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s a boy and as a man, I’ve visited the Gettysburg battlefield perhaps a halfdozen times. As do most visitors, I find the place haunting. Walk these grounds and hear the ghosts speaking; you can imagine the smell of gunpowder and cries of pain. You can’t come to this battlefield and leave without feeling a part of our historical tapestry — and wondering what it meant then and what it means today. Lincoln was right: This is hallowed ground. But it’s also testament to man’s ignorance.


n July 3, 1863, at exactly 1:07 pm, after two days of ferocious mayhem, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s artillerymen opened the largest cannon barrage ever experienced in America; over 150 fired at once, with Union artillery responding. The barrage was heard 80 miles away in Pittsburgh. While the barrage continued, about 12,700 men dressed in grey and butternut walked slowly out from the trees on Seminary Ridge, assembled, and at around 3 o’clock, began their march into history. They marched over open ground toward the Union line on Cemetery Ridge, three quarters of a mile away. As they marched, they were raked with fire from Union artillery on their flanks, from the Round Tops and from the center of the line on the ridge. This was Pickett’s Charge, which was more of a death march; these troops continued to “dress their line” to fill in their holes after cannon explosions had ripped through. As one writer put it, they got close enough to hear Union artillerymen shout out, “double canister load!” Not what you wanted to hear. After a short fight at what has become known as the “Bloody Angle,” it was all over. Six thousand lay dead or wounded on the field. The high-water mark of the Confederacy had come and gone. The Battle of Gettysburg began exactly 150 years ago this week, on July 1, around eight in the morning. It was then that Gen. John Buford’s Union cavalry made a critical two-hour stand against oncoming Confederate divisions marching in from Cashtown. The famed Iron Brigade then arrived on the scene and joined the battle. Hours later, overwhelmed and decimated by casualties, they gave ground and retreated through the town. But Gen. George Meade’s army had time to occupy the higher ground on Cemetery Ridge. Tactically, Lee had won the day; strategically he had lost. Three days later, with combined casualties of more than 50,000, the battle ended.


ettysburg tells a story of America, then and now. I take my first cues from all the monuments, some 1,300 in all. Notably, we find only a single, modest monument dedicated to the Army of the Potomac, all the rest,

many very elaborate (see especially the wonderful Tammany Monument) are dedicated to states and state militias, otherwise known as the “well regulated militia” come together for common cause. Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, delivered four months after the battle, spoke of “hallowed ground” and “unfinished work” — the latter, as America came to experience, often in conflict with the former. Which brings me to what might be termed the Second Battle of Gettysburg — the never-ending battle in America between hallowed ground and dollared ground. As recently as a year ago, the Gettysburg Battlefield was threatened by the possibility that a casino would be built nearby. A few years earlier, the Manassas Battlefield was about to see a mall built directly on its outer edge. The Battle of Atlanta took place where we find a freeway interchange today. As one reporter put it, “Washington, D.C.’s suburban sprawl is slowly strangling the rural lands where the Civil War’s first crucial battles were fought. This battle is never-ending. In 1974 a Baltimore developer who owned a tiny piece of land just outside park boundaries erected the ultimate insult to Gettysburg, an outof-scale, 307-foot monstrosity of a viewing tower. He called it the “National Tower,” and despite efforts by the townspeople, the Governor of Pennsylvania and numerous preservation groups, his insult stayed up until 2000. Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, had said on taking office that if he did nothing else, he would see that tower come down. And 13 years ago, the tower was imploded to the cheers of locals and visitors. The developer, on seeing his tower demolished, called what the government did an insult to private enterprise. And there you have it.


ome 30 years before the Battle of Gettysburg, Alexis de Tocqueville saw all this coming. He put it this way: “As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: How much money will it bring in?” I doubt that this is what Lincoln had in mind when he used the term “hallowed” nor when he referred to “unfinished work.” But it’s who we were then, and who we still are as a people. The struggle continues. 


Mystery at the Pump BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.


ess than a decade ago, I wrote a story titled “Beyond $2” for the Inlander, deconstructing the outrage over gas crossing the longheld $2-a-gallon line. Seems pretty quaint today, with gas continuing to push $4 a gallon here and well over that in bigger cities. Until mid-2004, crude oil had never passed $40 a barrel; by 2011, it averaged $111 a barrel, with prices at the pump to match. At the time of my story, experts were alarmed by “peak oil” — meaning we would be running out of oil completely at some point. Well, times have changed, and today many of those same experts are predicting “peak demand” instead. Oil imports to the U.S. are down 13 percent this year. So why are gas prices still so high? Even NPR asked whether the law of supply and demand has been repealed. Others take a darker view and argue we are being exploited by financial speculators. In fact, the European Union is knee-deep in an investigation into the high cost of oil; just this week, the Federal Trade Commission joined in. (The focus is on how prices are set and/ or manipulated, and it’s sounding a lot like the bond rating agencies’ role in our most recent economic debacle.) Before you get out your torches and pitchforks, consider that the brave, new world of $100-a-barrel oil is an extremely complicated place. While $2-a-gallon gas is great for everyone’s personal pocketbook, without $4-agallon gas we never would have developed the Prius or flocked to public transportation, as we have in recent years. And while gas at $4 a gallon also allowed for growing oil independence thanks to tar sand drilling, shale oil extraction and fracking, those methods come with steep environmental costs. So high prices aren’t good for us, and low prices aren’t either. Really, this oil addiction thing just isn’t that great for anyone. But it’s a lot worse if we’re all depositing more money than necessary into the offshore accounts of ExxonMobil and BP. The stakes in these investigations go way beyond your wallet. If the oil industry has artificially inflated prices, they’ll be replaying what too many industries — from mortgage lenders to Internet startups — have done when their paradigm shifts. They rig the system and delay the market from making the necessary corrections. Then when reality hits, it hits hard. Cheaper gas would be cheered by consumers, but a price crash could easily throw a Middle Eastern regime off its throne and create chaos in the world. If the laws of economics still apply, gas will get a bit cheaper sometime soon. A lot cheaper? Be careful what you wish for. 

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he heart of the new book, Elwha: A River Reborn, is a photograph of the Elwha Dam taken in 2010, one year before it came down. Framed by canyon walls and a mossy rock garden, two thin cascades, leaking through the dam, join and fall down into the Elwha River to embrace a dark pool just below the dam. Turn the page too fast, and you miss the shadows in the pool: And there they were. Elwha chinook, returned for their futile fall run, trying to reach the spawning grounds above the dam that still called them, even after a hundred years. They were blocked at the dam just five miles from the river mouth. Some circled in the pool. Some hung still in the water, right in a row, actually facing the dam as if to stare it down by sheer will. The 2011 removal of the Elwha dams on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula was a magical event. This excellent book captures much of that magic. Lynda Mapes and Steve Ringman covered the Elwha saga in the Seattle Times over the span of two decades; her words and his photos each get about half of the book’s 190 pages. History, power, salmon and science are its themes; its sinews are the river and its people, native and non-native. They follow scientists onto the river as they record fish, wildlife, insect and vegetation baselines in the year before the dams were opened and removed. They watch the dams’ operators shut down the powerhouses for the final time. They trace the fights over removing them, the eventual deal to do so, and the first months after removal. Mapes’ long relationship with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe serves this book very well. When 93-year-old elder Adeline Smith leaves

the official removal ceremony by wheelchair, Mapes runs to catch her, to make sure Smith sees the salmon waiting in the pool below. Earlier, we heard her talk about the old days of Elwha salmon and the life of her people. Now, Smith watches for a time, then points upstream to the river, soon to run free after 100 years. “They are going to go up there,” she says. With the dams down, the Elwha story now moves on two linked tracks. First is the action in and around the restored river for fish, people and the place. Salmon and steelhead are already coming back, but how fast, which ones, with what effects and what new contentions, will likely be both surprising and productive. This book begins that story. The second track is what the Elwha’s particulars will mean for other rivers where people contest other dams. The Elwha dam removals are the largest river restoration yet done on Earth, but one ripple from their success may be that the honor is short-lived. The Klamath, the lower Snake and others may take that laurel soon. “Soon,” of course, means different things. My friends who worked to take down the Elwha dams felt the 20-year campaign was an eternity that they often thought would never end, but now, looking back, they begin to see it as almost the blink of an eye. Salmon are such wise teachers. Now they teach us again on the Elwha by their presence. Long may they run –– and bravo to all who played their constructive parts on the Elwha.  Pat Ford works for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition and lives in Boise. This column first appeared in High Country News (

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U.S. intelligence agency was so busy spying on 300 million Americans that it failed to notice one dude who was working for it, a spokesman for the agency acknowledged this week. “I guess we were so busy monitoring the everyday communications of every man, woman and child in the nation that we didn’t notice that a contractor working for us was downloading tons of classified documents,” the agency spokesman said. “It’s definitely embarrassing, for sure.” Despite having an annual budget in the neighborhood of $10 billion, the agency had no idea that a dude who was working for it five days a week was getting ready to send those classified documents to a journalist who would then tell everybody in the world. “Maybe if we hadn’t been so busy keeping our eye on those other 300 million people, we would have noticed that this one guy who was working right under our noses was up to something totally fishy,” the

spokesman said. “But you know what they say about hindsight.” As for where that guy who leaked the documents was planning to go next, the spokesman admitted, “We don’t have a clue. “I know what you’re thinking — an intelligence agency probably should know that Hong Kong has an international airport and that its departures board lists flights to Moscow and whatnot,” the spokesman said. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe we need a bigger budget or something.” Elsewhere, supporters of the 12-year quagmire in Afghanistan cheered the news that the United Stats would strive to achieve a seamless transfer of that quagmire to Syria. n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit


Repeal the Patriot Act I BY JIM HIGHTOWER

t’s back. The Patriot Act — a grotesque, ever-mutating, hydraheaded monstrosity from the Bush-Cheney Little Shop of Horrors — has risen again, this time with an added twist of Orwellian intrusiveness from the Obamacans. Since 2006, Team Bush, and now Team Obama, have allowed the little-known, hugely powerful National Security Agency to run a daily dragnet through our phone calls — all on the hush-hush, of course, not informing us spyees. Now exposed, leaders of both parties are pointing to the Patriot Act, saying that it makes this wholesale, everyday invasion of our privacy perfectly legal. When the story broke, Obama dissembled, calling these massive and routine violations of the Fourth Amendment “modest intrusions” that are “worth us doing” to make us more secure. He added disingenuously that Congress is regularly briefed about the program. In fact, only a handful of members are briefed, and they have been flatly lied to by Obama’s director of national intelligence. Yet Sen. Dianne

Feinstein loyally defended spying on Americans, claiming it protects us from terrorists. She then admitted she really doesn’t know how the mountains of data are being used. This is nothing but a bottomless “Trust Us” swamp, created by the panicky passage and irresponsible reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Secretly seizing everyone’s phone records is, as the ACLU put it, “beyond Orwellian.” As a New York Times editorial flatly and rightly says, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.” But no administration can be trusted to restrain itself from abusing the unlimited power of the Patriot Act. It’s not enough to fight NSA’s outrageously invasive spying on us — the Patriot Act itself is a shameful betrayal of America’s ideals, and it must be repealed. n For more from America’s populist, check out

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Spokane has talked about turning Main Avenue into a two-way street for more than a decade — so what’s the holdup? By Daniel Walters

Should It Go Both Ways?


Several businesses on West Main Avenue would prefer a two-way street. Young Kwak photo

t’s just after rush hour, and while nearby Division Street is absolutely packed with commuters, a one-way section of Main Avenue in front of Merlyn’s comic book shop remains mostly empty. If anyone on Division wanted to turn onto Main to head down to River Park Square, they couldn’t: Main is a one-way street eastbound. Tourists complain about one-way streets. So do business owners. With a frustrated chuckle, Merlyn’s owner John Waite recalls his aggravation: When heading west, he had to swing by his store before driving to Auntie’s Bookstore, only a few blocks away. But because of the convoluted city grid, he had to drive more than an extra half-mile of one-way streets. Google Maps calculates it would have been significantly faster to walk. “How many times have you heard people, like, ‘Hate downtown Spokane, one-ways drive me crazy, can’t find anything?’ ” Waite says. “I’m a child of downtown. I’ve been doing this since 1976. And nobody likes the one-ways. They’re a pain in the ass, and they’re confusing.” Waite is part of a vocal group of Main Avenue business owners lobbying to return Main to a two-way street. Theoretically, two-way streets are easier to navigate, making them better for small businesses that rely on easy access and passing traffic. “This is something that we’re rabid about,” Waite says. The idea isn’t exactly new: The Downtown Spokane Partnership plan has been advocating two-way conversions to key east-west downtown streets since 1999, yet it still hasn’t happened. That may change soon. In the next month, the city planning department will present data on feasibility. The Downtown Spokane Partnership plans to start surveying businesses. And City Council President Ben Stuckart has been pushing for a Main Avenue conversion since August, lobbying legislators for funding and discussing it in committee meetings. To him, it’s the most important thing that could be done to spur downtown economic development. “For our main commercial boulevard to be a one-way is almost unheard of,” Stuckart says. But to change may not only cost millions of dollars over three to five years, but swapping a traffic lane for a left-hand turn lane could mean slower downtown driving. And not everyone thinks that’s a good thing. ...continued on next page

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Sixty years ago, Spokane was having the opposite debate. The interstate freeway hadn’t been built, and downtown suffered from considerable congestion. In response, the city began converting its downtown, street by street, to a one-way grid. Business owners fretted that the new routes would drain away their customers, but state highway officials and city planners insisted the changes would ease traffic and reduce accidents. For decades, transportation design was based nearly entirely on traffic flow, how quickly and smoothly cars passed through the streets. Oneways were swift. Suburbs thrived, sprawl spread, and eventually, downtowns were sapped of their energy. But today’s planning department operates under a different premise. Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director, offers a draft of a sweeping rewrite of Spokane’s transportation plan. Instead of just focusing on getting cars from point A to point B, the new plan is a tool to transform A and B, and everything in between. The rewrite pulls a 180 from the previous plan, often striving for narrower, slower streets with fewer lanes, instead of broad thoroughfares. Wide roads, it argues, lead to more car accidents and higher

paving costs, without significantly improving commute times. “If your goal is to move your vehicles through downtown as fast as possible,” Chesney says, go with one-ways. “If you want your street to be an experiential street, if you want it to be pedestrian-friendly, if you want people to stop and look at store windows, you have two-way streets. They’re a lot easier to get around on.” To Chesney, Main is the “spine” of downtown, linking the University District with the city core. It’s the catalyst for downtown development. But changing Main would be more than a simple paint job. Main may eventually contain bike lanes, diagonal parking, and a central city trolley line on a single two-way street. Chesney flips through slides for the Division Gateway Project, showing what Main Avenue between Pine and Browne — where Merlyn’s is located — could look like as a two-way. One version has a center strip filled with trees and benches. Another has diagonal parking in the middle of the street and bike lanes on the sides. The city has a 100-foot asphalt canvas, building to building, to work with. There’s a lot of possibility.

