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The original PFD board, (from left) Carl Lind, Dave Robinson, Tanya Guenther, Jim Williams and Jim Ray, break ground on the new Arena, March 5, 1993.


Garco Construction The Arena was the job that put Garco Construction on the map. “It was the biggest project we’d ever done up to that point,” says Tim Welsh, the company’s CEO and co-founder. Initially, Garco was hired for the first phase — excavating and foundation work. The second phase, construction itself, kicked off with a 24-hour bidding process. “We bid at five o’clock on Tuesday, and then the alternates opened at five o’clock on Wednesday.” (Alternates are Garco CEO added features and materials bid separately.) Tim Welsh “When I took the bid home that night, I realized we had doubled up on an item,” Welsh says. That meant Garco was able to bid alternates for less — and win the contract to build the $36 million facility. They finished two years later — on budget and on schedule. Founded in 1978, Garco has grown even more since finishing the Arena, doing projects across the West and here locally, like the Ferris High School replacement. The Arena, says PFD CEO Kevin Twohig, marked the start of their “long relationship with Garco” that most recently resulted in the Spokane Convention Center expansion. “In between, we worked with Garco on improvements like the Jameson Pub and Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Red Tail at the Arena,” he says. “All of these projects demonstrated Garco’s excellence in delivering complicated designs in unique spaces.”


What’s a PFD? From the very start, the new Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena was linked to the Spokane Public Facilities District (PFD), the body with the sole purpose of operating the Arena and the Spokane Convention Center; later the PFD took responsibility for the INB Performing Arts Center, too. The PFD was made possible through a 1989 amendment to the Revised Code of Washington — Chapter 36.100 RCW allowed for the creation of these then-unique districts, defined as municipal corporations with independent taxing authority. However, provisions on paper can play out differently in practice. So as a kind of pilot project, the Washington State Legislature appropriated $500,000 to launch the Spokane PFD. Per the statute, it was authorized to “acquire, construct, own and operate sports and entertainment facilities with contiguous parking facilities.” In November 1990, Spokane County voters validated the PFD, opening the door for construction of the Arena. “The PFD transcended the city and the county,” says Jim Williams, who served on the PFD’s board of directors along with Dave Robinson, Jim Ray, Carl Lind and Tanya Guenther. That gave the board a degree of autonomy when, for example, deciding to site the Arena downtown or near the county fairgrounds. “I was the tie-breaker,” recalls Williams. “I voted for the city because it just made sense.” But how exactly does a PFD operate? Larry Soehren, the current PFD board chair, likens it to a fire district — with a slight twist. “We’re a body of government that is far more entrepreneurial than a standard city or county,” he says. Despite their “unfettered” status, accountability is still a common aspect of PFDs. They have to comply with public meetings and transparency requirements. “It’s always been a mantra that we will do what the voters tell us to do.” Soehren says the PFD’s legacy of success owes a great deal to founding board members like Williams, plus the top-notch entertainment its full-time staff brings in. “That’s what the District means to this community — not managing and maintaining a building, but programming it as well.” NEXT TIME: The new Arena opens its doors to the public for the first time.


Groundbreaking took place on March 5, 1993; construction began August 30. The Coliseum stood alongside the Arena as it was being erected. The final event at the Coliseum — the Spokane Chiefs’ last game of the season — was held April 11, 1995. Within five months it was reduced to a pile of girders in what is now the north parking lot.


The Arena’s final truss was installed October 6, 1994. The day before cranes hoisted it into place, the body of veteran Garco ironworker Jake “The Rooster” Dretke was found at Green Lake. His boat had capsized on a hunting trip, drowning him and another former Garco employee. A metal red rooster still adorns the final truss in memoriam.

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he United States is a country divided — by politics, race and economic condition. But that doesn’t mean Americans are divided about the kind of future leadership they desire. Political affiliations give us insight on leadership preferences, but most leadership standards are basic and universal — any President who personifies them can unite us. In 2013, Gallup polled 18,871 Americans: 42 percent of us identified as Independents, Republicans represented 25 percent of the electorate, and Democrats represented 31 percent. Those are the lowest percentages of party-affiliated voters in 25 years. The trend of voters rejecting major party affiliation coincided with the federal government shutdown in the new millennium and public dissatisfaction with Obamacare. Federally elected officials across the board are generally unpopular. Congressional approval ratings have long hovered in the teens. President Obama’s approval ratings sank below 50 percent months ago. Our media-rich environment highlights these dismal numbers by emphasizing the personal flaws of public figures and contributes to creating an environment not faced as much by yesterday’s leaders. Today’s culture of independence and indifference makes Americans more oblivious to the content of politicians’ messages and less attentive to leaders’ national policies.





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wo years ago, former Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf rhetorically asked a student group: “Where are the giants? The Jeffersons? The Washingtons? The Lincolns?” Americans are looking for public figures in whom they can take pride, and who have wisdom and leadership skills worthy of a wide following. In recent years, an inexperienced and detached president, a listless Senate and a fiercely divided House have discouraged an American public fed up with petty conflicts. History judges our prior leaders. According to Gallup, the most popular presidents since 1945 have been Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush, all with average approval ratings above 60 percent. What made them so popular during their service? Eisenhower was a trusted, victorious World War II military leader; Kennedy was youthful, vigorous, polished and charismatic; Bush was gracious and highly experienced. A journalist once wrote of spending two hours interviewing Eisenhower after he left the presidency; possessing an intimidating demeanor that marked his leadership history, Eisenhower never once took his steely gaze off the interviewer. Kennedy could light up any room he entered with his charming ways, clever humor and sheer presence. Bush’s important experiences as congressman, vicepresident, ambassador, CIA director, Republican Party leader and World War II hero commanded

respect, making one feel special to be in his presence. These presidents were people of intelligence, position, wisdom and experience. Most would regard them as great human beings and true leaders — giants. The immense box office popularity of the movie American Sniper illustrates how much many Americans still value the personal qualities of self-sacrifice, love of country and dedication to duty. Gallup once developed a list of qualities that Americans respect: leaders willing to make hard decisions, strong and decisive; who understand problems Americans face daily; who can get things done and who share the public’s values. In today’s complex and dangerous world, where do Americans find the “giants” of whom Congressman Wolf speaks?


diverse field of presidential candidates is emerging for the 2016 elections. Those who assure us that they’re prepared to make hard decisions about America’s future, who demonstrate their integrity, intelligence and the ability to cogently articulate national objectives that complement public values, will be attractive. Americans are hungry for leaders with experience and sound judgment, who unequivocally reassure Americans of their country’s strengths and that it will remain the world’s dominant power. As difficult foreign affairs and economic challenges dominate the news, the U.S. needs “giants” to lead us now, more than ever — humble and confident enough to work collaboratively on thorny domestic problems, yet bold enough to help America face down the world’s evil. It’s worth noting that the most popular Super Bowl commercials — Budweiser’s vulnerable puppy rescued by the team of mighty horses, and the Toyota ad stressing the vital role of a dad — reflect Americans’ hunger for security. The next leader of the free world must give us — and the world — reassurance. Anyone who doesn’t address the needs of all generations, rejecting accepted Constitutional traditions and disdaining opposing viewpoints, will fail as a leader trusted with the honor of high office. Leaders with fresh and reassuring platforms will attract voters. Records of trustworthiness and commitment to American progress for all will be essential. Giants stand tall and aren’t afraid of their shadow or of oversized challenges — from anyone. Policies that unify Americans could make our next president a 21st century giant. n


