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ight out of the chute, Idaho’s newly installed lawmakers are faced with a difficult dilemma. Gov. Butch Otter wants them to get rid of the personal property tax that his business friends hate with a passion. But where can they find $140 million to pay for the revenue lost if they do what he asks? Let me do the arithmetic: amount collected in 2012 from business personal property tax = $140,000,000; amount in governor’s budget to replace business personal property tax = $20,000,000; deficit with no revenue source = minus $120,000,000. The governor’s business friends, especially those in the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) are exceedingly powerful and persuasive. They complain about the time it takes to prepare personal property tax reports. The personal property tax is only collected from Idaho businesses and is a tax on office furniture, computers, tools and machinery — anything used to make money. Agricultural machinery isn’t included because of what we sarcastically call “the standard agricultural exemption.” Another small problem: The money raised by the personal property tax doesn’t really belong to the Idaho Legislature. All property taxes are raised and spent at the local level.


have to admit that the Idaho Legislature has the legal authority to do whatever it wants with the dollars it oversees. But the local folks have the moral high ground. Personal property tax dollars are collected by the counties and allocated to a wide variety of local taxing districts, which would be seriously impacted if legislators choose to dump the personal property tax. The list includes roads, schools, parks, libraries, cities, counties — in short, the entities that provide the infrastructure and services of the communities we live in. Mayors, city council members, county commissioners, highway district commissioners and many more are officials who have also been elected into office. Should they not have an equal or better say in determining the mechanism that raises the money that runs their operations? Dangling the possibility of a local option tax before them is hardly a fair exchange. No local option proposal for a property tax increase would ever have a chance of passing if it somehow made it to a ballot. The most likely candidate for a local option tax is a sales tax, which is a regressive tax and very tough on young families and the elderly poor. The uncertain distinction between real property taxes and personal property tax is another catch in the dilemma. Buildings and land are real property. Personal property in Idaho is taxed only if it’s used for making money. The distinction is somewhat like pornography — that is, you know it when you see it.

The Idaho Tax Commission has issued a 50-plus page analysis of 2012 Personal Property Tax in Idaho, including the amount of dollars assessed per taxing district and what percentage of their budget is from personal property tax. Not racy reading, but believe me, the document reveals the range of the issue. More than 940 taxing districts in the state count on some personal property tax dollars for their operations. That number includes 44 counties, 190 cities, 114 school districts, 177 cemetery districts and 156 fire districts. Rural Caribou County, off in the easternmost portion of Idaho, depends on collections from the personal property tax for 45 percent of its budget. Amazingly, and responsibly, Monsanto Corporation, which is the principal taxpayer in Caribou County, does not support repealing the personal property tax, recognizing that Caribou County roads, schools and law enforcement are dependent on funds from that tax. Ironically, it is the rural, cash-strapped areas of the state that are most dependent on the business personal property tax.


t is my observation that whenever Idaho legislators start fiddling around with property taxes, they mess up. Case in point: For the brief seven months in 2006 that U.S. Senator Jim Risch was governor of Idaho, he persuaded a special session of the Idaho Legislature to remove maintenance and operation of the state’s public schools from their property tax base and, instead, let the state’s general fund support the schools. Then came the Great Recession and the flow from the general fund’s spigot ran dry. Public schools have been seriously hurting for funds ever since. The chief beneficiaries of the Risch caper in 2006 were large property owning corporations — members of IACI — who would now benefit most from the repeal of the business personal property tax. For the 2014 fiscal year, the Idaho Legislature should take the $20 million in the governor’s budget intended to provide skimpy cover for the proposed repeal of the business personal property tax, and invest those dollars in the public schools to begin to make up for these last few years of crimping and cutbacks. In the meantime, legislators should get together with the cities and counties to improve the administration of the unloved, but necessary, business personal property tax. n

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hy is a Seattle-based, right-wing think tank trying to change the rules for the Spokane City Council? That’s the question city voters should be asking as they ponder Proposition 2 on the Feb. 12 ballot. In a column in the Spokesman-Review Sunday, the Washington Policy Center’s Chris Cargill joined outgoing City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin in encouraging Spokane voters to switch all city council votes on revenue changes to a supermajority — requiring five votes instead of four to pass. It’s odd that McLaughlin would be for cutting the power on the institution she served for eight years, but it’s even stranger that Mayor David Condon put his name on the endorsement, too. More on that in a minute. What we have here is another solution in search of a problem. How often has the city council enacted revenue increases without agonizing deliberations? And the mayor already has the power to veto any decision, requiring five council votes to override that veto. The system works just fine. Here’s what’s happening: The state Republican Party is whiffing big-time statewide, so they’re looking to places like Spokane to knee-cap government. The Washington Policy Center claims to be “non-partisan,” but independent analyses show their secret funding comes from the usual suspects of rightwing foundations that spend millions to curb government’s power to enact environmental regulations and to fund social welfare programs. Non-partisan… Somebody else uses that word… Oh yeah, David Condon put it on his yard signs. I’m generally impressed by Condon’s first year — he has brought a steady, methodical approach to the job. But for his own political good, he should not have joined this fight. Why not? It gives off the appearance that he’s carrying water for the state and national GOP — a fear many voters already had about him. Also, Prop. 2 trims the council’s influence, making the move look like your basic, everyday power grab. Again, this is not something that comes up every week, but there’s a principle at stake — democracy. If you want to see what supermajority requirements can do, check out the U.S. Senate, where one senator can grind American progress to dust. And under Prop. 2, our city council could be just two more Mike Fagans away from bringing Spokane to a screeching to halt. Prop. 2 fits my candy-for-dinner test perfectly. If I ask my kids if they’d rather have veggies or candy for dinner, the answer is candy every time. It’s the same with every promise of low taxes put on any ballot: “Candy, please!” But if Spokane voters decide they’re happy with the system we created, and that we trust our elected leaders to do their jobs thoughtfully, maybe this time we can choose our vegetables instead. n

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n summer evenings in the former mining town of Silverton, Colo., the staccato sound of gunshots used to echo through otherwise quiet streets. A cast of stereotypical Old West characters riddled one another with bullets, as the legendary gunfighters did once upon a time in the West. Except that those kind of shoot-’em-ups didn’t happen out here. Not really. Back in the 1950s, those fake Silverton gunfights followed a well-timed schedule, erupting when the narrow-gauge train, loaded with tourists, rolled into town. Eventually, a group of history-minded citizens gained influence and rejected the violent charade. By the 1970s, the fake gunfights were no more. The West has always been a land of myths, where visitors can live out their dreams — and their misconceptions. Perhaps the most persistent one is that of the gunslinging West. Today, the notion persists that Westerners define themselves by their love of guns. Like most legends, the gunfighters’ West derives from a morsel of truth. Yet, nourished by pop culture, that myth has very little in common with the history that spawned it. Even in late 19th century, Silverton’s citizens didn’t walk the streets with sidearms. There were occasional gunfights, as when a 19-year-old recidivist shot the town marshal dead in 1881. It’s not that guns weren’t around. Hunters were armed, and at least one early newspaper editor was known to have a pistol stashed in his desk. It was not an armed citizenry that kept law and order, however, but the marshals and sheriffs. Rare flare-ups between the area Utes and white settlers were generally handled

by federal soldiers. The only assault rifle back then was the Gatling gun, which was available only to soldiers at a few military posts. Comb through the region’s early newspapers, and you’ll find only occasional mentions of killings by gun. Madmen in the Wild West didn’t shoot up schools or even saloons. Believe it or not, teachers weren’t armed. Dynamite was a far more ubiquitous and more important symbol of the Old West’s culture. This was mining country, after all, and miners and road builders relied on explosives to make a living — and a killing. Dynamite was easy to access; in 1975, a bomber blew the Silverton Depot off its foundation. Today, explosives are tightly regulated. Lobbyists for the explosives industry, however, have yet to proclaim that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with dynamite is a good guy with dynamite. And though I’ve known of people dynamiting ponds to more easily catch fish, I have yet to hear any politician arguing that regulating the sale of explosives is a threat to our traditional hunting-and-fishing culture. Firearms are not integral to Western culture or identity. Take away our semi-automatic guns, our high-volume ammo clips, limit the amount of ammunition we can buy, and we’ll still be Westerners. It’s time to follow Silverton’s example and stop reducing ourselves and our region to a silly caricature manufactured by Hollywood and supported by a gun industry looking to peddle more of its deadly wares. n Jonathan Thompson is a senior editor at High Country News ( He lives in Durango, Colo.

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ongressional Republicans heaped fulsome praise on President Obama’s second inaugural address earlier this week, saying that it had given them a detailed list of things to thwart over the next four years. “My big fear was that the speech would be full of vague platitudes that wouldn’t be helpful to us in plotting against him,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Once he started offering details of what he actually hoped to accomplish, though, I realized we had hit the mother lode.” Speaker Boehner praised the president for citing such specifics as hiring math and science teachers, building roads and reducing health care costs: “Now that we know that’s what he’s got in mind for his second term, we can hit the ground running to stop him.” “My takeaway from the speech was, if we work hard enough, there’s nothing we can’t keep him

from doing,” he said. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) praised Mr. Obama for injecting humor into a usually somber address: “I loved that joke about ending political name-calling.” Elsewhere, Fox News Channel announced Sunday night that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T. Fox News President Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which was the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit


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ast year, Sheriff Tommy Gage of Montgomery County, Texas, was eager to show off his new surveillance toy. Having been given a $300,000 Homeland Security grant by the federal government, his office had become the first police agency in the nation to have its very own drone, a pilotless aircraft to monitor and, yes, spy on people. This beauty came with the deluxe eye-in-the-sky package, including infrared detection equipment and a power zoom camera. Filled with pride, the sheriff summoned the media to a big photo op last March to witness him and the drone strutting their stuff. To add drama to this show of police power, Gage also had his SWAT team attend in full riot regalia, positioning them in their “Bearcat,” an armored vehicle. The ground controller launched the pilotless aircraft as the sheriff beamed — but the demonstration went horribly wrong. Coming in for a landing, the high-tech marvel suddenly went on the fritz, losing contact with the controller. Not only did it crash in front of the startled media — but, even more startling

to Sheriff Gage, it crashed right into his SWAT squad’s Bearcat. Luckily, the armored vehicle held up, so none of the SWAT teamers were injured. But what a show! For one thing, the photo op showed that if the American people don’t stop the reckless rush by the police-industry complex to deploy thousands of domestic drones in the next few years, all of us had better be shopping for Bearcats to drive. Oh, in case you’re also concerned that these spy machines will crash into our Constitution and be used to invade our privacy rights, Sheriff Gage says not to worry. “No matter what we do in law enforcement, somebody’s going to question it,” grumps the Lone Star sheriff, “but we’re going to do the right thing, and I can assure you of that.” Hmmm… how assured does that make you feel? n For more from America’s populist, check out


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The different ways Washington and Idaho already control guns BY JACOB JONES


n recent weeks, the line has sometimes stretched out the front door of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in Coeur d’Alene. Just a few wait this afternoon, scribbling away at paperwork. When it’s his turn, Mike Schmutz steps forward and obediently offers up his hands. “We’ll start with your right hand,” a clerk tells him. Wearing latex gloves, the clerk guides Schmutz’s right hand to a black ink pad. One-by-one, she presses his fingertips to the pad, then stamps his prints onto the background check form. Assuming the Hayden Lake resident does not have any criminal or mental health issues in his record, which Schmutz says he doesn’t, he can expect to receive his new concealed weapons permit within two months. “There’s really nothing to it,” he says. Compared to many states, both Idaho and Washington make owning a gun relatively easy. One Idaho state lawmaker has proudly claimed the title of the most “Second Amendment-friendly state” in the country. Neither Idaho nor Washington requires owners to register their fire-

Applications for concealed weapons permits have spiked in recent weeks.

arms. Neither state imposes complicated rules or steep fees for permits. Neither has any state-level assault weapons ban. But the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., has changed the conversation, upping the stakes for both gun owners and gun control advocates, as legislators weigh potential firearm regulations.


hile law enforcement agencies scramble to process skyrocketing concealed weapons permits, lawmakers in both states have split on how to address newly ignited concerns regarding gun violence. In his first gubernatorial news conference last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee argued for a “common sense” approach to gun regulation. The governor reaffirmed his support for stronger background checks as well as a state-level ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. “I have long believed that it did not make common sense to say that we were going to allow people to buy weapons that can hold 100 rounds like has been used … in some of these multiple horrific acts of violence,” Inslee said. “The reason it’s not common sense is that no one ...continued on next page


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can articulate a justifiable reason to really need them for hunting or self-protection.” Washington legislators have recently introduced bills to toughen juvenile gun possession punishments, increase sentences for crimes committed with the use of body armor and protect the existence of shooting ranges. But no proposals have yet moved forward on tightening background checks or outlawing certain weapons. Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig, of Spokane, says local lawmakers want to preserve gun rights while increasing public safety. Officials hope to build a coalition of support around some potential legislation, but that work will take time. “We have a number of proposals floating around,” he says. “I think it’s too early to tell what might get traction.” Meanwhile, Idaho legislators have called for rolling back standing gun limitations to allow school employees to carry firearms and reinforce protections for common gun owners. Idaho state Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, a former NRA lobbyist, has been put in charge of consolidating proposals on new gun regulations in the current session. “All of us have been hearing from parents and teachers and coaches that want to have the ability to protect their kids in school,” she says. Allowing school employees to complete additional training to allow them to carry firearms on campus is just one of many ideas, Boyle says. Legislators plan to meet with law enforcement officials, school administrators, NRA representatives and others in the coming weeks to discuss a variety of options. “[But] we are not going to pass any law further restricting the Second Amendment,” Boyle says. “We are a very Second Amendmentfriendly state, probably the most friendly state.”


he Washington State Department of Licensing reports 2012 ended with more than 367,800 active concealed weapons permits on the books. The Idaho State Police currently lists 87, 248 active permits. Linda Mattos, records supervisor for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, says the daily rate of new concealed weapon permit applications has more than doubled since the Newtown shooting. “Quite a few people can be stacked up waiting,” she says as a few more people file into the

Kootenai County Records Clerk Jeanne Kelso reviews an application for a concealed weapons permit. Young Kwak photo office. “We try to get them through as quickly as we can.” An Idaho permit costs $59 for processing, fingerprinting, a background check and a photo for the license card. But unlike some states, those applying in Kootenai County must also prove some previous weapons training. Mattos says applicants can provide proof of a hunter’s safety education class, previous military service or certification through a private course. The office files local background checks and then sends the fingerprints to the state for additional checking. Theresa Giannetto, the records manager handling weapons permits in Spokane County, says the office handles dozens of applications in a single morning.

