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very year, I have my freshman students read A River Lost, by Blaine Harden. It’s about the Columbia River and the political issues that it has spawned. From the Grand Coulee Dam being built without fish ladders to the controversial Army Corps dams along that river and on the lower Snake. And then there’s the nuclear facility at Hanford. Harden examines all the interest groups that have a stake in what he terms the Columbia River Plumbing Project — the irrigators, the ranchers, the barge operators, the wind surfers, the environmentalists, the sport fisherman and, of course, the tribes. Harden explores the politics of it all. One thing always stands out to me: No matter the many unintended consequences associated with the dams, I cannot imagine America ever again taking on an audacious project like building a Grand Coulee Dam. And that’s a shame. Indeed, today America can’t even fix its aging airports. Or its bridges. Or its highways. Public transportation has been reduced to an afterthought. (If you ever ride on a bullet train, you’ll know what I mean.) My point, whether compared to Korea or Singapore or Hanoi, America is now coming off looking, at best, like a Second World nation. Setting aside infrastructure, America can’t even get health care right. Other countries are

spending half what we spend and getting far better results. Or take gun regulation: We can’t pass reasonable gun regulations — and it’s not really all that difficult. (The Biden proposals are all completely reasonable and would help.) Indeed, we can’t even have a serious discussion. This is a no-brainer — or at least it is in countries that can fix airports, that can run great airlines, that have universal health coverage, that are building roads and bridges.


hen our friends’ son completes his Thailand gig, he intends to head off with friends either to Australia or New Zealand. Does he have a job offer? No, but he’s sure that he can find something. His dad’s take: “These kids, the bright ones, see themselves as citizens of the world; they have given up on the American government doing anything remotely effective.” This is our experience, too. Our son is spend-

“These kids, the bright ones, see themselves as citizens of the world…” ing more and more time in Canada. I have no doubt that he will make an effort to move there someday. And why? These kids, those who graduated from college post-2008, have zero confidence in our Congressional leaders. (Especially the Republicans, but also the likes of Harry Reid, who had a chance to fix the filibuster but bailed on the opportunity and in so doing reconfirmed what so many young people had thought all along — that it is one big, corrupt country club.) They look at what other countries just assume that civilized countries do (universal health care, gun control and avoidance of trillions spent on “wars of choice”), and they shake their heads. America can’t even pull off a Super Bowl, and can’t bring itself to pass even the most modest of gun regulations, and is fighting over how to pay for health care when the solution is obvious. That’s what they see; and that’s why the country risks losing the best and brightest of an entire generation. n

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City Business Proposition 1 (Formalize the Police Ombudsman)

For too long, the Spokane Police Department had no master. Mistakes were made and covered up. As a result, local families have been devastated and millions of dollars have been paid out. That system was a disaster. Now, as trust is being repaired and reform is in the air, we have the opportunity to put better oversight right into our city charter — to create a more open, independent system of accountability and to keep it from being a bargaining chip in union negotiations. All reforms — from body cameras to greater discipline power — need to happen cooperatively. Only then can we get back to the priorities of law enforcement. And we need to right away, as ever since the SPD announced it was not investigating property crime in late 2011, Spokane has been awash in brazen property crime. The citizens and the police need to turn the page, refocus on what’s important and start a new day — together. vote YES



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Public libraries are community centers and educational institutions. Cutting back library hours, as has been happening in recent years, is an unhealthy symptom. It’s up to the citizens to stand up for the things that make Spokane a better place. Prop. 3 is modest and responsible and deserves your support. Yes, there are discussions to be had about what kind of library system will be best for the new world we live in — discussions that are going on around the state right now. But in the meantime, this will keep city libraries open and add hours to ones that have been cut back. This is not a public initiative we can afford to give up on. As Ben Franklin, the founder of the first lending library in America, put it, “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” vote YES n



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A weekly Spokane newspaper apparently thinks taxpayers should just be quiet and let politicians raise taxes as much as they like. The publisher of The Inlander recently wrote an editorial (“If It Ain’t Broke…” 1/24/13) slamming the very idea of Spokane’s Proposition 2. The measure would require a two-thirds vote of Spokane’s City Council in order to raise taxes. It’s an important policy change that will require elected officials to work together in an era of increased partisanship. The Inlander’s downbeat editorial against this reasonable policy is typical of dour, “eat your peas” thinkers who insist the perceived needs of government must come before the daily needs of Spokane families and businesses. The top priority for Publisher Ted McGregor and others is to keep the money taps for government open wide, and to lower take-home pay for working people. His position appears to be to preserve the power of government above all else. Not liking the message, McGregor attacks the

Limit Unlimited Spending

Two-thirds of Republicans, Democrats and independents support controls on money spent to influence elections, and the 2013 Washington Legislature has a golden opportunity to take action. Over the past 100 years, political funding limits were enacted by Congress and the states, but in 2010, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowed unlimited expenditures outside campaigns. Now every politician is threatened by unlimited retaliation from very well financed special interests. The threat to democracy is obvious. Companion bills introduced in the Washington Senate (SJM 8002) and House (HJM 4001) call for a constitutional amendment that would reauthorize the Congress and the states to regulate all money spent with clear intent to influence elections. Eleven states have already called for this. Please call or write your state legislators and express your support. KEN DAMMAND Everett, Wash.

Jim Engel: Europe has been doing it for over a decade and we’re finally asking the question. Let me decide if I want to consume it. Matthew David Neaves: A true capitalist society would let the market decide. The market can only choose between GMO and non-GMO if we know what is GMO and what is not! Donald Kaufman: No... Waste of consumers’ money as prices would go to pay for costs of changed labels. Mark Steward: It’s not going to cost the companies anything. If they can put “NEW,” “Tasty!” etc., they can put “contains GMOs” no problem. They just don’t want to tell you what you’re putting in your body. Sad we have to make them... Rick Eichstaedt: Of course! How would it cost anything to label? If the claims that GMO are safe are true then the mega-food industry should not be scared of labeling! Stephen J Suor: Yes! Freedom of choice and the right to determine what you want to put in your body. End the deception, label them without argument and then prove to us they are safe. Stanley Peterson: YES YES YES!!! In fact they shouldn’t be modified ever in the first place. Or, if you just can’t help yourself then quarantine them for fifty or a hundred years so there is no way they can escape into the environment if they have long term ill effects. Kaylan Swearingen: Duh! n


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n testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre warned that the NRA would vigorously oppose any legislation that “limits the sale, purchase or ownership of politicians.” “Politicians pose no danger to the public if used correctly,” said Mr. LaPierre, who claims to have over 200 politicians in his personal collection. “Everyone hears about the bad guys in Congress. Well, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a vote is a good guy with a vote. I’m proud to be the owner of many of those guys.” Mr. LaPierre’s comments drew a sharp rebuke from Carol Foyler, a politician-control advocate who has spent the past 12 years lobbying for stricter limits on the sale of politicians. “Right now, a man like Wayne LaPierre can walk right into Congress and buy any politician he wants,” she said. “There’s no background check, no waiting period. And so hundreds of politicians are

falling into the hands of people who are unstable and, quite frankly, dangerous.” In addition to limiting the sale of politicians, Ms. Foyler said, it is time for society to take a look at the “sheer number” of politicians in the U.S.: “There’s no doubt that we would be safer if there were fewer of them.” For his part, the NRA leader ended his testimony by serving notice that he would “resist any attempt” to take away the hundreds of elected officials he says are legally his. As if to illustrate that point, he clutched Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) close to his chest and bellowed, “From my cold, dead hands.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit

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Money Down the Toilet by jim hightower


irk Kempthorne was a littleknown Idaho politico before becoming George W. Bush’s industry-coddling secretary of the interior in 2006. While Dirk was not big on protecting our nation’s public lands and natural resources from polluters and exploiters, he was very big on protecting the privileges of his own office — in particular the environment in which he was expected to (excuse the crude reference)… pee. It seems that the secretary’s personal, private-office toilet had leaks, so, in 2007, he had it renovated. No problem with that — except that the cost to us taxpayers was $222,000. Yes, his 10-foot-by10-foot water closet cost more to renovate than many people pay for an entire house! Good grief, is that even possible? Well, yes, if you’re a former corporate executive who expects the facility to be worthy of your exalted station in life. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request, details of his potty purchase have finally come to light. They include $26,000 for custom cabinetry — but he appar-

ently thought that made sense, for he was, after all, a cabinet official. And the $689 faucet added a needed touch of elegance to a room that, otherwise, would merely be functional. But what took Kempthorne’s throne over the top — all the way to interior design majesty — was the inclusion of a $3,500 sub-zero refrigerator and freezer, tucked tastefully behind wood paneling. As I think we can all agree, a latrine without a proper fridge is just another crapper. And while the bears in our national parks do indeed defecate in the woods, Dirk, is no bear. While we taxpayers are not allowed to use the secretary’s luxurious loo, you can see some photos of it by going to www.wsbtv. com then search for the name, “Kempthorne.” n For more from America’s populist, check out


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Alice Nielsen Peirone, wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, peacefully passed from this life, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the age of 94. Born in Spokane on Nov. 5, 1918, Alice grew up on a White Bluff Prairie farm, north of what is now Airway Heights. Her life started hard. When she was just 6 years old, her mother Augusta was stricken with tuberculosis. They traveled to Oakland for treatment; her two grown sisters, Anne and Gene, lived there, too. Just 24 days later, Augusta died, and little Alice was stranded until her family could make arrangements for her to return to Spokane. Once home, Alice’s father Peter kept farming while her sister Ella raised her and her sister, Pearl. Ella was 14 years old at the time. An older brother, Louie, worked in town. Their home was so humble, the wind came through the wallboards in the winter, and the girls slept under their coats. Trains passing on the Great Northern line would spark fires in the summer, and the girls would rush out with gunny sacks to keep the flames from their home. Alice attended the Great Northern School, and she finished two years at Lewis and Clark High School. By 18, she was a waitress at the Silver Inn on Second and Stevens. A young man who worked in the neighborhood made his feelings for her known by leaving big tips after his coffee breaks. Their first proper date was to a movie at the Fox Theater. Nineteen months later, on June 26, 1937, Alice was married to Joseph Peirone, a union that lasted more than 50 years. In Catherine Peirone, Joe’s mother, Alice regained the mother she lost; her father-in-law, Dominic, set them up in a home on Route 4 (now Lawton Road) in Garden Springs, where they lived their entire married life. With Alice’s support, Joe built his company, Peirone Produce, which continues in business today. They raised two children, Alice Jeanne born in 1942, and James Paul in 1944. As their business prospered and their family grew, Alice and Joe enjoyed summer weekends at their Lake Coeur d’Alene cabin; at home they worked in their orchard and greenhouse — they especially loved raising geraniums to fill their flowerbeds. Joe sold Peirone Produce to URM in 1986; he died in 1992. A year after that, Alice funded the start-up of The Inlander newspaper. In her two decades without Joe, Alice enjoyed watching her family grow, welcoming nine great-grandchildren. And she got to spend a lot of time with her dear sisters, Ella and Pearl. Alice loved the Seattle Mariners, and was a tireless letter writer to her grandkids living in other cities. Every Christmas, she recalled her own hard times as she hand-wrote a stack of checks to local charities; her favorites included the Poor Clare Sisters, the Tshimakain Creek Camp and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Alice is survived by her sister Pearl Heiller, 96, and her children, Jeanne (and her husband Ted) McGregor of Spokane, and Jim (and his wife Jackie) Peirone of Priest Lake. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Ted (Anne) McGregor Jr. of Spokane; Piper (Jon) Thornburgh of Bainbridge Island; Jeremy (Tamara) McGregor of Spokane; Nathan McGregor of Portland; Ashlie (Evan) Bornzin of Seattle; and Paula (Rex) Hartley of Spokane. The funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, Feb. 8, at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral. You can send donations in memory of Alice Peirone to Catholic Charities of Spokane.


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The Spokane Police Department rebuilds around statistics-based enforcement model BY JACOB JONES


n a large overhead screen, red dots pepper a map of Spokane. Each dot marks a specific crime committed within the past week. Ryan Shaw, senior crime analyst for the Spokane Police Department, points out the different criminal “hotspots” across one troubled neighborhood. “We’ve noticed several,” Shaw says.

The analyst brings up a new screen pinpointing recent vehicle prowl locations. Another screen lists times and places for commercial burglaries. He then pulls up mugshots of repeat offenders in the area, reading off their addresses, criminal histories and known associates. Spokane Police commanders and more than a dozen other regional law enforcement officials gather for a

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newly organized “CompStat” strategy meeting. Coffee cups and data reports litter the conference table as they listen to Shaw’s briefing. They exchange arrest figures, crime trends and community complaints. With the start of the new year, Police Chief Frank Straub has ordered a department-wide reorganization around a new CompStat policing model. The popular, but somewhat controversial, management model hinges on complex crime analysis, using statistics to deploy officers to problem “hotspots.” To make the transition to CompStat, Straub has restructured divisions and replaced his executive staff. He has given new authority to field commanders and expanded community outreach. He has also rallied his officers around the numbers. “Our strategies and tactics will be guided by data, information, intelligence, and evidence-based practices,” ...continued on next page


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ompStat, short for Comparative Statistics, is a management system for “data cops,” continued... tracking crime rates and holding local commanders responsible Straub wrote in his 2013 Stratefor their results. The New York gic Plan. “We will, over the next City Police Department five years, develop first introduced the model and utilize predicin 1994 to map crime in tive analysis to Send comments to the subway system. Dozens anticipate criminal of other medium- and activity and inlarge-sized cities have since troduce strategies adopted enforcement models that ‘head crime off at the pass.’” similar to CompStat. Despite recent increases in The approach revolves Spokane crime rates, the chief around weekly strategy meethopes hard numbers could beings. In those meetings, crime come the department’s greatest analysts provide information new weapon.


on emerging patterns and possible criminal connections. Law enforcement officials share information, review recent crime statistics and discuss enforcement efforts for the next week. Local supervisors must also answer for crime numbers in their sections and present strategies for preventing future issues. Straub, a former assistant commissioner with the NYPD, championed CompStat during his time with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department. His new strategy for the Spokane Police Department echoes the central elements of CompStat,

giving field commanders flexibility to manage their own people, but also closely monitoring their impact on crime rates. Critics of CompStat argue the model promotes a numberobsessed police culture that creates ever-increasing pressure to drive down crime rates. Professor Eli Silverman, a national authority on CompStat at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says the model has several pros and cons. “CompStat is a great management tool for holding local commanders accountable,” he says.

