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Hawaii in 2003. In 2006, she received a grant award from The George Sugarman Foundation for sculpture. Cary was featured on Oregon Art Beat, an Emmy Award-winning art series that profiles artists from the Northwest. 415 Sherman Ave., CDA, theartspiritgallery.com













by Sharma Shields

Right before I turned 40 this year, I visited my neurologist for

PAY ATTENTION: Disease and Wonder and Poetry


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what I hoped would be a routine appointment. I was struggling through the work day, my body heavy with pain and fatigue, but these are common symptoms with multiple sclerosis, a disease I’ve had for several years. We ran through the standard neurological tests, walking heel to toe in a straight line, touching my fingers to the tip of my nose, reflexes, etc. Then she put her palm on my right knee. “Lift against the pressure,” she said. I did so, easily. Then the left knee. “Lift.” I tried. Or at least, I thought I was trying, but the cord between the thought and the muscle had been severed. The leg didn’t move. My first reaction was not fear or dread but detached amusement. How had I not known? This disease was a trickster figure, wily, unpredictable, able at a moment’s notice to vanish or thwart. Here I’d been concerned about fatigue and nerve pain, but I’d entirely ignored the joint pain in my left hip, the surest sign of an altered gait. I’d dismissed it as strain from hiking, but now when I thought about it, I remembered my husband asking me one morning, “Are you limping?” Was I? “I don’t know,” I’d said. The body’s failures can be stunningly subtle. It dawned on me, too, that when I pivoted to my left, putting weight on that leg, my balance slipped. I could quickly correct it, I could still walk, I looked healthy and fine. I told my neurologist all of this and she gazed at me with a pained expression. “You need to pay attention,” she scolded me. Pay attention? My very anxiety with this disease lay in assuming every strange tick of the body was related to it. Buzzing in my hands and legs, nightly cramping in my calves and feet, searing pain in my face, migraines, tinnitus, hands that seemed to lose their ability to grip things tightly. I was tired of paying attention. There is a beauty to becoming aware of one’s mortality, a sense of wonder not unlike admiring an unhindered night sky. I’m comforted by the mysteries of the world, the universe, the one overhead and the one tucked within my own head, the brain, the cervical spine, the thoracic. Look at how beautifully our bodies work. Look at how fragile it all is. Look at how it begins to slide, to falter. It is wondrous how it all works so well until it doesn’t. But it would be irresponsible of me to not mention my fear, my anger, my denial. I worry that work is too much for me; will

I need to quit my job? I loathe how much time I spend in bed. Already I feel muscles fading, how my walking pace has slowed. I will start a new treatment again soon, and I research the side effects with growing alarm. And sometimes I think, “Sharma, you’re such a wimp.” I’m still learning, at age 40, to be kind to myself. But as a writer there is a greedy appreciation for even the most detrimental emotions. This is the strangely wonderful/disturbing thing about being a writer, to be able to stand apart from one’s pain and say, Ah, good, I can use this. I return again and again to the poetry of Lucia Perillo, a Washington State poet and a MacArthus Genius grant recipient, who passed away too early no doubt because of her own battle with MS. In “The Body Mutinies,” Perillo writes about the moment of her diagnosis, how the doctor waves goodbye to her and she stumbles from the office, “not griefstruck yet but still amazed: how/ words and names—medicine’s blunt instruments— / undid me.” And as she said regarding John Keats, “The poem [‘Ode to a Nightingale’] makes me remember that the world is full of things that should be paid attention to, even when they’re darkened by the shadow of one’s own mortality.” Thank you, Lucia Perillo, for your writing, your life. I’m paying attention. Sharma Shields, born and raised in Spokane, is the author of Favorite Monster: Stories and The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac: A Novel. She lives on the South Hill with her husband and two children.

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Born in Spokane, and raised in Coeur d’Alene, the frontman Steven Fazakerley of the pop rock band Flood The Stone, was the Local Fox 28 American Idol competition winner in 2009 and 2011. Flood The Stone (FTS) received three CGMA Nominations for Rock Album of the Year, Pop Song of the Year and Rock Song of the Year. They have toured America as well as Canada and New Zealand, packing out as many as 5,000 guests a show. FTS has toured with major label bands such as Bold as Lions, The Color, Scribe and Fresh IE, For King and Country, Hawk Nelson, Thousand Foot Crutch, Building 429, Chris August, Relient K, Hillsong Young and Free, Disciple, Colton Dixon and many others. Fazakerley found his love for music at an early age through his family, but it wasn’t until Jesus grabbed his attention in the 7th grade that it started to be a focal point of his life. Fazakerley’s new love for Jesus drove his passion to levels it had never been before as he found a meaning greater than his own glory. FTS features powerful songs that meet you where you are, cause you to dig deep into your soul and remind you how important your life and worth is. These songs dive right into the matters of the heart, such as “Holding You,” written for the families of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. The lyrics read: “Another day rolls by, But you are frozen in time, She was taken far too early and you’ve checked out as well, There’s no reason why, Nothing to understand so don’t even try, There is only one thing you know for sure, You

Let us be your go-to destination for beauty and bliss. know for sure.” Where some music focuses on negative and racy aspects of life, FTS works to create music focused on why people matter, and how there is more to life than material things. Many artists encounter pitfalls as they work to make their music dreams a reality. Fazakerley’s path has been no exception. “The biggest challenge was leaving high school and heading into adult/family life with teenage dreams that hadn’t yet been fulfilled,” he says. “The hard part was staying committed to growing and building a bridge into the industry with nothing but raw ability and drive. I still have a goal of one day winning a GMA Dove award.” You can find FTS on Youtube, Spotify and more, also contact Steven for more information at stevenfazakerley@gmail.com. James Michael Kempner II, was born and raised in Orange County, California, raised with his father Jim Kempner, a legendary Music executive. By 19 he became the director of A&R of a Hollywood label under music producer Tim Miner. By 25, Kempner had struck up a friendship and business relationship with legendary entertainment manager Robert Fitzpatrick of bands such as The Beatles, The Who and Rolling Stones. Through his television and film music licensing company, he has licensed close to 500 tracks. Kempner moved to Spokane in June 2017 and is setting the area ablaze with his knowledge and passion for the music industry.

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artist Rhea Giffin is like a butterfly; flitting about and landing for a while, offering the awe of a momentary vision of beauty to those who choose to look while, at the same time, remaining unaware of her effect. She gets a little teary-eyed at that suggestion, seeing herself more like a perpetual pupa. “I’m in constant transition,” she says. Giffin began her artistic journey in the third grade when she wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books with a friend; something that she has never stopped doing: maintaining her inquisitive and inclusive nature, and sharing her stories visually. She has even self-published coffee table books like The Glass, dozens of photos in tribute to the glass her husband regularly drinks from through which objects warp, becoming “gray elephant trunks, frogs and other swamp creatures, fish bones and wishbones” or Sky Words filled with photos of the sky, reflections, and clouds accompanied with her poetry. Also a photographer, she has been seeking stories within studies of whatever her eye wishes to capture, including stems and foliage like the unaltered photograph she titled “Black Panther Stalks” because of a shadow cast upon the stalks of leaves that looks like it could be a black panther in search of a meal. And so, a story is told, if only in a title. Originally from Colorado, Giffin has been living in Coeur d’Alene since the early 1980s and has been creating art full-time since the early 1990s. She has studied at North Idaho College and considers life an ongoing education, regularly attending workshops, classes and seminars. Her résumé is long and includes dozens of exhibits in Washington and Idaho, publications, places she has taught, art organization affiliations, and awards that she has won for her art. Still, she remains modest—more captivated by the process than sales which she has made a lot of over the years. Known best for her paper mâché sculptures, from small to life-sized, she has, of

late, been drawn to puzzling together found and altered objects like nerf football rockets cut into the shape of carrots and painted. A variation of “readymades” (everyday objects selected and designated as art, coined by the French artist Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968), she explains her current work as a way of turning chaos and waste into harmony, humor and hope. “Being alive in a rapidly changing world that often looks bleak and disappointing fills my mind with so many questions that seek refuge or voice within my art,” she says. “On the surface, what may seem simple is always layered with deeper discoveries sprinkled with humor, hope and sometimes poetry of my own making.” Giffin describes her assemblages as “connect-the-dots meets surreal dreamscape tinkered with textural transcendence” and the selection of items she finds at garage sales, thrift stores or by the side of the road and uses in her work as a “somewhat reverse scavenger hunt turned modern archeological exploration.” The vintage toys, plastic baubles, ticking timers, light switches, thermometers, chess pieces, fortunes from cookies, scrabble tiles, tiny people, spools or that proverbial dangling carrot have resonating qualities and, when assembled, tell stories from short anecdotes to epic tales written by the artist as well as by the viewer. “Over time, individual pieces whisper and wave to me that they’re ready to regroup and play,” she says in an artist statement, “Their stories are their own and will be revealed differently to every viewer.” Invariably collecting things and ideas like a butterfly collects pollen, Giffin seemingly tells stories in her sleep, a time when perhaps she is a pupa of sorts—simply gathering fuel for her next work of art. Giffin will be exhibiting her assemblages in September 2019 at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery in Spokane. rheaart.com

