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ities are us,” I heard someone say, somewhere, sometime, and the simple message stuck. At home, across the seas, around the world, real action is in the cities, where the majority of people live. Urban activity rocks, even in potato-labeled Idaho with its miles of open space. Last month we squired friends from Montana around Coeur d’Alene to show off the many changes taking place in our town. First the transformation of the downtown McEuen Park, still a work in progress, then the 6-year-old city library building, then on to the new Kroc Center, which is already in the process of expansion. Next the tour took us to the expanded sewage treatment plant and its giant microbe art sculptures, then to the large public art pieces by artists Michael Horswill, CJ Rench and Allen and Mary Dee Dodge on the campus of North Idaho College. How, asked our friends, in conservative, unbelievably red-state Idaho, can so many progressive projects be taking place? Our answer: The city and its leaders are making it happen. While the very conservative legislature shortchanges public schools and state universities, Idaho cities march ahead to supply necessary services in as attractive a setting as their communities can afford. City councilmen and women everywhere have the advantage of operating in a nonpartisan arena. On hometown territory, differences can be smoothed over around the table, over a beer or even over the back fence. In Coeur d’Alene, the catalyst for change has been a forward-looking mayor and city council, plus an experienced, creative staff. Mayor Sandi Bloem is stepping down in December at the end of her 12 years of service. She’s been absolutely tops. The hefty contribution from the local urban renewal agency, the Lake City Development Corporation, has provided an essential money source. Many individuals and groups have brain, time and sweat equity invested in the changes.


ut change does not come without controversy. We may be an adaptable species, but we’re allergic to change. Change brings discomfort and interrupts our habits. Many of our neighbors cling to childhood memories of a lazier yesteryear when days were quiet in North Idaho and nobody rushed around. Many in the Idaho Panhandle still regret the loss of timber and mining jobs. Some fester at the amount of money invested in new buildings and places while their friends or family may still be looking for a job. Some are angry at the process. Some long for the pre-Wi-Fi days when people still talked to each other over coffee. Some complaints may be valid; some complainers are just doing their thing — complaining. The rumble of discontent will be at its loudest in the coming month, as we draw nearer


to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Into that October mix comes a vigorous new force: Coeur d’Alene Vision 2030. The week of October 7 to 11 will be CDA 2030 Exploration Week, with workshops, events and activities. Every member of the Coeur d’Alene community will be invited to participate in a broad, many-faceted survey, which details what they want Coeur d’Alene to be like in the year 2030. What do they care about the most? What do they want for their children and grandchildren? What special places are dearest to their hearts? What trends do they want to encourage? What do they want to avoid? This visioning project has been gathering momentum over the past six months, under the guidance of City Attorney Mike Gridley, who has recruited a team of volunteers from around the city. Its kickoff comes at the perfect time, when polarizing forces are tearing at the city’s fabric. Dr. Charles Buck, the University of Idaho’s CEO for its Coeur d’Alene campus, is chairing the management team of CDA 2030. Dr. Buck says the U of I will play an active role in the visioning project because of the impact on its future students. In addition, the university can provide the academic backing for the data collection and analysis. Dr. Buck emphasizes the importance of collecting opinions that represent every point of view. He told me the processes must go beyond current disputes to find common ground. Recognizing the abundance of values held in common — such as good schools, public spaces, a healthy Lake Coeur d’Alene — may jar people out of their dissatisfactions. The CDA 2030 Project has many new wrinkles to recommend it (for details, visit cda2030. org). The plan will not be a top-down academic tome that will rest on a shelf for the next 20 years. Instead, it will be accompanied by an action plan and an accountability checklist to assure that broadly supported proposals will go forward.


ogi Berra once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” He also wisely opined, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” Planning becomes ever more important as the pace of living in the world speeds up and technology continues to change our lives in surprising ways. Heads up Coeur d’Alene: CDA 2030 is happening near you, and it’s your chance to help choose the future of your city and its environs. 


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n old country saying notes: “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure.” However, President Obama’s Department of Agriculture intends for us give it a try. Chicken contaminated with chicken manure is one likely result to come from the ag department’s dangerous and ridiculous determination to privatize poultry inspection in some 200 processing plants across the country. Currently, government inspectors — who are professionally trained in food safety — are stationed along the processing lines in the factory operations of such giants as Tyson Foods. They examine the birds for diseases and visible defects, including — yes — contamination by feces. But the Obamacans have a “modernization” plan to remove these skilled, independent inspectors and let corporations police their own lines with untrained company hirelings. In addition, the privatization scheme would allow the poultry plants to speed up their lines to an absurd 175 birds per minute! To justify this, USDA

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century ago, the streetcar ruled Spokane. At one time, a local streetcar company had enough influence and largess to build an entire amusement park in West Central simply as a way to drive more streetcar traffic. That dominance began 125 years ago — months before the Great Spokane Fire razed downtown — when the first streetcar arrived. Pulled by horses, it took residents in the newly built Browne’s Addition along Riverside Avenue for shopping trips downtown and back. The city’s streetcar tracks were ripped out or paved over decades ago, but the Spokane Transit Authority wants to introduce a modern version of the streetcar along nearly the exact same route.

The STA has started to present local neighborhood councils and businesses with an ambitious proposal: a “Central City Line” stretching from Browne’s Addition through downtown Spokane to Gonzaga University — possibly all the way to Spokane Community College. During peak hours, modern trolley trams would swing by stops along the route every 10 minutes. The 60-foot, single-articulated vehicles would run on wheels with an electric line running overhead instead of traditional streetcar rails. They would be able to swing to a different lane while connected to the trolley wire, or disconnect entirely. The hope is not only to add downtown connectivity, making it easier for college students and downtown

shoppers to get around quickly, but to spark significant economic development along the route. To City Councilman Jon Snyder, its potential is electric. “I’ve been involved with this almost my entire time on the council,” Snyder says. “I think the Central City Line is one of the single most promising projects to transform the city of Spokane, and how people view it and how we’re competitive in the 21st century.” But as with previous lofty promises of regionally transformative transportation projects, there’s a long, slow road to travel, and some serious roadblocks to overcome. STA has to a find a way to fund the project, and a manufacturer to design and build a type of vehicle that doesn’t yet exist in America.


If the Central City Line was just another bus route configuration, STA CEO E. Susan Meyer says, it’s doubtful it would transform the city economically. “There is a sense that a transit route could be relocated,” Meyer says, drawing from feedback from local businesses. But a fixed system, with clear infrastructure? She’s seen how other communities throughout the country have seen development spring up around trolley lines and lightrail tracks. Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane ...continued on next page



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“STREETCAR DESIRED,” CONTINUED... Partnership, says there’s an argument to be made that a fixed route could provide “certainty to the private sector.” Since 1999, Spokane’s Downtown Plan has called for a trolley project. The idea was explored by STA in 2005. For the past four years, the notion has been bandied about within the halls of STA, the City of Spokane, the Downtown Spokane Partnership and other local agencies. The group analyzed the possibility and other alternatives, designs, and routes, finally adopting the current plan in 2011. The reaction from the business community has been mixed, Richard says. Some can’t believe it hasn’t happened yet, he says, but other are saying, “Geez, that’s a lot of money. Why not just create a bus route?” The STA already has nearly $3 million in grants for the initial planning phases, but the full project is slated to cost about $36 million. Meyer hopes to get about 80 percent of that from the Federal Transportation Administration’s Small Starts program, but that’s where things get even more challenging.


Just a bus on a wire isn’t good enough for Meyer.

Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C, and Dayton, Ohio, all have trolley buses, she says, but the local business community wants to see an entirely new type of vehicle — sleek and futuristic — for the Central City Line. “What I heard from the business community in 2010 is that it needs to look electric, because that’s the future. And it needs to not look like a bus,” Meyer says. “It’s time to look like a train.” Trains are cool. There are people who will take a train or a streetcar, she says, who would never set foot on an STA bus. In Parma, Italy, she saw that sort of vehicle design from Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool. She carries a picture of that modern electric trolley on her iPad wherever she goes, showing it to key industry figures. “I’m an evangelist now,” Meyer says. However, “Buy American” provisions mean that going with a foreign manufacturer would constrain the use of federal funding to pay for the project. But there are only three bus manufacturers in North America, she says, and none make trolley buses that look like trains. While on vacation in Paris last June, Meyer says, she met with Van Hool’s owner. “I made my pitch. It’s time for a new design, you’ve got the



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vehicle. Will you come to the United States?” she remembers saying. “And he said ‘no.’ He listened patiently while I explained it, and he said it’s too complicated doing business in the United States.” But there may be another way. At a CEO conference in Palm Springs, Calif., she wrangled a dinner meeting with Paul Soubry, CEO of bus manufacturer New Flyer. She laid out her vision, suggesting that major bus manufacturers should seek Federal Transit Administration funding to launch a new generation of trolley bus design. At first, she says, he was skeptical. But as their conversations continued over the next few months, she says the company became more and more keen on the idea. At a bus exhibit in Indianapolis, she also met the senior vice president of Canadian bus manufacturer Nova Bus and made a similar pitch. “My interest alone is not enough to generate a new generation of bus design,” Meyer says, but other key industry figures have that power. Bus manufacturers have been invited to present their future vehicle design ideas at a conference next week in Chicago. Meyer says these companies are Spokane’s best chance to get the Central City Line it wants. If absolutely everything goes right, she says it could be running as early as 2018. “This is an opportunity to be at the crest of the wave,” Meyer says. “Spokane could be the first city in the United States to take an affordable technology and turn it into an economic development catalyst. And be the first one to have a vehicle look like this.” n

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The Spokane City Council on Monday approved $730,000, previously taken from city reserves for police spending, to purchase 220 officer body cameras and new Tasers for the Spokane Police Department.


pen enrollment in Washington and Idaho’s online health insurance marketplaces is just around the corner. Although you’ll have to wait until Oct. 1 to start shopping for plans, you can get an idea of how much you might pay under Obamacare in the meantime. The chart below shows how BridgeSpan Health Company’s monthly premium rates differ in Spokane and Kootenai counties not only by level of coverage each of its plans provides, but by age and location. AGE:












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At least 65 people died during a multi-day siege on a popular shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya. Extremists attacked the Westgate Mall Saturday, taking hostages and clashing with government troops for several days.



Spokane city officials suffered a bitter disappointment last week when the U.S. Army rejected local proposals for the Joe Mann Army Reserve Center in Hillyard, leaving few options for the vacant facility.


Local developer Ron Wells announced a new plan for the troubled Ridpath Hotel property, saying the downtown building will be converted into micro-apartments with plans to open next year.

Rates are for nonsmokers in Spokane and Kootenai counties through BridgeSpan Health Company, which operates in both Idaho and Washington, as of Sept. 24

Keep in mind these rates don’t include any financial assistance you may qualify for. Under the Affordable Care Act, people who purchase insurance in the new online exchanges can apply for tax-credit subsidies to offset the cost of their premiums. The size of your subsidy will depend on your income, family size and, in some cases, the state you live in. For example, if you’re single and making 250 percent of the federal poverty line, which is $28,725, you don’t have to pay more than 8.05 percent of your income, or $2,313, to enroll in the second lowest cost silver plan in your area. That means your tax subsidy would be equal to the cost of the second lowest silver plan minus $2,313. People who make more than 400 percent of the federal poverty line ($45,960) won’t be eligible for subsidies. Likewise, people who live in Idaho and make less than the federal poverty level ($11,490) will get zilch because their state opted out of Medicaid expansion. Confused? There are health insurance exchange navigators in Washington and Idaho who can provide some guidance. Visit or for more information. — DEANNA PAN AND LISA WAANANEN


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Poor families in Washington pay a greater share of their income in STATE AND LOCAL TAXES than in any other state in the nation, according to a new report from the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Although Washington doesn’t have an income tax, the reports finds it’s still the highest-tax state for poor people. After adding up state and local sales, excise and property taxes, Washington’s poor pay 16.9 percent of their total income in taxes. Meanwhile, in Washington’s neighbors to the east and south, the poor pay significantly less: Poor families in Idaho pay 8.2 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes, and in Oregon, they pay 8.3 percent. According to the latest Census Bureau data, the national poverty rate in 2012 was 15 percent, meaning one in six Americans were living poverty. These numbers are virtually unchanged since 2010. The report notes that unbalanced tax policies in almost every state contribute to high and stagnant poverty rates. To level the playing field between a state’s richest and poor residents, the Institute suggests that lawmakers implement comprehensive tax reform “as a means of providing affordable, effective and targeted assistance to the growing number of people living in poverty.” — DEANNA PAN


After likening MARIJUANA outlets to porn stores and strip clubs, a small group of Garland residents and business owners won over a majority of the Spokane City Council Monday, keeping their area of town excluded from sites where new medical and recreational marijuana businesses will be allowed. The outlets will be allowed in industrial and commercial areas Send comments to across the city, but not in those zoned “Centers and Corridors 1,” like Garland Avenue and Grand Boulevard near 14th Avenue. The city’s rules mostly mirror those in last year’s Initiative 502, like keeping stores and grow facilities 1,000 feet from schools, parks and childcare centers. Council members included medical operations, currently largely unregulated, in the new rules because they worry an influx of marijuana could lead to a huge increase in both types of business. (Already existing medical outlets will be grandfathered in.) Councilman Jon Snyder, who led the effort to craft the rules, praised the city, saying others “are kind of ducking this issue.” Find the full ordinance and a map on — HEIDI GROOVER


In their fight against the construction of Spokane Tribe’s new casino, the Spokane County Commissioners have repeatedly raised the specter of a Fairchild base closure, caused by the arguable “encroachment” of the casino upon the base. But now, Gov. Jay Inslee is using the same argument to argue against Spokane County’s recent expansion of the URBAN GROWTH AREA. The recent expansion allows for denser development in additional areas of the county, but it’s been challenged by land-use groups who worry the expansion could increase sprawl and increase cost to the county. This week, the state Department of Commerce received authorization to join those groups in appealing the urban growth area expansion to Growth Management Hearings board. “The county’s recent action not only undermines state efforts to remove encroachment, it is contradictory to the county’s efforts to do the very same thing,” Inslee wrote in a letter to the county, asking for property development to cease in the expanded area until all appeals are complete. County Commissioner Todd Mielke argues that the governor’s concerns were based off of an old letter in 2005, and the problems were long-ago addressed. “These are people who have not been kept up to speed and are looking at old data,” Mielke says. He says the county has been in constant contact with Fairchild and has taken numerous steps, including a moratorium on single-family dwellings in a large area around the base, to address encroachment. The expansion of the UGA near Fairchild, he says, focuses on industrial zoning, which is far less problematic for the base. — DANIEL WALTERS

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ewell Praying Wolf James’ story begins at other members of the Lummi Tribe arrived in daybreak and with a song. Spokane last Friday, carrying a 22-foot-long, He was driving when he heard it. As he 1,800-pound totem pole on the back of a boom turned a corner, the song got louder and louder. truck. James spent three months carving this That’s when he saw a porcupine dying on the totem from a 300-year-old Western red cedar side of the road. The song, James says, was comfrom the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. ing from him. He has designed “healing totems” like “You could see him singing,” he this one in the past; he sculpted three says. “Took his last breath.” 15-foot totems in honor of the victims Send story ideas to At Riverfront Park last Friday, of Sept. 11. Those sit in the Sterling or James speaks to an assembly of local call the tip line at Forest, northwest of New York City; in tribal members, activists and media. (509) 325-0634 ext. 264 Shanksville, Pa.; and at the Pentagon in He’s forceful and emphatic. He’s Arlington, Va. not using the microphone, but he But this totem pole symbolizes a wants everyone at the park to hear. different kind of hope and healing. It stands “Our elders told us the trees sing, everything for the tribe’s opposition to a series of massive sings a song if you only listened,” he says. “But coal development projects planned in the Pacific we’re so busy living, we can’t hear our mother’s Northwest. James and other Lummi members heart beating anymore and that’s what the song are driving the route where the trains would is, our mother’s heartbeat. When we fail to sing transport coal from the Powder River Basin in the songs of the earth, we’ve given up on the Wyoming to Cherry Point on the Puget Sound — earth. their homeland — where big coal companies and “You don’t know how powerful the songs investors are planning to build the largest coal you carry are,” he continues, “when you cry for export terminal in North America. justice.” Cherry Point, north of Bellingham, Wash., James is an artist, activist and leader of is Xwe’chi’eXen in the tribe’s language. The his tribe’s House of Tears Carvers. He and Lummi Nation’s heritage there dates back thou-