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“You’re going to see a big old line of people,” she says. “We’ve been opening our doors daily to approximately 50 people in line.” Despite what you might expect, unlike some Idaho counties, Washington state does not require proof of any weapons training for a concealed weapons permit. The permit costs $52 and does not include a photo ID. “Our background checking process is incredibly comprehensive,” Giannetto notes. “We do a local check. We do a statewide check. We do a federal check and we do a mental health check.” Any red flags get a thorough follow-up, she says, but with the number of applications nearly tripling in recent weeks, her office has been somewhat overwhelmed with a backlog of permit requests.


oyle says Idaho legislators and their constituents have expressed near panic over newly proposed limitations on gun ownership. She says President Obama’s recently announced executive actions and other gun control efforts have shaken the state. “Many of them are scared,” she says of Idaho gun owners. Boyle says federal firearm proposals tend to address gun issues that affect large cities. Local officials want solutions that fit Idaho, not Chicago. She hopes the state can open a dialogue with Wash-

“We want to take a measured approach. When you pass a bill in a panic, you get a terrible law.” ington, D.C., to develop a plan for improving gun laws as well as evaluating the state’s mental health services. “We want to take a measured approach,” she says. “When you pass a bill in a panic, you get a terrible law.” While few, if any, Idaho lawmakers have discussed tightening gun regulations, Washington state legislators have started holding meetings on the issue. A spokesman for the state Senate Democrats says several officials met Monday to discuss potential measures. No one was available after the meeting to discuss details, but the spokesman acknowledged “pressure” to introduce some improved restrictions on gun access. Billig says both sides have brought “a lot of passion” to the debate in Olympia, but he also believes both parties should be able to rally around some joint proposals to provide extra safeguards against gun violence. “I think that there is a path,” he says. “I think we can get there.” n







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he first flu-related death in Spokane County was reported last week, and a school in Troy, Idaho, closed for a day because too many students were sick. It’s been a bad flu season so far all over the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the spread of the flu each year with weekly reports from state epidemiologists. Weekly flu surveillance levels

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Does it still help at this point to get vaccinated? Yes, it helps as long as the flu is still circulating. The good news is that there’s no vaccine shortage reported so far this year. Who is most at risk? Older people are getting hit hardest, but even healthy teens and adults have been among this year’s fatalities.

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Humiliating truths came out in sports. Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend — who Teo said died tragically of leukemia — never existed. Meanwhile, cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah, that, yes, he’d been doping, and yes, he’d repeatedly bullied people who claimed he was.

What keeps it from spreading? The flu is a respiratory virus, so mouth-covering and hand-washing are smart habits. If there’s no soap and water available, opt for an alcoholbased hand sanitizer. And if you feel like you might be coming down with the flu, stay home and avoid contact with people. story and Graphics by Lisa Waananen

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An 18-year-old University of Idaho student left a frat party Saturday, wandered around disoriented, fell into a creek bed and then tried to find shelter under a bridge, authorities say. He was found dead in the morning. Another student, in an unrelated incident, shot himself in his dorm room. In less than a half-hour, there were three different shootings in Spokane Monday morning: one near the Knitting Factory, and two on Maple Street.

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tors found his clothes inside a ransacked apartment. “[H]ighly intoxicated people often take their clothes off, so you see that phenomena periodically,” police spokeswoman Officer Jen DeRuwe says. Investigators initially linked Franklin to the pantsless South Hill prowling, but last week announced they were unrelated. Authorities now say a teen male has taken responsibility for the “prank.” — JACOB JONES

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Jay Inslee and Barack Obama take up global warming; plus, police seek naked suspects

Fifty shades of green After a record-hot year in the United States and a big election out of the way, Democrats are starting to talk again about tackling climate change. Newlyminted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee spoke at his inaugural ball of putting “limitations on carbon emissions, across the United states, starting in the Evergreen State.” But Inslee, who shied away from talking about global warming this year on the campaign trail, still isn’t committing to a regional carbon cap-and-trade approach known as the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Washington state was originally part of the initiative, which would impose limits on how much carbon companies can spew into the air — but later dropped out. “It’s something he is open to talking about, but he is not proposing it at this time,” says Jaime Smith, Inslee’s spokesperson, on the WCI. Smith says the governor has no other specific plans regarding limiting carbon emissions. National Democrats sounded a similar note. President Barack Obama — after ignoring climate change

through most of the presidential election — said “We will respond to the threat of climate change” in his Inauguration Day speech. And Obama dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to make a surprise appearance at the inauguration ball for greenies. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

Indecent exposure

Despite the frigid January weather, Spokane investigators have exposed a bit of a naked crime wave after determining two bare lawbreakers had struck separately earlier this month. The Spokane Police Department first investigated a Jan. 6 report of a pantsless man knocking on doors on the South Hill. Officers found tracks in the snow leading to several houses. A few days later, officers arrested 22-year-old Trevor L. Franklin, a Level 3 sex offender, on burglary allegations after he was discovered naked in a Browne’s Addition apartment building on Riverside Avenue. Investiga-

After a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s “encouraged,” but that doesn’t mean the state won’t face a lawsuit over its new marijuana law. The governor and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with Holder in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to discuss the implementation of Initiative 502, which legalized possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana in Washington. The new law tasks the state Liquor Control Board with creating the rules around growing and selling pot. The board is currently taking public comment on licensing pot producers and has until the end of the year to set up the rules. After the meeting, Inslee told a conference call of reporters that Holder asked for clarification about how the state planned to prevent pot use by minors or the transport of it out of the state. But he offered no insight on whether the feds would sue the state or raid pot stores like they’ve done with medical marijuana dispensaries, and neither Inslee or Ferguson asked for clarification. “He said nothing to show what direction he’s heading or where he’d like to end up,” Inslee says. “[But] we have leader in the [Department of Justice] who has an honest intent to try to fully understand what we’re going to do. … That’s a good sign.” — HEIDI GROOVER

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Fine Print

Initiative 522 would require modified foods to be labeled.

The looming battle over genetically modified food in Washington BY HEIDI GROOVER


aurice Robinette is the third generation of his family to raise beef on the Lazy R Ranch, in the southwest corner of Spokane County. But he may be the first to profit off a high-profile political battle. People come to him knowing they’ll get beef raised on grass rather than genetically modified corn, he says, and it’s doing wonders for his bottom line.

“The irony is that the fact that [genetically modified foods are] so abhorred by some people is great for my business,” Robinette says, laughing. The rancher is one of a group of activists across the state who turned in 350,000 signatures earlier this month in support of Initiative 522, which would require labeling of all foods that are made from genetically modified

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organisms, or GMOs. Garnering 100,000 more signatures than the requirement, I-522 looks almost certain to qualify and go on to the state Legislature, which can vote on it or send it to the November ballot. “It’s such a basic ask — just tell me what is in the food that I am buying,” says Michelle Kim, one of a handful of activists hired by national group Food and Water Watch to work on the issue in Washington. But opposition is already building, objecting to the suggestion that modified food are dangerous or unhealthy. The American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration have both said genetically modified crops are fundamentally no different from conventional crops. “You’re implying by putting, ‘This product contains GMO’ that there’s something you need to be concerned about as you are making a shopping decision,” says Tom Davis, a Washington State Farm Bureau lobbyist. “This creates a fear where no fear is needed.” Plus, tracking every genetically modified ingredient (most often corn or soybeans) will take an overhaul of production and tracking systems, Davis argues — a cost you’ll pay for at the checkout counter. But because no other states require labeling, definitive proof of that — or against it — is hard to come by. Washington’s effort comes just two months after a similar attempt in California failed in a multi-million-dollar fight between “green” companies and giants like Pepsi and seed company Monsanto. There, one study from an environmental consulting group found that GMO labeling would increase food costs for the average California family by $350 to $400 per year. But another analysis of the same measure, by an Emory University law professor, called relabeling a “trivial expense for food sellers.” n


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Put to a Vote Libraries, police and taxes: A closer look at the Feb. 12 election BY JOE O’SULLIVAN


n the roaring 1990s, the city of Spokane, bent on a splurge of enlightenment, built all six of its current city libraries. The first two branches, Hillyard and downtown Spokane, opened in January of 1994. The last to open, Indian Trail, started serving the northwest side in 1998. But for at least the second time since then, the city library system is considering shutting down branches due to money trouble. And in order to keep the libraries open for the same amount of hours in 2013, the Spokane Public Library System has tapped the last of its piggy bank. “We used up the last of our $450,000 in reserves,” says Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart. “In 2014 we can see it, very clearly, that there is a $500,000 deficit.”

“We’ve been through this before and people went nuts.” That’s why library boosters are heavily campaigning for voters to pass a property tax levy for the libraries in the Feb. 12 special election. If it passes, the libraries will make up their deficit, and then some. The tax — which would cost homeowners about $7 per $100,000 of home value — would raise $1 million annually. The extra $500,000 per year could go to expanding the hours of the three smallest branches — East Central, Hillyard and Indian Trail — which are now only open 22 hours each week, according to Library Board of Trustees member Jim Kershner. “This would allow us to open them up … 40 hours a week,” Kershner says. The library property tax is just one of what became a rush of public votes after the council decided to spend $200,000 on a February special election. The election was originally set to allow a public vote over whether the city’s police ombudsman should have independent investigative powers over the Spokane Police Department. Sponsored by Councilmen Steve Salvatori and Mike Allen, it’s one piece of the slow, deliberate effort to address police misconduct after the 2006 death of Otto Zehm at the hands of Spokane cops. There’s a third item on the ballot, too. Sponsored by Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, it would require five votes — rather than the current simple majority of four — for Spokane City Council members to approve new city taxes. The “supermajority” requirement was inspired by the popular ballot measures that have restricted taxes Olympia can collect, McLaughlin has said. If passed, the library’s tax levy would end in four years. In other words, it’s a Band-Aid. At least one long-term attempt at a solution is underway: the City Council asked the Legislature for permission to create a municipal library district, which could raise its own taxes. Another idea that has been floated would merge the city’s six library branches with 10 branches of the Spokane County Library System. Another still would be for the council to dedicate a portion of the city’s general fund revenue to the library system. That way, it isn’t constantly at risk of being crowded out by police and fire department expenditures. In the meantime, if the tax levy fails, some of the smaller library branches — perhaps Hillyard or East Side or Indian Trail — would likely close. “We’ve been through this before and people went nuts,” says Kershner, of past branch closures. “It’s a horrible option.” n


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Mark Richard is settling into his new job at the Downtown Spokane Partnership. stephen schlange photo

ark Richard, today in a dark suit and thick glasses, has been in his new job for less than two weeks. He’s still in the stage of meeting board members, shaking hands and rapidly trying to get up to speed. “I have to pinch myself,” Richard says. “It really, in my mind, is an ideal fit.” Last spring, Richard announced he wouldn’t run for another term as county commissioner. Yet this new job, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, can be just as political. The Downtown Spokane Partnership, a private nonprofit, tends to the 80 downtown blocks of the Business Improvement District (BID), stretching from the railway viaduct to parts of the Spokane River’s north bank. The Clean Team wipes away graffiti, the Security Ambassadors respond to business complaints, the marketing team puts on events like the First Friday Artwalk. The DSP’s efforts can affect parking meter strategy, landscaping, infill development and state laws. It’s a broad mission that, as downtown and the adjacent University District grows, may become even broader. And the last person to lead that mission was fired. A few months ago, Mike Tedesco had Richard’s job at the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Like Richard, he was a local Spokane man hired after an extensive nationwide search. But after 11 months, Tedesco was suddenly fired without cause. Board chairman Stanley Schwartz won’t elaborate on the reasons for the termination beyond, “Mike Tedesco was not a good fit for the organization.” Thanks to an undisclosed settlement, Tedesco is limited to what he can say, but indicates his frustration is far-reaching. “What I always had a hard time with is the fundraising aspect of paying the bills,” Tedesco says. He adds that he worries about the conflict between specific businesses and what is best for downtown. Last year, he says he pushed for the H&M clothing to locate downtown, but says he got backlash from real estate brokers accusing him

of “meddling with the market.” The store chose Spokane Valley instead. “You cannot agitate people that write checks to you,” Tedesco says. Nevertheless, Richard remains confident. “The situation with my predecessor doesn’t faze me at all,” Richard says. “So long as I’m exceeding the expectations of my boards, and so long as I’m enjoying what I do, I think I’ll be here.” In the year ahead, Richard says the DSP will tackle conversions to new smart parking meters — allowing drivers to pay with a debit cards — and beautifying the Division Street entrance to downtown. The rest hinges on the direction of the board’s retreat in March: They might focus on how they can impact the University District, development regulations or the new convention center. Schwartz says the board’s discussion has shifted in the last year, broadening beyond talk of business to investigate social and environmental issues. “We need to look at and try to do a better job of addressing homeless people, youth and people in need,” Schwartz says. “It’s not just about more police, or throwing more people in jail. It’s about alternatives.” Meanwhile, Richard says the boundaries of Spokane’s BID may expand even further, perhaps all the way from Kendall Yards to I-90. “It will allow us to make additional physical improvement to those areas that will benefit not just downtown, but the entire region,” Richard says. “You’ll have more people wanting to live here and more people wanting to visit here.” As for Tedesco, he’s started a new vending machine business, which he finds more relaxing — maybe too relaxing. “My mind is going to get bored here in about a year,” Tedesco says. He wants to get back into politics. “I’ve seen behind the curtain. I understand what happens behind it,” he says. Maybe he’ll run for the directorship of a stillto-be-created Spokane port district. Or maybe, he speculates, he’ll run for county commissioner. n

The New Old

With a new owner and a renovation under way, the Bing Crosby Theater is ready to show itself off By Mike Bookey


hen Michael Smith came to work at what was then the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center in 1988, the place was in shambles. Soon, it was gutted and the theater took a few promising turns, leaving Smith excited for the future. Over the years, things changed, most notably, it became the Bing Crosby Theater and more recently, it was bought by a notable local investor. Now, 25 years after he arrived, Smith is again excited for the future. “It was time to reinvigorate the theater,” says Smith, now the manager of The Bing. “The excitement I felt in 1988, I’m feeling that again. It’s been about a year since local developer Jerry Dicker bought the theater, and now The Bing is celebrating a rebirth of sorts this weekend with A Fling at The Bing, a celebration of singing and dance to kick off the next phase in the historic building’s story — which includes a roughly $1 million facelift. The goal, as Smith and Dicker put it, is to make The Bing a

community hub where everything from rock concerts to literary readings take a stage that will host an event nearly every day. “The idea is to make this a well-oiled presenting theater and a place where it’s easy for people to do a show,” says Smith. “There’s been so much excitement. All of these groups want to work for it to become a better place. I’ve seen such a community response to making it happen.” Smith and Dicker aren’t officially re-launching The Bing, but they’re also not shy about explaining how they plan to make the venue a vibrant spot for the community to utilize. They both say A Fling at The Bing is a coming-out party of sorts — an accessible event to bring people through the doors, perhaps for the first time. The threeperformance event features songs, dances and operatic performances of American classics and musical theater favorites performed by a cast of artists who’ve performed frequently throughout the area. “The Fling will be a great upbeat traditional song fest with ...continued on next page