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With hits such as “Hey, Soul Sista,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Calling All Angels,” Train is a mainstream rock sensation with multiple platinum-selling albums and a couple of Grammy Awards to show for it. Their debut album Train (1998) brought them the hit “Meet Virginia” and put them on the map among other rock bands of the time, such as Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows. Northern Quest. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com

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From picking cotton in the fields of Alabama to selling 75 million records worldwide, Alabama set the stage for country music starting in 1980 with the release of their first Top 20 hit “My Home’s in Alabama.” Following their breakout hit was “Tennessee River,” which started the band’s unbreakable streak of 21 number one singles in a row and led them to a total of 43 number one hits. Northern Quest. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com

August 15 and 22: Soiree on the Edge, No. 1 and No. 2

Cool classical music paired with quality wines atop the Cliff House grounds of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars—the perfect recipe for an unforgettable evening. Enjoy the Spokane Symphony under the baton of Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara while taking in the stunning views of the city. Bring a picnic or purchase food onsite and savor the summer sunset. Award-winning Arbor Crest wines will be available for purchase and the White House Grill will have their Garlic Mobile Truck on hand (cash and check only). Ages 21 and over. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. (800) 325-SEAT, ticketswest.com

Tuesdays From Now through September: Riverfront Eats

On the south bank of Riverfront Park every Tuesday this summer, there will be food trucks, live music and a few surprises along the way. A portion of proceeds will benefit free and low-cost programming in Riverfront Park. This is the place to be every Tuesday for lunch. Riverfront Park. greaterspokanefoodtrucks.com


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August 16: Halestorm and In this Moment

Widely acknowledged as one of the most vital and iconic bands in modern hard rock, Halestorm is currently continuing work on their hugely anticipated fourth studio album. In the meantime, the Grammy Award-winning band continues to celebrate the blockbuster success of their acclaimed third album, Into the Wild Life. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, ticketswest.com

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August 18: 8 Lakes Leg Aches 30, 45, and 75 Mile Bike Ride

Join one of the best organized rides in Eastern Washington: the 8 Lakes Bike Ride explores the beautiful scenery surrounding Spokane, West Plains, Medical Lake and Cheney. Routes are clearly marked and include food stops, medical and mechanical support. Proceeds benefit the programs of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. For more than 60 years, LCS Northwest has been offering hope, resources, and healing to thousands of Spokane-area citizens affected by violent crimes and other traumatic, life-altering events. lcsnw.org

August: Peach Season at Green Bluff Celebrate one of the region’s greatest treasures—big, juicy, tree-ripened peaches during the peach season. Peach ice-cream, cobbler, cakes, or pies—no matter how you slice them, Green Bluff peaches are delicious. greenbluffgrowers.com

August 24-26: Anne of Green Gables

This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery’s enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen’s Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne’s growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an “old friend” of Anne’s or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature’s most unforgettable characters. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507, (800) 325-SEAT, ticketswest.com 52

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THE GREATER OF MANY by Judith Spitzer


nd the winner is … family trauma and violence. Indicators initiative and an accompanying website, total domestic While using winner and family violence in the same violence offenses have steadily increased starting in 2012. Spokane sentence is anything but amusing, put side-by-side, County has had a rate per 1,000 residents consistently higher than the juxtaposition illustrates the paradox of having to the state as well. choose a winner among the worst problems created by Family trauma and violence rose to the top of the list, says Ryan humanity. Oelrich, Priority Spokane director, in part because of dramatic The decision on which evils increases in numbers related to family would prevail was made by major community violence. stakeholders in Spokane who looked at local “As far as family violence is concerned,” data on education, transportation, public Oelrich says, “the data points really stood safety, health, housing, environment, culture out with huge increases in domestic and recreation, and economic vitality over a violence, school violence and youth 3,165 domestic six month period. suicides. All of that falls under family violence offenses That community assessment process, trauma and violence.” organized by Priority Spokane, a local Specifically, according to the analysis, nonprofit, ended in March when group during 2011 there were 3,165 domestic leaders voted to prioritize critical community violence offenses, climbing to 5,102, 5,102 domestic evils on which a local effort could make an or by 61 percent, by 2016. As a rate per violence offenses impact within about five years. 1,000 residents, this was 9.4 percent The second and third most popular issues increase in the county, and a 7.4 percent voted on were substance abuse treatment, increase in the state in 2016, according particularly with co-occurring mental illness, to the Community Indicators website followed by increasing affordable housing. (communityindicators.ewu.edu). The community leaders, a group of about 130, came from a broad According to the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and representation of government entities, as well as nonprofit and the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition (SRDVC): private organizations. Every year in Spokane County there are about 3,900 victims of According to Eastern Washington University’s Institute for domestic violence, as well as 13,500 potential victims associated Public Policy and Economic Analysis, which is linked with with all DV-related calls to law enforcement. Experts say domestic the community assessments and runs a Spokane Community violence in Spokane is likely underreported.

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It is estimated that ONE in THREE women and ONE in TEN men experience domestic violence in Spokane County.

More than 2,000 children were victims or witnesses of domestic violence-related crime. Those numbers underestimate true exposure due to inconsistencies in tracking but are known to have long-term consequences for children. It is estimated that one in three women and one in 10 men experience domestic violence in Spokane County. Within those numbers are domestic violence fatalities. According to the National Institute of Justice, between 1,000 and 1,600 women die every year as the result of domestic violence inflicted by male partners. Additionally, many men and children are victims of domestic violence; more commonly, however, the victims are women abused by male partners. In Spokane County there were 66 deaths and 25 suicides as the result of domestic violence between Jan. 1, 1997 and Dec. 31, 2017. Those numbers broken down by gender and/or age are not available. Numbers for youth suicides also have increased dramatically, according to SRHD data collection.

Confronting domestic violence in Spokane County The regional health district, the YWCA and many other local organizations already collaborated on dealing with domestic violence issues, and for several years, the YWCA has housed the Family Justice Center—where city and county law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and others provide resources and solutions for victims. Morgan Colburn, director of Counseling and Outreach Services with the YWCA of Spokane, says that the very existence of the Family Justice Center may affect what is really an increase in reporting. “It’s our belief at the YWCA of Spokane that better responses to victims in the legal and advocacy world have created a community where more people feel safe to report. This could also be because we are promoting a wider understanding of what constitutes domestic violence. Physical violence can be part of an abuser’s tactics, but so can other crimes—such as stalking, sexual violence, harassment, or destruction of property,” says Colburn.

“We have increased our efforts in the community through a campaign called ‘End the Silence’ in which we try to promote community dialogue around domestic violence education and prevention,” she says. Yet, while the argument over the causation behind the increase in numbers is subjective, there is no question that any number of domestic violence crimes is too many.

A day in the life of a victim Despite the heat on this day in mid-July, Nicole looks cool and confident as she talks about details of the last year of her life. An attractive, vibrant woman in her late 30s, she is the single mother of two preteen boys, as well as a manager of a global company. Watching Nicole’s demeanor, it’s hard to believe that a year ago, she was lying in a Spokane hospital bed—broken and bloody from a life-threatening beating she received at the hands of the man she’d lived with for 17 years, her sons’ father and her abuser. On the day of the beating, Nicole was telling herself it wouldn’t be long until the relationship with her abuser would finally be behind her. “I had just texted my mom, who was watching the boys at a nearby park. I took a deep breath and looked at the mountain behind my apartment complex,” she says. She remembers thinking about showering off the grime of moving and having a glass of wine—so glad to be almost done and away from the abuse she and her boys had suffered for so many years. As she stood there, out of the corner of her eye she spotted him running toward her—with a club in his hand, and unbeknownst to her, a machete in his back pocket. A couple months prior, with the help of advocates from the YWCA, Nicole had filed for a protection order. That piece of paper was useless in the face of his rage. He beat her with such force that he fractured her skull in several places, causing a blood clot on one side of her head. “I started running and I was screaming, and then he started clubbing me,” she remembers. “He was beating me full force—not