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To Hire and Fire Amid questions and a legal challenge, the mayor’s hiring and firing powers continue to expand BY HEIDI GROOVER


hether contracting city work to private companies or seeking out city employees with private sector expertise, Mayor David Condon has made it known he’s looking to run City Hall more like a private business. In his latest move, Condon has pushed for more hiring and firing power over highranking city officials, and he looks poised to win the newest increase on that front Monday. In April, the city’s fire and police departments reorganized, rebranding as divisions and adding new departments to increase the number of positions filled through appointments instead of civil service, the testing process used to hire and discipline city employees. Department heads are exempted from that process, so creating new departments offers the chance for the mayor to appoint more people, who are then approved by the City Council. Now, the Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a similar move, creating four departments within it and 10 total exempt positions, up from the current two. Between the three divisions, that’s a jump from six to 40 exempt positions. Like Police and Fire, Parks is unlikely to fill them all immediately, but the changes pave the way for the future. In a city of more than 2,000 employees, the proportion remains small, but the changes have prompted discussions of nepotism, due process and the city’s historic civil service process. The administra-

tion says changes will help create efficiencies because department heads will have more flexibility to hire the best people to help run their departments — people vulnerable to firing if they don’t do their jobs well. “Folks are being held accountable in ways they’ve never been held accountable before,” says the mayor’s spokesman Brian Coddington. But others worry it’s exempting too many people from important checks Condon has made it clear he wants to make sure they’re qualified for their to run the city like a business. jobs while making entire departments vulnerable to the whim of every new mayor. Soon after the earlier change, the firefighters union sued the city over whether the move was legal, but that case won’t be heard until next summer. Council President Ben Stuckart, who opposed the changes because they didn’t happen at the same time as department budgeting, as outlined in the city charter, now says he’s on board with the Parks change because it was postponed to align with the budget, on

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which the Parks Board will vote next month. He says he still has “larger concerns,” including whether it could be difficult to find experienced managers willing to risk taking a new job that offers few protections from firing. Stuckart says the fire department chief told council members the civil service change is one reason the department is having trouble finding a replacement for Deputy Fire Chief Bob Hanna. While the department planned to find his replacement by the end of the year, that now appears unlikely and the council will vote to extend his retirement benefits until a replacement is found. Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer calls Stuckart’s statement “completely untrue,” saying instead the civil service change simply delayed the hiring process because the department had to rewrite the job description and announce it again, not because it discouraged people from applying. Parks Department Director Leroy Eadie doesn’t shy away from the fact that the changes will make it easier for him to fire his subordinates. In fact, that’s why he’s pushing for them. “If it’s not working out, it’s not working out,” Eadie says of those in his department who oversee other employees and large budgets. “I need the ability to move them out, and move them out quickly, if they’re not capable of being in those key leadership positions.” Some say the efforts to circumvent civil service entirely prove the need for a major overhaul of the program, to update tests and processes to reflect the modern day workforce. But Civil Service Chief Examiner Glenn Kibbey calls that argument a “red herring.” He says his office works closely with department heads to rewrite job descriptions to reflect what they want in a new hire, meaning any department head should be able to craft an effective team by the book. “The citizens that created this city charter and this form of government ... had certain expectations for the mayor and certain expectations for the council,” he says. “I’m sure they never intended to be having an unlimited number of departments to get around that system.” n



Counting Cases Change is coming to the Spokane County Public Defender’s office BY JACOB JONES


o comply with new caseload limits going into effect next week, the Spokane County Public Defender’s office plans to hire three additional attorneys and change how it defines or adds up different types of cases. Amid growing concerns about how overworked public defenders may provide rushed or substandard legal representation, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an order last year to limit the number of cases a defender can handle each year. Those new caseload limits go into effect Oct. 1. Scott Mason, interim director of the Spokane County Public Defender’s office, says local officials have taken several steps to clarify case definitions as the office works to redistribute assignments to make sure its nearly 60 defense attorneys do not get overloaded. “It’s going to be close,” he says. The new standards limit public defenders to handling 150 felony cases a year, which Mason says the office still

narrowly meets despite increased case filings this year. Attorneys should also handle no more than 250 juvenile cases or 250 civil commitment cases a year. Public defenders who surpass the new caseload limits may not be able to certify to practice in court. In April, the Supreme Court delayed an additional new guideline that would have limited misdemeanor cases to between 300 and 400 cases a year. With many jurisdictions reporting caseloads well above that, the state plans to conduct a study on the time impacts of handling misdemeanor cases. That proposed limit will now not go into effect until 2015. Christie Hedman, executive director of the Washington Defender Association, says the new misdemeanor standard was the biggest concern statewide. With that limit postponed, many jurisdictions can focus on how

they track their felony cases. Many offices have to factor in their average case filings and how a mix of easy and difficult cases add up throughout the year. Hedman says individual county caseloads also largely depend on the charging decisions from prosecutors. “It’s a dynamic thing,” she says. Some jurisdictions set their own similar local caseload limits years ago, Hedman says. Others, like Spokane, have had to make adjustments to case assignments and staffing to meet the new standards. The Spokane office started working on a new system for counting cases under longtime Director John Rodgers, who planned to leave office at the end of the year. Rodgers ended up leaving early when he was named as a new U.S. magistrate judge for the local federal court on Sept. 1. As acting director, Mason says he approached the county Board of Commissioners in late August for approval to change how the office counts, or “weights,” each case. Under the new definitions, easy cases or plea

New statewide standards limit public defenders to 150 felony cases a year. deals count as a fraction of a case while complicated trials would count as more than one case. The new definitions also changed some “shalls” to “shoulds,” increasing the flexibility of the guidelines. “We’re trying to prepare for it,” Mason says. “We’ll see how we do.” 

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FOOD Washington state becomes the latest battleground over genetically modified organisms BY LISA WAANANEN AND DEANNA PAN


omething was wrong: The plants weren’t dead. After letting the field in eastern Oregon lay fallow for a season, the farmer sprayed the popular herbicide glyphosate to kill weeds and errant plants to make way for the coming season. Most of the plants withered and died, as expected, but scattered around there stood unscathed green stalks of wheat. There are plants that glyphosate can’t kill, ones grown from seeds with genes deliberately modified to resist the chemical’s effects. Glyphosate-resistant corn, soybeans, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets and canola are grown from seeds developed and sold by agriculture giant Monsanto, which also sells the herbicide under the brand name Roundup. It appeared this particular wheat was herbicide-resistant. Which wasn’t supposed to be possible: Monsanto doesn’t sell geInitiative 522, on the netically modified wheat, and there’s none ballot in Washington grown commercially anywhere in the world. this year, would On the final day of April, the farmer sent require labeling of the surviving plants to Carol Mallory-Smith, all foods made with a weed expert at Oregon State University. genetically modified The initial test results were surprising, so she ingredients. did a more precise molecular test. Notification went out to the state Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Wheat Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which did its own testing for almost a month before making the announcement on May 29: A strain of genetically modified wheat developed years earlier by Monsanto — but never approved by the federal government — had been found in the Oregon wheat field. The discovery made headlines around the globe, while sending chills through international markets. Japan and other Asian countries halted their purchases and began testing all grain straight off incoming ships. Treating it as a criminal probe, investigators under the USDA interviewed more than 250 local growers and tested grain. Monsanto did its own tests. Washington State University tested the wheat grown in its breeding programs and then almost all varieties grown in the Northwest. No other trace of suspect wheat was found, and Asian countries agreed to resume buying Oregon’s wheat after several tense months. But the federal government’s investigation remains open, because inspectors have yet to answer the central question: How did this happen?


It’s still a topic of coffee-shop speculation among the growers in Oregon, even as they prepare their fields for planting next year’s crop. It’s possible seeds got mixed up somewhere. One theory blames a flock of passing geese. Monsanto suggested it could be sabotage. “Quite honestly, nothing makes sense,” says wheat grower Darren Padget, a member of the Oregon Wheat Commission. “The fact of the matter is we just don’t know. We may never know.”


ne basic underlying question barely came up at all: Should we be afraid of genetically modified food? The scientific consensus among the world’s major health organizations is that genetically modified food — commonly known as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs — is not harmful to human health. But it’s impossible to prove a negative, and an unavoidable gap exists between what science shows and what can’t possibly be known about the future. A growing number of Americans are eyeing that divide with mistrust. Farmers have been selectively breeding and controlling the genetic traits of crops and livestock for centuries, but genetic engineering dates back to the ’70s and ’80s, when a growing understanding of DNA made it possible to selectively transfer genes from one organism to another. Pioneers in the field envisioned cures for diseases and crops that wouldn’t freeze. But public uneasiness with genetically modified organisms and the companies that produce them was already apparent by 1992, when a Boston College professor coined the term “Frankenfood” in a letter to the New York Times. By the end of the ’90s, most countries in Europe had limited GMOs or banned them outright. Supporters of genetic engineering believe the technology has the potential to save crops from disease or feed the world’s growing population. They point to Golden Rice, one serving of which could provide half of a child’s daily Vitamin A nutrition. Opponents consider it unnecessary and unnatural, while lining the pockets of massive corporations unconcerned with effects on human health. The debate is primarily waged in the arenas of business and politics, and the latest round takes place in Washington state this fall as voters consider Initiative 522. If passed, the state would become the first to require the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients. Right now, the only genetically engineered produce a consumer might find in grocery store aisles are papayas — genetically modified in the late ’90s to resist a devastating virus — and sweet corn, ...continued on next page



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without incident. Opponents see arrogant corporations attempting to feed people GMOs without their knowledge.


t the Moran Prairie Library on a soggy Saturday night, Howard Vlieger speaks to a captive audience. Billed as a third-generation Iowa farmer, crop nutrition advisor and GMO expert,

WHAT WE GROW AND EAT Since the first genetically modified crops in the U.S. were approved in the mid-’90s, millions of acres have been planted with these crops. Most of the harvest goes to animal feed and other uses, but it’s estimated that about 70 percent of processed foods in the U.S. contain GMO ingredients.

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of corn grown in the U.S. in 2013 is genetically modified

Most corn grown in the U.S. is used for animal feed and non-food products like ethanol, but it is also used in processed foods for humans — most often as high-fructose corn syrup. (This is different from the genetically modified sweet corn introduced by Monsanto in 2011.) How it may show up on labels: corn syrup, corn meal, dextrin


93 %

of soybeans grown in the U.S. in 2013 are genetically modified

Like corn, much of the nation’s soy crop is used for animal feed and energy. A number of the top brands of soy milk, tofu and other obvious foods are organic and GMO-free. How it may show up on labels: soy protein, soy flour, lethicin


90 %

of cotton grown in the U.S. in 2013 is genetically modified

Cotton is mostly used for textiles, but cottonseed oil is used as a cheaper substitute for olive or canola oil in foods like salad dressing and potato chips. How it may show up on labels: cottonseed oil

Spokane’s BEST New Bar! he looks like a cowboy in his collared shirt and bolo tie, but talks with the authority of a tenured professor in his casual, gritty cadence. Namedropping scientists he’s worked with, studies he’s read, technical nomenclature, anecdotes and data, he shifts his weight, sways and gesticulates like a preacher. You can almost hear the Iowa sweet corn rustling in the wind. He clicks his PowerPoint remote with one hand while the other underscores his augury. “The weeds were becoming harder and harder to kill.” He’s talking about Monsanto’s extremely popular, glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, sold to farmers planting herbicide-resistant, genetically engineered crops. He cites a 2012 WSU study that shows how heavy reliance on Roundup begot the emergence and spread of herbicide-resistant superweeds. A woman in the front row with a long, blonde ponytail, taking notes and chewing gum, raises her hand. “Why would I as a mother want to feed my family food that’s been sprayed with this amount of poison?” she asks. “That’s an excellent question,” Vlieger says. “Just the thought that I can spray a plant with poison and it doesn’t die ... that just makes me sick to think about.” Vlieger sighs and clears his throat. “Prepare for more that’s going to make you feel that way before it’s done,” he says, “but I promise, I’m going to end on a high note.” The audience laughs. Before his two-hour-long presentation is up, Vlieger flips through graphs charting trend lines in autism diagnoses, diabetes, obesity and thyroid cancer that mirror rising rates of glyphosate use. One slide reads “What is Causing the Birth Defects to Babies in the Yakima Valley” with a screenshot of a related ABC News article below. Another shows the infant mortality rate in the United States — more than twice that of Sweden and Japan. “This is not a scientific determination. This


90 %

of canola grown in the U.S. is genetically modified

Canola oil is used in food, while the seed meal is used in livestock feed. How it may show up on labels: canola oil

is preliminary information,” Vlieger insists. “It doesn’t prove it’s causing it, but it’s sure an interesting coincidence.”


abeling has emerged as the latest battlefront pitting skeptical consumers against Big Agribusiness. While grassroots advocates of I-522 were convening in libraries, writing letters to the editor and cajoling support from local businesses and politicians, opposition to GMO labeling was building its war chest. After a quiet summer from the No on 522 campaign, biotech giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer wrote checks for more than $4.5 million and $3.2 million, respectively, in early September. So far, the anti-labeling campaign has outraised initiative supporters more than 2-to-1, with $11 million in its coffers and less than 15 percent of its war chest spent. The campaign is backed by two other corporations — Bayer CropScience and Dow AgroSciences — in addition to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group that represents food industry stalwarts like Kraft, Coca-Cola and Starbucks. The anti-labeling side also counts the state’s most prominent agricultural groups among its supporters, including the Washington State Farm Bureau, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington State Dairy Federation and Washington Cattlemen’s Association. Although the pro-labeling side benefits from an active network of grassroots volunteers, they’re outmatched financially, and money can decide elections. Consider the case in California. Last November, voters rejected Proposition 37, a GMO-labeling ballot measure, 51 percent to 49 percent — despite the fact that voter approval for Prop. 37 was consistently ahead in the polls. So what happened? “Forty-five million dollars of deceptive and misleading information raining on the heads of California voters almost every minute of the day at some point,” says Stacy Malkan, the former ...continued on next page


95 %

of sugar beets grown in the U.S. are genetically modified

Monsanto introduced herbicideresistant sugar beets in 2008, and it has been considered the fastest adoption of any genetically engineered crop. Opponents sought to block the crop in court, and it continues to be contentious. In June, thousands of plants were destroyed by vandals in southwest Oregon. How it may show up on labels: sugar, sucrose


88 %

of alfalfa grown in the U.S. is genetically modified

Humans don’t eat alfalfa, but it’s a main source of feed for animals like dairy cows. Critics worry about contamination with organic feed.

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FAQ: GENETIC ENGINEERING GMOs are produced from plants, animals and microbes that have had their genetic code altered by introducing a specific piece of foreign DNA into a single cell of an organism. In genetically engineered crops, for example, scientists use a “cut-and-splice” method of transferring DNA from the same or different species. The goal is to confer crops — quickly and more precisely than conventional breeding techniques — with desirable traits, like pest protection, herbicide resistance and better nutritional quality. “When we have a genetically engineered plant, what’s been done was adding a single gene to code for a single protein that’s beneficial to that plant,” explains R. James Cook, a plant pathologist and former dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. In laboratory settings, genes are inserted into plants via two main procedures: Using Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a soil bacterium that has the ability to inject “plasmids”— small, circular pieces of genetic material — into plant DNA, or shooting plant cells with a gene gun. In the first method, researchers replace the bacterial plasmids with desired genes. In the second, scientists shoot tiny metal pellets coated with genetic material into a plant cell, where those genes are then transported to the cell’s nucleus. — DEANNA PAN

you that people in Washington really care about this issue. media director for Yes on Prop. 37. They’re passionate. They want to see it passed.” The No on 37 campaign outspent its opponents 5-to-1 on The I-522 campaign is also backed by big business interan advertising blitz that Malkan says successfully confused ests. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has contributed $950,000 voters. This is the strategy initiative opponents will typically to the campaign;, $200,000; and Nature’s Path take, says Travis Ridout, a WSU political science professor. foods, $150,000. Popular organic brands like Annie’s Home“Sometimes the default position for people — if they don’t grown, Clif Bar, Amy’s Kitchen and Stonyfield Farm have understand something, if they’re confused by the initiative — each donated $20,000 or more. is to vote ‘no.’ Then the status quo isn’t upset,” Ridout says. Both sides of the initiative accuse the other of using Both sides recently released their first TV ads. One for scare tactics to mislead voters: Pro-labeling supporters, for the No on 522 campaign features Dan Newhouse, former example, accuse the opposition of exaggerating the costs director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, who associated with I-522. While the WRC report claims the says food labels proposed under I-522 “make no sense” beinitiative would cost a family of four upwards of $450 a year cause they exempt restaurants, alcoholic beverages, meat and in groceries, a study funded by I-522 backers concludes the eggs from animals fed GMO grains, and dairy products, like initiative would not, in fact, raise supermarket prices. (The hard cheeses, produced using genetically modified enzymes. state Office of Financial management, meanwhile, estimates Another ad quotes a recent No on 522-commissioned study I-522 would cost the Health Department about $3.4 million from the business-friendly Washington Research Council, to implement over six years, a relative drop in the bucket in which concludes I-522 would cost “Washington farmers, food the overall state budget.) producers and consumers millions.” Still, I-522 opponents say a GMO label is nothSo far, though, public opinion seems to side ing short of a warning sticker. with labeling backers. A June poll paid for by Yes “They’re trying to alarm the consumer. Make on 522 found that 66 percent of likely voters would no mistake, that’s what they’re trying to do,” says support a labeling law, compared to just 22 percent Send comments to who wouldn’t. Backers of I-522 collected more than No on 522 spokeswoman Dana Bieber. “[The label would be] on the front of the package because 350,000 signatures, the second highest number of they’re trying to imply there’s something wrong signatures gathered for a state initiative in Washwith this.” ington history. Yes on 522 spokeswoman Elizabeth Larter In January, Chris McManus, a vegan and owner of a is quick to point out her campaign has raised $3.6 million small advertising agency in Tacoma, delivered signatures in from more than 7,000 donors, 80 percent of whom are from support of I-522 to the state elections office in an ambulance. Washington state. It was a creative, albeit confusing, gesture from the author of “We knew we were going to be outspent. This is why I-522, as labeling proponents have long insisted they aren’t we have been working all year, pretty much, to try to build taking an adversarial position on genetically modified foods. as much support as possible,” Larter says. “It goes to show



