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et’s examine this claim by imagining what James Madison, America’s first political scientist, might say about our goings-on. He opens his Federalist No. 10 with this famous line: “Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.� Madison defines “faction� as a “number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the right of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.� Boiled down, Madison sees a federal republic as our best chance to avoid the dangers of mob rule, which he associated with pure democracy — and our best chance to ensure governing through compromise. Six-year Senate terms and appointments following deliberation of respective state legislatures would ensure both deliberation and protection of minority against majority faction, he figured. (Today we have direct elections of senators, thanks to the 17th Amendment.) Most skate over Madison’s reference to minority factions as they relate to senators. Indeed, Madison himself seemed not too concerned. Tyranny of the majority was his bigger concern. Today, as the last four years have shown, what we have to fear is just the opposite — a tyranny of the minority. Sen. Graham offers the most recent illustration; he comes from South Carolina, the population of which amounts to about 1.5 percent of the national population. Yet he alone might kill a critically important nomination made by a recently reelected president who won

the support of 66 million Americans. Or take the case of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. At this time when gun regulation has come back on the table, wouldn’t you think that it is critical that the ATF have permanent leadership? Nope, we have an acting director who works from an office in Minneapolis. Not even President Bush could get his nomination through the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Republican senators from Idaho (Mike Crapo and Larry Craig), representing 0.5 percent of the national population, put a hold on the nomination. It seems the NRA opposed Bush’s nominee who supposedly, “had it in for the gun dealers.� Obama has done no better. If this isn’t tyranny of the tiniest of a minority, what is?

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he future of Gonzaga is bound up in the future of Spokane.� You can almost hear old Fr. Joseph Cataldo say those words as he laid the cornerstone of the new college on the north bank of the Spokane River 125 years ago. Almost. Actually, those are the words of Thayne McCulloh, Gonzaga’s president, pondering his university’s next 25 years — and beyond. “Spokane and Gonzaga grew up together and evolved together over time,� McCulloh adds, “and our future is related to our past.� It’s natural when you hit a milestone like 125 years to look back — to remember how, out of sheer force of will, a Sicilian Jesuit begged and bartered his way to building one of the defining institutions of the Inland Northwest. But milestones can be a challenge, too — as in, “OK, but what now?� McCulloh says he’s been getting that question a lot as the 125th celebration has unfolded. His short answer: “Keep perfecting.� Gonzaga has been doing just that, as, after a few rough patches, it has almost doubled its enrollment since its centennial 25 years ago. Meanwhile, its academic programs are gaining notice by the year. Oh, and you may have heard about their basketball team. So Spokane enabled Gonzaga to grow and thrive, but what impact has Gonzaga had on Spokane? In 1887, a college was on the to-do list for any aspiring city. Today, higher education is even more crucial to our civic health. Then as now, more than diplomas are at stake. There’s a secret ingredient when it comes to Gonzaga — it’s that Jesuit way brought West by black robes like Fr. Cataldo, whose mission was to, “go set the world on fire.� How is that tradition alive today? The Gonzaga Law School (now a century old itself) runs the Law Clinic for low-income neighbors stuck in a legal bind. Gonzaga students mentor local K-12 students through the Center for Community Action. The Campus Kitchen reaches out to the hungry in the greater community. The university teaches not only business and science, but business ethics and science ethics. Gonzaga even has a Buddhist monk as a scholar in residence. There’s a moral bedrock at Gonzaga University and a 125-year tradition of service to the greater good that has rubbed off on Spokane. And by the looks of it, that will continue for many years to come. n National Gonzaga Day is Thursday, Jan. 24. All are welcome to attend the 125th anniversary celebration at the Spokane Convention Center at 6 pm, when men’s and women’s basketball games will be shown and hot dogs will be served. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Free.

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ass murderers never ask themselves, “After I kill all these innocent people, how will I escape?” The “escape” is a pre-planned suicide — whether delivered by one’s own hand or by a police sharpshooter. Reducing access to firearms will surely save lives, but such measures fail to address the source code in all these terrible tragedies: the disordered brain of an utterly hopeless, mentally ill, suicidal person. The vast majority of the mentally ill are not violent, but those who become suicidal represent a special threat. The so-called suicide “contagion effect” travels like a virus from one suicidal mind to another via the media, and most mass murders follow another event where a “like me” suicidal, rage-filled young man kills others and then himself. Yes, our culture of violence aids and abets the suicidal mind. Yes, too many guns and large capacity magazines increase the body count. But while some measures will help on these fronts, these genies are out of the bottle and are not going back in. Early detection, assessment and treatment of emergent suicidal behavior in known at-risk populations will at least give us a chance of reducing violence in our nation. To understand the suicidal mind, we must first understand that persistent suicidal thoughts and feelings are markers for unremitting, unendurable psychological pain. If we are thinking about killing ourselves or others, something is terribly wrong and needs immediate attention. More than 90 percent of suicide deaths are by people suffering from serious mental illnesses or substance abuse problems, the majority of which remain untreated. In 2010, unbearable psychological pain contributed to 38,364 completed suicides. That’s 105 Americans a day. Imagine what

Congress and the president would do if an airplane loaded with 100+ Americans crashed not once a month, not once a week, but every single day, day after day after day? Yet, because suicidal people usually die alone and devastate only family and friends, it is only after mass murder that Congress rises from its lethargy. We who work to prevent suicide strongly support this statement by former Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher: “Suicide is our most preventable death.” Rather than arming teachers, we should ask: What actionable public health knowledge do we have to reduce suicide and collateral violence? We have a lot. Published in September, the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention represents our best scientific thinking on how to prevent suicide and its related violence. And in 2003, our own Air Force published a study in the British Medical Journal demonstrating that a robust, mandatory suicide prevention program created a 33 percent drop in suicides and an 18 percent drop in homicides. So let’s focus on what will work. Let’s implement our National Strategy for Suicide Prevention now. Remember that calm, happy, mentally healthy people — including millions of gun owners — do not kill themselves or others. So as the gun debate unfolds, let’s not get lost in the bushes of how many bullets a Bushmaster holds, but view it through this lens: Almost all mass murderers die by suicide; suicide is preventable; prevent suicide, and you prevent violence. n Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. is president and CEO of the QPR Institute (www.qprinstitute. com), an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. He lives in Cheney.

Bill Toney: Never point a gun at anyone unless you are going to shoot them. Imagine the barrel of the gun emits a powerful laser that will kill anything living that it is pointed at. Always be aware of which way the barrel is pointing at all times. Never put your finger on the trigger unless you’re ready to shoot. Lindsay Thomas: Unfamiliar things breed fear. Sheltered kids often react negatively to people who are “different.” A way to stop this is to build familiarity. Guns can be seen as just a tool, not morally good OR bad. As a kid, I was afraid of guns until I learned this and met people who broke gun owner stereotypes. Jeffrey Boyd Garrison: Just as untrained youths behind the wheel can create for a potentially lethal lesson, same for firearms. Parents are just as responsible in both cases, and the responsibility should have nothing to do with the federal government. Rob Murray: I was raised with parents who had guns, my wife and I chose before we had our children we would never have a firearm in our home, that’s what worked for us. Leann Smiley: I tell my grandson that guns are not toys, and I won’t allow any toy guns in the house. I don’t like that we made a toy out of a potentially deadly item. Guns are to be respected as killing items, like knives are cutting items. Some things just shouldn’t be viewed as toys. Anthony Ennamorato: Same sermon as an electric drill, rotator saw, or kitchen knife with an extra side of hunter safety course. I’ve accidentally discharged my firearm zero times and never hit something I didn’t mean to. Michelle Flowers: A gun is a tool. Like any other tool, there is a proper way to take care of it and to use it. Like any other tool, there are do’s and don’ts. Like any other tool, you may be fearful and uncertain to use it or be around it without some training. n


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resident Barack Obama was “totally furious” he spent a week of his time posing for a trillion-dollar platinum coin that would never be minted, a White House source confirmed this week. “The president is a super-busy man, so it’s understandable that he’d be mad,” the source said. “It’s not like he has time to sit still for hours on end for a coin that’s not going to happen.” Mr. Obama devoted much of last week to posing for the trilliondollar coin on the assurances of outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who told Mr. Obama that the coin had “a way better than 50 percent chance” of being minted. Based on Mr. Geithner’s advice, Mr. Obama carved hours out of his schedule to pose for the ill-fated coin, even cutting short meetings with world leaders such as Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But even as he posed for it, Mr.

Obama seemed “fidgety and skeptical” that the platinum coin would ever see the light of day. “He was like, ‘Look, I’ve got things to do. Is this coin really going to happen, because if not, this whole thing is really messed up,’” the source said. When Mr. Geithner delivered the news to the president that the coin idea had been scrapped, according to the source, “to say that things got ugly would be a massive understatement.” The coin fiasco behind him, Mr. Obama has now apparently learned his lesson, the source said: “If this coin idea ever comes up again, he’s going to make Biden pose for it.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.

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Bipartisan Giveaway by jim hightower

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s Will Rogers said years ago, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” That’s how I felt when Congress held a rare New Year’s Day session to pass an even-rarer bipartisan agreement. I’m not one to moan about the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, because when the two parties actually agree on something, it usually involves either putting America into war or handing out goodies to big corporations — or both. On the surface, this congressional get-together looked OK, for they met to pass the “American Taxpayer Relief Act,” touted as a deal to benefit the middle class. Indeed, there were some good gains for regular folks in the 157-page bill — but look out, the baby had the hammer! Sure enough, the bipartisan deal was riddled with huge handouts to corporate interests that hardly need relief. Goldman Sachs for example, one of the richest banks on Wall Street, got a juicy boost from Section 328. It extends for another year the tax-exempt

financing that was intended to help small businesses in New York’s “Liberty Zone” rebuild after the devastation of the 9/11 crashbombings. Forget small businesses — extending the Liberty Zone tax break meant that the massive new headquarters building that Goldman is erecting in Manhattan will get a reported $1.6 billion in tax-free financing. The corporate giveaways in this bipartisan bill will take $68 billion out of our public treasury this year alone. Some of the breaks will stay in effect for 10 years. Now that’s relief! As Sen. John McCain said of this rip-off: “It’s hard to think of anything that could feed the cynicism of the American people more than larding up must-pass emergency legislation with giveaways to special interests and campaign contributors.” n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.

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Raul’s Rules Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador could bring about a revitalization of the Republican Party — or thwart it By Daniel Walters

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s the 2013 congressional session began, rumblings of a coup against Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner started immediately. Boehner had just compromised with President Barack Obama, raising taxes on the very wealthy while delaying spending cuts. Conservative House Republicans — who had refused to support even Boehner’s original, more conservative proposal — responded by tarring the speaker as a compromiser and promise-breaker. When Republicans moved to choose their speaker, a few saw a chance for new blood. The vote went alphabetically. The first two repre-

The coup attempt failed and Boehner was re-elected speaker. But as the dust settled, reporting quickly exposed Labrador as one of the main forces trying to topple Boehner. It places Labrador, who represents North Idaho, in a pivotal position for the Republican future: On one hand, Labrador’s work to reform immigration could help woo Hispanics, saving the GOP from demographic doom. But on the other, he’s been touted as a rebel leader, a hurdle for any Republicans pushing for a more moderate party.

A Rebel’s Causes sentatives voted Boehner. But next came the strongly libertarian Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Amash didn’t vote for Boehner — who had kicked him off his House Budget Committee. Instead, he shouted out the name of an Idahoan who’s barely been in Congress two years: “Raul Labrador.” When it’s Labrador’s turn to vote, Labrador just sits in silence — both times his name is called. “Labrador,” the clerk says, looking around. “Labrador.” No response. “I decided to speak with my silence,” Labrador told The Inlander Monday. “There was nobody at that moment I thought would be a good speaker.”

Born to a single mother in Puerto Rico, Labrador’s voice still carries a whiff of a Spanish accent. “Every day I look at the Capitol, I get goosebumps,” he says. Yet, he remains mostly a visitor: Labrador doesn’t own a home in D.C. or rent an apartment. He sleeps on an air mattress on the floor of his office and showers at the Capitol gym. He misses his wife and his five children, and flies back to Eagle, Idaho, nearly every weekend. He says he’s seen how hard it is for anything to get done — there are 535 members, each with their personal sacred cows. ...continued on next page

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“It’s one of the most frustrating things,” Labrador says. “Seeing how slowly things get done here.” Yet, lately, Labrador has defied his own party leaders when they tried to compromise. Labrador wasn’t the first choice of establishment Republicans. His 2010 primary opponent, former John McCain campaign worker Vaughn Ward, was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin. But Ward’s early double-digit lead collapsed in a string of embarrassing gaffes. Labrador, a former immigration attorney, overtook both Ward and incumbent Democrat Walt Minnick. Liberal groups were alarmed. The People for the American Way named Labrador one of the “10 scariest Republicans heading for Congress,” over his opposition to abortion, gay marriage and tax hikes. Labrador wasn’t alone. The more-powerful-than-ever Tea Party, preaching against deficits and bailouts, had fueled a surge of conservative victories in the House. Labrador caught the eye of Robert Draper, author of the in-depth profile of the House of Representatives, Do Not Ask What Good We Do. According to Draper, Labrador said he “didn’t come to Washington to be part of a team,” and told Boehner that his debt ceiling plan was a “terrible bill” and accused him of “abandoning” conservatives. Early on, Labrador even hinted at overthrowing the speaker if conservative members were punished for rebelling against leadership. Today, Labrador says he thinks Boehner is a good man and his frustration is mostly over Boehner’s strategy, which he sees as willing to give up ground too early. “I think we need to be a little bit bolder and stronger,” Labrador says. “What I learned as an attorney with negotiations, if you take anything off the table, you show a weak hand.” Democrats need to believe Republicans would go over the cliff, hit the debt ceiling and shut down the government. He says there’s nothing that’s non-negotiable, but he’d only support tax hikes if they come tied to immediate spending cuts. Labrador’s tactics recently created a rift between Idaho’s two representatives. Mike Simpson, Idaho’s other Republican representative, told the Idaho Statesman that Labrador’s refusal to vote for speaker was “irresponsible” and forever undermined his credibility. Labrador, in turn, called Simpson a “bully.” Some constituents praise Labrador’s strict fiscal conservatism. “He’s probably one of the best congressmen that I’ve ever had,” says Pam Stout, a founder of the Sandpoint Tea Party. “I honestly can’t think of a single vote where we disagreed.” But Tea Party power has weakened. In 2010, 24 percent of voters told Rasmussen they consider themselves a part of the Tea Party. Today, that figure has dwindled to only 8 percent. “I don’t think he’s done a very good job of representing all of Idaho,” says Larry Grant, chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. “I think he represents a very narrow group.” Yet Labrador is trying to widen the Republican Party to include an increasingly important demographic: Hispanics.