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o you have a computer? Can you type the word “Google”? Congratulations, you’re an expert! In the aftermath of the recent outbreak of measles (a once-contained disease), we’ve heard way too much from people telling the rest of us how they decided to “opt-out” of vaccinations because they’ve “done their own research.” Never mind that the evidence — gathered by some of the smartest people the greatest education system on the planet has produced — says they’re wrong. Today, apparently, you don’t need any fancy Stanford degree to be an epidemiologist — just Wi-Fi. The anti-vaccination fad is just the latest example of a know-barelyanything minority derailing progress for the rest of us who actually believe in science. Heck, we’re still arguing about evolution. Climate change, they say, is a hoax, despite the fact that here in Spokane we have set day after day of record highs, while Boston is seeing all-time snow records fall. The weather is scary, but we do nothing because too many leaders just don’t believe it’s an issue. And Obamacare was fought as an economy killer and pure socialism. Do these people even know what socialism is? Millions of new customers have been delivered to private insurance companies, and the economy is picking up post-Obamacare. The critics have been proven wrong on this, but you won’t hear it in the media, as news outlets can’t seem to resist creating confusion out of false equivalencies: “Yes, 97 percent of studies confirm that we are affecting our weather, but this one guy with a blog doesn’t buy it; well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree!” Maybe all this willful ignorance goes back to the George W. Bush administration — after all, it was his senior adviser (unnamed) who told journalist Ron Suskind in 2002 that all Americans stuck in the “reality-based community” — people who “believe that solutions emerge from… judicious study of discernible reality” — are hopeless. “When we act,” the adviser was famously quoted in the New York Times, “we create our own reality.” I’m no psychologist, so I’d defer to an expert, but thinking back to my college philosophy class, that sounds a lot like solipsism — that the self is the be-all, end-all. From there, it’s a quick jump to narcissism, which then slips into the realm of mental disorders. And if you psychoanalyze America as a whole, it’s a fitting diagnosis. We’re hearing voices in our head — telling us crazy stuff that doesn’t make any sense. Let’s not listen to those voices, and instead go about our business of fixing those problems that science can help us solve, from infectious diseases to climate change.  JEN SORENSON CARTOON


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COMMENT | PROGRESS retracted, leaving them landless, homeless and jobless. 8. Jim Crow: Named after a fictitious character from a 19th century song, the laws of segregation institutionalized racism by banning equal access to resources. 9. Bombing of Black Wall Street: One of the nation’s most affluent black communities, in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was comprehensively destroyed in 1921 by white supremacists. 10. The Tuskegee Experiment: More than 600 black men in rural Alabama were promised free health care but were instead left untreated for syphilis for 40 years, even after the development of penicillin as a cure for syphilis. Many of the men died, infected others or passed on the curable disease to their children as a result.


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Things to remember — and celebrate — during Black History Month BY RACHEL DOLEZAL


hen Marcus Garvey said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” he underscored how history feeds and inspires our future and gives us the medicine of memory to prevent us from repeating the past. With that in mind, here are times of struggle and moments of liberation that are essential to remember during Black History Month and beyond.


1. Colonization: The widespread theft of land in Africa included black heritage, resources and history. 2. Chattel slavery: African people were seen as a commodity to be bought and sold, stripped of all rights and subjugated in America through matriarchal heritage.

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1. Mansa Musa: Prior to European invasion of the African continent, King Mansa Musa of the Mali Empire amassed $400 billion, according to a new adjustment for inflation, making him the richest person of all time. 2. Timbuktu: The world’s largest ancient university was housed in West Africa prior to the European invasion, with a population of 25,000 students and huge libraries with thousands of handwritten books. 3. Ethiopia and Liberia maintained independence and resisted colonization by Europe during the scramble for and division of Africa. 4. Nat Turner led the most significant uprising against slavery in American history in 1831. 5. Juneteenth: June 19, 1865 is known as African American Independence Day, when enslaved people in Texas were finally freed. 6. Black Wall Street: African American pioneers discovered oil near Tulsa, Oklahoma and African Americans built a thriving economy in the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, with more than 600 businesses, including an airport, restaurants, schools, libraries and a hospital. 7. Black inventors: From Benjamin Banneker to George Washington Carver and the traffic light to the cell phone, African Americans have played a significant role in inventing many vital tools of technology. 8. Desegregation: Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 made possible the desegregation of public schools and was the tipping point for other civil rights legislation. 9. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965: If you haven’t seen Selma, go watch it. 10. Electoral politics: From Hiram Revels, the first African American U.S. senator, in 1870, to Barack Obama’s election in 2008, America has gone from equal voting rights to integrated political representation. Our past informs our present, and what we do presently, including the history we choose to remember or forget, will forever shape the conditions and experiences of our future human family. 






eorge Nethercutt’s contention (“Common Sense,” 1/15/15) is that through a renewed “dedication to teaching basic history, economics, foreign policy and government” we can achieve an alert, civically engaged citizenry. We can’t prepare students for their citizenship obligations by imposing on them the inaccurate version of history presented in most history textbooks, those that inspired Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Would the study of economics include a discussion on the increasing inequitable distribution of wealth in LETTERS the U.S., or that our foreign policy Send comments to has included devious support of oppressive governments around the world, or the overthrow of democratically elected governments? Do we want students to know the obvious — that corporations and rich individuals are having an inordinate influence on government? The great American educator Robert Maynard Hutchins said it well: “What belongs in education is what helps the student to think for himself, to form an independent judgment, and take his place as a responsible citizen.” Nethercutt’s misled, superficial plan won’t cut it. BUELL HOLLISTER Spokane, Wash.

Reaction to a blog post (2/5/15) reviewing court documents filed in response to an attack on local transgender woman Jacina Carla Scamahorn.

WENDY HINSHAW: Frankly, I think all parties should be charged. The spitting was certainly uncalled for, but one punch sure as hell did not do all that damage! And it was a hate crime… I really can’t imagine guys clowning a biologically born woman about her clothing. They were being bullies, and lost their tempers when she spit instead of cowered. They were looking to start crap. Jacina needs to face up to her part, which, from what I have heard, she has done. These guys need to man up to their part as well. JOSH MECKEL: It is so hard to get an accurate story when so many in the picture are intoxicated. I wish there was just a security camera that captured the whole incident. That would really help.

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COREY BABCOCK: They all should be charged — the victim admitted to spitting in his face — all should be charged, or none, period. LINDSEY PAVLISCHAK: For all those in need of a bit of enlightenment: Gender Dysphoria. Look it up. No, I don’t condone spitting in someone’s face. I don’t condone hateful slurs. I certainly don’t condone violent assault. I hope the full story comes out and punishment is distributed where it’s due. And after reading up on Gender Dysphoria/transgender, can we all please refer to her (Jacinda) with the correct pronouns? Ignorance is annoying. KIM PLEMONS: You do not harass another person based on looks, clothes or skin color. I believe we live in a civilized world. 







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nvestigative journalist David Cay Johnston has spent so much time diving into the mess of the U.S. tax code, exposing outrageous loopholes, he has a Pulitzer Prize to show for it. But it’s one thing, in books like Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal, to prove the system is broken. Johnston has gone a step further. He’s designing a new, simpler, more progressive tax code — cutting out 5,000 of the 5,348 pages in the current code. In particular, he takes aim at corporate welfare — taxes and subsidies that “take from the many to give to the already rich few.” In anticipation of his Feb. 18 appearance at the Fox, the Inlander had a chance to speak to him about the problems with local, state and national tax codes. On why he started rewriting the tax code: I have written for a number of years that America has a tax system well-designed for the economy of the last century: A national, industrial-age economy. … We now live in the 21st century, in a global, digital-assets world, in which the primary value-added products in this country are numbers — that’s what software is — and molecules, that’s what pharmaceuticals are.


… In the current world economy, most of the values are intangibles. And we’ve seen that countries have moved them out of the country, and own them through foreign subsidiaries, and then they charge themselves for using their own property and turn profits into tax-deductible expenses, paid to themselves. … We need a tax code for the 21st century. And nobody else has worked on it, so I finally said, fine, I’ll have to do it myself. On one reason why tax reform is so hard: Americans have been taught to hate taxes. What they haven’t been taught, as the Founders understood, is that taxes are a tool. And you can wield that tool to benefit yourself or you can wield that tool to cause damage. So long as “tax” is a four-letter word, we can’t have that debate. On the major difference with his tax plan: The reason I call it the “honest tax” is that all gains are taxed. … Under my plan, as long as your money stays in your account, you don’t pay taxes. When you withdraw, you pay taxes. And when you die, that’s deemed a withdrawal, and the taxes come due. … The whole approach to this is to encourage savings and investment, and to make sure that every dollar of gain is taxed. ...continued on page 15





here’s no great mystery why Idaho has trouble funding its schools and fixing its roads: The state has low taxes and low wages. Relative to its income level, Idaho has the 41st lowest tax rate in the nation, according to the Idaho State Tax Commission. Only Mississippi has a lower per-capita income. But don’t look so smug, Washington progressives: Washington may take in more tax revenue to fund more programs than Idaho, but its tax system hits the poor far harder. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy concluded that Washington had the most unfair tax system in the nation, with the the bottom 20 percent of non-elderly taxpayers — families making less than $21,000 a year — paying more than 16 percent of their income in state and local taxes. The super-rich top 1 percent? They pay only 2.4 percent. Idaho’s tax system, by contrast, ranks among the fairest. Washington’s and Idaho’s state governments are funded by a cocktail of small taxes — gas taxes, cigarette taxes, alcohol taxes, utility taxes — and big ones. Here’s how Washington and Idaho’s major taxes stack up:

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There are two big problems with a sales tax: First, it hits poor people the hardest. “It is upside down, deeply regressive,” says Andy Nicholas of the liberal Washington State Budget & Policy Center. “It taxes soap and shampoo and necessities and clothing.” If you’re rich, you buy plenty of stuff, but usually have a lot of money left to invest or put into savings that sales taxes won’t hit. Not so if you’re poor. In Washington’s case, the sales tax has an exemption for food and prescription drugs — that makes things a little easier for poor people. Idaho’s sales tax doesn’t have an exemption for groceries, but does give a yearly grocery tax credit. Second, people are buying a lot less ID personal income tax rate: 1.7 percent to 7.4 percent; represents 47 percent of the ID general fund ID corporate income tax rate: 7.4 percent on net income; respresents 7 percent of the ID general fund

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The big advantage of property taxes is their stability: The price of a home PROPERTY generally isn’t as likely to be affected by economic ups and downs as other parts TAX of the economy. The downside, Nicholas argues, is that property taxes are almost WA rate: $214.51 on a $100,000 always passed on to low-income tenants house (not including local as higher rents. taxes); represents 12 percent of In Idaho, however, property taxes are

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Washington, meanwhile, has neither a personal nor a corporate income tax — a big selling point for business owners and the wealthy. Any attempt to introduce one would face massive opposition. A 2010 initiative attempted to place one on the very rich and was blown away at the ballot box — with nearly two-thirds of voters opposing it.

says of the tax. “It’s hard to comply with.” The B&O tax also hits businesses with razor-thin margins, like grocery stores, far harder than wealthier businesses like law firms. Then there’s the issue of all the varying rates and tax breaks handed out to big companies like Boeing. “The largest industries have written themselves out of the tax system,” Nicholas says.


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A graduated income tax, by contrast, is the easiest way to ensure that the bulk of taxes falls upon those with the money to afford them. That’s what Idaho has. Idaho’s income tax is not quite as tough on the rich as federal income taxes, however, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has suggested slashing income taxes for the top bracket even more.

Unlike Idaho’s corporate income tax, which taxes businesses on their profits, Washington’s B&O tax hits businesses on their gross revenues. It makes the tax harder to dodge but also means that even if your business hemorrhaged money, you could owe the state a big tax bill on top of your losses. The hatred of the B&O tax is bipartisan. “It’s hopelessly complicated,” Guppy

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physical, tangible stuff and a lot of more services, like health care and college tuition, these days. As a result, revenue from sales taxes has been declining. “It’s a very, very outdated tax. It does not operate well in a 21st century economy,” Nicholas says. Paul Guppy, research director of the conservative Washington Policy Center, suggests reforming the sales tax system by closing certain loopholes, taxing more services — Washington already taxes construction labor as “sales” — and then cutting overall rates. “When you reduce the tax burden, most of the income goes to low-income people,” says Guppy.

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NEWS | TAXES “TAX CORRECTOR,” CONTINUED... On which industries get the most corporate welfare: Oh, God. The entire professional — or as I prefer to call them, ‘commercial’ — sports teams. Railroads. The Internet companies. … The pharmaceutical companies. It’s just all across the board. … Why do you think there are tens of thousands of lobbyists in Washington? It’s easier to profit from mining the public treasury and the law than from earning it in the marketplace. Why would you struggle in the marketplace to make a profit, when you could get a government rule that with one word, or five words, boosts your profits? On what journalists should do differently: Pay less attention to what politicians say, and more attention to what they do. Instead of spending so much time trying to dig up something that’s hidden, mine the ocean of facts that are right there in the public record in front of you. On the 529 college savings plans that President Obama recently abandoned his push to eliminate: 529 plans are upside-down subsidies. About 3 million people have them, and they tend to be higher-income Americans like me. … If you want to give subsidies for kids to go to college, give it to kids who are good students, and smart, but poor. Don’t give it to my kids, who grow up in a prosperous household and don’t need it. On why raising the minimum wage won’t hurt the Send comments to economy: Is it worth it to drive 40 miles, round trip [from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene] because the price on the menu might be a little cheaper because they have lower wages over there? No. The cost of driving is 59 cents a mile, the IRS will tell you. In San Jose, California [with a higher minimum wage], there’s no evidence that people are going to the other communities to eat. What happens when you raise the minimum wage is people spend 100 percent of that money. They don’t save it. And they reinvest in the community.


On whether an economic impact study can justify local subsidies: All you need to ask is who paid for it. If the developer or the seeker of the money paid for it, it’s going to be written to favor their interests. … These quote-unquote studies, they’re one-sided accounting. You count the benefits that will accrue to the business getting the subsidies, and you ignore the losses that will occur elsewhere. What these subsidies do is, they simply transfer business from unsubsidized businesses to subsidized businesses. On threats from companies like Boeing to move their business to other states if they don’t get subsidies: It’s blackmail. Give us money, or we will take away all the jobs in the community. Why should we be taxing ourselves to give money to profitable corporations? … This is extortion. How do you deal with extortion? What we need to do is change the law. Congress should impose a 90 percent tax on any gift of cash or credit to a corporation. Do you think anyone would take a subsidy if they do that? On the tax code in general: Understand, the most political law in America is tax law. Our tax code is not about sound economics, the general welfare and building a durable society of free and prosperous people. Our tax code is about selling favors to the highest bidder, often in backdoor deals, and often in language that gives no hint about what the intention is. n David Cay Johnston • Wed, Feb. 18, at 7 pm • Free • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-4477



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INCIDENT REPORT | Court records released last week concerning the Jan. 30 assault of JACINA CARLA SCAMAHORN, a transgender homeless woman, paint a more detailed picture of the incident. Her assault, which occurred at Boot’s Bakery and Lounge in downtown Spokane, galvanized over 100 people to show up to city council to express outrage over the incident. In the affidavit of facts, released Feb. 4, Scamahorn acknowledged spitting in the face of one of the men charged in the case, saying they had made disparaging remarks about her. Adam Flippen has been charged with second-degree assault and malicious harassment, essentially Washington state’s hate crime statute. Marc Fessler has been charged with malicious harassment. (JAKE THOMAS)


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The House Higher Education Committee of the Washington State Legislature, in a 12-1 vote, approved a bill that changes a century-old statute, paving the way for Washington State University to build its own MED SCHOOL in Spokane. The Senate Higher Ed Committee also passed an equivalent bill. Riccelli “There’s a recognition that this Montlake monopoly on medical education needs to be undone,” says state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, referring to the University of Washington’s status as the state’s sole public provider of MD degrees. The bill still now has to move through the Rules Committee and get a floor vote in the House and Senate before becoming law. Then there’s the $2.5 million in state funding that WSU will need to secure to move forward with its medical school plans. UW — which just announced its president would be leaving for Texas A&M — has agreed not to officially oppose WSU’s efforts to create its own med school. The

sole voter against the proposal, Seattle state Rep. Gerry Pollet, however, is also a clinical instructor at UW. He tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill to first require a year-long study of the best way to meet the state’s medical needs. Similarly, U.S. Rep Jim McDermott, who conducted his child psychiatry residency at UW hospitals, warned in a Walla Walla Union Bulletin editorial Friday that a WSU med school could introduce “destructive regional competition” into the state’s medical system. Also on Friday, a tweet from the UW twitter account warned that, “if appropriated state funds are reallocated away from the [UW School of Medicine] in #Spokane, #Washington could lose 40 medical student slots. #DoNoHarm.” Riccelli isn’t worried. “I think we can grow both programs. Plenty of states our size have multiple medical schools,” Riccelli says. “We need 1,700 new primary care physicians by 2030.” — DANIEL WALTERS