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n a four-and-a-half-acre field of tawny, prickly stubble near Valleyford, Wash., Hal Meenach dumps a handful of black and burgundy canola seeds in his mouth. “Here’s that nasty GM canola,” he says with a grin. In its seed form, canola tastes hot, like a radish; its leaves taste like kale, but less bitter. Meenach and his wife, Robyn, both 61 and suntanned, run a small farm off Palouse Highway, where Hal was raised. Here, they grow conventional barley and triticale, a rye and wheat hybrid, and genetically modified canola. The canola seeds are mostly squeezed into oil for use in cooking. The seed meal is then converted into livestock feed. They’ve exported their canola to Japan and Canada and sold it to a wild bird seed manufacturer in Montana and dairy farms in-state. The Meenachs use Roundup Ready canola, engineered to tolerate the herbicide, for one big reason: weed control. In the spring, wild oats, dog fennel and catchweed bedstraw can choke the sunlight from conventional canola crops. Hal had to use pricey and toxic chemicals to control them. Since he switched to modified spring canola 15 years ago, he saves more money using Roundup, which is cheaper than the herbicides he used in the past and safer for him to apply. “With the spring varieties, the weeds can absolutely take all my yield. I will have nothing,” Hal explains. “The chemicals [in Roundup] are inexpensive and safe and not dangerous to me. The other chemicals I use on non-GMO spring canola are pretty nasty stuff, and they’re more expensive.”

Monsanto’s seed is at least 10 times more expensive than conventional varieties, but Meenach estimates he’s saving about $18 an acre in herbicide costs. His first spring canola crops averaged about 400 pounds of seed per acre. Now he’s currently averaging 1,200 pounds. Unsurprisingly, the Meenachs don’t support I-522. They have nothing against food transparency or non-GMO crops; in fact, for the first time in five years, they planted a small plot of conventional canola after a barley variety failed to yield this spring. But they worry about the additional level of bureaucracy the measure would create. They don’t understand why the state Department of Health, rather than the state Department of Agriculture, would enforce the new rules. They say labeling will require more recordkeeping and more time spent cleaning machinery, trucks and bins and segregating products on their part. Most of all, they worry about what other I-522 opponents have assailed as the “zero tolerance clause” of the initiative: Producers of processed foods containing trace amounts of genetically engineered materials would be exempt from civil penalties, but that expires in July 2019. “Year to year, crop to crop, you cannot clean every seed out of every crevice, and that’s what ‘zero tolerance’ means. Zero! We cannot achieve that,” Robyn says. “They don’t understand how crops are produced. “Everybody has a right to know what they’re eating, but this law is so poorly written and so poorly thought out, as to the whole chain of the producers to the transport to the processor to the store shelf, that it will end up being meaningless,” Robyn continues. “In the end, almost everything is going to have to say, ‘May contain genetically modified ingredients.’”

ORGANIC VS. GMO-FREE To be certified as organic by the USDA, a product must not contain genetically modified organisms. Because of this, buying certified organic products is currently one way for consumers to avoid GMOs. Groups in favor of organic farming, such as the Organic Consumers Fund, are top donors to the Yes on I-522 campaign in favor of labeling. Many advocates of organic farming see genetic modification as incompatible with the philosophy of working with nature. It is possible, however, to grow genetically modified crops using organic methods. Pamela Ronald, a professor at the University of California-Davis, has been a leading voice for the idea that organic farming would benefit from the defenses that can be engineered into crops. She has said: “Unnecessarily pitting [genetic engineering] and organic farming against each other only prevents the transformative changes needed on our farms.” — LISA WAANANEN


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Their TV ads and campaign literature stress a central message: the importance of consumers’ right to know what they’re eating. “We are not anti-GMO,” says Larter, the Yes on 522 spokeswoman. “The actual label and the intent of the law is to give shoppers a choice. … Our campaign is not making a judgment on GMOs one way or another.”

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The Arctic apple, right, is genetically engineered not to turn brown when cut open.

“THE EVOLUTION OF FOOD,” CONTINUED... on a farm in northern Minnesota. For them, labeling is a simple matter of transparency. That’s why they’ve endorsed I-522. “We’ve always believed that everyone has a right to know who grows their food and how it’s grown,” says Kim, 47. The siblings run Davidson Commodities, a Spokane-based commodities supplier that markets locally produced mustard seeds, lentils, garbanzo beans and green split peas to retailers nationwide. Their goods are grown by a cooperative of sustainable farmers on the Palouse in what they say is one of the last GMO-free havens in Washington state. “This initiative really has nothing to do with how anybody feels about GMOs, good, bad or indifferent,” Matt, 36, says. “This has to do with

the consumer’s right to know what’s in their food and the right to choose to buy a non-GMO product over a GMO product.” Their own brands, in fact, are labeled and verified by the Non-GMO Project, a third-party service that audits non-GMO food producers who want the legitimacy of the Project’s bold, square logo stamped on their packaging. The Davidsons say they’ve been able to verify their products with no additional cost to their consumers. In fact, Matt says the Non-GMO Project label “has been crucial” to their ability to market their goods to 200 retailers nationwide. “This little logo has allowed a small business like ours to compete with much larger interests in the marketplace,” he says.


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 1901: Investigat-

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The Davidsons have heard all the arguments offered by labeling opponents. Based on their own experience, they say labeling wouldn’t burden producers with extra costs. They don’t think labels will convince shoppers to be wary of genetically modified food, either. Matt holds up a can of Mountain Dew. “Look how much sugar is in here. This is a lot of sugar. This is 15 percent of my daily value of sugar. But that’s not stopping me from drinking it at 9 o’clock in the morning. “We’re all still drinking soda. People are still smoking, even with the warning labels. I’d be willing to bet most consumers aren’t going to notice it.”


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omewhere in Washington state, a grove of trees bear apples that don’t turn brown once cut open. Someone driving by would never notice a difference between these and any other apple orchard — and no one would drive by, because these trees are isolated far from roads and other fruit trees. These are Arctic apples, and once given final approval, they will likely become the first genetically modified apples on the market. None of the high-minded justifications for GMOs hold true for the Arctic apple: It does not have the potential to save a disease-threatened crop, or the ability to pass on nutrients to children. But neither is it engineered to tolerate pesticides or benefit the producer in ways that remain invisible to the consumer. This is simply an apple for people who like to eat apples, in the hopes that they’ll eat more of them and waste less. Okanagan Specialty Fruits founder Neal Carter won’t reveal where the trees are growing in Washington for fear of sabotage, but he’s eager to explain everything else about the Arctic apple. Standing on the porch overlooking his orchard in Summerland, British Columbia, a five-hour drive northwest from Spokane, he takes a break from the harvest to talk about how he saw the potential of biotechnology while working around the world on crops ranging from potatoes to date palms and mangos. ...continued on next page

 1994: Calgene’s Flavr Savr

 1996: Herbicide-

tomato, engineered to have a longer shelf life, is the first genetically modified crop approved for human consumption. The tomato is a commercial flop and is pulled from the market a few years later.

resistant varieties of soybeans, cotton, canola and corn hit the market. Pesticide-resistant Bt cotton is also introduced.

Against Monsanto this past May, and it’s not hard to understand why the company has become a symbolic villain in the GMO debates: It previously made Agent Orange and DDT and today is known for aggressively protecting its patents and pursuing cases where the company believes people are using its seeds without paying royalties. But it was not the only company to manufacture chemicals we now know to be dangerous, and it’s not the only biotech company that patrols fields or sues farmers for breaking contracts or using unlicensed seeds. (Monsanto’s crackdown on “seed piracy” has drawn comparisons to the Recording Industry Association of America.) This year, the case of a farmer sued by Monsanto reached the Supreme Court, which ruled 9-0 in favor of Monsanto because patents would “plummet in value” if people could purchase a product once and then make their own copies. Monsanto’s size and influence makes it a top target for people against GMOs — especially since it donates millions to fight labeling initiatives — but it’s dwarfed by Walmart, Apple and big oil companies, and ranked No. 206 on the latest Fortune 500 list of largest American corporations. The federal government investigated Monsanto for antitrust violations but dropped the investigation without comment late last year. — LISA WAANANEN

 2000: Two scientists develop the first

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Carter is used to assuring people: They are a small company, not Monsanto. They are not Roundup Ready. They are not putting pesticides into apples or bacteria or anything else. The apples’ genes are modified to suppress the trait that causes enzymatic browning. The company uses the example of a transcontinental railway — they swapped out a short length of track with a different piece of track. The way he sees it, genetic modification isn’t the sole answer to the world’s food problems, but it’s an important tool. Sometimes the right one, sometimes not. Carter speaks with an even tone even when recounting the hostile comments routinely directed at the company. “It is a point of frustration that sound bites and attention spans are very short,” he says. “But that’s the reality, right?” The company faced a new round of disapproving attention last year when the USDA opened the comment period on the Arctic apple application. Even the U.S. Apple Association voiced opposition, writing that the non-browning trait was “insufficient to warrant introduction into and possible disruption of the consumer marketplace.” Carter says the industry so far has done “just a really bad job” communicating with consumers. The company actively engages with angry commenters on Facebook with a firm, cheerful tone, and invites critics to look at the trove of documentation posted online.

Despite the hostility, Carter is confident that consumers can and want to understand the science. He trusts that people who look into it sincerely will come to believe the assurances he’s repeated many times. “They’re as safe as any apple,” he says. “They just don’t turn brown.”


n August, as relieved Northwest wheat farmers finished up harvest, a Central Washington alfalfa grower had his crop rejected for export because of the presence of a genetically modified trait. Roundup Ready alfalfa is widely grown in Washington, so the report didn’t draw the same amount of concern as the glyphosate-resistant wheat found in eastern Oregon. The Washington State Department of Agriculture called the contamination “within ranges acceptable to much of the marketplace,” and the USDA declined to investigate. The story faded from headlines after a few days, but it underscored the difficulty of keeping genetically modified crops separate from those that aren’t. Months after the Oregon wheat was found, growers and local experts look back with some bewilderment that the discovery received so much attention, considering the gene in question is already present in millions of acres of corn, soybeans and other crops. Jim Moyer, who coordinated the testing at WSU as director of the school’s Agricultural Research Center, grew up on a wheat farm outside Dayton and spent most of his career at North

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Carolina State before returning to the Northwest. He looks back on why, decades after the technology was introduced, genetically modified crops continue to cause such alarm. “I think there were a lot of things we should have done differently at the very beginning,” he says. “The hype and the concern got away from us, and then there were pictures of individuals putting out field trials in hazmat suits. We didn’t do our homework with society. I’m not sure anyone can be blamed, necessarily, but we learned that when you introduce a transformational technology like this, you’ve got to take into account the end user. And we didn’t do that very well.” Moyer hopes they won’t have to deal with the particular issue of unexpected genetically modified wheat again, but expects similar problems to come up as long as GMOs remain so controversial. “It won’t be this issue,” he says, “but there will be other related issues until we reach some common ground.” n

agencies — the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency — to check for effects on the environment and human and animal health. The goal is to determine whether the genetically modified product is equivalent to its conventional version. Because companies submit their own documentation of safety for government approval, critics say this amounts to “rubber stamp” approval with no testing at all. Beyond that, some people against GMOs don’t trust the government to regulate impartially because of close ties with the biotech industry — some groups keep lists of people who have worked for both the government and industry giant Monsanto. Last year, a Harvard Business School professor investigating GMO approval found that regulatory agencies like the USDA are insulated from direct lobbying from the companies that make the products, but influenced by third-party groups like growers associations. — LISA WAANANEN

WHO’S FOR AND AGAINST? Which officials from Eastern Washington have endorsed I-522?  Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart  Spokane City Council member Mike Fagan  Pullman City Council member Derrick Skaug  Pullman City Council member Nathan Weller

... and who is opposed to I-522?  Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane  Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane Valley  Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville  Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman  Spokane City Council member Nancy McLaughlin  Spokane County commissioner Todd Mielke  Spokane County commissioner Shelly O’Quinn  Spokane County commissioner Al French — DEANNA PAN


modified crops: Public outcry against GMOs in the late ’90s followed the report — later proved wrong — that Bt corn, engineered to resist pests without applying insecticide, was killing monarch butterfly caterpillars. More recently, Charles Benbrook, a Washington State University researcher and longtime critic of GMOs, found that insecticide use decreased between 1996 and 2011, but herbicide use increased per acre. The conclusion wasn’t surprising: A farmer who grows crops genetically engineered to resist herbicide can spray that herbicide more freely. A related problem is “superweeds” that have developed resistance to standard herbicides, especially in the Midwest. But those problems result from the way genetically modified crops have been designed, not from the technology itself. More broadly, there are concerns about predicting how a genetically engineered plant will interact in the environment, since genes in some plants can be passed around through cross-pollination and other methods. Oregon State University weed expert Carol Mallory-Smith, who identified the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon this year, sees benefits in genetic modification but worries that oversight is extremely difficult. “Once you put a gene in the environment, it doesn’t just stay in the field where you put it,” she says. — LISA WAANANEN



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n a Monday morning in Spokane Valley, Gage Lang is dressed like it’s Friday night in Hollywood. His skin is white satin — pale, high cheekbones dusted with rouge, his lips colored an angelic pink. A gash of black glitter lines his lower lids, and his eye shadow runs so high it collides with the smattering of leopard spots that descend from his temple to his forehead. His nails are painted black. He wears big rings and bracelets and a sparkling necklace that reads “LOVE.” And his long, lithe figure is squeezed into a flowing top of ripped black gauze and a pair of pants so tight they could make anyone stop and look. It isn’t until he stands — in platforms he towers 6-foot-5 — that it’s clear that this is most definitely a boy. A boy who doesn’t mind being seen. A boy who, in fact, wants people to look at him. “Peoples’ reaction are always funny,” he says. “They’ll be looking at me like, ‘What is that thing?’” He still remembers the exact moment he showed the world who he was — a moment that usually would epitomize the worst possible place and time to be your true self. It was his freshman year of high school. And in massive shoes, full makeup, electric-blue contact lenses and a shock of neon-red hair, Lang walked into the crowd at a University High School football game and watched as what felt like every eye in the stadium turned to look straight at him. “It was like you almost landed a UFO ship and came out with pink smoke and everybody’s just like…” Lang’s mouth drops wide open, “That’s exactly what it felt like.” But all those eyes on him felt right. Felt good. And right then and there, he says he became the real him. Not the Gage Lang they’d all known at Chester Elementary or Horizon Middle School, but the version of himself he knew was inside all along: Gage Glamorous. To crowds of online teenagers, fashion freaks and makeup fanatics, the 18-year-old University High graduate is an idol, a budding celebrity with admirers around the globe and more than 33,000 people watching his every move on Instagram (more than 40,000 across his dozens of social media platforms). He calls his fans “glampires” and ships tank tops worldwide that read “KEEP CALM I’M A GLAMPIRE BITCH.” He says he’s a musician and is meant to be onstage fronting a rock band like his idols: Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga, Jeffree Star. But as of today he’s never produced a song, sung in a band or stood on a stage. No matter, he says. He might be approaching his career backward — fans first, talent later — but he has no doubt that one day everyone will know his name. Right now, he’s become famous for just being himself. ...continued on next page