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“the new old,” continued... some of the best singers in Spokane and Seattle,” says Dicker. When the audience arrives in the theater, they’ll notice one big change — a bar near the entrance glowing with neon trim and ready to offer a libation. Other changes, most notably the addition of a VIP gathering area called Ovations, featuring 80 feet of windows and a spiral staircase leading into the theater. Dicker says that space is expected to be completed by the beginning of May and will be used for meetand-greet events, lectures and other special gatherings. On a recent tour of the historic theater, Smith stands on the balcony level of the theater, pointing excitedly at different features of the spacious venue, outlining his plans. A new surround sound system is in the works, aimed at enhancing the experience at the ongoing film series at The Bing, which kicked off last weekend with screenings of Dr. No. Smith is planning to show concert films in the near future, making quick use of his new equipment. He also plans to equip the theater with the capability to produce DVDs of The Bing’s performances and also stream live shows. Much of this is still in the works, he says. “Our ideas come quickly. Getting stuff installed takes time,” Smith says with a laugh. Smith’s upcoming bookings by local and national promoters run the gamut — from a one-man show, to movie screenings to a show by indie rockers Built to Spill, to an upcoming Grease sing-along. In all, Dicker says they’ve put about $450,000 into the theater so far, meaning about half of the update is either completed or currently under way. The aim of these efforts is pretty simple — they want people to spend time at The Bing. “It should be a vibrant community theater with a number of different specialties including music, movies, literature, science and education,” says Dicker. “Every day there’s something happening at The Bing. That’s our goal.” n A Fling at The Bing • Fri, Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm; Sat, Jan. 26 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • $12, $8/groups of 10 or more, $4-8 for Saturday matinee •


Head Chief

Brenden Kichton leads the Chiefs in assists and points. Gary Peterson photo

In his fifth year in the WHL, Spokane captain Brenden Kichton is living it up By Howie Stalwick


itch Holmberg arrived on the scene with a sparkle in his eye and mayhem in his heart. Word had reached Holmberg, the Spokane Chiefs’ colorful right wing, that a newspaper reporter was working on an article on teammate Brenden Kichton. Holmberg and Kichton, please understand, are close friends. Hockey players being hockey players, however, the gloves come off in a hurry when the opportunity presents itself to rip on your buddy. “Where to start with this young man,” Holmberg begins in a philosophical tone. “He’s a little bit of a geek. By geek, I mean electronically. iPad phenom, I believe is the right word. “He loves his books and just reading in his spare time on the bus. Kind of a boring guy.” The sarcasm was still dripping off Holmberg’s tongue when defenseman Tyler King cheerfully added, “He also likes to write poetry.” Of course, King went on to say that center Liam Stewart has “blossomed” like a “a majestic rose,” but that’s another story for another time. Kichton accepts the verbal darts with an impish grin and a shake of the head. Later, Kichton does seem eager to point out that: a) he does not write poetry, and b) if he did, he’d probably have long, flowing, golden locks of hair. Like, say, Holmgren. “That hair!” Kichton fairly screams. “Oh my God! Sometimes when I look at him from the back, I think he’s a girl! Geez! He’s always whining: ‘Kich [he adopts a chalkboard-scratching, high-pitched voice], can I borrow your laptop? I want to watch a movie!’” All joking aside, Kichton is an extremely popular and well-respected member of the Chiefs. The 20-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alberta, serves as team captain in his fifth and final year of Western

Hockey League eligibility. He holds the franchise records for career goals, assists and points by a defenseman, and he’s the reigning Defenseman of the Year in the Western Conference. “He’s a huge part of their team, if not the main cog,” Seattle Thunderbirds coach Steve Konowalchuk says. “He’s a really good captain,” Stewart says. “He keeps guys going, keeps us motivated and he’s a good leader.” Kichton credits his father, Fred, for instilling a strong work ethic in him. Kichton said his father “didn’t have two nickels to rub together” growing up, but now owns a large construction company. “He just preached to me, ‘Work hard and good things will happen,’” Kichton recalls. “That’s what I try to do.” Kichton isn’t particularly big (6 feet and 190 pounds) or physical (just 18 penalty minutes in 46 games through Sunday), but he has excellent puck skills. He came into the week leading the Chiefs with 42 assists and 57 points, and he leads WHL defensemen in both statistics for the second straight year. Kichton was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2011 National Hockey League amateur draft, but he remains unsigned. Konowalchuk, who played in the NHL for 14 seasons, says Kichton “has the hockey sense and vision” to fulfill his childhood dream of playing in the NHL. “He’s going to have to win his [physical] battles with his smarts,” Konowalchuk says. For the time being, Kichton will have to be content to utilize his smarts to try to win the daily battle of wits with Holmgren and company. n The Spokane Chiefs Upcoming Games: Fri, Jan. 25 vs. Portland; Sat, Jan. 26 vs. Medicine Hat; Wed, Jan. 30 vs. Kelowna. All games at 7 pm • $10-20 • 535-PUCK or (800) 325-SEAT •


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Covering Ground

Small-scale ceramics at EWU highlight earthy art form By Carrie Scozzaro


here is an old Eastern proverb about the blind men and the elephant, where each one learns a different truth about the creature based on the part he touches with his hands. EWU’s biennial ceramics exhibit is a little like that: each of the 18 works reveals something different about clay. If you were looking at Sharon Brill’s work, you’d think clay was a soft, gentle medium so malleable that forms can be rendered with the faintest touch. Her Conch reflects the artist’s interest in spontaneous, intuitive forms — what she describes as the “search for what lies behind the overt.” Working with ultra-fine porcelain, Brill manipulates thin slabs of clay into flowing forms, leaving them in a pristine white state, which allows light to play off the undulating surfaces as if they were silk. To Matthew Dercole, the white surface of the clay is a blank canvas. In “2 Clearer Vision From The North,” he’s created a white, thought bubble-shaped form onto the surface of which he’s drawn a deer head in delicate lines of gray and black. Over that, Dercole superimposes a brown felt balloon — a string hangs down from

the oval orb — into which he’s inserted a very real-looking deer eye. The piece has a disturbing whimsy typical of Pop Surrealist works. It also points to the ability of the artist to anticipate the inclusion of 3-D objects, making clay an ideal medium for working in mixed media. That’s what Joe Page has done with “Flower Field,” which combines slipcast, cloud-like forms of porcelain clay, with wire cloud shapes, wood, paint and vinyl. Similar to installations he exhibited at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Page’s work resembles a videogame of simplified shapes in unknown relationships indicated by precisely rendered lines in pumped-up pastels. It’s a trendy utopia, yet looking closer, we see the seams in the slipcast forms, imperfections Page purposely reveals to those with a discerning, even skeptical eye. Lisa Truax adds metal, wood and paint to create the illusion of a charred rock floating above molten, vermilion lava in her “Residuum I.” Or perhaps it’s the remnants of an ancient fire ritual — residuum meaning what remains after part is removed — with the metal ring symbolizing ...continued on next page

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e were wondering what you could get for $20. The answer: a lot, actually. After sending reporters out into various regions of the Inland Northwest armed only with their own hunger and a single Andrew Jackson, we learned just how deliciously far you can stretch your money at our region’s restaurants. The rules were simple: no fast-food chains, no make-it-yourself food and it all had to happen in one day. Take a look and see how we fared, then perhaps take a look in your wallet and see what you’ll be having for lunch. — MIKE BOOKEY, section editor

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almost never have cash. But on the occasion that I do have actual paper currency in my wallet, I feel like Burt Reynolds or someone of equal social import and the money seems to evaporate at a curious rate. It was with that in mind that I set forth last week to eat on a single, crisp $20 bill. I work downtown and live on the South Hill, so those were the areas where I’d be eating, giving me no shortage of locales at which to turn this cash into calories. Figuring I’d end up blowing money on some shiny trinket in a store window before too long, I thought I should start with a humble breakfast. At Brews Brothers I stared at the chalkboard, searching for a tasty way to get the day going. The bagel sounded good, but too simple, so I opted for a yogurt cup ($3.30) with blueberries and strawberries that was smiling at me through the glass of the cooler. The barista asked if I’d like granola. “Sure, let’s get crazy,” I said. She laughed, so I dropped a pair of quarters in her tip mug — a thanks-for-laughing fee, we’ll call it.


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bor’s living room in there. I ordered the beef brisket sandwich ($8.03 with tax) and fumbled in my pocket to find those three pennies that never materialized. Owner Bob Hemphill said we weren’t going to quibble over three cents and called it good. I tipped him a buck for his kindness. He in turn told God to bless me. ...continued on next page Fair trade.


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The sandwich, after I slathered it with another layer of barbecue sauce, was a downright pleasure to ingest, as long as you wisely employ the fork and knife provided to you. It can get messy. The beef has a perfectly smoky texture to it — not too dry, not too fatty — that doesn’t need as much sauce as I applied, but whatever. I have no self-control when it comes to self-applied sauces and it’s for this reason that gas station nachos can become a safety hazard in my reckless hands.


That sandwich sat heavy in my stomach for the next three hours, an ongoing and tactile reminder that good barbecue can be found in these parts. When dinner came around, my wife and I engaged in our problematic yet ongoing practice of just getting in the car before deciding where we’re going to eat. Somewhere along 29th Street on the South Hill, she remembered the San Francisco Sourdough

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Eatery and I agreed because she’s pregnant and only eats things that she really wants to eat. This which is impractical. Still, if you’ve played a part in the fact that a woman is growing a human inside of her body, it’s best not to call this into question. At least not within earshot of said human grower. Inside, I scanned the menu of the mini-chain, deciding that a bowl of French onion soup ($4.62 with tax) would be a perfect inter-stomach companion to all that barbecue sauce. She got a pastrami sandwich — paid for with her own damn money. The soup is hot, zesty and replete with melted cheese. It comes with three pieces of warm sourdough and a pickle spear that, upon eating, I realized that pickles need to be better represented in our culture. Everything is better with a pickle. French Onion soup and a pickle — not the most common of marriages, but hey, it’s 2013, grandpa. Anything is possible. I love pickles and feel we need more of them. Not just burgers and deli sandwiches. I want a pickle spear with my oil change. When I’m getting my hair cut, I want them to hand me a pickle to gnaw on while the hair professional verifies that my sideburns are of equal length and density. Screw peanuts, airlines should hand out pickles.


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or me, eating cheap isn’t as high a priority as healthfulness and satisfying an adventurous palate. I buy clothes secondhand, don’t have a television and live thriftily, but food is one thing I don’t chintz on. Since my typical breakfast is something homemade — whole-grain muffins or a yogurt smoothie with spinach — followed by small, flavorful (mostly) healthy meals throughout the day, the $20 challenge meant getting creative. Fortunately, I’ve amassed a collection of menus from restaurants in and around Coeur d’Alene. Even if I figured $5 each for breakfast and lunch and $8 for dinner, sit-down dining = meal-sized/meal-priced portions and tipping, which for me is usually 20 percent (former waitress), it was going to be a challenge. Grocery stores have affordable mix-and-match bites and small portions but were off-limits so that meant takeout food. Spoiled by several years of food writing, suddenly $20 didn’t seem like


enough. My first stop at Orlando’s in north Coeur d’Alene was a bust; they were closed until Jan. 28, so no-go on the Veggie Breakfast Burrito ($5). Plan B brought me to downtown Coeur d’Alene where — just my luck — Dangerous Dog was closed... permanently. So much for their Turkey BLT Dog. Breakfast-time was giving way to lunchtime and the blood vessels behind my eyes were pulsing when I happened on the Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen located outside Goodwill. Signs promised five meals for $5 and it looked like county fair comfort food: Philly cheesesteaks, Italian sausage, burgers, dogs and baskets of crispy, curly fries. The only thing I knew of the place — besides its bodacious yellow 24-foot trailer — was last fall’s Coeur d’Alene Press article about Big Yellow owner Tim Patterson, pistol in hand, intervening when a Goodwill employee was accosted nearby at knifepoint. Tim and his wife of 33 years, Debbie, saved me from a low blood-sugar headache with the Breakfast Burrito ($3.49). It’s a 10-inch tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese, onions (optional green peppers) and choice of ham, bacon and German or regular sausage. It’s so filling, Tim says, they call it the “four o’clock burrito” because you won’t be hungry until mid-afternoon. A 16-ounce cup of coffee was a ridiculous $0.50, although it wasn’t the chewy brew I usually drink. Total cost of breakfast? $4.23.

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THE PIE HUT 502 Church St, Sandpoint • 208-265-2208 Every day something new, savory to sweet. Try daily soups — clam chowder, tomato basil, chicken tortilla, carrot ginger — in 8- to 16-ounce servings ($3.95-5.95) or tender forkfuls of scratch-made chicken pot pie ($5.50). Finish up with pie, like blueberryrhubarb, tiramisu cream, cherry cheesecake, by the slice ($4) or whole.

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True to form, the burrito kept my hunger at bay until early evening. That’s when my appetite returned along with a headache and sore throat. No need to consult menus this time; soup was what the doctor ordered. At Pho Thanh, I’d have 13 types of soup from which to choose: nine Vietnamese beef pho variations and wonton soup with chicken, shrimp, pork or beef meatball. Noodle and rice dishes run between $11 and $12, but their shrimp-and-chicken-filled spring rolls ($3) could easily fill you up for lunch. Zero ambiance here but the food’s damn good. Considering my boyfriend, Mr. Meat-and-Potatoes, shared his cold with me, the least I could do was share my generous portion of chicken wonton soup ($10 large). My takeout order was ready lickety-split: two 32-ounce containers, one with fragrant broth, the other jammed with chicken, noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce and fried wontons. A bundle of Thai basil, jalapeno, lime and chili sauce lets you adjust the heat level yourself.