Loved ones of CHRIS AND SHEENA HENDERSON testified before the Senate Law and Justice Commit-

tee on Monday in support of new legislation that would create a notification system for law enforcement agencies returning firearms to potentially dangerous people. Gary Kennison, Sheena’s father, and Kristen Otoupalik, Sheena’s closest friend, said Senate Bill 5381, sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, might have prevented her tragic murder last year. “It’s my belief that if you put yourself in my position as a parent and you know that you want very much to be able to protect your children, and what this law does — what I believe it will do — is give me the opportunity to protect my children,” Kennison said. In July, Sheena was LETTERS shot and killed by her Send comments to estranged husband, Chris, while at work at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center, before he turned the gun on himself. In May, her husband’s gun was confiscated by police after he threatened to commit suicide. Chris, whose mental health had long been in decline, was able to retrieve his firearm from Spokane police custody the day before the murder-suicide. “If [Sheena] would have known, she could have been empowered,” Otoupalik said. “She could have protected herself in some way.” In late January, Kenison traveled to Olympia to testify in support of different legislation, House Bill 1448, which would allow police responding to threats or attempts of suicide to notify mental health professionals who can then make involuntary treatment determinations. Kenison and Otoupalik testified for the Senate version of the bill on Tuesday before the Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee. — DEANNA PAN



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he number keeps growing. Nearly 100 bills related to marijuana have been introduced in Olympia so far this legislative session. One of them, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, seeks to address a glaring problem in Washington: Medical marijuana — legal since 1998 — is untaxed and unregulated and is undermining the tightly controlled recreational market that was created by the

passage of I-502 in 2012. Although there’s a Democratic bill aimed at the problem, Rivers’ bill has been advancing through legislative committees and seems the most viable in the Republicanled majority coalition caucus that runs the state Senate. The bill, still being tinkered with as of press time, would place the state medicinal system under the auspices of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which currently

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RIC’S WORLD Ric Gendron will make art ’til he’s dead


Ric Gendron has had a crappy couple of days and it’s all Pete Carroll’s fault. With 26 seconds left, Coach Carroll’s

star quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw a slant pass on second-and-goal from the half-yard line. That was a mistake. The ball was promptly intercepted by the New England Patriots, and the game was over. The Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX, 28 to 24, and Gendron was devastated. He dashed off a new Facebook status update from his phone: “Still aint no greater team...we ain’t no fair weather the the 12s!...the ONLY team!!!” If only Seattle had given Marshawn Lynch the ball. But loss is good for Gendron. It’s good for his work. Two days later, Gendron is back in his chaotic studio behind his house in Peaceful Valley just south of the Spokane River, painting at his easel beneath a row of hanging ceiling lamps and blasting Tom Waits’ “Earth Died Screaming” on his pawnshop CD player. It’s about 5 past 10 in the morning and he’s been at this since a quarter to 8, after dropping his granddaughter off at basketball practice, stopping only to switch out Frank Zappa for Waits. Gendron, who is 60, is a big, barrel-chested, baby-faced man with sloping shoulders and wild, gray hair hanging like loose springs around his neck. He wears two silver hoops in his ears and an Adidas sweatshirt with a green and blue print — Seahawks colors, just like his tennis shoes — under

a paint-splattered apron. People often think he’s some kind of stoner — maybe it’s his hair, his artwork or his rascally sense of humor — but he’s been sober and drug-free for 32 years. He’s busy. Right now, he’s working on his fifth new painting for an upcoming show at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene. But he doesn’t mind talking while he works. Proof of this is buried somewhere in a stack of news articles he hasn’t read, written by reporters who sat next to him in his studio on a rocking chair by an exceptionally hot space heater. It’s fine as long as his music plays. As long as you don’t ask dumb questions. “Why do you paint?” is the worst. If you must know, however, it’s because that’s what Gendron does, every day, from sunup to well into the night. That’s how he ekes out a living. That’s what he’s knows how to do. Twenty-some years ago, he said to hell with his job on the rez in northeast Washington and dedicated his life to painting as a single father. It was one of the easiest and hardest decisions of his life. Painting is a solitary pursuit. Gendron knows this better than anyone. About three weeks ago, Rattlebone, the largest exhibition ever organized of Gendron’s works, debuted at Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum, the last stop in its five-city tour. He went to the opening reception on the second to last Friday night in January, attended by well over 200 people, in a No. 54 Bobby Wagner Seahawks jersey. Even surrounded by his many friends, family members and fans, there’s rarely a moment when Gendron’s not thinking, “I wish I was in the studio painting.” He refers to his studio as his “cave,” the Hunchback’s “bell tower,” Ramses’ “tomb.” Really, it’s a small, unheated, teal garage with graffitied walls that he’s painted over in bold designs and vibrant colors in the primitive style of Jean-Michel Basquiat. With his music on and incense burning, Gendron paints feverishly — often in thick, unbridled strokes — but also with intense and unrelenting precision. On a 24-by36-inch canvas, he etches a paisley design in orange acrylic on a stonefaced Indian man’s shirt. As he works, he sings softly to himself the lyrics of Waits’ “Dirt in the Ground.” And we’re all gonna be, yeah, yeah. We’re all gonna be, yeah, yeah. I said we’re all gonna be, yeah, yeah. We’re all gonna be just dirt in the ground. “Pretty exciting life, huh?” With his hand on his chin, Gendron rolls his chair back a few feet to study his work. He runs his fingers through his hair and stares. He rolls back up, wipes his brush on his apron and starts painting again. ...continued on next page


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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: “untitled,” “With Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies,” Ric Gendron, pictured in 1992 FACING PAGE: “Little Big Man,” a self-portrait of Gendron



n a way, Gendron says, he has never grown up. He was always drawing, always creating, even as a kid. He was born in 1954 on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in northeast Washington. Gendron (pronounced “zhan-dreau”) is a French-Canadian name, forced on his family centuries ago when European fur trappers from the Hudson’s Bay Company erected a trading post at Fort Colville in Kettle Falls. When he was little, his family moved off the reservation to Grand Coulee, on the western side of the Columbia River. His dad worked in road construction while his mom was a “domestic goddess,” as his sister Luana Gendron puts it. They raised 10 children of their own, plus five Native foster kids, in a tiny three-bedroom house. The Columbia River Plateau was Gendron’s playground. He knew every sagebrush, scrub brush, jackrabbit and rattlesnake in the steppe. He went swimming and fishing and followed, like a lost puppy, big brother Larry, who bought


him his first guitar — a used $13 Stella — when he was 12. He climbed on top of a lot of rooftops. He read a lot of comic books. He imagined he was a superhero. Gendron wasn’t a very good student, but he loved to make art. He painted a psychedelic mural — with his parents’ permission — in the hallway of their house. He sold his first piece of artwork in a seventh-grade poster contest at Center Elementary. He drew a picture of a tiger cub, the school mascot, in a retro leather football helmet, knocked out on a field with tiny birds twittering around its head. He won $5 and a gift certificate for a free milkshake at the Tee Pee Drive-In. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Spokane. He describes himself then as “150 percent” hippie. He smoked a lot of pot and made pipes in ceramics class. Senior year, he went to one government class and never returned. He didn’t even know where his economics classroom was. By some miracle, he graduated from North Central High School. He was 17 and only lasted one quarter at Spokane Falls Community College before he stopped showing up. Gendron moved briefly to Southern California, where his brother Larry,

recently discharged from Vietnam, finished his military service. He bounced around, doing odd jobs in Idaho, Montana and Spokane. This was the early ’70s, at the height of the Vietnam War and American Indian Movement. Gendron lived on the edge — smoking, drinking, playing guitar and getting into a small bit of trouble. He was thrown into jail for a few nights for beating up a cop. Gendron doesn’t like cops and he doesn’t care who knows it. Growing up in Grand Coulee, where the Gendrons were one of three Native families in the small town of roughly 1,000 people, Gendron says the police used to park across the street from their house and wait for his big brother to leave so they could follow him all over town. In 2007, his friend Shonto Pete was shot in the back of the head by a drunk off-duty Spokane police officer. The officer was acquitted of assault and reckless endangerment charges. One of Gendron’s most gripping paintings in the Rattlebone exhibit shows a monstrous-looking officer with an SPD badge, red, beady eyes and a giant, toothy mouth that unfolds across the portrait. In his art, he frequently incorporates themes that might make people, particularly his white audience, uncomfortable: racial and social injustice, violence, poverty. “That’s their problem,” he says. “I never apologize.”