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e didn’t become Glamorous overnight. As a kid, he played with makeup and his mom’s clothes. And until high school, Lang says he was just like any other teenage boy: flannel shirts, Vans shoes, skinny jeans, messy hair. He started playing with eyeliner in middle school — dotting it around his eyes first, then posting videos of himself on YouTube giving makeup tutorials. He got his laptop taken away by his parents for that one. But he’d found a world of androgynous people online, and soon considered his best friends to be the faces he’d talk to after school and at nights on Myspace. “It always felt like, even if you were to go to school and have a bad day, you would go home and there’s Myspace with everybody that’s the same,” he says. “The Internet was definitely like a best friend for so long. “Middle school was my hard time, because of other kids. But when I got into high school I was like, ‘OK, I’m running this shit. I’m not going to be the kid that gets picked on all the time,” Lang says. He makes it clear that his image isn’t a sexual thing — in fact, he says his sexuality isn’t important. This is his way of showing his true identity. He likes to bend the confines of gender. And sometimes he’ll still throw on Vans and a flannel if he wants to keep a lower profile. Despite the fact that he’s never made any music to get famous, it’s his attitude — to stand up and be who he is — that’s preemptively made Lang a star. In YouTube videos he phones fans he’s never met before, telling them that he loves them. He writes manifestoes on believing in yourself, ignoring the haters and being who you want to be. He’s become this sort of platformshoe-wearing, selfie-posing, self-help guru for the adolescent set. And now he has the full support of his family. His dad, a graphic designer, built his website and designs his merchandise. Last week, he shared with his fans a photo of himself at age 14 — chubby-cheeked and awkward — meeting Jeffree Star, an androgynous

Some of Lang’s fans sporting the shirts he sells on his website. male pop star, for the first time. “It was such an embarrassing picture for me,” he says. “But I was like, ‘Listen. You guys can be whoever you want.’” When he talks about the rest of his career — the part he hasn’t built yet — Lang’s confidence rises. He knows what his stage will look like one day. He knows that before concerts he’ll dress in disguise and appear in the audience to surprise his fans. He imagines his stage outfits and his name in glittering marquee lights. For now, he spends his days folding T-shirts at Hot Topic and answering fan messages (on this particular Monday, he says he’s gotten 329 in the past 24 hours). He’ll start recruiting a band soon. Maybe move to California next year. He knows there’s a long road ahead for him to become a rock star, but says he couldn’t be surer that he’ll reach his goal. “It’s hard to focus on anything else. In school my grades weren’t great because that was what was always on my mind. Always,” he says. “I know that if you work for something hard enough, it will happen. That’s just my mind-set. And there’s no Plan B. “That’s all I have to keep telling myself. … I cannot accept anything other than what I want.” But even if he doesn’t reach that dream one day, he’s already changed the lives of many of his fans. Shawnee Sample, a 14-year-old from San Bruno, Calif., says over email that Lang has helped her be the person she wants to be. “He cares about every one of his fans and that means the world to me. He actually cares and he actually listens,” she writes. “With the times I’ve talked to Gage he has truly made my outlook on life more positive. I feel Gage inspired me to do my best, to not take crap from people, and just be myself. “That’s all I ever need to be, Gage helped me realize that.”  Follow Gage Glamorous on Instagram (GageGlamorous), Twitter @GageGlamorous or Facebook (




he Broadway set of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs was barely in storage when the play received its Northwest premiere at Interplayers in 1986. That was the professional theater’s sixth season, and Memoirs had proven such a hit that, at just shy of 1,300 performances, it had run for half of Interplayers’ existence. Twenty-seven years on, Simon has several film adaptations (the only popular gauge of a play’s true merit, it seems) as well as Tony Awards and a Pulitzer to his name. And Interplayers, having weathered its recent sky-isfalling hardships, is clearly still around too. Its 33rd season is a conscious attempt to regroup by staging material that is tried and tested. Or staid, if you’re feeling uncharitable. Directed by Interplayers’ go-to guy Michael Weaver, Brighton Beach Memoirs is a fair indication that the theater’s retreat into the conventional was a good move. Though meticulously tidy and about as revelatory as a fortune cookie, Simon’s play nevertheless mixes humor, drama and pathos in equally satisfying parts. In this production, Nich Witham plays oversexed 15-year-old narrator Eugene Jerome as hyperactively exuberant instead of the more common take, introspective and despondent. That makes Witham’s Gene slightly more fun to watch, but he also appears more child than adolescent at the expense of credibility. Newcomer Phoenix Tage is excellent as older brother Stan, sober pragmatist to Gene’s affable idealism and innocence. Samantha Camp is exquisite: Her matriarch Kate is flawed in all the necessary ways to be sympathetic and human. There’s her unrelenting sternness that so rankles

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Falling in Love he hour was late for a school night, yet Cami Bradley held the Bing Crosby Theater audience in the palm of her hand. “I can’t help falling in love with you,” she effortlessly sang, reenacting her springboard moment from her recent stint on America’s Got Talent. The feeling of love, of pride for the hometown songstress, was as palpable in the room as the haze formed from the fog machine. Bradley thanked her fans from behind her keyboard, and one loudmouth fan in the back blurted out, “We love you Cami!” On Sunday night, Bradley — along with fellow contestant Taylor Williamson, who kept making jokes about how he thought he was in Tacoma — performed to two sold-out shows, the second of which got out past midnight. “I was so excited when the first one sold out, so we added another one,” she says. “But we thought the second one being at 10:15 would be pretty late for most people, so when that one sold out the next day it was a huge surprise.” Bradley is exhausted yet spirited. She’s just gotten back from New York City, where the show was taped, and will have only a few days to recuperate before going on a two-month tour with the rest of the AGT finalists.

The last couple of months have been almost unimaginable for her. She says she never expected to make it past the first round, but week after week her stirring vocal performances convinced enough people to pick up a phone and vote for her. “I don’t know, I don’t have a story,” she says. “I wasn’t in the army, I’m not funny. There are a ton of other things the other contestants had going for them. I guess I stayed true to myself, and that was able to resonate with people.” The sting of disappointment was very real for Bradley last Wednesday when she was named the sixth-place finisher out of the final six contestants, missing out on $1 million and a Vegas show contract. “I remember being nervous, but I wasn’t worried because I had given what I wanted and people had gotten to see what I had,” she says. “I was a little disappointed that I got last place, but all five of the acts I was against I respect and adore.” Known for coming to music naturally and never taking a lesson, Bradley says the people who helped cultivate her most on the show were the ones you don’t see on TV, the AGT music department. Well, them and Howard Stern.

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Bradley with AGT host Nick Cannon. “He’s the judge I was most afraid of, he’s very blunt,” she explains. “But if there was a criticism or critique, I took what he had to say to heart and made it better for the next week.” Strangely, Bradley had no intention of ever participating on a reality show; she even passed one up when she was 17. But she became intrigued when a few people from AGT reached out after seeing her YouTube videos, encouraging her to audition for the show. “I had never wanted to do a show like this; I’d never been a fame seeker,” she says. “But I thought this was a good way to get out of my comfort zone. Anytime this show airs, it has 9.6 million viewers; the exposure this show gives you is huge.” Last Sunday, friends, family and admirers gathered to pay homage to Bradley. Playing songs from her recent album, Seas, and selections from what she performed on the show with the help of her backing band, she more than appeased them. While her future is uncertain, she has no immediate plans to leave the city where it all began. “I love visiting New York, it’s very different,” she says. “But I really do love Spokane. This is my home.” n

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verything is temporary. Everything. That’s often the takeaway of Margot Casstevens’ work. In her December 2011 show “Seed Folk,” her sculptures — casts of bodies and hands


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all was. Casstevens regularly explores the human form in her work, and this month she takes another stab at both themes — the body, the impermanence of it all. In a show at the Saranac Art Projects with another artist (and Inlander contributor), Carrie Scozzaro, the pair presents “FLESH.” The word came first. The two pondered it, and what came out was something completely different. Scozzaro’s half of the gallery is dark. Tiny human sculptures fill a shelf, all with different found objects for heads. A matchbook head, a human ear head, a clock head. There are Barbie dolls wrapped like Egyptian pharoahs with heads

of ravens and snakes. Flesh is explored in a dark, animalistic form. On Casstevens’ side of the gallery, flesh takes on a more clinical meaning. Along the walls hang two perfectly straight rows of 128 deflated white balloons. When you look close, each balloon is different: one has a tiny drawing of a human skull. On another, shoulder muscles. There are leg bones and joints, close-up cross sections of the eye and the jaw and the intestinal tract. “I liked that [the balloons are] very skin-like. It is skin that is maybe not in its first freshness,” she says. “We start out young and inflated and plumpy, and as we get older we get sort of deflated and wrinkled and flabby and things droop and become slightly humorous. And it has those qualities.” And even more, the balloons evoked that sense of impermanence that she loves. “The media itself is temporary,” Casstevens says. “But that doesn’t stop people from collecting them.” She was surprised when people bought the tiny deflated balloons at the show’s opening earlier this month. “I said [to one customer], ‘You know these aren’t going to last,’” she says, “And he said, ‘I’ll enjoy watching them decay.’” n “Flesh” featuring works by Margot Casstevens and Carrie Scozzaro • On display through Sept. 28 • Saranac Art Projects • 25 W. Main Ave. • Open Thu, noon-5 pm; Fri and Sat, noon-8 pm • saranacartprojects.wordpress. com

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Fruit of the Vine Hops are the spice of a good beer — and one of Washington’s biggest crops BY MIKE BOOKEY

The Dunn Day IPA, front, and a Green Bluff Honey Ale from Big Barn Brewing Company are both made from hops farmed on the site of the brewery.



he hop vines sway in the afternoon breeze of a warm September afternoon on Craig Deitz’s farm in the Green Bluff agricultural area north of Spokane. Deitz, pacing between rows of vines suspended on ropes, pulls off a few of the hop flowers — bright green cones whose aroma is an instant reminder that they’ll someday become part of a Big Barn Brewing Company beer. It’s harvest time for hops, and Deitz and his crew — which includes a group of Burmese refugees he hired through World Relief — are busily picking the flowers from vines and tossing them into crates. From there, Deitz spreads the hops across a platform at the top of his barn, where they’re dried, ready to be milled into pellets and frozen to be used in beers for the rest of the year. Some of those hop flowers might even be tossed right into a brew, making for one of the rare fresh-hop brews that beer geeks gravitate toward every fall. For Deitz, who owns the brewery with his wife Jane and friend and fellow brewer Brad Paulson, adding the brewery component to his farm, Bodacious Berries and Fruit, made perfect sense. “We started with the berry farm and had the idea for the brewery about four years ago,” says Deitz. “We’d been doing farming for a while now, and beer is a farming commodity — the federal government actually recognizes malt beverages as a farming commodity.” Hops, of course, are also a farming commodity. They’re one of Washington’s most prominent crops, their farmers powering the global brewing industry by growing almost 75 percent of the world’s hop acreage in the state, almost all of which is in the Yakima Valley. But Deitz and other Inland Northwest farmers are proving that hops — a resilient plant — can grow here, too. Ann George, administrator of the Washington Hop Commission and the Hop Growers of America, says that while Spokane isn’t going to have a hops market like Yakima — where hop farmers have produced the beer ingredient for generations — anytime soon, the crop definitely can be grown here. “It can certainly grow in a climate like Spokane,” she says. “The key for hops is the day length. The longer the days for the June-to-July season, the more heavily they’ll yield.” Spokane is far enough north to bring those sort of long summer days. Even farther north in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, is one of the region’s only commercial hop farms. Owned by Anheuser-Busch, it produces specialty hops for the mega-brewer’s beers.


or Deitz, a high school science teacher who also coached cross country before both of his hips were replaced, the purpose of farming his own hops is to make his brewery completely self-sufficient, brewing only from ingredients farmed on-site. “We’d like everything for our brews to come from our farm eventually,” says Deitz. He’s already growing barley he plans to roast, but other brews, including his raspberry wit, blackberry porter and pumpkin ale, are flavored with items produced on the Bodacious grounds, a sprawling farm where Deitz and his wife’s home is located. George says Deitz isn’t the only brewer or hop farmer keying in on the locavore movement. “If you’re growing [hops] for your own brewery and interested in riding the tide of the locavore movement, that’s great,” she says. “We have some small growers in various parts of the country and some of them have decided to produce fresh hops, and all of their hops are going to make fresh hop ales.” Big Barn Brewing’s tasting room is located in a cozy, bare-bones wood structure on the farm’s pastoral grounds. It’s an inviting stop for thirsty apple pickers and pumpkin hunters who crowd the scattered farms of Green Bluff during the late summer and fall months. For now, the actual brewing setup is, as Deitz puts it, “brutally small,” producing only two-thirds of a barrel of handcrafted beer at a time. He’s still working with the county to get the permitting required for a larger operation, but for now his homegrown hops will go into the mobile “nano-brewery” rig at the back of his barn.

Centennial hops harvested last week. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


armworkers are wrapping up their labor, checking in with Deitz to make sure it’s fine to call it a day. The sun is setting over the rolling hills, and Deitz finally has a chance to sit down with half a pint of Big Barn’s Dunn Day IPA. He reminisces about how his kids gave him a home brewing kit for Christmas more than a decade ago, and laughs at how that somehow turned into a business. He takes a sip of the beer after the conversation veers back toward hops, and how they can be overused in so many of the ultra-IPAs craft brewers have been toying with in recent years. “I don’t like that sting. I don’t like it when it lingers and burns. You need to have a balance,” he says, looking down into the glass. The smell of hops is still in the air — maybe from the pints on the table in front of us, perhaps from the crates of hop flowers that had been picked hours earlier. Wherever it came from, it’s the smell of a good day of farming. n Big Barn Brewing, at Bodacious Berries, Fruits and Brews • 16004 N. Applewood Ln., Mead • Open Fri-Sun from noon to 6 pm • 238-2489


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The East Coast obsession over croissant-donuts has finally arrived in the Inland Northwest BY CHEY SCOTT


ou won’t have to camp out overnight or wait in line for hours and hours to get a “cronut” in Spokane. But at the trending croissant-donut hybrid’s place of origin, New York’s Dominique Ansel Bakery, people will do just that and more to get their hands on one of the flaky, sweet delicacies, which are sold in limited quantities (two per customer per day, as outlined along with other rules

on the bakery’s website) and sell out daily within hours of opening. Several local restaurants and bakeries have begun offering their own version of the pastry combination, and they’re much easier to come by here. While Ansel has trademarked the name and product idea since introducing the cronut back in May, that’s not keeping bakeries here or BROUGHT TO YOU BY


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across the world from capitalizing on the viral trend by coming up with their own version of the cronut. Most imitators are careful, due to Ansel’s lawsuit threat, to call their creations something else: a doissant, or just simply a croissant-donut. In the most basic sense, the cronut is a donut made from the same — or a slightly tweaked recipe — of the buttery, layered dough used to make croissants. Instead of being rolled into a crescent moon shape and baked, the dough is shaped into a circle with a hole cut out of the middle, then dropped into a deep-fat fryer, donut-style. The end result is generally less dense than the average donut, and depending on where it’s from, ranges between chewy, crispy and flaky. Leading the charge on the local cronut scene is Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie, the French-inspired downtown Spokane bakery and restaurant. Madeleine’s debuted its croissant-donuts a few months ago, and co-owner Megan VanStone says offering the trendy pastry made sense because the bakery already makes croissants on a daily basis and has a fryer. Madeleine’s offers its version of the cronut ($3.50) daily, topped with a rotating flavor of glaze — from caramel and chocolate ganache with rainbow sprinkles to maple and lemon — and has sold out of them every day since their debut, usually before lunchtime, VanStone says. Because of their popularity, the bakery accepts special preorders of its croissant-donuts. Curious eaters also can indulge in cronut bliss at Downriver Grill, which ofGet the scoop on the local food scene fers its version of the pastry with our Entrée newsletter. Visit as a breakfast entrée ($9) to sign up. on its recently introduced weekend breakfast menu, available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-2 pm. Downriver’s croissant-donuts come in a plate of four topped with either a maple or espresso cream glaze. “We use lots of butter and go all-out,” says co-owner Juli Norris. “They’re definitely not low-cal.” After capturing the curiosity of Spokanites earlier this summer with its unusual branding, the north Spokane zombiethemed shop Dawn of the Donut debuted its newly developed croissant-donut last Friday. Its bakers made 40 of the specialty pastries that first day and sold out in just a few hours. In an creative attempt to stand out from other cronut imitators and stick with its living-dead theme, Dawn of the Donut manager Jayy De Boer says the shop’s version of the hybrid pastry is called the “RIP,” which stands for “rip it apart.” While Dawn of the Donut is still fairly new to the local food scene — it opened in late July — people curious to try their first cronut flocked there last week after seeing a brief announcement on its Facebook page a few days prior, De Boer says. Dawn of the Donut’s RIP ($1) was offered on its first day with a basic sugar glaze, but De Boer says there are plans to offer cream-filled RIP pastries and some with less traditional glazes and fillings, like apricot and raspberry. n