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Hispanics either hated Mitt Romney or loved Barack Obama: a scant 27 percent of them supported the GOP nominee. Pundits across the spectrum saw a big problem for the future of the GOP. Obama plans to make immigration a key part of his State of the Union address next month. Immediately after the election, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, DIndiana, says he ran into failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in the Capitol gym, where Ryan mentioned there were many conservative House Republicans serious about immigration reform. Gutierrez says Ryan told him he “should talk to my friend Raul Labrador because House Republicans will be looking to him for guidance.” While Labrador is against a “pathway to citizenship” and says the first priority is securing the borders, Gutierrez and Labrador have already met multiple times to find common ground. “He understands the issues and realizes immigration is more


than just a political or labor market issue,” Gutierrez says in an email. “He sees the human side of immigration, the families that are being ripped apart by deportations or the decades it takes for some families to get visas.” It’s easy, here, to find similarities between Labrador and Marco Rubio, the junior senator from Florida seen as a major contender to grab the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination for president. Both are Hispanic, both were uplifted by the Tea Party, both voted against the fiscal cliff deal and both have a passion to fix the immigration system. Rubio told the Wall Street Journal last week that he wants to raise the limit on immigrants who bring investments and advanced skills, and wants to let current undocumented migrants earn a working permit and, eventually, citizenship. Labrador is more vague about his plans, but says he’s been talking with Rubio, and they agree on a lot. One bill Labrador helped introduce, the STEM Jobs Act, would have given a higher percentage of visas to those studying math, science, technology and engineering. But Democrats wanted a much more comprehensive bill. Gutierrez voted against it, calling it a “slap in the face to the core values of the United States.” On talk shows like Meet the Press, Labrador has harshly criticized Democrats on immigration. “They’re using this as just a political tool — and they don’t really want to resolve anything. They were able to do something about health care reform, but they couldn’t do anything with immigration reform,” he tells Geraldo Rivera on Fox, “and they want to keep continuing to blame Republicans for their failure of leadership.”

“He sees the human side of immigration, the families that are being ripped apart by deportations.” Grant, the Idaho Democratic Party chairman, says he doesn’t want to take anything away from Labrador’s ethnicity, but it’s what’s put Labrador in the spotlight. “Right now, I think he’s having a good time putting on a show,” Grant says. “Going on the talk shows, using his ethnic background in the Republican Party in order to advance his career.”

The Republicans of the Future

Labrador says he wants a bolder Republican Party, one that’s not afraid of tackling tough issues. After the 2012 election, he lambasted the GOP’s big business ties on Meet the Press, saying he “didn’t become a Republican to defend the rich.” In the future, he says he wants the party to consider the effects of war and the cost of military spending. But all the speculation on what Labrador can bring to the party depends on how long he stays. He says he believes U.S. representatives should be limited to 12 years in office. “I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor,” Labrador says. “I am definitely considering it, but I have not made a decision.” Tea Party activist Stout is one supporter, saying she’d love to see “somebody with a real spine and a true conservative in that office.” But even the governor’s office would eventually come with a self-imposed deadline. “Honestly, I don’t see myself doing this for a very long period of time,” Labrador says. “I do not want to make politics a career.” n

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OLYMPIA Spokane’s wish list

More evidence from the investigation into eight Spokane spas allegedly acting as fronts for prostitution came to light, including a 46-page “johns list” of men police say spent money at the spas. KHQ posted the list online, but then took it down and will not say why.

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The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to approve a 20-year contract with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, which will take over animal control from SpokAnimal beginning in 2014.

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hen community boosters get together and talk about how to will be legal. But since some two-way recordings in Washington must have improve Spokane, there is usually some consensus: police reform, consent by both the recorder and recorded, no one is sure whether a privacy economic development and robust public services. lawsuit could be launched against the city down the road. But in these ways, Spokane can’t necessarily do what it “Our legal advisors out there say it’s fine,” says City Council wants. First, it needs to ask the state’s permission. President Ben Stuckart. “Seattle’s legal department says it’s not fine.” So Spokane City Council members earlier this month But with such a big cost — Stuckart estimates it will cost more Send comments to approved their “wish list” for this year’s session of the than $2 million over five years to equip Spokane police with body editor@inlander.com. cameras — he wants to get it done right. Washington State Legislature. Among other things, the council wants to see tweaks to state law so it can: create a “I want to make sure that … the Legislature moves [on a body separate taxing district for Spokane libraries, get funding to camera law] so we don’t get body cameras and then get sued and complete the North-South corridor freeway, support efforts at maintaining have a weird lawsuit on our hands about privacy,” he adds. mental health funding and allow universities to offer a doctorate degree in As for the library district, while Spokane County has state authority to aerospace engineering. create a district — which could collect revenue specific for that district — the The wish list also includes trying to make sure that when the city buys city isn’t granted that same authority, according to Stuckart. body cameras for Spokane Police Department officers, the new technology — Joe O’Sullivan

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Perhaps no subject in Spokane Public Schools, in recent years, has been as controversial as math. The “math wars,” as they’ve been called for decades, pit reformers who believe math is best taught through student exploration against traditionalists who argue for a focus on time-tested drills and algorithms. Last year, newly elected superintendent Shelley Redinger called for a new curriculum at the elementary school level that balances the two approaches. Now, the school district is taking a few steps toward that change, inviting the community to examine possible new math textbooks. Between grades 3-5, the district’s considering the Go Math, Expressions, My Math, and Stepping Stones curriculums, while between grades 6-8, it’s looking at the Digits, Springboard, CMP, and Carnegie curriculums. Three opportunities remain for parents and math nerds to weigh in: 6:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 17, at Ridgeview Elementary; 6:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 22 at North Central High School; and 6:30 Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Sacajawea Middle School. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Fresh off her unsuccessful race for Rep. Matt Shea’s state representative seat, Amy Biviano is getting right back in the politics. She’s one of nine members applying for the open Spokane Valley city council seat left by Brenda Grassel. Grassel stepped down when she decided to move away outside of city limits. “It’s important to keep in mind this is a non-partisan position. Sometimes partisan positions obscure the fact that we mostly agree on the policy,” Biviano says. “When I talk with the majority of the members on the current council, we see eye-to-eye on things like budgeting.” She’s not only former Democratic candidate to apply for a spot on the conservative Valley council. Linda Thompson unsuccessfully ran against Larry Crouse for state representative in 2008. Three candidates, Rustin Hall, Kevin Anderson, and Lewis Higgins, have experience on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission. Of the rest, Mick Jackson runs an educational software company, Paul Rieckers is a technical writer, Samuel Wood is a real estate appraiser, and Jonathan Gibbs is a software quality assurance engineer. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Transit of the Future What comes next in the evolution of the Inland Northwest BY JOE O’SULLIVAN

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irst, some myth busting. When it comes to planning public transit, what’s important isn’t necessarily putting buses or light rail on a big, busy street. It’s more about identifying the clusters of businesses and mixed-use neighborhoods that people want to commute to and from, says urban economist Dena Belzer. Oh, and while we’re at it, even though people call Spokane “a great place to raise a family,” that’s not really what’s going on here. “Only 28 percent of households in this region actually have families with children,” Belzer told the Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) last November. That number is down from 34 percent in 1990, according to Kevin Wallace, executive director of the SRTC. Belzer’s presentation to the SRTC was on how the future of Spokane’s demographics will impact the buses, streets and sidewalks that get people from home to work and to shops. In part, Belzer came to dispel “the idea that we’re planning for the single-family, large-lot subdivision as the housing of the future.” Because that’s not Spokane’s future, she says. And the population increases of single, working women and older people both mean less demand for houses out in cul-de-sacs. At the same time, members of the millennial

generation are getting fewer driver’s licenses than their parents and grandparents. They’d rather ride the bus and keep their eyes free for texting on phones and using other electronic devices. According to Belzer and Wallace, digesting these facts is key to developing Spokane’s future transit systems so they not only help people get around, but also spur job growth. “We wanted to take a different look [at] the relationship between transportation and economic development,” Wallace says, adding: “I think that’s something we haven’t always done.” The solution: planning around, and for, more urban corridors. But that doesn’t necessarily mean cramming more high rises into downtown. Instead, it’s about creating relatively dense clusters of businesses, and communities like Kendall Yards, which has homes and stores that have easy access to major roads, according to Wallace. He points to the growth of the Perry District on the South Hill, which he says has been a pleasant surprise. After a “pretty modest investment” in the streetscape, “that area’s really just taken off, maybe more than anyone expected,” Wallace says. Which comes back to Belzer’s thoughts on break-

Members of the millennial generation are getting fewer driver’s licenses than their parents. jeff ferguson photo ing out of the old ways of thinking about development, growth and how you get to and from home. And it’s food for thought as the SRTC puts together its new long-range transit plan and as political leaders weigh which infrastructure projects should get scarce city revenue. “If we build these urban corridors, will people come?” Belzer says. “I know a lot of people in regions like this say, ‘Well, that may be true in Seattle, but we’re Spokane.’” n joeo@inlander.com

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After losing his license, David Hay continued driving so he could get to work.

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‘Not a Privilege’

How traffic tickets may unfairly target the poor and what advocates are doing to change the law BY HEIDI GROOVER

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hen David Hay saw the pay and chose not to before their license flashing lights of a cop car can be suspended for a failure to pay. in his rearview mirror, his “In today’s society, driving is not first thought was that he might lose his a privilege — it’s a necessity,” says Julie job. He was driving with a suspended Schaffer, an attorney at Spokane’s Cenlicense, the result of traffic tickets he ter for Justice, who is watching the case couldn’t afford to pay and a job he closely and helped author a report out couldn’t get to by bus. this week on people who’ve lost their Hay was hit with the tickets back in licenses. 2006 and wasn’t able to pay them. Then, As they await the court’s decision, he spent six years in jail and when he there is some relief for people like Hays. got out — with the tickets, plus interest The Center for Justice and the city proslooming — he still had no way to pay ecutor’s office run relicensing programs, them. So, he kept driving because he which pull participants’ tickets from coldidn’t know how else to get to work lections and get them on a payment plan every day. — usually $25 a month — to start whit“To get anything done, you have to tling away at their debt. They get their be able to drive,” says Hay, 30, licenses back as they’re paying, who worked for Washington rather than afterward, to allow and Idaho Railroad in Spangle them to continue working or Send comments to when he was pulled over and looking for a job. editor@inlander.com. cited late last year. Participants also take It’s not an uncommon traffic and budgeting classes situation in Washington, where some to learn about traffic rules and how to 300,000 people had their licenses manage their finances to keep up their suspended in 2011. But local advocates monthly payments. Hays went through are hoping a case before the Washington the center’s program and is paying off Supreme Court could change that. In his debt. Without that, he says he would March, the court will hear from man have owed something like $2,000. who lost his driver’s license for failing The city’s program, unlike the to pay a ticket and will argue that it’s center’s, turns away people with crimes unconstitutional to fine people if they are against persons on their records. Still, unable to pay their tickets. it’s seen more than 6,500 participants, “This automatic suspension for who’ve paid about $2.5 million to the failure to pay has a devastating effect city and county so far (though the total on indigent drivers,” write the man’s atowed in traffic fines to counties in the torneys, from Olympia-based Cushman region is close to $10 million, according Law Offices, in their opening brief for to data from the city prosecutor’s office). the case. “Since they have no means to Spokane Municipal Judge Michelle pay the fine, they will never regain their Szambelan says the ability to pay should licenses. They will be permanently cut be a factor in how people are punished. off from employment opportunities that “Part of being a judge is listening could provide the only legitimate means and issuing a just decision based on to pay the fine.” the facts,” she says. “I don’t know how If the court agrees, judges may have you could do that without listening to to prove that someone had the ability to people.” n

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Only a few dozen mountain woodland caribou remain near the U.S. border with Canada.

Land War

Why officials who pushed to designate caribou habitat are now considering lifting federal protections BY JOE O’SULLIVAN

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t the beginning of 2012, environmentalists thought they had a solid proposal in place to help the endangered mountain woodland caribou, the last few of which occasionally dip south of the Canadian border into Idaho and northeastern Washington. But this winter, hopes of designating a vast protected area for caribou have not only dwindled — they’ve sparked a review that could de-list the animals from the Endangered Species Act. First, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) cut its original 375,000-acre protected habitat proposal by 90 percent — to about 30,000 acres. Then, the FWS declared it would consider a petition filed by Bonner County and the Idaho Snowmobile Association to de-list caribou from the Endangered Species Act. “My sense is these agencies have decided to write off the caribou,” says Mike Peterson, referring to FWS and state agencies in charge of protecting the caribou. Peterson, executive director of the Spokane-based Lands Council, points out that the state of Idaho is also scaling back its own caribou protections, which included an off-limits zone for snowmobiles east of Priest Lake. While scientists say such winter motorsports can disturb the animals, Idaho is easing restrictions in that no-go zone, according to Peterson. Steven Duke, assistant field supervisor to the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Service office, says it wasn’t the protests of snowmobilers and other North Idaho residents irate over the proposal (and snowmobiling bans) that led to the smaller FWS critical habitat plan. According to Duke, the original draft proposal didn’t follow its own rules of limiting critical habitat to where caribou were known to be when

they were first listed as endangered in 1983. “[The protesters] weighed in, they provided info, but the final designation … was having a better look and a better understanding of the science,” he says. As for the petition to de-list the caribou, Duke says it’s normal for FWS to review any petition that isn’t outlandish. Bonner County Commissioner Mike Nielsen says he’s “pleased the USFWS has recognized the need to conduct a more thorough review of our petition.” Nielsen is one of the commissioners who authorized county money to be spent by the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing Bonner County and the Idaho Snow Sports Association in the effort to de-list the caribou. Only an estimated 1,850 mountain woodland caribou remain in the world, mostly further north in the Canadian Rockies, but a small group — the Southern Selkirk herd — dwells on the border where Canada, Idaho and Washington intersect. While estimates vary, the herd is thought to number about 40. Peterson, of the Lands Council, says he sees the efforts to protect caribou shifting to less land-invasive proposals. But not the old population-boosting schemes, like transplanting caribou from farther north in Canada into the Selkirk Mountains near the American border, which haven’t been effective. “There should be some consideration of a captive breeding program,” Peterson says, which would provide a safe area for the current herd to replenish its numbers. He says it’s worked well for restoring the condor population as well as other oncedwindled species. n joeo@inlander.com

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To some, the AR-15 is a symbol of American freedom. To others, it’s a weapon of mass destruction By Jacob Jones