is 1985 baby-blue Ford Econoline van shakes and trembles as he speeds through a yellow light on Lincoln Street, after taking his 16-year-old grandson to Lewis and Clark High School at 11:30 on a Tuesday morning. His cellphone rings. He stares for a moment at the unknown number. “Please don’t be someone I hate,” he moans, half-joking. “Hello?” he says, in a low, gruff voice, manipulated to convince strangers they dialed the wrong number. “Oh, hey!” It’s his longtime friend Vicky Cavin, another artist, who works with pastels. He visits Vicky every Tuesday at the Manic Moon and More art gallery. The “Maniac Moon,” as Gendron likes to call it, hosts a guild for about 40 local artists to showcase their work. Gendron was invited to join the guild, but he declined. People are always asking him to be “a part of things.” Gendron would rather not. On his way to Manic Moon, Gendron stops by Spokane Art Supply to pick up a couple of 24-by-36inch canvases. He’s been coming to this store for 30 years. “I’m gonna raise hell with these people for a few minutes,” he says with a devilish smile, “’cause their prices are too high. They’re the only game in town.” He pulls into the parking lot, taking up two spaces, and walks into the back door marked “no entry.” A pretty red-headed store clerk greets him from the front of the store: “Hey you!” He bought his van for $1,000 last summer. He starts up the engine with a screwdriver that he keeps on the dash because he lost the keys. Gendron has never owned a new car. He got health insurance for the first time last year through Obamacare. He sometimes wonders how his life might be different if he’d started his professional painting career in the early ’80s, when rich people were snatching up artwork around the world. Back then, he was a student, having returned to Spokane Falls Community College. He later studied at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, after he met his first wife. At SFCC, he sold his first major painting to a doctor for $500. That was a lot of money back then. Now his paintings go for $3,200 for larger ones, and $1,500 to $1,800 for smaller ones. It’s a struggle, especially since Gendron shies away from self-promotion. But he’s doing better this year than he did the year before, and the year before that. He’s not trying to be famous; he’s just trying to survive. “The whole game is a crapshoot,” he says. “It’s not like selling gas where people actually need this to live. But even if I wasn’t making a dime, I would still have to paint. “I actually never expected that I was going to live this long in the first place.”


attlebone almost didn’t happen. Three years ago, Gendron’s first major museum exhibition was scheduled to debut at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. The paintings were ready to hang when Gendron got a strange call while he was walking out of a casino: The MAC’s senior art curator, Ben Mitchell, who planned the exhibit, had been laid off. The show was canceled. But Mitchell, now an independent art curator splitting his time between Michigan and Idaho, felt the show had to be saved. In Gendron’s 25-year ...continued on next page




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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Gendron’s exhibit at the Jundt; the artist in his studio; and his “Romance Durango.” YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS

“RIC’S WORLD,” CONTINUED... career as a professional artist, Mitchell felt he had never been celebrated or recognized as fully as he should have been. He felt it was Gendron’s time. So Mitchell rallied the artist’s biggest patrons and supporters and within months raised thousands of dollars to create a traveling exhibition of his work. Rattlebone, a homage to Canadian rocker Robbie Robertson’s song of the same name, opened in the fall of 2012 at the Missoula Art Museum. The paintings on display in Rattlebone represent a cross-section of Gendron’s work that would surprise anyone familiar with his commercial pieces. When Mitchell first met Gendron, he was making commissioned work for River Park Square and summer art fairs, like Art on the Green. Then he visited Gendron in his studio and saw paintings that excited him in a way his others never had. “I began to see a whole different, deeper, more intentional body of work that Ric has been making for 25 years and not many have seen,” Mitchell says.


Many of Gendron’s pieces in Rattlebone are beautiful, detailed works — often inspired by his favorite songs or tribal heritage — replete with Native iconography, lush flora and brilliant colors. Then there are the more expressive works. In these, the action of painting is more important to Gendron than the finished product itself. He always starts on a black surface. Then he squirts paint straight from the tube onto his paper palette pad and blends his colors on the canvas. He doesn’t plan ahead. He just works. His hands move quicker than his mind. The exhibit’s titular painting, Rattlebone, is a kind of emotional self-portrait. Raw, abstract and bursting with color, it shows a well-muscled figure, attempting, it appears, to claw its way out of the frame. “The painting itself,” Gendron explains, “it’s just the way I feel personally, moving through my daily life as a father, a grandfather, a painter, a musician, and holding onto those cultural values and just sort of moving in a very chaotic way.” Splashes of color. Heady brushstrokes. He paints himself with exaggerated hands, rubbedout eyes and grimacing, oversized mouthfuls of teeth.

Those horrifying, gravestone-like teeth. Gendron finds inspiration in the works of many artists — musicians and poets included. Francis Bacon. The Beatles. Charles Bukowski. And Mauricio Lasansky, the Brazilian printmaker behind the Nazi Drawings: A series of huge works on newsprint that portrayed Nazi soldiers in helmets made of human skulls and uniforms wrapped in teeth and skin. Gendron saw the drawings when he was a student at SFCC on a trip to the Cheney Cowles Museum. He went to see the exhibit a dozen more times. Twenty years later, as in the portrait of the Spokane police officer, he started painting red, gaping mouths. Gendron often quotes Picasso: “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” “Every single time I saw that image it was powerful and intriguing,” Mitchell says. “One of the things that is most important about art is that it offers us questions. Art is a mystery about the mystery of the world. Easy art, decorative art, pretty art doesn’t really interest me at all. It’s art that makes us ask questions, that leads us on journeys, that moves us.”


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door with a broom in hand, a bell chime rings and a Yorkie in the back room barks. A pot of coffee is brewing in the kitchen. Manic Moon is a whimsical little gallery in a quaint blue house just off North Monroe Street. It’s the kind of place where you can get a private palm reading upstairs and buy a handmade tie-dye T-shirt for your dog in the room across the hall. Gendron asks about the work on display in the main showroom. They’re acrylics by a local artist, full of twee, multicolored flowers, birds, polka dots and hearts. “You like ’em?” Cavin asks. Gendron doesn’t answer. “Corndogs,” he finally says, pointing to an abstract painting of some kind of columnar plant. Like Mitchell, Gendron doesn’t like pretty art. Sunshiny fields. Fairy-tale scenery. Still lifes of bowls of fruit. “Flowers and rainbows and unicorns and dolphins,” he says later, laughing. “That shit just bores me.” He’d rather paint the way he feels, straight from the heart. Usually, for Gendron, it’s sadness, and it’s a feeling he uses to his advantage in his haunting and grotesque selfportraits. Gendron divorced his first wife after 10 years and raised their three children on his own. He fell in love again and got another divorce two years later. “This stuff,” he says when he returns to his painting, “gets in the way of relationships.” Painting consumes Gendron. He’s upfront about this with the women in his life. They say they love his passion. They say they want to watch him paint. But two or three months down the road, they’re tired of sitting in his dark, dank studio, listening to classic rock and blues, as he puts brush to canvas for hours. “All you ever f---ing do is paint,” they say. And so they leave. But it’s for the best, Gendron thinks. “If you love someone, you don’t want to make them go through this, you know,” he says Ric Gendron: Rattlebone runs at softly, chuckling. Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art He had something Museum at 200 E. Desmet Ave. good going with a woman through April 2. A second exhirecently, but that’s over bition of Gendron’s new work now. And he says he’s opens at the Art Spirit Gallery tired of trying. Around at 415 Sherman Ave. in Coeur his studio, he’s inscribed d’Alene on March 13 and runs those sentiments in paint through April 4. Both exhibits on the walls: “F--- love” are free and open to the public. with a backwards “e.” “Quasimoto,” who died clutching Esmeralda’s corpse. And the word “bamboozled” skewering a bright red heart down the middle. A few weeks ago, Gendron saw a movie with a friend at the mall. As they headed toward the elevator, they walked behind an old couple holding hands. “I hate them people,” he said out loud. “It doesn’t matter,” he says. “Other than my family, my kids, my grandkids, to hell with everything — to hell with everything else. I’ve got friends. I’ve got good friends, but… ” His voice trails off. “I don’t long for nothin’.” It’s starting to get dark outside. He pulls Patti Smith from his collection of CDs scattered on a table near the latch-locked door. He puts a new black canvas on his easel, grips his brush in his mouth and squeezes his favorite color, cadmium red, on his palette pad. In a broad stroke, he paints the profile of a raven’s head while Smith croons: Thick heart of stone. My sins my own. They belong to me, me. He doesn’t know if the raven will stay. Later in the night, it might turn into something else entirely new, different and strange. n