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t’s been nearly three years since Josh Wade transformed the momentum of his popular wine blog into Nectar Tasting Room, and the lease was just signed for another three. Fittingly, Wade announced the news on Twitter and Facebook: “I guess that means we’ll be around to serve you great Washington wine for a while longer!” The main focus is still showcasing the broad range of wines made in Washington. Among the dozen-plus tasting rooms downtown, Nectar stands out for its broad

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SPORTS BARS BIRDY’S SPORTS BAR 12908 U.S. 395 | 863-9572 Dan Birdwell left the construction industry to open this sports bar with his baseball-loving family last spring and quickly built a loyal fan base of Whitworth students and northside professionals. You won’t find anything revolutionary (or wings, for that matter) on the menu, but their burgers, dogs and sandwiches are just the ticket when you’re parked for a few hours to watch the game on their array of TVs — including a massive projector screen that makes those linebackers look pretty close to actual size. It’s less terrifying than it sounds, don’t worry. EPIC 100 N. Hayford Rd. | Airway Heights 242-7000 Having replaced “The Q,” this restaurant at Northern Quest Resort and Casino has kept the best of the old and brought in a lot more epicness. The 10-by-30-foot TV stretching over the top of the bar still plays any sport you can think of. But everything else is new — from the bar back to cushy chairs to a couple

of 12-person booths, as well as more TVs and a dark, woody color scheme. Chef Mike Thornton says they’re now serving “not-your-typical-sports-bar fare.” RED LION BBQ 126 N. Division St. | 835-5466 First thing to note, for those who like adult beverages: They’re strong and cheap here. Then there’s the reasonably priced barbecue and mouthwatering fry bread. Swing by on a Sunday and you’ll find a lively scene of NFL fans of teams other than just the Seahawks. Unique in that it stays open well into the late-night hours, the Red Lion — a longtime Spokane nightlife stalwart — serves barbecue standards like tri-tip and ribs, but also salmon and a long list of hot sandwiches.  THE TAILGATER 1221 N. Howard St. | 328-9000 Located across from the Arena, the Tailgater is ideal for getting your game face on, or drinking away a tough loss. It’s also the go-to place for just about any Northwest sports event you can think of, so you’re

likely to find some fellow fans there. There’s a long list of craft beers on tap to choose from, so don’t think you have to settle for a light brew just because you’re watching football. THE SWINGING DOORS 1018 W. Francis Ave. | 326-6794 You can’t look anywhere inside the Swinging Doors without seeing a television set. They sprout from every mountable surface. That makes this just about the best place to watch sports on the north side. Frequently full of locals, it serves cold beer and pub food (think chickenfried steak and burgers). And there’s shuffleboard, a pool table and a few other games to keep you occupied if the game on the screen turns out to be a blowout. n


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Chris Hemsworth (left) and Daniel Brühl thankfully don’t have to race against Ricky Bobby.


Rush covers more ground than it knows, juxtaposing daring talent with workmanlike effort BY SCOTT RENSHAW


ivalries — the kind that go down in history, like Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), it’s the latter. Despite being the one Ron Howard’s Rush is based on — are an Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind — or depending on almost always grounded in contrast. Machine-like how cynical your view is of those awards, because he’s an Björn Borg vs. combustible John McEnroe; flashy Magic Oscar winner — Howard’s reputation among cinephiles Johnson vs. steady Larry Bird; dancing, brash Ali vs. ranges from “generally competent” to “workmanlike.” lumbering, stolid Foreman — all of them captivated audiHe’s the guy who’s going to take whatever story you ences because they were as much about style as talent. give him and deliver something perfectly watchable, but Winning wasn’t really the only thing; people you’re never going to go to one of his movcould also argue over whether it was important ies for the privilege of seeing a master direct RUSH how you looked while you were doing it. the hell out of a motion picture. Rated R Rush, however, takes its cues less from the This story is exactly the kind at which Directed by Ron Howard great sports rivalries than from one based in the Starring Chris Hemsworth, Howard has proven most adept, using the arts: the Mozart vs. Salieri dynamic of Amadeus. Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde framework of real-life characters as he did And in so doing, the film inadvertently manages so effectively with A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella to say as much about the reputation of its direcMan and Frost/Nixon. The action begins with tor as it does about the story at hand. a crucial race in 1976, before flashing back to the early Because if Howard is likely to be compared with years of the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda on the mieither of the key players in this fact-based tale of the nor leagues of the European racing circuit. Howard and mid-’70s Formula 1 racing rivalry between cocky, daring screenwriter Peter Morgan — who collaborated on Frost/ James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and diligent, risk-averse Nixon — effectively set up the initial parallel between the


two men as children of privilege who rebel against the expectations of their families, before focusing on the clash of styles that differentiated them. There’s also some great material in Rush about the connection that develops between people whose greatest pleasure is beating one another. After a crash appears to sideline Lauda for the remainder of a season, he endures grueling rehabilitation — all while watching Hunt catch up to him in the season standings — motivated by the need to defend his title. And when a reporter insults Lauda during a press conference, it’s Hunt who comes to his defense with surprising brutality. While Brühl’s performance is considerably more compelling than Hemsworth’s — Brühl’s reaction takes perfectly capture the pique of a guy who genuinely can’t understand people who don’t see the world as rationally as he does — both actors capture the competitive respect that has always driven the great sports legends. Rush offers plenty to like in its study of the drive to win, and in the performances that anchor that study; it just doesn’t offer much to love. Like so many of Howard’s films over the years, it’s content to hit its marks — the montages, the character-arc peaks and valleys, the action beats — without ever finding a way to elevate the material. So we get the scenes of the two men wooing and interacting with their wives (Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara) that rarely feel anything more than perfunctory, and add little to the distinction between their personalities. We get story-advancing scenes that might as well have “this is a story-advancing scene” written somewhere on the wall. Rush works, and maybe that’s rare enough that’s it not worth nit-picking. But as Salieri learned in Amadeus, there’s a great divide between art that works and art that wows. 





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There’s something about this film that will stick with you. And that’s a rare observation to make about a movie that, at least at first glance, is almost a romantic comedy, but Drinking Buddies rattled around in the back of my skull for several days after its viewing. It’s about a guy (The New Girl’s Jake Johnson) and a girl (an amazing Olivia Wilde) who work at a brewery together, where they drink and flirt and drink some more. They have significant others (played by Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick), but when we see both couples together, the sparks aren’t flying where they should. Somehow, no one seems to notice, or at least make it known. Writer/director Joe Swanberg’s dialogue is the sort of stuff we’ve all said around a bar top and the situations in which he places these characters all fit together perfectly to create something that’s funny — until it’s all kind of sad. Perhaps what made Drinking Buddies linger in my mind was the way in which it so abrasively disregards everything movies have taught us about falling in love. At Magic Lantern. Rated R. – MIKE BOOKEY


Montana Moore (Paula Patton) has some serious man issues. Her little sister is getting married, and to show up to the rehearsal dinner without a handsome fiancée as well would pretty much ruin her life. So, with the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott,) and Sam (Adam Brody,) she decides to run through her list of ex-boyfriends, and stage casual meetings with them on the most romantic spot on Earth: an airplane. In typical rom-com fashion, these uber-romantic pass-me-the-peanuts meet and greets end up revealing Montana’s true love, who was right under her nose the whole time. (ER) Rated PG-13


Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader,) the lovable inventor, has achieved his dreams and is now working for his idol, Chester V, creating things to benefit society. But when he learns that the food machine he thought he had destroyed is still up and running this time producing scary humanoid food hybrids including melonheads, mosquitoasts, and shrimpanzees he and his team, including love interest and weather girl Sam Sparks (voice of Anna Faris,) must get rid of the machine once and for all in this animated flick. PG (ER)


Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) stars in and makes his writing-directing feature debut as Jon, a nightclub hopper who likes and regularly scores with the ladies, but gets more satisfaction watching porn at home on his laptop. There aren’t too many sex-porn-addiction comedies out there, but this one kind of shines. A great supporting cast: Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore as possible love interests, Tony Danza and Glenne Headley as Jon’s parents, only make things better. (ES) Rated R


GMO-OMG goes deep into the world of genetically modified food and its potential repercussions. Directed by Jeremy Seifert, this documentary follows a family trying to avoid eating GMOs in a world where it has become harder and harder for the average consumer to do just that. Exploring the food industry and the effect that GMOs have on the human body, as well as the potential environmental issues that crop up with the use of GMO’, Seifert brings to the table yet another reason to be concerned with what we eat. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Unrated


They’ve made 10 albums, played hundreds of sold out concerts, and now, the heavy metal band have their own movie. Trip, played by Dane Dehaan, is a young roadie on tour with Metallica who is sent out to pick up some precious cargo. Along the way, he crashes his car, and must go head to head with a masked horseman. Features Metallica’s music as background to Trip’s epic adventure, as well as radically cool visuals. (ER) Rated R

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The action begins with a crucial race in 1976, before flashing back to the early years of the rivalry between Formula 1 race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda on the minor leagues of the European racing circuit. Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan — who collaborated on Frost/Nixon — effectively set up the initial parallel between the two men as children of privilege who rebel against the expectations of their families, before focusing on the clash of styles that differentiated them. (SR) Rated R.

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Set in rural Texas sometime, presumably, in the ’70s, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are Bob and Ruth, young lovers star-crossed by a robbery gone wrong. Surrounded by the law in a clapboard house, the pair, along with a cohort, try to shoot their way out. Ruth wings a sheriff, but Bob takes both her gun and the blame, and ends up with a 25-year prison sentence. The kicker? Ruth is pregnant, and their mutual yearning for each other leads Bob to attempt a jailbreak, which succeeds — up to a point. At Magic Lantern (MS) Rated R



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New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is down on her luck. Her marriage to a wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) fell apart after he lost all their money in a Wall Street scam, forcing Jasmine to move to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger, a grocery store clerk. To Jasmine, it seems like there’s not much left in her life to look forward to, as she struggles to cope with her downfall from a life of luxury to one where she’s forced to decide whether she should become a dental receptionist or a nurse. Writer/director Woody Allen presents us a modern yet familiar character study of how the haves and the have-nots perceive themselves. (CS) PG-13


In this sci-fi tale, the 1-percenters don’t just live in their own world philosophically and in terms of lifestyle; they’ve literally left the planet behind. Orbiting above Earth is the titular satellite/habitat, where those who can afford it enjoy the bliss of cure-all medical technology and breathable air, while the surface world has turned into one massive, overpopulated, disease-ridden wasteland. (SR) Rated R

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Luc Besson directs this film in which a not so typical family, the Manzonis,  are relocated under the witness protection program from their Brooklyn home to a small town in France. The former mobsters, now turned snitches, handle their problems in their new lives via violence, bribery and the occasional explosion. As the odd events pile skyward, it becomes apparent that their new location is still not enough to hide them from their former mafia cronies. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones star. (ER) Rated R




Ethan Hawke gave us an amazing performance in the remarkable Before Midnight earlier this year, so it’s OK for him to take some time to do something, well, less remarkable. Here, Hawke plays Brent Magna, who used to be a professional race car driver, which comes in handy when his wife is kidnapped by some jerk and he has to steal some other chick’s car (that chick is a post-Bieber Selena Gomez; the car is a Shelby Mustang) and drive really fast to rescue said wife. (MB) Rated PG-13


Lake Bell wrote, directed and stars in this big-hearted comedy that goes behind the scenes of the voiceover industry — in oth-

er words, the dude who says “In a world..” at the beginning of those action movie previews. As Carol, Bell gives us a luckless daughter of a voiceover master who is trying to forge her own career in the industry while also dealing with her nutso family. It’s quirky and full of laughs, but also a sign that Bell is an indie director to keep an eye on. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R.


The Lambert family returns in the sequel to the bone-chilling thriller aptly named Insidious: Chapter Two. Patrick Wilson stars as Josh Lambert, the reassuring father to the now healing family, attempting to erase the events of the past. But as unusual things begin to once again happen in the household, Renai Lambert, played by Rose Byrne, begins to suspect that perhaps her husband’s reassurance is simply denial, and something has followed her hubby out of the spirit-world, (ER) Rated PG-13


Forest Whitaker plays the lead role in this loosely interpreted story of former White House butler Eugene Allen, turned here into a fellow named Cecil Gaines. His ability to avoid conflicts and please people catches the eye of a White House staff recruiter, who brings Cecil on during the Eisenhower administration, beginning service that would take him into the Reagan years. Also stars Oprah Winfrey! (SR) Rated PG-13


The kidnapping-revenge genre gets a refreshing makeover when a child goes missing, Dad gets mad, and the cops don’t know what to do. It stars Hugh Jackman (the dad) and Jake Gyllenhaal (the detective). This goes places that Taken and Frantic never thought of going. A real nail-biter that’s violent and unpredictable. (ES) Rated R


Vin Diesel returns as Riddick, the interstellar warrior we first met in Pitch Black and then saw return to action in 2004’s Chronicles of Riddick. This time around, he’s been left for dead on a barren planet where he’s forced to fight for his life against alien beasts. Then, a bunch

of bounty hunters come looking for the mole-eyed hero and, again, he has to fight for his life. (MB) Rated R.


Brie Larson plays Grace, a supervisor in a foster home for at-risk teens. Although madly in love with her boyfriend Mason, played by John Howard Gallagher Jr., Grace is seemingly unable to express herself when things get tough. Finding a connection with Jayden, a troubled teen new to her group home, and more distance in her relationship, Grace begins to realize she needs to take the advice she gives to her kids, and finally, open up a little. At Magic Lantern (ER) Rated R


Adam, played by Mark Ruffalo, finds himself falling in love with a beautiful, successful Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow) and in doing so once again comes face to face with the same sexual demons he thought he had defeated. Meanwhile, his compatriots, Mike, portrayed by Tim Robbins, finds security in smothering his family in order to control himself, while Neil (Josh Gad) is just coming to terms with his addiction, and is already struggling on the rocky road to recovery. (ER) Rated R


Fox Searchlight continues to establish itself as, perhaps, the premier indie film distributor. From them we’ve received films like Sideways, Juno and Slumdog Millionaire. Their newest film seems to contain the same charm they’ve become known for. This time around, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph and a young actor named Liam James look to deliver said charm with a tale about a forlorn kid who finds a new life with a summer job at a water park. At Magic Lantern (JR) PG-13


Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who finds himself in major debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). He’s then forced to make a trip to Mexico to pick up some bud, and he believes he’ll keep a lower profile if he crosses the border with his family. Without one, he recruits a nerdy boy, a punk girl and a stripper (Jennifer Aniston — as a stripper!) to pose as his kin travelling in an RV. (JR) Rated R 





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The high-intensity “gateway” genre that converted rock listeners to EDM, sparking the mainstream U.S. movement. Songs feature heavy bass, and strange wobbly and beeping sounds not present in almost any other music genre. Anticipation builds until the drop, where the bass slams back into the song with the main melody.

Best appreciated by those who love to dance and sing along. Vocals are usually female and positive. The sounds are less alien or robotic than in dubstep, making house more conducive to parties.

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The music is challenging to describe, especially when artists use tags like “cosmic disco” or “freestyle amorphous music.” And that’s not even getting into established genres like “moombahton,” “psytrance,” “trap,” or Starbucks coffee order-length names like “big room progressive electro house.” Here’s a breakdown of the four main Electronic Dance Music genres. BY BETH NOTTURNO

TRANCE Of the EDM genres, trance is the most melodic. Bordering on spiritual, trance takes listeners on an emotional journey, with a climb, peak and descent without the thumping house beats or harsh dubstep sounds. Globally, trance is the most popular.

DRUM AND BASS Highly rhythmic with heavy drumbeats and half-beats. Often sharing characteristics with pop and rock music, it’s considered a bridge between instrumental and electronic music. The quick, steady beat pairs well with putting on your headphones and getting to work.

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ast March, neon-clad droves of sweaty, cake-covered kids poured out of the Knitting Factory doors. The cold night air served as a stabilizer for the Steve Aoki set they’d just witnessed inside. For the previous few hours, the crowd had danced in rhythm to Aoki’s raucous electronic beats as he bounced all over the stage with lasers flashing.