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A cautionary tale lies to the east. In 2011, Spokane Valley’s City Council left to voters the question of turning Sprague and Appleway back into two-way streets. But with a $2.4 million price tag and fears of a longer commute time, the idea went down in flames. More than 80 percent rejected it. Downtown Spokane is quite different from Spokane Valley, but the principle remains: Without enough community support, it’s doomed to fail. Parkade owner Dru Hieber worries about congestion. She wants to make sure a survey is done. “Even though it’s called for in our downtown plan, it’s going to be our job to reach out to the property owners to make sure it’s the right way to go,” says Mark Richard, Downtown Spokane Partnership president. “We have barely scratched the surface in engaging the private sector in this conversation.” And River Park Square, one of the most important buildings owned by one of the city’s most influential families, opposes the switch. “We feel that downtown’s success depends on traffic flow,” River Park Square general manager Bryn West says. She worries that if Main is changed to a two-way street, Spokane Falls Boulevard would change as well, wreaking havoc with the parking garage entrance. While Chesney insists the city has no plan to change Spokane Falls, West has other objections: A 2009 traffic study predicted more delays if Main was converted to a two-way street without any other changes. And customers don’t like traffic jams. Asked if anything would change her mind, West is doubtful. “At this point, unless there’s some great research that would prove congestion wouldn’t be a problem to us, it doesn’t seem like the best use of funds for downtown Spokane,” she says. Chesney hopes to answer that challenge. “I’m going back to talk to most of [the skeptics] to show them real data that suggests that their concerns may not be warranted,” he says. “Our models show that a two-way Main can carry as much traffic as Main does now.” Officials in Vancouver, Wash., say they made the switch four years ago and haven’t yet seen any problems. In 30 years, it may get more congested, Chesney says. But in that time, drivers will adapt. And some downtown businesses welcome slower streets. “One-way traffic, that breeds a certain mentality. It’s like, ‘I want to get over there and I want to get there fast!’ And that’s not what we really want down here,” says developer Dan Spalding. “We want people, that, they come downtown and — it’s the journey, right?” n

AAs businesses Worthy Question and city officials begin to debate changing Main Avenue to a two-way street, one of the city’s most influential developers has so far remained silent. Last fall, to great fanfare, Davenport Hotel developer Walt Worthy announced plans to build a new 15-story, 700-room headquarters hotel on Main near Spokane’s expanded convention center. “We’re in this for the long haul,” Worthy’s wife, Karen, said at the press conference. Groundbreaking was supposed to begin in the first quarter of 2013. But not only has ground not been broken, Worthy still hasn’t decided whether the hotel will be built at all. “We’d prefer not to make a comment,” says Matt Jensen, marketing director for the Davenport, when asked about the proposed hotel. “We have still not made a complete decision about moving forward on that project.” Jensen says Worthy is still asking companies to provide bids and is not sharing any details about his thought process. In an encouraging sign this Monday, the Worthy Group signed a more detailed “letter of intent” outlining a proposed arrangement with the Spokane Public Facilities District if the Worthy Group were to purchase the land to build the hotel. Kevin Twohig, the district’s director, says it had extended the deadline for the original letter of intent on two separate occasions. “We stayed in touch to them just to make sure the project wasn’t dead,” Twohig says. While the letter of intent still doesn’t mean the hotel will be built, Twohig says he expects a decision within the next 30 days. — DANIEL WALTERS

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The Spokane City Council approved the purchase of 200 new “smart” parking meters for downtown. The meters will take credit cards and use sensors to tell when spots are open or people stay longer than they paid for.


Spokane County reached a $2 million settlement with the family of Scott Creach, a 74-year-old pastor who was shot to death in Spokane Valley by a sheriff’s deputy in 2010. (See the facing page for more details.)


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In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required federal approval of changes to voting laws in nine states with a history of discriminatory practices.


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Deal or No Deal? Washington lawmakers race to finalize a budget; plus, closure in the Creach case?

Time Running Out The clock is ticking as Washington lawmakers scramble to pass a two-year OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET before the fiscal year ends on Sunday. If they miss the deadline, about 26,000 government workers would be temporarily laid off beginning on July 1. Thirty-four public agencies would suspend all operations while hundreds of other services and programs would drastically cut back. At a press conference on Monday, an optimistic Gov. Jay Inslee insisted a bipartisan budget deal was on the horizon. “This was a breakthrough moment that happened in the last few hours, that in my view was the key that can open this lock that has been separating the parties, and allow us to keep this ship of state afloat,” Inslee told reporters. But by Tuesday morning, a budget deal failed to materialize. Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, says the deadlock between the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-run House has ended. “What changed this week is it feels like both sides are moving toward a compromise,” he says. “It takes a long time to get 50 representatives, 25 senators and a governor to all agree on a package they feel is responsible. …

But deadlines are good motivators, and we have a hard deadline at the end of the week.” According to the Associated Press, negotiators in Olympia have agreed on “large components” of the new state budget and are now hammering out the details. But even after an agreement is reached, Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, says it typically takes at least 40 hours to draft and finalize a budget plan. — DEANNA PAN

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Family members of a Spokane Valley pastor shot and killed by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy in 2010 hope a $2 million settlement will open a new dialogue on law enforcement’s use of force and safety protocols. Spokane Deputy Brian Hirzel shot Rev. WAYNE SCOTT CREACH, 74, during a late-night confrontation outside Creach’s home on Aug. 25, 2010. Creach was carrying a handgun as he went to check a suspicious vehicle in his driveway, which was actually Hirzel’s unmarked patrol car. All parties agreed to a $2 million settlement last week after a federal judge dismissed the county and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich from a pending lawsuit. Creach’s son, Alan, says he hopes the resolution will bring renewed

Wayne Scott Creach awareness and discussion on police procedures. “Why is there an unmarked police car being used as a patrol car?” Alan Creach asks. “Who gave [the deputy] the right or the authority to go on our property?” Creach says his father’s death leaves many other unanswered questions. While the money can’t replace his father, he says he hopes it will get the attention of local law enforcement agencies. Knezovich called the settlement offer from the county’s insurance company a “huge mistake,” saying he would have preferred the case go to trial. “All the facts would have come out at that point,” he says, noting the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reviewed the internal investigation without finding any wrongdoing. Knezovich says he has tried to work with the family to address any concerns. While the lawsuit limited their communication for a time, he says he remains open to a new dialogue. “I’ve always been open to having honest discussion,” he says. — JACOB JONES

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ain trickles from the brim of Emily Harpel’s yellow firefighting hard hat as she swings her arms, scooping and looping 100 feet of fire hose unraveled out ahead of her. She’s learning to “flake” loose fire hose, collecting it back into a neat coil. Fellow firefighter recruits flake alongside her, their arms like windmills as they reel in their mud-soaked hoses. A 21-year-old Yakima native, Harpel laughs nervously as she works to keep the hose looped properly over her shoulders. “You guys are going to flake hose a lot,” fire crew supervisor DJ Greene tells them as he passes. “This is an art, folks.” Walking the row of recruits, Greene offers instruction and encouragement to each young firefighter.


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More than 40 first-year firefighters spent last week near Chewelah, undergoing basic guard school wildfire training in preparation for the coming fire season. “You’re never done training,” Greene says. “This will be my 18th season and I still go to training, so it doesn’t stop. This is just the start.” Multiple agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and other departments, come together to battle forest fires throughout Washington each summer. Hundreds of seasonal firefighters — usually college students on summer break — get training to take on wildfire. In the weeks leading up to peak fire season, agencies finalize their staffing levels, equipment maintenance and joint training. Forest Service spokesman Troy Kinghorn

says agencies will also ramp up monitoring of weather forecasts, humidity and ignition conditions throughout the summer. “We have meteorologists and fire behavior analysts who take all this data and compile it,” he says. “There’s just a lot of data that we pull.” Kinghorn says previous warm weather in May had fire officials worried about the high potential for an early outbreak of wildfires. Now dripping wet under a steady drizzle, he says recent rains will probably push back fire season by at least a couple weeks. The National Interagency Fire Center, based in Boise, put out a seasonal forecast for “above normal” fire potential for much of south-central Washington and western Idaho starting in July. The heightened fire danger likely will continue into August and September. State and federal fire crews may also have to get creative with staffing as they work to maintain personnel levels under tighter budgets this year. The Forest Service announced earlier this month it would hire 500 fewer firefighters this year as a result of the sequester and other budget cuts. “It’s a continuous battle with budgets, state and federal, every year,” Kinghorn says, adding individual crews will have to adapt to fewer people covering the same areas. Regional DNR spokesman Guy Gifford says agencies will also coordinate aircraft deployments and other advanced resources as the season progresses. But for now the focus is training. “Train like you’re gonna fight,” he says. “Fight like you trained.” At the Chewelah guard school, Harpel and the other recruits keep practicing their flaking. They learn to operate water pumps and light controlled fires. They take exams on escape routes and fire behavior. “I didn’t expect to learn so much, but it’s been really informative,” Harpel says. “I feel more prepared to go into the field and fight fire.” At the end of the day, the sore and soaked recruits get to dig their first fire line — a strip of bare soil that cuts off fire from new fuel. It’s often grueling work, but they load up with shovels, axes and other tools to carve their trail. “This is a dirty job,” an instructor tells them. “Get used to it.” The new recruits head into the trees for their first real taste of the hard labor they will be doing all summer. They march single file, tools over their shoulders. “I knew that firefighting was an intense thing,” Harpel says. “After this week, I love it so much more. I think I’m really going to like firefighting. Who knows, maybe later on it will turn into more than just summer employment.” n

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ecords released Monday detail the alleged threat that prompted a misconduct investigation into former Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens, which led to his resignation and $190,000 settlement from the city. Written statements, collected as part of the investigation, indicate Stephens told a co-worker he was “going to go home and get a rifle” during an emotional conversation regarding his recent demotion. The co-worker reported that Stephens said no one would blame him for going “postal.” “It’s not like I’m going to kill any children,” Stephens reportedly said, adding, “You know I’m just kidding.” Stephens, a 27-year SPD veteran who led the department as interim chief for much of last year, was demoted to captain in late December as part of a command staff restructuring. Investigation records now reveal former department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe first reported Stephens’ comments on Dec. 19, the same day he was told of his demotion. Police Chief Frank Straub put Stephens on administrative leave the following day while the department investigated. DeRuwe reported Stephens approached her “nearly in tears.” She listened while he vented and asked what he planned to do with the rest of the day, which led to his alleged comment about going home to get a rifle. “[After a few hours],” DeRuwe wrote, “I had processed his comments and felt concerned that [Stephens] may do something dramatic — either to himself or others.” DeRuwe, who moved from public spokeswoman to become the department’s new Community Relations Officer in February, stated Stephens had repeatedly voiced fears about facing demotion and being pushed out of the department. “[Stephens] is a very prideful person that is passionate about the Spokane Police Department,” DeRuwe wrote. “He equated his happiness and purpose with his ability to perform his duties.” Stephens’ attorney, Bob Dunn, calls the allegations complete “bullshit.” Dunn says Stephens denies the department’s version of what happened, arguing police officials wanted to discredit him and force him out of the department. “Stephens never got to challenge any of these statements,” Dunn says, adding. “He was part of the old regime and he had to go.” After Straub placed Stephens on paid administrative leave, city officials hired former U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan to conduct an independent investigation into the matter. Hogan released a report in late April confirming details of the incident, saying Stephens made statements “to the effect that he did not think anyone would blame him if he took action, which his colleague perceived to be violent action, because of the way he had been treated.” While praising Stephens’ long service, Hogan argued Straub and other police officials “reacted appropriately” to the comments. Stephens filed a $750,000 damage claim against the city, alleging wrongful termination, invasion of privacy and emotional distress. City officials soon announced a $190,000 settlement with Stephens, equivalent to about a year’s salary and benefits. Dunn calls the recent release of officer statements a breach of the confidentiality agreement included in the settlement. He says officials are again trying to undermine Stephens’ credibility. “There’s no truth to it,” he says. “[Now] my client’s in a position where he’s going to be damaged again.” DeRuwe did not respond to a request for comment. Spokane Police Department officials also declined to comment. n


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ment. “Our whole goal is not to have people get hurt, and the byproduct [is] if I can keep people safe, I can save money in the long run.” Haller’s payment stemmed from a cracked, uneven sidewalk in front of River Park Square in 2005, and Ciccarello twisted her ankle in a “pothole in the sidewalk” in front of Jimmy’z on Sprague in 2008. (Both cases also named the businesses involved.) Since the beginning of 2012, another five claims have been filed regarding sidewalk injuries, though none have resulted in settlements yet. Sidewalk upkeep is only part of the city’s responsibilities. Most business owners are responsible for the sidewalks in front of their businesses (the same way they’re required to shovel them during the winter). But people who are injured often also name the city in their lawsuits, so Salvatori says he’d like to see the city offer some sort of matching funds to business owners who want to improve sidewalks, in order to help prevent suits against the city. That money could


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Those Who Prey W i t h e a c h h o r r i f y i n g c a s e, we ’ re re m i n d e d o f a s i m p l e f a c t : We s t i l l d o n ’ t t r u l y u n d e rs t a n d s exu a l p re d a to rs

Calculating Risks What is serial rapist Monte Hoisington doing in Spokane?


n the eyes of the law, Amy Hudon’s story was pointless, but she told it anyway, for the last time before a familiar courtroom. “Have you ever had anybody break into your house, put tape around your head and hold a knife to your throat?” she said, sobbing. “I beg you: Don’t let another woman go through this.” It was a Wednesday morning in May at the Asotin County Superior Courthouse, and the state was moving to release Hudon’s former captor. Monte Hoisington, 61, would soon leave the high-security compound where he’d lived for the previous 12 years among hundreds of the state’s most detested pariahs — including sexual sadists and serial rapists like him — and move to Spokane. The presiding judge seemed reluctant (and said as much), but his job was to uphold the law and he couldn’t ignore the evidence: Three forensic psychologists had assessed Hoisington and concluded that by law, the thrice-convicted rapist no longer posed a threat to society. For Hudon, hearing the judge read the expert testimony was troubling, and she wasn’t alone. The process used to release civilly committed sex offenders is not without its critBY DEANNA PAN ics. While the majority of committed sex offenders refuse to be treated, many decline on the advice of attorneys to even speak with clinicians, so as to avoid selfincrimination. As a result, when offenders petition for release, the evidence against them is often stale and outdated — putting further pressure on prosecutors who must prove offenders suffer from mental abnormalities and can’t control their behavior. “I think that’s essentially not a very scientific process, and one can’t confidently say that someone is cured or reformed as one does, for instance, if they were confined for tuberculosis or a communicable disease,” says Ronald Page, a clinical psychologist in Walla Walla who has diagnosed hundreds of sex predators throughout his career, including Hoisington. “There are laboratory tests to rule those [illnesses] out, and that simply doesn’t exist here.” In the summer of 1991, Hoisington crept through the sliding glass door of Hudon’s mother’s house in Clarkston, Wash., and raped her for two hours at knifepoint. She was his last known victim after a string of violent sexual assaults in the Lewiston, Idaho, and Boise areas in the ’70s. Hoisington was convicted three times for rape before being civilly committed in 2001 for what Hudon and law enforcement officials hoped would be the rest of his life. Back in the courtroom in May, Hudon gave a dirty look to Hoisington’s sister, a stoic gray-haired lady with a braid and glasses. The woman ...continued on next page

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cott, Thanks for all the excitement with your knee and all. You did a great job this last week. I really hope you keep playing. I’ll see you next summer. See Ya! Tim I have read and re-read that note so many times in the past five years that the words have almost no meaning, like when you say a word over and over, it eventually sounds like useless garble. In 1997, Tim Kellis wrote that note to me in a yearbook of sorts, a commemorative picture book that all campers at Ross Point Music Camp in Post Falls received after a week studying music. Attendees played in various bands and ensembles and performed an end-of-week concert for parents. Kellis was a counselor, a percussion instructor and one of two adults who supervised and slept in bunks near me and the 10 other teenage musicians in my cabin. The “excitement with your knee” refers to getting hurt and needing to leave camp one afternoon to visit an urgent care clinic. Ten years later, Kellis worked as a camp counselor and shooting sports director at Camp Grizzly near Harvard, Idaho, run by the Inland Northwest Council of the Boy By Scott A. Scouts. It was there, in the summer of 2007, that Leadingham he had “sexual contact” with underage staff members in their tent, on the shotgun range and in the staff lounge, according to court records. He was convicted the following year of 12 counts, ranging from attempted lewd conduct with a minor and sexual abuse of a child, and sentenced to life in prison. My connection to Kellis goes little beyond the summers at Ross Point Music Camp. (Coincidentally, we met again in 2002, at a Boy Scout training in California called National Camping School, and later shared a return flight to Spokane.) His case made headlines for a while, but eventually faded from the spotlight. But it’s stayed stuck in my mind for the past five years. Kellis was never inappropriate with me, and I have no memories of feeling uncomfortable, unsafe or even “weirded out” by him. That’s just it — I didn’t see it. And when you’ve been that close as a youth to someone convicted of such crimes, it makes you recount all the interactions you had with him and every other adult you’re supposed to know and trust. You look for clues where there was perhaps nothing but a hypersensitive imagination. That time he put his arm around me — was that anything? When he patted me on the back to say “good job on the trumpet solo,” did that mean something more? And when we swam during free time, was he watching? Now, after time and from a safe distance, I’m left wondering: What is it about some people that allows them to do such unspeakable things to children? ...continued on page 28

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C O V E R S T O R Y | se x p re d a tors “calculating risks,” continued... reached out her hand and touched the back of Hudon’s seat. “I don’t want him out either,” she told Hudon. But on June 12, Hoisington moved into an apartment building on West Second Avenue in Spokane where he rents a room for less than $300 a month. He’s a registered Level III sex offender. He’s signed an agreement to follow certain rules for the rest of his life: No alcohol, drugs, porn, topless bars or X-rated stores. No burglary tools or weapons. No contact with his victims and no crimes against women. And when “community custody” ends in 11 months, he’s told evaluators he may go west — to Oregon or California — and to the best of his ability start over. Something that Hudon is still trying to do.


udon was 19 when she was raped. According to police records and interviews with The Inlander, she was sleeping on the couch before she heard movement in her mom’s bedroom. A man with a flashlight was rifling through her mother’s dresser. In one swift movement, he grabbed her and raised a knife to her throat. “Keep your eyes shut! Keep your eyes shut!” he barked. He wrapped masking tape around her head — one, two, three, four times — to cover her eyes. But Hudon could peer through the bottom of the tape, by the sides of her nose, just enough to see a man in Levi’s and cowboy boots pick up a butcher knife from the kitchen counter. “I like this one better,” he said. Throughout the attack, Hudon kept a mental inventory in case she survived: He had light brown hair that curled on the end, a stud in his left ear, a silver watch and a mustache. He touched her telephone, several drawers, a

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stereo, a bottle of lotion and a jar of Vaseline. He handed her a bottle of Perrier from the refrigerator. He smoked Camels. When he was finished, he got dressed, walked her into the shower and told her not to come out until he was gone. “Let me give you some advice,” he said. “If this ever happens to you again, just tell the guy to get the hell out.”