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lack gunmetal strikes coarse against the skin. With its stout and angular design, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle hangs light in the hands. Shadows catch along the sharp edges of the gun’s frame. Cold and unvarnished, the rifle reflects a ruthless efficiency. Cradle the weapon against one arm. With another hand, click the curved magazine into the underside of the gun. To load a bullet, draw back the lever. Let it slam forward with a heavy click-clack. Sight down the long, dark barrel. Breathe in. Breathe out. Squeeze the trigger. A .223-caliber bullet explodes from the muzzle at more than 3,200 feet per second. The rifle jerks, recoiling lightly into the shoulder. Whether punching a small hole in a paper target or committing mass murder, the rifle works the same. As the weapon of choice for society’s guardians, sports shooters and madmen, the AR-15 rifle occupies a fearsome place in American culture. Overwhelmingly outselling all other rifles, the AR-15 and its many modern facsimiles have flooded gun markets and reshaped the national firearms industry. Experts now estimate more than 3.5 million AR-15style rifles exist in circulation. But every characteristic driving the rifle’s popularity among soldiers and sportsmen — high accuracy,

reliability and versatility — also made it a terrifying killing machine in the hands of recent mass murderers in Newtown, Conn., Clackamas, Ore., and Aurora, Colo. “People look at that gun right away and they make assumptions about who owns it and what it’s going to be used for,” says Lee Wilson, president of the local Sharp Practical Shooters club. Developed amid the deadly chaos of Vietnam and once outlawed under a federal assault weapons ban, the AR-15 teeters at the center of the emotionally charged gun debate, at the intersection of civil rights and civil society. Who can we trust with semiautomatic rifles? Do we want to disarm our neighbors, or do we want to arm ourselves against them? America has long struggled, Wilson says, with a divided culture that glorifies violence in media while refusing to confront the complicated nuances of gun violence. More than any other firearm, the “black rifle,” as it’s often called, could also be called the American Rifle. “We have got a love affair with guns,” Wilson says. “And we have got a hate affair with guns.” In the weeks since the Newtown shooting, familiar battle lines have emerged on television and Capitol Hill. Fox News fuels fear of overreaching gun control while Jon Stewart brandishes a plastic machine gun on The Daily Show. Heavily armed ...continued on next page

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Brian Schuetz, owner of Olympic Arms, manufactures up to 1,300 AR-15 rifles a month. jacob jones photos survivalists decry a new wave of tyranny. Peaceniks tout sensationalized body counts. Extreme voices drown out moderate discussion. Wilson, a retired school administrator and labor consultant, believes gun enthusiasts and gun control advocates should seek common ground. They should embrace dialogue. Under the fluorescent glow of his workshop lights, Wilson shows off an AR-15-style rifle. He rotates the rifle in his hands and pulls two pins from the body of the weapon. It slides apart in two pieces, and Wilson holds up both halves to reveal an interior of steel springs, levers and latches. “Although it’s a tool capable of killing people, it’s still just a machine,” he says. “It’s no more intimidating than you allow it to be.”

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ore than 50 U.S. companies now manufacture complete rifles or accessories for AR-15-style weapons. Commonly called “assault rifles” by gun control advocates and more recently rebranded as “modern sporting rifles” by shooting groups, the gun has several defining features. All legal AR-15 rifles must be semiautomatic, firing once for each trigger pull. A detachable magazine clips in under the weapon to feed bullets into the gun. Magazines come in a wide range of capacities from five bullets to 100-round drums. Part of the popularity of the rifle stems from its versatility. Barrel sizes and calibers can be changed easily. Many rifles also include rail mounts for attaching scopes, lights, lasers, slings or other accessories. In 1954, small arms engineer Eugene Stoner dreamed of redefining the U.S. military rifle. Once a Marine in World War II, Stoner later served as chief engineer for ArmaLite, a fledgling firearm division under the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation. His patents would lay the foundation for the next generation of weaponry. “ArmaLite believed that a ready market existed for firearms of advanced design featuring lightweight, modern alloys and plastics, and economical production procedures,” the company history states. Stoner, along with two other designers, first engineered the AR-5, a small survival rifle, out of aircraft aluminum. The company later adapted the design into a larger, .308-caliber infantry rifle called the AR-10. The U.S. Army did not adopt the AR-10, but asked ArmaLite to develop a third rifle that would fire a smaller round with greater speed and reliability, the company states. After specifically developing the .223-caliber bullet to meet the military’s ballistic requirements, ArmaLite introduced the AR-15 rifle. In his book The Gun, journalist C.J. Chivers says that the AR-15 ben-

“To its champions, the AR-15 was an embodiment of fresh thinking. Critics saw an ugly little toy.”

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efitted from well-timed hype and an American military desperate to find a lightweight machine gun capable of taking on the AK-47 in the jungles of Vietnam. “Its appearance — small, dark, lean, and synthetically futuristic — stirred emotions. A rifle, after all, was supposed to look like a rifle,” Chivers writes. “To its champions, the AR-15 was an embodiment of fresh thinking. Critics saw an ugly little toy.” While the AR-15 received some positive feedback, ArmaLite’s financial limitations forced them to sell the design to the Colt’s Manufacturing firearm company in 1959. Colt later won the military contracts and the rifle’s fully automatic counterpart, the M-16, was issued into combat. After five decades of civilian and military success, Colt still controls the official “AR-15” trademark, so named AR for ArmaLite. In the years since, the rifle’s legacy has continued to grow, inspiring scores of imitation rifles based on Stoner’s initial platform.

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long a mossy stretch of the Old Pacific Highway, east of Olympia, Wash., the Olympic Arms Inc. firearms factory occupies a small break in the evergreens. Painted slate blue with an American flag hoisted out front, the family-owned AR-15-style rifle company operates out of a former grange building. Owner Brian Schuetz (pronounced “shoots”) offers a hearty handshake before heading into the main manufacturing building. The drone of heavy equipment and the grind of steel fills the factory. “We’re still one of the very few companies that makes everything in house,” he says. His father, 84-year-old Robert Schuetz, started as a gun barrel maker


in Colorado under the name Schuetzen Gun from arming teachers to reinstating the previous Works. When military contracts brought him to federal ban on AR-15s and other semiautomatic Fort Lewis, the company transitioned to Olympic assault weapons. Arms in the early 1980s. The family started Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza reportedly selling surplus M-16 parts and newly fabricated used an AR-15-style Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle AR-15 parts. They now employ 50 workers and in the Newtown shooting. Mass shooters also produce 800 to 1,300 complete AR-15-style rifles used similar rifles in the Dec. 10 killing of two a month. people at the Clackamas Town Center south of “I basically started working here when I Portland, Ore., along with the killing of 12 people was 14,” Brian Schuetz says. “This was where at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20. I wanted to be. … I didn’t go to a machining California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who sponschool to learn this. I didn’t go to a gunsmith sored the 1994 assault weapons ban, has written school. I pretty much learned through my father a new, further-reaching ban she hopes to pass and through my own experimentation here.” at the federal level. The preliminary bill would Schuetz, 51, overalls buttoned over his large outlaw more than 100 AR-15 and other assaultshoulders, squeezes between rows of humming type rifles by name along with any firearms with machines. He has programed the dimensions certain military features. Her proposed bill, along of each stainless steel piece into the shaping with several other ones under consideration, machines. When he first started designing guns, would also ban “high-capacity” ammunition only a couple companies offered AR-15s; now magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. every major firearms manufacturer makes a ver“As I have said many times before — and sion of the weapon. now repeat in the wake of yet another tragedy — Olympic Arms Sales Director Tom Spithaler weapons of war don’t belong on our streets or in says the increased popularity of the AR-15 has our theaters, shopping malls and, most of all, our helped legitimized the rifle, but also opened it schools,” Feinstein says in a statement. “I hope up to criticism. The entire industry came under and trust that in the next session of Congress siege in 1994 when Congress passed the federal there will be sustained and thoughtful debate semiautomatic assault weapons ban. about America’s gun culture and our responsibilBoth supporters and opponents of the federal ity to prevent more loss of life.” ban — which prohibited the manufacturing of Newly sworn Washington Gov. Jay Inslee certain assault-style rifles and high-capacity would likely support state-level efforts to impose magazines from 1994 to 2004 — acknowledge new gun restrictions. Spokesman Sterling Clifthe ban barely dented the production ford says the Governor’s Office may not of AR-15s. Spithaler says Olympic introduce any new legislation, but Arms made minor adjustments Inslee hopes to pursue reasonable to their design and put out the gun regulation. PCR model, the “Politically “[Inslee] has expressed Correct Rifle.” support for renewing the as“Nothing as far as how sault weapons ban,” Clifford the rifle worked or opersays. “He voted for the ’94 ated changed,” he says. bill, and there’s nothing in it “It was just cosmetics. We that he’s said he would not were able to make those support again.” changes and we had new Clifford says the governor ones out within days.” also remains open to discussing were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress A research coordinator bans on high-capacity magazines with the National Rifle Associaor empowering individual cities to tion estimated in 2007 that at least tighten their own gun regulations as 3.5 million AR-15-style rifles had been citizens see fit. He argues Seattle has different manufactured since Colt introduced the first firearm concerns than Yakima or Pullman. civilian, semiautomatic version in 1963. Those “We do need to have a serious conversation estimates only count the totals of companies, like about all the contributing factors,” Clifford says. Olympic Arms, that focus almost exclusively on The Seattle Times recently reported bipartisan the particular rifle. support for increasing penalties on juveniles ilProduction of the rifles has exploded in the legally possessing guns and expanding the state’s past few years as traditional firearm companies options for committing people diagnosed as adopted the rifle platform and small companies dangerous. State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane clamored to produce niche AR-15 accessories. Valley, is expected to chair a committee on the New models from larger companies like Smith issue. & Wesson or Remington could push the current However, gun rights supporters have argued total number of all assault-style rifles to as high as for legislative restraint throughout the highly 10 million. emotional aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Despite the surging popularity of the rifle, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Schuetz says the recent shootings and proposed told C-SPAN the day of the Newtown shooting gun restrictions threaten to criminalize his way that lawmakers should not rush to quick concluof life. sions. “Forty years ago, it was pretty neat to say “I think we have to be careful about … sugyou were a gunsmith,” he says. “Now it’s such a gesting new gun laws,” she says in the interview. political hot button.” “We need to look at what drives a crazy person to do these kind of actions and make sure that n the weeks since the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 we’re enforcing the laws that are currently on the young children and six educators at the Sandy books.” Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, a Republican with much of the national conversation has focused an A+ rating from the NRA, also opposed any ...continued on next page on gun violence. Proposed solutions have ranged

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he National Rifle Association, the country’s largest gun rights organization and political lobby, has led a full-throated defense of AR-15s and other semiautomatic weapons. In a highly publicized news conference a week after the Newtown shooting, vice president Wayne LaPierre accused the media of reporting misinformation and deliberating “demonizing” the rifle. “The media call semiautomatic firearms ‘machine guns’ — they claim these civilian semiautomatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don’t know what they’re talking about.” LaPierre blamed media violence and “gun-free zones” for emboldening killers and argued for armed security guards in all schools. He stuck to a simple message: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” The NRA reports more than 100,000 new members have joined the organization since the Newtown shooting. The FBI has also seen a significant increase in the number of background checks being filed for new firearm purchases. In Washington, demand rose from 50,452 checks in November to 74,447 checks in December. In Idaho, those checks jumped from 13,395 to 20,555. Applications for concealed weapons permits have also skyrocketed nationwide. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has responded with increased calls for the prohibition of AR-15 and other semiautomatic rifles. Gun control advocates believe the Newtown shooting may be a “tipping point” in the debate on gun regulation. “The Brady Campaign supports banning military-style semiautomatic

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assault weapons along with high-capacity ammunition magazines,” the Brady Campaign website states. “These dangerous weapons have no sporting or civilian use. Their combat features are appropriate to military, not civilian contexts.” More than 197,000 people signed an online “We the People” petition to the White House demanding “immediate” action on gun control. The number of supporters surpassed any previous petition totals for the website. Ralph Fascitelli, board president of Seattle-based Washington Ceasefire, says many firearms have practical applications that justify their civilian possession, but he argues assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines only facilitate killing. The organization would like to see a renewed ban on the weapons. “Why would anyone need something that shoots 100 bullets a minute for hunting?” he asks. “We think that assault weapons, like the AR-15, have no place in our society.” Washington Ceasefire organized a large march in Seattle this past Sunday to show public support for increased gun regulation. Fascitelli says lawmakers should find a “balance,” but he believes semiautomatic rifles go beyond reasonable civilian weaponry. “I don’t understand the satisfaction of having that much firepower,” he says. “Why was this ever allowed?”

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ulled sounds of gunfire thump through the wall to his office just as the phone rings with another worried caller. As owner of the Center Target Sports gun shop and indoor shooting range in Post Falls, Ed Santos has served as a local clearinghouse for questions and concerns over potential gun regulations. “I have fielded at least 10 calls today,” he says. “I would say it’s more tense this time. … We’ve never experienced this before.” Santos, a retired Army officer and reserve deputy, opened Center Target Sports eight years ago, around the same time the federal assault weapons ban expired. While the AR-15 has previously attracted some public criticism, he says he’s never seen such an aggressive effort to outlaw the weapon. “There’s nothing wrong with this firearm,” he argues. “This firearm does not have a mind of its own. … The popularity is not because people went on a feeding frenzy and wanted to get this military weapon. Absolutely not. They see the value in the design.” Santos says the recent proposals to ban the weapon have done noth-


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obody really thinks the 1994 assault weapons ban worked. Both sides of the gun debate acknowledge the ban had multiple holes that left gun regulations largely unchanged and undermined any potential impact on gun violence. Eighteen specific models, including Colt’s AR-15 rifle, got named in the ban. Other weapons had to pass a combat-feature test that applied to any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine. Those weapons could not have more than one of the following five features: a pistol grip, a threaded muzzle for a suppressor, a bayonet mount, a collapsable stock or a grenade launcher mount. Manufacturers simply dropped those small cosmetic features and returned to producing rifles. The ban also outlawed “highcapacity” magazines holding more than 10 rounds, but all rifles and magazines produced before the ban were grandfathered in as legal. When the ban expired in 2004, the Department of Justice released a report that found little impact on gun crime. While it noted just 2 percent of crime, even before the ban, was committed with assault weapons, it concluded loopholes and grandfathered stock piles had continued to supply demand for such weapons throughout the decade. Newly proposed assault weapon bans would likely incorporate stricter standards, but it’s too early to tell what a future ban, if even politically feasible, would look like in the end. — JACOB JONES

ing but drive up sales and prices to unprecedented levels. More than 155,000 rifles were sold in a single day the week after the Newtown shooting, he says. People who had debated buying the rifle told him they decided they finally had to after lawmakers threatened to ban them. “[Gun control advocates] single-handedly put more ARs into the hands of people in one day than we had all the year of 2012,” he says. Countless gun stores across the country have reported selling out of AR-15s. Many reported wholesalers and distributors completely tapped out of inventory. Likewise, high-capacity magazines, capable of holding more than 10 rounds, have seen increased demand. Santos pointed to a bare strip of wall where AR-15s used to hang. Robin Ball, owner of Sharp Shooting Indoor Range in Spokane, confirmed the same problem. Dozens of customers who came in the week after the shooting left empty-handed. “We sold out of our back stock,” Ball says. Gun shows have also experienced a surge in AR-15 transactions. Several times a year, Lewis Clark Trader hosts a 400-table gun show at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Less than a week before the Newtown shooting, on Dec. 8, AR-15s could be purchased for about $900. Gun shoppers casually paced the rows of rifles, handgun and firearm accessories during that show, hoping to spot a deal. Oversized machetes labeled “Zombie Killer” and brass knuckles were more talked about than any assault weapons ban. Just a few weeks later — after the Newtown shooting — hundreds of people packed into the fairgrounds on Jan. 5 as eager buyers and sellers looked to check out the local AR-15 market. The line stretched back 60 feet. People waiting to sell rifles stood impatiently with the guns slung over their shoulders. Gun show promoter Paul Snider says they had expected increased attendance. Most vendor tables had sold out weeks in advance. He notes about 40 percent of the vendors are licensed dealers who still must call in a background check for every gun sale. ...continued on next page

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“They’re concerned about what’s going to happen down the line,” he says of gun buyers. “There’s an impact in that, no question.” AR-15-style rifles that sold for $900 just weeks before had doubled in price, now selling for $1,800. Some higher-end models sold for upwards of $2,500. One man selling ammunition rushes to keep up with questions from customers on all sides. Several racks of AR-15 .223-caliber bullets sit empty. “It’s been crazy,” he says.