But when pressure increases to keep crime rates down, CompStat can also lead to micromanaging, Silverman says. Stressed supervisors may push heavy-handed policies or quotas for better results. A few departments have also struggled with reports of local officers changing the classifications of certain crimes to make their statistics look better, he says. A robbery can be changed to a theft or an aggravated assault is listed as a simple assault to improve the appearance of the numbers. “The whole system is then distorted,” Silverman says. “If the police department is the only agency to report on the legitimacy of its own numbers, then that’s a fox in the chicken coop.” The problem was fictionalized in HBO’s The Wire when police officers were caught “juking the stats” to make their local crime rates look better. Silverman, who recently wrote a book on the issue called The Crime Numbers Game, says departments can prevent distortions by having an independent agency review their numbers. Experts say the CompStat model works best when combined with community partnerships to address nuisance problems like graffiti and abandoned cars.


he Crime Analysis Unit, once an isolated program, now sits centrally in the Field Operations Division alongside patrol detachments and the Major Crimes Unit. Maps and mugshots cover the walls as a team of analysts run the latest numbers. This week they have also started a 40-hour training course on new crime tracking software to improve CompStat reporting. Cmdr. Brad Arleth, who oversees Field Operations, says he has worked to incorporate the new data into investigations, deploying patrol officers and making arrests based on incoming intelligence from Crime Analysis. Detectives in Major Crimes can also tap into the new information for their cases. “We’re much more nimble and much more able to react and respond to crime trends, patterns and issues,” Arleth says, adding, “Really what we’re striving for is to try to get ahead of the curve on some of those things.” While Arleth leads patrol and investigation, Cmdr. Joe Walker runs the other side of the department, the Tactical and


Police Chief Frank Straub has implemented the CompStat system he learned while at the New York Police Department. jacob jones photo Strategic Operations Division. Walker says his division works to get out in front of crime at the street level, incorporating Neighborhood Conditions Officers, property crimes, fraud and tactical operations. A key piece of the restructuring involves assigning seven new officers to the downtown area as Neighborhood Conditions Officers. Those officers, pulled in from other units, will work toward addressing the community nuisance and abatement issues. They can visit downtown businesses, conduct foot patrols and respond to local complaints. “Look at this and think of proactive [policing],” Walker says. “They’re actively looking for … neighborhood problems and concerns, drug dealing, gangs.” In the weekly CompStat meeting, Arleth and Walker must go over their crime numbers and explain their results. Then Straub, analysts and other officials can ask questions or make suggestions for the upcoming week. Both commanders say the new structure has broken down communication bottlenecks and improved staffing flexibility. The more horizontal organization can shift resources to problem areas and collaborate more easily across units. “Things were a lot more siloed [before],” Arleth says. “They took a lot more of a bureaucratic process under our previous administrations. … We had a less defined objective and set of priorities. Now there’s no question.”


hile moving to CompStat has been a significant transition, department officials expect more change in the coming months. Officers will undergo new crisis and outreach training. Administrative duties, once scattered across divisions, will now go through a central Business Services Bureau. A public relations manager has joined the team. The department has also welcomed a new assistant chief with Straub recently naming Major Craig Meidl to the position. Former Assistant Chief Scott Stephens remains on administrative leave for unspecified reasons. Meanwhile, city officials have started campaigning for new funding to hire additional officers and purchase body cameras. Voters will soon decide whether the Police Ombudsman should have independent oversight authority. The city’s Use of Force Commission also recently released 26 recommendations on reforming the department’s culture and operations. So it’s a busy time for the Spokane Police. Department officials say they have worked long hours in recent weeks of transition, but they remain excited about the future. Straub, and the rest of Spokane, will be watching the numbers. n


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Developer Greg Jeffreys, formerly involved with the Ridpath Hotel, was arrested and then accidentally released last week. Jeffreys faces 73 counts of fraud and money laundering for other schemes unrelated to the Ridpath. He’s back in jail now.


The mother of an 18-year-old Gonzaga student who died in a kayaking accident in April is suing the city of Spokane, Gonzaga and the parks employee who was guiding the trip. The suit alleges trip leaders should have known it was too windy to make the outing.


After responding to a report of shots on the South Hill, police chased a man on foot and in vehicles before shooting him to death early Tuesday morning, according to Washington State Patrol.


Stabbings abound. Police say a 16-year-old boy stabbed his mother last Tuesday. On Saturday night, a man stabbed another man at least four times outside Hooters in Spokane Valley. Then, early Sunday morning, a large fight in Pullman ended with two men stabbed. young kwak Photo


Don Locke cheers a Baltimore Ravens touchdown during a Super Bowl party for the homeless at The City Gate, a church, meal site and food bank downtown, where 78 people came to watch the game. The church provided a meal and all the chips, dips and baked goods “you’d have at your house,” says Andra Phelps, the organization’s public relations coordinator. “We wanted to create an atmosphere where people could have a lot of fun, forget about their concerns and worries and just enjoy with the rest of the nation Super Bowl Sunday.”

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Polishing the Badge Spokane Police get PR help; plus, sizing up a casino proposal Image is Everything

After struggling with more than a few public image issues, the Spokane Police Department has hired on a public relations and communications manager to oversee outreach, marketing and social media strategy. Monique Cotton, who has worked as a part-time consultant for about a year, joined the department this week as a temporary employee on a full-time schedule. Police Chief Frank Straub says Cotton would still have to go through a Civil Service process to become a permanent employee. “One of the challenges we face is really an identity crisis,” Straub says. “What is the Spokane Police Department brand if you will?” Cotton says she looks forward to developing a consistent brand for the department as well as facilitating communication between the agency, City Hall and the public. She hopes to transition to a permanent position within a couple months. The temporary position now pays $25 an hour. Cotton previously operated DMC Communications, offering public relations consulting services to regional organizations. She also previously worked for the Inland Northwest Blood Center and Spokane’s Public Relations Society of America. — JACOB JONES

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Former military members, Spokane Mayor David Condon, the Board of County Commissioners and representatives of Fairchild Air Force Base have all expressed worries about Spokane Tribe’s casino being constructed a mile and a half away from the base in Airway Heights. Some think the casino would “encroach” on the base’s mission enough to pose a threat during any future round of base closures. But the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in their lengthy

final Environmental Impact Statement released last week, didn’t see a problem. “The Proposed Project would not place additional flight path restrictions or otherwise impact Fairchild AFB’s military value based on the evaluation criteria historically used by past [Base Realignment and Closure] committees to develop recommendations...” the BIA wrote in response to comments from Spokane Mayor David Condon. So far, the Air Force remains neutral on the casino project, as is typical in local disputes. Yet, Fairchild has expressed a number of concerns, from light pollution to proximity to flight patterns. One diagram shows that one relatively rare landing approach — during an instrument approach outage at one end of the airfield and bad weather — would take noisy aircraft 413 feet above the roof of the proposed casino. But the BIA believes those concerns can be fixed by, for example, building the casino out of sound-reducing materials. Air Force headquarters will comb through the BIA’s study in the next 30 days to judge the proposed solutions. Meanwhile, both supporters and opponents of the casino are pointing to the January announcement that Fairchild is a candidate to house Boeing’s new KC-46A air refueling tankers. Opponents worry the casino could hurt Fairchild’s chances. But supporters almost see it as an endorsement. “They’ve done that with full knowledge that the STEP [Casino] project is coming,” Spokane Tribal Chair Rudy Peone says. “The U.S. Air Force has known the entire time, and they’ve still placed Fairchild on the short list.” The Spokane Tribe still awaits the BIA’s final decision and the Washington state governor’s ruling approving or denying the casino. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Battle for the Booze How Costco and big grocery stores are trying to corner more of the bar business By Daniel Walters


upporters of Initiative 1183 had high hopes for a privatized liquor industry. A TV commercial for the initiative promised “more competitive prices.” Supportive newspaper editorials predicted the extra competition would either drive down costs or keep them stable. It didn’t happen. Blame the taxes, blame corporate profits or blame inefficiencies, but the reality remains: The initiative made liquor, on average, 13 to 14 percent pricier. Now Costco and the Washington Restaurant Association have been surprised by a side effect of the initiative they helped write. Their complaint isn’t about high prices — “the proponents of the initiative never claimed it would reduce prices,” says Joel Benoliel, chief legal officer of Costco. Their issue instead hinges on the way the Washington State Liquor Control Board has interpreted 1183’s fine print. The initiative’s 60-page text allows retailers to sell bars and restaurants, but says in that circumstance “no single sale may exceed 24 liters.” The liquor board uses that to limit grocery stores from selling more than 24 liters to a bar in a day. On top of that, those sales get charged with a 17 percent fee. Benoliel sees the liquor board’s interpretation as in “direct conflict with the initiative itself.” He accuses the board of “trying to change what the voters passed.” Because of the 24-liter limit and the extra fee, many bars and restaurants won’t purchase liquor from Costco and grocery stores. House Bill 1161, introduced by Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Medina), would address that complaint by defining a single sale as any one transaction: All a restaurant would have to do to buy more from Costco is to ring up each 24-liter set separately. Next, the bill would clarify that restaurants and bars wouldn’t have to pay the extra license fee applied to consumers buying booze off the shelves. The bill has meant another round of legal lobbying at a Olympia, pitting one set of interest groups — the big grocery stores, the small liquor stores and the Washington Restaurant Association — against another, the small grocery stores, big distributors and the Teamsters. In Spokane, Boots Bakery & Lounge opened in the middle of last June, just as the liquor initiative first took effect. Owner Alison Collins knew the transition would be bumpy. “I didn’t know how bumpy, to be honest,” Collins says. Instead of just calling and picking up her orders at a liquor store, she uses spreadsheets to manage orders from multiple different distributors that have exclusive contracts with specific brands. Since Boots specializes in drinks made from

Boots Bakery & Lounge Owner Alison Collins knew privatizing liquor would be bumpy. “I didn’t know how bumpy.” stephen schlange photo more obscure liquors, it can get “crazy complicated” if they run out. “Some people collect watches. I totally horde small-batch booze,” Collins says. “I have no idea if I’m going to get it several months from now.” Three weeks ago, Collins says, distributor Southern Wine and Spirits ran out of Maker’s Mark bourbon to provide to Boots. But if she wanted to go to Costco to get more, she’d be paying 17 percent more than getting it from her distributors. As a result, places like Costco aren’t much of a contender for her business. “We want options in the marketplace,” says Bruce Beckett, with the Washington Restaurant Association. Young’s Market Company and Southern Wine and Spirits, two big distributors that control the vast majority of liquor brand shipping, had been against the initiative from the beginning. “We believe the initiative was drafted in a way solely to benefit Costco and some of the big box stores, to the detriment of everyone else,” says John Guadnola, executive director of the Association of Washington Spirits and Wine Distributors. Both big distributors arrived at a legislative hearing on the bill in January. Between the two of them, they’re already required to pay a $150 million, one-time fee, through taxes or direct payments, to enter the Washington state liquor market. Their complaint is simple: If the 17 percent per-sale fee was gone, groups like Costco could act like a distributor, without the fee. They don’t think that’s fair. The Teamsters’ union stood up to support the distributors they work with. “If you see these two companies pull out of the state… it would be devastating,” Teamster Michael Gonzales said. n


Welfare Tests Washington could be the next state to require welfare drug testing BY HEIDI GROOVER


or a family looking to get government help, the application process isn’t exactly painless. First come the forms to prove need; then a deluge of questions. Among them for applicants for Temporary Assistance For Needy Families: “Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking or drug use? Have people annoyed you by criticizing you for drinking or drug use?” If caseworkers asking the questions believe an applicant has an addiction, they can add a treatment program to the applicant’s “individual responsibility plan” — the path they have to follow to get any money. A new bill in Olympia could further raise that bar, adding a urine sample to the list of requirements. The bill, signed onto by a handful of Republicans, would require drug tests for TANF applicants Send comments to whom state workers believe have substance abuse problems. A failed test would mandate treatment to keep benefits. “[Drug abuse] is a huge issue right now and there aren’t a lot of means for them to go get help,” says Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, who is sponsoring the bill. “This is one.” But some challenge the notion that the law would help anyone, arguing caseworkers already require treatment when it’s needed. “You’re only eligible [for TANF] if you’re in deep poverty and you have children,” says Robin Zukoski of Columbia Legal Services. “Not all people in deep poverty are drug addicts or alcoholics. … This really feeds that negative stereotype.” TANF is a federal program that disperses money to states, where most people must be working to receive the benefits. Recipients get cash benefits depending on how many children they have; the average one-child home receives $327 a month, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 40,000 adult TANF cases Washington had last year, about 10,200 people accessed some kind of drug or alcohol treatment paid for by the government, state officials say. It’s been a controversial issue, with challenges ranging from cost to constitutionality. In 2012, at least 28 states proposed drug testing or screening for people receiving public assistance, most targeting just TANF but some also applying to things like food stamps. Missouri and Utah, for instance, require testing for those whom the department has reason to believe may be using, while Georgia and Florida require anyone applying to take a test. No financial analysis has been done on Washington’s bill yet, and Angel wouldn’t discuss its potential cost, but opponents point to Florida as an example. During the first four months of the law, the state spent about $45,000 more reimbursing applicants for drug tests than it would have paying benefits to those who failed, according to the New York Times and the ACLU of Florida. Florida’s was the first drug test requirement since a 2003 ruling that a similar law in Michigan was unconstitutional. The ACLU challenged Florida’s law, saying it violated people’s right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure, and another group in Georgia vowed to bring a similar suit. (A judge has put Florida’s on hold while the case is under way.) Washington’s bill could survive legal challenges because it’s not a blanket requirement for all TANF applicants, but only for those state workers believe have a problem. But that distinction isn’t enough for advocates like Tony Lee, policy director for the Statewide Poverty Action Network, which is lobbying legislators to block the bill. “This is a question of fairness,” he says. “Why don’t we drug test everybody who receives state assistance? Why don’t we test legislators or college students?” n



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Gabriela Alvarez came to the United States at age 11: “I don’t need your pity, I just need your help.” Young Kwak photo

efore making the trip, Gabriela Alvarez and her family got rid of everything. Their house in Mexico, their cornfield, their cows. Alvarez, 11 at the time, gave her Barbie dolls to her best friend. Her mother said they were going to America, the “green land,” and were staking all they had on a new life. Alvarez didn’t understand why — decisions like that aren’t explained to little girls. The family reached a Tijuana motel room and sat tight for about a week, Alvarez remembers. Her two older siblings — born in the U.S. when their parents lived there on a previous stay — flew to America legally and joined their father. Alvarez’s mother, meanwhile, would walk across the border, saying she was only coming to work for the day. But first Alvarez and her three younger siblings had to make the crossing with smugglers, known as “coyotes.” The children were told they could bring nothing — not even a change of clothes — and they packed into the back of a family van, with two coyotes posing as their parents. From appearances, they were a middle-class family on vacation, and they slipped over the border undetected in the summer of 2000. That, it turned out, was the easy part. For Alvarez, life would never be the same. The family of eight — some here legally, some not — reas-

sembled in Basin City, a scrap of a town about 60 miles southwest of Ritzville, Wash. They crammed into a single-wide trailer and, as a family, went to work in Washington’s fields, picking apples, cherries, peaches, pears and watermelons. In some ways, Alvarez’s is a quintessential American story: an immigrant in a foreign land, attending school in an unfamiliar language, working back-breaking jobs to put herself through college. In other ways, hers is the tale of a criminal, one of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in America whose lives have become political footballs, picked up from time to time and tossed around. And with the U.S. Senate and President Obama proposing new reforms last week, the issue once again steps into the national spotlight, providing a glimmer of hope for millions of people who, legal or not, have already become Americans.