NA testing and fingerprints pointed to Hoisington. A Clarkston native and ex-Marine, Hoisington had been convicted for rape twice before in Lewiston in 1978 and served 10 years in an Idaho penitentiary for those crimes. He had previously been charged with two attempted rapes in Lewiston and reported as a prowler in 50 to 60 incidents. One woman he attacked was 70 years old. When he got out of prison, DNA linked him to another rape of a Boise woman with multiple sclerosis. While in custody, he admitted another rape to investigators. He was never prosecuted for those crimes. Page, the clinical psychologist, evaluated Hoisington back in 1978 and again in 1993 to determine whether he would be a suitable candidate for civil commitment. In his report, he diagnosed Hoisington with sexual sadism, meaning he seems to derive sexual pleasure from hurting and humiliating his victims. “Concerning future danger, it is difficult to categorize Mr. Hoisington as other than a moderate-to-high risk for recidivism. His commision of similar offenses, separated by over one decade and a very lengthy related imprisonment, would suggest that his aberrant sexual cathexis may be a central element of his sexual identity,” Page wrote. “Assuming he may have been involved in three or more similar predatory rapes, this may be a rather compelling fantasy and sexual psychopathology.” Page concluded Hoisington would be a potential can-

didate for civil commitment “in view of the established pattern of sexual psychopathology and statically significant future danger.” In Asotin County, Hoisington agreed to a plea bargain and his charges were reduced to second-degree rape and second-degree burglary. He was initially sentenced to life imprisonment until an appeals court threw it out as “excessive” for second-degree rape. He was resentenced for another 354 months until the state civilly committed him to McNeil Island in 2001. At McNeil’s Special Commitment Center, Hoisington never participated in any of the voluntary sexual deviance treatment programs. He routinely refused to speak with psychologists. And every year since his commitment, Hoisington has petitioned for his release. As one of the center’s psychologists noted in Hoisington’s most recent annual report, his “repeated challenges to his sentence suggests he does not accept responsibility for his assaultive behavior, or for the consequences attached to the behavior.”


he most widely used tool for measuring an adult male sex offender’s relative risk for recidivism in legal cases is a 10-item assessment known as a Static-99. It is based on statistical averages of sexual offender recidivism research. When assessing an offender, it considers, among other things, his age at release, any prior sexual offenses and whether or not his victims were strangers. The Static-99 was revised and reissued as the Static99R in 2009, after researchers pointed out that older sex offenders are at a lower risk to reoffend than younger offenders. In the updated assessment, age is weighted. Turning 60 trims three points from an offender’s score. “One can talk about averages and about statistics with confidence as it applies to groups,” Page says. “But any individual can be an outlier within a population.” ...continued on page 26


PREDATOR ISLAND I n 1990, Washington state passed the nation’s first civil commitment law allowing courts to lock up and treat its most dangerous sex offenders well beyond their criminal sentences. Despite numerous constitutional challenges, 19 states followed Washington’s lead and adopted similar measures. To be civilly committed in Washington, the court must find that the offender in question is a “sexually violent predator,” which under Revised Criminal Code 71.09 is defined as “any person who has been convicted of or charged with a crime of sexual violence and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder which makes the person likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility.” Nearly 300 sex offenders reside in the Department of Social and Health Services-run Special Com-

mitment Center on McNeil Island. The cost to detain each resident is roughly $150,000 per year, according to Assistant Attorney General Brooke Burbank. Although their detentions are indefinite, some, with help from treatment, can move to less restrictive community settings and eventually gain freedom. But treatment is voluntary — only 37 percent of the residents actively participate. Others are discharged simply because they’re so old, sick or frail, they no longer qualify as violent predators. Since the center’s founding in 1990, at least 32 civilly committed offenders have been unconditionally released into society. According to the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, discharges from the facility outpaced admissions in 2012 for the first time. — DEANNA PAN


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“calculating risks,” continued... Hoisington turned 60 three days after his 2010 annual review. These yearly reports are assembled by Department of Social and Health Services psychologists, tasked with evaluating a committed offender’s mental condition and ultimately determining whether or not he continues to qualify as a “sexually violent predator.” If an offender no longer meets the criteria of a so-called “SVP,” the court can can decide to release him into the community. But residents at McNeil aren’t required to participate in interviews with forensic evaluators. “Therefore, any of the resulting diagnostic impressions are based solely on a review of records, which may be inaccurate, biased, or lacking sufficient detail or clarity to be helpful,” McNeil psychologist Dr. Daniel Yanisch explains in an email. “While it is generally helpful if a person interviews, it is not always required to be able to answer the forensic questions that the law is asking be reviewed.” Psychologist Paul Spizman measured Hoisington’s risk for reoffense using the Static-99R for his 2010 review. Factoring in his “advanced age,” Hoisington scored a 3 on a scale of 12. Earlier that year, Hoisington was diagnosed with a malformed artery in the brain that has affected his mobility and strength. He carries a cane, usually a couple of feet off the ground, in case he gets dizzy. He’s legally blind in his right eye. He may need new glasses. McNeil staff note he’s often quiet and aloof, but respectful and

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polite. Taking into account his low assessment score and medical history, Spizman concluded Hoisington no longer met the criteria for a sexually violent predator under Washington revised code. “Of course, I must emphasize this is all based on very limited information, with Mr. Hoisington himself declining to provide information in various areas that would assist in understanding his overall risk,” Spizman writes in an annual review report. “The caveat that he is limiting this evaluation cannot be stated strongly enough.”


n civil commitment cases, the burden is on the state to prove that a civilly committed sex offender is “more likely than not” to reoffend if released from secure confinement. Additionally, it must prove the offender suffers from a mental abnormality, so much so that he cannot control his violent behavior. The cases are heavily reliant on expert testimony, explains Assistant Attorney General Brooke Burbank from the AG’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit. “I do think that there is philosophical opposition to the statute in which a lot of the defense experts we see testify really don’t believe anyone should be committed against their will,” Burbank says, adding, “They’re entitled to a good defense.”

In Hoisington’s case, three different experts evaluated him using records from criminal history, previous reports and various assessment models including the Static-99R. Only one psychologist, retained by the state, interviewed Hoisington in person thanks to a court order. While two diagnosed him with paraphilia, an aberrant

sexual disorder, as Page did years ago, all three found he no longer met the legal criteria for a sexually violent predator. “My greatest concern was the fact that Mr.

“I think it’s important to know that [civil] commitments are mental health commitments. It is not punishment for the underlying crime. The person has already served their sentence,” she says.

“I think it’s important to know that [civil] commitments are mental health commitments. It is not punishment for the underlying crime.” Hoisington had done nothing indicating he had “There is a great value in following our Conchanged,” Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichstitution’s precepts in protecting our freedom. ols says. “If there was any indication that he had When a law is interpreted through fear and guessmade any effort at all to address the issue, it would es and used to lock people up, that does not meet have been a different matter. But I have to believe our constitutional standards.” that some treatment must surely be better than no my Hudon will never forget that night. It treatment at all.” haunts her. Camel cigarettes. Faint noises in King County prosecutor David Hackett, who the night. Everything in her mother’s house. handles his county’s sexually violent predator casThe gold shag carpet in Hudon’s room was es, is also concerned about released sexually vioripped from the floors, the walls were painted and lent predators who don’t participate in treatment. the bed was thrown out. But she couldn’t live there While research shows a correlation between age anymore. She moved out, joined the Air Force in and recidivism among low-risk offenders, the reliFlorida and later got a job in Maryland before setance on expert testimony in these cases for highly tling in Idaho a few years ago. dangerous offenders leaves the prosecuShe used to fantasize about killing tors in a “pickle,” he says. Hoisington, stopping him dead in his “They’re left with only what they Send comments to tracks on his way out of prison. can prove ... where they can’t go forward Hudon grabs a tissue. “God,” she with the case due to the staleness of the whispers. “It just sucks.” evidence or the way DSHS evaluations Tonight, before she goes to bed, Hudon will presented the manner,” he says. “It does put a place something — like the vacuum sweeper or pretty high burden on the prosecutor, but more piano bench — in front of the door to her house, importantly I think it puts a pretty high burden even though it’s deadbolted. If someone comes in on society. The burden being the risk to reoffend.” this time, she’ll hear him and she’ll be ready. Hoisington declined to speak with The Inlander She’s got a gun. She can shoot. through his community corrections officer Bob “Maybe the attorneys and the judges and Bromps. His defense attorney, Lin-Marie Nacht shrinks who work for them, maybe they can sleep at from the Seattle-based nonprofit Society of Counnight if it happens again,” she says. “But I can’t.” n sel Representing Accused Persons, says justice was served.



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Tighten the Law? A 2011 bill sponsored by state Sens. Debbie Regala and Jim Hargrove would have amended the state’s sexually violent predator law, in part by compelling committed offenders to participate in in-person interviews with an evaluator during their annual review. The idea, explains David Hackett, the King County prosecutor who helped draft the amended language, was to encourage offenders at McNeil Island to undergo treatment. Currently, according to the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, just 37 percent of the resident population does. Lawmakers argued the annual review system created one major unintended consequence of indefinite civil commitment; namely, offenders could zip their lips, refuse treatment and effectively age out of confinement through continuous litigation. “Basically, you didn’t do anything and your

attorney would claim in court all the information about you was old and outdated,” Hackett says. “That’s a pretty common strategy [among defense attorneys].” But the bill went one step further: It placed the burden of proof on the offender, rather than the state, to “prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the person’s condition has so changed” that he no longer meets the definition of a sexually violent predator. SB 5202 “was pretty much dead on arrival,” says Brooke Burbank, an assistant attorney general. The bill passed the Senate unanimously, and made it through the House, but in a drastically altered form. Eventually it went nowhere. “The defense bar has a very strong lobby and they did not like [it],” says Burbank. — DEANNA PAN

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Merely asking the question of whether those who commit sex crimes against children are somehow predisposed to do so is inviting a healthy dose of impassioned reaction. Are pedophiles born that way? What about free will? The answer to the “born that way” question: maybe, possibly, we’re not sure. It’s an uncomfortable topic to raise, even for researchers like Anna Salter, who’s spent her life trying to get the answers to these questions. “I don’t think that’s been established,” Salter says of whether pedophiles are predisposed. “It’s just such a politically unpopular answer that people don’t want to raise the question. We don’t have a definitive answer.” As a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist, she has spent her career counseling and evaluating child sex abuse victims and offenders, penning three academic books on the topic. And despite all the numbers, studies, psychology and evaluations, it’s still difficult from a societal and scientific perspective to understand why people commit such horrible crimes, she says. Psychologists tend to classify adult males who commit crimes against children into three broad categories. (Female offenders are generally different, and far less prevalent.) 1. Pedophiles: Men with a “deviant arousal pattern,” i.e., they’re sexually attracted to children. 2. Antisocial offenders, including psychopaths: Men who harm others in a variety of ways, including sexually, though sexual arousal of the offender is not the primary factor. Psychopaths are a subclass, a group that lacks the capacity for empathy. “At the extreme, they have no con-

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What is known is that there are offenders who are particularly prolific. Gene Abel, a psychiatrist and one of the top researchers in the sex abuse field, estimated that about 5 percent of sex offenders commit 70 percent of the crimes.

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being a leader in a youth-serving group. Put another way: Where someone lives doesn’t help reduce sexual abuse; denying the opportunity for a potential offender to be alone with a child does. “I want this culture to get serious about sex offending, and it doesn’t get serious by connecting policies that don’t work,” Salter says.

(Still) Searching for Answers

Orofino, Idaho, is a pretty, little town, almost delightfully so. It hugs the Clearwater River as steep, forested hills rise quickly out of the valley. Most of its roughly 3,000 residents work in one of two industries: timber or corrections. The Idaho Correctional Institution is located there, not removed in the least from the rest of the town. Indeed, it is next door to the high school. (Its mascot: the Maniacs.) Students driving into the parking lot have a school on their left, and razor wire and a prison exercise yard on their right. This is where Tim Kellis — my former music camp counselor — is serving out a life sentence. And it is here where I meet Kellis for the first time in over 10 years. He is escorted out of his cellblock and into a room where I wait with the warden to interview him. He pauses at the open doorway, raises a finger and turns around, as if to say, “Hold on a second, I’ll be right back.” And I wonder if he’s actually coming back.

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Did he see me and change his mind? Was he expecting someone else? When he reappears, he has a stack of file folders and a pen in hand, and I think, “Really, you can have pens in here? What about the whole, you know, potentially stabbing people thing?” Kellis maintains he’s innocent and only agrees to speak on the condition that I don’t ask questions about his case, citing an ongoing appeal. It makes for a challenging interview to dance around a subject and not ask the only questions on my mind. We instead talk about prison life, how he became a music teacher after first working as an architect, how he married and later divorced. I find myself intrigued and almost entranced by his conversational skills and an almost humorous tone of voice. Where is the monster I — and society — expect? Where is the obviously disturbed personality we’re supposed to see so clearly? The longer you converse with a sex offender, the more clearly you see that all those preconceived notions of who is a danger are completely skewed. I remind myself why I’m here: to better understand someone convicted of sexually abusing children, people not much older than me when I first met him more than 15 years ago, to try to understand what made him tick, what happened in his life. I can feel a kind of tight anger in my chest. I want to shout: What the hell is wrong with you? And what the hell went wrong with you? But I realize he doesn’t necessarily know, and wouldn’t tell me if he did. And then our time is up, and it’s over. Before leaving Orofino, I drive up a steep forest road to a viewpoint overlooking the town. Below is the prison, just beyond it the high school. I remind myself that if Kellis were ever to be freed, he would never be allowed to live this close to a school again. n




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But it’s not all about the numbers. This is very much a community event, one that — not to obsess over statistics again — draws nearly a quarter of a million people just to watch. Some might see it merely as something that blocks off their favorite downtown streets, but in reality, it’s a cultural touchstone for Spokane, a city that has come to love its basketball. As the event has expanded since its 1990 inception, during which only 2,000 players competed, so has its scope. At this year’s Hoopfest, you can learn about


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ere are some of the key ingredients in the Hoopfest 2013 soup: more than 7,000 teams, 650 court monitors, two days of play, a slam dunk contest, plenty of food and a whole lot more. Another major ingredient: an elite, world-class event featuring the top athletes in one of the freshest, most electrifying and fastest-growing sports in the world. Already established as the largest three-on-three basketball tournament on the planet, Hoopfest looks to expand its draw this time around by hosting the Slackline World Cup competition. What is slacklining? You wouldn’t be blamed for asking. Chances are you’ve seen kids at the park trying to balance on a rope between two trees and assumed they were just training for the circus. That’s slacklining. Kind of. On the professional level, imagine this: a hybrid of competitive trampoline and tightrope walking with a dash of NBA Jam-type air. Tricklining is the sport’s most popular style, and that’s what you’ll see on display this weekend. On a line only 2 inches wide, slackliners pull off wild flips, spins and other acrobatics, all the while trying to achieve maximum amplitude. “They demonstrate what is possible [on a slackline] to the extreme,” says Jon Fait, a world-class slackliner from California coming to Spokane for the competition. After Gibbon, a slackline company, brought an exhibition team to Hoopfest last year, they were eager to return this year as sponsors of the Slackline World Cup. “They liked the built-in crowds, the community, the reception they received and the built-in energy,” says Hoopfest executive director Rick Steltenpohl. “We’re happy to bring them back.” Just as Hoopfest is unlike any other sporting event, slacklining is unlike any other sport. Gibbon and Hoopfest feel the two are a perfect match and are excited for people to see something com-

pletely new. “We want the wow factor,” says Steltenpohl. “We want people to wonder, ‘What is Hoopfest doing this time around?’ ” The competition is made up of the 32 best slackliners on the planet, including reigning world champion Alex Mason, a 16-yearold from El Cerrito, California. Nicknamed “The Machine,” he does a lot more than the average person (and most slackliners) would dream of doing on a thin piece of rope. “People expect slacklining to be tightrope walking,” says Mason. “Nobody really expects the kinds of tricks that have been developed on the line.” Steltenpohl knows the main event is and will always be basketball. Yet the 250,000 people who make their way downtown for the weekend will be looking for things to do. Steltenpohl and the folks at Gibbon are thrilled to bring something so unique and largely unseen to the community. “It’s one of those things that will stop you in your tracks,” says Gibbon events manager Jaime Pletcher. “You’ll be amazed by what these guys are doing.” The competition runs throughout the weekend, with the final Saturday at 3:30 pm. As if watching the best slackliners on Earth wasn’t awesome enough, a recreational zone will be set up for attendees to try slacklining, with demonstrations and help from some of the pros to get you acquainted with an activity you likely haven’t attempted. “It’s a backyard sport on a whole new level,” says Pletcher. n Slackline World Cup at Hoopfest • June 28-29, Fri at 1 pm, 5 pm; Sat at 11 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm • Free • Red Wagon Meadow at Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard St. • • 624-0868