So entranced were his fans, no one seemed to his family, but he still maintains a full-time DJ mind when he chucked sheet cakes, orange juice career. and champagne at them and surfed over them in Funk doesn’t rush to support unproven local an inflatable raft. artists, so he’s the first to admit most DJs don’t Aoki is a rock star DJ in the electronic dance like him. music movement — a resurgent genre often as“Respect is earned, not given,” he says. “Just sociated with massive festivals, party drugs and because you have a ‘DJ’ in front of your name colorful costumes. And the style has more than doesn’t mean I have to respect you.” arrived in Spokane. Earning respect from people like Funk has American and international EDM acts fill a been an uphill battle for DJ Beauflexx, but now quarter of the Knitting Factory’s schedule until he’s in high demand. He opened for Aoki last 2014, signaling a healthy local fan base. When March and will open for Datsik next week. Life in Color threw “the world’s largest paint A residency at the Lion’s Lair gives him party” at the Spokane Arena last year, it was such the luxury to play his own music while other a huge hit the touring show is returning in OcDJs take jobs at clubs, relinquishing their EDM tober. The Gorge Amphitheatre has even gotten tracks for Top 40 hits. into the act, with Paradiso Festival selling out the “Getting into this scene and gaining accep25,000-person venue in only its second year. tance has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Mark Dinerstein, talent buyer for the Knitting Factory, says it was tough drawing DJs to Spokane at first. For DJs accustomed to enormous crowds, the Inland Northwest’s population is not exactly ideal. But when popular acts like Aoki, Skrillex and Kaskade spread word of supportive fans, Dinerstein’s job got easier. Convincing people to show up was another challenge. “People weren’t used to paying $20 or more to see a DJ,” Dinerstein says. Beauflexx says. “I sat here for a year trying to Technology had to catch up to the music, and learn how to scratch, and nobody wanted to help now it’s more feasible for artists to enhance perme. Other DJs told me to go on YouTube and formances with custom stages, lasers and go-go learn myself.” dancers. Yet with all of these enhancements, the And while an increase in EDM fans has been local EDM scene is still struggling to catch on. good for the scene, Beauflexx says new DJs have On a recent Saturday night, Carr’s Corner oversaturated the scene with mediocre shows, hosted a show of four local DJs that drew a meamaking it hard to stand out. ger crowd. Despite decades of talent behind the “Everybody wants to be the cool guy,” decks, high quality sound and an accommodating Beauflexx says, but his reality is a sharp contrast dance floor, the handful of adults present chose to the superstar DJ lifestyle. He travels across the to sit. Meanwhile at Big City Saloon, a packed state to play for no paycheck. He’s invested thoudance floor jammed to Journey, Britney Spears sands of dollars into shows that flop. Equipment and Shania Twain. gets stolen or breaks. His weekly EDM night DJ Funk, host of the Carr’s Corner show and isn’t Draft thriving like it once was. Get Your On! a two-decade EDM veteran, is one of many local Meanwhile, Dinerstein will deliver EDM as DJs to play for empty dance floors. He likens long as it’s in demand. “This is what Spokane Spokane’s DJs to a bunch of pirates — it’s every wants — we’re very attentive,” he says. man for himself, especially today as an exploThe Knitting Factory lineup is a good sign 2pm-2am sion of “bedroom DJs” vie for Spokane’s limitedMon-Fri for the scene, Beauflexx says, but “the local limelight. shows are not quite there.”  Sat + Sun Funk didn’t choose to live in Spokane for Open atSpokane’s 9am for brunch the music scene. At 43, he’s survived most of his next big local EDM show: Bar • Fri, Oct. 18 at 7 pm • The Hop! contemporaries from the Los Angeles warehouse The Gateway ElektroWeen Between Downtown & rave era and spun records all over the country. Browne’s • 706Addition N. Monroe • $7.50–$15 • All-ages • faceSpokane was a place he could settle down with ST

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very record label sucks dick.” It’s a 20-year-old lyric from an R.A. the Rugged Man track. And it’s a line that he also apparently has printed on T-shirts — one of which he was wearing when booted off a Southwest Airlines plane in June 2012 after a flight attendant deemed it offensive. He reportedly offered to take it off or cover it up, but the damage was done. But R.A. the Rugged Man — real name R.A. Thorburn — is no stranger to being kicked out of places. As hip-hop lore has it, the New York rapper was banned from every major hip-hop label’s offices in the 1990s, and even prohibited from


performing due to his over-the-top antics. In an interview this past spring with, Thorburn said that being such a punk is what attracted Jive Records to him way back when. “If corporations see a bunch of other people interested, they think, ‘Oh, we’ll make so much money off of it. The controversy will work for us,’” he said. “But then, when they had the f---in’ young, rugged demon in the office, it was, ‘Oh, we’re scared of him. He’s a scary guy … we can’t go in elevators with him.’ And, you know, I was young, crazy and had issues in my mind back then. So they were scared of me.” Thorburn may have been a wild card, but he

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was also a full force on the mic with his no-holds-barred approach to songwriting and rapid-fire delivery. It seems that censors were created to hold back rappers like Thorburn, who refused to apologize for any controversy he started with his lyrics. That made him a pest to record labels (hence the T-shirts), but a fearless artist and a true rapper’s rapper. And Thorburn has always been a hustler, too. While continuing to crank out new material — his most recent album, Legends Never Die, came out in late August — he’s collaborated with everyone from Wu-Tang Clan to Notorious B.I.G., Jedi Mind Tricks to Talib Kweli. People seem to be used to Thorburn’s antics by now. Except for Southwest Airlines. “You get a little older, you calm down,” he told HipHopDX. com, “And now everybody says, ‘Oh, R.A.’s the nice guy. We like him. Let him in the house, and let him have dinner with the kids.’” 


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t the very top of the list of the coolest shit we’ve seen this year happened during Volume 2013, when right there in the middle of Mootsy’s, the guitar player in Haunted Horses pulled a drill out and actually started playing his guitar with it. If that wasn’t enough, the band’s unreal drummer was pounding away all the while on his kit and yelling into a microphone like he was chasing the devil out of the room. The Seattle trio is able to make doom and gloom heavy and almost upbeat — a sound that’s winning them fans around the country. Haunted Horses appeared live on KEXP this year. Seeing this band live is like a true, sonic-induced soul cleanse. — LEAH SOTTILE Haunted Horses with Bloody Gloves and Hooves • Mon, Sept. 30 at 9 pm • Carr’s Corner • 230 S. Washington • $5 • 21+ • 474-1731


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ARBOR CREST WINERY (927-9463), Nicole Lewis BABY BAR, Magpies BEVERLY’S (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn J BING CROSBY THEATER, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Mastersons THE CELLAR, Ron Criscione COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny CRUISER’S (208-773-4706), Krashbox GIBLIANO BROTHERS, Dueling Pianos J THE HOP!, Open mic JOHN’S ALLEY, Real Life Rockaz JONES RADIATOR, The Dodgy Mountain Men KELLY’S IRISH PUB, Arvid Lundin, Jan Clizer, Caledonia Strings J KNITTING FACTORY, Frightened Rabbit, Augustines J LAGUNA CAFE, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Nick Grow J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Dirk Lind J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Primal Mates O’SHAY’S, Open mic J THE PHAT HOUSE, Chelsey Heidenreich RICO’S (332-6566), Palouse Subterranean Blues Band SPLASH, Steve Denny ZOLA, Flying Mammals

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he Grateful Dead has passed on. That’s where Dark Star Orchestra shambles in. Carrying on the tradition set by the legendary psychedelic act with a cult-like following for more than 15 years, Dark Star Orchestra is proud to call themselves a cover band. Not only do they play all of the Dead’s songs, they recreate actual famous set lists (down to the equipment and stage layout used) during their shows for Deadheads to reminisce to. They’re about as close as an avid fan can get to the real thing without the use of a time machine. — LAURA JOHNSON An Evening with Dark Star Orchestra • Tue, Oct. 1 at 8 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • $25 and up • All-ages • • 800-325-SEAT

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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BELLTOWER • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 THE CENTER • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 433-7328 THE CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 CURLEY’S BAR & BISTRO • 26433 W. Hwy. 53, Hauser • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGAN’S • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROTHERS • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington St. • 315-8623 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 MOON TIME • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 O’SHAY’S • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 ROADHOUSE COUNTRY ROCK BAR • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPLASH • 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 VIKING BAR & GRILL • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main • 624-2416




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Ben Franklin told us all those years ago, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” A similar mind-set has driven organizers to rally as many as a thousand volunteers to the shores of the Spokane River every September for the past decade to restore and invest in the local environment. Individuals and teams of coworkers, classmates and churches remove multiple tons of trash from the riverbed and banks, and volunteers who find interesting objects can enter them into a contest. Winners earn prizes and later, local artists turn the found objects into artwork. — BETH NOTTURNO Spokane River Clean-Up • Sat, Sept. 28 from 9 am to noon • Free • Highbridge Park in West Spokane • friendsofthefalls. org • 981-6296




78th Annual Greek Dinner Festival • Sept. 26-28, lunch from 11 am-2 pm, dinner from 4:30-8 pm • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church • 1703 N. Washington St. • $6-$15 • spokanegreekfest. com • 328-9310

Hit & Run VII • Fri, Sept. 27 and Sat, Sept. 28 at 7:30 pm • $5 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third Ave. •

After bringing a taste of Greece to Spokane for nearly 80 years, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Greek Dinner Festival is not going to stop now. Unleashing the winning combination of extremely flaky delicacies (which church members have been preparing since last week), dancing and beer and wine this weekend, there’s nothing else to do but say “Opa!” and join in the fun. Carry-out is available for those who don’t like to experience a little adventure. — LAURA JOHNSON

The local theatrical community gets together this weekend to offer two jam-packed nights of performance that sound like the perfect combination of funny, genius and acting talent. This year’s annual Hit & Run playwriting festival takes place at the Stage Left Theater, a new-ish venue in an unexpected Third Avenue location. The festival features staged readings of 10 short comedic plays handpicked out of about 300 submissions from all over the U.S. and beyond. The show goes on for just two nights, and seating is limited. — CHEY SCOTT


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Looking for a little more magic in your life? Catch Jay Owenhouse, the fantastical illusionist and magician, as he dazzles, enchants and mystifies his way through Spokane. Not only is the magic fun to watch, but participation is also a big part of the show, as audience members — not beautiful assistants — get sawed in half and predict the future in this original and elaborate stage show. If that’s not enough excitement, perhaps the tigers might pique some interest. Featuring both a Bengal and a royal white tiger, Owenhouse promises a night of impossible feats and fabulous tricks. — EMERA RILEY Jay Owenhouse: Dare to Believe • Sat, Sept. 28 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm • $34-$43 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 279-7000

Stop Violence Against Women Day September 27th | 11:30 am – 8 pm Women’s Health & Resource Fair with the Coeur d’ Alene Casino Resort Hotel 37914 S Hwy 95 Worley, ID 83876 $75 per person Includes catered lunch, prime rib and salmon dinner, keynote presentations, breakout sessions, mini-spa treatments, health & wellness screenings, door prizes and more.


The craft beer festival previously known as Oktoberfest grew out of its lederhosen this year, but the concept is still the same: 30 craft breweries pouring a selection of their finest brews, including seasonal pumpkin beers and what is likely the world’s best selection of huckleberry ales. Of the Washington Beer Commission’s six annual beer festivals, this is the only one on this side of the Cascades. The list of 30 participating breweries reads like a who’s who of Inland Northwest brewers — yes, they allowed a couple of North Idaho favorites — and plenty of breweries making the trek from elsewhere in the state. (The cost of admission includes a tasting cup and five 5-oz. samples.) — LISA WAANANEN Inland NW Craft Beer Festival • Fri, Sept. 27 from 4-8 pm and Sat, Sept. 28 from noon to 8 pm • $20; $5 for designated drivers • 21+ • Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard St. •

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STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D's Comedy, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) COMEDY OPEN MIC Stand-up comedy open mic night. Sept. 26 and Oct. 8 at 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223) BEFORE IT'S IN THEATERS Live comedy show based on audience suggestions of movies. Fridays at 8 pm through Sept. 27. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) LAUGH FOR THE CURE Comedy night fundraiser event benefiting the E. Wash. affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, featuring comedian Shaun Jones and opener Drew Barth. Oct. 3 at 6 pm. $75, including dinner. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (315-5940)


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INCREDIBLE CORN MAZE Three corn mazes, haunted maze (Oct.), drive-in movies (Saturdays in Oct. at 8 pm), pumpkin patch, concessions, games and more. Through Oct. 31, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Incredible Corn Maze, 3405 N. Beck Rd. (993-5242) COLVILLE CORN MAZE Pumpkin patch, corn maze and more. Through Oct. 31. Mon-Fri 4 pm to dusk, Fri 4-9 pm, SatSun 11 am-9 pm. $5-$7. Colville, Wash. (684-6751) KENWORTHY GALA & AUCTION Annual fundraiser event featuring food, drink, entertainment and more. Sept. 26 at 7 pm. $20. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) CENTENNIAL TRAIL OPENING See the new leg of the Centennial Trail north of the river through Kendall Yards and check out the new businesses and living options in Kendall Yards. Sept. 27. Kendall Yards, West Summit Parkway. FAMILY FUN FEST Sixth anniversary celebration for HUB, featuring free fitness classes, kids' activities and more. Sept. 28 from 2-5 pm. Free. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. (927-0602) A WALK IN THE PARK First annual fundraiser dog walk supporting the SCRAPS Hope Foundation Animal Medical Fund. Sept. 28 from 10 am-2 pm. Prairie View Park, East 61st Ave. (477-2760) SPOKANE RIVER CLEAN-UP 11th annual river clean-up day on public lands along the Spokane River. Sept. 28 from 9 am-noon. Areas include High Bridge Park, the University District and locations in Spokane Valley. SPOKANE AIDS WALK Annual fundraiser and awareness walk benefiting the Spokane AIDS Network. Sept. 28 at 11 am. $15-$20. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (455-8993) STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DAY Domestic violence prevention event featuring a women's resource fair, keynote speakers, seminars, vendors and more. Sept. 28 from 11:30

am-8 pm. $75. Coeur d'Alene Casino, 37914 S. Hwy. 95, Worley. (928-9664) BALLROOM DANCING NIGHT Learn the basics of the waltz, fox trot, swing and cha-cha in celebration of National Ballroom Dance week, hosted by USA Dance's Sandpoint chapter. Sept. 28 from 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. (208-699-0421) TOUCH-A-TRUCK Families and children can explore big trucks, buses, emergency vehicles and participate in other activities. Sept. 28 from 9 am-2 pm. $4-$5. SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (328-2801) SHRINERS DUCK WADDLE 5K 5K fun run fundraiser benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children - Spokane. Sept. 29 at 11 am. Riverfront Park, floating dock, 507 N. Howard St. (455-7844) SPOKANE FATHERHOOD PROJECT Volunteer fathers over age 30 are needed to mentor young fathers as part of the Spokane Fatherhood Project, a free service offered by Catholic Charities Spokane. Meets Mondays from 5:307:30 pm. Location TBA. (455-4966) SPOKANE MOVES TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION The local activist group meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Next meeting is Oct. 1 at 6:30 pm. Free. Liberty Park Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave. (844-1776) ARE YOU AN INLANDER? Trivia night hosted by the Inlander on local topics, history, people and places. Oct. 2 at 7 pm. Free. The Viking Bar & Grill, 1221 N. Stevens St. (315-4547) LESSONS OF EXPO 74 Riverfront Park Advisory Committee After-Hours meeting on "Lessons of Expo: What we can learn from the origings of Riverfront Park," hosted by chairman Ted McGregor with Jack Geraghty, Mike Kobluk and Bill Youngs. Oct. 2 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. Kendall Yards Clubhouse, corner of N. Cedar St. and Summit Blvd. (636-5425) INTO AFRICA Partnering for Progress's annual fundraiser gala, featuring an African-themed dinner, auctions and more to benefit the nonprofit's medical and water projects in Kenya. Oct. 4 at 6 pm. $65/person. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (720-8408)


CARING FOR KIDS LUNCHEON Benefit for the St. Anne's Children & Family Center featuring keynote speaker Kelly Graves, Gonzaga women's basketball head coach. Sept. 27 from 11:30 am-1 pm. $5-$100. Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct. (358-4254) MAD HATTER VINTAGE FLEA MARKET 5th annual vintage, handmade, antique and salvaged goods sale featuring local vendors, food, live music and more. Sept. 27-28. Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm. $4. Five Mile Grange, 3024 W. Strong Rd. (990-4558) JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS Used children's and baby items consignment sale. Sept. 27-29. Fri from 9 am-8 pm. Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 8 am-1 pm. $4 admission Fri/Sat. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. HAPPY FALL Y'ALL Antiques, primitives, home decor and more. Sept. 27-28 from 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Old

Orchard Prairie Rd. (499-5099) FALL FESTIVAL OF HOMES Tour 32 new homes constructed by 18 Spokanearea builders during the 9th annual event. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6 from 10 am-5 pm each day. Free. Locations vary throughout the Spokane area. NORTHWEST UFO HERITAGE Presentation by James E. Clarkston, director of Washington state's Mutual UFO Network. Sept. 28 at 7 pm. $5 donation. Harrington Opera House, 19 S. Third St. (253-4719) PALOUSE COUNTRY COWBOY POETS Performances of cowboy poetry, music and more. Sept. 29 from 2-4 pm. $7. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. (229-3414) STAMP SHOW The Inland Empire Philatelic Society's Apple Harvest stamp show. Sept. 28-29 Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm. Free. Hilton Garden Inn, 9015 W. Hwy. 2, Airway Heights. (443-8147) SPOKANE COMPASS CLUB Featuring guest speaker Colleen Snow discussing the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens. Oct. 1 at 11 am. $17. High Country Orchard, 8518 Green Bluff Rd. (455-77889) TED TALK DISCUSSION GROUP Weekly discussion group on TED talks. Meets Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. TOP 25 STARTUPS Learn about the area's emerging startup scene at a networking event hosted by LaunchPad, Connect Northwest and Startup Weekend Spokane. Oct. 2 from 5:308:30 pm. Free. Steam Plant Square, third floor, 159 S. Lincoln St.