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he National Shooting Sports Foundation, a large firearms industry trade association coincidentally headquartered in Newtown, Conn., has long championed the competitive and hunting uses of AR-15s. In 2010, the federation produced an online survey of more than 7,300 owners of what they prefer to call “modern sporting rifles,” or MSRs, to illustrate who owns the rifles and what they want in a product. While the questions were self-reported and skewed to more frequent firearm website visitors, the federation released an 83-page report on who owns these weapons. They concluded the average owner is older than 35 and married with some college education. “The top reasons why consumers own a [modern sporting rifle] are; recreational target shooting, home defense, collecting and hunting,” the report states. “Overall, approximately 99 percent of all MSR owners owned some type of firearm prior to their first MSR purchase.” The federation report also highlighted the rifle’s popularity among current and former members of the military and law enforcement. They concluded about 44 percent of AR-15-style rifle owners had some experience with law enforcement or the military. In a separate 2012 report, the federation estimated the firearms industry contributes an annual impact of $31.8 billion in national economic activity. Nearly 210,000 jobs hinge directly or indirectly on the gun and ammunition sales. “During difficult economic times and high unemployment rates nationally, our industry has grown and created over 26,325 new, well-paying jobs over the past

two years,” the report states. “Our industry is proud to be one of the bright spots in this economy.” The report listed 3,968 jobs in Washington state with nearly $155 million in wages and approximately $473 million in total economic impact. Idaho has 3,116 jobs with more than $131 million in wages and $512 million in total impact. A critical 2011 study on the U.S. firearms industry from the Violence Policy Center argues gun makers have resorted to militarizing civilian firearms to drum up sales in a declining market. The report suggests gun advertising and product development has focused on “tactical” weapons in recent years to invoke fear or take advantage of military themes such as honor or patriotism. “In short, the gun industry designs, manufactures, imports, and sells firearms in the civilian market that are [for] all intents and purposes the same as military arms,” the report states. “It then bombards its target market with the message that civilian consumers — just like real soldiers — can easily and legally own the firepower of militarized weapons.” With baby boomers aging out of the market and younger generations growing up without a tradition of gun ownership, the center’s report argues gun manufacturers have used military imagery to drive up sales. The report includes several civilian rifle advertisements featuring police officers, soldiers or military spokespersons. “In spite of the gauzy imagery of its advertising, the gun industry’s militarization is simply a business strategy aimed at survival: boosting sales and improving the bottom line,” the report states. “The hard commercial fact is that military-style weapons sell in an increasingly narrowly focused civilian gun market. True sporting guns do not.”

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resh snow blankets the shooting lanes, but Spokane Police Rangemaster Sgt. Matthew Cowles can still point out where the new targets will soon hang 100 yards away. Spokane officers have long carried AR-15style rifles, but this spring they will have a new, longer practice range for training with the weapon. “People see this [rifle], and they think that it’s more


dangerous,” Cowles says. “It’s got this military style to it. You University, but who knows if the family business will always be see a police officer with it and you think it’s aggressive. There’s a there for him to pass on? perception that it’s aggressive policing, but it’s so much safer than a “It’s always kept me wondering if I’ll have a manufacturing handgun for the general public because it’s more accurate.” plant six months from now, will I have one a year from now,” he Since 1997, law enforcement agencies have served as a large says. “As much as I hate politics, you become very political just market for AR-15s. That year, two men armed with automatic because of what you do. It’s something I don’t enjoy. I’d rather just weapons and heavy body armor stormed a Bank do what I do and not worry about it.” of America branch in North Hollywood, staging a Emotions run high across the board. Some people shootout with police that left 11 officers wounded. contacted for this story declined to be interviewed. Almost Departments quickly realized they were capable of be- Send comments to all expressed concern about their safety, privacy or fear of editor@inlander.com. being misrepresented on such a sensitive subject. ing outgunned and now almost all issue some type of assault-style patrol rifle to officers. Fascitelli, with Washington Ceasefire in Seattle, refused Police officers find the rifle invaluable, Cowles says, because it’s an in-person interview because the idea made him “nervous.” He highly accurate, lightweight, reliable and can accommodate large explained a previous Washington Ceasefire president, Assistant magazines. While he believes civilians retain the right to own such U.S. Attorney Tom Wales, was shot and killed in his Queen Anne rifles, he admits the weapons can be fearsome in the wrong hands. home in 2001. “If you have a person who is intent on hurting people or Too many “gun happy” people in Eastern Washington, he says. engaging law enforcement,” he says, “it is a scary and dangerous He’s not risking his life for a story. prospect to have an adversary who is armed with one of these.” “We’re dealing with guns here,” he says before swearing and Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says he thinks the country hanging up the phone. is ready for a conversation about gun access and community safeith his AR-15-style rifle in hand, Wilson steps into his firing ty. He says he supports the right to bear arms, but he also believes lane at the Sharp Shooting Indoor Range. A few friends it may be too easy for some people to get semiautomatic rifles. have gathered for a weekly practice match. Rapid gunfire “I’m not an advocate to take guns away,” he says. “[But] police reverberates through the range while they load bullets into their agencies across the country are coming across high-capacity magamagazines. zines and assault rifles much more than they should be.” With a sly grin, Wilson motions to his AR-15. The chief says he would support some efforts to restrict “It’s the ugly black gun,” he jokes. “Evil incarnate.” purchases of AR-15-style rifles to certain collectors or dealers, but More than 310 million handguns, rifles and shotguns exist stopping gun violence also has to include personal responsibility. in the United States today, estimates say. Almost one weapon for Gun owners must secure guns, he says, and be aware of who has every man, woman and child. Wilson says the country needs to access to them. recognize that reality. Guns are not going away anytime soon. “I think it’s pretty obvious that there’s a significant threat out “Not only is the horse out of the barn,” he says, “it has poputhere,” he says. lated and has progeny all over the valley.” rowing up in Wyoming and Alaska, Lee Wilson came of age Semiautomatic rifles will remain center stage this week as thouwith a rifle in hand. He received his first gun, a .22-caliber sands of competitive shooters, firearm dealers and industry reps rifle, when he turned 11. Throughout much of his youth, he gather in Las Vegas for the 2013 SHOT Show. Enthusiasts from plinked aluminum cans or hunted alongside Inuit natives in the more than 100 countries plan to showcase the latest in firearms small village where his parents worked. training and technology. “Growing up in Wyoming is a lot different than growing up in While hundreds marched in favor of an assault weapons ban Upstate New York,” he says. in Seattle this past Sunday, some thousands may observe a newly As a former labor consultant for the Anchorage School District announced “Gun Appreciation Day” this Saturday. and ethics instructor, Wilson represents a minority in the shooting Obama meanwhile plans to announce his first actions on gun community. He estimates he fired 12,000 rounds in the past year, control this week after reportedly considering 19 proposed execubut he also voted for President Obama. tive orders on the issue. Potential orders could tighten background His early life experiences likely set his position on firearms, he says. Some people may inherit a tradition of hunting or self-reliance. Others may have lost a loved one to gun violence or been victimized themselves. Wilson adds that his wife dislikes guns because her brother once goaded her into shooting a bird that she didn’t want to kill. Similar to other highly charged topics like abortion, Americans checks, track gun inventories or limit arms imports. tend to hold guns close to their identities, often falling very in favor Wilson hopes gun owners and others will be able to come or very against, he says. together on some practical issues. Both sides have spent years “People come to their positions on some basis other than blaming problems on each other. reason,” he says. “They have strong feelings and that’s where they “If you want to have a serious dialogue with people whose are.” views are fundamentally different from yours,” he says, “you have Will Parks, director of the Spokane-based Inland Northwest to avoid poking them with a stick.” Action Shooters club, considers his right to bear arms a nonAt the range, Wilson readies his rifle. He leans forward with negotiable liberty. As a federally licensed gun dealer and NRA his arms tensed, muzzle pointed down. Behind him, other shootinstructor, he believes all responsible citizens should be able to own ers wait to watch him shoot. They don’t care about his politics AR-15-style rifles. or social positions. They care that he follows the range rules and “It’s a symbol of freedom,” he says. “I’m a decent citizen and respects others. Mostly, they just care about his aim. my government should trust me. … We’re all reasonable, good, If everyone focuses on what they have in common, Wilson law-abiding citizens.” says, maybe they can start a conversation. Brian Schuetz, the owner of Olympic Arms, acknowledges “Let’s talk about other things first and build a dialogue,” he frustration over the bitter debate. He says he can see why some says. “Then we’ll talk about guns. … Somebody’s got to reach people fear guns, but he wishes more would take time to see his out.” side. His factory represents his American dream — a successful As the starting tone sounds, Wilson jerks forward and raises manufacturing business, built up by father and son. the rifle to his shoulder. He lines up his target, takes a breath, and Schuetz says his own son recently graduated from Gonzaga pulls the trigger. n

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eather Freeman and Kylie Martonik are completely nerding out. In the back room of the Comic Book Shop on North Division in Spokane, their voices get progressively louder as they talk superhero films. The good ones, the bad ones, the so-so ones. “Look at the movies back in the day that were coming out: Spiderman was OK for back in the 2000s. But Fantastic Four sucked. Daredevil kinda sucked. Electra, Hulk — all those movies sucked,” Freeman, in a bright red Dr. Who shirt and black cat-eye glasses, argues, matter-of-factly. “The Halle Berry Catwoman was TERRIBLE,” Martonik, with short brown hair and sporting a black Transformers shirt, adds. “All those superhero movies that come out in the 2000-ish era were horrible. But now look at the really awesome movies that we have, like Avengers, Captain America, the Batman trilogy,” Freeman says, listing each one louder than the next. “Thor!” Martonik says. “Iron Man is by far the best comic book movie out there,” Freeman adds. Freeman, 25, and Martonik, 22, are smart — and not just about geek culture. The two are students at Eastern Washington University, studying Women’s and

Gender Studies and Computer Information Systems, respectively. They are also proud nerds. Freeman works at the Comic Book Shop, and Martonik works at a local videogame store — jobs that allow them to work in fields that encompass their “passion.” Freeman is an avid comic and role playing game fan who remembers reading manga (Japanese comics) alone in the back of her high school basketball team’s van on the way back from tournaments. Martonik is a sucker for original Transformers comics and action figures, and plays a lot of videogames. They’re both aware that sexism has long had a place in nerd culture. “When I first started working here at the Comic Book Shop, I always got the question ‘do you just work here or do you actually read comics?’” Freeman says. Martonik rattles off a list of insults she hears over her headset when she’s playing games online. The most common? “Get back in the kitchen, make me a sandwich,” she says. Like many women in nerd circles, the pair says the jokes have gone too far. Freeman and Martonik have recently been caught up in a tailspin of Internet drama over whether females — particularly good-looking females — can truly be nerds or not. ...continued on next page

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“wonder women,” continued... The ordeal escalated last year when an Internet meme called “Fake Nerd Girl” went viral. It features a photo of a young girl with dark glasses, with “NERD” written on her hand. Around her face, captions — like, “I love Back to the Future! What the hell is a gigawatt?” — poke fun at her. Playful ribbing would have stopped there, but instead, the meme was the catalyst for an all-out fight. Last July, writer Joe Peacock penned a column for a CNN.com blog saying that the issue of “pretty girls pretending to be geeks for attention” needed to be addressed. Ex Machina artist Tony Harris lampooned female cosplayers (fans who dress as comic or movie characters) for taking advantage of vulnerable male nerds by dressing scantily at conventions. Blogs and forums exploded with misogynistic outrage toward women. “The majority of it always focuses around looks,” Freeman says, “‘You don’t look like a nerd. You’re too pretty to be a nerd.’” But female fans like Freeman and Martonik are declaring that there is room for all nerds — no matter how they look, or what gender they are. The pair have organized the Geek Girl Project, a femalefriendly website with forums on all things geeky. And they’ll kick off their project this weekend by inviting any female who identifies as a nerd to have her photo taken at the Comic Book Shop — a riff on the popular “I am the 99 percent” photos. “The culture is growing. And it’s changing,” Freeman says. “And people are scared to hell of it.”