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plimentary photographs and posters. June 28 from 3-5 pm, June 29 from 10 am-5 pm, June 30 from 10 am-2 pm • Riverfront Park • HOOPFEST GAMES All bracket tournaments. June 29-30 from 8 am-7 pm • Downtown Spokane • WSU BASKETBALL AUTOGRAPH SESSION Players from the Washington State men’s and women’s teams sign autographs. June 29-30 from 10 am-6 pm • Riverfront Park • SPOKANE ON THE ROCKS Craft distillery and beer tasting event, food, live music and entertainment. June 29 from 10 am-8 pm. $10 for three (¼ oz.) craft liquor samples, or three (4 oz.) craft beer samples, or two (12 oz.) bottles of water or soda. Cocktails available to purchase. • Spokane Convention Center & INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 621-0125 SLAM DUNK CONTEST Slam dunk competition on a 10-foot-tall hoop. June 29 at 2 pm, finals June 30 at 3 pm • $5 registration fee • Nike Center Court, Riverfront Park • • 991-3213 HOOPFEST SATURDAY NIGHT Afterparty featuring guest host NBA player

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here are some awful jump shots and more than a little clumsy dribbling at Hoopfest. If you wander through the tournament’s 454 courts you’re going to see a lot of it, and that’s totally fine. Actually, that clumsy dribbling is what makes Hoopfest a great community event. But there is also some serious balling happening within these 42 city blocks, and you’ll know it when you see it. The players will be a bit faster, the passes crisper, and on occasion someone will dunk. At the elite end of the spectrum, the competition is intense. David Pendergraft will tell you that. He played from 2004 to 2008 at Gonzaga, making a name for himself with rugged under-the-basket skills and a shock of orange hair and averaging 8.7 points per game as a senior. He’s now GU’s director of athletic giving. This weekend, he’ll take his squad, sponsored by Douglass Properties, back into the 6-foot-and-over elite division, hoping to defend their 2012 title, earned by dominating a Seattle-area

team in front of a couple thousand onlookers at the tournament’s Center Court. This year, the team returns former Zag standout Josh Heytvelt, who plays professionally overseas, and Nik Raivio, a former University of Portland guard and brother of former Zag Derek Raivio. Last year’s team also featured another ex-Zag, Brian Michaelson, but he couldn’t make it this year. “I had to go old school to fill that spot,” says Pendergraft. He opted to bring back Alex Hernandez, who wrapped up his GU career in 2002 and currently is an administrative assistant for Gonzaga’s men’s team. The Douglass Properties team is one of the most high-level squads to take the court. For Pendergraft, this is the most competition he’ll see over the course of the year. “It gets physical and intense. That’s what’s fun to me, to get that competition. That’s what I enjoy,” says Pendergraft. “Winning is fun, too.” Growing up in the central Washington town of Brewster, Pendergraft never had

a chance to play in Hoopfest during his younger years — he was always off at another tournament or camp when the weekend rolled around. Now living in Spokane with a wife and young child, he sees the event not just as a chance to go out there and show he’s still got it, but to put Spokane’s basketball reputation on display. “In Spokane, basketball is one of our favorite things we gravitate toward as a community. I love that the city gives GU basketball and Hoopfest this sort of support,” says Pendergraft. “I mean, the growth of Hoopfest is amazing. You wouldn’t think they could build on something this big, but they have.” This weekend, Pendergraft will have his game face on. His team enters with a target on their collective backs. They’re likely favorites, but he’s not going to predict a win. “I’ve played the game too long to call a victory, but we’re excited about the team we have. We’ll definitely give it our best effort,” says Pendergraft. 



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ooking at the case of carefully labeled fruit bars and coffee cake squares at Boots Bakery, Shallan Knowles asks just to be sure: “And those are gluten-free, right?” It’s been five years since Knowles was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that prevents people from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Driving home after getting the diagnosis, she pulled into a Value Village parking lot when her husband called and told him, through tears, that she couldn’t eat anything ever again. She tells the story with a smile now, because it hasn’t turned out that way at all. In fact, she’s never felt healthier, and gluten-free food has never been so available. Dozens of local restaurants pepper their menus with icons indicating gluten-free dishes. Wild Sage has a full menu of gluten-free options, from appetizers to desserts.The Rusty Moose rolled out a new menu with training for the whole staff. All the breadcrumbs at Geno’s are gluten-free by default. The pioneering White Box Pies has been joined by a number of local shops offering gluten-free baked goods — and that’s not even getting into the aisles of gluten-free products at

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Huckleberry’s and more mainstream grocery stores that have popped up to fill consumer demand. “Spokane has one of the best gluten-free scenes of everywhere I’ve traveled,” Knowles says. Through Gluten Free Spokane, the website she runs with her husband Knowles has become an advocate for the growing number of people who eat gluten-free and the restaurants that serve them. But misconceptions persist about what “gluten-free” really means, and that confusion can be dangerous. “I appreciate people putting up with my neuroses of checking and double-checking,” she says. “When I get careless is when I get sick.”


esearch indicates that celiac disease affects about 1 percent of the population, many of whom are undiagnosed. Another 6 percent have gluten sensitivity, which has similar symptoms without the telltale intestinal damage. Others have wheat allergies or other medical reasons to avoid gluten, like arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome. But in a recent survey, a full 30 percent of Americans said they want to cut down or avoid gluten, and the fastest-growing segment are those

who eat gluten-free by choice for hazier health reasons. They just feel better. Alice Bast, the founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, recalls an “a-ha moment” when sharing the stage with a Food Network chef for a program about gluten-free food. After telling her story — how she finally was diagnosed, after multiple miscarriages and seeing her mother die young of cancer, which is a long-term risk of undiagnosed celiac disease — the chef told her he’d been cooking gluten-free without realizing it was related to an actual disease. A decade ago when the foundation was started, most restaurant workers would stare blankly at the term “gluten-free.” Now almost everyone recognizes it, Bast says, but most still fail a simple quiz about kitchen protocols. “They don’t know what that means to someone with a medical necessity,” she says. At some point, the trendiness of gluten-free eating eclipsed the original medical purpose. Starlets like Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson and Miley Cyrus have tweeted and raved about going gluten-free, adding to the “craze” and “fad diet” label. In this summer’s hit comedy This Is The End, Seth Rogen’s role as the clueless Hollywood

version of himself is sold with a joke about his adherence to a gluten-free diet he doesn’t understand. “Do you even know what gluten is?” his friend asks skeptically. The “celebritization” of gluten-free eating is a double-edged sword, Bast says. More people are aware of it, and gluten-free options are better than ever before — tastier, more affordable and more available. “But is it safe? We’re still working on that,” she says. The foundation is pushing for a formal Federal Drug Administration ruling on what “gluten-free” actually means, in specific parts-per-million terms, as a standard for manufacturers who make and label food products.


hursday is gluten-free pastry day at Taste Cafe, and the gluten-free items have to be made first thing in the morning before there’s any flour in the air. No one asked for gluten-free when they opened almost five years ago, says co-owner and pastry chef Hannah Heber. Now they get requests every single day. “It’s to the point where I can barely keep it in the case. It sells out every Thursday, usually within a couple of hours,” she says. Gluten-free Thursdays started after Heber developed a wheat flour allergy. She now wears a mask while making the regular pastries, and took on the challenge of making gluten-free pastries that are indistinguishable from the traditional versions. A lot of gluten-free pastries are gritty because of the rice flour, she says. Her secret is making her own mixes of different Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours. “To be honest, the more creative stuff is always going to be the gluten-free now, because I know I can try it,” she says. She takes a number of precautions to avoid cross-contamination: Gluten-free products are made with different mixing bowls and measuring spoons, mixed by hand to avoid the mixer and baked alone before anything else goes in the oven. Even with the precautions, Taste cannot be fully celiac-safe since it’s not a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, and Heber will always tell people that. It’s the same at Boots, where Knowles will get warned that they can’t guarantee it’s safe. “When somebody says that to me — ‘You have celiac, you shouldn’t be eating here’ — they get what it means enough that I trust them,” she says. Every person who needs to eat gluten-free has cautionary tales about carelessly placed breadbaskets or gluten hiding in supposedly gluten-free sauces. Restaurants get their share of confusing signals, too — guests who order full gluten-free meals, then wash them down with a beer (which contains gluten) or order a side of fries without worrying what else is going into the fryer. For someone with celiac disease, Knowles says, it’s not as simple as just having a gluten-free pasta substitution on the menu. Any trace amount of gluten could cause a reaction, which she describes as similar to a really bad hangover with digestive issues. “We need to know: Is the pasta cooked in a different water?” she says. “Are you removing it from that water with a different set of tongs or strainer? Is it going on a clean plate? Are you slicing bread right next to where you’re dishing this up? We think about all these things that someone who’s just choosing to have gluten-free might not be aware of.” At Fusion Flours near Northtown Mall, owner Tara Wright has created a gluten-free haven where the whole kitchen and everything in it is completely gluten-free — the pizza crusts, the hamburger buns, cakes and other treats. After suffering from undiagnosed celiac disease for years, she started experimenting with her own gluten-free products and started making gluten-free pizza dough for local restaurants several years ago. The Fusion Flours storefront opened a few months ago. “A lot of people have heard my story,” she says, “and they want to come in and tell me theirs.” Plenty of hearty meals are naturally gluten-free — steak, for example, or huevos rancheros — but sometimes that’s not good enough when everyone else gets to eat pizza. So her goal is to make her gluten-free products as close as possible to the standard wheat version, and the best part is seeing children who are used to hearing “no” light up when they’re allowed to pick anything they can see. “It’s just really gratifying to see their smiles,” she says. n

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eremy Hansen stands near a table in Santé’s dining area. Behind him, sheets of opaque plastic and green velvet curtain panels cordon off a remodeling area. August is typically downtime in the Spokane restaurant business, explains Santé’s owner and chef. “But,” he says, “this August…” His eyes widen in amazement. By August 15, which is also Santé’s fifth anniversary, a bar that is destined to serve local craft liquors and cocktails is planned to fill the now-empty space behind the velvet curtains. The opposite side of the restaurant, where the cold cases and register stand, is also undergoing a transformation. Customers will order sandwiches at a deli counter or call ahead for pick-up. Full table service will still be available, but a quick, quality lunch — meats smoked and cured on site, layered between slices of freshly baked bread — will now be served to those on short lunch breaks. To keep the cases fully stocked, the basement charcuterie is expanding and updating with floor drains, improved lighting and more cold storage. So there’s that. And then there’s this: Hansen and the majority of the Santé kitchen crew will be in New York City, preparing a special menu of Inland Northwest cuisine for the James Beard House, several days prior to the reveal. The James Beard House is an invite-only “performance space” for chefs who embody the James Beard Foundation’s goals of educating, inspiring, entertaining and fostering a greater understanding of culinary culture. It’s a big deal. Hansen got an invite two months ago and immediately started brainstorming a menu. He knew he wanted to feature Inland Northwest cuisine, so he came up with hors d’oeuvres and a five-course dinner including items like Green Bluff peach chips, Rocky Ridge Ranch Berkshire pork loin, purple stripe garlic and Mount Spokane huckleberry mostarda. Getting all those goods to NYC requires funds — about $25,000, according to Hansen. His

Jeremy Hansen YOUNG KWAK PHOTO friend Cade Walker set up a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds. Hansen wants to take his whole crew if he can — from his newest 16-yearold hire, straight out of North Central’s culinary program, to his most experienced chefs. They’ll arrive on site at 7 in the morning and spend the day cooking until the first guests arrive that night. Everything those guests (journalists, chefs, food writers and other industry people) eat will have originated right here. Hansen provides an interesting twist on what is typically thought of as Northwest cuisine. Instead of salmon, he will serve Columbia River sturgeon. Wineglasses will hold Washington Rieslings from Dunham Cellars and cabernet from Spokane’s Barrister Winery. Hansen, born and raised in Spokane, is enthusiastic about sharing local ingredients with those beyond our region. He wants gourmands to appreciate the variety of locally produced ingredients and the proximity of those ingredients to Spokane’s urban center. According to Hansen, there’s no other farm-to-table region like ours, and he wants everyone to know it. “It’s more important than me being there, or the restaurant being there,” says Hansen. “Because if we can get more people to recognize Spokane as a place to be, it’s better for all of us.” n


Crawling for Food A new company offers culinary strolls through downtown Spokane By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


Expect some suspense paired with your vittles. You won’t know the location of the eateries until you get there (although some hints are being dropped via Twitter leading up to the Dishcrawl), so it’s almost a blind date with your city’s restaurants, a curve ball to take you out of your comfort zone. Vegetarians won’t be left out; just let organizers know if you don’t eat meat and they’ll accommodate you. Keep in mind, though, the $45 ticket covers food, but you’re on your own for drinks — after all, it’s a Dishcrawl, not a pub crawl. n Dishcrawl • Wed, July 10 at 7 pm • To register and learn more, visit • For hints about participating restaurants, follow Dishcrawl Spokane at @dishcrawlspo

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ishcrawl, a three-year-old Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, has planted ambassadors (you could call them tour guides) in several major and not-so-major cities across the country, with the goal of taking local residents and tourists on a one-night restaurant excursion. Think of it like a guided gallery walk, common in the art world, but this time with restaurants rather than paintings. The idea is simple, but there are a few parameters. For one, there are no chain restaurants on the tour — Dishcrawl’s goal is to introduce crawlers to local food culture, rather than sending them to a restaurant they could find in Anytown, USA. Spokane ambassador Brianna Badili explains the setup: The concept is sort of like a neighborhood progressive dinner, but rather than going to a friend’s house, you’re visiting some of the city’s best eateries. “We go to four different restaurants in one night, starting at 7 o’clock, and each restaurant will have a dish — something small — and then we’ll go to another restaurant,” says Badili. Many Dishcrawls are built around a theme. One in Fargo, N.D., took crawlers on a bacon-themed tour, with each venue presenting a different take on the cured meat. Spokane’s first Dishcrawl, set for July 10, will have an “Around the World” theme. A group of up to 25 crawlers will wind through downtown streets, sampling international fare at each stop.


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cross the street from KHQ headquarters is a secret gem of a coffee joint. Its small First Avenue space is easy to overlook while skimming the various businesses along this growing section of downtown, but the aroma of its locally roasted Anvil coffee, the sweet sounds of various singers and songwriters like Dirk Lind and Trickster Fox, and the events held in its beautiful ballroom draw in passersby. Luxe is what you’d want from a café. Brick is exposed on one of its walls. The chairs are antique. Candles light

up the room during the evening. It’s a setting in a movie, almost too perfect to be real. Regulars will tell you that the latte crafted at Luxe, served in giant bowl-sized cups, is one of the best in town. Wine, microbrews and pastries from Petit Chat Village Bakery also are available. “We are blessed that the universe has brought us some great musicians and that we can have something like Luxe here in Spokane,” says co-owner Isaiah Crandall. — KARA STERMER

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PIZZA THE FLYING GOAT 3318 W. Northwest Blvd. | 327-8277 Already a well-known Spokane restaurant, the Goat offers some of the best artisan pizza in town, served hot from its 2,500-pound woodstone oven. The delicious pizza is accompanied by a large collection of beer and wine. The ambiance is decadent. The walls display local photography as well as a giant goat’s head. If you feel overwhelmed by the vast menu, try the Cora with oven-roasted chicken breast, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes and arugula pesto. BENNIDITO’S 1426 S. Lincoln St. | 455-7411  Each of the 24 pizzas on the menu features thick, hand-tossed crust that’s soft and “bready” around the rim with a thin, crisp center, making it a “best of both worlds” type of pie. Choices go way beyond just plain cheese pizza. There’s the Maui Wowie, Saxon, Boogie Fever and numerous “primo” options to enjoy. They also serve hot sandwiches, salads and a bevy of microbrews and wine, making this a mid-South Hill hangout. 