Basin City Alvarez started sixth grade just days after arriving from Mexico and remembers it as the worst year of her life. In her new elementary school, she navigated a sea of unfamiliar faces. Strange fashions and foods, too: the kids in baggy pants, the ugly smells of the ...continued on next page


What’s next in the immigration debate? Last week, a group of eight U.S. senators declared that they had agreed on a set of principles for a large immigration reform package this year. Their principles included some type of amnesty for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently here, a more secure border and making it harder for businesses to employ undocumented workers. Two days later, President Barack Obama came out in support of largely the same principles. For the first time since President Ronald Reagan signed a 1986 amnesty and immigration reform bill, change could be on the horizon. But it’s too early to cheer. Politicians, from conservatives like George W. Bush to liberals like Nancy Pelosi, have all failed in efforts to update the immigration system. Bush, a Spanish-speaking Texan who as governor had to deal with the realities of living along the border, headed up the last major reform push in 2006. That proposal included a program for seasonal guest workers, increased security along the border and amnesty for longtime noncitizens. It also included the DREAM Act, a law that would allow a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children brought by parents. The DREAM Act came up again in 2010, but faltered. But the 2012 general election provided a psychic reset on immigration. Overnight, the crushing loss of Hispanic votes shifted Republican politicians away from much of their party’s fiery anti-immigration rhetoric. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane’s congresswoman and the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, sympathizes with Washington orchard growers who can’t find enough labor to pull in their crops. McMorris Rodgers spent time as a young adult working on her family’s orchard north of Kettle Falls. They grew cherries and peaches and apricots, pears, apples and some raspberries. When asked whether McMorris Rodgers’ family ever employed undocumented immigrants at the orchard, she wouldn’t say no. “I think you should probably talk more to my dad about that,” she says. When told the story of Gabriela Alvarez — the undocumented immigrant whose parents brought her here when she was 11, and who then paid her way through nursing college and graduated with honors — McMorris Rodgers says, “There needs to be a pathway for her to become legal. But it all points to the fact that our immigration system is broken.” — JOE O’SULLIVAN

Gabriela Alvarez, far right, and her siblings, when they were children.

“brought to the u.s.a.,” continued... cafeteria food, which she tried to avoid. Outside, the cold weather waited. Alvarez learned to layer and bundle: jackets, shoes, hats, gloves. She survived the early days with her English basics: yes, no, one, two, three, maybe. She used the word “maybe” so many times one teacher asked her about it. By her second semester, Alvarez was in English as a Second Language classes and slowly learning. As she began to get by, Alvarez found herself cocooned in the ebb and flow of school and teenage life. In her summers, Alvarez would pull herself out of bed at 3 am. She’d pack a lunch made by her mother — usually tacos with eggs or meat — and carpool across the pre-dawn emptiness of Central Washington. Dressed in a sweater so the afternoon sun wouldn’t burn her, Alvarez would climb up and down a metal ladder, picking pears or peaches, or pruning apple trees. A slight girl of 5-foot-2-inches, she hefted the ladder from tree to tree.

For Alvarez, the job lit up two distinct paths. “You work in the fields like your parents and get married, have kids and be a mom,” she says, “or you work your ass off, go to college and have a career.” She may be tiny, but Alvarez, now 24, owns a voice that booms. She’s sitting at the Atticus coffee shop in downtown Spokane dressed like a professional — a stylish black jacket, brown leather boots, a purple paisley wallet — and, recounting her time in the orchards, points to the tall trees outside the back of Atticus. “For a teenager to work like that is hard, and I don’t even know how my mom does it every day,” she says. “I just don’t know.” When Washington state made it legal for undocumented immigrants to attend state colleges in 2003, Alvarez didn’t even know she was undocumented. She didn’t learn that until the beginning of her senior year at Connell High School, outside of Basin City, when she was nominated to go to a nurs-

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ing camp. Without a Social Security number to complete the registration, she had to stay home. Her family had already discussed college, and Alvarez had come around to the idea. “My mom was like, ‘Well, Gabby, think about it,’” Alvarez recalls. “‘Your education, no one can take that away from you. No one. Education opens so many doors.’” Like many aspiring American high schoolers, Alvarez was already juggling the pursuit of high grades with community service and sports. She joined the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She played soccer and tennis. She volunteered at the local food bank and served as vice president in the student body. And when the time came, she applied to the University of Washington, Washington State University in Pullman and a school in Oregon. All three schools accepted Alvarez. Without papers, however, college looks less like a

steady path upward and more like a rocky climb. Undocumented immigrants can’t get government financial aid. Her parents, with their field paychecks, couldn’t afford to help her. Alvarez would have to come up with more than $20,000 a year to live and pay tuition. “It’s very difficult and stressful because there’s not much scholarships out there for you,” says her younger sister, Vanessa, who is currently a freshman studying civil engineering at WSU Tri-Cities. Alvarez did her research and found every scholarship application that didn’t require a Social Security number. She sought advice from her teachers on how to write winning application essays. She had a message for the financial officers of WSU, the school that offered her the most money in the private scholarships they hand out: “I’m not ashamed of my story, I don’t need your pity, I ...continued on next page

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‘This is my life’ Before coming to the U.S., Alvarez grew up west of Mexico City, in the state of Michoacán, in a sunny little town called Coalcoman. When she talks about home, she remembers her family’s cows, dressing dolls in clothes stitched by her mother and running up the hillside to play with friends. Since she’s left, though, Michoacán has become a central battleground between drug traffickers and the Mexican government. More than 6,000 soldiers descended on the state in 2006, flushing out drug growers and burning produce. Between that year and 2011, drug war violence killed more than 35,000 Mexicans, according to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations. It’s not a place Alvarez can really imagine returning to. One memory from Coalcoman that sticks out fondly is of its medical clinic. It was so small the doctor visited only a couple times a week, so when people wandered in with cuts or colds, they’d ask for help from the nurse. Alvarez’s experience at the clinic is what drove her to nursing. She spent her first two years at WSU cranking through her general requirements and


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working on the side for a research firm. She then moved up to Spokane. There, in the glass and steel paradise of WSU’s Riverpoint Campus, she began nursing college. “I was always like the nurse in my family. Your little brother cuts himself and you want to help him,” she says, adding later: “When I came to nursing school, I was like, “This is my life. I love the hospital.’” Sitting in the cavernous classrooms, Alvarez


absorbed the finer points of human nutrition and microbiology. In mock hospital rooms, she learned how to check pulses and insert needles. She handled her first heart attacks, first births and first deaths, all on lifelike simulation dummies. She worked in nursing homes and learned about specialties like pediatrics and obstetrics. Outside of class, she worked at a fast food restaurant, taking orders and making sandwiches. In the summer, she’d return to Basin City to work in the fields. Tuition payments hung over her head like a persistent hangover. “A lot of the times, students are facing the difficulty of registering for the next semester, because they haven’t finished paying for the previous semester,” says Angela Larkin, who works with undocumented students at WSU and advised Alvarez. If you can’t pay for your current courses, you can’t register for next semester. Classes you need fill up with other students. To fall behind is easy. Friends and classmates describe Alvarez as a “sparkling person” and “incredibly hardworking.” After hours of lectures, fellow nursing student Beth Sheeran would spend several hours studying. Alvarez would sometimes join her, and then go work a full shift at a fast food restaurant, according to Sheeran. “I would have never been able to do what she did,” Sheeran says. Alvarez also joined the Kappa Delta Chi sorority and became a member of Riverpoint’s Diversity Club. She shadowed a translator at Sacred Heart Hospital and even translated some conversations with Latino children. “I liked it because I was helping someone,” she says.

On the Border It wasn’t until 1924 that the U.S. government formed the Border Patrol with 200 agents. At that time, they wanted to stop Chinese migrants from entering the country, according to Joseph Nevins, a Vassar College associate professor of geography who studies border control issues. It wasn’t until the 1970s that immigration on the southern border shifted from being an occasional issue to a “permanent crisis,” according to Nevins. With it came the build-up. By then, the Border Patrol had grown tenfold to about 2,000 agents. Today, there are more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents, most along the southern border, according to Nevins. The border itself changed, too. The U.S. government leveled land so federal agents could patrol with vehicles. Double and triple layers of fences and walls sprang up, enhanced by underground sensors, stadium lights and motion detectors. Overhead, like satellites-on-demand, aerial drones now scour the ground below, collecting surveillance. Despite the draconian overhaul of the border, Alvarez’s family is part of a heritage of laborers coming to America to work. Between 1942 and 1964, the federal government ran the Bracero program, which actually translates to “laborer.” During those 22 years, it brought about 5 million workers to contract jobs in the U.S., working in the fields and on the railroads. The migrant workers in Washington state today are a product of the economic ties forged then. ...continued on page 26

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in Idaho tend to be found working in agriculture in the southwestern and south-central portion of the state: Canyon County, especially Caldwell, west of Boise; and the Magic Valley, a few hours to the east. Some also work in the service industry in Sun Valley, he says. Mejia-Ledesma himself is an undocumented immigrant who has also received papers under the president’s order. He was born in Mexico, grew up in Idaho and studied politics at Boise State University. It’s not easy being an immigrant in Idaho, he says, and the state’s policies don’t help with that. In 2006, the state passed a law requiring all government contractors to use E-Verify, a system that determines whether workers participating in a project are in fact legal residents. In 2007, Idaho passed a bill that made English the official language. And after Arizona in 2010 passed the strictest immigration laws in the nation, state Sen. Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d’Alene), then a representative, spoke of introducing similar law into the 2011 legislative session. He ultimately held off, according to news reports, because he said he wanted to see how the United States Supreme Court would interpret the law. The court struck down most parts but upheld the portion allowing local law enforcement to ask people for proof of residence. Currently a secretary, Alicia is applying for a job at a bank, and “it looks like it’s going pretty good.” By getting a job with better pay, she hopes to save up to attend college. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

After the Bracero program ended, the mutual reliance between farm owners and laborers remained, according to Leisy Abrego, a professor of Chicano studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. But the stream of laws that have been passed since the 1980s have put more pressure on the people once considered just laborers. “Coming into the country without documents would be a matter of civil law in the past, like jaywalking,” Abrego says. “You get a ticket, [you’re] asked not to do it again.” Not anymore. One day in college, Alvarez picked up the phone to her mother’s voice. Alvarez’s father, Agustin, had been arrested. He’d been in California working, according to Virginia Alvarez. The federal government sent Agustin back to Mexico, where he now runs a little shop selling snacks, soda, chips, lollipops. Alvarez speaks with her father by phone every so often. They talked just a few weeks ago. “He called me for my birthday at six in the morning,” she says.

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“My friends were like, ‘I got a job in this hospito Coalcoman, live with her father and try to get tal, I got a job in that hospital,’” she says. work at the clinic. Sheeran offered another idea, Junior and senior year had been hard. Many through some Mexican friends of her own. scholarships are only avail“I have some friends that able the first two years, so live in a little bit better of a Alvarez worried more and town, higher education level. more about affording each We were thinking they might semester. After all the time have a better work atmoand money and study and sphere,” Sheeran says. worry — what did it amount Over the years, Alvato? rez watched as politicians “The last semester of dangled reform — and nursing school was really hope — that might allow difficult for her, because she her to stay. When she was didn’t have a lot of options,” 12, members of Congress says Sheeran, her classmate. introduced the DREAM Act, “She was really nervous designed to give children about having to go back to who came into the country Mexico or about staying in illegally — by no fault of their the U.S. and not using her own — a path to citizenship. Amount the federal government spent last skills.” The proposal withered after year on immigration and border enforceIf Alvarez stayed here, the Sept. 11 attacks. The act ment. That number is larger than the comshe likely wouldn’t become later surfaced in 2010 when, bined annual budgets of the Federal Bureau a nurse. If she moved to in its last days of Democratic of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Mexico, she likely couldn’t control, the House of RepreAdministration and the Bureau of Alcohol, return to live in America. sentatives passed a version Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according She wouldn’t be able to — but the Senate couldn’t get to the New York Times. bowl or party with her the votes to bring it up for friends and classmates. debate. Wouldn’t be able to gossip It stung, Alvarez says. with her younger sisters. Couldn’t spend Christ“I was like, it happened for a reason,” she says. mas nestled at home with her mother. “Maybe God doesn’t want me here. I lost faith. I To keep her head together, Alvarez decided was questioning.” ...continued on next page she needed some kind of plan. She could go back