HARVEST FEST End of the summer season celebration featuring live music, activities, craft fair, barbecue, hay maze and more. Sept. 28-29. Free. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (866-344-2675) ARTS, MUSIC AND BREWS FEST Art vendors, beer garden, silent auction, food, family activities and more. Sept. 29 from 10 am-5 pm. Aqua Park, St. Maries, Idaho. (253-226-3529) HUMANITAS Inaugural world arts festival featuring world music, dance, cuisine, workshops and more. Oct. 3-5. All events free and open to the public. Washington State University, Pullman campus, locations vary. (335-8522) ART FROM THE HEART Community celebration of arts featuring workshops, kids' programs, concerts and more. Oct. 3-12, times and locations of events vary. (208-2921629)


THE WAY WAY BACK Screening of the coming-of-age comedy. Sept. 26-28 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First St., Sandpoint. (208-255-7801) LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY Screening of the documentary about imprisoned journalist Mumia AbuJamal, hosted by the Peace & Justice Action League and Inland NW Death Penalty Abolition Group. Sept. 26 at 7

pm. $7. Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2211) WAITING FOR SUPERMAN Screening of the documentary on America's public education system with a discussion to follow. Sept. 26 from 6-8:30 pm. Free. The Book Parlor, 1425 W. Broadway Ave. (328-6527) GMO-OMG Documentary on genetically modified organisms in food sources. Oct. 3 at 7 pm. $7. Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2211) NOT MY LIFE Screening of the documentary on human trafficking with a post-film panel hosted by Sandie Morgan of the Global Center for Women & Justice. Oct. 3 at 6 pm. $8.50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)


GREEK FESTIVAL 78th annual festival featuring traditional Greek dinners, cultural performances and more. Sept. 26-28. Lunch 11 am-2 pm and dinner served 4:30-8 pm daily. Free admission, dinner $12-$15. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. (328-9310) A FALL HARVEST OF BEER Class exploring various types of fall beer styles. Sept. 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. (466-1644) COEUR D'ALENE OKTOBERFEST Local and regional breweries feature seasonal beers alongside German food, live music, family activities and more. Sept. 27-28, Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 1-8 pm. $20, includes glass mug. Downtown Coeur d'Alene. (208-415-0116) ROCKTOBERFEST BEER TASTING Taste this season's Oktoberfest beers, pumpkin beers and other fall seasonals. Sept. 27 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (3432253) INLAND NW CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Thirty local and regional craft breweries featured, pouring 70+ beers, live music, food and more. Sept. 27-28, Fri 4-8 pm, Sat noon-8 pm. $15-$20. Ages 21+. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. WINE TASTING Sample organic wines from South America. Sept. 27 at 3:30 pm. Free. Pilgrim's Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) BREWS & BRATS Oktoberfest celebration featuring live music, regional beers and locally produced foods. Sept. 27-29, Fri noon-10 pm, Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun noon-6 pm. Spokane Public Market, 32 W. Second Ave. BREAKING BAD PARTY Party in conjunction with the series finale of the AMC hit show, featuring contests, costumes and themed cocktails. Sept. 28 at 7 pm. Free admission. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-457-9885) ADVENTURES IN CANNING Hands-on workshop teaching how to prepare and preserve fruits, veggies and more. Sept. 28 from 9 am-3 pm. $60. Ages 18+. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-669-2249) OKTOBERFEST Release of Bavarianstyle beers, traditional German food, live music and more. Oct. 4-5. Republic Brewing Co., 26 Clark Ave., Republic, Wash. (775-2700)


STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Concert by the Grammy-award winning artist. Sept. 26 at 8 pm. $40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) BRAD RICHTER & VIKTOR UZUR Cello and guitar concert. Sept. 27 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. (208-457-8950) INLAND NORTHWEST BLUES SOCIETY Fundraiser concert benefiting Crosswalk of North Idaho, featuring Voodoo Church and Lonesome Lyle Morse. Sept. 28 at 7 pm. $10. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. (208-457-8950) CELTIC MUSIC CONCERT Traditional and original music performed by Dick Hensold and Caridwen and Greg Spatz. Sept. 28 at 7:30 pm. $12-$15. Mosaic Fellowship, 610 W. 2nd Ave. (879-7772) SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA "Cabaret" feat. guest vocalist Heather Villa. Sept. 28 at 8 pm. $20-$26. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) UNDER THE SKYLIGHT Fall equinox dinner and concert by Gonzaga music professor Paul Grove. Sept. 28 from 6-8 pm. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse. (878-8425) MATSIKO WORLD ORPHAN CHOIR Choir concert. Sept. 29 at 10 am. Free. Lakeside Church event center, 23129 E. Mission Ave. (210-9779) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Chamber Soiree: "Autumn" featuring members of the Symphony. Oct. 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm. $20-$48. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (624-1200) DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Grateful Dead tribute band. Oct. 1 at 8 pm. $27-$37. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) JOHN & GERALD CLAYTON Concert as part of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series. Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. University of Idaho, Admin Building Auditorium, Moscow. acms (208-885-7557) ANDY MCKEE Acoustic guitar solo concert. Oct. 2 at 8 pm. $25. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) BEVERLY MCCLELLAN Finalist on NBC's The Voice performs a back-to-school concert, hosted by EWU's Pride Center. Oct. 3 at 4 pm. Free. EWU PUB, ground floor. (359-7870)


ANDRE FERIANTE & THE BOHEMIAN ENTOURAGE Concert featuring Spanish, classical, Flamenco, opera and world music. Sept. 27 at 8 pm. $20. The Bing, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) JAY OWENHOUSE "The Authentic Illusionist" stage show. Sept. 28 at 4 pm and at 7:30 pm. $34-$43. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN Live performance by Dave Ehlert of Branson, Mo., portraying Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln. Sept. 30 at 7 pm. Free. Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane St. (208-773-1506) STEP AFRIKA Performance by the professional dance company of the contemporary dance genre created by Af-

rican American college students. Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm. Free. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. (335-8522)


E. WASHINGTON DAY HIKE SLIDESHOW Slideshow presentation of day-hiking trips across Eastern Washington by author Craig Romano. Sept. 26 at 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900) CHE'NSHISH SCRAMBLE Fourth annual golf scramble benefiting the Che'nshish scholarship program. Sept. 27 at 10 am. $100/person. Circling Raven Golf Club, 27068 S. Hwy. 95, Worley. (208-769-3365) FOURTH FRIDAY PUB PEDDLERS Meets the fourth Friday of the month. Sept. 27 at 7 pm, departs at 8 pm. The Swamp, 1904 W. Fifth Ave. (922-3312) COEUR D'FONDO Cycling event benefiting the North Idaho Centennial Trail offering distances of 15, 37, 47, 84 or 108 miles. Sept. 28 from 7 am-5 pm. $10-$85. Starts at Independence Point, ends in downtown CdA. (208-292-1634) PEND D'OREILLE BAY TRAIL DOG WALK Three-mile round-trip dog walk on the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail in a hike hosted by Friends of the Trail and the Panhandle Animal Shelter. Sept. 28 from 9-11 am. Free. (208-265-7297) HUNTING & FISHING FAIR Hosted by the Washington state Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, featuring virtual reality fishing and hunting, demos, information and more. Sept. 28 from 1-5 pm. Free. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. (892-7853) HEAD OF THE PEND OREILLE REGATTA Rowers from across the Inland Northwest will compete in the third annual event. Sept. 28 at 10 am. Free to watch. Priest River, Idaho. ALL GRAVITY SERIES Race No. 4, "Moscow Arms Race" finals downhill moutainbiking race. Sept. 28-29, Practice Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 8:30 am-11 am. Race Sun at noon. $45. Race takes place on Moscow Mountain. TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT "Smashin' September" table tennis tournament hosted by Spokane Table Tennis. Sept. 28 at 11:30 am. $10. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. (768-1780) SPEEDY 10K 10k race benefiting Active For Youth with a kids' 1-mile race. Sept. 28 at 9 am. $30. Spokane County Raceway, 750 N. Hayford Rd. speedy10k. com (328-4786) STOMP OUT ABUSE 5K Third annual 5K run/walk benefiting local domestic violence prevention and services for victims. Sept. 28 at 9 am. $35. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (484-0600) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. Tri-City Americans. Sept. 28 at 7:05 pm. $10-$22. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB The club meets on Sundays from 4:30-7 pm and Wednesdays from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. (448-5694)


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I’ve missed countless opportunities because I fail to speak up in the moment. A pretty girl smiles at me on the bus. Ten minutes later, I will wish I’d stayed on the bus and struck up a conversation. The same thing happens with business opportunities. At the critical moment I need to act, I go into a fog of some kind, weighing my options. Much later, I’ll realize that gold was put in my lap, and I’ll endure a lot of shame from not being present enough AMY ALKON to recognize that. I’m all man when I have a girlfriend (which I don’t now) and will do anything to make her feel secure. But because of my problem with seizing opportunity, I’m much lonelier than I need to be. I’m realizing that I’m an irretrievable mental defective. —Hopeless You’ve heard that 80 percent of success is just showing up? Well, the other 20 percent is not acting like you got glued to the toilet seat shortly afterward. You diagnose yourself: “I’m an irretrievable mental defective.” Um, no — probably just a drama queen with risk aversion jets set a little high. Your freezing in the face of opportunity is probably due to an “approach-avoidance conflict,” a type of inaction-producing psychological stress that occurs when an opportunity has both positive and negative aspects that make it simultaneously appealing and off-putting. For example, with the girl on the bus, there’s a possible date versus a possible rejection. The closer (and more possible) the opportunity the larger the negative aspects loom. This leads to indecision and, in turn, inaction. When you have some distance (say, a few hours after you get off the pretty girl express bus), the positive aspects take center stage, and going for it seems the thing to do. Only then, this no longer takes a nervous “hello” across the bus aisle; you need one of those “missed connection” ads and $3,000 for a private detective. You need to practice opportunity-spotting and preplan what you’ll do when it knocks so you won’t respond like a bratty preteen girl: “Go away! Nobody’s home. I hate you!” Recognizing opportunity takes knowing your goals. Articulate them, and then identify five opportunities a day and seize at least two of them. This requires simply taking action despite your indecision. Assuming you aren’t weighing the opportunity to blow through a bunch of stop signs, what are the likely damages? Step back and do a little cost-benefit analysis. If, say, you’d talked to the girl on the bus, worst-case scenario, she might’ve glared back at you, giving you an ouchie in the ego for what, 10 minutes? Doing nothing leaves you with lasting regret, shame, and self-loathing. Doing nothing repeatedly should help you get a headstart on becoming a bitter old man, thanks to all the years you’ve invested standing near the ladder of success yet never once having a woman in a bikini shinny down and hand you a mai tai.


Why does my girlfriend say she loves me more than I love her? There’s no anger behind it; she says it teasingly. But it’s making me uncomfortable and a little annoyed. I’m beginning to wonder whether I love her enough. I mean, I thought I did. —Bugged “I love you more than you love me!” is just the thing to say to a boyfriend — if you want him to take you in his arms so he can look over your shoulder for your replacement. The problem with the subtext — “You know, you could probably do better” — is the “principle of least interest,” sociologist Willard Waller’s 1938 theory that the relationship partner who is less emotionally invested calls the shots. Even if that less committed partner isn’t an exploitative creep, he’s likely to get his way in ways he wouldn’t in a more equal partnership, and Waller felt this didn’t bode well for the relationship. Current research supports this. Social psychologist Susan Sprecher, for example, found that unequally involved partners were less satisfied with their relationship and more likely to break up. If you aren’t already eyeing the door, ask your girlfriend whether there’s a problem — maybe something she needs that she isn’t getting from you. If she’s just playfully needling you, tell her you need her to stop. It’s okay, in a relationship, to ask that a phrase or two be a no-go zone. This “I love you more than you love me!” business, for example, is a cousin of the lose-lose question, “Do I look fat in this dress?” There is a right response to that question, and it isn’t “Yes, come to think of it,” “No!” or “No, you look like a cow landing with the world’s largest parachute”; it’s hiring somebody to be there to clock you with a tire iron before you can answer. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR WILD MOOSE CHASE TRAIL RUN 5K, 10K and 25K trail running routes offered. Sept. 29 at 8 am. $20. Selkirk Lodge at Mt. Spokane State Park. (828-1354) SPOKANE VALLEY TABLE TENNIS Club meets on Mondays from 1-3 pm and Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30 am. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. (924-9480)


BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Broadway comedy by Neil Simon. Through Oct. 12, Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, except Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm, Sat matinees at 2 pm on Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12. Sun at 2 pm. No performances on Oct. 3, 4. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) LES MISÉRABLES Stage musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. Through Oct. 20, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $26-$33. Benefit performance Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm, benefiting the Off-Broadway Family Outreach. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Performance of the Oscar Wilde play. Through Sept. 29, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. (671-3389)


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HIT & RUN PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL Event featuring a presentation of several short plays, hosted by playwrightin-residence Sandy Hosking. Sept. 2728 at 7:30 pm. $5. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. 3rd Ave. THE COUNSELOR Performed by Sandpoint Onstage. Sept. 27-Oct. 12, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-263-9191) HEART FOR THE ARTS GALA Gala fundraiser featuring wine, hors d'oeuvres, auction, live music and one-act comedy performance of "Well Written." Sept. 28 at 6 pm. $30. Liberty Lake Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) ORDINARY TIME Drama/satire by Spokane-based playwright Sandra Hosking. Oct. 3-13, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm,

Sun at 2 pm. $8-$10. Hartung Theatre, University of Idaho, Moscow. uidaho. edu/theatre (208-885-7212)


MAPPING THE SPOKANE RIVER Gallery installation and community project featuring photos, stories, samples of river water from community members and more. Through Oct. 18. Lecture and reception Oct. 18 at 11:30 am. SFCC Fine Art Gallery, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. LITTLE SPOKANE ARTIST STUDIO TOUR Tour four artist studios along the Little Spokane River, hosting more than two dozen local artists. Sept. 29 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Map at ARTIST SHOWCASE & AUCTION Fundraiser art auction hosted by the Spokane Valley Arts Council featuring live music, food, beverages, artist demos and more. Sept. 28 starting at 5 pm. $35. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (747-0812) BIRDS IN ART Group exhibition featuring the work of local artists inspired by birds. Oct. 1-Jan. 6, 2014. Opening reception Oct. 4 from 5-9 pm. Chase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (321-9614) THE ARTFALL SEASON Fall-themed art exhibition featuring local and regional artists. Oct. 1-31, artist reception Oct. 11 from 5-8 pm. Gallery Northwest, 217 Sherman Ave., CdA. (208-667-5700)


CULTURE & THEOLOGY LECTURE SERIES "The Importance of Doctrine" lecture with Gerry Breshears. Sept. 26 at 7 pm. Free. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) BUILDING FOR WAR "The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in WWII" lecture series. Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm, North Spokane Library; and Sept. 28 at 2 pm, Spokane Valley Library. (893-8200) JAN MARTINEZ Reading and signing of the author's book "Christ Kitchen." Sept. 26 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) POET JANÉE BAUGHER Reading and signing of her latest work "The Body's Physics." Sept. 27 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) WASH. POET LAUREATE KATHLEEN FLENNIKEN The state's poet laureate

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BONNERS FERRY FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 5 from 8 am-1 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho. (208-267-7987) CHEWELAH FARMERS MARKET, Fridays through Oct. 18 from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. City Park, 600 N. Park St., Chewelah. (936-4353) CLAYTON FARMERS MARKET, Sundays through Oct. from noon-4 pm. Clayton Fairgrounds, 4616 Wallbridge Rd., Clayton. (5903353) COLVILLE FARMERS MARKET, Wednesdays through Oct. from noon-5 pm. Stevens County Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave., Colville, Wash. (732-6619) DEER PARK FARMERS MARKET, Thursdays through Oct. from 4-7 pm. 412 W. Crawford, Deer Park, Wash. (979-1051) EMERSON-GARFIELD FARMERS MARKET, Fridays through Oct. 18 from 3-7 pm. Knox Presbyterian Church parking lot, 806 W. Knox Ave. (398-9628) HAYDEN FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. from 9 am-1:30 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Prairie Ave., Hayden. (208-772-2290) LIBERTY LAKE FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 12 from 9 am-1 pm. 1421 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake. (879-4965) MOSCOW FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. from 8 am-1 pm. Friendship Square and Main St., downtown. (208-883-7132) NE WASHINGTON FARMERS MARKET, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. from 9 am-1 pm. Under the clock tower on the corner of Main & Astor, Colville, Wash. (517-414-0399)

PULLMAN FARMERS MARKET, Wednesdays through Oct. 16 from 3:30-6 pm. Spot Shop parking lot, 240 NE Kamiaken St., Pullman. (509-334-3565) RATHDRUM FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 5, from 9 am-3 pm. City Park off Hwy. 53, Rathdrum. (208-687-3293) RITTER’S FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. from 11 am-5 pm. Ritter’s Garden & Gift parking lot, 10120 N. Division St. (467-5258) SANDPOINT FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 12 from 9 am-1 pm; Wednesdays, from 3-5:30 pm. Farmin Park, Third Avenue and Oak Street, Sandpoint. (208-597-3355) SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET, Thursdays through Oct. from 3-7 pm. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (720-8449) SPOKANE FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 30 from 8 am-1 pm; Wednesdays from 8 am-1 pm, starting June 12. 20 W. Fifth Ave. (995-0182) SPOKANE PUBLIC MARKET, Thursday-Saturday, year-round from 10 am-6 pm; Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave. (842-3544) ST. MARIES FARMERS MARKET, Fridays through Oct. 4 from 3-6:30 pm. Downtown St. Maries. (208-245-4381) TUESDAY GROWERS’ MARKET, Tuesdays through Oct. 8 from 4-6:30 pm. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow. (208-882-8537) WEST CENTRAL MARKETPLACE, Tuesdays through mid-Oct. from 3-6 pm. A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell Ave. (703-7433) 

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At My WorkYou have been into my work a few times in the last month. You: beautiful smile, blonde hair and an amazing tree tattoo on you left shoulder, you were in with what was maybe your grandma last time and we exchanged a few glances. If you’re single and interested, stop in and say hi, if not just know it lights up my day when you come in.

red WSU sweatshirt, black workout pants, driving the green Ford Explorer parked in front of your van. We exchanged a few glances and I liked your smile. Let me know if you want to have a cup of coffee!