ROCKY ROCOCO 520 W. Main Ave. | 747-1000 For the past quarter-century, this Wisconsin-based chain has been winning over Spokanites one rectangle-shaped piece of pizza at a time. The downtown joint offers whole pies and pizza by the slice, in addition to one of the most comprehensive salad bars you’ll find in town, even including nacho fixings. SOUTH PERRY PIZZA 1011 S. Perry St. | 290-6047  This neighborhood pizza joint spearheaded a new transformation in the South Perry neighborhood when it opened in December of 2009. From the minimalist interior to a menu that covers the basics, simplicity is the mantra. And it works. Classic pies such as the house pizza ($14) — which features pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage and caramelized onions — satisfy the traditionalists, while the mascarpone-based prosciutto pizza ($14) is more reminiscent of its European counterparts. This is Italian done the way Americans love it.

PETE’S PIZZA 821 E. Sharp Ave. | 487-9795  Welcoming families and patrons since 1972, Pete’s does not disappoint. Called “The Calzone King” by some locals, Pete’s offers food great for after class (there’s one near Gonzaga) or on your way home (there’s another on Northwest Boulevard). Their secret-recipe, homemade pizza dough is blanketed in sweet, slightly spicy marinara sauce and piled with fresh ingredients, and you can enjoy it in traditional pizza form or wrapped up as a calzone like the Spicy Hawaiian (try the jalapeño bites, if that catches your fancy). Pete’s also offers lunch discounts and specials. n




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Déjà Vu

and Speaker of the House Raphelson (Richard Jenkins) has a Herb Alpert song as his ringtone (yes, that’s important). OK, it’s time for that coordinated attack, first on the Capitol, then on the White House. And there’s Cale — still jobless, but fortunately on a White House tour with his demanding daughter — grabbing a gun and doing what a hero is supposed to do against bad guys in an impossible-odds situation. Why is all of this happening? The flip-flopping script first says it’s for big money. Then it’s blamed on an act “one of those one-man-against-the-world deals.” of revenge. Or, hold on, it’s really due to political difHell of a coincidence, don’t ya think? But Olympus ferences from within, concerning the world stage. Each was a pretty good movie. White House is not. It’s a sloppiexplanation makes less sense. ly made pastiche of thriller clichés that, although boastIf you’re into an Everyman stuck in an extraordiing a few passable action sequences, plays out sluggishly nary-situation scenario, Tatum, who holds his own here, and never lets its characters get in is your man. But no one else is of much interthe way of one more opportunity WHITE HOUSE DOWN est. That happens in films by Roland Emmerich to set off big bursts of bullets. (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), who’s Rated PG-13 The main ones include Presiknown for destructive set pieces, rather than Directed by Roland Emmerich dent Jamie Foxx, Capitol Police Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, being an actor’s director. Yet the explosions, Force member Channing Tatum, and obviously the effects budget, are markedly James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal Secret Service agents James smaller here than in his previous movies. To Woods and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and pesky little-girl top it off, this one just refuses to end, adding still more hostage Joey King as Tatum’s daughter. ridiculous complications even after the story has reached One morning, John Cale (Tatum) heads to the a passably satisfactory conclusion. White House to be interviewed for a Secret Service job, But at least we learn a few new terms: The president and it’s apparently “bring your daughter to interview is referred to as “The Package”; people who want to kill day”; Walker (Woods) is resigning in a week; Finnerty him are part of the “Threat Matrix”; his private limo (Gyllenhaal) hasn’t slept in a week; suspicious-looking is called “Ground Force One”; and the code word for guys skulk around the White House in maintenance the White House in this version of the story is “The outfits (with guns, silencers and masks in their pockets); Castle.” n

Roland Emmerich gives us the year’s second attack on the White House By Ed Symkus


egular readers of these pages know that I gave up watching preview trailers a long time ago. I like going to a movie knowing as little as possible beyond title, director and stars, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. But the title of this one served as a red flag. Didn’t I just see this movie? Yup. I saw it on March 18. It was called Olympus Has Fallen, and it was about a bunch of North Korean nutballs violently taking over the White House. In my review I described it as a “flag-waving movie,” mentioned that Olympus is the code word for the White House, upon which there was a “coordinated attack,” wrote that demands were made and hostages were killed, and that a heroic former Army guy in the right place at the right time was involved in “one of those one-man-against-theworld deals.” There’s not a lot of flag waving in White House Down, since the nutballs are American. But the White House again faces a coordinated attack. Demands are made, hostages are killed, and hoo boy, a heroic former Army guy in the right place at the right time is involved in

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Didn’t we just see this movie, like when it was called Olympus Has Fallen? Yes, but this time it’s angry (or maybe frustrated) Americans instead of North Koreans who launch an assault on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Jamie Foxx is the president; Channing Tatum is the square-jawed Everyman who steps up to protect him; James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and lots of other strong actors struggle with a cliché-ridden script as various good and bad guys. Instead of explaining the motives for what’s happening, that script just keeps nonsensically piling them on. One good thing: We learn that the presidential limo is called Ground Force One. (ES) Rated PG-13


Ready for another buddy cop film? Well, this time around we’ve got a bit of a twist as a tightly wound FBI agent played by Sandra Bullock goes on the hunt for a badass drug dealer. But the catch is that she has to team up with goofball Boston police officer, played with, we’ll assume, ample fart jokes by Melissa McCarthy in order to catch this evil doer. Hijinks ensue as this unlikely pair hits the mean streets. (MB) Rated R


Comic Kevin Hart has been burning up audiences at comedy clubs around the country for years now, but it seems he’s really hit his stride in the last few years. Filmed at a sold-out Madison Square Garden last year, this film features Hart’s wacky and energetic comedic style so you can better understand why he’s one of the hottest stand-up comics in the business. (MB) Rated R


In 1995, Before Sunrise introduced us to the pair as dreamy twenty-somethings whose chance meeting on a train led to a single wildly romantic night in Vienna; in 2004, Before Sunset found them reuniting in Paris as slightly more hardened adults, in a way that completely reframed the events that occurred nine years earlier. Now, the third installment in Richard Linklater’s story features our couple (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) now very much together raising twin daughters as they vacation in Greece. (SR) Rated R


Based on a true story that could only happen in the warped reality that is the upper echelon of Los Angeles, this Sophia Coppola-directed flick centers on a group of celebrity obsessed teens who begin robbing their idols. They hit up Paris Hilton and the gang for everything from clothes to puppies. Emma Watson shines and the gang’s ringleader. (MB) Rated R


Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) infiltrates an anarchist group called The East for the private intelligence firm Hiller Brood.

Once she convinces its members that she is a sincere member of the outfit, Moss finds herself falling for the charismatic leader of the collective, Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), and begins to question her investigation. (KS) Rated PG-13.


But who’s counting? The wildly successful film series about a team of men and women who love to drive fancy cars really fast and, oh, yeah, steal lots of money, takes on a Bondian feeling when FBI agent (the Rock) asks for their help in tracking down a stolen computer chip and the bad guys who took it. This entry also gives team leader Vin Diesel a second chance with Michelle Rodriguez, the love of his life who was “killed��� a couple of films back. The action isn’t quite nonstop, as there’s some quiet talk and goofy banter. But when that action roars back, it’s breathtakingly exhausting. (ES) Rated PG-13


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She’s not a dancer, and she doesn’t live in New York. She has a best friend, but doesn’t really talk to her anymore. As her dreams and ideal life dwindle into dust, the world tells Frances she must face the cold hard truth of reality. Her next problem? She’s happy, and there’s nothing that’s going to stop that, even an impossible journey to obtain so much more life than she already has. (SM) Rated R


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The reboot of the reboot of the Superman story is brimming with both fight and flight scenes, lots of self-doubt, a bit of humor, the problems of actually being a stranger in a strange land, and a moving, heartfelt look at father-son relationships. Henry Cavill is slightly earnest in the lead, Amy Adams gives Lois Lane the right amount of feisty toughness, Russell Crowe shows the stoic side of Jor-El, Kevin Costner is a wise and kindly Jonathan Kent, and Michael Shannon manages to mix malevolence with pride as General Zod. Visual effects are excessive, but writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder make everything balance out just right. (ES) Rated PG-13


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The gang from Monsters Inc. is back, and this time they’re back in school. We see Mike trying to get back into the Monsters University scaring department — after failing out — by winning a universitywide “Scare Games.” Here Monsters University takes advantage of a familiar college-movie trope: an outcasts vs. elites competition straight out of Revenge of the Nerds. (SR) Rated PG


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So, there’s this pretty obscure movie that a lot of you haven’t heard about. It’s called Iron Man and it really never got popular. They made a sequel, which didn’t do well in box offices either and definitely didn’t amass a huge fan base or anything. A third one is coming out this week. So, I guess, if you feel like it, go and see a movie that didn’t get big and support some struggling actors like Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pierce and Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie is about a man who makes a metal robot suit. There’s an evil villain. The guy has to save the world most of the time and stuff. We’re kidding, this thing is outrageous and, of course, very popular. (SM) PG-13

It seems that Joss Whedon (the man behind Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and generally known as the king of all nerds everywhere) can do what-

ever the hell he wants after raking in so much superhero cash last summer. Take on Shakespeare? Why not? He wrote and directed this modern telling of the classic tale, most of which he filmed at his own house — because he can do things like that. (MB) Rated PG-13.


Two teenagers stumble across a ruggedly handsome fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding in the Deep South from bounty hunters and the law. The boys decide to take matters into their own hands, making a pact to keep the dashing criminal hidden from hungry killers and help reunite him with his long lost love. It’s nice to see McConaughey continue his habit of appearing in movies that aren’t, by and large, romantic comedies. Let’s hope he keeps it up. (SM) Rated PG-13


It was only a matter of time before magicians figured out that illusions could be applied practically in the form of bank robbery. But Interpol and the FBI aren’t impressed with these magic tricks. Now, a battle royale breaks out between the cops and the magicians who steal for spectacle and sport. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman gear up in this movie as magic trick debunker and bank’s financial backer. Jessie Eisenburg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher and Mark Ruffalo sprinkle their acting talent throughout the movie as illusionists and the cops out to get them. (SM) PG-13


A circus performer/motorcycle badass/ thief/new father (Ryan Gosling) turns to robbing banks to support his brand new baby son and chip-off-her-shoulder lover. A rookie, idealist cop (Bradley Cooper), complete with hopes and dreams, tries to stop the robberies in an attempt to move up the ranks in a corrupt police department. Who is right? Who is wrong? Does the love for your family, or rather, the love of the law win out in the end? Watch the 15-year-long journey of two people as their stories entangle, altering their lives in heavy ways. (SM) Rated R


A musical comedy-drama, The Sapphires follows four women as they are discovered by a talent scout (played by the hilarious Chris O’Dowd from The IT Crowd) and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for the troops. The soul group battles racism and cat fights, leading to tension in the group and numerous hardships that threatens their success. (KS) Rated PG-31


In this British dark comedy, a pair of lovers head out on a sightseeing road trip and somehow wind up becoming serial killers. Believe it or not, this movie is a lot funnier than it sounds, thanks to the quirky script and all around goofiness of the story. But for the record, killing people is a categorically bad thing to do and we don’t condone it. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated


Director J.J. Abrams has done what every Star Trek fan has been hoping for. He’s upped the ante on everything in the sequel to his 2009 reboot of the franchise. And he’s done so with an eye cocked in the direction of diehard fans, to whom he sends little shout-outs of old Trek references. He also spins a whopping good, action- and effects-filled tale of intrigue and attitudes (and relationships and photon torpedoes and even a cameo by a Tribble). (ES) Rated PG-13


Who would’ve thought that a party at James Franco’s house could lead to catastrophe? Playing themselves, the allstar cast includes Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill, among others, all of whom are trapped in Franco’s house as the Apocalypse unfolds. As supplies dwindle, they must take on the outside world, dodging sinkholes and blue lights that snatch people away. (AC) Rated R


Former UN worker Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are stuck in an apocalyptic traffic jam as Philadelphia falls to fast-moving, rabid zombies. Then, Gerry is tasked by the government to travel around the world looking for the source of this global pandemic, all the while trying to get back to his family. (MJ) Rated PG-13 n





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By Gawain Fadeley ’ve always been firmly in the “Tony dies” camp regarding The Sopranos finale. When the screen abruptly went black and “Don’t Stop Believing” cut out, there was little doubt in my mind what happened. You’re there one minute, onion ring in hand, and you’re gone the next. At the time I wasn’t especially bummed, which in retrospect seems silly, largely because I’ve since watched the entire series three times through — meaning I’ve spent the better part of 344 hours with Tony and the man who played him, three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini, who died on June 19 at the age of 51. With the actor’s passing, however, I’ve realized that it was his talent and presence alone that drew us to Tony Soprano, and that with him gone, we lost not only the man who played the greatest character in television history but also someone who, as saccharine as it sounds, became as familiar to fans of the show as members of their own family. We owe that connection in some part to the show’s fantastic writing, but in greater measure to Gandolfini’s unbelievable ability to imbue such an otherwise deplorable character with the qualities we associate with the average man from contemporary New Jersey, one who under the constant pressure of 21st century America struggles like the rest of us to care for his family and find meaning, while becoming more and more aware of his own mortality. But Tony Soprano was a study in contrasts, a man who could start the day as a loving father

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touring colleges with his daughter and end it strangling a former crime associate in a gravel lot. A lover of animals and a cold-blooded killer. We found ourselves in the same position as his wife Carmela (played by the equally talented Edie Falco), caught loving a man who was in many ways unlovable. And as the years have passed since the end of the show, it’s become clear that the role took its toll on Gandolfini, the Jersey-born son of Italian immigrants. By many accounts he seems to have given so much to the role that the pressure was often too much to bear, given the differences between his ruthless character and otherwise mellow disposition and all-around good-guy reputation off-screen. He made it very clear that he did not want to be typecast as a hulking, immature mafioso, but despite terrific supporting roles in True Romance, In The Loop, Killing Them Softly and Zero Dark Thirty, and a burgeoning role as a producer of documentaries, there was little chance of ever stepping out of Tony’s shadow. During the show’s sixth season, as Tony lies comatose, recovering from a shot to the gut fired by his senile Uncle Junior, he enters a prolonged dream as an alternate self — a law-abiding straight shooter, the man he may have been had he not grown up in the Mob. As he nears death he makes the final choice to return to his real life, and suddenly awakens surrounded by his family. It was the first image that came to my mind when hearing of Gandolfini’s passing. One can’t help but wonder. n

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’Til I Collapse

With a long and intriguing music career behind him, Joe Carr now just wants to play for anyone who’s willing to listen.

Nothing will keep Joe Carr from playing the blues By Leah Sottile


hings are falling apart, but Joe Carr is still smiling. His plan to perform a simple guitar set at the Thursday Farmers’ Market out in front of the The Shop on Perry Street started to go awry when the rain came. When it was just sprinkling, Carr didn’t even hesitate to set up his jury-rigged amp/stereo system outside. But now that rain is coming down in sheets, his white-tarp-covered booth is leaking and his speakers are crackling. But at no point — even when the rain has soaked his jacket, when customers stop looking his way and start scurrying to their cars with bagfuls of spring produce —

does the 58-year-old musician even consider packing up and heading home. He says he’ll play acoustic before he gives up. He’ll move inside the coffee shop. He’s playing tonight, come hell or high water. When he gets the chance to play his music these days, Joe Carr seizes the opportunity. It’s why he prefers playing alone, usually on a downtown street corner and most often in front of the shopping centers on Spokane’s South Hill. He can’t wait on another band member. He can’t wait for a venue to book him. He has no music online because he doesn’t use computers or email (“I’m not too good at that stuff,” he says). He’s a free agent. A

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rambling man. Or maybe he’ll stand and play in the rain because there’s so much Joe Carr can’t do anymore. A bad heart has slowed him down, keeping him from the wayward musician’s life he lived for so long. Those days of hitchhiking and playing spontaneous tavern gigs are a thing of the past — just stories he tells now to whoever wants to listen. It’s those stories that make people love Joe Carr. If they stop and listen to his wailing blues guitar solos, his boogie-woogie tracks and acoustic covers of his favorite ’60s and ’70s songs, it’s almost sure that he’ll tell them a story. Carr, with combed-back gray hair that ends in curls at his earlobes, is like a cool beatnik grandpa with a million tall tales to tell. They’re yarns that even he can’t prove are true. Like the time he won The Gong Show back in the late ’70s with a harmonica routine that got the judges out of their seats and dancing on the studio floor. Or the time he walked into a South Carolina blues club, challenged the all-black bar to “play the blues with ...continued on next page

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me if they think they can!” and walked out with new friends and no broken bones. Or the time he was driving through cotton fields and stopped his car to play a duet with an old man he saw sitting on a creaky wooden porch. Or when he wrote a jingle for a famous radio station. Or the time he was sought out by Jimi Hendrix’s record label. Or when he played with Buddy Guy and Wet Willie. The way Carr looks when he tells those stories takes you to another time and place — it’s proof enough that what he says is true. His eyes light up when he talks about meeting Gong Show host Chuck Barris, and the anticipation he felt waiting for the bright orange curtain to go up. His tone quiets when he talks about seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd play live just days before a plane crash claimed three of the band’s members. His face drops when he talks about all the times he was on the edge of being something big. “I wanted to be [famous]. I think everybody does if they play music,” he says. “And I had a couple chances. But I messed them up.” But it’s not about fame or fortune anymore — hasn’t been for a long time. Today, he plays on the street to make people happy. When they dance, or sing along, or just smile as they pass by with arms full of groceries, that’s what keeps Carr going.