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lightly like ‘oh shame on you.’ It was like he was out to kill me.” The YWCA’s Colburn says it’s a twisted community mindset that Nicole covered her head with her arms to protect herself. is apparent in just about every crime. “I have a plate right here,” she says holding up her right arm to “We have this social justice mindset that allows us to ask victims, reveal a scar that runs almost from elbow to wrist. “He broke my ‘what did you do to cause what happened to you,’” Colburn says. arm in two places. They put in a plate and screws here, and they had “In the past, we’ve used a model of teaching young boys not to be to use 27 staples.” perpetrators and young girls not to get victimized, but this doesn’t When she fell to the ground she says he just kept beating her. “All always keep domestic violence from happening.” I could do was scream. He just kept beating me and beating me,” Colburn says there’s been a shift in the community focus and in she recalls. cultural norms—in holding men accountable. Fortunately, one of Nicole’s neighbors, who was driving by, saw “It’s shifted to stopping these questions of what did she do, and what was happening, stopped the car and pulled him from her. shifting the focus to what the perpetrator does. But even beyond Police and then an ambulance arrived on scene a few minutes later. that, there has been a community accountability model shift,” she Nicole spent the next five days in the hospital recovering from says. her injuries. Today, she still has daily headaches and dizziness but is The YWCA has slowly added healing efforts to its programming. grateful those are the only remaining remnants of her ordeal. “This is really the first solid year we’ve had of a strong mental “The doctors were amazed that I still have all my memory and health therapy program at the YWCA,” she says. “It is still a small that I have no brain damage,” she program, but we have a full-time says. child therapist, one full-time clinical Several months later, Niccole’s supervisor and multiple part-time abuser was charged and convicted of therapists. The therapy is to address first degree attempted murder. trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression “I went to court to say my piece to for victims and their children.” the judge at sentencing,” she says. “I A prevention model has also wanted (the abuser) to see that I was flourished, she says. The YWCA is no longer in fear of him. And that I taking prevention to middle-school could stand up and speak for myself. aged boys and the people who People think they can only come to us He was sentenced to a little over influence them, such as coaches, if they’re in crisis. Domestic violence eight years in prison. Not enough teachers and even older brothers and time. One more hit to the head and I sisters. can affect victims for years afterward. wouldn’t be here.” One of those programs targets So whether it’s six days or six years— healthy relationships at a younger age. if you’re still being affected by the End the Silence “We’re doing a program called Safe trauma you can come to the YWCA.” Nicole’s story is one of thousands Dates, which is new to us this year,” she of stories of domestic violence says. “It focuses on things like healthy that typically happen behind relationships. And we’re not talking closed doors with few witnesses. only about romantic relationships. Domestic violence experts say Patterns of power and control develop there is no typical case or specific in friendships as well. And we celebrate characteristics that define either victims or perpetrators. The only diversity with one another. Not just differences in ethnicity, but common thread is that sometimes the physical abuse comes to the celebrating differences in hair color and things like that.” attention of neighbors, or passersby who intervene. Colburn says the End the Silence program means ending the Nicole went years with her abuser, never sharing her painful silence around domestic violence, ending the silence around taboo topics and saying things like “hey it’s not okay to talk about existence with friends or family. someone else like that.” In this culture, victims are not given the benefit of the doubt, “It’s about ending the silence that keeps the structures alive that especially if the victims are women. We ask questions like “why keep domestic violence going,” she says. doesn’t she just leave,” instead of asking “why doesn’t he stop the Colburn says people hold misperceptions about the YWCA. abuse?”

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Two of the misperceptions are that the YWCA serves only certain people and that those people must be in crisis to get help. “We serve all victims despite gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion,” Colburn says. “People think they can only come to us if they’re in crisis. Domestic violence can affect victims for years afterward. So whether it’s six days or six years—if you’re still being affected by the trauma, you can come to the YWCA.”

The next six months Ryan Oelrich at Priority Spokane says the specific community plans for focusing on family trauma and violence have not yet been outlined by community stakeholders. But that is coming soon. “Over the next six months the other organizations will identify where they will focus their efforts,” Oelrich says. “In 2019, we’ll look at where Priority Spokane will focus and what we will take on.” The 115-year-old YWCA in Spokane, the only state-recognized domestic violence program for victims, views domestic violence as any situation where one partner in an intimate relationship tries to maintain power and control over another person. It views the survivor as the person who the controlling behavior is aimed at, and services are for survivors and their children. YWCA services are free, confidential and designed to empower survivors through knowledge and connection to resources. The YWCA will host the 36th annual Women of Achievement Luncheon on October 4, honoring exemplary women in our community. This year’s speaker will be Gloria Norris, who will share her expereince and knowledge around childhood family voilence and trauma. ywcaspokane.org

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C. Matt Andersen

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Bob Dunn

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John Black

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Susan Nelson

2013 and 2014 Rising Star Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics 2013 and 2014 Top Women Lawyers AVVO Superb Rating 2015 AVVO Client’s Choice Award Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine “Spokane’s Best Lawyers” 2011–2018

Ryan Poole

2017-2018 Rising Star Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics Top 40 Under 40 – The National Trial Lawyers 2015 Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine “Spokane’s Best Lawyers” 2016-2018

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Aaron Crary

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Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee, PLLC is honored to announce its newest partners, John T. Drake and Levi E. Liljenquist. John’s practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation and appellate law, with an emphasis on business and commercial disputes, trust and estate litigation, and labor and employment law. Levi’s practice focuses on estate planning and probate, taxation, real estate and business and commercial law.


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clients in Washington and Colorado for more than 30 years, in cases from first degree murder to parking tickets, and almost everything in between. In addition to criminal defense, Riva has assisted 100s of clients with family law matters, personal injury claims, wills and small business matters. In recent years, Riva’s practice has included fighting thousands of traffic infractions for commercial truckers and non-CDL drivers throughout the counties of Eastern Washington. Keeping moving violations off of their driving records has allowed his CDL clients to maintain their livelihood, and others to save on insurance premiums. Riva takes a personal interest and a professional approach in all of his cases. His reputation as a reasonable, honest and diligent advocate has earned him the trust and respect of his clients, colleagues, judges and adversaries. His constant accessibility has resulted in conference calls on chairlifts, golf courses and sailboats. Riva’s most common advice lately is “don’t pay that ticket without talking to me first!”

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Persistence for Justice Since 1985 Dennis “DC” Cronin DENNIS’ LEGAL career began in 1984 as a Rule 9 Legal Intern through the Gonzaga University Legal Assistance Clinic, then as a Rule 123 Intern in the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office. Thereafter he accepted a Fellowship through Spokane Legal Services where he was hired as an associate attorney upon his admittance to the practice of law. In 1987 Dennis was hired by his mentor and friend, the late Carl Maxey, from whom he received the moniker “DC”. When asked to comment upon the honor of working under the mentorship of Mr. Maxey, Dennis reflects, “It was during the nearly daily court appearances, and under Mr. Maxey’s tutelage, I learned significant professional and personal lessons regarding the value of preparation, the importance of rigorous research and respectful professionalism. Carl Maxey also reinforced my belief the legal profession should first and foremost be grounded in knowledge and respect of the rule of law and equity and respect for each person’s dignity. Those lessons have provided the consistent framework for advocacy on behalf of my clients.” “Persistence for Justice” is more than a tag line. Based upon the foundation developed in those early years, Dennis’ legal experience has evolved in practice areas including landlord/tenant, felony defense, civil practice and civil rights, to his current concentration in complex domestic and appellate practice, encompassing a wide breadth of legal advocacy, including administrative law, adoptions, bankruptcy, child maltreatment, criminal, domestic violence, guardianships, military, probate, retirements, taxes and victim’s rights. As a small business owner for eighteen years, Dennis continues to serve the legal profession and the community as a mediator and private practice attorney, while also volunteering his time as the Association of

Family and Conciliation Courts Washington State Chapter President; Spokane County Bar Association Family Law Section Chair; Spokane County Bar Association LGBTA Law Section founding Trustee; Northwest Mediation Vice President; Washington State Bar Association LGBT Chair Elect; WSAJ Eagle member, City of Spokane Ethics Commission Chair; City of Spokane Human Rights Commission former Chair; and Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner Pro Tem from 2005-2015. Dennis’ demonstrated legal abilities and appellate record provide tangible examples of his legal acumen and confirmation of his persevering commitment and determination to have the law equally accessible and applied fairly to all. Since 1986, Dennis’ commitment to justice has resulted in published and non-published cases in the Washington Courts of Appeal, the Eastern District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit. Known for his work ethic, as a private practice attorney serving in professional and civic leadership positions over the past thirty three years, Dennis earned Martindale Hubbell’s AV® Professional Rating, the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, representing the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Dennis is honored to be listed among dedicated colleagues receiving the honor of recognition by Spokane Couer d’Alene Living Magazine. The Law Office of D.C. Cronin Dennis C. Cronin, Attorney at Law, P.S. 724 N. Monroe Street Spokane, WA 99201 (509)328-5600


Champion of the Underdog Tim Note has stood up to bullies and has been a champion of the underdog his entire life. “Being a criminal defense lawyer allows me to fight those battles professionally,” he says of the inspiration behind his practice, The Law Office of Timothy Note. Note began his practice 14 years ago and has remained fierce in his laser focus on his clients and their needs, ensuring he stays accessible to those he represents. “If you hire me, you get me, not an intern or an associate.” In that vein, the most exciting moments for him are always after hearing a jury foreman read the words: NOT GUILTY. Note appreciates most knowing when he has truly helped someone—whether it be winning a case, guiding them through a terrifying time in their life, or helping them make better life choices. “I find it all rewarding,” he says. “When I run into a former client and they are now doing well in life, it puts a spring in my step that lasts for days.”