My Friend SHE - cheers to recognizing that life has higher purpose than solely realizing OUR immediate favor. Perhaps it is all part of the grand design that enables us to inspire hope and dream? Cheers to you for showing how deep love can be in this lifetime and beyond... forever free and without boundaries, you remain an integral part of me. (there is always hope,) my friend.

and that transcends any piece of paper. We will undoubtedly face many trials together in the future and you may come to doubt my devotion. Just remember that I love you and always will and nothing can ever change that. I will love you until the end of time and in all future incarnations. I know instinctively that I have loved and been with you before in previous lives and will be with you somehow beyond this one. Someday you will feel the certainty that I do and will not let doubt enter your mind or heart. Until then I will do whatever is in my power to make you see that the love we feel for each other is inviolate and destined to last until death. I love you with all my heart!

Main Market September 17th, around 1:00, we were both eating lunch at Main Market. You had a sandwich and were playing on your phone, I was eating a sandwich and reading a book (kind of, you were distracting with your good looks). I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt your lunch, but Id love to talk to you. I was in a black dress/ sweater.

Roots SalonDaniel was cutting your hair at the salon on Saturday, September 14th. I’m a stylist and definitely wish we could’ve talked from our eye contact connection. Put a non-identifying email You’re older than me but beautiful. address in your message, like Chris I believe? “” — not

To connect

Movie TheaterYou came into my movie theater the other night, you said you were a senior at Gonzaga and were the nanny for the three younger boys who were with you. I thought you were gorgeous and I wanted to say something but didn’t.. Could I treat you to something less scary than Insidious?- thatguyatthemovie@ White House To the waitress with the pink phone sticking out of your back pocket at the white house. I was the guy with glasses eating dinner with an elderly lady friend. You are absolutely beautiful. Nine Eleven Ride9/14/13 starting at Colville. You, about 6’3, steely gray hair, moustache, maybe beard, very tan, would guess in your 50’s. Me, also in 50’s, blonde, short hair in group of 4 that had another blonde, younger, long hair. Every time I looked at you, you were looking at me. I didn’t “get” it. I am not attached. Would love to know you, take rides, and see what happens. Driving On Nevada You: Super cute brunette in a little blue car on Nevada on Saturday night making sure you drove right next to me, flashing me that cute smile. Me: Shaggy hair in a green Ford smiling right back. Unfortunately I had to turn before trying to get your number.

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Bus #25Annette. Bus #25 going North around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st. You: beautiful dark haired Italian girl who noticed my ring and asked if I was married. I commented “NO” as it was on my middle finger and got lost in a rather short conversation due to my bus stop being close by. I was the Norwegian guy in the grey t-shirt over a white thermal, black hat backwards, goatee, and jeans. I jumped off of the bus and forgot my bag and jumped back on. I wanted to stay just to continue talking to you, but I just couldn’t

Rocket Bakery VanYou: Rocket Bakery van driver, bald with soul patch, at the Cedar St. Rocket, Saturday morning September 21st. Me: long, strawberry blonde hair,

“” due to prior engagements and a metal show I had to go and help a band out with that night. What do you say we meet at the Plaza sometime, maybe take a longer bus ride just to talk? Your smile is stuck in my head and I just so happen to like that as it makes me smile.

Cheers KMC Nurse to the Kootenai Medical Center nurse whose name I didn’t catch. you were working around 1:30 on September 18th and you went above and beyond to help my baby. I don’t know if you were allowed to or not but you did and my boyfriend and I are extremely grateful. I wish there was a few more people around like you! Good SamaritansThanks so much to the strangers (a girl and two guys) who helped corral the black Lab in the Perry District on 9/17/13 at about 5pm. Also, thanks to SpokAnimal for sending someone to pick up “Duke” so quickly. Hopefully he’ll be able to get back to his owners now! Love My soul ablaze by the love burning inside. My mind whirls about being your bride. You seize to amaze me with your heart and mind. Our souls forever intertwined. I am yours and you are mine. Together we will conquer and shine. I’m so crazy about you. This sea we will sail through. Untouched by the massive waves that might try to take us down. Cause timeless love is what we have found.

AngelsCHEERS to the angel(s) who found my purse at the northside Fred Meyers the first weekend of September and turned it in to the customer service desk. I had just started a new job - had a very hectic week and was so stressed out. I had keys to my new workplace in it and had just cashed a check. All were returned to me. Truly, there are good people in our community and you are a shining example of that by being someone who chose to do the right thing. Bless you!!! You don’t know how happy you made me that day Amazing Person To the most amazing person I have ever known, I can’t believe we’ve already been together for two years! I’m so lucky that I’m the one that gets to spend my life growing with you and loving you more each and every day. I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for us. Love now and always, Abby SCC Spokane Community College!! I felt like a Rock-Goddess when I graduated last June at age 54! Now, like an Oscar winner, I can’t begin to thank everyone who helped me to thrive and succeed! Extraordinary faculty, staff, and classmates! It really did feel like I had my own personal team, with super-bowl level coaches (teachers) pushing me to excel! What a wonderful experience! Not only did I get a coveted college degree, I had so much FUN! My highest recommendation for everyone who wants to grow, learn, and participate in life to the highest level! My LoveI spend every day in wonder that you are finally with me! I am so sorry for all the misunderstandings and fears that kept us apart for so long and will always regret the years we should have had together. I will spend the rest of my life making you feel like the most loved woman in the world. If you ever want to marry me I will gladly exchange vows with you, but that is not necessary as I know you are my soul twin

Cheers!! Cheers to all the floor servers, bartenders and porters at Northern Quest for all you do for the guests. I saw you going above and beyond to make people happy because “Everyone Is Welcome”. Thanks for all you do! To My Dearest Husband on September 12th you and me actually did it. We went over to the Hitching Post and got married. You have no idea just how truly happy you made me that day to know that my soul mate really does want to spend the rest of his life with me just as much as I want to with him is just truly an amazing feeling. You talk say you will never forget just how beautiful my eyes were and the way they sparkled and I honestly think it was cuz of how happy I was at that moment. Baby, I just want you to know this is just the beginning of our lives together and even though we will now have to be apart for what feels like a life time I swear to you baby it’s not going to be the end of us like you worry about. So plz my love don’t worry I will be in your arms again... right where I belong and don’t ever forget I love you more than any words could begin to express

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A BIG Thank You!to all of the wonderful people who stopped to help my non-English speaking dad and his broken-down car in the middle of Nevada by Bridgeport on Thursday evening. I appreciate each and every one of you, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to push his car to the gas station! Even though my dad doesn’t speak much English, he is very, very grateful for amazing people like you! May God bless you all abundantly!

people who work in the Diamond parking garage (Kimberly and Alex), Spokane Towing (Heath), and Les Schwab (Justin), you all made what I thought was a disaster, a “Pay it Forward” blessing! Karma has your backs! I had a pay it forward situation last week - and look what happened - it came back to me! Gotta love Karma!

that laptop to communicate, etc ( much like Steven Hawking). He has cerebral palsy and was in the parking lot of his apartment and was totally defenseless, I am not one to wish negative things on others BUT in your case I HOPE with all my heart you (or a family member) get a taste of what you dished may never see this but hopefully the universe will!

Dear Anonymous ArtistI found your beautiful ink and water color paintings randomly taped inside of an archway on the back of the Madison Apts downtown. At first I only took one because I didn’t want to be greedy, but then it started to rain and I didn’t have the heart to let the other one be ruined. I am now in search of a double frame to house these new lovlies. I love your whimsy style. I have a local jewelery line maybe I could convince you to create a larger piece for in return for some baubbles or trinket.

Return My StuffHey scum bag(s), stop stealing my hoses and sprinklers. Why would anyone feel because a hose and sprinkler are just sitting in a yard that you have the rights to walk on my property and steal my stuff. Unlike you, I work hard for my money and I pay enough in taxes to support others who can’t work I don’t need to support your lazy @$$ because you are too stupid to get a job. I am sure my taxes will pay for your public defender when you finally get caught and sentences you to community service, so until then, find a job. Please do the right thing and return my stuff. You will never use it and pawn shops won’t give you enough for your next fix.

Coffee ShopI was working, you walked in smiling with sparkling blue eyes looking extremely hot! I loved the way you looked at me. I would see you almost everyday when you came for coffee. I always looked forward to it. Years passed, you walked in again 13 years later. I was just there for coffee, no longer working. You looked great. You smiled. I smiled. Your smile. Your eyes. Me so happy to see you. So much had changed for both of us as we lived our separate lives distant from each other. At the same time, nothing had changed. I still felt the same when you looked at me with that look. You can still make me smile and laugh so easily just by being you. Our friendship has grown over the last year. You are my best friend. I know you are meant for me. I knew it then, and I know it now. You touch my soul in the deepest way. I love you and hope you feel the same. My ManCheers To The Man of My Dreams from the woman of yours. Every moment that I get to spend with you is a moment that matters to me. I have tried, and will continue to try to live for the minute, because you have taught me that there is no way to predict the future or change the past. You are a kind, gentle, caring man whose spirit is unlike anyone else I have ever known. Your passion for life, love, humanity and education inspire me to be a better me. From the moment that I wake up in the morning, ‘til my head hits the pillow at night, I think of you. You are the only one who knows how to make me happier than I am right now. Thank you for loving me. Although our future may be uncertain, I look forward to the journey together. I lover you! I live you! Karma I want to remind everyone the power of Karma and Paying it forward!! I broke down and cried in the cab of a tow truck in front of the tow truck driver today. I won’t go into details about the my flat tire and the crap it took to get it fixed - but because of two wonderful

Jeers Rude! To the uppity lady at the Insidious double feature. Why on earth are you going to a movie (in public) if people’s natural, visceral reactions annoy you. The movie that we (along with the rest of the patrons) so rudely chuckled during... well, you can rent that movie as it has been out for a year. And that chuckling? Well, that is a natural reaction known as nervous laughing. People do that after they jump or are scared. Also, apologizing to make yourself feel better...that made you look worse. You can’t apologize while insulting and not letting anyone else speak. Those actions just make you twice as rude. The Way You SmellWhat is it with people and their nasty sprays/ colones/perfume that causes them to dump half the bottle onto themselves? You are making other people sick with your clouds of insecurity. What, do you smell that bad that you have to drench yourself in that crap? I’ve got the best solution for that, stick with me now, I know this suggestion may have not reached your mind as an idea but...TAKE A SHOWER. Don’t go out smelling like you just walked out of a perfume store. Nobody thinks you smell nice; everyone just thinks you’re an ass. Thanks for the asthma attacks people.

Stolen Yard OrnamentsI live just off of Division and just north of Indiana. I have a collection of yard ornaments with sentimental value. There was this great pig in my front yard. Our joke was that he looked like a leper pig. He was a member of the family. I write in past tense because he’s gone. I’m not angry, I’m sad. I suppose my gnomes and my donkey and cart are next. Should I bring them in? I don’t know. I hope you enjoy our pig. He is missed. Fellow NeighborTo the neighbor who left my husband and I a long “rude” note regarding how loud we are when we have sex. We live in an apartment complex, you hear things from time to time. You state it’s all night and morning. I know for a fact it can’t be all night and all morning. I also know you probably can’t hear EVERYTHING like you claim, unless you put your ear up to the wall to listen, which is creepy. Thanks for the advice on buying a new bed since ours is so “loud”, but we are poor college kids. We live in an apartment, noise happens. And sex with my husband is going to happen, so get over it or move.


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For those who make the climb, Alaska Mountain offers peace and beauty.

How the wilderness makes us earn its rewards BY JACOB JONES


ising like a black wedge 5,600 feet into the starpacked sky, Alaska Mountain towers above the surrounding Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the North Cascades. An inky darkness washes out the valley below as my brother and I inch our way along the steep terrain, hauling ourselves through rain-soaked brush and slick boulder fields by the light of our headlamps. As our legs grow weary and our path becomes increasingly treacherous, we start to wonder if this was all a mistake. “This was stupid,” my brother says, shivering. “I’m gonna be pissed if I get hypothermia and die.” With summer waning into September, we had started north from Snoqualmie Pass on a warm Saturday afternoon, hiking up Gold Creek Trail into the mist-topped mountains to disconnect for a few days. Free from cell service, email and the constant stream of status updates, we hope to unpack our minds and quiet the nagging chaos of the work week. In my pack, I carry a dog-eared copy of Walden, the kind of dense and meditative read I rarely spare the concentration for anymore. In the book, philosopher Henry


David Thoreau rails against the myriad distractions of modern life. Simplify, he says. While cliché, it fits the spirit of the trip. “We need the tonic of wilderness,” Thoreau writes. “We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features. … We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.” Exhausted and unable to continue without risking injury, we rest amid a sprawling rockslide and drop our packs. A chilly wind sweeps through the valley. Rain and sweat have drenched our clothes while our water bottles have run dry. Each and every one of our bones ache. We have had enough of nature. So we roll out our sleeping bags between the staggered boulders and settle in for the night. No moon shines overhead. No glimmer carries from the lights of Seattle. We have disconnected, caught isolated and alone in the immense darkness of an open mountainside. We lie all night with only our thoughts and our sore muscles. An occasional shooting star streaks the sky.


But as a pale blue glow edges over the ridgeline, we get our first glimpse of why we made this trip. In the morning’s light, we can see out across the crooked valley far below, shimmering green and wild and beautiful. And despite our aches and blisters, we continue farther up the mountain in the following days, wandering the Pacific Crest Trail and nearby Kendall Peak. With every step forward, we put more elevation behind us, earning through our own determination the next, and still higher, vantage. From those high ridges, we can see for miles across untouched forest and craggy peaks. In the wilderness, everything is earned. You get what you deserve. It’s simple and fair. You get to make shelter where you stop. You get to eat what you can carry. You get to gaze out from atop only what you have already climbed. No free rides. No cheating. No distractions. Maybe that’s the clarity Thoreau found alongside Walden Pond as he worked his living from the land. When modern life seems to constantly demand more time, money and attention, maybe that’s what makes the wilderness such a rare and essential tonic — it’s an even trade between yourself and the world. As we skirt around Kendall Peak on our final day, we spy the winding concrete of Interstate 90 in the distance. We long for hot showers and comfy beds, noting the return of cell service with relief. Even Thoreau enjoyed the occasional modern convenience, often taking his laundry to his nearby mother’s house for washing. So my brother and I can cross Alaska Mountain off our list. We can come home with some new insight, a few amazing photos and plenty of blisters. We earned them. n




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25 miles south of Coeur d’Alene at the junction of US-95 and Hwy-58

Inlander 9/26/2013  
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