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he Oscars of comic books are the Eisner Awards. Portland comic book editor Shawna Gore has won one during her 16 years in the industry. She’s worked with giants like Will Eisner, Frank Miller and Mike Mignola. “Just a few years ago, maybe it was 2007, a man who had been waiting in line to see me for a portfolio review told me he ‘had no idea girls could be comics editors,’” says Gore, who has edited Emily the Strange and several Star Wars titles. Gore says that though her experiences with sexism in the comic industry have been few, the outcry against women online reeks of larger issues. “I don’t think it’s hard to see that people — mostly men, apparently — feel threatened by the idea of having their allegedly sincere interest in geek culture co-opted by outsiders,” she says. Rachel Edidin, an associate editor at Dark Horse Comics, lashed out at the original Fake Geek Girl meme with her own interpretation. Using the same bespectacled girl, she wrote headlines that attacked male geek territorialism: “Hasn’t read all 900 issues of Batman. Neither have you.” Since creating her own counter-meme, Edidin has written at length about sexism in geek culture. In a November article for ComicsAlliance.com, she attacks the idea that being a “geek” can’t be a self-imposed label. And, even more, that the word “geek” is a gendered noun — a male noun — that carries baggage. “Girls in a guy zone become a threat,” she writes. “They taint what they touch by association.” Gore and Edidin agree that their experience working in the comics industry has been a positive one filled with encouraging, accepting male figures. “I’m very much and very directly a product of amazing folks — mostly guys, especially early on — who invited me into their club houses and freely shared the stuff they were enthusiastic about,” Edidin says. “I was amazed the first time I discovered how virulently sexist so much of geek culture is, because my avenues into it were so actively inclusive and outspokenly feminist.” And locally, Freeman and Martonik think that giving the world a look at the diversity of faces that make up the “girl geek” community is a way to start curbing the sexism so prevalent in the world. “I think humanizing us would make it a little bit harder to harass us,” Freeman says. “I love comic books. You shouldn’t be ashamed of it, because it’s nothing you should be ashamed about. It’s your passion. Have it out there and say it loud.” n leahs@inlander.com The Geek Girl Project • Sat, Jan. 19 from 4-10 pm; Sun, Jan. 20 from 4-9 pm; and Mon, Jan. 21 from 11 am-7 pm • The Comic Book Shop • 3207 N. Division • geekgirlproject.webs.com

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Retired physicist Bob Nelson wants to bring an edgier brand of comedy to Spokane.

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The Stage Left Theater Association is bringing two things to Spokane: edgy plays and a place to perform them By E.J. Iannelli

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ob Nelson would be the first to admit that he makes an improbable theater owner. The 72-year-old former physicist, now a developer of mathematical software, has never mingled in theatrical circles. He doesn’t have scads of professional experience in operating a theater or even acting. Even his amateur efforts were divided by a 40-year hiatus. All of which would prompt most people to question why he’s taken it upon himself to invest the time, energy and money to construct the new Stage Left Theater in Spokane. Nelson does, however, have three things in his favor. The first is the financial wherewithal to create and maintain a new theater in a city where even established venues have to keep an eagle eye on their budgets. The second is the resolve to translate his whims into reality. The third — and perhaps most important of all — is a zen-like nonchalance toward outcomes, good or bad. Leaning back, rubbing his unkempt white beard, Nelson has a habit of concluding his statements with, “We’ll see.” Nothing about Stage Left Theater’s purpose or evolution is fixed, and, despite ambiguity being somewhat at odds with his past and present professions, that’s the way he prefers it. “We’re playing everything by ear,” he says. “I just don’t feel comfortable with too rigid a structure. Somebody once defined research as what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing. So that’s pretty much what we’re doing here. We’re doing research.” Two years ago, Nelson directed the Sage Players in a production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The amateur theater troupe wasn’t expecting big ticket sales for a modernist political play staged on the dance floor of the Corbin Senior Center, but they were surprised by the audience turnout. “We did it for two weekends and should have done three, because the attendance was still growing at the end of two weeks,” says

Nelson. He estimates that around 50 people came to see the final show, mostly through word of mouth. Encouraged by that response, along with his other experiences in Ignite! Community Theatre, he began looking at ways to create a permanent venue for thought-provoking, politically challenging amateur productions. “Part of my intention was to make a place where small groups can perform with not a lot of rules about what you can and can’t do. That was the motivation behind all this. That and the fact that banks don’t pay much interest anymore,” he says. The theater itself — housed in a one-story, 25-foot-wide building between CSL Plasma and the Days Inn on Third Avenue in downtown Spokane — is now in the final stages of renovation. Nelson purchased the building last year for around $90,000 and has since invested an additional $200,000 in repair, conversion and bringing the premises up to code. When it officially opens for the one-man show Marx in Soho on March 1, it will seat 80. The inaugural play, which stars Nelson himself, is a fair indication of the niche Stage Left Theater aims to fill. Written by the late-activist historian Howard Zinn, Marx in Soho imagines a reanimated Karl Marx defending his politics and ideals with wit, eloquence and humor. Tickets for this and future shows will cost just $10. “I don’t think of [Stage Left] as competing with Civic or Interplayers. Our intention is to do things that they wouldn’t do anyway. I hope that by doing things that are politically edgy or otherwise offbeat that we might be able to broaden Spokane’s theatergoing audience,” says Nelson. During breaks in the theater’s calendar, anyone will be able to rent the space for performances and events. “I don’t know if that will work out or not,” Nelson says. “But if it doesn’t, at least we still own a building. We’ll just... see.” n


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dim, they resemble an angry Liam Neeson, a cowering Tobey Maguire and an exasperated but noble guy playing Ken Mattingly, a grounded astronaut. The cast sets the mood with a black-and-white reel showing how to duck and cover in the event of a nuclear attack. And the banks of old-fashioned looking lights and switches — along with the occasional appearances of journalist Cronkite — set the vibe. It’s a 90-minute program, but passes by quickly and with anticipation; unless you hate astronauts and space, in which case, The Inlander can’t help you. — JOE O’SULLIVAN Apollo 13 Mission Control • Thu-Fri, Jan. 17-18 at 7pm; Sat, Jan. 19 at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm; Sun, Jan. 20 at 2 pm • $52.50 for console seats • $37.50 for press gallery • Spokane Convention • 334 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard • Spokanemissioncontrol.com • 800-325-SEAT

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TV | Most people know by now that reality TV is about as far as it gets from depicting anything real, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make for some good ol’ ’Merican entertainment. Case in point is the new season of Discovery Channel’s hit show MOONSHINERS, airing Wednesdays at 10 pm. Reportedly, the show’s distillers are based in a completely different part of rural Appalachia than the cops shown on the lookout for them. Discovery doesn’t let on to this, or the possibility that its cast might also be operating under legal distillery licenses. Regardless, the real entertainment is in watching the ’shiners sweat bullets to ensure the law doesn’t catch them‌ all the while allowing their so-called illegal actions to be filmed.

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Land of Hops

Washington’s beer industry is uniting to remind you of the state’s brewing prowess By Lisa Waananen

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hen volunteers gathered at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman last December to help put the growing brewery’s beer into bottles, the caps pressed onto each container were intended to do more than just keep the brew inside fresh. While most larger breweries use specialized caps marked with their logo, and some smaller breweries opt for a generic black or gold crown, these caps sealing Paradise Creek’s latest brews are something new — a golden “W” in a pint glass with the the words “Washington Beer.” It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of an ongoing push for Washington’s brewing industry. The W is a variation of the logo of the Washington Beer Commission, which was formed by the state in 2006 to promote microbrews as a “signature product of the Evergreen State.” The commission’s biggest presence so far is with the beer festivals it organizes around the state, including the annual Oktoberfest in Riverfront Park. The caps, though, are a new way to reach consumers right from the grocery store shelves. “You’ll see more and more Washington Beer logo caps at your grocery store,” says Eric Radovich, executive director of the commission, which started distributing 400,000 caps in December. Radovich imagines that eventually you could be looking down at a cooler of 22-oz. bottles and immediately see how much great beer is made in the state. The whole idea comes from the successful marketing of Washington’s wine, and the hope is that “Made in Washington” becomes a similar signal of quality in the world of craft beer. This seems only natural, given that many of the world’s beers are made from ingredients grown right here in Washington.

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“We’re situated in some of the best hop and barley malt country in the world,” says Mark Irvin, owner and brewmaster of No-Li, and one of the seven commissioners. No-Li won’t be using the Washington Beer caps — they already have a big investment in their signature red caps with the No-Li logo — but most of their 22-oz.

bottles already have a map of Washington state on each bottle, with a pin to locate Spokane. And, Irvin says, the logo will probably be used in some way for the yet-to-be-named release following the Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout. A new brand standards guide from the Washington Beer Commission, produced by Sybil Design in Snohomish, shows breweries a variety of ways they can use the logo to brand their kegs, growlers and sixpacks. The logo itself was designed a few years ago by tmarks, a design firm in Seattle. Designer Terry Marks recalls that it was a fun project because, well, it’s beer — but especially because the state’s breweries represent craftsmanship in the modern world. “I’m really proud to have been able to do that,” he says. It was a challenge to represent the wide range of breweries in the state, from big operations like Red Hook and Pyramid to the small brewpubs operating in almost every city. Marks says it’s gratifying to see the logo actually being used out on the shelves. A handful of breweries have already started using the new caps: Diamond Knot, in Mukilteo, was the first. Others include Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth, Ice Harbor Brewing Company in the Tri-Cities, Black Raven Brewing in Redmond and Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell. It was good timing for Paradise Creek, which is expanding distribution this year to more locations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, along with occasional deliveries in the Seattle area. Owner and brewmaster Tom Handy heard about the caps at a festival last year. “There’s a lot of good beer made in Washington and I think we all ought to be proud of it,” he says. n


The Logo What represents the full range of Washington beer? That was the question faced by Terry Marks in designing the Washington Beer Commission logo. The “W” in the pint glass represents the origin of delicious product you’re drinking. “We’re trying to allude to the idea of handcrafted,” Marks says. He tried a variety of styles — some more Old World and antique-looking, some more modern and industrial — before going with the logo now in stores on bottle caps. — LISA WAANANEN

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At press time, Prospectors was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday with a mixed helping of old and new. The menu has the same comfort foods, such as their famous country fried steak, as well as new ones like family-style fried chicken dinners and po’boy sandwiches. The same chef is manning the kitchen, but the bar is in the hands of a new bartender who will be mixing up some of her creations as well as favorites like Prospectors Punch and hot buttered rum. — JO MILLER

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Barrel Riders With 11 beers on tap and peanuts on the floor, Northern Ales is brewing up deliciousness in Kettle Falls By Carrie Scozzaro

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here’s a little something for everyone at Northern Ales — especially for beer novices — unless you’re allergic to peanuts, which they serve in baskets to munch while you wait and, yeah, those are peanut shells crunching under your feet. If you’re OK with peanuts but not gluten, try their RPA, a light and crisp rice pale ale, or one of the seasonals, like Pontificating Peach, with hints of summer fruit. In the mood for something chewy? Try the oatmeal stout or dusky Smelter’s Ash. Hopheads will appreciate Flume Creek IPA while Renaissance fans may harken to the sweet-savory Honey Basil, a 13-percent alcohol mead-like beer that one staff member affectionately dubbed “the pantydropper” ($8/22 ounce bottle). Eleven beers are typically on tap ($11 for one-ounce tasters of all), brewed one barrel at a time, reports Andrea Hedrick, who owns Northern Ales with husband and brewmaster Steve. They brew several batches in two days and fill the fermenters with a blend of between six and eight batches at a time.

Play pool or listen to live music on the weekends, while noshing on comfort foods like wings ($11), baked potato ($3), veggie trays ($7.50) and beer-boiled bratwurst ($7 sandwich, $9 with chili) highlighting local butcher Ray’s Custom Cutting and Heather’s Fairy Tale Bakery, both in Colville. Planned for spring are more pizzas and more vegetarian options. Formerly in Northport, the Hedricks grew their own hops and raised chickens fed on spent barley. They relocated Northern Ales in 2007, trading the charm of Northport’s frontier-style wooden building — it also doubled as a sort of general store — for a nondescript but roomy two-story concrete box just off the highway in Kettle Falls. They’ll need the space. A 15-barrel capacity with glycol-cooled conditioning tanks is planned, which means more beer and, of course, more peanuts. n

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He’s Back

Arnold Schwarzenegger reflects on seven years away from acting By Ed Symkus

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emember when the T-800 Terminator glared down at the distracted desk cop and uttered the soon-to-be iconic line, “I’ll be back”? In that movie, he kept his word, and wreaked havoc. In real life, after attaining international box office star status, Arnold Schwarzenegger said the same thing. He decided to get out of acting and get into politics. But he made it clear that he would be back. In The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger plays his first lead role since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as a small-town sheriff trying to hold off a small army of bad guys. He spoke last week in Los Angeles about acting, politics and what kind of shape he’s in. Inlander: Why did you leave acting, and why did you return to it? Schwarzenegger: When I got into the governorship in 2003 I said I would only run the state for seven years, and then I would be back in the movie business. The only thing is that when you’ve left the movie business for seven years, it’s kind of scary to come back

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because you don’t know if you’ll be accepted. So I was very pleasantly surprised, when I did the cameo in The Expendables, that there was such a positive reaction to my appearance, and that there was an even bigger reaction when I did the second one. You look great. How do you feel about aging and doing action scenes? I’m no different than you. We all go through the same traumas. We look in the mirror and see what happened (laughs). But the great thing is that if you work out every day, you stay in shape. This movie required a lot of stunts and action and physical work. The director was a fanatic about seeing as much as possible done by me and the other actors, unless it got really dangerous. We all practiced and rehearsed our stunts, but when you’re 65 it’s different than when you’re 35. You were a bodybuilder, and you’ve always done stunts. Does it hurt to get up in the morning?