That left me with a full tummy on a cold winter night, safe and sound with loved ones. One meal remaining, and half a dozen places where I could get another little bite. But I wasn’t hungry. Suddenly $20 seemed like a lot, something that when Tim Patterson at Big Yellow Mobile had said it earlier, I doubted him. Many of their local customers, he’d said, walk there to save on gas. They’re seeing more people struggling, and donate tips back to the food bank. Dang it. Technically I had to eat all three meals. Dessert? A beer? If coffee could be breakfast, beer counts as a meal, right? I drove by Big Yellow. Closed. First thing Monday, that $5.17 burning a hole in my pocket was going go toward filling a hole in someone else’s tummy. I’m pretty food-obsessed. Gardening, cooking, preserving, sharing recipes, dining out, whole vacations planned around what to eat and where. And, of course, writing about my experiences. This wasn’t what I expected to write about, but having to count pennies and budget every meal, even if only for a day, was eye-opening. n


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BAGUETTE SANDWICHES ($4.50) Atticus Coffee & Gifts • 222 N. Howard St. Everyone has “oh shit” days: those days when you realize that you’re late for a meeting, forgot to wear deodorant, maybe left your coffee pot on. You know what I mean. Lunch is an afterthought at times likes those, and that’s where Atticus — a cozy downtown coffee spot — comes in. They’ve got a case full of these amazing little baguette sandwiches, that come in flavors like white cheddar, pesto and sun-dried tomato, roasted red pepper and goat cheese or with meats like ham and salami. They’re simple and satisfying. Have the friendly baristas toast it up for you, and take your first deep breath of the day as you dig in with a warm cup of coffee. — LEAH SOTTILE 74 STREET GUMBO (BOWL $8, CUP $4.25) The Two Seven • 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. This has been my favorite dish for years. The menu humbly states that this gumbo’s inspiration came by way of another restaurant, but the gumbo defiantly speaks for itself without the background. It’s a blissful cohesion of steaming chicken, sausage, shrimp and veggies cooked with a delectable sauce served over rice. Those weak of palate should know — it’s über-spicy and can leave you weeping throughout the

A North Idaho original: a cheeseburger from Hudson’s. meal. Thankfully, the servers graciously bring extra bread to alleviate any discomfort. They don’t even make fun of you for breaking into a sweat. — ERIC GAVELIN CHEESEBURGER ($2.80) Hudson’s Hamburgers • 207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene It wasn’t Flannery O’Connor who said that a good cheeseburger is hard to find, nor was it Jimmy Buffett. But it’s true and evidenced by

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the fact that much of my life has been spent in pursuit of a perfect cheeseburger. Such perfection continues to elude me, but the legendary Hudson’s Hamburgers in CDA has come damn close. Their cheeseburger is simple, but excellently juicy (if it doesn’t drip, it’s not a good burger, FYI) and served on a rich and delectable bun. They get bonus points for the house-made ketchup and the tangy pickles, not to mention the fact that they rock it old school — no fries, no sides and cash only. — MIKE BOOKEY




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dilatennenir gahtnd SOPE ($3) Tacos Tumbras • 1325 West 2nd Avenue You can get a sope in any Tacos Tumbras, combo, but we recommend grabbing it for a late-night weekend snack, after 9 pm. We’ll deal with this towering pile of deliciousness in descending order: juicy diced tomato, drizzled sour cream, Mexican goat cheese, lettuce and, finally, your choice of meat — I go with El Pastor, a mouth-watering mix of marinated pork, pineapple and grilled onions — all sitting on a soft, homemade corn tortilla pillow. Eat it with a fork. Savor each bite. Grieve softly when it’s gone. — DANIEL WALTERS BEER-BATTERED MAC AND CHEESE WEDGES ($7.99) JJ’s Grill • 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd. This indulgent appetizer speaks to the kid in all of us by combining some of the greatest ingestible things of all time: beer, mac and cheese and fries. Basically JJ’s has taken run-of-the-mill elbow macaroni and cheese (it tastes exactly like the Kraft stuff from the box), somehow shaped it into little triangles, dipped it in beer batter and deep fried it so the outside is crisped to perfection and the

inside is hot, cheesy and incredibly delicious. An order comes with eight of these addictive little cheese nuggets and a pile of fries. — CHEY SCOTT THE GODMOTHER ($6) Monterey Café • 9 N. Washington St. Whoever decided that foods wrapped up in tortillas should be priced cheaper than when those same items are arranged on a plate deserves some sort of award. Maybe a trophy. At Monterey Café, a downtown pizza-andeverything-else joint, they wrap up chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, douse it all with a liberal smothering of Alfredo sauce and cheese and then dare you not to eat the entire thing in two minutes. It’s like a hearty salad wrapped up for your convenience. — MIKE BOOKEY THE ORIGINAL CALZONE (LITE $6.75 ) Pete’s Pizza ∙ 821 E. Sharp This mom-and-pop pizza shop takes the traditional approach. The original calzone is simple: sauce, mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, mozzarella and fresh dough made from a secret recipe. Sounds cliché but the simplicity

JJ’s mac and cheese triangles. works. The combination of ingredients has the right proportions so none of the flavors overpower each other. Also, the smaller size has the perfect ratio of dough-to-stuffing, so you leave satisfied but not swollen. Their friendly service makes for quick turnover. They appear to have the pizza biz figured out. — ERIC GAVELIN DOUBLE MEAL ($7.45) D. Lish’s Hamburgers - 1625 N. Division St. D. Lish’s is like Dick’s, except you can pay with a credit card and eat indoors, rather than

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huddling in your car like a winter vagrant. Fresh-cut fries and a double cheeseburger with square patties all slathered in Thousand Island dressing and touched up with shredded lettuce. Glory and grease in a gastronomic pleasure. Wash it down with your choice of pop, all-included. Enjoy the people watching, too. I dined there recently with a couple of Servpro cleaners and table of co-eds arguing the timeline of a mutual friend’s subpoena. Take your burger with raw or cooked onions — I go in for the latter. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

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aving lived on the North Side of Spokane for almost eight years now, I thought eating on $20 in one day would be easier than it turned out to be. I know my way around North Spokane, and figured that with so many local restaurants spread across the entire northern half of the city, I’d have plenty of options — and I did. Where it got difficult was narrowing down all the local food places on the North Side to just three, and spending roughly less than $7 at each if I could. To make sure I went to places where this was possible, I did some preliminary research, scanning through the Facebook pages and online menus of the North Side eateries. Even so, I felt a little nervous as I headed off to a mid-morning weekend breakfast at the Kalico Kitchen on North Division. I’d heard this little diner, tucked between a thrift store and a Howard Johnson motel, was both good and cheap. Perfect. As my guest and I walked in, we noticed the packed dining room. I expected we’d have to wait awhile, but the chirpy hostess took us to a table sandwiched between two other four-person tables. This bothered my guest a little, but with one of the smallest and fullest dining rooms I’d ever seen, I decided this was the Kalico Kitchen’s best option to save space and decrease wait times. Our bubbly, smiling server came over almost immediately, offering hot coffee, which I said yes to before realizing it would carve into what I’d have left to spend later. Flipping the menu over to the beverage list, I was relieved to see that coffee was only $1.65. After looking through the breakfast items I settled on ordering the giant breakfast burrito ($5.99) with bacon. The breakfast burrito was just enough to fill me up without being painfully full, and included a generous amount of crispy bacon along with the scrambled eggs, cheese, green peppers and onion. When I got the check, my unplanned add-on of coffee brought the total a little higher than I was hoping for, and I felt seriously guilty for only leaving a $1 tip.


Unless you live in or around the Shadle neighborhood, or frequently travel up and down the north ends of Maple and Ash streets, there’s a chance you might not know the Maple Street Bistro was even there. I’d driven by the quaint-looking little bistro countless times, and when I walked in, it felt like stepping into the cozy kitchen of a country farmhouse. The rustic cement floor, homey décor, and the scent of warm bread mixed with the aroma of coffee created a welcoming, warm atmosphere. It was frigid outside, so I went for the grilled cheese and tomato basil gorgonzola soup ($4.75). The soup had a deep, tangy flavor from the gorgonzola, and a creamy, thick consistency like a bisque. Pieces of cheddar and provolone cheeses were melted between two slices of the Maple Street Bistro’s made-from-scratch whole wheat


A giant breakfast burrito from Kalico Kitchen was our first encounter of the day. young kwak photo bread. The grilled cheese wasn’t lacking much, if but for a little more crispiness on the outside of the bread. After my breakfast slip-up with the coffee, I was worried I wouldn’t have enough for dinner if I left anything in the tip jar, but I have a feeling I’ll be back to make up for that.


In what used to be an auto repair shop, the North Side Stop N Go Family Drive-In opened last March, just past of the intersection of North Wall Street and Francis Avenue. The 1950s-style drive-in brings forth a feeling of being transported to a bygone era, with a black-and-white checkered floor, red-topped tables and chairs, shiny chrome accents and oldies hits by the Beach Boys and the Everly Brothers playing in the background. With a completely stripped-down menu, Stop N Go sticks to the classic drivein staples: cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, fish and chips, chicken strips and softserve cones. All individual items on the menu are less than $5. Not knowing how large the burgers would be, I ordered Combo #1 ($4.50), a single-patty cheeseburger with a small order of fries and a small fountain drink. Thin, straight-cut, perfectly crispy and salted, the fries were my favorite part of this meal. Mixing it up from the traditional ketchup-with-mayo fry sauce that’s

More northside Cheap Eats Aloha Island Grill 1220 W. Francis Ave. • 413-2029 1724 N. Monroe St. • 327-4270 Palm trees painted on the side of the building invite customers inside the Aloha Island Grill for a truly tropical eating experience. Aloha, as regulars call it, is Spokane’s go-to spot for fast, cheap and good Hawaiian food. The North Monroe location offers lunch and dinner, while the West Francis spot has more indoor seating, espresso drinks and a drive-thru window. Try the classic teriyaki chicken bowl ($4.90) for a fast, filling meal. Didier’s Yogurt & More 10410 N. Division St. • 466-8434 This sweet spot by Whitworth University is where college kids and north-enders make the trek for a late-night treat. A family-run favorite and once-victim of a minivan collision, Didier’s serves shakes and frozen yogurt with enough toppings to spark any fantasy of the perfect cold and smooth dessert — and they’ve been doing it since before this new froyo craze. Didier’s has more than just sweet treats, though. Try its ever-popular cheeseburger ($5.99), or the same version with bacon ($6.69). Fieldhouse Pizza 4423 W. Wellesley Ave. • 474-1991 Since opening in the former Stadium Pizza Parlor spot back in 2011, Fieldhouse Pizza has been meeting the needs of hungry neighborhood residents and sports fans alike, and is conveniently just down the street from Joe Albi Stadium. As a family dining and bar hy-

brid, Fieldhouse has something for everyone, including its create-your-own pizza menu, featuring around two dozen toppings and six sauces. Don’t forget the all-you-can-eat salad bar; you can heap your plate one time through for $5, or keep going back as many times as you want for $7. Casa de Oro 4111 N. Division St. • 489-3630 Though there have been multiple restaurants around Spokane with the name Casa de Oro, the one on North Division is the only one owned by the Torres family. Having grown up near Guadalajara, Mexico, owner Enrique Torres knows how to make Mexican food the way we like it up here, and for some of the best prices around. Try the veggie burrito ($8.25) or one of the many combo meals. All orders come with unlimited chips, salsa and refried bean dip. Flamin’ Joe’s 7015 N. Division St. • 465-5052 Flamin’ Joe’s caters to the chicken wing connoisseur you didn’t even know existed, with 20 different wing sauce flavors ranging from Huckleberry BBQ to Chipotle Apricot Mustard. Besides its impressive array of wing sauces, Flamin’ Joe’s also offers around two dozen beers. Make sure to check out the menu specials each day of the week, or make it simple and go for the 6 Pack ($5.99), with your choice of one sauce flavor. If boneless is more your taste, try the half-pound ($6.99). — CHEY SCOTT

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everywhere, Stop N Go’s creation had a smoky hint of barbecue sauce. While the beef patty on my cheeseburger was on the thinner side, with the generous portions of French fries and a bubbly soda. It was just enough food with which to end the day.


With a goal to spend every last cent of the $20 I’d started out with, I dropped into the Conoco gas station across the street from Stop N Go and wandered the aisles looking for a snack. Unfortunately, all of the candy bars were $1.19; leaving me few options other than a pack of sour gummy worms ($.89) at the end of an aisle. If I’d been able to predict I’d end up with just more than a dollar left, though, I would have left better tips!

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ormally, I’d pinch my pennies over the course of a week and enjoy three delish dishes out and about over the course of that week. But there are a lot of abnormal things happening here, not the least of which is the fact that the challenge is to spend only 20 bucks, while eating three, hopefully tasty, square meals in one day. When I first moved to Spokane, I had more than $20. That said, I still found comfort, not to mention free wireless Internet access and a jolt or two of java at Rocket Bakery down on Argonne Road in Millwood. If the “rocket” represents the coffee,

then, you know, the “bakery” represents the bakery. And it’s the bakery that brought me here the day of this dare. I hadn’t been to this locale (one of seven in the area) for several months, and I knew this experiment was as good an excuse as any to have breakfast there. There are many choices here for “carbohydrated” grub, my preferred kind of food before noon. As you walk into the store, you’re face-to-glass with the display of pastries, muffins, breads and cookies. You won’t miss it, thank goodness, because this is where the magic of your morning can happen. Everything edible here is sold on the cheap, and I went with the Turkish Tea Cake ($1.85, $2.01 after tax). The cake, which is a kind of coffee-cake/cake-bread, is inspired. Sweet, but not too sweet. There is something exotic about how the cake is spiced, and the sugary crumble on the top of the bread gave my palate a surprising wake-up and a wonderful contrasting texture. I could have eaten another piece, or had a cup of joe, or at least taken one or the other to go, but, determined to save a lot of cash for lunch and dinner, I forged on.