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A former client of criminal defense attorney J. Brendan Kidd stated, “I

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met Brendan in the worst moment of my life. He gave his best to my worst. He went to war for me and I received the best possible outcome.” Kidd Defense emphasizes all aspects of criminal defense, including DUI, felonies, domestic violence, post-sentencing, firearms restoration, drug, property and sex crimes. Kidd is an experienced litigator that has been providing exceptional results for clients in Eastern Washington for the last decade. Strong relationships have helped Brendan build a positive reputation within the Spokane legal community, resulting in successful strategic negotiations on behalf of his clientele. Clients have noted Brendan’s calm demeanor and ability to clearly communicate has helped them make informed decisions in times of uncertainty and emotional stress. “Mr. Kidd treated me like a normal person and judged me for who I am and not what I have done,” confessed another former client. Kidd earned his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his law degree from Gonzaga University. He is licensed to practice in all Courts in the State of Washington as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington. He has presented at various criminal defense seminars and was recently named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

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When it comes to criminal defense, Steve Graham says: “You have to make sure you are a good fit with a client before you agree to take a case. You are going to be spending a lot of time with that person, and a jury can tell immediately if the two of you are out of sync.” His recent high-profile clients include an NFL-bound student athlete, a Polish death metal band and a local woman who shot her boyfriend in self-defense. “We do enjoy working with people from all walks of life,” Graham says. “You have to be passionate about what you do.” Graham and associates Anthony Martinez and William Gieri are passionate about what they do. In addition to criminal defense work, the lawyers also represent college students in university expulsion cases. Graham started his legal career more than 20 years ago as a prosecutor in Seattle. “I don’t miss the job or the city,” Graham jokes. His law practice often takes him to various small towns throughout eastern Washington. “We do a lot of jury trials at our firm,” he says. “If a case settles … all the better, but we always begin a case with the assumption that it is going to trial. I start writing my closing argument in my head from the time of our first meeting.”

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Serving residents of Spokane, eastern Washington, and Idaho, Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., (CCD Law) is known as a leading personal injury and criminal defense law firm in the Spokane area. CCD Law is the go-to firm for major negligence claims. They’ve been voted one of Spokane’s best firms every year since 2005 by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. Offering their clients more than 65 years of effective legal advocacy, lawyers Robert Crary, James Domanico, Dean Chuang, and Aaron Crary comprise the professional and dedicated team at CCD Law. Standing up for the rights of negligence victims, this practice has been committed to individualized, personal service to the Spokane community since1948. When you have been hurt in an accident, skilled personal injury attorneys Robert Crary, James Domanico, and Aaron Crary are prepared to help you recover by holding the negligent party responsible for your injuries. CCD Law has achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for their injured clients. With an extensive understanding of state and federal criminal justice systems, experienced lawyers Dean Chuang and Aaron Crary have aggressively advocated the rights of clients in order to achieve the most favorable outcomes. When you have been seriously injured in an accident or charged with a crime, it is crucial to seek the professional assistance of a competent attorney who can help you understand your legal options and ultimately protect your rights. Having effectively assisted nearly 20,000 clients over the past three decades, CCD Law has rightfully earned a reputation as a reliable, professional and knowledgeable legal resource. AUGUST 2018 / spokanecda.com


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bout a decade ago, when Teri and Michael Craggett were ready to move on from their north side home, they knew a few things. One, Teri wanted to design the home. Two, they wanted main floor living. And three, it needed to be peaceful and relaxing. As entrepreneurs (they own Financial Strategies Group), they wanted their home to give them what their busy careers in finance could not. “Our industry is pretty high-paced,” says Teri. “It’s nice to be able to come home and Zen out.”

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her favorite spot on the property, a table shaded by a big blue umbrella on the back patio, with sweeping views of the valley and a cool, steady breeze that rustles the tall grasses of the landscaping. As the homeowners attest, the setting never gets old. “This is like my heaven,” Teri says. On her days off, “I will literally sit out here and read a book all day.” This home was a huge upgrade from the couple’s previous home—“our first start-up home,” as Teri refers to it. This one, the product of hard work and vision, is something they long dreamed of, and feels all the more special for that reason. “We’re proud of this house and we feel very blessed,” Teri says. The location is ideal, just a thirtyminute drive to the Craggetts’ office in Spokane Valley but quiet and serene, with other homes in the neighborhood but enough space between them to give


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their lot plenty of elbow room. There’s also easy access to a great network of trails for walking and biking. Working at first with a designer-turnedfriend (Debbie Williams, who has since moved away), Teri focused on layout


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underscored by décor that includes carved mirrors, ornate upholstered furniture, and luxe wallpaper (in the powder room). The light, airy feel comes from the soaring ceilings and the many windows, which were kept bare to allow in more natural light. The materials are timeless and traditional: granite, custom wrought iron, and gleaming Brazilian cherry floors. Attention to detail is certainly a priority in the Craggett household, and it affected every aspect of the design. Every single room has crown molding— even the garage. Teri doesn’t like looking at outlets, so they’re built into the baseboards to keep them out of sight. The home operates on a keypad system, Crestron, which handles all of the audio and lighting. “I just love it,” Teri says. The tone of the home is set from the


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formal living room. All of the home’s essentials—kitchen, family room, dining, and master suite, are on the main level. “Main floor living was very important to the two of us,” Teri says.

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The couple’s favorite indoor space is the kitchen, which has a gorgeous, spacious island and stunning tilework that extends from behind the range to the high ceiling. The island has glassdoored cabinetry beneath for displaying collected serving ware. Surrounded by outdoor views and open to the veranda, this is a sunny, light space, with skylights above the island allowing in even more natural light. Across from the kitchen is the cozy family room, with a cushy sofa and a gas fireplace flanked by built-in shelving with custom wroughtiron detailing, all of it beneath a box beam ceiling. Down the hallway, the dining room has views of the front entry and fountain through its arched windows. This more formal space is given an appropriate sense of presence by the columns leading into the room. The master suite is a well-appointed


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retreat, with views of the outdoors and access to one of the verandas via glass doors. “There is nothing like waking up and looking outside,� Teri says. The fourposter wood and wrought iron bed faces the fireplace; tone-on-tone, textural textiles contribute to the restful feel of the space.


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choice that runs through the house). Every detail was carefully planned, like the addition of separate fixtures in the walk-in shower so both Teri and Michael have their own showerhead customized for their temperature preferences. A deep spa tub sits before a window, flanked by columns and beneath an arched ceiling lined with glass tiles. Downstairs, there is plenty of space to host visiting friends—Teri is from Bellevue, and her girlfriends from across the state visit frequently—in three guest rooms, all of which have walk-in closets. Large and inviting, they’re “nice, big rooms,” says Teri. There’s also a theater and game room, a carpeted space that has foosball, a cozy sectional, and fun seats for the couple’s granddaughters, plus a full built-in bar for easy access to kitchen amenities and drinks.


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Downstairs there is also an office, as well as plenty of storage. The real heart of the home is the backyard. The expansive verandas, with planked wood ceilings and hanging chandeliers, exude a sense of leisure and


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relaxation. With deep, four-foot eaves, they provide ample shade and protection from snow and rain. “With lots of overhang, there aren’t a lot of snow drifts up here,” Teri says. “The verandas stay pretty dry.” This

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is key, as the Craggetts knew they wanted to use the outdoor space year-round. “We cook out here all year long,� Teri says of the outdoor kitchen. The hot tub also gets plenty of use in every season, the spa lights making it an idyllic spot on a winter evening. Standing heaters are also at the ready for when things take a cooler turn.


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trickling water—thanks to the pool’s subtle water feature—enhances the sense of calm that emanates from the back patio. Furniture is arranged in little groupings—a bar height table here, a pair of chaises there, a more formal table for dining for ten there. Whether they’re hosting a group or staying in with their dog, this home has given the Craggetts the serene retreat they were looking for. “Our intent was to build a place to give us quiet time,” Teri says. “To bring it down a notch and relax. And I think we have achieved just that.”