I feel good right now, but I think that when you lift as many tons of weights as I have, inevitably there’s wear and tear, and you have injuries. When you do stunts you have your share of injuries, and I’ve been stitched up in movies and had broken or dislocated shoulders. I’ve had a lot of surgeries and a lot of things that had to be fixed on my body. But the medical technology has really advanced, and I’m sitting here today and can do everything. What are your plans for future films? I think that every actor looks for challenging roles. I read a lot of scripts, and look at different things. But I have to be realistic. I may see something that I would like to do, but it’s show business. You’ve got to be able to sell it. We have to make sure that people will enjoy it in Germany, in the Middle East, in Australia, in Asia. In the old days, you only thought about America. Today, two-thirds of the money is being made overseas. So we have to pay attention to that. So how do you actually make a choice? A lot of it has to do with timing. I would have chosen to do another Conan first if a script would have been ready. And that will probably be ready later this year. The same thing with Triplets, a sequel to Twins. I’ve been trying to get that made for 10 years. Now the new leadership at Universal sees the value of it, so they’ve hired writers and are going full blast ahead. I would say in general my decisions are based on what movie would be interesting for people to see, what the audience out there wants to see me do. n


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BROKEN CITY

Is Mark Wahlberg the next big name in action flicks? Well, if he quits appearing in horrible movies with talking bears, that’s likely to happen, as evidenced by this film in which he plays a cop who is asked by the mayor to snoop on the mayor’s wife. Well, then that wife’s lover ends up dead and he’s framed for the murder. Tune in to see how Marky Mark gets out of this one. (MB) Rated R

THE LAST STAND

Fresh off of seven years in the California governor’s mansion that ended in scandal, a secret love child and a divorce, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back where he probably should have always been — in front of a camera. This time, Arnie plays a small-town sheriff who goes to battle with a Mexican drug cartel, spewing off hilarious one-liners in an Austrian accent. Ya know, just like most small-town sheriffs. (MB) Rated R

MAMA

leave your two kids out in the forest for five years to fend for themselves. That’s what happens in this horror flick and things don’t turn out so well because after the kids come to live with their aunt and uncle; it turns out that they’ve spent the last few years under the watchful eye of a ghost-mom. For those not in the know, a ghost-mom is like a normal mom, but dead and evil and terrifying. (MB) Rated R

RUST AND BONE

A chance meeting between a man with no direction in his life and a woman who suffers a debilitating accident turns into a story of an offbeat romance, of positive trying its best to vanquish negative. Matthias Schoenaerts plays the freewheeling Ali, and Marion Cotillard is the oncehappy, now-miserable Stephanie. Can he change her? Could be tough, since both of them have a lot of baggage. Despite a spotty conclusion, it’s a film in which you enjoy rooting for both of them. (ES) Rated R

It’s not polite to tell people how to parent these days, but here’s one tip: Try not to

Keira Knightley plays this high-society woman who tumbles into an affair with the dashing Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Joe Wright (Atonement and Pride and Prejudice) directs this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s late-19th century novel about the Russian upper class. (JM) Rated R

ARGO

In November 1979, as Iranian students took over the American embassy in Tehran, six Americans managed to sneak out a back door and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Two months later, time is running out to bring the hidden refugees home, and the intelligence community’s options aren’t good. So CIA analyst Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a seemingly absurd plan. (SR) Rated R

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now playing GANGSTER SQUAD

Gangster Squad  shouldn’t work  yet it does. I kinda love this movie for its cheerful, ridiculous sensationalism. I cannot decide if the garish, overblown villain is a work of genius or lunacy. Sean Penn as 1949 Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen swaggers through this, roaring his felonious philosophy at his minions — that it is his “manifest destiny” to rule the entire West Coast. Who will stop him? LA Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte, doing a hilarious impersonation of Nick Nolte) puts incorruptible Sgt. John O’Mara on Cohen,  instructing the impossibly square-jawed lawman to bring down the mobster on the sly. (MJ) Rated R

A HAUNTED HOUSE

You might surprise yourself by actually laughing —  not just chuckling but letting out some deep belly laughs — at the latest Marlon Wayans flick, A Haunted House. And it appears that Wayons and friends spoof the shit out of the Paranormal Activity franchise. In Haunted House, Wayans and his lady (Essence Atkins) move into a house occupied by a demon, and contract the help of Chip the Psychic (Nick Swardson) and a priest (Cedric the Entertainer) to clean the place up. They’re not so much scared by the ghost as they are amused — making those of us who were actually scared by the original movies feel a little silly. (LS) Rated R

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HITCHCOCK

The director of some of the scariest films in history was a portly British man known for his perfectionist style and sardonic tongue. And, of course, scaring the hell out of people. In this biopic, Alfred Hitchcock (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins) struggles to get funding to make his famous film Psycho come to life, leaning heavily on his wife Alma Reville (Hellen Mirren) for advice. (LS) Rated PG-13

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THE IMPOSSIBLE

The horrific tsunami that wreaked havoc on Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004, is the bright and frightening flame that ignites this true story of a vacationing family that’s torn apart by its devastation. Most of the rest of the film is about them trying to get back together physically while surviving physically and emotionally. Ewan McGregor is great, Naomi Watts is outstanding, newcomer Tom Holland, as their son Lucas, is one of those revelations who takes charge, both as a character and as an actor. (ES) Rated PG-13

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So, here’s the deal — there’s a killer out on the loose and he’s straight capping

everybody. So the cops find a dude they think is totally the guy they were looking for. But then the real killer shows up, and guess what — it’s a hit man named Jack Reacher played by Tom “Waiting for the Spaceship” Cruise and he wants to off the guy police thought was the killer. (MB) Rated R.

LES MISÉRABLES

At the end of the day, director Tom Hooper doesn’t realize that live singing on a movie set isn’t enough to re-create the majestic Les Misérables experience — not when so many of the people involved insist on turning it into… well, a movie. There are some strong performances, especially from Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, but overall, this filmic version of the classic doesn’t live up to the potential of its source material. (SR) Rated PG-13

LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg gets back into seriousand-important mode with his look into the last four months in the life of Abe Lincoln (certain Oscar nominee Daniel DayLewis) as president, husband, father and dandy teller of stories. This is all about his handling of the lengthy Civil War, as well as the contentious congressional battle surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. The film has a talky script and a terrific battery of actors. (ES) Rated PG-13

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Do you ever find yourself wondering what the hell Billy Crystal has been up to for the last five years other than appearing in black face on the Academy Awards and receiving an apparently hefty regimen of botox to his forehead? Yeah, me too. Well, it looks like he’s resurfaced again in the comedy game, this time playing a grandfather who, along with his wife (Bette Midler), are sent to baby-sit their helicopter-parented grandkids. It’s a total generational clash with hilarious consequences. (MB) Rated PG

THE SESSIONS

It’s a story about a middle-aged guy paralyzed from polio (John Hawkes) who hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) in order to lose his virginity, all the while consulting with his priest (William H. Macy) of the morality of it all. Depressing, right?

Maybe. It’s a story that is fully aware of how uncomfortable the subject matter could be. At Magic Lantern (LS) Rated R

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Director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Flirting with Disaster) continues exploring the humor and tragedy of the human situation in a story of two emotionally damaged people (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence) who meet … and, thankfully, don’t follow the rules of movie clichés. Throw in the Cooper character’s more down to earth, but still nutzoid dad (Robert De Niro, right on the mark), and the movie almost starts to sparkle. It’s just a tad too quirky for its own good, but one of the more enjoyable relationship films in a long while. (ES) Rated R

THIS IS 40

Comedy writer-director Judd Apatow gets a bit more serious this time out, keeping the relationship-related laughs coming. This sorta sequel to Knocked Up features two of that film’s characters – Debbie and Pete (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) – dealing with the happiness and strife combo of their marriage. Each is keeping a big secret from the other, and each is having some issues with their fathers (Albert Brooks plays his, John Lithgow plays hers). It’s definitely still in comedy territory, and some of it is quite raunchy, but Apatow also gives us more of a character study, and lets both Mann and Rudd shine. (ES) Rated R

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Sure to be Oscar nominated, Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker tells the story of the almost decade-long search for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The script focuses on CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain), whose first assignment lands her in Pakistan to help find bin Laden, and who eventually becomes consumed by the often-frustrating hunt. The film is brutal in its depictions of torture but is even more nerve-racking concerning things that might happen to the story’s heroes. The film is long and talky and tense, and viewers should be required to have a brief rest period after watching it. (ES) Rated R n

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Those Were The Days Why some pop-punk bands, like Sum 41, will never die By Seth Sommerfeld

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op-punk exists in a weird place in the musical landscape. It’s a genre perfectly tailored for 13- to 18-year-olds. It offers a dash of the rebellious spirit of punk, while not forcing the listener to wholeheartedly adopt a punk worldview. It has a sonic edge but maintains distant (or in some cases direct) melodic ties to the sugary pop many children grow up on. And those are the things that made Sum 41’s platinum-selling breakout album All Killer, No Filler a perfect pop-punk record. Armed with melodic riffs, bratty vocals and the pseudo rap-punk hit “Fat Lip,” the album rips through 13 tracks about girls, summer, girls, lack of motivation, girls and the sheer difficulty of waking up in

the morning. Yes, those are simplistic messages, but when delivered with some hooky power chords it was able to make a legion of teens (myself included) collectively think, “This music gets me! I think about girls too much and have a really hard time getting out of bed!” Sum 41 is currently touring to mark the 10th anniversary of All Killer, No Filler’s not-too-shabby follow-up Does This Look Infected? — and I’m rather giddy about it. But, for a lot of reasons, it feels a bit anachronistic to be celebrating such a landmark. Because pop-punk has a built-in target audience, the genre is set up to stand the test of time on a macro level. But to stay relevant, it must constantly discard its old

parts for new pieces on a micro level. This goes for both for the bands and the fans. The idea of old pop-punks doesn’t quite feel right. And so older pop-punk groups attempt minor reinvention to make their music more “adult.” Most fail miserably. But Sum 41 has done an admirable job in this regard, leaning more toward hard rock on 2004’s Chuck, which earned the band a Juno Award (aka Canadian Grammy) for Rock Album of the Year. While they’re not finding a level of success near All Killer, No Filler, they’re still surviving. But when it comes to the fans, pop-punk is, arguably, the only rock genre that most everyone grows out of. Personally, I began to stop following pop-punk around the time I set off for college. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more a reflection of a feeling that I was losing touch. Every year’s Warped Tour lineup included less and less familiar names and since my peers were similarly growing out of it, I wasn’t actively being exposed to the upstart bands. So even as a Sum 41 fan, I never got around to picking up 2007’s Underclass Hero or 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder. It wasn’t a conscious rejection of the band, it was more that the thought didn’t even cross my mind. ...continued on next page

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ful, devoted fandom (Simple Plan and Good Charlotte come to mind). But Sum 41 is not one of those bands. I can still listen back and genuinely enjoy the tunes, colored by my junior high hijinks and the mindset that accompanied my hearing “Fat Lip” for the first time. The 14-year-old core of me is frickin’ stoked to see Sum 41 live for the first time, but my 25-year-old exoskeleton is also excited. While it seems we grow out of pop-punk, we don’t have to grow out of the bands we loved. Scratch that — love. They still speak to me now: I still have a really hard time getting out of bed. n Sum 41 with IAmDynamite and Hunter Valentine • Mon, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm • Knitting Factory • $21 • All-ages • ticketfly.com • 244-3279


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Sounds and looks like Johnny Cash, but isn’t really Johnny Cash.

In the Black

Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out walks the line between impersonators and performers By Jordy Byrd

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he gig was the same every day. Stop at a gas station. Pick up a Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash cassette tape. Then drive. Douglas Benson, lead singer of the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out, once traversed the United States setting up fiber optic networks. He sang in the car to keep himself awake. “I would drive for hours and hours just singing along to Johnny Cash,” he says, from somewhere near Aspen, Colo.,

in a rented tour van. “Everyone told me I should be singing instead. I finally got up the guts to put together a band.” Benson pieced together some San Diego musicians in 2005, thanks to a want ad in a local newspaper. Although he didn’t seek impersonators, his ad read: “Guitar player must look like Luther Perkins.” Today, the band features Benson on vocals, Kevin Manuel on guitar, Ryan Thomas on bass and George Bernardo on drums. Off stage, the foursome are contractors,

publishers, dive-bar soloists and studio owners. On stage, they perform more than 150 songs — up to four hours — from Johnny Cash’s repertoire, including music from the Sun Records and early Columbia era, and music from Cash’s live recordings at Folsom Prison and San Quentin. Benson has the growl, black cowboy tuxedo, pursed lips and manic eyes of Cash on stage. The likeness, he says, is accidental. To maintain the growl, his voice is babied with Ricola cough drops and “all kinds of

other shit.” And black just happens to be his favorite color. His onstage mannerisms — that’s all unconscious, he says. “I never really wanted to be an impersonator,” Benson says. “I still don’t consider myself an impersonator. I’ve never come out and said, ‘Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.’ Even during the song “Man In Black” I’ve never said, ‘I’m the man in black.’ Johnny is the man in black.” Rather, Benson considers himself a storyteller. Every night on stage, underneath the lights of a strip club in San Diego, a distillery in Colorado or even a concert hall in Spokane, he tells a tale of murder, fire and a boy named Sue. He says he never tires of life on the road, performing music he didn’t write or being on stage in front of crowds that wished he was someone else. Yet his favorite song, “Wreck of the Old 97,” much like the life of Cash himself, is destructive. “It’s a fairly up-tempo song but it’s talking about a train driver that loses his brakes and dies,” he says. “It’s kind of sad. It’s supposed to be about him rolling down the hill.” Reflecting on his own career — while refusing to give his real age — Benson says he has more hills to climb, more songs to learn and more stories to retell in the iconic baritone voice that’s beloved by everyone from punks to fans of the Grand Ole Opry. “I’ll keep singing until I can’t do it anymore,” Benson says. “I hope that day never comes.” n music@inlander.com

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o an extent, I’m sure Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj are having a fine time up there onstage, amongst their clouds of streamers and glitter. But if you want to see a pop band having an unabashedly great goddamn time onstage, look up the B-52s performing “Private Idaho” back in the early ’80s. Adding to the fact that they all have ridiculous haircuts and outfits, they run in place the entire time, all the while hitting those perfect harmonies they’re known for. The band is a little slower these days and the beehives are no more. But save for the occasional autotune, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson harmonize on “Roam” and “Rock Lobster” just like the old days. And they still look like they have one hell of a time while they’re doing it. — LEAH SOTTILE The B-52s with Berlin • Sat, Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • $75-$100 • All-ages • northernquest.com • 242-7000

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ocals Rice Queen continue the legacy of punk and hardcore that’s long run rampant through the Spokane music scene. Bassist James Hunt (Six State Bender, Ze Krau) and drummer Jon Swanstrom (Yokohama Hooks, Ze Krau) continue to carry that torch — one they’ve both been carrying for decades in Spokane bands. This time it’s with Swanstrom’s son, Jack, who joins the ranks on guitar. Hunt and the younger Swanstrom scream back and forth over the senior Swanstrom’s blast beats. It’s heavy punk that’s exasperated, wrung out and pissed. Rice Queen doesn’t play out much, and has little recorded material. But from what we’ve heard, the fury and power of this band is one that’s unmatched in the local scene. — LEAH SOTTILE Rice Queen with Cursive Wires and Satin Rulz • Fri, Jan. 18 at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570