More Spokane valley CHeap Eats COTTAGE CAFÉ 6902 East Appleway Blvd. • 928-8888 You absolutely can’t go wrong with the Cottage Café. Their French Toast Special doesn’t belong in the same sentence as the French toast served at most restaurants, let alone at one that will charge a scant $5.25 for four decadent wedges served with warmed maple syrup. If you like a true dessert for breakfast, go for the “Piccadilly” Waffle ($7.95): a pecan Belgian waffle with banana slices, ice cream and whipped cream. Then find the nearest treadmill. SWAGAT 14414 East Sprague Ave. • 315-8785 If you find yourself in the Valley, pining for Indian food, then hustle over to Swagat, where you’ll find a menu of 108 items, 65 of which cost less than $10. My advice? Go for the Saag Paneer ($9.99), which is an amazing concoction of spinach, homemade cheese and a delectable sauce. Or, if you’re up for something more interesting than fast food for a midday meal, head there for their seven-days-each-week all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($9.99). CASEY’S PLACE 13817 East Sprague Ave. • 921-6545 You like you, right? So please do yourself a favor and have lunch at, or delivered by, Casey’s Place. This joint puts many other delis to shame. They have umpteen

permutations of a build-your-own sandwich, but they also have many standards to choose from. The tantalizing Hawaiian sandwich is built with ham, pineapple and Swiss cheese on a French bread foundation ($6.50 small, $7.50 large). DAVE’S BAR AND GRILL 12124 East Sprague Ave. • 926-9640 Here’s yet another great choice for breakfast and lunch on the cheap. Dave’s name belies something wonderful about this place: Dave’s is actually a foodie must. There are few other places in this region (dare I say none) where you can try out liver and onions ($9) and gizzards ($9), and wash them down with a Shirley Temple for ironic teetotalers ($2). THAI BAMBOO 12722 East Sprague Ave. • 444-8424 While much of Thai Bamboo’s menu includes dishes that cost more than $10, there is an important caveat: This is a marvelous place to eat unique, satisfying and light lunches. There are eight lunch combo plates ($9 each). I recommend Combo D: Phad Thai Noodles and Chicken Cashew Nut. It’ll please your palate and take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand. — MATT ZAMBITO

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$17.99 REMAINING Two hours later, famished, I headed out east on Sprague until I spotted Conley’s Place, an Irish pub with diner elements, where I knew I could get a hearty breakfast-for-lunch at a steal. The restaurant is decorated tastefully, celebrating an Irish heritage (nothing gaudy here), and this befits the cuisine, which includes many traditional Irish offerings. One of the beauties of Conley’s is this: More than two-thirds of the items on the menu are less than $10. Intent on not splurging for any kind of flavored drink, I stuck with water. I had an Order of Eggs ($6.99, $8.80 after tax and tip). I went with scrambled eggs. The meal comes with hash browns and a choice of toast, three pancakes, an English muffin, a large biscuit with gravy or one of several different kinds of muffins, and I couldn’t resist the idea of pancakes. My eggs were hot and plentiful, neither overcooked nor squishy and viscid. The hash browns had a great crunch to the exterior, and were seasoned so well that I added nothing to them, simply enjoying the flavor of the potatoes. The pancakes at Conley’s are fluffy, and offered a sweet counterbalance to the rest of my salty and savory meal. My guest, not hampered by my cash limit, ordered a cheese omelet filled, at no extra charge, with four different cheeses. I would have drooled over the decadence of her meal, but I cleared my plate quite content, incredibly pleased to have good, warm, affordable food. I must admit this: At this point, as a caffeine-deprived caffeine addict, I was already getting a headache. I eyeballed the sugar on the table as my best bet for a pick-me-up that would cost me nothing. Don’t worry: It didn’t

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come to that. I plodded through. I rarely finish a meal at a restaurant, but out of fear I’d have to hold off longer than I’d hope, coupled with a fear that I wouldn’t be able to afford dinner, I gobbled all the grub in front of my face.


For dinner, I stayed on Sprague, and soon found myself inside the Thrifty Scotsman, an unassuming drive-in that redefines “thrifty.” There are only two things on the menu that cost more than $7: an order of double fish and fries; and an order of double chicken and fries. Let me tell you, though: You are doing a disservice to yourself if you don’t first try, like I did, the Super Ham Burger ($3.79, $4.12 after tax). There’s no typo there: This hamburger has divine, salty, slightly-grilled slices of ham on it, along with two pieces of cheese, two beefy patties, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a po’ boy bun. This sandwich is a revelation. I felt myself flashing back on a lifetime of burgers, for good and for ill, and I have come to this decision: I haven’t had a burger that is, pound-for-pound based on price, this good in years. The sandwich is salty, juicy, cheesy, beefy, meaty, gluttonous goodness. With some money to spare, I plunked down just a wee bit more of my cash reserves and ordered a large peanut butter shake ($2.99, $3.25 after tax), made with real crunchy peanut butter. Not only did the drink take me back to my youth, it also filled me to the brim with a perfect closing to a meal and a day I can’t find a thing to complain about and only things to glow about.

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y now, we’re used to seeing the main character as the villain on television: the mob boss, the dirty cop, the meth-cook mastermind. Simply by sitting on the throne of “protagonist” they become somebody we root for. Yet, The Americans (10 pm Wednesdays on FX) experiments with that formula by pushing it one step further. The horrible things the protagonists on The Americans do aren’t in service of America, or preventing crime, or protecting their family or even lining their own pockets: They do it for the Soviet Union. Elizabeth (Keri Russell, Felicity) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters) seem to be a generic 1980s suburban couple with a thriving marriage and children. In reality, they’re longtime Soviet sleeper agents. Their idyllic lifestyle gets a little more complicated when a counterintelligence agent happens to move next door. The Americans excels on the scene-by-scene level, featuring cleverly constructed, thrilling, devastating and agonizing moments that, unfortunately, are confusingly organized. Prestige cable shows seem to conflate viewers struggling to follow the plot with great writing, but here it drags down the pilot episode. Television, of course, has a long tradition of telling spy stories, from the intentionally ridiculous (Chuck, I Spy) to the unintentionally ridiculous (Alias). For the most part, The Americans, heavy with dark shadows, moody music and the static of ambient sounds, aims to be serious. The first two episodes deal with very serious issues — rape, blackmail, treason and torture. But to a younger person like me, a kindergartner

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Fake love: Soviet style. when the Soviet Union fell, the one-time superpower seems more like the province of Yakov Smirnoff jokes and campy Red Alert videogames, not a genuine threat to national security. So when Elizabeth speaks of love for “the motherland,” unironically, it’s hilarious in all the wrong ways. You can see The Americans struggling with its identity: does it stay loyal to Sopranos-style “quality television,” or defect, becoming fun Prison Break-style pulp? I recommend the latter. There are enough great dramas out there, and not enough purely enjoyable ones. — DANIEL WALTERS


For Your Consideration By Daniel Walters

E-BOOK | At first, the joke about The Onion’s portrayal of Vice President Joe Biden as “Diamond Joe,” a hard-drinking, Trans-Am-loving dirty old man, seemed to be mostly about how unseemly such behavior would be for a respected vice president. But gradually, the actual Joe Biden has begun to become his satirical caricature. His guffawing, aggressive performance in his debate against Paul Ryan. The biker chick sitting on his lap. His command to “spread your legs, you’re going to be frisked” to the husband of a senator. Now that The Onion has released the PRESIDENT OF VICE, a purported autobiography from Diamond Joe, the convergence can continue.

VIDEOGAME | The golden age of weird indie videogames continues with the beta of Don’t Starve. The top-down cartoony videogame is purportedly about survival — don’t get killed by monsters or forget to eat food — but in reality it’s about discovery. The game doesn’t come with an instruction manual or a tutorial. It’s all about figuring things out. Click here or there, explore, combine items, combine items, cook food, plant crops, make traps, construct buildings, create machines and fight pig-men. It’s the sort of game that can be spoiled by giving too much away.

TV SHOW | LEGIT is the latest in the stream of male-centric, slightlysociopathic FX comedies (Always Sunny, Wilfred, anything with Charlie Sheen) This time, comedian Jim Jefferies plays an Australian jerk deciding, a little reluctantly and a little ineffectually, to become a better guy. DJ Qualls (from being-incredibly-gangly fame) plays Billy, a young man confined to a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy and the butt of the most risqué jokes. If this series succeeds, however, it will be because of its nearly undetectable underlying sweetness, not its shock value.

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Spokane How Hawaiian cuisine made it to the Inland Northwest and where to find it By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


oel Macapagal, former owner of Raw in downtown Spokane, stands behind the counter of Wave rolling sushi. Despite the ice-caked sidewalks and frozen-fog-coated trees, Macapagal wears shorts and flip-flops. He’s lived permanently in Spokane since 2002, but can’t seem to shed the uniform of his native Hawaii any more than he can shed his cravings for fresh ahi. As he pats rice onto nori he describes his first years in Spokane. “[In] my freshman class at Gonzaga, there were 14 [Hawaiians] and that was a record at the time. I mean Spokane in 1990, we would go to the Mustard Seed downtown that was the overarching Asian, Hawaiian anything,” says Macapagal. Hawaiians living in Spokane often relied on Japanese or other Asian restaurants to satiate their cravings for teriyaki or rice-and-vegetable dishes, but the local Japanese cuisine could provide only one profile found in the multi-flavored cuisine of the Hawaiian Islands. Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino ingredients and cooking styles were introduced to Hawaii in the 1800s when laborers from


those countries arrived to work on pineapple and sugar plantations. Immigrant dishes mingled with local ingredients and the aftereffects are found on modern plates. Rice, eggs and Portuguese sausage are stir-fried for breakfast. Fresh fruit and sugar sweetened the traditional salty bite of Japanese soy sauce. Poke, a Hawaiian take on fish tartare and carpaccio, places raw ahi (or octopus or salmon) amid cabbage seasoned with onion, sea salt, seaweed and a variety of other flavors like wasabi or sesame oil. During World War II, when fishing was prohibited off the coasts, Hawaiians turned to Spam, a surplus soldier’s ration, to provide their diet with protein. Spam became such an important part of the Hawaiian diet that any authentic Hawaiian restaurant serves dishes like Spam musubi (Spam on rice wrapped in nori) or Spam fried rice. Macapagala says that the litmus test for a real Hawaiian restaurant is whether or not Spam is on the menu. Spam has been on the Aloha Grill’s menu for more than 15 years. Owner Lori Keegan explains that she purchased the restaurant from “some girls who had it for about seven years and they were Hawaiian. We bought out the recipes and everything from them when we took over.” Matt Loui, a former member of Hui o Hawaii, Eastern Washington University’s Hawaiian Student Organization recommends the Aloha Grill’s garlic chicken plate. Shaolin Ching, his co-worker at Eastern’s Dining Services and fellow Hawaiian, wishes that more local Pacific Rim restaurants allowed customers to pick and choose side dishes and entrees. Combination plate dining is what she is accustomed to. She, and Loui, are also accustomed to the communal style of dining found back home.

The Wave’s poke ahi is a traditional Hawaiian dish. Chris Bovey photo Many Hawaiians, new arrivals and those who have been in the Northwest for years, still gather together for potlucks where they share Kahlua pork and, when the ingredients are available, lau lau, a dish that uses a taro leaf and pork butt. “Traditionally, we put a little bit of butterfish and salt and pork fat. We wrap it up and then you steam it or slow cook it, traditionally in a pit,” says Ching. Macapagal says the number of islanders in Spokane increased dramatically by the time he came back in 2002. “The trek out to the Valley to Hula Hut was one of those things where you’d walk in there and you’re kind of apprehensive and then you’d realize the people behind the counter were locals, Polynesians, and you find out: that’s Uncle Bill from Wahiawa,” says Macapagal. Though Hula Hut is no longer out in the Valley, and its most recent location on North Division is closed due to property management issues, you can still find the Hut’s huli huli chicken or salmon sold from its cart during Pig Out in the Park. They sell the fare in the traditional Hawaiian style — combination plates that feature different entrees and side dishes. The Aloha Grill does the same and is also open for island-style breakfasts like the Loco Moco (sticky white rice with eggs and ground beef). For a night out, Wave remains a Hawaiian establishment of choice. Different, hard-to-find traditional Hawaiian dishes like lau lau and poke are rotated into the menu in the middle of winter. to, as Macapagal says, “remind people that there is hope.” n


Home Viewing

A look at some of the DVDs you should be seeking out By Ed Symkus


here’s something cool about popping a disc into your home DVD player, then sitting back on the couch and hitting play. Of course, it’s a little better if you have a widescreen TV and you move that couch a little closer to it. Dozens of new and old movies, along with long-forgotten TV shows, are released every Tuesday. We took a look at what’s come out over the past couple of months, and now present a list of quirky, don’t miss or just plain rewarding titles to check out.

Bat Masterson: 24-Hour Marathon Collection

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Seven black-and-white classics: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon (in both 2-D and 3-D), along with Phantom of the Opera, in color.

Neil Young Journeys

Jonathan Demme directs his third Neil Young concert outing. This one mixes two 2011 nights of solo performances in Toronto with scenes of Neil, behind the wheel of his ’56 Ford Crown Victoria, riding through the “town in North Ontario” where he grew up. Highlights: “After the Gold Rush” on pump organ and “Helpless” on acoustic guitar.


He was a real U.S. Marshal who dressed smartly, smooth-talked the ladies, won most poker games he played and whose choice of weapons leaned more toward his gold-tipped cane than his gun. Gene Barry played him on this late ’50s TV show. Barry’s finest role (well, maybe except for Amos Burke). It’s a love story, a thriller and a mood piece with characters set in different cities and countries whose stories slowly start to come together. There’s no straightforward narrative, and some of the people in the film never actually meet, though they’re joined via an innovative use of split screen. With Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins and many others.

Charlie Is My Darling

A documentary about the Rolling Stones’ 1965 tour of Ireland, this features concert footage of the band — early and raw — and the audience, members of which regularly leap to the stage and grab their idols. There’s also an informal look behind the scenes, on long train rides and in hotel rooms, where the Stones relaxed, often working up new material.

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Dark Horse

Writer-director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Life During Wartime) delivers his most accessible film, a tale of 30-somethings Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair), with nothing in common except that they’re both losers. The film has an odd charm. It also has Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken as Abe’s parents.

The Queen of Versailles

Never mind being snubbed by the Academy with no nomination, this film was supposed win the damn Oscar for feature documentary. It’s a darkly hilarious study of very rich people who lose it all, yet still have a propensity for spending freely (and stuffing dead dogs). America is wonderful!


Terry Gilliam’s tale of society being swallowed up by a business-minded police state is more relevant now than when it was released in 1985. This is funny but extremely black satire that’s also a masterpiece of cinematic invention, taking on class struggles and people’s interactions with small and gigantic spaces.

The Qatsi Trilogy

First came the stunning and wordless Koyaanisqatsi (1983), complete with haunting and dizzying Philip Glass soundtrack and a look at “life out of balance,” followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). You will drop your jaw, you will think about your place in our world.