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reener acres is the place to be. At least, that’s what some people say. Others say that if it ain’t broke than don’t fix it. Certainly we’re doing just fine. Or are we? Whatever your beliefs, it is evident that we are, as a whole, suffering from isolation and division—posting our woes and needs on social media rather than knocking on a neighbor’s door for perhaps that missing ingredient in a recipe, a ride to the doctor’s office, someone to walk or bike with, a shoulder to cry on or a “hey, can you keep an eye on the baby while I grab a quick shower?” Like the folk story Stone Soup illustrates, sustenance, in all forms, is possible when people come together, taking to heart the age old proverb “it takes a village” to not only raise a child, but to build a healthy and thriving community: a village that, in these more modern times, is called a cohousing community. Sometimes confused with a commune, cohousing is different in that there is no charismatic leader with high expectations, and villagers maintain their privacy, their belongings, their individuality, and their beliefs while living in clustered private dwellings with generous common amenities. It’s like an esthetically pleasing apartment complex with large and welcoming front porches built around a park-like


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setting with gardens and communal spaces that everyone benefits from and where children roam free. Within cohousing communities, many faiths and different political leanings are represented but not argued over; they simply coexist, working toward a thriving and sustainable community where people connect with one another on a foundation of trust, diversity and inclusivity. Our current model of living is not conducive to connecting with our neighbors: wide streets, lawns, fences, garages and just a wisp of a front porch that is rarely used other than to receive packages, all promote isolation, something believed to be a contributing factor to

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depression, loneliness, anxiety, poor health and addiction. Our current model of living, though not exactly “broken,” could use a makeover—a transformation into an environment that is a product of those who live there, not the other way around, where “villagers” have a say in the design of their community, where what’s important to them matters and where fear is lessened and hope grows in the knowledge that cohousing communities are continuing to bloom all across the globe. Denmark is credited for the first cohousing community (1970s) but “Danes are quick to say that

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they are not doing anything new. Rather, they are recreating what used to happen naturally when development was less bureaucratic and more organic, less money driven and more need driven, and when people were more involved,” says architect Charles Durrett, co-founder of the cohousing movement in the United States. He and his partner Katie McCamant have written books on the subject and designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities, including Haystack Heights in Spokane’s south Perry District that has a projected move-in date in 2020. Early this year, Durrett spoke about cohousing at Auntie’s Bookstore, introducing Spokane Cohousing to a large and curious group. During his presentation, he mentioned a 17-year-old girl who lived in a cohousing community in another state. “She wrote a paper about her community for school,” he said, “her whole thesis revolved around her conclusion that ‘kids who grow up in cohousing don’t get addicted to drugs because they have no holes in their hearts.’ It blew me away. I mean, how often do teenagers grasp a concept like that?” Obviously passionate, he tells more stories leading to the simple truth that a cohesive neighborhood is a key component to


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our quality of life. Spokane Cohousing began with conversations and gained momentum as Haystack Heights after the perfect property—already blooming with gardens and rare fruit and evergreen trees— became available. A dozen families are currently invested members, while other families are associate members exploring the possibilities. The three-acre site has room for about three dozen families that will reside in 27 newly constructed twostory and single-floor designs in separate multiplexes not counting the structure already on-site, the Haystack Building,

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sharing of things like magazine subscriptions, the meat of a locally sourced cow, a chicken coop, a bee hive, bikes, kayaks, electric cars and even a lake place, but their excitement lies more in the relationships they will build. “I’m delighted with the fascinating people this community is attracting, and look forward to getting better acquainted with them over home cooked meals several times a week,” says member Christie Bruntlett, “If I can serve as a surrogate grandmother to children in the community whose grandparents live far away, that would suit me just fine.” Member Carol Krawczyk Prichard is excited that her son will have the opportunity to learn from so many different people. “I’ve already pictured a conversation with him as an adult discussing how cohousing helped shape who he has become. We want to raise our child as a part of a community and this could be the one.” Sarah Conover and Doug Robnett are also transitioning to the cohousing way of life. “My husband and I believe


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that cohousing is our best shot at village life with multigenerational interaction and the support fundamental to health, happiness and longevity,” says Conover. Mariah McKay and Jim Dawson, who have been instrumental in bringing the first cohousing group to the east side of our state, believe that cohousing is a great way to make adults even if you already are an adult, suggesting that community is the answer to nearly any problem and that members have no other choice then to become skilled at finding common grounds,



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When it comes to summer, we can feel lucky that we don’t live in Arizona or Nevada where daytime temperatures commonly breach triple digits. Our highs aren’t typically what you would call a scorcher, but we still like to be comfortable, especially when we’re taking it easy inside our homes—that’s why it’s important to choose an air conditioning system that will keep the living environment cool in the most effective and efficient manner possible. More than 75 percent of households with a cooling system use centralized air conditioning, according to the latest data from the United States Energy Information Administration. As Jason Denman, with R&R Heating and Air Conditioning, explains, most newer residences in Spokane use this type of unit because it cools an entire home all with one system—just set a specified temperature on your thermostat and the A/C unit kicks into gear. The compressor inside the main air conditioning unit pumps a refrigerant back and forth to gather heat and moisture from indoors. Warm air from inside is blown over the cooling coil or evaporator coil,

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which is connected to the compressor, and then pumped back into your home. If you’re planning to live in your home for a number of years, central air conditioners are a cost effective and efficient option, particularly for a home equipped with a forced-air heating system. Central air conditioning costs more to install than a couple of window or room AC units, but is a better value in terms of efficiency. If you ever think about selling, there’s a plus there too—a recent Consumer Housing Trends Report for Zillow found that 62 percent of buyers considered air conditioning to be an essential feature in their new home. Another option for central air


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conditioning is a Split Ductless System which is designed for use in individual areas in your home. You may only want to AC in your home office, the living room where you do your entertaining or the master bedroom for those humid nights. With a Split System, the compressor is installed outside and the unit that passes air into the house is discreetly wall mounted. Split Ductless Systems are often a better choice for homes that don’t already have forced air heating, since walls and ceilings don’t need to be damaged in order to install ductwork. Because you have units in different areas of your home, you can run air conditioning where and when you

need it, which can substantially cut down on electric bills. According to Denman, a ductless system can be 50 percent more efficient than a standard air conditioner. For homeowners with small spaces, and renters who can’t cut holes in the walls, Window Air-Conditioners are an affordable cooling option, and are extremely efficient in the amount of energy they use. As the name implies, these units fit directly into a window, and are readily available in a wide range of BTU’s to accommodate rooms of all sizes. Some window air conditioners double as an air purifier. These units typically come with anti-microbial or HEPA filter to help reduce odors, allergens and other airborne particles that can contribute negatively to your indoor air quality. To figure out what size of window unit you need, measure the room you want to cool and calculate the overall square footage. You can find the recommended cooling capacity (measured in British thermal

units, or BTUs, per hour) for your room size at energystar.gov. Whichever style of air conditioner you choose, setting the correct temperature can make all the difference in its effectiveness for keeping things cool. Turning your thermostat to 78 degrees is most efficient during warmer months. Reducing your home’s temperature lower, such as to 72 degrees, could increase cooling costs by as much as 47 percent. Denman’s advice — whether at home or away: set your airconditioning and forget it. If you turn your AC completely off, and let your house heat up, even if you try to cool it down just eight degrees, most AC units are not going to achieve that in any reasonably amount of time— when you’re going to bed, it will still be hot in your house. Just the same, don’t turn your thermostat to freezing simply because you want to chill out in a hurry. Most units are designed to work best providing about a 20 degree difference between outside and inside temperatures.


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Fast Man Randy Weaver, 70

by Darin Burt


orget what you may have heard about seniors being slow behind the wheel. Randy Weaver has been driving for more than 60 years and he’s proud to brag that he can outrun most anyone on the road. “I like to drive fast,” says Weaver. By fast he’s talking speeds in excess of twice his age. But you won’t catch him blazing through stoplights on Sprague Avenue—Weaver gets his adrenaline rush on the drag strip a quarter mile at a stretch. Weaver has been into racing cars since he was a teenager in Redding, California. He first felt the need for speed in a 1963 Chevy 327 Super Sport SS. He’s been a fixture on the drag racing and circle track circuits ever since. These days, he’s going faster than ever in his 1995 Corvette Z06. Nicknamed “The Bronze Star” in honor of the medal of valor that Weaver earned for heroism and bravery serving in Vietnam as an Army helicopter chief and door gunner, his Z06 isn’t your everyday average sports car. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2 liter motor

cranking out 650 horsepower and 650 foot pounds of torque. That’s stock from the factory. Weaver has boosted the Vette’s performance to 850 hp with cold air intakes, American Racing headers with X-pipes and a larger blower pulley, and converted it to run on a mixture of ethanol and gasoline fuel. That might not mean a lot to a non-car buff—but it adds up to a sleek and powerful machine that can top 144 miles an hour, can easily top 60 in less than three-seconds, and is certified by the National Hot Rod Association to clock 8.50 seconds on the quarter-mile straight track. “It looks fast even when it’s parked—even faster when it’s going down the track,” Weaver says. “It sets you back in the seat and almost takes the wind out of you when you come off the line—of course, you’re holding onto the steering wheel with both hands. “Chevrolet has the steering and handling down to a science—you have four feet of rubber on the ground so it can handle any road condition,” he says. “There’s so much power that you can lift the front tires off the ground at the start.” Weaver ranks in the top-10 of his Pro Class at Spokane County Raceway. He’s earned victories at tracks from Oregon to Oklahoma, and has a shelf full of trophies, including one for having the Fastest Streetcar in Spokane. Weaver often competes against drivers young enough be his grandchildren. He has one friend in his 90s who plans to be racing until he’s 100. But age, Weaver says, is no factor—what’s important is skill and a passion for the sport. “There’s skill involved in driving, but it takes a lot more than that to win,” he says. “Winning isn’t really what’s important, though—we’re out there to race each other and have a great time.”