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orge Luis Uzcátegui heard Psycho before he saw it. He listened to the film’s iconic score and read it on paper to the point that he had a good idea what the movie was about, he says. It’s a crazy contention for most to make, but not for an accomplished composer like Uzcátegui. He’d just been tapped by the Spokane Symphony to conduct a live accompaniment to a screening of Psycho and wanted to live with the music before he even thought of watching one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most memorable works. And while obsessing over the film’s music, he came to love Bernard Herrmann’s score. Really love it, in fact. “The music on its own is even better than the movie,” says Uzcátegui from Los Angeles, where the Venezuelan native spends about half his time. He’ll be spending more of that time in Spokane soon, as the symphony’s new assistant director. He’s conducted the Spokane Symphony in Moses Lake, but the screening of Psycho, billed as an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, will be his first time conducting in Spokane. “Whatever you’re conducting needs to be your favorite music, and it stands



very well on its own,” he says. Uzcátegui has, of course, seen the movie, learning how Herrmann’s score melded with Hitchcock’s menacing visuals in a film of murder, mystery and a guy with some serious mommy issues. Herrmann, perhaps the most renowned film composer of all time (go ahead and file your complaints, John Williams lovers) used a simple, strings-only orchestra for the score, which Uzcátegui says complements the mood of the film perfectly and will stand out to those who hear the 47-piece orchestra play it live on Thursday night. “A string orchestra makes that signature sound in Psycho,” he says. “The movie is in black and white and if you put too much color — like an oboe or a trumpet — that feeling would be lost.” Hitchcock said that Psycho owed a third of its success to Herrmann’s score. Any college film class will tell you that. Uzcátegui argues it’s a lot more than a third of the film’s effect, as does Peter Porter, the director of the Spokane International Film Festival and the chair of Eastern Washington University’s theater and film department. Nowhere in the film does the score ...continued on next page



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play as significant a role as in the shower scene. “It’s probably the most memorable two minutes of score ever. It ranks up there with Star Wars’ “Imperial March,” Casablanca, anything else. It’s way, way up there,” says Porter, who holds a doctorate in film. It’s impossible to imagine now, but Hitchcock actually told Herrmann not to score the scene in which Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is hacked up at the Bates Motel. He had an idea of that scene being impactful in its minimalism, a theme he wanted to carry throughout the film, partly due to his artistic vision and partly because of budgetary concerns. Thankfully, Herrmann didn’t listen, just like he didn’t listen when Hitchcock, for whom he’d already scored five films, including Vertigo, suggested the score be played by a jazz band. Herrmann’s choice of a strings-only orchestra again came from the fact that Hitchcock didn’t have the sort of money he was used to tossing around. He employed a television crew to film the movie because big studios wouldn’t fund something more substantial. Some wondered if Hitchcock’s penchant for the macabre had gone a step too far. “People in 1960 didn’t want to put their name on the film. It was too gruesome,” says Porter. It wasn’t just the actual gore — because much of the film’s violence happens off camera — but rather the way in which Psycho eschews film conventions. “I think the other part that makes people uncomfortable is that they’re so shocked from the


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shower scene that they never recover. There’s a sense of claustrophobia,” says Porter. “And you attach to Marion Crane, and then feel like you’re drowning in nothingness because Janet Leigh is a recognizable star, and then she’s gone. You take the star system away, you’ve brutally murdered our hero. Now what?” A lot of the film’s menacing feel comes directly from Herrmann’s score, says Porter. While movie music has changed over the years (think Trent Reznor’s move into the film world) and Herrmann’s influence has waned, there’s no question he’s one of the greats. “Think about it like this: The first score he composed was for Citizen Kane and the last he did was for Taxi Driver,” says Porter. Uzcátegui’s excitement about Thursday’s chance to conduct the live performance of Psycho, which other symphonies across the country have found success with, isn’t as much about taking the podium for the first time in Spokane. It’s also about sharing the sort of wonder, terror and entertainment he’s taken away from the film while preparing for the performance. “It’s not your typical classical music, and it’s a great opportunity to see a live orchestra play [along to] a movie you love,” he says. “But if you haven’t ever watched it, don’t watch it until you come.” n Psycho with the Spokane Symphony • Thu, Feb. 12, at 7:30 pm • $28-$49, $15/students • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 6241200

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e now all know how Walter White became Heisenberg, and we had one hell of a ride on the way to finding out. Now Breaking Bad masterminds Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to show us how Jimmy McGill became Saul Goodman, and the ride should be no less rewarding. The difference, of course, is that we’d never heard of Jimmy McGill until this week, when Bob Odenkirk returned to AMC, but this time as a leading man. It looks like Gilligan and Gould are going to reverse-engineer the breaking bad of Saul Goodman, and that notion is looking quite tasty. You’ll likely think, “Oh yeah, I remember something about a Cinnabon in Omaha in one of those last episodes of Breaking Bad” in the first scene of this new show, but then we jump back to the beginning of the 2000s and meet a hapless New Mexico attorney named Jimmy. There he is, giving a closing argument to a row of urinals until a bailiff brings him back to the courtroom. He delivers a boys-will-be-boys monologue to bolster his case that his three 19-year-old defendants are innocent, only to have the prosecutor show the jury a video of the men cutting off the head of a cadaver and doing really awful things with it. Defeated in both spirit and the courtroom, he receives a $700 check for his work, and promptly loses his shit. Then he finds another way to lose his shit, only to lose it again. But he’s a good guy at heart — at least that’s what we’re led to believe so far. The pilot, directed by Gilligan, was replete with a stylistic flourish and inventive cinematography that we didn’t get in the early days of Breaking Bad. You know this show is going to be a slow burn, though a touch of style can do wonders for the collective attention span.

TV | Imagine Louis C.K.’s Louie, but as, you know, an actual comedy. MAN SEEKING WOMAN (FXX, Wednesdays, 10:30 pm) brings an absurdist, sketch-comedy sensibility to the modern dating world. Jay Baruchel (Undeclared) has the appropriate scrawny, sweat-drenched awkwardness of Josh, a 27-year-old trying to date after a big breakup. Well-trod territory, sure. But the style and silliness breathe new life into hoary clichés and transforms them into inventive illustration. A priest performs an exorcism of Josh’s ex-girlfriend’s spirit so he can get over her; the composing of a text message takes the form of a war-room argument with generals and scientists; and a bro’s warning about the staleness of a committed relationship is delivered through a Scared Straight!-style glimpse of suburbia.

Bob Odenkirk reprises his Breaking Bad role. But if severed heads and the sort of shameless pursuits of clients Jimmy engages in during this pilot are what this thing is going to deliver on a weekly basis, you shouldn’t be worrying about a spinoff ruining the legacy of one of TV’s greatest shows. Given its built-in audience and a Walking Dead lead-in, it’s no surprise that Better Call Saul (Sundays at 10 pm on AMC) attracted 6.7 million viewers on Sunday, making it the mostwatched cable debut of all time. — MIKE BOOKEY

WINNING BAGGING RIGHTS Ever try bagging your own groceries? It’s like playing Tetris, except if you screw it up, the eggs break and the bread is condensed into a useless ball. So you have to appreciate Spokane’s own David Tochinskiy (center), who won the 29th annual Best Bagger Championship in Las Vegas this week. The Rosauers employee took home a $10,000 check for his speed, precision, weight distribution and overall style, beating out 24 other baggers from across the country. He’ll display his winning skills on the Late Show with David Letterman sometime next month.

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ulitzer Prize-winning author and Inland Northwest native Marilynne Robinson is the fourth guest of Gonzaga University’s 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series. Robinson currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is beloved by readers and critics alike for her deeply intelligent, introspective narrative style. A Sandpoint native, Robinson reflects on her career and the state of American literature before her visit to Spokane. INLANDER: Newspaper and magazine profiles of you often bring up the long break (24 years) between your debut novel, Housekeeping, and your second fiction work, Gilead. Yet in the past 10 years, you’ve had five books published. What are you working on now? ROBINSON: I am working on a collection

of essays that will be published in the fall. I will be traveling to Europe for publications of Lila in translation, which are coming out this spring. You were born and grew up in North Idaho. Do you visit the area often? When was the last time you came back? I didn’t actually grow up in Sandpoint, though I was born there and my grandparents lived there. It was “home” to both of my parents and therefore to me, in some sense, even though we had wandered off to Coeur d’Alene. We visited often, and my parents lived in Sandpoint while I was in college and until my father died. I have no family in the area now, and my life is so busy that I rarely travel anywhere except to read or lecture. I’m still teaching, and writing absorbs endless time.