My Dog Tulip

The wistful memoir by J.R. Ackerley about his relationship with his German shepherd Tulip makes a wonderful jump to film, done up in simple, hand-drawn animation style. Set in rural 1940s and 1950s England, it tells the story of a lonely man who rescues a difficult dog, and how they work things out. A rarity, this is an animated feature for adults more than for kids. n

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Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) leave behind the innocence of a broken childhood to start life as vigilantes of revenge. Now, the bloodthirsty pair must deal with the haunting legacy of their youth while hacking down the witches who stalk them. In the end, though, Hansel and Gretel shines forth as another example of Hollywood’s macabre obsession with reworking children’s fairy tales into action flicks. Bonus: You get to see some heavy crossbow and shotgun action in glorious 3-D. (SM) Rated R  


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accepts a job with an unfamiliar crew, only to be double-crossed by the leader. Though the role of Parker is nothing new for the actor, we can look forward to another movie full of Statham frolicking in well-tailored suits. (SM) Rated R


Kids these days seem to have a penchant for anything taboo. This film follows the journey of three youths bent on finding the most banned movie in the world. The 12 storylines, each produced by a different director, go deep into the dark, dusty depths of the Internet on the quest for the worst of the worst. This comedy assembles one of the largest masses of talent in the industry, featuring actors such as Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks and many more. (SM) Rated R

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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


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


Seems about time for Quentin Tarantino to conquer a Western movie — seeing that he’s already done a heist flick, some samurai films, a blaxploitation homage and a war movie. Django Unchained tracks a slave (Jamie Foxx) who is promised freedom by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in exchange for helping find a pair of criminals. They also rumble with a rich Frenchie (Leonardo DiCaprio) who owns Django’s wife now. (LS) Rated R


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now playing ful, 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


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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Part one of Peter Jackson’s three-part prequel to his outstanding Lord of the Rings trilogy is solidly acted and directed, and brimming with neat visual trickery, such as combining very big folks with very small folks in a single scene. But problems abound in the telling of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) long, treacherous journey across Middle Earth 600 years before the oh-so-similar one taken by his nephew Frodo. (ES) Rated PG-13

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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


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


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


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



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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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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

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 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


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


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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wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that the all that interesting. It plays out by devolving into script for Broken City — by otherwise un-creda muddled mess of confused motives — such as ited newbie Brian Tucker — had been sitting the scene in which Taggart finds himself in a around, unproduced, for 20 years. It’s that musty situation with the police commissioner (Jeffrey in too many incomprehensible ways. Wright, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), whom Not the noir-ish vibe it opens with: gritty he previously couldn’t stand to be in the same urban crime drama never goes out of style. But room with, but who suddenly appears to be opthe things it chooses to be gritty and cynical erating in tandem with him. It’s as if the two men about are odd and outdated — as if the sorts of were longstanding partners who shared an almost corruption on display here were unexpected or telepathic link; it made me honestly wonder if shocking, while it lets hints of potential scandals important scenes had been entirely deleted. that would have been far more modern and But the most puzzling mustiness comes from could have been much more the complete lack of any appreciation deliciously, chessily salacious — or on the part of screenwriter Tucker, or BROKEN CITY even genuinely unsettling — slide director Allen Hughes (who directed Rated R past without even noticing them. The Book of Eli with his brother, AlNew York City Mayor Nicho- Directed by Allen Hughes bert), that this story is happening in Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell 2010s New York. Crowe’s apparent las Hostetler (Russell Crowe) is expecting easy re-election in a few Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones attempts to channel Rudy Giuliani days when he brings in disgracedmight be OK if the city here didn’t cop-turned-cheap-PI Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlalso feel very pre-9/11 — even ’90s-ish. I don’t recberg) to do his usual thing: get pics of the city’s ognize this New York except as a distant memory, first lady (Catherine Zeta-Jones) with the lover and I barely recognize two actors — Crowe and Hostetler knows she’s sneaking out to see. Wahlberg — who are usually a lot more engaging Of course there’s much more going on than than what they give us here. I’d love to see them meets our eye, or Taggart’s... but what it is isn’t together again in a movie that deserves them. n

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uinn Tanzer is stumbling around in the dark. “I don’t know where the lights are, I’m still trying to figure that out,” he calls out from the shadows backstage. Tanzer — the 25-year-old booker who recently left the downtown A Club after two years of bringing bands like Helmet, the Toadies and All-American Rejects to Spokane — is still getting acquainted with his new digs: a white stucco building sandwiched between the DMV and the Eagles Ice-A-Rena that looks like it was airlifted through time from Stalinist-era Russia. This spot used to be called Spokane EpiCenter — in fact, it still is, according to the sign outside (but that sign also says something about this being a “House of Ribs,” too). Under Tanzer’s leadership, this strange little building will be called The Center. It will be Spokane’s second largest club venue: a 500-capacity, fully-sprinklered, all-ages friendly room. Last weekend the venue hosted it’s first all-ages show, and this Sunday it will feature the Portland Cello Project. Today, though, Tanzer is hoping people can see his vision. But right now, there are lights on the floor and a crew of men stand around looking confused about how to get the speakers hung above the stage. “We’re reaching the point of getting stressed out,” Tanzer says.


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MUSIC | pop pair’s musical backgrounds and relative veteran-status in the world of indie rock create a chemistry that is both palpable and magnificent. “The way those guys worked,” Greer explains, referencing many classic French directors, “is similar to what we like to do. Very cheaply and very quickly. Breaking the rules and making up new ones.” Vivarat, most notably a previous member of LA shoegaze band Useless Keys, lends a soft and sultry French voice to the duo’s gracefully but quickly composed indie pop. It recalls, whether purposefully or not, 1990s indie darlings Stereolab. And Greer, who Visit for complete has spent more than two listings of local events. decades writing and recording music, was at one time a member of rock group Guided by Voices. It was an experience that, he says, sobered him to the ways of the recording industry. “Mostly I learned not to worry about what other people think and to trust your own instincts,” Greer says. “Knowing the economics involved with touring and putting out records yourself is valuable, though it doesn’t make it any easier. “It’s pretty much a full-time job. That doesn’t pay very well. Sometimes I think I should have just learned to play drums,” he adds. Détective is often brief when it comes to its songs — something Greer says is not always intentional. But it benefits the band, making each track short-but-sweet — fitting for a band with soft, hooky songs. “I don’t know why mine tend to be short,” Greer says. “When it feels done, it’s done.” Détective has this timeless quality both in its sound and in its songs, no doubt a result of the band’s joyously reminiscent method of songwriting, as well as its insistence on sticking to analog instrumentation and recording processes. Whatever the process, Détective makes inescapably charming and deft pop songs that both nurture and excite tired hearts. n

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The French Connection LA band Détective uses 1960s cinema as its guide By Jordan Satterfield


ll you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” This oft-quoted piece of wisdom from legendary French film director Jean-Luc Godard succinctly describes his sparse but cathartic film work, and the films of other directors who defined 1960s French New Wave cinema. The significance here? Members of the Los Angeles-based pop group Détective have taken the philosophy of Godard and his counterparts to heart, applying it to their music with stunning accuracy. All they



needed was a guy and a girl. “We liked the various associations the film and the name conjure,” says founding member and songwriter James Greer. Greer openly admits that the group lifted its name directly from one of Godard’s lesser-known mid-’80s films. It’s an aesthetic that sticks: the group’s main songwriting talent consists simply of Greer himself and Guylaine Vivarat, and their sound rests fittingly between the 1960s art-pop of Vivarat’s native France and the ’90s garage rock of Greer’s past. The

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315 Martinis & Tapas, Craig Catlet Angel Gallery of Art (208-6657232), Andy Day Baby Bar, Bad Mood, The Rich Hands Big Sky Tavern (489-2073), Gil and Craig Bigfoot, Phoenix J Bing Crosby Theater, Fling at the Bing feat. Jessica Skerrit, Dane Stokinger, Brandon O’Neill, Jadd Davis, Kasey Nusbickel, Katherine Strohmaier and Krista Kubicek Bluz at the Bend, Charlie Butts and The Filter Tips Bolo’s (891-8995), Suckerpunch Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project



Boomer’s (368-9847), Frydazend Brooklyn Deli (835-4177), Lee Lester the Cellar, RBMC Jazz Club Rio (208-437-4814), Sammy Eubanks J Cda Casino, Nathan Belt as Elvis (see story above), Echo Elysium, Strictly Business Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208-255-1912), Mike and Shana Thompson Copa (208-635-5534), Truck Mills Cricket’s (208-765-1990), Riverboat Dave and The Fur Traders Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner Fizzie Mulligans, The Cruizers Grande Ronde Cellars (4558161), Kevin Brown with Kelly Bogan J the Hop!, Hobgoblin Iron Horse, Aftermath John’s Alley, Clumsy Lovers Jones Radiator, Dumpster Juice, They’re Watching, Dust in Blood

Library Lounge, Baboon Moon Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), NativeSun Mezzo Pazzo, Maxie Ray Mills Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Emily Baker Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Ringo’s Little Vegas Casino (924-2055), Beauty and the Beast Roadhouse, The Ryan Larsen Band Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band Splash (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Studio 107 (208-664-1201), Lyle Morse Swamp, The Wreckers, The Longnecks Tito’s (208-667-2782), Mike Morris Tomlinson Sotheby’s (208-6671551), Glenn & Rachel Ugly Bettie’s, Thunder and Lightning, The Lion Oh My Valley Eagles (928-2063), Chris Ellenberger Zola, Flying Spiders


ortland Cello Project — also known as PCP — is a high-energy cello group that breathes new life into its instruments, updating what it’s like to be a classical musician today. Unlike so many of its classical counterparts, the PCP performs upbeat covers of pop hits like Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” Kanye’s “All Of The Lights,” Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and a few jams by Adele and Rihanna. In an attempt to constantly mix things up and keep performances fresh, the cellists have been known to add anywhere from a full choir to a section of winds, horns and percussion depending on the requirements of a particular song. However they do it, Portland Cello Project shows that there is no Top 40 song they can’t tackle. — ERIC GAVELIN Portland Cello Project • Sun, Jan. 27 at 7 pm • $15 • The Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood • • 724-7879


here are times when Nathan Belt walks onstage and is just another Nashville recording artist with a handful of countryinspired songs. But many times, like this Friday, he walks onstage as Elvis Presley. In head-totoe leather and sparkling jumpsuits, Belt tours to casinos across the country doing his best rendition of the King. He sings and dances and walks out to kiss ladies in the crowd. And, like local Elvis tribute artist Ben Klein, Belt has competed in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest in Memphis — which means he’s about as legit as you can be in the world of Elvis mimicry. — LEAH SOTTILE Nathan Belt as Elvis • Fri, Jan. 25, at 7 pm • Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort • 37914 South Nukwalqw Road, Worley, Idaho • $15-$25 • All-ages • • (800) 325SEAT

Saturday, 1/26

315 Martinis & Tapas, Robbie French J Asia Restaurant (448-4499), One Match Left Bigfoot, Phoenix J Bing Crosby Theater, Fling at the Bing feat. Jessica Skerrit, Dane Stokinger, Brandon O’Neill, Jadd Davis, Kasey Nusbickel, Katherine Strohmaier and Krista Kubicek Bluz at the Bend, Charlie Butts and The Filter Tips Bolo’s (891-8995), Suckerpunch Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project Boomer’s (368-9847), Frydazend J Boots Bakery & Lounge (7037223), Clusterf**k?!?, Catholic Guilt, Space Movies Brooklyn Deli (835-4177), Del-Fi J Carr’s Corner, Thou Shall Kill, Rutah, Fueling the Heathen, Ichabod, Skinwalker Cellar, RBMC Jazz

Checkerboard, Mojave Wizard CDA Casino, Echo Elysium, Strictly Business Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208255-1912), Charley Packard Copa (208-635-5534), Flying Mammals Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner Fizzie Mulligans, The Cruizers J the Hop!, The Overseer, Fit for a King, The Ongoing Concept, Drag Like Pull, Write the Riddle, Resverie Huckleberry’s (624-1349), Abe Kenney Ichiban, Soul Proprietor Iron Horse, Aftermath John’s Alley, Clumsy Lovers J Jones Radiator, Detective (see story on page 51), Bias Knitting Factory, Mystikal, M.Dot-80, Outrageous, Young Trace, Rezloyal LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow

Library Lounge, Baboon Moon Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), NativeSun Mootsy’s, My Pinky Has a Name, Locke, Benjamin Ham Northern Quest, Easton Corbin Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Ringo’s Little Vegas Casino (924-2055), Beauty and the Beast Roadhouse, The Ryan Larsen Band Seasons of Coeur d’Alene, Truck Mills Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band J Shop, Just Plain Darin Splash (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Valley Eagles (928-2063), Mingo, Chris Ellenberger Wagon Wheel (299-9090), The Usual Suspects Zola, Raggs and Bush Doktor

Sunday, 1/27

Cellar, Max Daniels Band John’s Alley, Sophistafunk J The Center (742-7879), Portland Cello Project (see story on facing page) with Allelujah Choir Zola, The Bucket List

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Monday, 1/28

Eichardt’s, Truck Mills The Center, Dada, Jerad Finck, 7 Horse, Flying Mammals Zola, Nate Ostrander Jam Session

Tuesday, 1/29

315 Martini Bar, Janet Johnson J Avenue Pizza (624-0236), The Perennials, Marshall McLean, Jamie Frost J INB Performing Arts Center (279-7000), Rain: Beatles Tribute Luxe Coffehouse, Trickster Fox Zola, Dan Conrad and Haley Young with The Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 1/30

Cellar, Truck Mills Cum Inn (924-6762), Armed and Dangerous Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Marshall McLean Luxe Coffehouse, Jonathan Zaragoza Mezzo Pazzo, Garrett Bartley Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Swamp, Carey Brazil Zola, Island Soul

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The Beatles went their separate ways more than four decades ago. Of the original Fab Four, the only still living — and also rocking — are Ringo and Paul. But diehard fans both young and old can get the next closest thing to seeing the mop tops live in concert by going to see the acclaimed, longtime Beatles tribute band Rain, which will take the stage at the INB next week. It’s kind of eerie just how closely the band’s members actually look and sound like John, Paul, George and Ringo. And what’s also weird is that this group has been impersonating The Beatles longer than the original group made music together. — CHEY SCOTT Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles • Tue, Jan. 29 at 7:30 pm • $25-$55 • INB Performing Arts Center • • 2797000

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Boom • Jan. 24-Feb. 9 • Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm; select Wednesday shows Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; matinees at 2 pm on Sat, Feb. 2 and Sat, Feb. 9 • $15-$28 • Interplayers Theatre • 174 S. Howard St. • • 455-7529

New Belgium Beer Dinner • Fri, Jan. 25 from 6-10 pm • $58, reservations limited • The Lincoln Center • 1316 N. Lincoln St. • • 327-8000

What does any survivalist living in an underground end-of-theworld bunker need? Duh, a mate. Because if you happen to be the last one living you’ll need to repopulate the earth. Right? And the best way to find a mate? Craigslist. Boom, directed by Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, follows a daring young journalism student, Jo, who responds to a personal ad promising “sex to change the course of the world.” — ELI FRANCOVICH

The Lincoln Center’s new Connoisseur’s Club welcomes New Belgium Brewery from Fort Collins, Colo., for a night of beer and cuisine. Five of the brewery’s beers have been paired with a fivecourse dinner, ranging from beer-braised pork belly to duck salad. While you’re munching on perfectly roasted elk loin chops, feel confident knowing you are among company that appreciates the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale as much as you do. Seats are limited, so make sure to book your table soon. — SARAH MUNDS


For most of the year, downtown Coeur d’Alene hosts an Art Walk on the second Friday of the month. But now through March, the focus shifts from your eyes to your ears with a Music Walk every fourth Friday, when restaurants, art galleries and other downtown businesses transform into concert venues for local musicians. Stay in one place for a whole performance, or wander around for an audio sampler of styles and sounds. The event is heavier on the music than the walking — all the performances will be within just a few blocks on Sherman Avenue. — LISA WAANANEN Downtown Coeur d’Alene Music Walk • Fri, Jan. 25 from 5-8 pm • Free • Various businesses on Sherman Avenue •


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That comparison is probably a stretch, but Mystikal nevertheless does deliver slower beats similar to those of Dre’s chronic-influenced rap and has a track titled “Hit Me,” riffing off Brown’s style, energy and trumpet. The typical charade of hardcore rapper is obvious, entertaining and even good for a laugh. Don’t get me wrong, though, this artist can flow and incorporates a surprisingly well-rounded diction, using high-flown words like “hubris.” Expect many references to drug culture and for the person next to you to be stoned. — ERIC GAVELIN

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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Choose to LoseLive comedy improv show based on audience suggestions. Jan. 25 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Live ComedyStand-up comedy featuring Jim Green. Jan. 25 and 26 at 8 pm. Uncle D’s Comedy Club, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) SafariShort-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Jan. 26 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Adult Improv ClassEight-week session emphasizing and reinforcing skills

of improv comedy including creativity, spontanaeity, listening and trust. Tuesdays through March 12 from 7-9 pm. $25/ session or $150/8-week class. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045)

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Budgeting 101Financial workshop hosted by STCU on money management Jan. 24 at 5:30 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. workshops National Gonzaga DayWear your Zag gear, watch the men’s and women’s basketball games and listen to a special live address. Jan. 24 from 6-10 pm. Free with non-perishable food donation. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. RSVP at (800-463-6925)

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My boyfriend and I were invited to dinner at our friends’ house. An hour after the appointed time, another friend of theirs, a woman who’s been single for at least a decade, still hadn’t left her house. She called with a crisis about what she was bringing, wearing, etc. (She always seems to have some crisis.) The hostess calmed her down, telling her to just come. Upon hanging up, she said that she thinks marriage both requires sanity and helps keep people sane and that people who are unmarried and amy alkon living alone for an extended time seem to get increasingly —Unhitched neurotic. That seems a bit unfair, but I can see her point.