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the chance. They dipped into their savings and took community donations and scraped together the $3,000 needed for the three of them to apply. They drove to the federal building in Yakima On the auditorium stage, Alvarez sat with her and walked into the immigration office. WSU classmates. They’d already walked in “I was scared. What if I go there and commencement. Alvarez had already shared someone’s waiting for me?” Alvarez says. “But with her family the celebratory dinner prepared nothing happened.” by her mother: horchata, a rice drink; pozole, a dish Afterward, they settled in to wait: Vicky with hominy and pork; and enchiladas. For deswith her high school classes and life with sert, a custard flan. Virginia in Basin City; Vanessa in her first year But this celebration was different. A pinning of college in Richland at WSU Tri-Cities; and ceremony is just for nursing students, a ritual Alvarez in Pullman where she now lives with her with roots in 19th century social reformer Florboyfriend and other roommates, looks for jobs ence Nightingale, the founder of modand contemplates all her goals. ern nursing. It symbolizes the passing She wants to work in pediatrics of medical knowledge from teacher to and live in different parts of America Send comments to student. At one point, each graduate — Boston or Minnesota or maybe jots her name and some words about Maryland. She wants to help her her gratitude and her future on a card. mother with money. She wants to visit As the dean reads each card, that student comes her father. She wants to work as a nurse in Peru forward, meets her family near the front of the or Guatemala, helping poor communities. She stage and they light a candle. Alvarez wrote her wants to “go higher,” earn a master’s and then a message differently; a friend read it aloud in doctorate degree in nursing. Spanish so Alvarez’s mother could understand it. Here Alvarez stood, a young woman with her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, the first in her family to earn a degree. A few weeks later, this past June, Alvarez got One day in December, Vanessa stopped by the a phone call from a friend. The president had family’s post office box on her way to back to come on TV and announced that children elicollege. There, in an envelope marked for Vicky gible under some of the DREAM Act standards — the youngest of the Alvarez sisters — was would not be deported. The plan doesn’t solve tucked a watermarked document from the U.S. many problems. Immigrants approved under Citizen Immigration Services. And with it, a the program get two-year work visas. There’s photo ID card — her work visa. no path to citizenship. There’s no guarantee of Gabriela Alvarez’s wait ended the day before anything after two years. February began, with a letter of approval. It’ll But it would give Alvarez a work visa, opentake a few weeks to get the visa, and then she’ll ing the door to her becoming a real nurse. need to go to the Social Security office and get She jumped online and read the news. Alvaher number. rez and her younger sisters, Vicky and Vanessa, She and her boyfriend now are planning to all appeared to meet the eligibility requirements. move to the East Coast, where she’ll soon begin So they sat down and debated. Is this real? applying for surgical or pediatrics nursing jobs. Should we do it? Alvarez doesn’t yet know their destination, “What if this is a trap and what if they just but with a visa, she knows one thing. Wherever want to send us back?” Alvarez recalls thinking. she goes in this great, big “green land,” she’ll “We thought that, and so we researched.” have the same opportunity as any citizen: the While Alvarez’s younger brother, also chance, free of fear, to build a life and find her eligible, did not apply, she and her sisters took path. At least for now. n

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Out of the Basement A new club hopes Spokane will embrace the sport of table tennis By Lisa Waananen


t’s a typical Wednesday night at North Park Racquet Club, and a dozen men are facing off across green tables set up in the high-ceilinged gym. There’s not a lot of talking, but the rapid whackping-whack speaks for itself: This is not your typical basement ping pong. “Sometimes people show up and, unfortunately, they’re intimidated,” says John Trevethan, the president of Spokane Table Tennis and longtime leader in the local table tennis community. He first picked up a paddle, like many kids do, to challenge his brothers and sisters in the basement. “Looking back on it,” he says, “That was really just ping pong — the slow dink, dink, let’s see if we can keeping it going. And you think you’re pretty good.” Table tennis is a game of many levels, and this new club has ambitious plans to elevate the sport out of Spokane’s garages and bars. They’ve held monthly tournaments since October, and open practice sessions three times a week. Basement-level players who show up to play will probably get crushed — but then, hopefully, they’ll come back. New faces peer tentatively into the gym, and greeting them is Lisa Hagel, the club manager and tireless force behind the new club. Her 14-year-old son, Cody, is the youngest player in the gym and also one of the best, and they’ve traveled all over the country for tournaments and training. Along the way, Hagel fell in love with the growing sport. “It’s so much fun when you go into these different towns and you meet all these different people from all over the world,” she says. “It’s just not like any other sport that I’ve ever seen.”

She also saw how much Spokane didn’t have: In Seattle and Portland, where the sport is becoming huge, kids are coached at full-time facilities. In Texas, clubs travel to tournaments with hundreds of kids. “They just line up — they do these drills, and they’re just lined up miles long,” Hagel says. Most of the dedicated players in Spokane are older, but that kind of generation gap in table tennis is not unusual nationwide. What Spokane is missing is the kids. “My goal,” Hagel says, “was to really bring the older generation that plays competitively with the younger kids that want to learn.” Before she organized their first tournament sanctioned by USA Table Tennis last October, no one knew if players would travel to Spokane from around the Northwest. The tournament was a success, and now, with bigger plans in the works, the main question for the club is how much the hometown community will get on board.


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o you wanna rock? Do you wanna get rocked? Are you lookin’ for nothin’ but a good time? Prepare to fall in love with a boy named Drew and a gal named Sherrie, as they navigate their way through the ridiculous and heartfelt (and ridiculously heartfelt) Rock of Ages. Set against the no-holds-barred culture of the 1980s, Rock of Ages finds its home, more specifically, at a little fictitious place on the Sunset Strip known as the Bourbon Room. The club is on the verge of demise at the hands of some German

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what this show’s soundtrack has to offer. Sure, the leads are cute, the supporting characters quirky and the story fun, but the show’s goal is to have you bubbling over with nostalgia. (That was you in the front row of that Poison concert in ’89, right?) The entire soundtrack is ’80s hits, ranging from Bon Jovi to Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Journey. The show’s storyline — the wayward club; the love on the rocks; the overbearing, fading star — is where it finds its heart, but the music is what gives it its mojo. “Every song in the show gets a huge response from the audience,” says Dominique Scott, who plays Drew in this second national tour (Broadway’s original Drew, Tony nominee and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, was on the first tour). “It happens because they recognize them. As soon as they hear the opening riff to ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ or when Lonny sings the first line of ‘I Can’t Fight This Feeling,’ the songs conjure up feelings and memories for people of what those songs meant to them growing up. Nostalgia is very powerful,” says Scott. Indeed it is. At its core, Rock of Ages is a love letter to a decade that culture now likes to poke fun at, but for which nostalgia remains so great that it’s kept the era’s fashion alive (don’t pretend that you’re not rocking your Risky Business RayBans again) and many of its bands touring well past their expiration dates. People still clamor to see the likes of Def Leppard, Heart, Styx, Poison and Night Ranger on tour in stadiums and casinos year after year, and they do it because that music — silly, simplistic as it may seem — has managed to ingrain itself in generation after

generation. Lucky for Rock of Ages, those tunes still play with such power in the live setting, where they can take on rock concert-like volumes. So, YES, last year Rock of Ages got a film adaptation in the form of Tom Cruise’s bare-chested prowess as aging rock god Jaxx (and damn, it was actually sorta good — except for the rest of the movie), but as any rock show aficionado knows, a 2-D version is no match for the real thing. Scott agrees. “They’re both really different things,” he says of the comparison. “They’re incomparably different experiences — like the difference between seeing a Bon Jovi concert live and seeing a documentary about Bon Jovi... they’re both great but totally different.” Rock of Ages’ two-plus hours zip loudly through our culture’s loudest decade, matching cornball with screwball, spandex with pleather and mega-cheese with mega-heart. On Broadway, the actors were known to break the “fourth wall” in order to talk directly to the audience. There’s a certain level of play involved in making something like Rock work, and the folks behind it are well-aware. After all, it ain’t exactly a capstone of its time period in the same way that HAIR continues to catapult its audiences into the harsh realities of the ’60s... but it will, um, rock you. “Expect a lot of loud music, a lot of fist pumping and a whole lot of awesome,” says Scott. n

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Skywalking Eating lunch a story above downtown Spokane BY JOE O’SULLIVAN


pokane’s skyways seem to linger from another era, a time when a city’s downtown was so bustling someone decided to make an upper deck for transportation. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that its food also harkens back to a time of simpler cuisine. The most modern thing one might find in the coffee shops and lunch nooks are sandwich wraps. But in order to get a feel for the skyways, I had to cover a lot of ground. So I gave myself a mission: eat lunch every day for a week in the skyways. First on my list was a take-out joint called Our Daily Bread. Let’s get one thing one thing straight: this place is serious about Jesus. Up behind the restaurant’s condiment counter is a chart that looks like a periodic table, but instead breaks down different Christian denominations. Better yet are the scribbled notecards that hang up next to

the only two tables, answering the prompt “God is.” (A couple of answers: “Daddy,” “Awesome,” “Coming Soon.”) The gentleman taking orders told me they were out of German sausage sandwiches, and directed me to the daily special: a meatball hoagie. Getting a special seemed like more of a skyway thing to do anyway, so I went for it. For $4.75 I wolfed down a sandwich whose meatballs felt as heavy as a collapsed star. And it came with chips and a soda, to boot. Definitely wins the skyway value award. Figuring I’d get my “dailies” out of the way, I stopped by the Daily Grind Downtown on Tuesday. It’s a cozy coffee/sandwich shop type of place that has the benefit of seats that extend out into the dim warmth of the Paulsen Center. On a green plate shaped like a flower, I ate a perfectly serviceable turkey sandwich on sourdough, and admonished myself after

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hearing every regular order a wrap. Oh well, next time. I sat inside the shop, looking out a window that faced the skyway I had used to get there. The reflections of construction workers and cars on the street bounced off the skyway’s tinted glass and mingled with the silhouettes passing through inside. The glass box I observed is part of one of the largest skywalk systems in the United States, according to city spokeswoman Marlene Feist. Feist tempers that, though, by acknowledging that there’s not a whole lot of skyway research out there. People don’t even agree which of Spokane’s skyways were the first. According to Feist, an article from the city’s 125th anniversary celebration says the first one came shortly after the Interstate arrived. “In 1965, Interstate 90 opened through Spokane and construction was completed on the Parkade Plaza,” the article states. “Two years later, Spokane’s skywalks began to be built as an effort to cross the streets above downtown.” But according to another city worker, the state’s architectural historian pegs the first skyway as the one between the Ridpath Hotel and the Ridpath Motor Inn, perhaps as early as 1963. The skyways of Spokane, Feist says, are generally owned privately, typically by one of the buildings to which it is attached. But both buildings have to have a contract in order for one to exist. In other words, you can’t just build a bridge over to your neighbor’s bank building and bust down their wall. Speaking of bank buildings, I made my third lunch stop at the Coffee Cup Café, located in the U.S. Bank building. It’s kind of eerie to sit and eat lunch next to a spread of five elevators, none of which saw much use while I was there. Here at the Coffee Cup, I took the special: a cheese-and-bacon sandwich with tomato

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basil soup. I bought a chocolate cookie, too. The sandwich was just a little dry and came to life the minute I began dunking it in the soup. It brought me back to the lunches I’d eat while watching movies during a sick day off in grade school. And you know what? That’s a memory worth occasionally dwelling on. On Thursday, I headed to the Metro Café, that big, openspaced joint at the Sherwood Center. If you stand outside Columbia Bank downtown and look up and north, you’ll see the Metro Café. I know what you’re thinking: meatballs, turkey, bacon, pork. What’s a vegetarian to do? That’s why I spent my last meal going all-veggie. I hit up Reflections Kaffee Haus and Eatery at 618 W. Riverside, I chomped down a vegetable panini (Swiss cheese, cucumbers, red pepper, basil sauce) and pasta salad. While the pasta salad was nothing special, the sandwich did the trick. Being a little bit isolated, Reflections has the quiet feel of an empty cafeteria that made it a fine place to unwind. Until, of course, it was time to get back into the skyways and climb back toward the present. n

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arbecue yields the idea of that smoky scent, meat sizzling on the grill, sitting at a plastic-covered picnic table outside under the sky and among the trees. That’s just what Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is, except it’s inside and it’s not just you and your family. A Texas-style chain new to Spokane (this is the first one to open in Eastern Washington), Dickey’s sports an Old West theme, with wagon wheel chandeliers, vintage posters and blackand-white photos of Travis Dickey opening the restaurant’s first location in Dallas in 1941. The food is quick-causal, a “good home cooked meal in a fast-food speed,” says co-owner Walt Buyea. Texas-style chopped beef brisket, southern pulled pork, spicy cheddar sausage and Virginiastyle ham make up some of the nine different meats on the menu. Then there are 12 sides to choose from, including coleslaw, potato salad, mac and cheese and fried onion tanglers. Sandwiches, potatoes (“bakers”) and salads add to the barbecue fare, and for dessert, free soft serve ice cream, every day all the time. Customers order in a move-with-the-food

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method, picking what they want on their tray as they mosey down the line. The meats are kept whole in a warmer so all of it is cut to order. Before he owned a Dickey’s, Buyea would eat at a Dickey’s location near his Texas business several times a week. He fell in love with the smoked turkey. “It just melts in your mouth. That’s what I fell in love with,” he says. That’s where “Ole Hickory” comes in, a beast of a steel smoking machine. It can hold 14 20-pound briskets with pork ribs at one time. All of the meat is smoked 12 hours overnight with raw-cut hickory wood, so if they run out during the day, they simply run out. It’s what makes good barbecue, Buyea says, what makes the ribs fall off the bone. Buyea and Dawn Carr opened this location a few weeks ago, but they already have plans to open other Dickey’s in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. n Dickey’s Barbecue Pit • 12628 N. Division St. • Open daily 11 am-9 pm • 465-9999



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A Good Pie

Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub proves that Cheney is no longer just for students By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


rive down First Street in downtown Cheney and you’ll pass a bar, a bar, a bar and oh, the end of town. All right, that’s a bit harsh. The past few years have seen an emergence of small, family-owned restaurants rising alongside old standards like Willow Springs, Gatto’s and China Garden. Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub, located in the building that formerly housed Immix, is the newest business to cater to locals, not just students. Owners Josh and Tegan Baldwin did some remodeling work — the brick interior now contains booths as well as bistro seating — and kept some areas (namely the bar) intact. The result is a warm neighborhood pub and restaurant, exactly what the owners had in mind. Rotating microbrews are available as well as a selection of regional and Italian wines. These libations fulfill the establishment’s pub requirement (in fact, Zentropa hosts a regional wine tasting on Feb. 22) while the restaurant emphasizes artisanal fare. In the early afternoon, the smell of baking bread fills the eatery. From 11 am until 4:30 pm, you can buy pizza by the slice ($2.69-$3.49) or choose a special, like two slices and fountain soda for just less than $6. If you stop in for dinner, I suggest you go for the “wedgies” ($3.99). These wedges of house-made pizza dough are topped with garlic butter and cheese. Should you decide against ordering one of the nine thin-crust pizzas ($15.49-$21.99), and instead opt for a sandwich ($5.49/half, $8.59/whole) like the BLT or the mushroom-dressed meatball, you will discover that the bun is made from this very same house-made, chewy, warm pizza dough. Another surprise? The bacon is pancetta bacon, meatier and more delectable. This substance even finds its way into the spinach salad: an oversized bowl stuffed with baby spinach, cranberries, the aforementioned pancetta, feta and balsamic vinaigrette. Caesar salad, with artichoke hearts, and a Greek salad (all salads: $5.49-$8.59) are also available, as are some gigantic calzones ($9.79). Zentropa’s general manager, Jimmy Lo, traveled with Baldwin to Seattle and Portland for culinary inspiration. Judging from the mix of happily chattering customers, the two have returned victorious. n Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub • 122 College Ave., Cheney • Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, noon-8pm • 235-4338


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Hacienda Las Flores 510 S. Freya St. | 315-8853 Hacienda Las Flores has everything you’d expect from a family Mexican restaurant. The interior is bright and busy. The custom of passing out chips is taken seriously. The enchiladas, burritos and taco plates are gargantuan. If you still want more, Tuesdays and Thursdays are all-you can-eat tacos for $7. They also have a $5 take-out special and kids eat for $1 on Sundays. Rincon Tapatio 3207 N. Market St. | 483-5203 Colorful decorations greet those who opt for this Mexican restaurant over the Zip’s across the street in Hillyard. You made the right choice. Here you got sombreros hanging from the ceiling, a saddle on the wall and overexposed pictures by the door. And you got chips and salsa as soon as you sat down, beer in the fridge and a menu that’s as Mexican as Tijuana. Its categories include “eggs,” “vegetarian” and “American,” and the restaurant presents its entrees on hubcap-sized platters with bowl-like rims, so your rice, lettuce and beans don’t fall overboard.