“The music I play, it’s hard to not get up and dance to it,” he says. “I’ve had wedding parties downtown, school graduations — they’ll come by in herds, dressed to the 10s. … Next thing you know they’re all dancing with each other! And I say, ‘That’s what it’s about! That’s right! That’s what it’s about.’” Right now, Carr’s only indulgence is his music — and even then, he’ll overindulge. “I’ll [play] for 10 hours straight, and I forget to eat lunch!” he says, pointing to his friend and assistant Lisa, who looks at him with her lips pursed tightly. “She has to make me eat lunch.” “He’s very compulsive when it comes to music. Impulsive and compulsive,” she says. “Sometimes I do call myself the cloud on his parade, because you can’t have too much sunshine because you’ll wilt. Some clouds is good.” Today at the market, faced with his fair share of clouds, Carr just laughs. He loves this too much to let a little rainy weather get him down. As he leans forward into his guitar during a solo, the sagging roof of his booth gives way on one side, letting loose a torrent of rainwater that hits the ground with a splash. Carr opens his eyes wide, looking up from his guitar. “We havin’ fun yet?!” he says to anyone within earshot. And he never misses a beat. n Joe Carr • Sun, June 30, from noon-6 pm • Albertson’s • 3010 E. 57th Ave. • Donations only

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The Originals

Popular mainstream string bands like Mumford & Sons owe at least some credit to Old Crow Medicine Show for paving the way.

Old Crow Medicine Show has inspired a new generation of string pluckers By Gawain Fadeley


urn your dial to any country station these days and you’re bound to hear a familiar voice from the halcyon days of the 1990s. Darius Rucker (known to some as ‘Hootie’ of Hootie & the Blowfish) is back, moving toward the top of the charts with “Wagon Wheel,” a song that sounds remarkably good beside the current offerings of your usual frosted-tipped and bedazzled jeans-wearing country-pop crooners. No offense to Hootie, but the song owes its success to its timeless structure and blue-blooded provenance, having been performed over the past 80 years in one form or another by artists including Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Bob Dylan and country punks Old Crow Medicine Show. Ketch Secor, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumen-

talist for Old Crow Medicine Show, was given a bootleg Dylan record featuring the song as an outtake from the soundtrack to the movie Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. He eventually tacked on additional verses and combined them with Dylan’s original chorus, which borrows its main refrain from bluesman Crudup. It has since gone platinum with Secor and Dylan sharing the writing credit. The song’s story is the perfect metaphor for the band itself — 80-odd years of American music, from blues to country, through bluegrass and folk, all the way to punk and whatever came after that. Old Crow Medicine Show formed in the late ’90s around the core of Secor and Critter Fuqua, childhood friends from Virginia. Eventually finding themselves in the middle of a rich old-time/string band scene in upstate

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New York, they gathered a group of like-minded players and hit the road busking across the U.S., an experience and lifestyle that has colored their approach since and managed to influence a whole generation of players. Chances are if you see a group of crusty, well-traveled punks plucking banjos on a street corner, they’re probably more than a little familiar with the band. After a chance encounter with legendary folk great Doc Watson while busking in his hometown of Boone, N.C., he invited them to play his annual Merlefest in 2000. Old Crow Medicine Show took off from there with appearances at the Grand Old Opry and numerous other festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Now, with four long-players under their belt, including 2012’s Carry Me Back, the band’s spirited live show and timeless sound have earned them a rightful place as elder statesmen among the current crop of reimagined string bands, including the Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Mumford & Sons. The current preference for doghouse bass and acoustic guitar among a big chunk of America’s musical youth can be traced in no small part to the success of Old Crow Medicine Show. n Old Crow Medicine Show with Parker Millsap • Tue, July 2 at 7:30 pm • Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • $28-$35 • All-ages • • (800) 325-SEAT

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Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), Karrie O’Neill Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn The Cellar, Truck Mills Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Cruisers (208-773-4706), House Arrest Curley’s (208-773-5816), Phoenix The District Bar (244-3279), Gatorloops J The Hop!, Esham Iron Horse, YESTERDAYSCAKE John’s Alley, Turner Jones Connection Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe, Dirk Lind J nYne, The Grizzled Mighty (see story at, The Maldives, Marshall McLean Band, The Blakes O’Shay’s, Open mic Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Ninjazz Rico’s (332-6566), Palouse Subterranean Blues Band The Roadhouse, Bakin’ Phat The Rock (443-3796), Frank Clark Splash (208-765-4000), Steve Denny Templin’s (208-773-1611), Sammy Eubanks Ugly Bettie’s, Real Life Rockaz Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 6/28

315 Martini Bar, All That Jazz J Baby Bar, My Pinky Has a Name, Kwaaang, BBBBandits Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Sky’s Tavern (489-2073), Steel Billy Cadillac

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wonder if it’s weird for Fleetwood Mac to constantly relive one of the worst years of their lives over and over again. In 1976, as the band recorded its legendary album Rumours, each member was experiencing something horrible: infidelity, divorce, bad press. But out of the darkness came a record that spoke to pop and rock fans in a way that few others could. Flash forward to today: The band has seen the deaths of three members over the past two years. Like they’ve always done, Fleetwood Mac turns to music to recover. — LEAH SOTTILE Fleetwood Mac • Sat, June 29, at 8 pm • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon Ave. • $28-$126 • All-ages • • (800) 325-SEAT


Bolo’s (891-8995), YESTERDAYSCAKE Boomers (368-9847), Cold Shot Brooklyn Deli & Lounge (8354177), DJ Darkside Som, DJ Sam-I-Am Carlin Bay Resort (208-6677314), The Coleman Underground The Cellar, Brad Perry, Kosh and The Jazz Cats J The Center, Luke Dowler and the Savage Gentleman Clover (487-2937), Chris Juhlin Coeur d’Alene Casino, Strictly Business, Kyle Swaffard Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Bridges Home Conkling Marina (208-686-1151), Bite the Bullet Band The Country Club (676-2582), Coyote Rose Cruisers (208-773-4706), House Arrest

Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner The District Bar (244-3279), Hannah Reader First Street Bar (276-2320), Karma’s Circle Fizzie Mulligans, Bruiser J Gorge Amphitheater (7856262), Paradiso Festival (see story above) J The Hop!, Mykel Strasser Benefit Show feat. Reason for Existence, Blackwater Prophet, Over Sea Under Stone, Vultra Iron Horse, Cliff Park John’s Alley, Vial 8 Jones Radiator, Abraham Glubrecht, The Wreckers Knitting Factory, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Miss May I, Affiance, Miss May I, Darkest Hour Laguna Café, Diane Copeland LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Evan Michael

Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Native Sun Moose Lounge (208-664-7901), Bad Monkey nYne, MCSquared One Shot Charlie’s (208-6899968), Flying Mammals Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Bare Grass The Rock Bar (443-3796), The Usual Suspects J The Scoop (535-7171), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band Splash (208-765-4000), Steve Denny, Phoenix Ugly Bettie’s, Undercard, Framework, Play with Fire, Boneye, IMperfect Cody, Zola, Eclectic Approach

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e’re not sure what high school kid can afford a ticket to the Gorge’s bassfest, Paradiso Festival, but judging from the pictures, there are a shitload of youngsters with bank accounts far bigger than ours. Some 20,000 EDM fans came out to the 2012 festival, making it the largest electronic music event in the Northwest. This two-day festival is a sampler of all things bassy, neon-colored, glow-sticked and hip in the club world today, with some of the biggest DJs on the planet appearing. Kaskade and Dutch DJ Tiesto split the headlining slots each night. — LEAH SOTTILE Paradiso Festival 2013 • Fri, June 28 and Sat, June 29 • Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash. • $109-$250 • Ages 18+ •

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Bolo’s (891-8995), YESTERDAYSCAKE Boomers (368-9847), Cold Shot J Boots Bakery & Lounge, Soul Brunch with DJ Darkside Som Broadway Bar (326-5000), Dudley Do-Wrong Carlin Bay Resort (208-6677314), The Coleman Underground Carr’s Corner, Neema, On One, Big P, Soundcast, True Justice, Blueberry Gordy, Dirty Savage, King Scrub and others The Cellar, Kosh and The Jazz Cats J The Center, Battle of the Bands feat. Dirty Shirley, Dank Submission, The Stagnant Motion, The Backups, Knuckle Deep, Outlier, Move the Earth J Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin with Tyler Coulston

Checkerboard Bar, Sea Giant J Clover (487-2937), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Coeur d’Alene Casino, Strictly Business, Kyle Swaffard Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Charley Packard Conkling Marina (208-686-1151), Bite the Bullet Band Convention Center (279-7000), Spokane on the Rocks feat. The Lovers, Chill Cats, Brown Sugar & Cream, Troubadour The Country Club (676-2582), Coyote Rose Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner Elkins Resort (208-443-2432), The Usual Suspects First Street Bar (276-2320), Karma’s Circle Fizzie Mulligans, Bruiser J Gorge Amphitheater (7856262), Paradiso Festival J The Hop!, Ruka Puff Iron Horse, Cliff Park Jones Radiator, Chris Juhlin and The Collective, Abraham Glubrecht Knitting Factory, Bassfest feat. DJs Daethstar, Funk, Dubthoven, Bass Meets World

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Sunday, 6/30

J Albertson’s on 57th (4436403), Joe Carr (see story on page 51) Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), 8 Second Ride Blue Spark, HipGrass CDA City Park (208-667-3162), Stagecoast West Curley’s (208-773-5816), The DBC Band Daley’s Cheap Shots, Jam Night with VooDoo Church Republic Brewing Co. (775-2700), Cody Beebe and the Crooks Saddle Inn (624-1228), The Two

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Monday, 7/1

Blue Spark, Open mic J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Truck Mills Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic Zola, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 7/2

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn J Downtown Coeur d’Alene (208-667-3162), Shiner J Fox Theater, Old Crow Medicine Show (see story on page 53), Parker Millsap J The Hop!, Male Bondage, Dank Submission, This Week the Trend, One Man Train Wreck Kelly’s Irish Pub (208-6667-1717), Powell Brothers J Red Rooster Coffee Co. (3217935), Open mic J The Shop, Kari Marguerite Zola, Dan Conrad and the Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 7/3

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Checkerboard Bar, Deepest Ocean Country Club (676-2582), Last Chance Band Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub , Kosh Fizzie Mulligans, Kicho J The Hop!, Bermuda, Beyond the Shore, Barrier, Verbera, Lay The Trap Iron Horse (926-8411), Open mic Republic Brewing (775-2700), Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys The Roadhouse, Luke Jaxon Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic Zola, Island Soul

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Carr’s Corner, Omega Jackson, All Urban Outfield, Hooves, Fat Arm, Encino Band, Guttah Face on July 5 Red Room Lounge, D-Why, ETRyan, Sam Lachow, Raz Simone on July 6 Knitting Factory, John Hiatt & The Combo, Holly Williams on July 7 Northern Quest, Bad Company with Paul Rodgers on July 7 Mootsy’s, Jaill, Normal Babies, Cosmonauts on July 8 Chateau Rive (795-2030), Ian McLagen on July 11 Red Room Lounge, Dead Prez on July 11 Boots Bakery & Lounge, Old Bear Mountain CD Release on July 12 The Hop!, FAUS, Black Mask, Laid Up, Raised by Wolves, Jake Jerome on July 12 Glover Field, KYRS Music Fest feat. Menomena, Finn Riggins, Cathedral Pearls and others on July 13

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In the winter, Inland Northwesterners love Schweitzer for its fresh powder runs. But in the summer, we love the mountain for its even wider array of warmer-weather activities, like biking, hiking, zip-lining, berry picking and nature viewing. This weekend ushers in what should be another epic summer for Schweitzer with the annual Summer Celebration. The outdoor fest runs the gamut from live music, free chair lift rides, a barbecue and craft vendors throughout the village. If Hoopfest isn’t your thing, this event offers an escape from the city for a weekend spent a little closer to nature. — CHEY SCOTT Summer Celebration • Sun, June 30 from 11 am-5 pm • Prices vary • Schweitzer Mountain Resort • 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint • • 208-263-9555

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Strawberry Celebration • Sat, June 29 and Sun, June 30 • Green Bluff, locations vary •

Kick up Your Heels for Interplayers • Fri, June 28 at 7:30-10:30 pm • $45 • Chateau Rive • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • • 455-7529

This summer’s strawberries are ripened to their prime and ready for picking. Green Bluff may be better known for its ruby red cherries in summer, but its farms are welcoming this season’s first berry crop with some celebration. At Siemers Farm, a free wagon ride takes visitors to the berry patch where pickers can meander through the rows, plucking strawberries straight from the plants. The farm’s gift shop and play house will also be open during the celebration. Find out where get your hands on these juicy gems at — MYCHAELA NICKOLOFF

Interplayers Theatre’s upcoming fundraising benefit, Kick Up Your Heels for Interplayers, promises to be a glamorous affair. Since 1981, the nonprofit professional theater has graced Spokane with live theater experiences. In light of its recent funding struggles, though, there’s no better time to celebrate the end of another successful season while helping ensure Interplayers is around for many more to come. Dance the night away to music by 6 Foot Swing and indulge in hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a raffle. — ANNA CLAUSEN


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So you like beer. And barbecue. And motocross. If at least one of these are true, head to Coeur d’Alene for a beautiful fusion of all three in one festival. Enjoy beer tastings from the likes of River City, No-Li and Wallace Brewing while watching both amateaur and pro barbecuers duke it out to concoct the best grilled creations the region has to offer during the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association’s sanctioned competition. There’ll also be food trucks galore, a motocross show and even a chance to chuck some crap during Cowpie Bingo. The annual event benefits the North Idaho Fair Association. — JEFF RUTHERFORD Beers, Brews and BBQs • Sat, June 29; event times vary • $10/brewfest, $12/motocross, $18/both • Kootenai County Fairgrounds • 4056 N. Government Way, CdA • • 208-765-4969


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We have to hand it to The Shop, the Perry District cafe that fearlessly books an eclectic mix of cult classics and family favorites for its summer-long outdoor film series. Later in the summer you’ll see familiar flicks like The Princess Bride and Wreck it Ralph, but The Shop is kicking things off on Saturday night with Rocky 3. Oh yeah, that’s the one with Mr. T as Clubber Lang, a trash-talking, grandma-punching, trainer-killing badass who knocks Rocky senseless, sending the aging champ on a vision quest that finds him joining forces with former foe Apollo Creed for sweaty jump rope sessions and long runs on the beach. — MIKE BOOKEY South Perry Summer Theater: Rocky 3 • Sat, June 29 at 9 pm • The Shop • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647

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Spokane A.M. CANNON AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Thu from 1-4 pm and 5:30-7 pm, Fri-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/day. 1900 W. Mission Ave. (625-6960) COMSTOCK AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Thu from 1-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm, Fri-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/day. 600 W. 29th Ave. (625-6960) HILLYARD AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Thu from 1-4 pm and 5:30-7 pm, Fri-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/ day. 2600 E. Columbia Ave. (625-6960) LIBERTY AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Thu from 1-4 pm and 5:30-7 pm, Fri-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/ day. 1300 E. 5th Ave. (625-6960) NORTHSIDE FAMILY AQUATIC FACILITY, Open daily from 10:30 am-5:30 pm, Fri from 6 pm-

dusk. $2-$4/day. 18120 N. Hatch Rd. (468-5107) PARK ROAD POOL, Open daily from 1-4:30 pm and 5-8 pm. $1/swim or $20/25 visits. 906 N. Park Rd., Spokane Valley (926-1840) SHADLE AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Thu from 1-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm, Fri-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/day. 2005 W. Wellesley Ave. (625-6960) SOUTHSIDE FAMILY AQUATIC FACILITY, Open daily from 10:30 am5:30 pm, Fri from 6 pm-dusk. $2-$4/day. 3724 E. 61st Ave. (448-5090) TERRACE VIEW POOL, Open daily from 1-4:30 pm and 5-8 pm. $1/ swim or $20/25 visits. 13525 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley (924-4707) VALLEY MISSION POOL, Open daily

from 1-4:30 pm and 5-8 pm. $1/ swim or $20/25 visits. 11123 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley (922-7091) WITTER AQUATIC CENTER, Open Mon-Sun from 1-4 pm. $2-$4/ day. 1300 E. Mission Ave. (6256960)