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music | venues 315 Martini Bar & tapas • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 BaBy Bar • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 the BeLLtoWer • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 Bing crosBy theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 Big Foot • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 BLue sparK • 15 S. Howard St. • 838-5787 BLuz at the Bend • 2721 N. Market • 483-7300 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • (208) 882-5216 carr’s corner • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 the ceLLar • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 the center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 742-7879 the checKerBoard • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 coeur d’aLene casino • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 daLey’s cheap shots • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 eichardt’s • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 Fedora puB • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 Fizzie MuLLigan’s • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 Fox theater • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 giBLiano Brothers • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 the hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 ichiBan • 202 W. Third Ave. • 747-8877 iron horse • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 John’s aLLey • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 Jones radiator • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 Knitting Factory • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 Laguna caFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 LiBrary Lounge • 110 E. Fourth Ave • 747-3371 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 Marquee • 522 W. Riverside Ave • 838-3332 Mezzo pazzo Wine Bar • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 Moon tiMe • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 northern quest casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 nyne • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 o’shay’s • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 roadhouse country rocK Bar • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 seasons oF coeur d’aLene • 209 Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 sergio’s • 825 W. Riverside Ave. • 7472085 the shop • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 souLFuL soups & spirits • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 the sWaMp • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 ugLy Bettie’s • 211 N. Division • 747-8940 zoLa • 22 W. Main • 624-2416

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FILM Old-School Bond

The Bing Crosby Theater is getting into the movie business these days, bringing some of your favorite flicks onto the big screen so you can enjoy movies like Dr. No in an actual theater with a shaken-not-stirred martini in your hand, if you so choose. This film screens for a three-day run, reminding you why Sean Connery was the best Bond ever and Daniel Craig should just give up because, hey, he’s not Sean Connery. OK, that was harsh, but go see the film and then try to argue with that. — MIKE BOOKEY Dr. No • Sat, Jan 19 at 3pm, 5:30 pm, 8 pm; Tue and Wed, Jan. 22 and 23 at 5:30 pm, 8 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • $4 plus $1 restoration fee • bingcrosbytheater.com

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CELEBRATION GONZAGA’S 125TH BIRTHDAY

CELEBRATION MLK DAY

National Gonzaga Day • Thu, Jan. 24 from 6-10 pm • Free with non-perishable food donation • Spokane Convention Center • 334 Spokane Falls Blvd. • nationalgonzagaday.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March and Resource Fair • Mon, Jan. 21 at 10 am; resource fair from 11 am-2 pm • Free • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • mlkspokane.org • 455-8722

In celebration of what’s been dubbed “National Gonzaga Day,” fans, students and alum in the Inland Northwest can show their undying Zag pride at a special party in the Convention Center. Both the Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball games that evening will be broadcast live on big projector screens, and at halftime there will be a live address from Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, as well as a video update on GU, prizes, “shout-outs” from fan groups around the country and a complimentary hot dog meal. — ELI FRANCOVICH

Organizers are hoping to top last year’s turnout of 2,000 community members for Spokane’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day unity march down Spokane Falls Blvd. Last year’s attendance was the biggest in the event’s history, as the community joined together to show its solidarity one year after the attempted MLK Day bombing. Following the morning march, a resource fair at the Convention Center will offer kids’ activities and information on local social service nonprofits. — CHEY SCOTT


MUSIC AMERICANA, ACCORDION-STYLE

In case you missed it last October when Spokane was the first-ever American city to host the Trophee Mondial, one of the most prestigious international accordion competitions, here’s your chance to hear at least one champion: Sam Thomas, who won the Variety Division, will be performing a couple of solos at the Spokane Accordion Ensemble’s show of classic Americana tunes. Led by guest director Beverley Fess from Calgary, Alberta, the ensemble will play more than a dozen beloved American songs, including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Over the Rainbow” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” — LISA WAANANEN “Americana” concert by the Spokane Accordion Ensemble • Fri, Jan. 18 at 7 pm • $10 suggested donation • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church • 316 E. 24th Ave.

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Before the passing of Initiative 502, Pullman’s pipe shop, Glassphemy, may have been viewed as a lesser business, but they’re transcending the stigma these days. The shop will present a free screening of Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes, which focuses on glass blowing in America and will obviously zero in on the profitable business of forging devices for ripping weed, but also the high-brow side of the medium. Accompanying the flick will be an exhibit of national and local glass art that will include nationally recognized artists in the industry of glass art. — ERIC GAVELIN Glassphemy Movie Screening • Tue, Jan. 22 at 7 pm • Free • Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre • 508 S. Main Street • Moscow, ID • 332-1971

Comedy

Live Comedy Show Live comedy show by up-and-coming comedian K-Von. Jan. 17 at 8 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho SUB, 709 Deakin Ave. (208-885-7521) Choose to Lose Live comedy improv show based on audience suggestions. Fridays through Jan. 25 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Live Comedy Stand-up comedy show featuring Harry J. Riley. Jan. 18 and 19 at 8 pm. Uncle D’s Comedy Club, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Safari Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays through Jan. 26 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave.

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Square Dance Lesssons Weekly square dance lessons open to the public. Thursdays through Feb. 21. Free. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) The Right to Dream “The Right to Dream” explores the impact of the civil-rights struggle in America through a historically based performance. Jan. 18 at 4 pm. Free. Human Rights Education Institute, 414 W. Mullan Rd. Coeur d’Alene. hrei.org (208-292-2359) MLK Human Rights Breakfast 20th annual event featuring full breakfast, entertainment, featured speaker, awards presentation and more. Jan. 19 at 9 am. $4-$8. Moscow Jr. High School, 1410 E. D St. (208-882-3648)

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relationships

Advice Goddess Talk Blurty To Me

Why are women so worked up about hearing “those three little words,” and why must they turn them into such a minefield? If a man says “I love you” too soon, he gets dumped because he’s a clingy, needy Nice Guy. If he waits too long, he gets dumped as a suspected commitment-phobe. Even when a man operates without any calculation — freely and happily telling a woman he loves her — he runs the risk of some cutting or insulting amy alkon response from her or no response at all. (I have gotten tripped up by timing this wrong a number of times.) Methinks there’s a bit of selfloathing to the women who pull this baloney. —Expressing Myself “I love you,” said right away, suggests that you have great admiration for a woman’s unique and special qualities, such as being female, human, and willing to return your calls. Early on in dating, should you find yourself brimming with emotion and unable to hold back, “I love bacon!” is a safer thing to blurt out. When somebody says that, even on the first or second date, nobody suspects he’s just hoping to use bacon to patch some gaping emotional void. This is probably why, no matter how soon or how fiercely you express your love for bacon, bacon will never respond by running away. To be fair, bacon also lacks feet. The “I love you” a woman does want to hear is the one that’s shorthand for “I’d like to be the one who’s there for you when you can’t quite get the Velcro to close on your adult diaper” — or that at least indicates a desire to point the relationship in that direction and see how it goes. This is not a conclusion you hop to in a handful of dates. It comes out of feeling that who the woman is resonates with who you are and what you care most about, and takes seeing her less-than-lovable sides and deciding that the downsides aren’t big and hairy enough to cancel out the upsides. As for your stumbles in the “three little words” zone, if you’ve told a woman you love her and gotten an “insulting” response, could it be because you scribbled it on a dollar bill and tucked it into her G-string? Being into a woman isn’t enough. First, she has to be together enough to be open to being loved. And, yes, there actually has to be a relationship between you — one developed enough and mutual enough that even if her response to “I love you” isn’t “I love you, too,” at least it won’t be “Sorry…have we met?”

Her Suction Cup Runneth Over

My girlfriend of two years is the bomb but is becoming a little needy. We live together and both have office jobs, and I’m cool not talking to her until I get home, but she’ll text me several times a day. If I don’t respond, she texts me a sad face or some statement about how busy I must be. If I’m hanging with friends in the evening, she gets upset if I don’t call her at least once. I really love her but feel indulging her need —Tugged On for more contact will only cause her to be more demanding.



Affection is not a gateway drug. Texting your girlfriend a few extra “luv u babe”s or “thinkn of u”s during the workweek isn’t the first step to carrying her everywhere with you in a giant BabyBjorn. It might even help her stop treating that device in your pocket like an “Angry Birds”-enabled wireless leash. Consider “the dependency paradox,” researcher Dr. Brooke C. Feeney’s finding that, in a committed relationship, the more a person felt they could count on their partner to be responsive to their calls for comforting and support, the more autonomous and self-sufficient the person would be. Ask your girlfriend to try a monthlong experiment in managing your mismatched need for closeness: You’ll commit to giving her more frequent verbal reassurance that you love her and are there for her and to dashing off a few sweet texts to her at slow points during your workday. She, in turn, needs to respect some boundaries, meaning not going all funeralface when you don’t respond to every workday text and not expecting to hear from you when you’re out with your friends unless you end the evening in a ditch or in jail. After 30 days, take stock. I’m guessing you’ll find your girlfriend feeling — and acting — much less like the sort of woman who’s about two unreturned texts from sobbing to a packed restaurant, “He’s decided to take a break from the relationship!” (Translation: “He’s in the men’s room.”) n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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events | calendar Rae’s Book Exchange Closing Celebrate 30 years of business before Rae’s closes its doors with coffee, refreshments and more. Jan. 19 and 26 from 10 am-6 pm. Rae’s Book Exchange, 6516 N. Nevada. (489-2053) Lego-rama 2013 Lego design competition for kids age 4-13. Download rules online or pick up at the library. Jan. 19 from 1-3 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-7692315) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commenorative Celebration “Justice + Equality = Achievement” service commemorating the civil rights leader featuring speakers Freda Gandy and Ivan Bush. Jan. 20 from 4-6 pm. Free. Holy Temple Church, 806 W. Indiana Ave. (455-8722) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March Unity march celebrating the work of the civil rights leader followed by a community resource fair. Jan. 21. March begins at 10 am; resource fair from 11 am-2 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane, starting at the Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. mlkspokane.org (455-8722) Housing as a Human Right Coffee circle discussion on how housing issues affect low-income and homeless women in our community. Jan. 21 from 4-5 pm. Free. Transitional Living Center, 3128 N. Hemlock. RSVP at mtracey@help4women.org (328-6702)

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MLK Day of Service Blood Drive The community is encouraged to donate blood in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jan. 21, times and locations vary. Inland Northwest Blood Center Spokane Center, 210 W. Cataldo Ave. To make an appt. visit inbcsaves. org or call 800-423-0151 Spokane Homeless Connect Those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless are invited to a one-day event offering services such as medical and dental screenings, haircuts, pharmacy services, a free meal and housing information and other resources. Jan. 22 from 10 am-3 pm. Free. Emmanuel Life Center, 631 S. Richard Allen Ct. STA Route #45. (2283200) Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Performance by Grammy-nominated musician Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Light refreshments provided. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-4197)

Crafts

Bead Weaving Class Beginning class on loom bead weaving. Jan. 19 from 9 am-4 pm. $85. Registration required by Jan. 12. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. (229-3655) Family Craft Night Supplies courtesy of West Plains Art Center. Jan. 19 from 6-7:30 pm. $12/family. West Plains Art Center, 111 N. Lefevre St., Medical Lake. (979-7604) Treasure Necklace Workshop Attend a class on making a necklace from found pieces like chains, charms, leather and other materials. Bring your own charms and objects to use in a

necklace. Jan. 20 from 1-5 pm. $60, reservations required. Manic Moon, 1007 W. Augusta .(413-9101)

Etc.

Apollo 13: Misson Control From the creators of “Walking With Dinosaurs,” an interactive performance of NASA’s 1970 Apollo 13 mission. Through Jan. 20; show times vary. $38-$53. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (7776253) CenterPlace Open House Tour the facility, sample food from the in-house caterer, meet with vendors and more. Jan. 17 from 4-7 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (720-5405) A Conversation With… Presentation by co-owner and co-founder of Seven2, Tyler Lafferty. Jan. 17 from 7:45-9 am. $25-$50. Seven2, 244 W. Main Ave. (624-1393) Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution Events commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Jan. 18-21; times and locations vary throughout downtown Spokane. Call 844-1776 for more information. Black & White Ball Formal event benefiting the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra with live music, dancing, no-host bar, silent auction and more. Jan. 19 from 7-9 pm. $25-$200. Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Blvd. (208-765-3833) The Geek Girl Project Ladies are invited to send a photo of themselves with their favorite geek genre/fandom to hfreeman@eagles.ewu.edu, join our event via tumblr at thegeekgirlproject. tumblr.com, or join us in person for a photoshoot session. Jan. 19-21. Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 6 pm, Mon at 11 am. Free. The Comic Book Shop, 3207 N. Division St. (554-0050) Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution Community education and activist meeting. Held monthly on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Jan. 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr. (844-1776)

Film

Life of Pi Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel. Jan. 17-20. Times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) 180 Degrees South Screening of the documentary “180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless.” Jan. 17 at 4 pm. Free. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary screening. Jan. 17 at 6 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. (208-676-9730) Searching for Sugarman Screening of the award-winning documentary. Jan. 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint. panida.org (208-263-9191) Knute Rockne All American Screening of the football film starring Ronald Reagan and Spokane native Gale Page. Jan. 18 at 7 pm. Free. Lidgerwood Presbyterian, 4449 N. Nevada St. (487-9667) Dr. No Screening of the first James Bond Film as part of the new Bing Cin-

ema Encore Series with cocktails available to purchase. Jan. 19 at 3 pm, 5:30 pm and 8 pm; Jan. 22-23 at 5:30 and 8:30 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Roman Holiday Screening as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Festival Jan. 21 at 7 pm. $4. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Glass Art Showcase Screening of “Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes” and glass art exhibit showcasing national and local glass art. Jan. 22 at 7 pm. Free. Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (509-332-1971)

Food

Duck 101 Coeur d’Alene Casino Exec. Chef Adam Hegsted shares tricks and techniques to prepare duck meat. Jan. 17 from 6-8 pm. $65. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. (533-7283) Healthy Cooking Class Learn to prepare a healthy new meal during each month’s class. Jan. 17 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. Holy Family Health Education Center, 5633 N. Lidgerwood Ave. cherspokane.org (232-8131) Thursday Night Throwdown Local baristas compete in a latte art competition, with food and refreshments from local restaurants and breweries. Jan. 17 at 7 pm. $5 to compete, free to watch. Revel 77, 3223 E. 57th Ave. Chile, New Zealand and Beyond Joe Gore of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates shares samples of wines from Chile, New Zealand and elsewhere, paried with bread and cheese. Jan. 18 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Gluten Free Beer Sample a selection of gluten-free beers. Jan. 19 from 2-4 pm. $5/flight of five. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe. (624-1349) Fermentation 101 Learn to make Sauerkraut in a hands-on workshop. Jan. 19 from 3:30-5:30 pm. $15, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Italian Cooking Learn to make dishes inspired by Italian cuisine. Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) Gordon Ramsay’s Pet Peeves Learn the correct way to saute scallops and prepare risotto with Chef Curtis Smith. Jan. 23 from 6-8 pm. $70. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu/ (533-7283) Beer Tasting Sample selections from Portland’s HUB Brewery, offering handcrafted organic beers made in a sustainable production process. Jan. 23 at 3:30 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. pilgrimsmarket.com (208-676-9730)