What are your favorite memories of growing up in North Idaho? I loved the woods, and the lakes. It was a privilege to live in a place that was as open and wild as it was then. How have your roots in this region influenced your writing, aside from setting the novel Housekeeping in a fictionalized version of Sandpoint? I have taken a great deal of good from the education I got there. I had four years of Latin in high school, a rare thing, though I didn’t know it at the time. That was an introduction to the basics of language that is useful to me every day. And my interest in small towns, and in settlement and the historical memories of family. What spurred you to write Lila, a novel about one of the characters first introduced in Gilead, and the third novel set in the fictional town? Lila was on my mind. That’s how things work for me. What piece of your work would you recommend to readers who are unfamiliar with your writing to read first? I hope they are all freestanding. Most people seem to choose to start with Housekeeping or Gilead. Do you worry that the general, non-scholarly public does not read enough books? I don’t worry much about the general public. I see the libraries that are going up in the cities and towns I visit — beautiful resources, filled with people — and I think the public is probably doing as well by itself as it is reasonable to hope. We have a huge publishing industry in this country, which can only reflect the fact of a huge reading public. Books are wonderful, but there are people who would rather be spelunking or practicing the cello, and I respect that. How do you think modern society can fix this, and encourage people to read more? Books have never been as cheap as they are now, or as readily available in as many formats. They have never had the kind of competition they have now, with films, games, the Internet and so on. It will all have to sort itself out, as cultural changes do from time to time. It has been my experience that many people love books intensely. As a writer, I have to say we might attract LETTERS more readers if the books Send comments to we wrote were better, if they seemed necessary to people. That is something to aspire to. In the meantime, I know that the public I meet are people who read, so generalization is difficult. But I think the public is often impressive. You’ve said before that you don’t follow other contemporary American writers much, preferring to study literature by writers and philosophers of past eras. Looking into the future, how do you hope your contributions to American literature are remembered? I have scholarly interests that take a great deal of time, and with teaching and writing, I can’t keep up with my contemporaries’ work. I think I am missing out on an important period, and I regret this. But my passions are my passions. If in the future I am remembered for contributions to American literature I will be (posthumously) well content, without requiring more. n Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series: Marilynne Robinson • Wed, Feb. 18, at 7:30 pm • Free and open to the public • Gonzaga University, Cataldo Globe Room • 502 E. Boone • gonzaga. edu/readingseries • Also on Feb. 19, at 7 pm • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main



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wenty minutes before the night’s main event begins, Lindaman’s Gourmet Bistro is wall-to-wall packed. The crowd filling the South Hill café appears to be a public radio fundraiser’s dream. Older. White, for the most part. And willing to brave a frosty midwinter Wednesday night for a discussion about a news story that happened weeks prior, and half a world away. Strangers squeeze into seats dotting the room, and latecomers lean on the bar serving up cocktails, or the glowing deli case full of chocolate peanut butter pie, twice-baked potatoes, meatballs and chicken parm. Some of the food makes its way out to the café’s communal tables adorned with cups of coffee, glasses of wine and bottles of Stella Artois. The friendly chatter in the room dies down as editorial cartoonist Milt Priggee and Islam D I S T I L L E D specialist David Fenner pick up microphones and sit on stools A SHOT OF LIFE near an illuminated screen. They are here to lead a discussion called “Killer Cartoons: Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?” a late addition to Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink program that was scheduled after Islamic terrorists attacked the editorial offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month. A short history lesson fills the first part of the evening. Priggee discusses how valued free expression is in France, particularly as compared to the United States. He shows cartoons he’s drawn skewering American racism or political scandals, only to be “killed” by fearful editors. The conversation is freewheeling, and laughter between sips comes easy as Priggee points out some of the hypocrisies inherent in clashes between cartoonists, their bosses and the public at large. Alcohol is tried and true as a social lubricant and gives the Think & Drink events a distinctly different vibe than the same discussion


set in a campus lecture hall or library: Friendly. Chatty. Communal. A couple of drinks, though, can also unlock some opinions previously kept in check, or exaggerate one’s anger at a perceived injustice. Grumbling among the audience starts as Fenner moves the discussion from how France came to have such a large, disillusioned, impoverished and segregated Muslim population to why the terrorist cell took the murderous step of attacking Priggee’s peers at Charlie Hebdo. “They picked a group of people and punched down,” Fenner says, describing Charlie Hebdo’s attitude toward the country’s Muslims. Circulation would go up, Fenner notes, whenever the magazine mocked Islam. “To my mind, they are afflicting the afflicted, rather than afflicting the comfortable. … For much of the Muslim community of France, what Charlie Hebdo was doing was pure bigotry.” The murmurs get louder and hands shoot up among the crowd. Some simply want to proclaim that the discussion has veered off. Others describe their own experiences with France and how much its countrymen value secularization. Some pointedly ask why the discussion has turned the terrorists into the victims. “No religion endorses murder for offense, except Islam!” proclaims one older man in a suit standing in the back of the room. Some gasp at the point while others nod in agreement. Fenner quickly reiterates that the terrorists are violent extremists — and utterly in the wrong in the Charlie Hebdo case and in their interpretation of the Quran. “All of our faith traditions have holy texts that have those contradictions,” Fenner says. “I hope we’re not throwing the 99.975 percent of peaceful Muslims out with the extremists.” That wish was left uncomfortably unanswered as the crowd dispersed into the cold, clear and peaceful Spokane night. 

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his is the kind of season you want to stay stoked for, but Mother Nature and Ullr keep dropping the ball. Epic storm notifications pop up on your phone from all of your different weather apps. The precipitation falls in town, and we shovel it away in hopes of an early morning departure for the mountain. We eagerly head up to the hill the next day, only to be greeted by warm and wet conditions. I consider us lucky that our area mountains are still open, and remain committed to servicing skiers and snowboarders who are putting in the effort to make lemonade out of a season that keeps giving us lemons. Some mountains in the Pacific Northwest already have closed until more snow falls. We’ve had a decade full of epic, great and average seasons — let’s hope this one turns around soon, so we can put the first part of the season behind us and finish strong. All of the mountains have been diligent in doing whatever they can to make their conditions as best as possible, regardless of the unfortunate weather patterns that have been present this season. With two more months left in this ski season, there’s still plenty of time for a turnaround, and there are still a lot of great events planned for the remainder of the season. Some fan favorites include Winter Carnival featuring skijoring in Sandpoint (Feb. 11-22); Scavenger Hunt/ Crazy Costume Day at Lookout Pass and Pond Skim/Military Appreciation Day at Mt. Spokane, both on March 28; Toyota Ski Week at 49 Degrees North (April 6-12), and Leadman, the Inland Northwest’s favorite off-road triathlon, at Silver Mountain on April 25. Check out the calendar of events for more details, and other great reasons to get up to the mountains this season. Hope to see you on the mountain! — JEN FORSYTH Snowlander Editor

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Tips, gear and advice from winter cyclists BY JORDY BYRD


rumbling about winter road conditions is the birthright of Inland Northwesterners. An entire index of precipitation otherwise known as sleet, ice and snow covers roadways months out of the year, dominating water-cooler conversations and small talk everywhere. While Washington state mandates vehicles of a certain weight must have chains — and studded tires are legal Nov. 1 through March 31 — a classification of commuters bucks trends and otherwise defies small talk: Winter bicyclists, who have taken to the streets.


BICYCLE: Salsa touring bike TIRES: Nokian studded tires GEAR: Crab-claw gloves with wool liners, Gore-Tex shoe covers, balaclava, wool stocking hat and lights ADVICE: Your hands, feet and face are critical. Other than that, your body heat when you exercise takes care of everything else. Before retirement, Kehr commuted 11 miles one way each winter to Airway Heights. He says getting out of bed in the morning can be the hardest part. “Just getting started, getting out of the house knowing it’s below zero outside was the challenge,” he says. Kehr uses studded tires mid-November through February. “Studs give me confidence, and it’s a great deal of a fun to be out on ice and have that much control,” he says. “It’s more fun than riding in regular weather.” Kehr rides conservatively in the winter — allocating double the normal amount of commuting time — and prefers the roads less traveled on. He says bicycle shops are great hubs of information, as the general public can’t yet fathom winter bicycle commuters. “There is a misassumption that it’s not safe to be riding your bike in the winter,” he says. “People don’t understand how secure it really is.”