Pullman and Moscow REANEY PARK POOL, Open daily from 1-6 pm. $3-$11/day. 690 N.E. Reaney Way, Pullman (338-3221) HAMILTON-LOWE AQUATICS CENTER, Open Mon-Fri from noon-7:30 pm, Fri from noon-7 pm and 8-10 pm, Sat-Sun from 11 am-7:30 pm. $4.25-$5.50/ day. 830 N. Mountain View Rd., Moscow (208-882-7665) 

STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) COMEDIAN ALEX ZERBE Live comedy show by the Seattle-based comedian featuring stunts and more, family friendly. June 27-28, times and locations vary at Spokane County Library branches. Free. (893-8200) GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open-mic comedy night. June 27 at 10 pm. Free. Ages 21+. Neato Burrito/Baby Bar, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) YEARBOOK Live improv comedy show based on audience suggestions of yearbook “sentiments.” Through June 28, Fridays at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows every Sunday at 9 pm. Free. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070)


ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK Summer entertainment series featuring live music and performances. Thursdays through July 11 at 7 pm. Free. East City Park, Moscow. (208-883-7036) MOBIUS SCIENCE FUN Science demonstrations and explanations from Mobius Science Center. June 27-29 and July 2-3. Times and library branch locations vary. (444-5341) PARTNERS IN JUSTICE AWARDS Award ceremony recognizing local individuals who are dedicated to fighting sexual assualt and domestic violence in the community. June 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Open to the public. Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. (343-5071) FAMILY DANCE NIGHT Get moving with the whole family. June 28 from 7:308:30 pm. $5-$10. The Buddhio, 915 S. Perry St. (389-0429) MOBIUS FAMILY NIGHT Make ice cream using dry ice and learn about the phases of matter. June 28 from 6-8 pm. $2-$6. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669) HAWAIIAN CELEBRATION Traditional hula dances and a Hawaiian cultural celebration hosted by the Halua Hula O’Ku’ulei. June 28 from 7-9 pm. $12. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprauge Ave. (570-3546) COMMUNITY NIGHT AT HREI Educational activities, food, refreshments and more. June 28 from 5:30-7 pm. Free. Human Rights Education Institute, 414 W. Mullan Rd, CdA. (208-292-2359) COLVILLE GARDEN TOUR 10th annual Hidden Gardens Tour featuring five private country gardens in a fundraiser to provide scholarships to women and girls. June 29 from 9 am-4 pm. $10. Locations vary. (509-684-6878) SWIM AND A MOVIE Open swimming, concessions and screening of “Madagascar 3” at the pool. June 29 at 6 pm, movie at dusk. $2-$4. Northside and Southside Aquatic Centers, Spokane. (477-4730)

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Walk a Mile in Her ShoesHigh-heel fundraiser walk benefiting the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center and HREI. June 29 at 10 am. $30 suggested donation. Human Rights Education Institute, 414 W. Mullan Rd, CdA. Barbecue and Biker RideCommunity barbecue and recreational motorcycle ride to Priest River. June 29, bbq at 12:30 pm, ride at 1 pm. Free. Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 S. Ray St. (534-0066) Find Waldo“Where’s Waldo” kids’ scavenger hunt at participating local businesses, prize drawing for eligible participants. July 1-31. Free. Pick up and turn in passport at Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Kids Independence Day Parade Family Independence Day parade. July 3. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Pennant RunSecond annual event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project; distances include a 1K, 5K and dash for kids. July 4 at 10 am. $15-$30, kids under three free. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (535-2922)


Albeni Falls Dam TourLearn water safety and see the internal working structures of the dam. June 27 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm, registration required. Free. Albeni Falls Dam, 2376 E. Highway 2, Oldtown. (999-7614) Reconnection WorkshopWorkshop to provide post-deployment skill building for military families, on the topic of communicating clearly. June

27 at 6 pm. American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora. (326-3330) Kids’ Clay WorkshopLearn how to create using FIMO clay with artist Carole Galloway. June 28 from 10:30noon and from 1-3 pm. Free for children ages 6-12, registration required by June 23. Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. artisanbarn. org (229-3414) DIY Summer EssentialsLearn to make bug spray, sunscreen, camping suds, toothpaste and more at home. June 27 from 6:30-8 pm. $10, reservations required. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) Hidden Gardens of Stevens County 10th annual garden tour featuring five private gardens. June 29 from 9 am-4 pm. Locations vary. $10. Colville, Wash. Wanderlust Circus Acrobats, stunts and more. July 4 from 4-7 pm. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.


Palouse Quilt ShowFiber art and quilts on display. June 28-29. Palouse Community Center, Palouse, Wash. Old Time Farm DaysTractor pull, barrel races, live music, animals, demonstrations, museum exhibits and more. June 29 from 9 am-3 pm. North Spokane Farm Museum, 6223 W. Ridgeway Rd., Deer Park, Wash. Bikes, Brews and BBQsFestival event featuring motocross and BMX




bike shows, a barbecue, beer garden, live music and more. June 29 from noon-7 pm. Prices vary. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, CdA. (208-765-4969) Palouse Empire Appaloosa Show Tractor pull, barrel races, live music, animals, demonstrations, museum exhibits and more. June 29 from 9 am-3 pm. North Spokane Farm Museum, 6223 W. Ridgeway Rd., Deer Park, Wash. (838-3242) Strawberry CelebrationStrawberry picking, arts and crafts, vendors and more. June 29-30. Green Bluff, Mead, Wash. Palouse Empire Appaloosa Show Horses, exhibits and more. June 2930, Sat 7:30 am-9 pm, Sun 8 am-6 pm. Free. Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (291-3971) Schweitzer Summer Celebration Summer season opening day featuring scenic chairlift rides, live music, food, outdoor activities and more. June 30. Schweitzer Mountain Resort,1000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. Sandpoint. (208-255-3081) Statehood Day ParadeCommunity parade and celebration. July 3. Downtown Wallace, Idaho. (208-290-7183) fireworks show July 4 starting at 5 pm. Sunnyside Park, 147 SW Cedar, Pullman, Wash. (334-3565) Fourth of July FireworksFirewords, patriotic music and more. July 4 at dusk. Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 U.S. 95, Athol, Idaho.

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I’m a single dad of three children, who are my world, and it was a battle to get custody of them. For three years, I’ve dated a woman with grown children, and on our shared birthday (Valentine’s Day), I proposed and she accepted. Two days later, she ended everything via text and hasn’t spoken to me since. She claimed she wants to come first in someone’s life, and my kids and dealings with my ex-wife took priority. Didn’t she figure amy alkon this out earlier? Three weeks after she broke things off, I learned she was “in love” with an older rich guy with no children and that she’s spreading lies about me to mutual friends. We had a great relationship, and using her words, were “total soulmates.” Now she tells people how miserable she was. Even her friends are confused. —Baffled It seems she’s got a new take on a classic soulmate anthem: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, except, hey, check out that old rich guy over there!” What a lucky lady. No sooner did she realize that her current soulmate was no longer working for her than another popped up, right in the same town and everything. The truth is, even nice, well-meaning people can go floating along thinking they’re in a relationship they want until their partner says, “Hey, wanna make it for realsies?” Chances are, your girlfriend long resented your prioritizing your kids but just sucked it up — until you got down on one knee and presented her with the fork in the road. With the prospect of permanence on the horizon, everything suddenly became clear: One road leads to a lifetime battling for your cash and attention, and the other has Snow White awakening from her coma and realizing she could get a better deal. A partner’s use of the term “total soulmates!” suggests that one is either dating a 14-year-old or somebody about as emotionally and romantically mature. The idea of soulmates actually traces back to Plato. He wrote about a “symposium” (ancient Greek for “kegger”) at which an apparently tanked Aristophanes claimed there were once three sexes — male, female, and this weird he/she thing, round like a soccer ball, with four hands, four feet, and two faces. According to Ari, humans got power-hungry and attacked the gods. The gods were pissed. They contemplated annihilating humanity with thunderbolts and then realized there’d be nobody left to leave them offerings. Zeus instead punished the humans by hacking the he/shes in two — male and female — and after Apollo reshaped them to look like we do now, the gods dispersed them, compelling them to forever be searching for their “other half.” Supposedly, those few who are lucky enough to find theirs spend the rest of their lives making googoo eyes at each other on a picnic blanket while all the other couples are taking turns sobbing into a pillow in marriage counseling or sex therapy. Ironically, back here in the real world, a person who believes she’s your soulmate is actually a flight risk. Social psychologist Dr. C. Raymond Knee has explored the effect on relationships from “destiny belief” — the belief that people have “soulmates,” that relationships are either fated to be or they’re not — versus “growth belief,” the belief that successful relationships don’t just fall out of the sky; they take work. Partners with growth belief think that relationships are “cultivated and developed” over time, that problems are a natural part of them, and that working through them is a way to build a closer and stronger bond. A destiny believer, on the other hand, tends to see problems as a sign she’s in the wrong place and as reason to bail. As for why your self-proclaimed soulmate dumped you via text and then trash-talked you all over town, well, some women are into shoes that match their handbag; yours turned out to have a cold heart to go with her cold feet. This strongly suggests that what she felt for you was not love but “love the one you’re with” (aka adventures in mercenary pragmatism). A romantic partner might need to end things with you, but if she ever loved you, she doesn’t turn on you the moment you’re no longer of use to her. In trashing you now, chances are she’s trying to punish you for her failure to figure out what she really wanted and maybe trying to justify dumping you to both herself and her friends. The way for you to go forward is by looking backward. Explore whether you bought into the idea that she was loving and didn’t allow yourself to see the woman she appears to be — one who’s looking for that special someone to take her hand and walk off into the sunset with her toward his bank’s nearest ATM. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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Quartet Drama. June 27-30, show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Escape from Planet EarthFree summer movie screening. June 27 at 1:45 pm. Free. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) The HobbitOutdoor movie screening. June 27 at 8:30 pm. Theophilius Tower lawn, 1001 Paradise Creek St., Moscow. (208-885-7251) Thunderstruck Outdoor screening as part of the Summer Moonlight Movies Series. June 28 at dusk. Free. Sunset Park, South King St., Airway Heights. (244-4845) Rocky IIIScreening as part of the South Perry Summer Theater series. June 29 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647) CdA Library Summer MoviesChildren’s movies (rated G or PG) shown on Mondays at 1 pm from June 24-July 29. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) Up Screening of the animated film as part of the summer outdoor movies series. July 3 at dusk. Free. All-ages. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (755-6726)


Barbecue CookingLearn how to prepare baby back ribs, a sweet and spicy bbq sauce and Jamaican Jerk slaw. June 27 at 5:30 pm. $39, registration required. Kitchen Engine, 621

W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) Summer SamplerResturant vendors, barbeques and more. June 27 from 5:30-8 pm. $3-$8. Farmin Park, Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-2161) Small Vineyard WinesSample eight wines from small vineyards around the world. June 28 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Spokane on the RocksCraft distillery and beer tasting event featuring food, live music and more. June 29 from 10 am-8 pm. $10. Ages 21+. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (621-0125) Music and MicrosAll-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, live music and beer from Bend, Ore.’s Deschutes Brewery. June 29. Food from 5-9 pm, live music from 6-9 pm. $14 buffet. Coeur d’Alene Casino. Homemade PastaLearn to make your own pasta at home. June 30 at 2 pm. $45, registration required. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335)


Doug WebsterHit Broadway songs performed by Webster, accompanied by Jadd Davis, Aaron Baldwin and Robby French. June 27 at 7 pm. $15$25. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd., CdA. (208-391-2867) Piano ConcertConcert featuring Barry Smith and Beth Azure. June 27 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516)

Fleetwood MacRock concert. June 29. Tickets TBA. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Gypsy CowbelleCowboy-style country music & stories. June 19 at 7:30 pm. $10. Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, WA. (229-3414) Clumsy LoversCeltic music concert. July 1 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Old Crow Medicine ShowAltcountry/folk concert. July 2 at 7:30 pm. $27.50-$35. Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Fourth of July ConcertAnnual Fourth of July concert featuring carillonneur Wesley Arai. July 4 at 9 pm. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 W. 12th Ave. (838-4277)


Bike MaintenanceAn introductory bike maintenance class for women. June 27 at 7 pm. Free, registration requested. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei. com/spokane (328-9900) Drag RacesFast Fridays drag and oval race June 28 at 7 pm, Summit Series No. 5 drag race June 29 at 6:30 pm. $5-$12. Spokane County Raceway, 750 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. (244-3333) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780)

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Hoopfest Spokane’s annual three-onthree basketball tournament. June 2930. Team fees $128-$168, free to watch. Downtown Spokane. (624-2414) Jackass Golf TournamentTournament in a benefit for the Kellogg Rotary Club. June 29. Silver Mountain, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. (208-783-1111) Snake Pit Derby DamesSeason opening bout featuring Venomous Vixens vs. Magic City Rollers. June 29 at 7 pm. $8-$10. Skate Plaza, 5685 N. Pioneer Dr., CdA. (208-772-9507) Whitworth CriteriumBicycle race as part of the Spokane Rocket Velo Inland Road Race Series. June 29 at 11 am. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-1000) Battle of the BullsBull riding, contests, live music and beer garden. June 29 at 7 pm. $5-$10. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-8414) Spokane Table Tennis ClubPingpong club meets Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (456-3581)


Into the WoodsDark comedy/musical. Through June 29. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-1323) Jack and the BeanstalkMusical. June 27-29, July 3 and 12 at 6:30 pm, June 30 at 2 pm. $5-$10. Performances

held outdoors. Idaho Reperatory Theatre, University of Idaho, Moscow. (208-885-6465) The Marriage of Bette and BooSatire/comedy. Through June 30. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, also June 20 at 7:30, June 23 and 30 at 2 pm. $15-$20. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (953-0442)

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The Sound of MusicMusical. Through June 30. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5-$12. Pend Orielle Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. (671-3389) Interplayers Theatre BenefitAn evening of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and raffle to benefit Interplayers Theatre. June 28 from 7:30-10 pm. Chateau Rive, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (455-7529) The Wizard of OzPerformed by Sandpoint OnStage. June 28-29, July 5-6, July 12-13 and July 19 at 8 pm. Panida Theater, 300 W. First, Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Ignite Theatre Open HouseUpcoming season announcements, annual meeting, barbecue and more. June 30 at 5 pm. Free. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (953-0442) Lookout, MullanPerformance of an original play by Pat Grounds. July 3-28, Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. All-

ages. Sixth Street Melodrama, 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho. (208-752-8871)

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Katey MandleyOil on canvas exhibition. June 20-July 16. South Perry Pizza, 1011 S. Perry St. (290-6047) Palouse Art WalkExhibits, galleries and more. June 21-29. Artist meet-andgreet June 22 from 1-3 pm. Free. Downtown Palouse, Wash. Steve HendersonArtist showcase. June 21-July 13. Gallery hours Thu-Sat from noon-5:30 pm. Free. Redtail Gallery, Oak St. and Sixth Ave, Sandpoint. (208-946-8066) Art-Write Workshop Workshop for visual artists on writing about their work. June 27 from 6-8 pm. $20. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Figure DrawingClass taught by artist Jery Haworth, with individual instruction provided. June 27-July 18, Thurs from 1-3 pm. $70. Ages teen to adult. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Are You An Artist?Learn how to put together an art exhibition. June 27-July 25, Thu from 6-8 pm or July 13 and 20 from 3-7 pm. $60. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool. net (325-3001) Sandpoint ArtWalkOriginal artwork including sculpture, glasswork, paintings and more, on display at particiapting downtown businesses. Through Sept. 6. Free. Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-6139)