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Calling Lynn Wold, 57


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Finding your path in life isn’t easy. Often,

it isn’t until a person looks back over their years that they realize the significance of the connections which have lead to where they are. Such is the journey of Lynn Wold. Raised near Hartline, Washington, where her father was a dry land farmer, Wold was struck blind by a case of the mumps when she was 11-years-old. An ophthalmologist eventually concluded she would be sightless for life. Wold’s mother would have none of it. “I was never fearful. I never questioned my mother’s faith,” Wold says. “I had to make up third grade in summer school, but slowly my eyesight came back—I never wore glasses until I was in my late 40s.” During her hospital stay, nurses took Wold to the dayroom where a group of school kids were to entertain patients. Sadly, the students were a no-show. But it gave Wold and her family an idea—they would make it their Sunday mission to visit the local nursing home and spend time with the residents; reading scripture, singing songs, doing crafts—basically giving them something to look forward to each week. “We became their kids,” Wold says. “It made me very comfortable with the senior population.” Wold continued her love of music at Eastern Washington University and worked as a florist while raising a family. It was a normal life until one evening, while driving home from work, she was involved in a head-on collision.

“A car came into my lane and I had nowhere to go,” Wold says. “My car went airborne—the sheriff told my husband I was lucky to be alive.” Wold suffered a broken back, and her brain was so rattled from the impact, she found it difficult to speak. They way she was treated by those who didn’t understand her handicap only made things worse. “I’d go into a store, and people I knew would literally turn and walk away,” Wold says. “When you’ve gone through something like that, you lose your self-confidence,” she says. “I did a lot of soul searching.” Wold was determined to find a job that would fit her abilities and passions. She thought back to her association with seniors, and that led to a position as an insurance agent specializing in Medicare. “I had four weeks to get my insurance license,” Wold says. “I said, ‘God, if this is a door you’re opening for me, then you’re going to have to help me because I know my brain can’t do it.’” With hard work and dedication, Wold passed the test. But within a couple of years, the company closed her office. Undeterred, she approached the doctors with whom she’d been working to ask if they would be interested in her continuing the service. That’s when she founded Health Insurance Options. The business has grown into nine agents, working alongside Providence Medical Group, the Spokane Eye Clinic, community physicians and even a number of money managers. Wold’s team also conducts Medicare 101 classes at Providence. “My clients are family, and I feel my responsibility is to protect them and be their advocate,” she says. “Having gone through all I have helps me be more understanding of my clients’ special circumstances. “My reward is my clients’ smiles, their referrals and knowing I’m doing the right thing,” she says. “I can honestly say I’ve found my calling.”


The Spirit Stills the Storms

“Sam” Lien Le, 71

by Darin Burt

As a customer comes through the

door, Lien “Sam” Le greets them with a friendly “Welcome home.” As the owner of Madison Home, this greeting is already a fitting gesture, but the story behind his own long journey home makes it doubly appropriate. Le’s tells his inspiring story of his escape by boat from Vietnam, his family’s experience as refugees and their new life in the United States in his book The Spirit Stills the Storms. During the Vietnam conflict, Le, who spoke a bit of English, had been “recruited” as an interpreter for the U.S. Special Forces. After the fall of Saigon, the U.S. Troops pulled out, and Le was left fighting for survival in the remains of a war-torn country. He and his family were among more than one million South Vietnamese refugees that fled poverty and persecution to seek asylum in other parts of the world. “I had no clue what life would be in the U.S., but I knew it would be good,” Le says. There was no first class travel. Le, along his wife, Tammy, and their two sons,


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Lam and Tuan, faced a perilous journey, crammed with others aboard a fishing boat, across the South China Sea. It was Le’s fourth attempt at escape. Looking back, he admits there were times the “temptation to give up came in like a devil.” Each time, he remembered the words of a village fortune teller that had told him there was a female spirit, possibly that of his deceased mother, watching over him. “I could have died many times,” Le says. What got him through was his belief that, “If you think you are alone, you are not. If you think it's possible, it's not.” Arriving in the U.S., Le was determined to make a new life for his family. “I worked seven days a week. I didn't care if I scrubbed toilets as a living,” he says. “All I was hoping for was to raise my kids and send them to school.” One of Le’s first jobs was as a dishwasher for the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. After landing in America with empty pockets, he was proud to be making eight dollars an hour. On the side,

he also went to school to improve his English and earn an associate’s degree in accounting. In 1987, the family found their way to Spokane. Le worked as a social worker serving the refugee community in Spokane through the Department of Social and Health Services. At the same time, the family started a business making and selling silk flowers and plants. Eventually the venture blossomed into what has become a successful home furnishings store. Le—known to his friends and customers simply as Sam, now runs Madison Home (named after his grandchild) with his middle son Lam. A stack of books sits on Le’s desk, and for those that ask, he’ll gladly sign one and share his story. “The Buddhists say you are here like the spark of match and then you are gone. You are on this earth for a very short while, so why not use that time to touch other people?” he says. “People may come into the store to buy a piece of furniture, but what they often tell me is that they leave with a part of me.”

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Lynne Blackwood, 61

Designer Rock Star by Darin Burt

Lynne Blackwood is a designing woman. “I’m a doer—I always have to be doing something with my hands,” says Blackwood. Blackwood’s day job of 19 years is as an interior designer for EmpRes Healthcare, which operates more than 60 retirement communities and assisted living facilities across the western United States. Blackwood’s focus is putting her artistic touch on the buildings to make them an enjoyable place to live for the residents. “Because we lease existing buildings, no two are alike—some haven’t been touched in terms of décor since the ’70s. I make them look like someplace I would want my mom to be—and my mom, who’s in her 80s, is very hip,” says Blackwood. “The baby boomers who are going into assisted living are the people who were at Woodstock. It’s not lace doilies and rocking chairs—it’s a style that you’d want to have in your living room,” she says. “It makes me happy to go into one of our buildings and change the furniture, flooring, paint and artwork knowing how happy it makes the residents.”


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Painting techniques, lighting and layout are skills Blackwood learned in the theatre. So is sewing—another of her creative outlets. When Blackwood was to be married, she crafted her own wedding dress from vintage lace tablecloths from a local thrift store. She enjoyed the process so much that she made more upcycled fashions that she took to Glamarita Clothing and Accessories, a funky Garland boutique. That’s where she met owner Ronnie Ryno, also the founder of Runway Renegades, an annual fashion show featuring handmade creations with proceeds going toward grants for local artists. Blackwood was perfectly suited, so to speak, to be part of that group. That same year, Blackwood was chosen to participate in Beyond Pink’s annual Designer Bra Fashion Show, where artists and designers push the boundaries of wearable art all in the name of raising funds for thermal imaging and clinical breast exams for women who would not otherwise be able to afford this potentially lifesaving screening. As a Beatles fan, one of Blackwood’s most creative Beyond Pink designs was inspired by Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was only fitting that she and a her friends modeled the outfits to the Fab Four’s hit song: “With a little help from my friends.” “I so believe in Beyond Pink’s mission,” Blackwood says. “When I first found out what they were about, I was shocked—I was in my early 50s and had no idea that thermography could be used for early detection of breast cancer. “If the doctors weren’t going to get the word out, then I was going to join this army of women whose goal is to raise awareness that this technology exists,” she says. Whether designing interior spaces or outward fashions, Blackwood is happy to share the spotlight with a great cause. “I’ve found the best of both worlds because I get to be creative, but I also get to give back by way of creating,” she says. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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Up For Grabs? Washington Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk

New survey shows many consumers fail quiz on how to protect their personal information, while others have simply thrown in the towel by Jason Erskine, AARP Washington

Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal

information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax–147 million, Target–110 million, Uber–57 million, Home Depot–53 million, and the list goes on and on. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, there were more than 738 data breaches in 2017 exposing more than 2-billion individual’s records. Experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. In an age of data breaches and sophisticated identity thieves, protecting your digital information is more important than ever. According to consumer fraud experts, there are three key steps consumers should take to better protect their personal information: 1) Set up and monitor online banking and checking accounts often; 2) Freeze your credit; and 3) Strengthen online passwords and privacy settings. A lack of awareness of online dangers is placing consumers at risk, and many others admit they have just given up. A full six-in-ten of those surveyed said that given the number of data breaches that have occurred over the past five years, they feel that no matter what they do, it is inevitable that criminals will use their stolen identity to exploit their credit at some point. “With data breaches constantly in the news, keeping your personal information safe may seem like a difficult task,” says Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from identity theft. Take advantage of the resources offered by AARP, the Attorney General’s Office and others.” Take Charge of Your Credit File Getting a credit freeze is one of the three primary recommendations of security officials to help protect your identity. With a credit freeze in place, a criminal is unable to access your credit file or open new credit accounts. “Along with checking their credit reports regularly and reviewing bills promptly, many consumers find that freezing their credit is a simple thing they can do to protect themselves from crooks looking to set up phony credit accounts,” says Federal Trade Commission Regional Director Chuck Harwood. Check Your Online Accounts With the ever increasing number of data breaches, experts say almost all of us have had our personal information exposed to potential identity thieves. So it’s vital that consumers have online access to all of their important bank accounts, credit cards and retirement accounts and to check them frequently.