Tacos Tumbras 1325 W. Second Ave. | 456-8226 After having opened, then closed, then opened again, Tacos Tumbras is thriving in its downtown location. Owner Carlos Zuniga, Jr., says the recipes are mostly from his family, but they’ve updated a few over the years. He recommends the fish taco ($3), which is made with fresh tilapia, cilantro, onion, cabbage and special sauce. The torta ($7), a Mexican sandwich, comes packed with meat, lettuce, tomato, beans and sour cream on toasted Mexican bread — a soft, semi-sweet bread that melts in your mouth. Tres Fiestas 12914 W. Sunset Hwy. | Airway Heights | 244-6161 Combo plates are only the beginning inside the festive, sun-washed orange walls of Tres Fiestas. Pollo en crema and arroz con pollo are favorites, or try steak fajitas: sizzling skirt steak strips with onions and peppers, served with beans, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and warm soft tortillas. The horchata is especially rich and creamy. n

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oney, sex, insider trading, prison time, emotional distress, prescription drugs and their (see title), doctor-patient relationships, ethics probes, murder. This new mystery-thriller from director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who collaborated on Contagion and The Informant!, has all of this. But I won’t reveal much else about the twisting and skittering plot lines. Or anything concerning who’s good, who’s bad, who’s lying, who’s not. Side Effects is one of those movies you really don’t want to know anything about, at least if you enjoy sometimes involuntarily yelling at the screen while watching.


It opens in a blood-spattered apartment but quickly shoots back to “three months earlier” with no explanations (till much later). It’s then that we meet Martin (Channing Tatum), leaving the pokey after a four-year stint for insider trading. Waiting to take him home are his wife Emily (Rooney Mara) and mom (Ann Dowd). It’s time, he says, to bring things back to normal. But he can’t land a job. Emily begins showing signs of the “hopelessness” that brought her to therapy back when Martin was locked up. A suicide attempt lands her in the hospital, where she becomes a patient of psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), who suggests and prescribes drugs that will make her “less sad.” He also

contacts her previous psychiatrist, Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to get some insight on his new patient. Things go terribly wrong for many of the characters, and for innumerable reasons. Someone, in the fine footsteps of Psycho, doesn’t make it to the second half of the film. Someone becomes, in courtroom talk, a “victim of circumstance and biology.” Someone turns into the camera’s main subject in an ongoing close-up study of a troubled face. Something goes down that warrants intrusive coverage by Good Morning America. As different characters’ stories develop and intersect, multiple lives start falling apart. As new wonder drugs keep hitting the marSIDE EFFECTS ket, it’s hard to keep Rated R track of how many are Directed by Steven Soderbergh mentioned and how Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, they might help. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum It’s not rare for a film that intends to keep its viewers of the edge of their seats to keep shooting off in unexpected directions. But so many go spinning out of control and confuse rather than grab hold of their audience. This one keeps people both off-guard and intrigued (and yelling). The story becomes incredibly complicated, but it’s all told with nothing less than the surest and steadiest of writing and directing hands. n

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Law is a busy psychiatrist. Rooney Mara is his patient. Channing Tatum is her husband. Catherine Zeta-Jones is her former psychiatrist. Things, to a degree you couldn’t possibly guess, go wrong, astoundingly wrong. Great writing and direction, every actor is spot-on. (ES) Rated R


Air craft carriers, physics-defying feats of piloting, and muscle — all forged in the third dimension. For six days only, IMAX is hosting the American classic Top Gun in 3D. One week later, you can head to the store to pick up your very own copy the film on Blu-ray. Grand marketing scheme? Perhaps. But don’t let that detract from epic rekindling of 1986’s magnificent military movie starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan. It’s the movie that made playing volleyball with no shirt and tight jeans a cool thing to do. (SM) Rated PG

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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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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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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


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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

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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


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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Jason Statham once again takes the role of a beautifully foreign, terribly misun-

Mama derstood and incredibly sexy professional thief who must navigate the tricky world of a for-hire criminal. Parker (Statham) 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


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


Who’s ready for one of those aging allstar cast movies? You better be ready because the people who make movies have decided that Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin should all be in the same film. The three co-star as a gang of former criminals who decide to get back together because one of them (Walken) has to kill another (Pacino). That sounds morbid, but the film is funny because — c’mon, old people, right? (MB) Rated R


The popular young adult novel is turned into a well intended, but flawed movie filled with gaping holes in logical storytelling. Most of the world’s population has become zombies, though survivors exist in a walled city. When human Julie (Teresa Palmer) wanders into the wrong place, she’s saved by zombie R (Nicholas Hoult), and the rest of the film is about how love can change anyone ... even a flesh-eating, conscience-less zombie. The two leads are quite good, especially in handling their ever-changing character arcs. And the mostly ’60s and ’70s soundtrack is mighty hip. Too bad that everything else is preposterous. (E.S.) Rated PG-13


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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e gonna fight or do you plan on law enforcement officer ever, between his comboring me to death?” Sylvester plete willingness to participate in violent felonies Stallone mumbles to the bad guy and his penchant for referring to himself as “Tayjust before their final climactic fight. Too late! lor” when talking to his cop colleagues on the Bullet to the Head has long since put a bullet of phone: “Hey, it’s Taylor,” he says when calling boredom in your head. into his department, as if he’s calling his mom. How does a legendary director such as WalFrom, ahem, Taylor’s on-the-spot psychoter Hill make a movie this analysis of Bonomo as a guy with a shockingly inept? This is daddy-inferiority complex, to StalBULLET TO THE HEAD damn near the most unlone’s extruded-plastic demeanor Rated R watchable movie I’ve seen to the laughable narration to the Directed by Walter Hill that hasn’t gone straight unbelievably stilted acting from evStarring Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater to DVD or late-night eryone — except, perhaps, the always cable. It’s barely even a reliable Christian Slater as a bad movie, in fact — it’s more like a meat brawl, just bad guy — to the charisma-free cast (including, dozens of anonymous beefy lunkheads beating alas, Slater) to the — holy crap — trying-on-funnyup one another or, more often, shooting one anhats montage, this should be laughable. For this other in almost random sprays of blood and bulis a movie that wants to be hardboiled but more lets. And it’s no better, frankly, when the movie sorta of soft-shelled. And yet it’s snooze-inducing. attempts to un-anonymize the lunkheads, because Hill’s last work was the marvelous TV westwe are offered no reason to care what happens ern Broken Trail, which was as sensitive as it to the several cartoonish characters heading up was brutal, so we know he’s capable of better. what passes for the plot. Stallone knows how to be an appealing lunkhead Stallone, as hired killer James Bonomo, is the — see: Rocky and the more recent Rocky Balboa. We good guy here whose Golden Rule is “no womcan’t even blame Bullet’s provenance as a comic en, no children,” so he’s a nice, honorable hired book movie (this is based on the graphic novel killer, you see. He’s been double-crossed on his Du plomb dans la tête by Alexis Nolent) because latest job, and on the way to getting revenge there have been too many good movies based on he runs across cop-out-of-water Taylor Kwon too many good comic books. So what the hell (Sung Kang), who I’m pretty sure is the worst happened? n

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Highest Form of Flattery Built to Spill didn’t invent indie rock, they just showed everyone how to do it right By Mike Bookey


here is no contemporary rock band that hasn’t been influenced by another rock band. It’s just the way rock ‘n’ roll works — people grow up listening to it and playing it, and when it comes time for those people to start bands, they’re going to sound somewhat like something they once listened to. It’s not cheating; that’s just art. It’s rare, however, for a rock band to influence not just the acts that came decades after their glory years, but to actually shape the sounds of their contemporaries. But that’s exactly what Built to Spill has been doing since the Boise-based indie rock band began making music more than 20 years ago. The band — never as popular in the mainstream as they deserve — has left an indelible influence on other bands. Without Built to Spill, helmed by the silky vocals and guitar majesty of Doug Martsch, one could argue that acts ranging from Modest Mouse to Pearl Jam

would have never made the sort of music they do today. Martsch is never too keen on talking about his influence on other bands — in fact, he doesn’t really listen to much contemporary music at all. When I profiled him in 2009 for the release of the band’s latest album There Is No Enemy, this is how he addressed the question of whether his band’s sound can be found in newer rock acts: “Most alternative rock bands that I see, there’s something — I don’t know — there’s a soul missing to it. There’s something that really resonates with me that’s missing. It’s almost too clever or sounds too much like other things. It’s almost like they’re trying too hard to sound like other things. Maybe that’s what I like about the old stuff. They aren’t so obsessed with having an original sound, so they just play their asses off and play beautiful music,” said Marstch. That said, there is no shortage of bands who are

indebted to Martsch and the music of Built to Spill, even if he doesn’t really care.

Death Cab for Cutie

While Built to Spill fans typically become attached to the band because of its massive and ambitious guitar work, Martsch’s high-range vocal style can be found all over the place. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has never been shy about BtS’ influence on his band. “I’ve always been a big Built to Spill fan. I don’t think that’s any secret,” said Gibbard in an interview with Splendid Magazine. “So I don’t mind when people use that as a touchstone. When it does get frustrating is when people use terms like ‘This record sounds less like Built to Spill than their other stuff.’ Still, I’d rather be compared to Built to Spill than Third Eye Blind.”

Modest Mouse

In all of indie rock, it’s hard to find two bands lumped together as often as Built to Spill and Modest Mouse. Both are from the Northwest, both have an at-times intentionally messy approach to their sound and both are fans of the other’s band. Martsch, however, thinks that Modest Mouse does it better. “To me, Modest Mouse is one of the best bands ever. I actually wasn’t surprised that they made it big,” Martsch told Pitchfork. “They make more sense to a lot of people than I think we ever could.” ...continued on next page ...continued on next page


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Band of Horses

The guitar explosions found on Band of Horses’ first two albums were classic Built to Spill. Or at least that’s what critics kept saying. BOH frontman Bridwell has given mad props to Built to Spill over the years, even when it comes to facial hair. “But Doug [Martsch]’s got one of the most influential beards in indie rock,” Ben Bridwell told back in 2007.

Finn Riggins

You won’t hear a ton of Built to Spill’s epic guitars or unavoidable melodies in the sound of emerging rockers Finn Riggins, but it’s hard to say that this trio hasn’t benefited from BtS. Martsch is a fan of the band, which is why he brought them out as his opening act for several different tours, including the one that brings them up to Spokane this week.

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This Los Angeles act sounds like it came right out of the ’90s and the band has often freely admitted that they’ve plucked a lot of their sounds from their heroes. One of the bands they look up to — and you can hear it pretty damn easily — is Built to Spill. “Built To Spill is one of the greatest bands ever!” declared lead singer Brian Aubert from the stage at the 2009 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. Later that night, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder made a similar statement. n Built to Spill, Finn Riggins • Fri, Feb. 8 at 8 pm • The Belltower, Pullman, Wash. • $17-$20 • sterepathicpresents. com • All ages • (509) 334-4195 • Sat, Feb. 9 at 8 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • $22 • • 227-7638

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Helio Sequence: Benjamin Weikel (left) and Brandon Summers

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With its new album, Helio Sequence presents a unified front By Seth Sommerfeld


e’ll call Helio Sequence’s Negotiations the Best Taoist Rock Record of 2012. It’s all about flow and balance. The Portland-area indie rock duo of vocalist/guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Weikel has always been more concerned with atmosphere and space than any other musical tenets, but Negotiations takes it to the next level. It’s easy to get lost in the album’s dreamy open air and swirling sounds as

each track blurs into the next with only the subtlest distinction. And while Summers admittedly recognizes the potential downside of making an album without a distinct, hooky single, he says the band strove to make Negotiations flow like one cohesive piece of music. “We’re always trying to make something that’s unified,” says Summers, “something that can be listened to from beginning to end, rather than a collection of disparate songs or just focusing on one single and the

rest of it being filler. We really do want the record to be an experience. And so we were really meticulous and careful with the songs that we chose that would make it on the record. … The whole is greater than each song.” After five albums, the balance between Summers and Weikel is more evident than ever this time around. When preparing the new album, the duo set up camp at a new recording/practice space in an old warehouse cafeteria in Portland. The large space allowed for the band to play around with more equipment and strive for an “old vinyl” aesthetic with a more analog vibe. It also gave them a place to work out ideas together. “Working on Negotiations was really different for me in that I did a lot of recording on [the previous record] Keep Your Eyes Ahead at home. I had a space at home that I could work out ideas, whereas with Negotiations, we had this studio and I did pretty much any writing or creating that was going on there.” “The dynamic [between us] is always changing and that’s what keeps it going,” he says. And in the case of Negotiations, Summers says the two had learned “when to give each other room.” And unlike their other works, Negotiations is rooted in Summers’s own optimistic philosophy. “It’s a record of the heart,” he says. “It has a lot to do with memories and, almost, letters or notes that you write to yourself or the people in your life in the past. But however much melancholy or a sort of heaviness there is in the songs, there’s always hope. There’s always some feeling of resolution that finds its way into the songs.” n Helio Sequence with Talkdemonic and Gathered Ghosts • Wed, Feb. 13, at 8 pm • The Belltower • $10-$12 • All-ages • • (509) 334-4195 • Helio Sequence with Talkdemonic and Lemolo • Thu, Feb. 14, at 8 pm • The Center • $10-$12 • All-ages • • 742-7879