Pet PortraitsArtists Linda Besse and Debbie Hughbanks will present on having pet portraits done in different media, donations accepted to support the Spokane Humane Society. June 27 from 5-7 pm. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) Jo Fyfe“The Rule of Three” art exhibition. June 28-July 27. Artist reception June 28 from 5-8 pm. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. (325-1500) HDR Photography WorkshopLearn how to take HDR photographs using a digital camera and software photoediting techniques with Roger DuBois. June 29 from 9 am-1 pm. $30. Ages high school and up. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Beginning Oil PaintingBeginners class taught by artist Diana Moses Botkin. June 29 from 11 am-4 pm. $72. Ages 16+. Registration due June 22. Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3414) Drawing TechniquesClass taught by resident artist Carrie Vielle. June 29 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $75. Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3414) Point of ViewContemporary paintings of Priest Lake. July 1-31. Artist reception July 7 from 1-3 pm. Entree Gallery, 1755 Reeder Bay Rd., Nordman, Idaho. (208-443-2001) Nature InspiresArtist showcase featuring work by Lynn Marvin and Daris Judd. July 1-29. Artist reception July 5 from 5-9 pm as part of First Friday. Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington St. (979-8930)

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Fish On!Fish-themed pastels, watercolors, oil paintings and more. July 1-31. Artist reception July 14 from 1-4 pm. Fly casting/rod repair workshops on July 7 from 11 am-1 pm, July 21 from 1-3 pm and July 28 from 11 am-3 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3414) Horses and the Palouse at Gallery NorthwestArtist showcase featuring oils, watercolors, batiks and photography of horses and Palouse scenery. July 1-31. Artist reception July 12 from 5-8 pm. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave., CdA. (208-667-5700)


The Road to Statehood“Idaho Migration and Settlement” lecture as part of the series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho Territory. June 27 at 7 pm. Free. CdA Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) Broken MicSpoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) Three-Minute MicSpoken word open mic night held in conjunction with First Friday. July 5. All-ages. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Teri BrownBook reading and signing by the author of “Born of Illusion.” July 6 at 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) n 

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I Saw You

I Saw You

Auntie’s Bookstore I was “exploring” the Aunties bookstore and what I have now learned are the offices above. I was wandering around looking at the artwork when a lady behind the desk you were standing next to asked me, “Can I help you?” I said I was looking for coffee, she recommended Thomas Hammer or Atticus and was then cut short by an incoming call. Then you stepped in. I was hoping to talk to you anyways. You said Atticus was just over there (pointing in the direction) I asked, “just over there?” We laughed. I planned to bring you a cup but my friends dental work wrapped up too quick and I had to go. I’ll come back “exploring” and ask if you can take a break next time and we can walk just over there and grab a cup.

was leaving you gave me a glaring smile and stare. I can’t get you out of my mind. My name is Nelson and you had a pregnant friend with you. I was wearing a blue shirt

Eastbound I-90Beautiful blond on 1-90 eastbound off the Division on-ramp. I was driving a red Audi. You were driving a white car of some sort and screaming at the top of your lungs. I looked over (because you don’t hear women screaming on the freeway that often) only to catch you with a big smile on you face laughing. Anyway, you exited too early. If you read this, let me buy you a beer and you tell me what you were screaming about. Indian’s GameJune 14th, Friday night. To the mustachioed wonder in the Diamond Club, I think you were looking in my direction more than you were looking at the actual game. Busted. Wild Walls6/18/13. So I saw you at Wild Walls on Tuesday around 4 p.m. You were a very cute petite girl who was doing mostly bouldering with your taller blond friend who had a Whitworth shirt on and then once climbing a tie-dye shirt. You were absolutely beautiful. We exchanged somewhat awkward hello’s and then went our separate ways to climb. You had a tattoo on the inside of your right bicep and longer brown hair. I was climbing some routes and had red-white and blue shorts on and a white V-neck as well as tattoos on my left arm and right leg. We exchanged multiple glances but alas I was too shy to come and talk to you more. Hopefully we can meet for a coffee or a drink sometime. You can find me working at a coffee shop at the corner of Main and Wall on Monday mornings. I hope to see you again!

North Spokane LibraryJune 20th, around 4:30. You wore a Chiawana shirt or sweatshirt and shorts. I wore a WSU sweatshirt, and I think we glanced at each other for a moment. Care to swap tales?

Cheers Cheers To YouCorporal Freezer! Good job gettin er’ done girl! We are all SOOOO proud of you!! Keep up the good work, and try not to get any more parking tickets while you’re at EWU! Love, YOUR OCS Family

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” Reconnect? I think of you all of the time. When I look back on our time together I remember how you made me feel. You were the only man who could calm me down when I needed it most. You took the time to listen and understand me and all of my ideas I wanted to share with you. My biggest regret is not being able to fall into your arms when you asked me. I am sorry I needed to take that time to work on me, I`m stronger now and I know I`m able to be the women you need me to be and I would love it if you could relook at me again. I heard you have moved on and if it doesn`t work out for you maybe you would come back to me and love me the rest of our lives together. I’m sorry I waited so long to come to you, but know I will always love you. From the President of Ideas

Cheers was a very kind thing to do. Let The Magic Begin!Even though 300kknd miles separates us, nothing will come between us. We are finding a way and making ‘us’ happen. We’ve got this! I can’t thank you enough for coming into my life and being exactly what I need and deserve. You’re the best! Distance is nothing when it comes to you and I. The travels from here and there are completely worth it to be able to be with you and spend time with you! You’re my world and everything I’ve ever dreamed of! I cannot wait to see what our future holds between us, I have a feeling It’s going to be wonderful! True StoryTwo people meet in the most unlikeliest of places. Two people destined for each other. Two lives that have been beat down, used, and abused throughout their existence. They fall in love. Not just any love, a love they have been wanting and waiting for their entire lives. The real feeling of love that has never been felt by either one of them ever before. Knowing they found each others soulmate to spend the rest of their lives with, they screw it up and fail. Not because the love wasn’t genuine, but because they were afraid and waiting for the past to creep back in and just be thrown away. Neither had that intention but their minds took over instead of their hearts. Pushing away as hard as possible to cut off the pain before it could happen, even though it was never going to. Both being too afraid and scared to fully trust in their hearts and in each other. As they have gone their seperate ways, trying to forget, trying to heal and trying to kill the pain of their broken hearts that they both have created, the love hangs in the balance. They cry themselves to sleep every night wondering why and how they could be so stubborn not to make the love work and put all the walls down. He waits loyally and faithfully with his guard down and no walls up. He waits for the day when their hearts can love openly and freely without fear of abandonment. He waits for the day he can take care of her like she deserves for the rest of her life. He waits for his true love!

Cheers I follow, yet it becomes harder to breathe. I have fallen from grace a handful of times along the way, enough to know what is at risk. I want nothing more than to protect this gift so divine. Relinquishing all walls and cages, I offer the freedom of love. It is the only truth I know while searching for my breath when it seems as if you have taken it from me, (you take my breath away!) And still I smile, and watch as you accept a renewed day of love. You return, and breathe into me again, and again, and again. Customer ServiceThe dude that runs Bubble Land Laundry on 29th has awesome customer service skills. No sarcasm. He’s like Good Guy Greg or something. Saved me some time and money by telling me what washers would fit everything I needed to wash for less loads and even gave me a couple of dryer sheets instead of making me use the vending machine. And he did that all while he’s running around like a crazy person to get the drop off laundry done. He even made a point to check and make sure I was still doing okay. Seriously, he treats his customers like customers instead of like annoyances. I can rarely get that kind of service when eating out with friends. Living at home again while I finish school means I won’t need a laundromat as much, but you bet your sweet fabric softener I know where I am going when I do. Also, he has an awesome dog. Dee I’m sure you don’t know this is about you, since I have not heard from you! I meant what I said, I think you are amazing, and I love your smile and laughter, you are the most interesting person I know. So listen up my wild cat, my filthy dirty Jeep girl, since you love adventure you will be sent on one very soon! I hope you enjoy it as much as all the little surprises that you have received. So be on alert, your adventure could start any minute! RS

Thank You!6/17 to the two girls Birthday CelebrationAngela thanks who picked me up downtown. This for the birthday 7 day cruise to city always surprises me. It was the Bahamas, St Thomas and St about 7pm and I was extremely Maarten for my 60th Birthday! It drunk and falling down, muddy and was a great birthday having my bloody in no shape to be awake or walking, celebrating finishing a Happy 6 MonthsI saw you 6 months year of school. Thank you so very ago today and you told me to never much for giving me a ride all the change my mind!! way to my house and for picking me up looking like a homeless man Perfect Lovecasts out fearunable to even speak real words. Randie B. is this week’s winner and I saw you looking so Sorry for being such a sh**show of the “Say it Sweet” promotion! 29th HastingsTo the blonde whose it will not happen again. If you comfortable wearing it. Send in your CHEERS so name starts with a T. You are are reading this you really did me You have never looked so gorgeous. you too can be enbeautiful. I do adore you so! a solid and I will not forget it! tered to win 1 dozen P.S. my wife was not very happy Bonner County FairgroundsWe sat seeing two girls drop me off but Love There is no shame. I am no “Cheers” cupcakes at next to each other at the Taste she was extremely greatful that her victim. I invited you in. I trust Celebrations Sweet of Home cooking school at the husband didn’t go to jail. Thank you myself as I follow you deeper into Boutique. Bonner County Fairgrounds. You for taking time out to help someone the path that leads to belonging. had the prettiest white teeth. As I who made a very poor choice, it You have reached uncharted depth. “I Saw You” is for adults 18 or older. The Inlander reserves the right to edit or reject any advertisement at any time at its sole discretion and assumes no responsibility for the content.



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daughter’s Angela and Ann with me. I just wonder what 70 will bring.. hint hint! Love to you both. Love mom

RE: Places To GoOoooh! Watch out, guys! We’re dealing with a badass over here! You and your over compensator 3000--I’m sorry ‘gunmetal stang’--can drive responsibly just like the rest of us, Captain Roadrage. By the by, you sound like an extra from a lateseason episode of Law and Order.

vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section “half of the roadway” means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.

My Lovely Snickerdoodle I can’t believe you are 18! I don’t know where to begin, you are a sweetheart and I am thankful each and everyday to have someone like you. You have gone above and beyond to show the truth in the love you have given me yet you still continue to show it. When I first met you I figured it would be just a silly high school romance, but no, it turn out to be a destined path for the two of us. From all the flowers to the kisses and hugs you have done well to please me. Now in a simple way I get to tell you through a newspaper. Thank you for everything and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the upcoming minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and of course years! Babe, I love you! Oh, not to forget Happy Birthday!

Jeers Show Some IntegrityIt’s fine that you broke up with my cousin, but next time have the balls and courtesy to: 1 - Break up with a girl before you start dating another. 2 - Not try to sleep with a girl “one more time” before you break up. 3 - Only break up because she found out about the other girl. Have a little integrity and deal with people cleanly in a relationship - before, during and after. Donation “NO”To the lady that was in front of me at the Safeway off of Hamilton/Mission. I would like to give you a big fat Jeer for the statement you made when the teller asked if you wanted to make a dollar donation towards prostate cancer. Your reply was, “No, if everyone would just eat right they wouldn’t have this problem.” It’s bad enough cancer patients have to go through such trauma, but people like you should be ashamed of yourself. Just so you know, everyone in line heard what you said and you made a complete jackass of yourself. P O I N T H S I A G W H



RE: Places To GoEven if I blinked 182 times, I could not miss your gunmetal gray stang trying to zip by un-noticed. It was so polished, I could see my camoflauged vehicle reflecting in your mirror, while attempting to break the barriers of the speed of sound. It is exhilarating to be sharing the road with you! Love wins, punk Break-Up TextJeers to myself for breaking up by text. It was such an incredibly cowardice thing to do. It doesn’t matter why, it was just wrong. I owe you more than that, but it’s already too late, or is it? Sometimes I hate the digital conveniences of communication so much. I’m sorry. Ginormous Jeersfor those of you who drive past me as I wait to cross four lanes at an unmarked crosswalk, who yell that I should “get my a** to a crosswalk and quit jaywalking. I am at an unmarked intersection. Go back to driver’s ed and learn what one of those is, the law, and for crying out loud, STOP so that I can cross! It is your job to stop for me. I have the right of way. If I could ticket every one of you, you better believe I would. Be grateful I am not walking out in front of you to make my point! RCW 46.61.235 Crosswalks. (1) The operator of an approaching



Rainy Weather Jeers to all the people who whined and complained about the Jeff Dunham OUTDOOR show being rainy. You paid for an OUTDOOR show, there’s always a chance for inclement weather, especially in this state. Those of us that toughed it out had a wonderful time. Thank you Northern Quest for your great entertainment.




RE: TipsSince you are someone who assumes to know everything about server’s income, let me explain something to you about the service industry. Servers are taxed 8.5% on their total sales. This means that they receive very small paychecks because their total sales for a given period are taxed assuming people tip, and the percentage is taken directly out of their paycheck. At the end of the year I file my taxes and receive about $600. My husband does not work for tips and receives roughly the same amount (we also claim 0 and not 1). Hence, I am not receiving my taxed income back from the government at the end of the year. It’s a normal occurrence for people to tip poorly or not at all. It happens and I accept it as such. Furthermore, I tip out about $4,000 per year to the kitchen which I have to claim as income that I really don’t take home. In addition, we live in a society in which most people use some form of plastic to pay for most of their purchases, so on the rare occasion we receive a cash tip it hardly makes up the difference for people who don’t understand the concept of tipping. I am going to ‘assume’ that you are one of those people who feel it unnecessary to tip a server (providing that they gave you good service). I would like to extend you an invitation to take a job as a server. You can see what it is like to walk a mile in our shoes, and get an understanding of how difficult it can be to deal with hungry, rude people. Perhaps then you will understand how much we rely on tips, and truly appreciate the people who tip us well. My advice to you is simple; before you go ranting about what you think you know, make sure you are correct in all your assumptions!


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Lynn Mandyke stands where Mrs. Bertha Dreher Turner was photographed in the gardens more than 100 years ago.

The Secret Garden

The rediscovery and restoration of the Moore-Turner Gardens is Spokane’s own version of the classic children’s story By Chey Scott


s history runs its unpredictable course, places that once flourished inevitably give way to the whims and advancements of modern society. Victims to the material impulses of humans, these places quietly fall into disrepair, as memories of them grow dim and die with the people who knew and frequented them. But time can also bring some of these once-celebrated places back to life, if only because of a coincidental discovery by a curious or nostalgic individual. It’s this kind of fated timing that sparked a chain of events which helped to revive a forgotten gem of Spokane’s formative years: the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens. Though the lower South Hill gardens — which extend up a steep incline off of West Seventh Avenue, and are only slightly visible from the winding footprint of Stevens Street as it snakes up the hill — reopened to the public in 2007 after a 10-year restoration process, to many locals their story remains unknown. For those who recall being charmed during child-

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hood by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel The Secret Garden, a century-old tale that also has withstood the test of time, the modern story of the Moore-Turner Gardens inspires the same fascination. At the same time, the story of the gardens’ demise and eventual revival is a reflective study of the impulsiveness and ease by which we let the past succumb to the future. The Moore-Turner Gardens were completed during a period from 1911-14 when the Kirtland Cutter mansion on the property was owned by U.S. Senator George Turner and his wife Bertha. Nearly 100 years ago, the gardens entertained political dignitaries including William Jennings Bryan and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as many other prominent people during Spokane’s boom years at the turn of the 20th century. The wives of the city’s wealthy, influential men would have gathered for afternoon teas with Mrs. Turner, held in the gazebo at the top of the gardens, looking out onto a bustling early version of downtown.

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The mansion eventually was torn down in 1940 after the Great Depression devastated the country and Spokane, leaving many formerly wealthy families with nothing. With the Moore-Turner home gone, the gardens were left untended. Over time the terraced hillside — with its reflection ponds, basalt retaining walls and hand-built rock stairways — was forgotten. The continued expansion of Spokane in the decades that followed left the gardens mostly untouched. Then a greater fate stepped in. After the ice storm of November 1996 devastated trees along the hillside, Lynn Mandyke — then director of the nearby Corbin Art Center — noticed some of the gardens’ previously hidden features. Just as Burnett’s fictional Mary Lennox was intrigued by the off-limits and overgrown secret garden, Mandyke was inspired to research what had been, and her passion to revive the Moore-Turner Gardens sparked a 10-year restoration process. Yet the gardens would not be what they are today had there not been old newspaper articles and historic photographs depicting what had once existed, Mandyke says. Today, as visitors meander up the mossy basalt stairways and crunching gravel paths, overlooking the bustling city from a peaceful and quiet vista, they can easily imagine what it would have been like there 100 years ago. Some, including this writer, might be awed by the gardens’ mere existence, and the unlikely chance that so many unconnected events lined up over a century’s time, allowing its past to be revealed and its purpose renewed. n

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