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To make matters worse, some consumers who say they are staying offline are doing so for all the wrong reasons. “It’s ironic and unfortunate that fear and mistrust of the internet is actually putting people in greater danger that their personal information will be stolen and used by ID thieves,” says AARP State Director Doug Shadel. “Crooks have told us that people without online accounts are the perfect targets. It allows the criminals to set up online access themselves, and to even set passwords and identifying information locking people out of their own accounts.” Strengthen Your Passwords and Privacy Settings The difference between secure computing and falling victim to online fraud or identity theft often comes down to a dozen or so keystrokes—your password. However, nearly half of Washington adults report using the same password for more than one online account. Using the same password across multiple accounts is a very risky practice. If hackers are able to break just one of your codes, they can now access each of your accounts. “Our members know we are very vigilant about protecting their data and often ask us what else they can do. We tell them to treat their passwords like toothbrushes,” says Kyle Welsh, BECU’s Chief Information Security Officer. “Change them frequently; don’t share them; don’t leave them lying around; and the longer you brush, the better.” Privacy concerns over user’s personal information on Facebook has also been in the spotlight lately. “Social media sites can be a great way to stay active and engaged, just be careful what you share,” says Jeff Lilleskare, Online Safety and Security Risk Management, Microsoft. “Check your settings to make sure only friends can see what you post, or at most friends of friends. Don’t post when you’re going to be traveling. Don’t share your address, and be careful about taking pictures with sensitive information in them,” he says. You can take AARP’s “Digital Identity IQ Quiz” online and see how you stack up against the rest of the state. Also check out more consumer protection tips and sign up for fraud alerts from the AARP Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org.

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CASPER FRY— 928 S. Perry St.

Spokane’s Southern food scene is slim to none, but Casper Fry is doing an amazing job of filling the void. Luckily for us, that hole is chock-full of Crab Boil Pickled Deviled Eggs, fried oysters, cheddar grits and blackened catfish. That’s not even to mention their unmatched buttermilk fried chicken drizzled with honey, sausage gravy covered mashed potatoes and carrots.


In 1998, when I was in high school, there were only two things that mattered to me: The Big Lebowski (for obvious reasons) and putting a booming car stereo in my 1985 Ford Tempo. One can’t afford to install custom component tweeters by mowing random neighborhood lawns, so I resorted to what many money hungry minors settle on: a job. I can’t say Colonel Sanders was my calling, but I spent a solid three years adhering 11 secret herbs and spices onto pressure cooked poultry for the public to partake in. I learned quickly that fried chicken was more than dinner; it had stake in people’s sanity. When life has us in a crunch, many people look for comfort in a classic that you can crunch back. So, as always, it was time see if someone in Spokane’s Soul Food Scene scores a 10. As for KFC? “Mark it a zero, dude.”


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1898 PUBLIC HOUSE 2010 W. Waikiki Rd.

When the table next to me yelled FOUR! I thought it was a suggestion on how many pieces I should order. Sadly it’s just the jargon thrown around at Kalispel Country Club’s golf course. However, 1898 isn’t exactly your grandpa’s country club. They offer one of the best happy hours in town, and their honey-stung fried chicken was a hole in one. With freshly made biscuits, honey butter and pan gravy, they are surely up to par.

CHICKEN-N-MORE 414 1/2 W. Sprague Ave.

If you’re wanting some fried chicken with a side of Southern family you never knew you had, Bob Hemphill and his team have you covered. Order a three-piece with gumbo and coleslaw, and you’ll be treated like an old friend. If the salty crunch of freshly fried chicken isn’t enough for your taste-buds, make sure to steal yourself some of their Old South barbecue sauce.


Open for just over a month, Honey looks like it’s going to stick. Restaurateur Adam Hegsted’s newest project is bringing the good people of Coeur d’Alene a peek into the unique small plate stylings he is known for. Of course, not everything here is shareable. Good luck giving a bite of this double crispy fried chicken with mashed red potatoes, honey butter, pickled jalapeños and coleslaw to any of your table-mates.

EZELL’S FAMOUS CHICKEN 4919 S. Regal St. We normally don’t write about food chains, but Ezell’s is still locally owned and based solely in Washington. I’m not ashamed that Western Washington sent Spokane some chicken love. I’m not sure where they are growing their chickens, but tread lightly because I swear the chicken wing I ordered was the size of my entire fist. Light, crunchy batter that, if asked politely, they will happily pump full of cajun spices.

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Austin’s Live Fire Barbecue

421 W. Main Ave Mike Jones, chef and owner of Mizuna, is making moves. After a trip to Austin, his dream of running a Texas-style pit barbecue has finally come true. We’re excited to get our mouth on fried shrimp po boys, braised greens and barbecue beans stuffed full of burnt ends.

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Sams and Coffee

12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy, Ste. 50 Spokane Valley just got a little more interesting. The owners of downtown hot spot Crave just opened a little sandwich, coffee and beer shop on Mirabeau Parkway. Perfect for a quick bite for breakfast or lunch on your way to work.

Kilted Growler

8160 N. Cornerstone Dr., Ste. D, Hayden Hayden, Idaho, doesn’t receive much in the way of press, but Kilted Growler is putting North Idaho on notice. If you’re up for a little adventure, make your way into town for one of their 56 taps of beer, wine, cider and kombucha.

Poke Express

1509 N. Pines Rd. Since opening on the lower South Hill, Poke Express is expanding their popular sashimi stylings into the valley. If you haven’t been, customers are able to build their own bowl, picking a base like rice, a protein like tuna or tofu, and sides, sauce and toppings. You can’t miss this delicious Hawaiian treat.

Fresh Soul

3029 E. 5th Ave. Spokane is lacking a few things in our eclectic food scene. Legit Soul food is one of them. Fresh Soul will be serving up hot links, catfish and their specialty Seafood Gumbo that is full of shrimp, crab, Andouille sausage, smoked beef sausage, chicken, onions, bell peppers and home spices over a bed of white rice.


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ASIAN, INDIAN, HAWAIIAN 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 St. (509) 327-4270 and 1220 W. Francis Ave. (509) 413-2029. eataloha.com. Thai Bamboo. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in set-


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tings 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 No. 1 Best Thai in readers’ polls, and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki Beachstyled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad Thai. All locations MonThu 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. thaibamboorestaurant. com.

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 the signature fried bread and honey, you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) 126 N. Division St. (509) 835-LION (5466). redlionbbq. com.

BISTROS Park Lodge. Located in Kendall Yards overlooking the Spokane River, Park Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. The views offer inspiration for creating a unique dining experience of locally inspired comfort food in a fine dining setting. Chef Philip has been cooking for more than 15 years in

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fine dining establishments in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Paris and Spokane. His philosophy toward food is one of careful consideration— recipes should highlight the ingredients. The dishes at Park Lodge attempt to help others develop the same love and respect he holds for the ingredients we are provided with. 411 N. Nettleton St., Mon.Thurs. 4-9 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 4-10 p.m., (509) 340-9347, parklodgerestaurant.com. The Wandering Table. A much-anticipated American tapas-style restaurant located in Kendall Yards. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative take on salads, 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. Take the chef 's advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $35-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun-Mon, 4-10 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410. thewanderingtable.com. Wild Sage Bistro. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on Second Ave. and Lincoln St., 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


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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-beFamous” 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. wildsagebistro.com.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark throughout the past decade. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and converted to diners. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs,

ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and the don’t-miss hash browns and silver dollar pancakes. Seven days 6 a.m.8 p.m. 1516 W. Second Ave. (509) 7478798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, (509) 465-2464. franksdiners.com. The Yards Bruncheon. The team at The Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend all-week-long by offering brunch every day, 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 using local farms and producers. The food 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. theyardsbruncheon.com.

CASUAL DINING Taste Cafe & Fine Art. If you love the taste of healthy and enjoy putting nutrientdense fuel into your body—while giving your tastebuds the stuff food dreams are made of—Taste Cafe & Fine Art is a not-to-bemissed 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

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a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 4682929. tastecafeandfineart.com. Gilded Unicorn. The Gilded Unicorn is a modern American, classic restaurant featuring handcrafted foods and drinks, located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The restaurant's name reflects its blend of classic and modern without taking itself 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) 3093698. gildedunicorn.com. 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 p.m. and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues-Sun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. 315martinisandtapas.com.