Music

Matt Andersen Blues guitar concert. Jan. 17 at 7 pm. $10-$20. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. panida.org (208-263-9191) Spokane Accordion Ensemble “Americana” concert featuring classic American compositions performed by the ensemble, including a solo by member Sam Thomas who won a division in last year’s international competition held in Spokane. Jan. 18 at 7 pm. $10. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. (290-6858)


B-52s Retro pop concert featuring Berlin and Terri Nunn. Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. $75-$100. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6700) KPBX Kids’ Concert “Teen Mozart” themed concert hosted by Spokane Public Radio featuring young musicians playing the music of Mozart from his early years onward. Jan. 19 from 1-2 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. kpbx.org (328-5729) CELLObration Spokane 2013 Recital featuring jazz/improvising cellist Gideon Freudmann. Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Eastern Washington University Music Bldg., Cheney. cellobop.com (359-7078) The Commandeers Jazz Ensemble Spokane Symphony Spotlight Series concert, featuring a newly revived ensemble from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. Jan. 20 at 3 pm. Free ticketed event. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200)

Sports

Women’s Snowshoeing Basics A special class geared toward women on the basics of snowshoeing including the gear you’ll need and how to get started. Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 pm. Free, pre-registration required. REI Spokane, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900)

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Email getlisted@inlander.com to get your event listed in the paper and online. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. Spokane Chiefs Hockey game vs. Kelowna Rockets. Jan. 18 at 7 pm. $9$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) Spokane Table Tennis Club Ping pong club meets Saturdays from 1:304:30 pm and Tuesdays from 6-8:30 pm. $2/visit. Salvation Army, 222 E. Indiana Ave. (456-3581) Spokane Table Tennis Ping pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Divison. (768-1780) Spokane Chiefs Hockey game vs. Tri-City Americans. Jan. 19 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) Supercross Viewing Party Round

three supercross viewing party with snacks provided. Bench racing begins at 9:30 am. Jan. 20 at 10 am. Free. STEX Motorsports, 123 E. Sprague. (474-1456) Spokane Chiefs Hockey game vs. Portland Winterhawks. Jan. 23 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)

Theater

K2 Drama. Through Jan. 20. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $11-$17. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) Escanaba in Love Comedy prequel to “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” Through Feb. 2. Thu-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $18-$24. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) The New Faces of America A onewoman performance on how college students can live and thrive in a multicultural America, written based on interviews and research with collegeaged students. Jan. 23 at 7 pm. U. of Idaho SUB Ballroom. (208-885-7251)

Visual Arts

Urban Sketching: A Quick Glance Art exhibit featuring drawing and sketches of local and regional artists. Runs through Jan. 25. Artist reception Jan. 25 from 3-5 pm. Free. Third Street Gallery, 206 E. Third St. (208883-7036) Art Sampler After-school workshops for students to explore art through projects inspired by famous 20th century artists. Fridays, Jan. 11-25 from 4-5:30 pm. $15/class. Ages 8-12. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland. (325-3001) Virginia Carter Pottery and sculpture exhibit. Jan. 18-March 1. Artist reception Jan. 18 from 5-7 pm. Free. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) A Lyrical Line Walk-Through Explore the museums current exhibit “A Lyrical Line: Rembrandt and Others” with museum interim director Karen Kaiser. Jan. 18 at 10:30 am. Free. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone. (313-6611) Traditions & Transformations Art exhibition celebrating Gonzaga’s 125th anniversary fearturing pieces from the university’s collection of art by faculty, alumni, students and

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Blissful Beauty Cheers to the beautiful blonde who makes my coffee every morning. I only came thru once and you already knew my drink the very next time I saw you months later. You float around the coffee stand every morning like you own the place. You talk to your customers like they are dear friends of yours. Your sense of humor is unique and you have developed quite the life plan for yourself that you are living up to every day. Seeing your beautiful smile and those bright blue eyes make me smile on my way to work. I have never heard a barista quote Fredrick Nietzsche before. You are truly an intelligent woman and I wanted to thank you for making my commute to work a pleasant one. Keep it up Blissful Blends beauty. Lawmakers Cheers to all three of our 3rd Legislative District lawmakers for coming out to the 3rd Legislative District Coffee organized by Washington CAN. Despite the unpredicted snow storm, Representatives Marcus Riccelli and Timm Ormsby along with Senator Andy Billig all showed up and listened to concerns voiced from Will Cruz, Carol Bryan, and Aaron Kathman about dental access, progressive tax reform and the necessity to fund education, and health care reform to expand the public health option. It was a great opportunity for our lawmakers to hear real stories from Spokanites and how they would be impacted by these issues. We thank them and hope for their continued support for keeping Spokane communities strong through the upcoming budget deficit. Baby You’re A Song There is just something about you. When we first worked together, I wasn’t entirely sure how to take you. You were loud, you were bitchy, and you had quite the reputation. We kind of became friends for the first couple months, but then some things happened and we drifted apart. Luckily for me, a couple months ago you told me you would very much like to be my friend again and I agreed. Since then I have seen a completely different side of you. Now I see your kind heart, your caring personality, and even a little bit of vulnerability. There is just something about you that I can’t quite figure out and I really wish I knew how to describe it. All I

Big Cheers! To the man who not only found our lost rent check, but also returned it in early December. Its good to know there are still decent people out there! Thank you again, kind stranger. Paying It Forward Cheers to the individual(s) who paid for my family’s tab at Mizuna on 1/3. My brother and his wife made the journey from Okinawa Japan to spend the holidays in Spokane, it has been over two years since we have seen each other. With him being enlisted in the Marine Corps we are not sure when he will return stateside again. We had been planning dinner at Mizunas for months and tonight you’ve made it an unforgettable evening with my siblings. Thank you so much and together we will pay it forward! Cin cin! It Was An Honor Jesse at Satellite. On November 16, you purchased a round of shots for me, my sisterin-law, and a group of our close friends. You joined us in a toast to the memory of my brother who was KIA just four days earlier. I cannot put into words how much it meant to all of us there that you would take time out of your Friday evening to pay tribute to someone you had never even met. It was an honor to share that moment with you. Thank you. Cuddles When I met you my life really became worth living, no longer just existing, but living, thanks! I’m better for knowing you, love tastie cakes Thank You! 1/2/2013. White Outback, “Ski Brundage”. Thanks so much for the morning Starbucks! I keep your random act of kindness going. First Night Good Samaritan To the woman on the shuttle to First Night who gave me and my son a button for the event. Thank you so much for your kindness. We had an amazing time and I feel that he will look back on that night with as much fondness as I will. I was laid off the week before Christmas and things have been tight, we appreciated that act and will hope to pay it forward. Truly a wonderful feeling for 2013. Santa For Seniors Thank you Spokane! This year we raised over 200 pairs of warm feet and various other donations for our local seniors! Thank you Maplewood

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Christmas Angels This past Christmas my family and I found ourselves in a financial pinch due to my health. The wonderful church my kids and I go to offer a giving tree. My kids names were placed on the tree with four different gift idea’s that were coordinated through my mother. The compassion of whomever chose my children’s names was astounding to say the least. The look on my kids eyes upon opening their gifts brought tears to my eyes. The folks who helped my family are my Christmas angels. I wish it were possible to thank each of you in person. Since that isn’t the case maybe you will know this is for you. Thank you my Christmas angels. I plan to pay it forward next year. God bless you all.

Snow Drivers As fast as conditions allow. Come on people of Spokane, 86 accidents in one day? When there is snow, ice, or wet roads and the temperature has dropped below freezing, slow the (insert curse word) down! You are jeopardizing everyone around you. I like my car and don’t need some idiot smashing into me because they think “I know what I’m doing behind the wheel�, “my car handles great in the snow� or “I’m use to driving in this stuff�. All quotes from people that later admitted they had been involved in winter related accidents. On a side note, please put your shopping carts away you lazy pieces of (insert curse word)!

Returned Keys Cheers to the guy/ lady who returned my keys to Oz Fitness. Cheers to Oz Fitness for giving me a call saying they have my keys! People like you are amazing! Wish I could give you a nice big hug. So mystery person please email me at thankfull. baconlover@gmail.com, let me know where you found my keys and I would love to meet you in person to say thanks with a hand hug or regular hug? Hope to hear from you. Thanks again amazing people! Keep it up! Thank You! Katie for your kind comment on New Year’s Eve. It made my night. Love Bugs Cheers to you for putting up with me for 8 long years. I haven’t always been a pleasure to be around, but you stuck by my side through thick and thin, as well as crazyness and wild nights and I am looking forward to spending my whole life with you. You are such a great Irish man and you are such a gentleman. You’re always there for me when I need you. I will never let you slip away. I love you love bugs, Happy anniversary! I Love You You saw me before I saw you at a crowded table in the middle of our high school’s lunch room. I screamed when I finally saw you. I called you the Kid Who Appears A Lot, then. Three years after that I finally saw you first. We were supposed to watch X Men, but instead we talked for hours in my kitchen. One hamster, six cats, a snake, five fish, seven rats, two bunnies, four houses, four cars and nearly three years later, we see each other as husband and wife. You are my Bear and my best friend. Your mind is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever known. Together we are BeenJammin’ and Typsy Myst and I just want you to know how happy I am that you saw me. I’m The Lucky One I saw you on a bright sunny day in the spring of 1986. It was one of the best day of my life, with you there has been many. The day we met, the day you took my hand and the days you gave me our kids, just to name a few. The past few years have been hard on you, the kids and everyone. I want to say how proud I am of you, thank you for always being there for me. I knew the day I met you, it was love. I know now I could never love anyone as much as I do you and our kids. When they bribed you to meet me in 1986, they asked if you wanted to get lucky? They were way off! I was the lucky one. I know the dark days are gone. I love you forever, D. PS smile!

I Thank You I can’t believe you beat me at Scrabble! Not only that, you showed me a new way to play! You’ve been doing that a lot lately, and I thank you. I love falling asleep next to you, and feel so lucky you gave me another chance. You make me smile when I think of you, all through the day. I don’t know what we’re doing is called, or if it even needs a name, but I want it to keep being this for more days then I can count. XO, sweetie. You Are My Moon Only five more months and we’ll be married. I can’t wait to start spending the rest of my life with you. I grow to love you more and more each day. Thank You! To the barista at the Starbucks on Argonne and Broadway, Thank you sooo much! I had left my debit card at work thinking I wouldn’t need it because I thought I had a free drink on my Starbucks card. Even though it looked like I didn’t after I had gone in and ordered. You gave me the drink for free anyways even though it was 7 shots. I just wanted to say thank you. I was so embarrassed. You really made my weekend. Thank you soo much.

Jeers JEERless Jeers to Jeers for not having any Jeers in the January 3rd issue. We always look forward to reading them. I am just Jeerious as to why no one jeered. Jeeriously bummed us out. I don’t know how I can go on living without them. However, we might just have to boycott Inlander for the rest of our lives. Dear D’bag in the White Dodge pick up 1-90 West at the Airway Heights exit last Saturday Night. Did it occur to you that the reason the gentleman standing in the road putting his life in danger directing traffic was actually trying to help you avoid hitting a lightpole that had fallen across the road? Yes, Jethro, he was trying to help you and you somehow felt you had to curse him out and rev off in your pick’em up truck. Did it make you feel good? I guess we all have to compensate for what we don’t have in some way and the fact you drive a Dodge says it all.

Christmas Grinch Jeers to my apartment manager for towing my mom’s car away on Christmas. She did not know our policy and did not deserve to get her car towed when there was 40 empty parking spaces available. It was the wrong thing to do. It was completely unnecessary. I manage an apartment complex as well and you could bet your dollar I would never treat my tenants like that. You really ruined our whole night!

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The Mysterious Snowman Where did the ritual of stacking large balls of snow atop each other come from? By Chey Scott

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ne evening last week during my drive home from The Inlander’s downtown offices, heading to the north side, I watched the blowing snowflakes outside my windshield rapidly grow in size as the streets stretched farther north of the river. The icy droplets started out tiny and dry, but by the time I was halfway home the swirling, fat, fluffy flakes made the post-World War II houses of the Shadle neighborhood look like they belonged in a vintage snow globe. It was the kind of feathery, wet snow ideal for making fat, round snowmen. The kind of snow that — as a young kid — would have caused my siblings and me to run for our boots and heavy winter coats. While it’s been many years since I bundled up and set out to build a smiling, carrot-nosed snowman, I’ve often wondered how this age-old tradition came to be a wintertime rite of passage of sorts for children, and a longstanding cultural symbol of the season. A book I happily discovered and bought one day, by a writer who touts himself as the world’s foremost expert on the snowman, seems to answer all the questions I’ve ever had — and then some — about the modern snowman’s elusive and oft foggy history. The History of the Snowman, by Bob Eckstein, is both a comical and seriously researched look into the origins of the beloved, cold-weather sculpture — one of the common man’s first art forms. As it turns out, the earliest known visual reference of a snowman is in an illustrated manuscript dating back to 1380. The snowman is painted in the margin of a psalm and is shown wearing a strange hat, sitting on a stool over a fire that’s starting to char and melt his behind. The illustration is interpreted as a dark analogy for pain, Eckstein writes. The first written accounts of people building figures resembling humans out of snow occurred a little after that, during the Renaissance, but these snowmen looked nothing like the stacked-sphere constructed Frosty we’re familiar with.

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In the Middle Ages, snowmen — and snow women and snow animals — were an outlet to relieve class tension and express political frustrations, Eckstein writes. During the brutal winter of 1511, residents of Brussels, Belgium, filled their city with crass snow figures in scenes both political and sexual in nature, including drunk and defecating snow people, and snow people having sex. From then on, stories of snowmen being made for entertainment, artistic and political purposes continue popping up in historical accounts from Europe and early Colonial America, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century and into the early 20th century that snowmen began to resemble what we’re most familiar with today, with two or three balls of snow stacked in decreasing size atop each other. During that period the snowman really strengthened his spot as a permanent icon of winter. Images of snowmen were everywhere: postcards, magazines, books and advertisements. Some strangely violent postcards from the era show snowmen being pelted with snowballs, being plowed over by rowdy children on sleds, stabbed with brooms and even run over by a corrupt looking Santa in a red, vintage convertible. After Prohibition ended, the snowman somehow landed a role as the goto booze spokesman and was seen in ads for all kinds of liquor. Finally, with his big starring role in the classic, animated Frosty the Snowman films starting in 1969, the snowman started to redeem himself as a kid-friendly icon. So, next time you find yourself outside after a fresh blanket of white stuff, rolling a huge ball of snow with the intent to make a second, smaller sphere to stack on top of the larger one, may you be reminded that you’re participating in one of the oldest forms of folk art, and that the snowman has come a long way since he was first rolled up. n

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