It can be harder to indulge one’s eccentricities in a marriage. Before you even turn the front door knob to head off to work in the morning, there’s your spouse blurting out, “You know, that tie really clashes with the Kleenex boxes on your feet.” In other words, no, a wedding isn’t a rose-petal-scattered transporter beam out of neurosis or more serious psych problems, and we shouldn’t be quick to assume people who get married are more well-adjusted than people who don’t. Some states require a blood test before you marry; none tests to make sure you aren’t cuckoo for more than Cocoa Puffs. Psychologist Dr. Bella DePaulo, in “Singled Out,” shows that many studies claiming married people are much better off than singles have serious flaws in methodology, and the modest claims of solid studies are frequently distorted, exaggerated, and turned into media catnip by the agenda-driven. As a result, “single” is so automatically viewed as the companion to “miserable” (and the prelude to getting your face eaten off by your cat) that even respected researcher Dr. E. Mavis Hetherington can’t see her faulty reasoning in concluding, “Happily married couples are healthier, happier, wealthier, and sexier than are singles.” Note that she’s comparing HAPPILY MARRIED people with ALL single people. Yes, shockingly, happily married people are happier than clinically depressed single people and all the married people who just couldn’t stand the nonstop joy and are getting divorced. Your friend makes a mistake in throwing all the single eggs in one basket. Some people are single and living alone because they have unresolved issues, and some are because a whole lot of other people do. Others simply prefer living alone. (Why have a mancave when you can have a manhome?) Studies do show definite benefits to being (happily) married, such as having a sounding board, a ready source of sex and hugs, and someone to help you pick up the pieces when you drop them. If you’re single, these benefits aren’t unavailable to you; they just take more thought and effort to obtain. For example, you can share a house or duplex with a friend, create a community of friends, and have at least one close friend who knows just about everything about you and is allowed and even encouraged to tell you when you’re being an idiot. Whatever you do, don’t let that “dying alone!” business get to you. Somebody can tough it out for 30 years with a person and, wouldn’t you know it, have that final heart attack just moments after their spouse runs out to the store with a coupon for 40 cents off cottage cheese.

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Does approaching a woman on the street and asking her out ever work?  —On The Prowl Sites with dating tips for men encourage them to approach women on the street: “Just walk up and say hello! All you have to do is be confident!” That second part is very good advice, because then you’ll look less like you’re dying inside when the woman treats you like you just walked up and said, “Hi, my name is Rapist!” Instead, use what social scientists call the “foot-in-the-door technique.” Various studies show that when you get a person to agree to a trivial first request (like signing a petition), they’re more likely to say yes to a more substantial request (like donating money to the cause). In France, psychologist Nicolas Gueguen sent three men, ages 19-21, out on the street to approach 360 women, about the same age, and ask them for a drink. When the men asked straight-out for a date, only 3.3 percent of the women said yes. When they first asked women for a light (for a cigarette) or directions and then the drink, 15 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively, agreed to go for a drink. Researchers are unsure why this works, but it seems that preoccupying a woman with helping you at least gives you a shot at distracting her from the directions you really want: “Could you tell me the best route into your pants?” n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


events | calendar Fundraiser Benefits local nonprofit “Brandon’s Libraries for Little Ones.” Jazz piano improv clinic for high school students on Jan. 25 from 4:30-7 pm at U. of Idaho Haddock Hall. Screening of “I Love You Mom, Please Don’t Break My Heart” from 6-9 pm at Nuart Theater, Moscow. Benefit concert by pianist Mark Little on Jan. 26 from 2-5 pm at Church of the Nazarene in Moscow. (208-835-6503) Rae’s Book Exchange Closing Celebrate 30 years of business before Rae’s closes its doors with coffee, refreshments and more. Jan. 26 from 10 am-6 pm. Rae’s Book Exchange, 6516 N. Nevada St. (489-2053) Gem of the Valley GalaAnnual awards event honoring local citizens, businesses and educators featuring a gourmet dinner, social hour silent auction and more. Jan. 26 at 6 pm. $55/ person; $600/table. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (924-4994) Community DanceThe Sandpoint Chapter of USA Dance is celebrating its 12th year and invites the community to celebrate with free lessons, dancing, refreshments, prizes and more. Jan. 26 from 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. (208-699-0421) Spokane Lilac Festival Coronation Seven local high school seniors will be crowned as members of the 2013 Royal Court for the 75th Annual Spokane Lilac Festival. Jan. 27 at 3:30 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404)

Writing Memoirs as a Family Heirloom Learn to put cherished family memories and stories to paper in a daylong workshop. Jan. 26 from 10 am-5 pm. $30. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (279-6027) Herbal Medicine WorkshopLearn about the healing properties of herbal remedies and learn how to use common, native herbs to prepare medicine. Jan. 26 from 1-3 pm. $15, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378)


Rascal FlattsCountry music concert with opening acts The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly. Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm. $25-$60. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) The Clumsy LoversBluegrass/Celtic rock concert. Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm. $10. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William, Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Linden String QuartetClassical music concert as part of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series. Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. U. of Idaho Admin bldg., Moscow. (208-882-8615) Banff Mountain Film Festival Fling at the BingConcert featuring Touring outdoor adventure film festilocal musical theater performers Jadd val. Jan. 24-26 at 7 pm. Panida, 300 N. Davis, Krista Kubicek, Kasey Nusbickel, First Ave. Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Brandon O’Neill, Jessica Skerritt, Dane Anna KareninaDrama. Jan. 24-27. Stokinger and Katherine Strohmaier. Times vary. $3-$6. Kenworthy, 508 S. Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm; Jan. 26 at 2 pm and Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) 7:30 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-4704) Silent ChoicesDocumentary film on abortion issues affecting AfricanPiano ConcertSolo concert by Dr. American women and post-film disKay Zavislak. Jan. 25 at 7 pm. Free. cussion. Jan. 24 at noon. Free. EWU, Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Monroe Hall, Cheney. (359-2898) Ave. (327-4266) Banff Mountain Film FestivalA Karaoke FundraiserHosted by DJ selection of the best films from the Barry and the Pirate Choir Group to festival will be screened as part of the raise money for studen trip to the EMP festival’s annual tour. Jan. 27-28 from in Seattle and Western Washington 6-9 pm. $14-$15. Kroc Center, 1765 W. University. Jan. 25 from 7-9 pm. DonaGolf Course Rd, CdA. (208-667-1865) tions accepted. Rogers High School, 1622 W. Wellesley Ave. (354-6678) Sabrina Screening as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Festival Jan. 28 at 7 Coeur d’Alene Music WalkLocal pm. $4. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. musicians will perform at area busiMoscow, Idaho. (208-882-4127) nesses, restaurants and galleries. Jan. 25 from 5-8 pm. Free. For venues, muPrincess BrideScreening of the sicians and scheduled performances postmodern fairytale film as part of visit (208-292-1629) the new Bing Cinema Encore Series with mimosa available to purchase. Spokane SymphonyClassics series Jan. 29-30 at 5:30 and 8:30 pm. $5. Washington State QuiltersSpono. 5: Elgar’s Enigma Variations, feaThe Bing, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7638) kane Chapter meeting featuring preturing Saeka Matsuyama on violin. sentation by scrappy quilt expert Pat Jan. 26 at 8 pm and Jan. 27 at 3 pm. Black WomynDocumentary on the Speth. Jan. 24 at 1 pm and 7 pm. Mem$14-$44. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague lives and views of lesbians of African bers free, guests $10. CenterPlace, Ave. (624-1200) descent and post-film discussion. Jan. 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (863-5536) 29 from 2-4 pm. Free and open to the Easton CorbinCountry music conpublic. EWU Monroe Hall. (359-2898) Quilted Heart ClassEmbellish a cert. Jan. 26 at 8:30 pm. $45-$65. pre-quilted heart with beads and butNorthern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. Backcountry Film FestivalSee tons to make into a pin or ornament. (481-6700) eight winter outdoor adventure films Jan. 26 from 1-3 pm. $25, registration as part of the festival, highlighting Tuesday Night Music SeriesFree required. The Art Coop, 4225 N. G St. the efforts of the Winter Wildlands concert feat. Brian Gill. Jan. 29 from (327-3726) Alliance and other grassroot groups’ 5-6:30 pm. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. efforts to preserve winter landscapes. Fifth St. (208-882-8537) Jan. 30, doors open at 6 pm, films at Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles 7 pm. $5-$10. Gonzaga Jepson Center, Beatles tribute band rock concert. Jan. Deodorant Making Workshop 502 E. Boone. 29 at 7:30 pm. $25-$55. INB PerformLearn to make chemical-free deodoring Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls ant with essential oils. Bring an empty Blvd. (279-7000) deodorant tube, small container with a lid and your favorite oils. Jan. 24 from California Dreamin’Mike Scott 4:30-5:30 pm. $10, pre-registration of Noble Wines presents eight wines required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. from California wineries, paried with Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Second Ave. (368-9378) cheese and bread. Jan. 25 at 7 pm. Portland Winterhawks. Jan. 25 at 7 $20, reservations requested. Rocket Oasis in SpaceLearn where water pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) comes from in the cosmos and the Mallon Ave. (279-7000) conditions necessary for it to exist as New Belgium Beer DinnerFiveSpokane ChiefsHockey game vs. a life-giving liquid. Jan. 25 at 7 pm. course dinner as part of the ConnoisMedicine Hat Tigers. Jan. 26 at 7 pm. $3-$6. SFCC Planetarium, 3410 W. Fort seur’s Club featuring courses paired $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon George Wright Dr. (533-3569) with New Belgium Brewing beers. Ave. (279-7000) Gonzaga Dean’s Business Forum Jan. 25 from 6-10 pm. $45. The Lincoln Winter Slam TournamentHosted Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (327-8000) “The State of College Athletics: How by Spokane Table Tennis and open to Did We Get Here and Where Are We French Wine DinnerSeven course all ages and levels of play. Jan. 26 at Going?” presentation by West Coast French meal paired with French wines. noon, doors open at 11 am. $10. North Conference Commissioner Jamie ZaJan. 26 from 5-8 pm. Price TBA. Studio Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. ninovich. Jan. 25 at 7:30 am. $5-$15. 107 and Scratch Restaurant, 503 Sher(768-1780) Open to the public. Gonzaga Univerman Ave, Cd’A. (208-664-1201) sity, Jepson Center, 502 E. Boone Ave. Oula Fitness WorkshopAttend an Chef’s Culinary ClassicBlack tie (313-7036) hour-long oula workout, a high-cardio event benefiting the Children’s Miracle dance class. Jan. 26 at 10 am. Free and Indoor Fairy Garden ClassCreNetwork Hospitals of Spokane featuropen to the public. Kroc Center, 1765 ate a beautiful miniature garden using hors d’ oeuvres and champagne W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) ing 2- and 3-inch foliage plants and social hour, silent auction and 7-course miniature accessories. Jan. 26 at 11 am. Ski With Your DogAttend an introdinner. Jan. 26 at 6 pm. $175. Daven$30. The Plant Farm, 14208 E. 4th Ave. ductory skijoring clinic to learn to ski port Hotel, 10 S. Post. (473-6370) (926-9397)






with your dog. Jan. 27 from 2-4 pm. $10, register by Jan. 24. Selkirk Lodge at Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane State Park Dr. (570-8242) Team River RunnerLearn about the outdoor adventure opportunities offered by the organizaton for active duty and veteran service members through paddle sports. Jan. 28 at 7 pm. Free. Mountain Gear Corporate Office, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. (209-3066)


Escanaba in LoveComedy 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) Boom Apocalyptic comedy. Jan. 24Feb. 9. Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm, select Wednesdays on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, Sat matinees at 2 pm on Feb. 2 and 9. $15-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) A Midsummer’s Night DreamPerformance by St. George’s 8th grade class. Jan. 24 at 7 pm and Jan. 25 at 1 pm. Free and open to the public. St. George’s School, 2929 W. Waikiki Rd. (466-1636) An Evening of Sketches by Carol Burnett Comedy skits. Jan. 25-27, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Dinner theater performance ($25, RSVP required) on Feb. 2 at 6 pm. $8-$12. StageWest Community Theatre, 693 Elm St. Cheney. (768-2150) Servicemen’s CanteenAnnual showcase of the Pend Oreille Playhouse’s youth actors in a 1940s-style USO show. Jan. 25-26 at 7 pm, Jan. 27 at 3 pm. $5. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. (671-3389)

Painting Clouds in OilLearn how to paint cloud formations and how clouds behave under different light conditions with artist Tom Quinn. Jan. 26 from 10 am-2 pm. $30. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) A Question of PermanencePresentation by Seattle-based artist group SuttonBeresCuller as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Jan. 30 at 11:30 pm at SFCC Bldg. 24; and at 6:30 pm at the MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. Jan. 31 at noon. EWU Art Dept. auditorium. (359-2494)

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Naked Lunch BreakWeekly literary open mic and reading series through winter quarter with free pizza. Jan. 24 presenter is poet Christopher Howell. Open to all; participants must sign up to read three minutes of material. Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 pm through March 14. Free and open to the public. Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (368-6557) Mike Medberry“On the Dark Side of the Moon” reading and book signing by local conservationalist and author. Jan. 24 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Phyllis HorneThe author shares stories of her life as told in her autobiography “Carnival Girl.” Jan. 26 at 2:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Critiques 101Join a panel of writers for a discussion on how to work with critique partners and more. Jan. 26 from 1-4 pm. $15-$20. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. (838-5371) Derek SheffieldThe author will read from his nature poetry collection “Through the Second Skin.” Jan. 27 at 1:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402  W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Two by TwoSmall-scale ceramic Danger! Live WritersTwice-monthly sculpture biennial event featuring work writers showcase, featured writers inby 18 artists from the U.S. and Canada. clude Derek Sheffield, Laura Read, Kurt Jan. 24-March 3. Artist reception Jan. Olson and Tom Gribble. Jan. 28 at 7 pm. 24 at noon. Gallery open Mon-Fri from Free. Ages 21+. Jones Radiator, 120 E. 9 am-5 pm. EWU Gallery of Art. (359Sprague Ave. (714-3613) 7070) Visiting Writers SeriesFeaturing Student Art ShowJuried student art writers Jess Walter and Ben Fountain. show. Jan. 24-Feb. 9. Interplayers TheJan. 30 at 7:30 pm. Free and open to atre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) the public. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Master Watercolor Workshop Boone Ave. Workshop led by artist Ken Spiering (313-6681) n on the spectrum of color in the artist’s palette including color mixing, intensity and more. Jan. 25 from 7-9:30 pm and Jan. 26 from 9 am-3:30 pm. Open to Visit for complete high school students and adults. $74. Artist’s studio in Valleyford. (325-3001) listings of local events.