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hough they walk the line of over-smooth pop reggae, Iration has the talent to front respectable songs. The members of this California-based sextet all originally hail from Hawaii and bring island-drenched hooks with low-pressure vocals. The band sings a lot about unfulfilled desire in songs called “Undertow” and “Porcupine.” Spacey guitars occasionally bust into distortion, but there’s not much angst here. And the songs’ dub fringes give things an outer space-y, atmospheric sensation. They may not be destined for soul rebellion, but Iration serves up some vital grooves. Bright reggae rockers Passafire and groove mystics Pacific Dub will lend a solid opening. — JOE O’SULLIVAN Iration with Passafire and Pacific Dub • Fri, Feb. 8, at 7 pm • Knitting Factory • $15 • All-ages • • 244-3279

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f you call the city of Seattle, you’re inevitably going to get put on hold. And, apparently, when you do, there’s a good chance you’ll be serenaded by the easy, whispering vocals of Seattle singer-songwriter Jonathan Kingham. Kingham’s songs and live performances have made him known far beyond the phone lines: he’s opened for Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin and even Michael McDonald, and took the first place spot in the USA Songwriting Competition. Seems you should be seeing him on a big old stage somewhere, but instead he’s playing a lobby at Spokane Falls Community College. Translation: if you’re into Kingham, catch him now before he blows up. — LEAH SOTTILE Jonathan Kingham • Wed, Feb. 13 at 11:30 am • Spokane Falls Community College • SUB Lobby, Bldg. 17 • 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. • Free • All-ages • • 533-4197

story on page 47), Finn Riggins, Aan Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Karma’s Circle J Bing Crosby Theater, World Relief Benefit feat. Crème Tangerine (Beatles Tribute) Bluz at the Bend, Kozmick Dreamzz Bolo’s (891-8995), The Cruizers Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project Boomer’s (368-9847), Cold Shot J Carr’s Corner, Garlands, Elan Toby, Bronson Checkerboard, Arahamp Coeur d’Alene Casino, Suckerpunch, Bill Bozly Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Bright Moments Curley’s (208-773-5816), Phoenix

DiLuna’s Café (208-263-0846), Megan McCormick & Friends Fizzie Mulligans, Whack a Mole Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos Grande Ronde Cellars (4558161), T. Scot Wilburn and The Shut-Up-N-Playboys J the Hop!, Early show: The Backups, Tanner Waite, HVAL (5 pm); Late show: Wicked Stitch, Seven Cycles, In Flux, Midnightmine Iron Horse, Radioface Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Fruition Jones Radiator, Moses Wiley J Knitting Factory, Iration (see story above), Passafire, Pacific Dub Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Limousine Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Spare Parts Trio

Moose Lounge (208-664-7901), The Usual Suspects Mt. Spokane (238-2220), Flying Mammals nYne, DJ Mayhem Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Tom Catmull Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Rock Bar (443-3796), Armed and Dangerous Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Silver Mountain (208-783-1111), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Slab Inn (208-773-5440), Chance Long and the Last Chance Band Swamp, Angela Marie Project, Wonder Wonder The Cellar, Brad Perry, The Fir Traders The Shanty (208-664-9590), House Arrest Ugly Bettie’s, City Faire, Flying Mammals

J Unitarian Universalist (3256283), The Vagabonds Balkan Brass Band

Saturday, 2/9

Asia Restaurant (448-4499), One Match Left Baby Bar, DJ Peter Parker Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Karma’s Circle J Bing Crosby Theater, Built to Spill (see story on page 47), Finn Riggins Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Bluz at the Bend, Kozmick Dreamzz Bolo’s (891-8995), The Cruizers Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project Boomer’s (368-9847), Cold Shot Carr’s Corner, Dime City Birthday

Bash feat. Dime City, Rod Mac, M Dub, Loss Monstarz, White Boy Will, Unique, Ms. Fabulous J THE Center, The Sky Turns Red CD Release feat. Not for Now, Vial 8 Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin Coeur d’Alene Casino, Suckerpunch, Bill Bozly Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Ray Allen Curley’s (208-773-5816), Phoenix Fizzie Mulligans, Whack a Mole

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Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Limousine Moose Lounge (208-664-7901), The Usual Suspects Mt. Spokane (238-2220), B Radicals nYne, DJ Mayhem Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Rock Bar (443-3796), DJ Sonny Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Shop, Sidhe with John Paul Shields Slab Inn (208-773-5440), Chance Long and the Last Chance Band Spokane Elks Lodge (928-8166), Valentine’s Dinner feat. Chris Ellenberger The Cellar, The Fir Traders Ugly Bettie’s, Mardi Gras Party feat. DJ One

Sunday, 2/10

Baby Bar, DJ Peter Parker Curley’s (208-773-5816), Chili Cookoff feat. Bad Monkey Daley’s Cheap Shots, Open mic John’s Alley, Tracorum Marquee, Likes Girls The Cellar, Steve Ridler Ugly Bettie’s, DJ Dave Zola, The Bucket List

Monday, 2/11

Blue Spark, Open mic J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Truck Mills

Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic

Tuesday, 2/12

J Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic Hogfish (208-667-1896), Open mic Ichiban, DJ Beauflexx and Q John’s Alley, Open mic J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox Marquee, DJ Paulie D Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Dan Maher The Cellar, Gary Nelson

Wednesday, 2/13

J BellTower, Helio Sequence (see story on page 49), Talkdemonic, Gathered Ghosts Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Cum Inn (924-6762), Armed and Dangerous Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh J the Hop!, Deviance, Like Vultures, The Ongoing Concept, What Wings Once Held, Verbera Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Melefluent J Luxe Coffeehouse, Jonathan Zaragoza

Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Maxie Ray Mills Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio SFCC (533-4197), Jonathan Kingham Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic hosted by Son of Brad Swamp, Carey Brazil The Cellar, Max Daniels The Roadhouse, Steve Starkey

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J THE Center, Helio Sequence (see story on page 49), Talkdemonic, Lemolo on Feb. 14 Knitting Factory, Leftover Salmon, North Mississippi All Stars, 2/14 Bing Crosby Theater, Pickwick, Kevin Long, Sera Cahoone on Feb. 15 THE Center, Nashville Pussy on Feb. 16 Mootsy’s, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Marshall McLean, Jamie Frost on Feb. 16 nYne, God-Des & She on Feb. 16 Spokane Arena (279-7000), Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes on Feb. 21 Ugly Bettie’s, Camaros, Mythship, Catholic Guilt on Feb. 22 Red Room Lounge (838-7613), Rakim, The Flying Spiders, St. Cule, Freaky Fred on Feb. 27 THE Center, WHY?, Dream Tiger, Astronautalis on Feb. 28 Carr’s Corner, The Moondoggies on March 1

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Dog lovers are a special set of people. Many consider their pooches a member of the family just as much as they would another human, and lots of dog owners are guilty of spoiling their furry friends. But pet parents are also usually more aware of other animals’ plights, like injury, neglect or homelessness. If you’re one of those bleeding-heart animal lovers, this inaugural event is your newest call to arms. People and their pups can give blood to save lives in their respective species, as long as some basic donor qualifications are met. For dogs, that means being in good health and temperament, weighing more than 60 lbs. and between 1- and 6-years-old. Human blood will go to the Inland Northwest Blood Center and dog donations to the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank. — CHEY SCOTT Dog People Blood Drive • Sat, Feb. 9 from 1-5 pm; appointment required • Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic • 2829 E. 27th Ave. • • 535-3551




Spokane International Film Festival • Through Feb. 10 • Times vary • Individual shows $8-$10 • Bing Crosby Theater and The Magic Lantern • • 720-7743

Palouse Cabin Fever Brew Fest • Sat, Feb. 9 from 3-8 pm • $15 • 21+ • Palouse Community Center • 220 E. Main St., Palouse • 8781742 •

If somehow you’ve managed to miss the first week of the Spokane International Film Festival, don’t despair quite yet because SpIFF’s going out with a bang this weekend. On Friday catch Dead Dad, a movie about an estranged family brought together by the death of their father. On Saturday, be sure to see Let my People Go, a French comedy. Finally, on Sunday, come see the last film of the festival, War Witch/Rebelle. The Academy Award-nominated French film is about a 14-year-old child soldier in sub-Saharan Africa who tells her unborn child how she was forced to become a killer. — ELI FRANCOVICH

The only thing better than a tasty local beer on a Saturday afternoon is many tasty local beers, and the best place to find them this weekend is the tiny town of Palouse. The lineup reads like the list of excellent, but somewhat elusive, local breweries you’ve been meaning to try: Paradise Creek, Riverport, 12 String, Budge Brothers and Kootenai River. The full range of styles will be represented, from pilsner to porter, with at least 15 beers in all. The cost of a ticket includes six 4-oz. beer tastes and a stylish commemorative glass. (You can get additional beer tastes for $1 each, or full pints of your favorites for $3.) — LISA WAANANEN

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Have you ever worried that your barber might take too much off the top? Well that’s exactly what happens in the blood-drenched musical Sweeney Todd. This creepy spectacle, made popular by Tim Burton’s Hollywood rendition, focuses on a vindictive hairdresser who turns his customers into meat pies, then sells them to the public. The culinary debacle will be performed in the Lake City Playhouse, a smaller theater with an intimate atmosphere, and the perfect venue for Sweeney Todd’s grotesque combination of great music, gore and dark humor. — ERIC GAVELIN Sweeney Todd • Feb 8-March 3; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm • $13.75$19.75 • Lake City Playhouse • 1320 E Garden, Coeur d’ Alene, ID • 208667-1323 •


Someone has found a way to adapt this newspaper for the stage and we’re pleased as punch to have that happen. And don’t worry, it’s not a staged reading of George Nethercutt’s greatest hits. The Blue Door Theatre — Spokane’s improv spot — has reprised its I Saw You show in which actors play out scenes inspired by those Cheers, Jeers and I Saw You postings at the back of the paper. If you have a favorite posting you’ve read in the paper, clip it out and bring it in. The Blue Door players might just bring it to life. Plays every Friday in February. — MIKE BOOKEY I Saw You • Fri, Feb 8 at 8 pm • Blue Door Theatre • 815 W. Garland Ave. • $9, $7/students, seniors and military • Call 747-7045 for reservations


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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) I Saw YouImprov comedy show based on audience submissions from the “I Saw You” and “Cheers and Jeers” sections of the Inlander, and other classified ads. Fridays through Feb. 22 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Vaughn EaglebearLive stand-up comedy. Feb. 8-9 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Safari Short form improv comedy games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays through Feb. 23 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045)


Free Tax AssistanceIf you worked in 2012 and have a low to moderate income you may qualify to get your taxes done free at one of the Spokane County Tax Sites. Through April 15. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Appointments and walk-ins accepted. (358-3526) Northwest Nonprofit Conference One-day educational and professional workshop with 11 workshops on topics including grant writing, sustainability, finance, leadership and more. Feb. 7. Workshop times vary. $45-$170. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (999-6333) Culture of Violence Panel“Pulling at the Threads: Examining Our Culture

of Violence” panel and discussion with Dr. Jacob Camp, Bill Morlin, Sandra Williams, Victoria Redstarr and Tim Connor. Feb. 7 at 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. (838-7870) Champions MentoringThe Champions mentoring pilot program matches community members in one-on-one or group settings with students risking academic failure. Volunteers being recruited through March 1 and will be asked to volunteer one hour a week until June at their conveinence. cisspokane. org (981-5595) Cupid For a CauseSemi-formal date auction fundraiser featuring entertainment, food, and more to benefit Camp Goodtimes-East. Feb. 8 at 6 pm. $30$50. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (4553400) Family Dance and PotluckEnjoy a potluck at 6:30 pm and learn easy circle, line and novelty dances at 7 pm. Feb. 8. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th. (533-9966) Dog People Blood DriveDonate blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center and bring your dog to see if it’s eligible to donate to the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank. Feb. 9 at 1 pm. Lincoln Heights Vet Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. (535-3551) Chocolate Lovers Contra Dance Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society featuring music by Floating Crowbar, free lessons for beginners (6:45 pm) and a chocolate fountain. Feb. 9 from 7-10 pm. $8-10. Open to non-members. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd. (747-2640) Community CPR TrainingHandsonly CPR training hosted by Providence, AMR and the Heart Rescue Project. Feb. 9 from 10 am-3 pm. Sessions start every 30 min. Free and open to the public, registration requested. Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, 429 E. Boone Ave. (474-3081) Pizza FundraiserAnnual Boston’s Cares fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Feb. 11-17. Boston’s, 14004 E. Indiana. (927-4284) SweetHearts for KidsThe inaugural SweetHearts for Kids benefit will show community members how they can work together with Children’s Home Society of Washington to improve the lives of local children and families. Feb. 13 from 7:15-8:30 am. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (747-4174)


Valentine Making PartyMake handmade paper Valentine cards. Two-hour classes offered through Feb. 13. $25, registration required. The Art Coop, 4225 N. G St. (327-3726) Snowman on a SledWinter-themed kids’ arts and crafts workshop (ages 7+). Feb. 9 from 1-3:30 pm. $15. Register by Feb. 7. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3655) Wild Woman Pin ClassMake a “wild” pin using various material and embellishments. Feb. 9 from 1-3 pm. $25, registration required. The Art Coop, 4225 N. G St. (327-3726)


Aphrodisia WorkshopLearn about herbs that can have a seductive affect on the senses in a hands-on workshop. Feb. 7 from 4-6 pm. $15, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Work It! Career ConferenceTalk to employers about internship, volunteer and job opportunities; attend a career panel and more. Professional dress encouraged. Feb. 8 from 1-3:30 pm. Free. EWU PUB, Cheney Campus. careerservices (359-4673) Teen SummitEvent for area teenagers on body image, media literacy, eating disorders, societal pressures and more, with films, workshops and discussions. Feb. 9 from 10 am-2 pm. Free, parental waiver required. SFCC, Bldg. #17, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. Dance ClassIntermediate/advanced level Broadway jazz class in the style of “Rock of Ages.” Feb. 9 from 10-11:30 am. $20-$30. Gonzaga Dance Theatre, 1108 N. Pearl St. (927-0972) Sweethearts BallDance event featuring the Tuxedo Junction Big Band. Feb. 9 from 7-10 pm. $15. Greyhound Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave., Post Falls (208-660-8475) Oneness MeditationOneness blessing and meditation. Feb. 10 from 1-2:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Unity Center of North Idaho, 4465 N. 15th St. Coeur d’Alene. (208-512-2243)