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FINE DINING M a s s e l o w ’s Steakhouse. Named after a strong chief who was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. northernquest.com. 1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year the golf club was originally established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. Led by Executive chef Tyler Schwenk, their culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to house-made rolls and charcuterie, din-

ing at 1898 is an exciting culinary tour for your palate. With signature comfort food dishes and unique combinations designed for the more adventurous foodie. SunThurs 4-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 4-10 p.m., happy hour 4-6 p.m. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. (509) 466-2121. kalispelgolf.com.

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE The Onion Taphouse & Grill. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you’ll never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 7522 N. Division. (509) 747-3852. The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern-turnedrestaurant 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 golfthemed menu. Show up on your birthday


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SUSHI Sushi.com. 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 .com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12 noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0630.


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




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Dr. John M. Tomkowiak DEAN, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY ELSON S. FLOYD COLLEGE OF MEDICINE Each of us has an innate desire for fulfillment. We want to have a purpose. We want to be good at executing that purpose.

For me, achieving that sense of purpose and fulfillment has come with a lot of help from my parents, my wife and many mentors. Together they helped me see a path that eventually led me to Spokane to start the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. In academic medicine, if you want to move up the organizational ladder you usually must move to other universities. That was no exception for me. After receiving my MD degree and starting my career at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the opportunity to become a founding faculty member of a new medical school at Florida State University was attractive and my family and I relocated to Tallahassee, Florida. While there, I earned my Master’s in Organizational Leadership online from Gonzaga University and gained a great mentor in the process. Little did I know that almost 15 years later, I would end up across the river from the Gonzaga campus. That master’s degree and my experience at Florida State University School of Medicine helped me land a job at Chicago Medical School. After a brief detour at New York Medical College, I returned to Chicago Medical School as the Dean. That experience, along with my founding faculty role at Florida State, turned out to be the perfect résumé to land the job as the new Dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine here in Spokane. Through it all, my parents, wife and children were incredibly supportive. Along the journey, while I was in my 30s, my mother passed away. As she was nearing the end of her time on this earth, she reflected on her life and left me with this advice: your priorities should always be 1) personal health, 2) family and friends, and a distant 3) your job. However, it wasn’t until I hit 50 that I realized the truth behind that wisdom. In everything I do now, whether its personal or professional, I try to bring that philosophy to bear. So, with that in mind, these are the four questions I constantly ask myself: How do I define success today? It’s important in every interaction to critically analyze what success really looks like. Often, it’s not what it looks like on first blush. In my experience, success is more often about building relationships, getting to a deeper understanding of a colleague or competitor, or simply listening to an issue being aired. It usually doesn’t come with a “W”, accolades or high fives. How can I be a servant? Whether it’s at home or at work, facilitating other people's success has become one of the ways I define fulfillment and define success for myself. It could mean helping my son write a musical number (true story) or taking my daughter to a musical audition. It might also mean helping a colleague solve a problem or mentoring them toward their next best opportunity.

How can I be a multiplier? If you haven’t read the book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, I highly recommend it. Multipliers find ways to help others be exponentially better. I believe that every circumstance has a multiplier solution. When you surround yourself with great people, facilitate and fuel their passions, you have a recipe for amazing and sometimes unexpected outcomes. What do I bring to the table? I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Yoda has this amazing quote: “You will find only what you bring in.” This brings me back full circle to my mother’s advice. You must take care of yourself first and foremost. Be mentally healthy. Focus on wellness. As you live your life and encounter your family, friends, colleagues and others on your daily journey, you are only as good as “what you bring in.” And finally, commit to keeping your priorities in the right order: 1) personal health, 2) family and friends, 3) your job.

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Summer Excitement Quiz by Doug Clark

Has your summer been the fun-filled cinematic joy of “Incredibles 2?” Or has it been more like “Jurassic World: Forbidden Kingdom?”—overhyped, selfaware and in need of a better script. Well, don’t worry your precious noggins, my pretties. Today, at a modest additional surcharge (I’ll bill you later), you can assess your situation scientifically with my 10th annual “Summer Excitement Quiz.” July is deader than Nat Park. August will soon dissipate faster than any affection Maxine Waters has for a Trump Supreme Court nomination. We all know what’s coming. Soon the leaves will fall and crumble like ancient bones under our feet. The air will turn colder than an Egger’s meat locker and, before Christmas comes, we’ll all have to endure the shame of another WSU Apple Cup obliteration. But don’t despair. There’s still time to inject a dose of pizazz into what’s left of your summer. You just need to let me help you figure it out. Simply scrawl a circle around the answers that best fit how your summer is going and we’ll IRS the results at the end of the exam. Okay, let’s begin.


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1. We hit the road this summer on an ambitious quest to … A. Visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Hike all 60 national parks. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Sample from all 13,495 Spokane legal pot shops. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -2. The Summer of 2018 will always stand out as the time my family took a vote to … A. Adopt a new pet. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Take off on a Disneyland vacation. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Can me like “Rosanne,” and continue the show without me. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -3. I got so blind drunk one night this summer that I lost every shred of common decency and … A. Sprayed graffiti on the Clocktower. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Had an unholy interlude with the Garbage Goat. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Contributed to the Stuckart for Mayor campaign. (5 strawberry daiquiris) --

4. During a stay at the posh Coeur d’Alene Resort, I was lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of: A. A floating green hole in one. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Kim and Kanye cavorting in the infinity pool. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. The elusive old Hagadone counting his lucre. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -5. How dangerous was your Summer of 2018? A. Lost while spelunking Hillyard potholes. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Soiled yoga pants riding Tremors at Silverwood. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Wounded with buckshot planting Lisa Brown political signs on Spokane Mayor Condon’s front yard. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -6. Which Beatles song best describes your Summer of 2018? A. “Help!” (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. “Happiness is a Warm Gun.” (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. “Why don’t we do it in the Road?” (5 strawberry daiquiris) --

7. Don’t you miss the good ol’ lazy hazy days of summer? You know, back when … A. Firecrackers were legal. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. We’d all pile into the car and take in a double feature at the Y Drive-in. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Rachael Dolezal thought she was white. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -8. Whew! Talk about heat waves. My summer of 2018 was so hot I … A. Fried an egg in the driveway. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Fried the radiator in my car. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Fried my nether regions playing naked Twister at the Kaniksu nudist ranch. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -9. The Summer of 2018 turned out to be a folksy time for … A. Getting to know my neighbors. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Taking selfies with my neighbors. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Receiving a restraining order from my neighbors for peeping into their bedroom windows. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -10. Please recast the Lilac City slogan to make it more in tune with your summertime exploits. A. Spokane: Creative by Cannabis. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Spokane: Creative by Meth Chef. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Spokane: Creative by Detox. (5 strawberry daiquiris) --

11. I didn’t get out much this summer because of … A. Too many chores around the homestead. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Work, work, work to pay the bills, bills, bills. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Helping WSU football coach Mike Leach tweet crazy fake conspiracy videos. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -12. Pick Spokane’s most iconic signs of summer. A. Tim Lorentz driving his beloved boat car. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Happy Hoopfest kids dribbling all over downtown. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Detour. Road Closed. Traffic Fines Doubled in Construction Zones. Road Work Ahead. Expect Delays. You Can’t Get There From Here … (5 strawberry daiquiris) -13. Now that Elkfest is toast, Spokane should fill the artistic void by hosting the … A. World Harpsichord Championships. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Northwest Regional Clog-Off. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Transgender XXX-Games. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -14. By far, the most shocking news of the Summer of 2018, was: A. Drinking coffee helps you live longer. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Joey Chestnut eats record-busting 74 hotdogs. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Being a Mariners fan destroys your soul. (5 strawberry daiquiris) --

15. Speaking of Rachel Dolezal, can you identify the new name she’s decided to go by? A. Yehudi Menuhin. (1 strawberry daiquiri) B. Moms Mabley. (3 strawberry daiquiris) C. Ain’t Jemima. (5 strawberry daiquiris) -All right! Let’s divvy the daiquiris. A score of 21 or less suggests that you wouldn’t know a joke if Robin Williams crawled out of the grave and rode you like a pony. Scoring between 45 and 60 shows that you might have what it takes to make the Summer of 2018 worth remembering. So get with it! Quit your job. Buy a parrot. Go live on a beach. The world is your love monkey and it’s time to live, live, LIVE!!! If you came up with a score of 110 daiquiris or more, you’re wilder than the cooties in David Letterman’s chin whiskers. Plus you should’ve paid way more attention in math class. But who cares about that? Call the gang and keep your summer blowout party going. Make sure to tell me where you’re at, though, because I definitely want to be there. Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/ songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The Spokesman-Review after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years. Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He can be reached at dougclarksville@gmail.com.

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