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Spokane Valley DOL I saw you Friday afternoon January 11th at the DOL in the Spokane Valley, we exchanged a glance and nothing more. That very same evening I saw you over 100 miles away in Sandpoint Idaho at the show, what were the chances? We had a great time. I can’t believe we didn’t exchange numbers, the evening ended too quickly. You were in the red T-Shirt and I was the the Birthday Girl! Please contact me at

in your slide down the bench as my heart returns from the fantasyland where you and I are Icing pucks at each other and laughing from the hat trick you just pulled on me. Ice skooper girl, I raise my beer to you! It’s my happy place and you are in it.

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” out for you since then. I’m glad you didn’t see me later that day, my reading-whilst-walking skills turn out to be pretty poor, and I slipped and fell right on my butt. Anyway, I hang out around the SUB or Library pretty much everyday after noon, usually reading. Come find me and we’ll talk about that movie! P.S. My hair is dyed dark red now.

Cheers ~Mi HeartNo words can I write on this paper, could ever come close to describing my intense, ever growing love that I have for you and the amazing life that we have together. You have stood beside me for the past 3 years, picked me up when I’ve stumbled, carried me when I couldn’t walk, been my strength when I had none and most of all: loved me when I couldn’t love myself. You were there by my side, never leaving me when I lost my brother and you are still beside me as I grieve. Never in my life did I dream that I would be so lucky to have a man such as you as my soulmate and with you I am complete. I love you beyond words and I will spend the rest of my life happily showing you just what you mean to me and our family baby. Love you girl 4ever! Xoxoxoxo New Year’s ResolutionsTo the guy with the New Year’s Resolutions. I think I can help you out. #1 Meet a beautiful woman: Settle for solidly decent looking and we’ve got a deal. #2 Get to know each other: It can happen. #3. Get married: Whoa, whoa, we haven’t even met,

Trail GroomersA shout out to those responsible for keeping the trail open thru the Park and along the river during these snowy times. You are doing a fantabulous job and my morning walks say thank you! Forever Grateful!to the awesome person that found my husband’s wallet at the Chiefs Game on 1-1213 and turned it in to the security office! Waiting for Monday to arrive so we could check with security was a killer, but what a GREAT feeling to know that there are awesome honest people in a world with so much bad news being reported. Thanks for being exactly who you are! We will pay it forward and wish we could buy you lunch! You made our week! To My Bear BearSorry I didn’t get you a present this year, so I’ll try to make up for that the cheapest way possible. You are the cream in my coffee, the meatball in my spaghetti, and the apple I can’t live with out. In short, you are all of my favorite food items, and more. After 9 years we haven’t killed each other yet (that’s a good sign), and I think the percentage of laughter is slightly higher compared to dirty looks. You put up with my gaseous fumes and I tolerate you never hanging the phone up. Insert sentimental cliché sitcom item here. I think we’re doing alright, because I know I’ll never not love you no matter what we put each other through. Your Bibsy I Saw YouJuly 16th, 2012 at the Revolver. I came up to you and drunkinly asked you if you wanted to buy me a drink. You replied “yes, yes I do.” In seven months I’m going to see you as I walk down the aisle to say I do. I couldn’t be happier to have met my soul mate, my best friend, the person who understands me the most and makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. That little bit of drunken courage that made it easy for me to be so bold led me to my future. So here’s to us, our beautiful future and ceasing fire at the right time. I love you Bearkit always and forever. I’m so glad I saw you! Good SamaritanBig cheers to the person who turned in my wallet at the Safeway on NW Blvd on Friday 01/10/13 and furthermore thank you for not taking any of my money or cards. It is nice to know that there are still kind and honest people in this world. I am guessing I must have left it in the cart, either way thanks so much for saving

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$10 tip if you give him your name and number. I know this is a scam because he gets kicked out of the parking lot I work in multiple times a week for harrassing customers (for $10 to get to work at Sacred Heart) and have seen him at the Ross parking lot, Winco parking lot, Target up north and the Freya Fred Meyers with the same story. Do not give this scammer your money!

Gentlemen Cheers to the all the Gents who open doors for females. It makes me, as a woman, feel valuable. I appreciate it to an extremely large degree. Yes, I could open it myself without a problem, but there’s just something about a man doing it for you. It’s quite a rare case these days. So, thanks a million all you true gentlemen! It surely beats getting a door shut right in front my your face. May your acts of a true man continue... Park Inn Story Cheers to the Inlander on the story and video about the Park Inn. Great job! My uncle was Pat Powers. Pat’s brother John, my dad met my mom Noel (who was a nursing student across the street) at the PI bar back in the 50’s, They were married for over 30 years. The PI has always been a great part of my life. Even when both my parents were ill and in the hospital before they both past away, the PI was like a close friend where we would go for a beer and food while taking a break. It’s great that they finally get the recognition for being a great place that makes you feel like family. Thank You!I want to thank the person who deposited $50 in my checking account on Monday, January 14, at the Banner Bank at the Safeway store on Market. I am a Senior on a limited fixed income and had overdrawn my account. I didn’t have the money to meet the overdraft. I left the store very upset. About an hour after I got home I got a call from the bank notifying me that a Good Samaritan had put money in my account, but they would not give me the name of the person to thank. I believe in, and practice the principle of “pay it forward”. I will be sure to “pay it forward” to someone else. Given my financial status my “pay it forward” usually is in the form of a homemade item or a service. In these difficult times we should ALL do what we can for those less fortunate than us. Again thank you so much and Jehovah God bless you. RE: I’m SorryI could have written that, word for word. We should be together. How about anytime before February 14 . Strides For Sandy Hook Cheers to everyone who helped make the Strides For Sandy Hook 5k possible on Sunday, Jan 20. All proceeds went to the families affected by this tragedy. Thank you to Runners Soul, Red Lion River Inn, Titan Cross-Country, Titan Debate, Technology Student Association, Flying Irish Running Club, Spokane Endurance Events Association, and especially to all who ran in the freezing weather. Thank you!

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It’s Not You, It’s MeHey jerk! I wanna write “I miss you” on a rock and throw it at your stupid face, so you know how much it hurts to miss you. I hope you got the point here. Downtown Eats Jeers to the downtown eatery for being stingy and unhelpful. As sometimes happens to all of us, I found myself driving home from work needing to find a girls’ room-- fast! Being downtown on a Friday night. I ran inside and asked for the restroom only to be told that I needed to be a paying customer to use it. Fine. I told the employee I’d happily buy something, but I really needed to use the restroom first. She said I had to buy something before she could let me in. By this time I’m DYING and only have a dollar on me, and she tells me they require at least $1.00 for entry to the bathroom. I had about 15 seconds to scan the menu and see nothing for a dollar (I suppose I’d have needed to come up with $.09 tax, which I’m certain the jerk behind the counter wouldn’t have helped me out with anyway). I ended up peeing in the bush outside 30 seconds later in 18 degree weather. Lady, I get that you don’t make the rules where you work. But surely there are occasions where your boss allows you to use your own God-given common sense. This is one of those occasions. I wasn’t trying to shoot up, turn tricks, or OD all over your bathroom. The store was completely empty and I’m a perfectly clean (obviously not homeless) young woman who JUST NEEDED TO PEE. I’d have gone to my car and gotten my debit card to buy whatever, if you’d just let me pee first. Instead, you sold nothing and lost a customer for life. Good RiddanceJeers to you for being the selfish narcasistc person that you are. You can’t even step up to take care of the one beautiful thing that you have left in life. You can blame others especially me, but we know at the end of the day the fault is your own. I would say congratulations for trying to be turn your life around and be a better person, but you’ve made little to no improvement. You are the same mean, hateful person that you’ve always been. Maybe you’ll be able to get it right with this child but I doubt it. Good luck and good riddance. An IdiotJeers to the idiot that decided it was a funny joke to pretend communicate with the deaf man at the plaza. This would have occurred Friday, January 18th. After you jokingly made spastic signs like a shit head toward the man. He frowned and walked away. Me knowing sign language was saddened to find that he only wanted 50 cents for the bus. Go to hell “bra”

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1,001 Inlanders

If reading The Inlander can seem like reading War and Peace, just think what it’s been like to produce it BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.


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Inlander No. 98: Hey, Spokane, time to grow up!

No. 325

No. 685

No. 409.5

No. 849

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Religion and Middle-Earth 26 Return of the King Review 45

Tom Bailie on the “death mile” near Hanford, where 27 of 28 local families have suffered cancer, thyroid problems or birth defects


TWO TOWERS making sense of spokane’s civil war page 14


No. 527


No. 934

ight by my desk, I keep a little booklet with every cover story we’ve ever published. So when a reader wants to know when we ran that one story about, you know, that silent movie star who had a zoo up at Priest Lake, I can say, “Easy: Nell Shipman. Issue No. 354. August 24, 2000.” I don’t always let people in on my publisher’s little helper, which makes them think I have it all in my head. But how could I? We just passed the 1,000-issue mark. In cover stories alone, that’s like writing War and Peace — six times over. Whew! So to mark the moment, I paged through the years and jotted down some thoughts. Inlander No. 1 hit the streets on Oct. 20, 1993, with stories on hip new places like Boo Radley’s and Carnegie Square. Thus our weekly treadmill started. No. 29 marked the 20th anniversary of… Expo ’74. (Yes, that does make me feel old.) For Inlander No. 98, “In the Shadow of Giants,” we introduced an idea I think The Inlander has been preaching for a while: This is a great place to live, so we need to drop all the Spokane Syndrome moping around and, as our interior headline put it, “Grow Up!” We hit No. 114 in December of ’95 and somehow finagled Spokane native Kitty Kelly to contribute to our “Boomers Look Back on the 1950s” story. Long story short, I got to transcribe a rambling, teary interview with Ms. Kelly and cut it down to size into the wee hours. Apparently talking it out inspired her to write it herself, and the next morning I found her polished manuscript on my fax machine. (Remember those?) No. 116: “Smallest Issue Ever” with just 20 pages. I’ll never forget No. 161 — not only was it a great story on local legend Dan Fitzgerald, but it was also the day of Ice Storm ’96. Got the paper to bed, and while driving home I happened to notice there were no lights on — like anywhere, except around our West Central office. We knew No. 292 was coming — we knew George Nethercutt would break his term limits pledge, and when he did we plastered it on the cover. Funny thing is, now he’s our columnist. No. 325 marked my all-time favorite interview: the late Gypsy icon Jimmy Marks, who stood and pounded his fists on my desk and bellowed at me for two hours. I would have called security… if we had any. Jimmy calmed down, and we became friends to the tune of about five Jimmy voicemails per day. One of our most memorable issues wasn’t an issue at all — call it Inlander No. 409.5. As we all remember, Sept. 11, 2001, was a Tuesday. That was our deadline day, so we had minimal coverage. By later in the week, however, we had cranked out an “Extra” edition — just like in the old movies. People were desperate for information, and we published archived interviews from partner publications with a mysterious Arab named Osama bin Laden.

We spilled a lot of ink around here on the River Park Square wars, and my favorite was No. 527 — “The Two Towers,” which depicted the Spokesman-Review tower and the Metropolitan Mortgage tower in a Lord of the Rings style. And The Two Towers movie came out that very week! Synergy, people. For No. 636, in early 2006 (that’s B.C. — before the cratering of the economy), we ran a cover story on “The Condo Craze.” Then, for No. 737 we ran “Inside the Housing Bubble,” followed by “Foreclosed!” for No. 798 in March of ’09. We probably should have skipped Issue No. 666, the way they do with 13th floors, but we went ahead with it. Oddly enough, that cover featured Ted Nugent, aka “Citizen Nuge,” who I still have on my iPod. (Did I mention I grew up in Spokane?) No 685: The Inlander goes full color on every page. For No. 742, we arm-twisted beloved local author Jess Walter into investigating the connection between Dashiell Hammett and the Davenport Hotel in “Sam Spade’s Spokane.” Would a Maltese Falcon statue somewhere downtown be too much to ask? Inlander No. 847 launched our ongoing “Injustice Project,” spearheaded by our fearless Editor Jacob Fries. Speaking for those who have no voice, challenging authority when it’s out of bounds — those are the hallmarks of a proper newspaper. When I see our “Injustice Project” stories, I know we’re doing our job. (Just recently, three local men had their sentences overturned after being featured in an “Injustice Project” story.) For No. 849, I got to write about my own grandfather, Joe Peirone. It was the money he made in a lifetime of hard work here in Spokane that gave us a chance to start a business. I figured I could hog one cover story for something personal — but it turns out, people loved it. A lot of us seem to have a Grandpa Joe in our lives. Is it me, or are they going faster now? It’s like a blur of Best Ofs, Give Guides and Snowlanders. Seems like just a couples weeks ago we were picking the “Best-Ever Inland Northwest Athletes” (No. 924), or putting a simple, beautiful portrait of Otto Zehm on the cover (No. 934), or highlighting the vitality of our local music scene (No. 966). Yes, 20 years after the first Inlander, we have a vital music scene, proved by the multitudes that flooded downtown Spokane for our Volume concerts last spring. And if I had to pick just one word out of the 1,001 issues cranked out, that would be it: Vitality. That’s what we’ve been pushing since the very beginning. Don’t just stand there, Inland Northwest: Do something! Maybe our readers took old No. 98 to heart. Our region has grown up. A lot. And so has The Inlander. n Ted S. McGregor Jr. is the publisher of The Inlander. He and his brother, Jer, and mom, Jeanne, founded the paper in 1993. The paper turns 20 in October.

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