Spokane Comprehensive Plan Update Public meeting to gather input from citizens on the city’s 2012-2014 Comprehensive Plan Update. Feb. 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Council District 2 Meeting at ESD 101, 4202 S. Regal St. (625-6300) Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution Community education and activist meeting. Held monthly on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr. (844-1776) Artist Website ClassLearn how to create an online art portfolio or improve what you already have and more in this beginner-level class. Feb. 12 from 5-6:30 pm. $25. Manic Moon Studios, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (413-9101) Herbs for ChildbearingLearn the safe uses of herbs during pregnancy and after birth to support a healthy mother and baby. Feb. 12 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $15, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second. (368-9378)


SpIFFThe 15th Annual Spokane International Film Festival includes screenings of feature, documentary and short films made around the world that have not been released for wide distribution, film discussions and other events at various times and locations in downtown Spokane.Through Feb. 10. Festival pass $170; individual programs $5-$10. (720-7743)

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Django UnchainedDrama. Feb. 7-10. Show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. (208-882-4127) Arbitrage Screening of the 2012 drama. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front St. (208-769-2315) HitchcockDrama. Feb. 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) The Rolling Stones: Some GirlsLive concert film of the Stones performing in Fort Worth, Texas in 1978. Feb. 8 at 5:30 pm, 8 pm, and midnight. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Producing VideoLearn the basics of getting a video ready for broadcast during a two-hour class. Feb. 8 and 21 at 3 pm, March 11 and 19 at 3 pm. $20/class session. Community-Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632) Backcountry Film FestivalOutdoor films highlighting the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry, prizes, drinks and more. Feb. 8 at 7 pm; doors open at 6 pm. $5. Coeur d’Alene Eagles, 209 E. Sherman Ave. (208-265-9565) Intro to Final Cut ProLearn how to edit video with Final Cut Pro during a two-hour class. Feb. 13 at 3 pm; March 5 and 15 at 3 pm. $20/class session. Community-Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632) Mrs. MiniverFilm screening as part of the library’s “Hollywood Goes to War” film series. Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Abraham LincolnScreening of the 1930 film. Feb. 13 at 9:30 am. Free. Lidg-

and enjoy wine and chocolate pairings. Feb. 9 from 6-9 pm. $10, RSVP required. Avenue West Gallery, 707 W. Main Ave. Mixology MondayLearn to make four cocktails during a Valentine’s DayTruffles for Your Sweetheart themed event with bartender Ryan Learn to make truffles, chocolate bark Roberge. Feb. 11 at 7 pm. $17, tickets and brittle with Chef Bob Lombardi. Feb. must be purchased online. Enoteca, 112 7 from 6-8 pm. $65. INCA at SCC, 1810 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. incaafterdark.scc. (208-457-9885) (533-7283) The Romance of ParisLearn to cook Red Wine and ChocolateSample in the style of French cuisine with Chef. eight red wines paired with selections Steve Geving. Feb. 13 from 10:30 amfrom the store’s 300 varieties of choco1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. late. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. $20, reservations Blanchard Community Center, 685 requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Rusho Ln. (208-437-0426) Ave. (343-2253) Puppy LoveWine tasting night benefitCoffee TastingSample roasts from ing the Spokane Humane Society feaNectar of Life Coffee in celebration of turing wine, dessert and live entertainits 10th anniversary. Feb. 8 from noonment. Feb. 13 from 6-9 pm. $10. Nectar 3 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. Fourth, Coeur d’Alene. pilgrimsmarket. Raw DessertsLearn to make some com (208-676-9730) alternative and less-unhealthy desWines for ValentinesWine tasting serts using raw ingredients. Feb. 13 from event. Feb. 9 from 2-4 pm. $5/flight of 6-7:30 pm. $10-$15, RSVP required. Pilfive wines. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe grim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth, Cd’A. St. (624-1349) Savor the VineConnoisseur’s Club Dessert Wine ExtravaganzaSamValentine’s Day wine dinner featuring a ple eight dessert/port wines paired with four-course meal paired with wine secheese and bread. Feb. 9 at 7 pm. $20, lections. Feb. 14 from 6:30-10 pm. $45, reservations requested. Rocket Market, reservations recommended. Lincoln 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (327-8000) ValenWine WeekendThe third annual weekend event hosted by the Spokane Winery Association includes wine tastInternational Guitar NightComings, food, prizes and more. Feb. 9-10 temporary guitar concert featuring infrom noon-6 pm. Participating Spoternational performers Brian Gore, Lulo kane-area wineries. Download a map at Reinhardt, Marco Pereira and Adrian (927-9463) Legg. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. $10-$20. Panida Vine & Chocolate GalaShop for art Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. erwood Presbyterian, 4449 N. Nevada St. (487-9667)



Bearfoot Performance by the American bluegrass/roots band. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. WSU Jones Theatre, Pullman campus. (335-8522) James Reid Guitar concert. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. $3-$5. University of Idaho, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. (208-885-7521) Rising Stars: Colby and JustinConcert featuring two local multi-instrumentalist youth: Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. $5. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Music for Double ChorusConcert by the Spokane Choral Artists and MidColumbia Mastersingers. Feb. 8 at 8 pm. $20. St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. (251-6296) Gospel ExplosionAn annual campus celebration of Black History Month featuring performances by Whitworth students and choirs from the area. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. Free. Whitworth Seeley Mudd Chapel, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (7774568) The Vagabonds Balkan Brass Band Balkan and Gypsy music performed by a seven-member band made up of Lewis & Clark and Ferris high school students. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. $5-$10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (891-8545) Spokane SymphonyClassics series No. 6: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Vadim Gluzman on violin. Feb. 9 at 8 pm and Feb. 10 at 3 pm. $14-$44. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200)

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A male friend just tried to booty call me (texting after midnight that he was horny). I’m angry and revolted. I’ve known he’s liked me, thanks to his constant icky comments all over my Facebook photos, even while I was in a serious relationship. I deleted most, thinking he’d get the hint, and after my relationship ended, I hinted further by posting amy alkon about how in love I still was with my ex. Yet, when I’d call this guy about volunteering we both do, he’d say things like, “I was hoping you wanted a date.” He scheduled a meeting, presumably with other volunteers, but I found myself across a restaurant table from him, alone. My body language conveys my distaste for any involvement with him — crossed arms, jutting chin, etc. I’m upset that he’s never cared that I’m not interested, and I’m ready to end our friendship. Unfortunately, we share work and social circles, so any tension would be noticed right —Disrespected away. Am I being rash?

The guy’s style of romancing is right out of “Sleeping Beauty”: “Hi…oh, sorry… you sound tired…anyway, would it be OK if I stopped over and we had sex?” And how rude that he has yet to accept how uninterested in him you are when you’ve not only left numerous obtuse hints about it on Facebook but used body language to make it perfectly clear. I mean, why would a woman ever cross her arms but to say, “I’m days away from filing a restraining order against you”? And regarding how physically revolting you find him, your chin must have told him so at least six times. The truth is, men are predisposed to not get it, thanks to what evolutionary psychologist Dr. David Buss, in “The Evolution of Desire,” calls “cognitive biases in sexual mind reading.” This maybe calls to mind a confused psychic in a sex den but actually describes men’s evolved predisposition to make the (SET ITAL) least costly mating error (END ITAL) — which would be overestimating women’s interest (from ambiguous signals like a smile or friendliness) rather than underestimating it. Overestimating it might lead to some embarrassment; underestimating it could mean that generations upon generations of a man’s potential descendants meet their end in an old sock (or whatever men used before there were socks). Women tend to think kindness and bluntness are mutually exclusive. They’re not. The kindest thing you could’ve done — and the least socially awkward — would’ve been telling this guy, clearly and firmly, from the start, that the tone and quantity of his Facebook comments were a problem. Then, if inappropriate remarks and behavior kept flying, you’d tell him explicitly: “Friendship. Period.” Tell him so now — in the least embarrassing way, in writing. Explain that the text made you feel really upset and disrespected, and add, “I’m going to forget this happened (and hope you will, too).” To stop feeling angry, remind yourself that he most likely didn’t get the message because it wasn’t sent in a way he could understand — which kept him marching clueless doofus-style toward that ever-so-charming “Can’t a friend drop by at midnight for a quickie?”

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For my birthday, my 26-year-old girlfriend (of five weeks) gave me an “Alice In Wonderland” decorative plate. I’m a 33-year-old man, and I couldn’t fathom why she thought I’d like it. I simply did NOT want to display that thing but knew she’d expect to see it whenever she came over. Feeling trapped, I gently confessed that it was more her taste than mine and suggested we keep it at her place. She immediately broke up with me. What happened here?  —Sad But Unrepentant A gift for a romantic partner is a way to tell them, “I get who you are.” Apparently, you’re a 78-year-old lady with room in your curio cabinet next to your hatpin collection. Nothing against white rabbits with pocket watches and hookah-smoking caterpillars, but what woman buys this for any man who does not moonlight as a gay British country decorator with a love of whimsy? She may just be wildly clueless, but giving somebody an aggressively wrong gift can be an aggressive act. (Was this some twisted test — maybe to see how moldable you are?) Whatever her reason, this didn’t need to end with the Queen of Hearts yelling, “Off with his head!” (although you’re probably ultimately lucky it did). Gifting gone wrong, like other relationship misfires, is an opportunity to get a better sense of who your partner is and what is right for them. And an emotionally balanced woman could see it that way — bad as she might feel that she’s gotten you a gift that begs for you to reciprocate on her birthday with a Tiffany’s box containing a Peyton Manning bobblehead. 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 CdA Youth Orchestra“A Salute to the Military” fundraiser concert featuring the Coeur d’Alene Youth Orchestra. Feb. 9 at 6 pm. $10. Candlelight Christian Fellowship, 5725 N. Pioneer Dr., CdA. (208-765-3833) Violin and Piano ConcertConcert featuring Ferenc Cseszko on violin and Rajung Yang on piano. Feb. 10 at 4 pm. $3-$5. UI, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. (208-885-7521) Organ RecitalConcert by internationally renowned Seattle-based organist. Feb. 10 at 4 pm. $10. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (838-4277) Spokane Symphony Chamber Soiree Series featuring members of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra performing chamber selections. Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm. $45. The Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. (624-1200)


Snowshoeing BasicsLearn the basics of the sport and how to select the right gear to get started. Feb. 7 from 7-8:30 pm. Free, pre-registration required. REI Spokane, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Tri-City Americans. Feb. 9 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Lilac City Volkssports Walk Participants will caravan to Pullman from Spokane to walk the Chipman Trail, tour the WSU campus and more. Feb. 9. Meet at Fred Meyer at Third and Thor at 8 am. Free to participate.

(448-4125) Roller Derby BoutWomen’s flat track roller derby; Lilac City Roller Girls vs. Snake Pit Derby Dames. Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm. $10-$12. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) Derby Skate FitLearn the techniques of roller derby speed skating to get into shape during a 12-week session. All skill levels welcome. Session runs Feb. 10-April 28 on Sundays from 9:30-11 am. $122. Pattison’s North, 11309 N. Mayfair Rd. Email for more info or to sign up.

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Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Victoria Royals. Feb. 10 at 6:05 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Calgary Hitmen. Feb. 13 at 7 pm. $9$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)


Next to NormalContemporary rock musical. Through March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $26. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) Rock of Ages1980s Rock musical as

part of the Best of Broadway series. Feb. 7-10, show times vary. $33-$73. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) An Evening of Sketches by Carol Burnett Comedy skits. Feb. 8-10. Fri and 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) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Missoula Children’s Theatre will direct a performance of the play featuring local children ages K-12 in 50-60 roles. Performance on Feb. 9 at 3 pm and 7 pm. $4-$6. Auditions will be held Feb. 4 at 4 pm. Moscow HS, 402 E. Fifth. (208-883-3267) Peter Pan and WendyPerformed by members of the Spokane Children’s Theatre. Through Feb. 17. Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 pm and 4 pm, Sundays at 1 pm. $10. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) The MousetrapMurder mystery. Feb. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 at 7 pm. $10$12. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-303-6543) Sweeney ToddMusical thriller. Feb. 8-March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-1323) The Heart of Jimmy ValentineCatered dinner theater featuring a love story performance based on the story by O. Henry. Feb. 8-10 at 6 pm. $40, reservations required by Feb. 3. Lion’s Share Theatre, 1627 N. Atlantic Ave.


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Topographies and FictionsArt exhibition featuring the work of Meredith Dean and Dennis Olsen. Exhibit runs through March 29. Artist reception Feb. 7 from 5-7 pm. Free. North Idaho College, Boswell Hall Gallery, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Cd’A (208-769-3276) Obsessive Behaviors/Wall to WallExhibit featuring the work of local artists Harold Balazs, Ric Gendron and Richard Schindler. Through Feb. 9. Closing reception Feb. 9 from 11 am-2 pm. Free to view. Spokane Falls Community College, Fine Arts Gallery, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3710) Her: Art of the Feminine Spirit Women artists showcase featuring the work of local and national artists Felisa Caranza, Debbie Hughbanks, Elsi Stewart, Bev Barnett, Debbie Hanks, Vicky Cavin and Steve Hanks. Through Feb. 28. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) Robert Kraut“Wrappings 2013: The Paintskin Continuum” mixed-media art exhibit featuring sculpture, prints and paintings. Through Feb. 22. Meet the artist Feb. 9 and 16 from 1-4 pm. Free. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams St. (462-5653) VAST: To Infinity and BeyondEducational art exhibit by the Vandal Atmospheric Science Team (VAST). Through Feb. 10. Closing reception Feb. 8 at 7 pm. Free. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-310-1231) Jerri LiskExhibit featuring a series of paintings on aluminum by the artist. Feb. 8-March 2. Artist reception Feb. 8

ture presented by Dr. Lawrence Pintak, longtime Middle East correspondent for CBS and the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. Whitworth University, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4937) Oceans, Ice and Climate Change Presentation by Shallin Busch, a reasearch ecologist with the NW Fisheries Science Center. Feb. 7 from 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public. U of I Menard Law Bldg., 711 Rayburn. (208-885-7521) Chris CookThe poet will present from and sign copies of his poetry collection “The View from the Broken Mic.” Feb. 9 at 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Naked Lunch BreakWeekly literary David MichaelsonThe Harrington, open mic and reading series through Wash.-based author will read from his winter quarter with free pizza. Feb. 7 children’s book “Butterfly Dust” and presenter is beat poet Travis Laurence sign copies of his books. Feb. 12 from Naught. Open to all; participants must noon-4 pm. Free. Shadle Hastings, 1704 sign up to read three minutes of maW. Wellesley Ave. (327-6008) terial. Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 pm Broken MicSpoken word, weekly through March 14. Free and open to the open mic night featuring Elissa Ball, public. Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Rivauthor of “They Punks Are Writing Love erpoint Blvd. (368-6557) Songs.” Feb. 13 at 6:30 pm. Free. All-agHanford Cleanup Presentation es until 9 pm. Neato Burrito/Baby Bar, “Gov. Chris Gregoire: 24 Years Leading 827 W. First Ave. (701-7549) Washington’s Fight for Hanford CleanAaron DixonThe Seattle-based auup” presentation by Erika Holmes. Feb. thor will present from his book “My 7 at noon. Free and open to the public. People Are Rising.” Feb. 13 at 7 pm. EWU, Monroe Hall, Cheney. (359-2898) Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838Poetry Out LoudRegional finals for 0206) n the national high school poetry recitation contest; winners will go on to the state finals. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (359-6447) Visit for complete The U.S. and the Muslim WorldLeclistings of local events. from 5-8 pm. Free to view; a portion of the paintings’ sales will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-765-6006) Kissed by AngelsArtist showcase. Feb. 9-28. Artist reception Feb. 9 from noon-3 pm. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St. Palouse, Wash. (878-8425) Drawing and Pastel Techniques Class focusing on combination of drawing and pastel techniques. Feb. 11-March 11, Mondays from 3-5:30 pm. $75. Sandpoint Center for the Arts, 518 Oak St. (208-265-2787)


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Cheney Mae. I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I saw you at the Eagle Point Apts in Cheney last week. You were having trouble with your computer while I was studying. I almost left without saying anything but we shared some small talk and I managed to get your name. You were pretty cute and I’d really like to have an actual conversation with you. I study in the main building after hours often. I could always use a study partner. D

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” be ok. On January 6, 2013, I was working and my boss came up to me at my register and asked me to describe my ring that I had lost, I was in shock! So excited I almost started crying and had a hard time finishing the customers I was helping! Thank you so very much to the customer who found it in their bag and returned it! I am forever grateful! One Year I suitcased all my possessions. A journey bound to where you nestled a new home. Late nights of courting expressions. A house built with hands, wood, wire and stone. Months prior we ignited desires. Just a boy and a girl trying to conquer the world. Our chests burning bright with the warmth of bon fires. A want for each other not gems, gold, silver or pearls. Moon lit rides they fill our nights. Warm fingers and hands they come together. We are free, wingless but still accomplishing flight. Everything feels so right and nothing is better. You are a bright red rose that does not fall but rise. The girl with the chamomile eyes. One year it has been. One year to begin.

We Miss You!“Driena, at the Studio K. I don’t know if anyone ever had the chance to tell you before you left, but you are loved and cared for more than you will ever know! Your friends, your girls at the K RE: Jeers to Spokane Drivers are hurting pretty bad right now. Cheers to whoever wrote a Jeers We all miss your smiling face, about slow poke snow drivers in your quick wits, and take no bull the last edition. Seriously guys, attitude. There’s No one else like

Cheers to ‘T’for making my day at the drive-thru at Jack in the Box in Airway Heights on 2/1. Man can you spit some lines! Thanks for the sourdough Jack and Diet PHD Pepper! I will be rolling through aggain soon! Thank You From A VeteranI want to thank the family with the young children who paid for my meal at the Cd’A I-Hop a couple of weeks ago. I would have done so sooner, but I didn’t know how until my daughter told me about the Inlander. I am the 91-year-old WWW II veteran that was in a booth there. I did notice your family, but since I’m hard of hearing, I was not aware you had done such a kind thing until after you’d left. I’m assuming it was my hat identifying me as an old vet that prompted your action. Though I’ve never felt that I contributed or sacrificed as much as others did in that war, I do very much appreciate your thoughtful and generous deed. Thank you again. My Beautiful WifeCheers to my beautiful red-headed wife! You are the world’s best wife, best friend, and best mother. I’m so happy that you grabbed my mushroom necklace all those years ago. We’ve experienced so many things together, both good and bad and I appreciate everything you do, everyday. Our children, crazy as they may be, adore you and will always love you even when they’re out-of-their-mind lunatic teenagers. I love you more than life itself and I hope that we get to grow old together and laugh at each other as our bodies slow down and fall apart. Can’t wait to spend our golden years together in the nursing home with all our friends, playing guitar, and sneaking out to the bar to drink Newcastle on Wednesday nights. Hopefully we’ll still be singing and dancing with Dave at the Gorge EVERY labor Day weekend. I love you! JB So SadYou worked at the Chevron and we were friends. I enjoyed seeing you on the nights you worked. I was broken hearted when I heard you quit. I put this in this catagory cause my heart is broken. I won’t see you again. I know you read the Inlander so I hope you see this. I will miss you. Take care and

Jeers RE: I’m Sorryin this weeks Jeers,131-13. Hey gutless wonder! If you haven’t already, swallow your stupid pride and pick up the phone or better yet go to your significant other and tell them what a fool you’ve been. If you’re lucky, they’ll take you back. A strong partner is not the enemy, they’re your best friend! We can’t change the past, but we can CHOOSE to finish well! Sounds to me like it’s time to pull up the big boy pants! Tax ReturnI knew you were a ass**le, but I guess I didn’t know just how big of one! You’re pretty low to claim my Grandson on your taxes, you haven’t even bothered to call or come see him. You just stopped coming to get him four freakin’ years ago! You dropped the ball and your kid knows it. Just remember to be looking over your shoulder all the time. Especially next tax year because do you really think you could get away with it? Jokes on you! RE: Fireworks The fireworks on Jan. 24th were part of Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary. Following the win over BYU the fireworks lit up the sky of our great city. There were complaints, such as yours, and Gonzaga gave a public apology for not notifying the public well enough. Personally, I love the idea of Spokane having something worthwhile to celebrate. However, your rude comments are not what this city needs. I have little ones too so I understand you being a bit miffed, but if your attitude spills over into Jeers due to fireworks you might need to think about counseling. Those poor babies. RE: FireworksThe next time you decide to go rant and rave about an event it might be a good idea to watch the news a history book or read the magazine that you felt a need to post in. At least then, you would know who to direct your selfish comments. Gonzaga was celebrating it’s birthday and victory of that night’s basketball game. An institution that has been in Spokane since the 1880’s and has had a significant impact on the area ever since. An institution that provides almost 800 jobs and educates nearly 8,000 students every year. And you had to ask why they felt a need to celebrate? And since “you obviously don’t have the brains to realize it” I’’l point out to you that on any given night throughout the year someone is

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going to have to work the next morning that’s life. Fireworks aren’t scary. What’s scary is knowing someone could look at such an event so negatively. Life is short so stop being a downer and enjoy the amazing show along with the rest of Spokane... on Gonzaga’s dime.

end, I have my integrity. I did try with you. Even when I caught you out in the lies that I sensed since the first time we talked, I tried to make it work. All I asked was that you tell me the whole truth, but you’re obviously unable or unwilling to do that. I’m sorry that I’ve closed you off, but you’re not the person I fell for. What’s more, you never were. If you were going to sink our ship, then I was going to take you down with me. I feel no remorse. One day you’ll understand why I did the things I did, and you’ll thank me for it. It was never about you. You should stop being paranoid, because none of -anything- is about you. Be free. If I ever hurt you, I’m sorry, but I just wish you’d stop jumping to unfounded conclusions about me and my actions. You’re making me feel like a horrible person, but I’ve done nothing wrong. I had a feeling you were going to do this to me, even months in advance. And also you’re allowed to be angry, but I’m not supposed to have different emotions? The fact that you’re still thinking about me is worrisome. I dated a sociopath.

and stay home when it’s a high school competition and take that mouth to your local bar, I would love to hear how that works our for you. By the way, the Stinky Singlet, the Groovy Shoes and other competitions also have a spirit competition in addition to the sport being played, and bigmouth bully’s like you are not teaching the kids anything positive. People like you are the reason the kids don’t have any respect for anyone or anything these days. Go take a long look in the mirror and think about it, you jerk. No one likes you at our competitions, so why don’t you just stay home? It would be a win-win for the adults and the kids.

Pay To PeeJeers to the downtown eatery that makes you pay to pee. I too experienced the same as (Downtown Eats - Jeers 1-242013). On the way through town I had to stop along the side of the road to make a minor repair on my truck. On my way again, I stopped at that downtown eatery to pee, wash my hands, and then get some lunch. But alas, your bathrooms are locked ‘till after you order and pay. Not only did I not pay, I will never go back. I called the Health Dept., and according to the Spokane Regional Health District, it is OK to put your greasy, filthy, slimy hands on the counter where food is served and pay the cashier who handles such. Not where I want to eat! May bad Karma leave a surprise in the managers shorts. Punks Thursday night driving past Shadle Park High School, I almost got hit by a dark colored jeep with 3 people in it that appeared to be teenagers. One of them leaned out the window and threw eggs all over my car as I pulled over to avoid hitting them. My 2 year old son was in the back seat. I was just a random stranger to them. Later after wiping my car off as good as possible at the gas station and finishing shopping, I ran out to my car in the Shadle Walmart parking lot where I left my wallet. The same jeep was parked next to my car. I wasn’t sure at first, until I looked at the passenger who was wearing the same hoody, looked at their license plate, and then looked back up at them, at which point they threw a soda at me. Thank you for confirming you were the same punks. My baby shouldn’t have to smell rotten egg every time I turn on the heat to keep him warm because your parents don’t know how to raise you with respect. I’m Not SorryI call, you start yelling at me for disturbing you. I don’t call or send you texts, you shout that I don’t care about you at all. For you everything is about sex, not about spending time and loving me. You think that sex is love. You can’t see there is a huge difference between them. In the S A L A D E








Spectators Stinky Singlet @ NC. To the Shadle parent or grandparent with the short grey hair at the “Stinky Singlet” competition, congratulations on being a negative influence on our Shadle kids. You obviously have a thorough knowledge of the sport, and that would be a good thing to talk about in the stands. But of course you don’t stop there! You feel the need to open your big mouth and proceed to call the NC coach “Froto” amongst other names at the top of your lungs, and also throw your two cents in at the referee’s and everyone you can on our opposing team in the most disgusting form of poor sportsmanship I’ve witnessed in some time. Why don’t you go to your local tavern during a game and act like that? Well probably because someone would tell you to shut your trap! And after you started running your idiot mouth, did you see the effect it had on our kids in the stands? Well, they figured since you were acting that way, it would be perfectly acceptable for them to start the same kind of taunting/bullying and poor sportsmanship garbage. Thanks a lot for ruining the game for me, and jeers to you for being a poor sport, bigmouth, bully shithead and a poor influence. Why don’t you do everyone a favor








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To The No ShowJeers to the jerk who no showed on Saturday night. You made it sound like you had every intent on showing up - you asked the time and the place to meet. Then you just no-showed. You should’ve had the common courtesy to let someone know you are not coming, instead of leaving the person just hanging and wondering. Thanks for confirming that you are indeed a selfish asshole! You will never know what a truly awesome person I am! Automated Phone SystemsJeers to all the automated phone answering systems. I didn’t call your business to talk to a machine or to press one eight different times (half of the ones pushed don’t correspond to the selection I want but since the selection I want is not there), so I can finally get a real person. How about getting some real people to answer the phones and preferably people who actually speak the English language well. No more broken English customer service please. They are next to impossible to understand. Yes, I know everyone needs a job, and I don’t dispute that, but the job should fit the person. You no speaky English, you no have job speak to people all day long.

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Karma The girl that lead me on. I hope you feel bad. A Little Respect Okay, so this is going to be a four in one: I Saw You, You Saw Me, Jeers and Cheers. Let’s start with the: I Saw You. You, fat old man, balding, tattoos, mustache, in a white pickup, me brown hair, blue eyes wearing a green lady liberty costume. You saw me, and like a total a$$ hole, flipped me off. Jeers to you and everyone like you. You blew my mind with how mature you are. What did I do to you? I am a full time student, holding down two jobs, and I’m doing what I have to to make ends meet, meanwhile jerks like you ridicule me while I’m at it. I’ll add to that, to the mom who laughed when her son flipped me off, great parenting, your son will be a freaken all-star someday. Now last but never least, Cheers! Cheers to the woman who gave me a rock on sign and to all the people who honk and wave back. I am a working class citizen and I deserve respect, thank you to all those people who understand what it’s like to have to work for a living, I appreciate it.





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here’s no way to know how the framed portrait and stacks of candid box was lost, but it was found Polaroids. Those same Polaroids are beweatherworn and waterlogged ing casually held by anonymous hands in an abandoned showerhouse. It was in some of the other shots, frozen at the 1992, and Rich Davisson was cleaning gray moment before they first developed out the old Piney Wood RV Park in into existence. Post Falls after buying the place. Inside And there are clues: references the box he saw a family history in to Manitoba on some accompanying photographs — a wedding, papers, a newspaper clipping of a Christmas morning, a baby contest winners, handwritchild’s birthday party, a ten dates from 1976 and 1977, baby’s bath in the kitchen names written by the same hand sink. Some of the photo— Art, Alice, Paula, Melvin, graphs were damaged by Rodney and Danielle, so many an occasional series water, but dozens were of the baby Danielle — and a miraculously preserved. last name that comes up again “I can’t throw these away,” he and again, Coutu. thought. “This is somebody’s family.” In some ways the world has gotSo, for the past 20 years, the box ten smaller since 1992, or 1977, and of photographs has been in Davisson’s Davisson recently posted some of the basement. He’s moved it a few times, photographs on Craigslist. and each time he looks at the box and “I thought, if that was my family, it wonders whether it’s time to just get would be pretty cool to get them back rid of it, and each time he can’t bring after all those years,” he says. himself to do it. He hopes that now, maybe 35 years All that time, he has never sifted after the box was lost, someone will through all the contents. “I felt like I was still recognize that smiling baby, or that kind of snooping through the stuff, even sunny afternoon on the beach, and come looking through it,” he says. to claim the memories. n There are posed school photos, a





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