BICYCLE: Gary Fisher mountain bike TIRES: The knobbier the better GEAR: Ski clothes, old jackets for road spray, rain pants, and lights — the more the better ADVICE: Allow yourself more time, slow down, and be more cautious. Juel has commuted year-round — first in Missoula and now in Spokane — for 10 years. His average ride is two to three miles. “I guess I tried winter riding for the first time when the conditions got a little dicey, to see what I could get away with,” he recalls. Juel has never used studded tires and prefers a simpler approach to riding. “Pedals2People is about helping people get places, one way or another, and not spending a lot of money. … It’s a different way of looking at transportation.” When conditions are too sloppy to ride, he walks or takes the bus. Icy roads and sharp turns are his only enemy. “Choose a route that is bicycle-friendly, though that’s not always possible,” Juel says. “Be aware that you have fewer options in terms of where you’re riding… and if anything, don’t be intimidated by the weather.”


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o one would have guessed the path that Tim Sorenson would take when he was born January 10, 1990, in Riverside, California. He was 2 years old when his life would first lead him to the mountains. Sorenson explains: “I was 2 years old during the L.A. riots. My dad had a convertible BMW and someone threw a Molotov cocktail in the back seat while it was parked at his work. That’s when Mom said enough of that, and moved us to Spokane where she grew up.” Throughout his early years in the Inland Northwest, he called Schweitzer his home mountain while attending Post Falls High School. After graduating, he attended North Idaho College and received a scholarship to work for the Sentinel, the student newspaper. He spent two semesters as editor, proudly adding, “We went to Nationals and got Best in Show.” His time at NIC was formidable in the photography realm, as he’d done quite a bit of video work already throughout high school. But it wasn’t until college “that I learned more of the photojournalistic approach to photography, which I believe is a better way to shoot. It is more candid, and less setting up of the shot.” In 2009, he left school to go work in the industry, moving to Colorado where he spent two seasons as a photographer at Keystone Resort, the largest resort in Summit County. It was there that he got a call from Poor Boyz Productions that would change his life and lead him to where he is now. “I got the call to go to Finland with three days notice. I couldn’t make that happen, and I thought that was going to be the last time I heard from them,” says Sorenson. It wasn’t.

Spokane native Cody Carter, tour director for Poor Boyz Productions, called back, and within a couple of weeks Sorenson started shooting photos with the production company: “After that, I went on a one-month road trip with them.” In 2011, Sorenson became the art director, working on the end of the movie The Grand Bizarre. He continued on through the production of WE and the first half of Tracing Skylines, then moved to L.A. as tour director through the Triple Threat Tour. “I missed the mountains so much I had to come home,” he explains about his decision to move back to North Idaho. “Big Bear [close to L.A.] was cool,” he continues, laughing, “but there aren’t a lot of mountains in L.A. I definitely had a lot of motivation to come back up here.” Currently, he’s a sponsored filmmaker (Saga Outerwear, 7B Board Shop and Treefort Lifestyle) working with Dash and Kix Kamp, filming a four-part web series. Filming is underway, and “we have enough footage for the first episode,” says Sorenson. “But we are at the mercy of what the weather is doing.” Keep an eye out for those videos to be released. Aside from his filming with the Kamp brothers, he’s recently been keeping busy by going on trips with Freeride Media: “I just got back from a two-day yurt trip with Great Northern Powder Guides in Montana, and based on weather, should be heading up to Canada to do some filming later this season as well.” He’s a busy guy, given his filming and travel schedule, but is excited to announce an addition to his résumé: He recently became an uncle and is stoked about his new nephew Jackson. n

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hat’s that saying? “When in Rome, do like the Romans.” Well, a few weeks back we experienced Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, British Columbia, during the Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival. “The Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival is really to celebrate the heritage and sprit of the mountains,” says Matt Mosteller, vice president of marketing for the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. “There’s no place that does ’80s events like Fernie Alpine Resort, wearing fluorescent one-pieces with loud ’80s music. It’s a longstanding heritage here; in fact, the movie Hot Tub Time Machine was shot in Fernie.” Matt, you had me at “’80s party.” A few phone calls later, I’d be poised to experience the festivities with some of my ski buddies. One of my friends, Spokane’s Desi Leipham, was beyond ecstatic at this opportunity, as she has a costume trunk — make that trunks — of ’80s and superhero costumes that would make any Hollywood movie costumer green with envy. Desi pulled out a few sweet outfits and we were ready to roll. A few miles past the Canadian border, we were met with quartersize snowflakes dropping from the

sky. This made for some challenging driving, but we took our time, knowing the payoff would be well worth it. After getting settled into our condo, we slipped down to the Fernie Stanford Resort, home to the Tandoor & Grill’s authentic Indian cuisine. There’s an impressive menu, with numerous choices of lamb, beef and chicken dishes prepared from bona fide Indian recipes. We started off with the traditional naan bread and chicken shahi tikka kabobs as appetizers, along with a few frosty pints of local ales from the Fernie Brewing Co. The beef kadai with curry sauce, loaded with bell peppers and onions, was out of this world. “Medium” on the heat scale was plenty hot for me. My table was impressed with the quality and authenticity of the Indian cuisine — even Hayden Lake’s Tommy Frey, with his cheeseburger! Saturday morning, we woke to broken, cloudy skies that gave us a great view of Fernie Alpine Resort, only a couple of miles away. As this was my maiden voyage to Fernie, the lay of the land was pointed out to me from our condo deck by Jeff Bengston of Coeur d’Alene, who’s visited Fernie numerous times over



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“WEEKEND AT FERNIE’S,” CONTINUED... ing! Now that we were warmed up, it was time to do some exploring. We were hoping to get on the fairly new Polar Peak chair which rises to 7,000 feet, but it was closed, on hold until the ski patrol completed avalanche control work. We decided to stay and play off the White Pass quad in Currie Bowl. After a short hike we were on top of the Currie Bowl chutes, serving up plenty of steeps and rocks and lots of challenging terrain that would make even the most extreme skier take caution. For an inbounds experience, this zone is legit! By noon things were warming up, so we hit the groomers and explored Lizard Bowl, featuring exciting groomers with plenty of varying terrain options. After a full day of riding, it was time to quench our thirst. As we skied down to the base area, the Snow Dreams Festival was in full bore. We saw numerous ’80s-costumed riders out on the hill throughout the day, and it seemed that everyone was at the legendary Griz Bar for après. The place definitely had an ’80s vibe going on, and it was a full house. Not wanting to be packed in, our crew decided to slip into neighboring Kelsey’s, where there was plenty of après action; there’s something about a ski resort in a party vibe. The town of Fernie has numerous choices for excellent cuisine, shopping and libations. On Saturday night we ventured downtown, and after dinner we were walking around and bumped into one of my old friends, Adam Laurin, who owns a snowboard shop in downtown Fernie. Adam was throwing a customer appreciation party for his shop, Commit Snow & Skate, and he invited us into a packed house of snowboard-

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ing locals who had already put away two kegs. Now that we knew the costume theme was true, on Sunday morning we squeezed into the ’80s gear. “Squeezed in” is a severe understatement. Tommy looked like he was stuffed into a mint-green sausage casing, and it definitely looked painful as we watched him walk through the resort’s base. I’d say we were representing our ’hood pretty well at this event. It looked like it was going to be a stellar day, and with clear skies and everyone in my group sporting ’80s gear, we straight-lined RESOURCE back to Currie Bowl to ski the chutes again. Surprised to find lots of pockets that were still untracked, we spent a good couple of hours playing in the chutes and looking for our buddy Devin “Doof” Dufenhorst, who became separated from us immediately that morning after taking a wrong turn when he got off the chair. After “Doof” finally caught up with us an hour later, he lost his afro wig off the chair, spending the next hour finding it and catching back up with us. Now you understand why we call him “Doof”! By 1 pm, the snow turned to spring-like conditions, and we all had our fill of some great skiing over the weekend. The resort and the town give off a true ski-culture vibe. It’s easy to understand why they filmed Hot Tub Time Machine at this soulful location. Fernie Alpine Resort has left a lasting impression with us, and you can be assured we’ll be back. But next time we’ll give “Doof” a trail map. n

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WINTER EVENTS FEBRUARY FREE SKI SCHOOL Lookout Pass’ annual program kicks off, offering free lessons for ages 6-17 every Saturday through March 14. Beginners’ lessons at 10 am; intermediate/ advanced to follow at 11:30 am every weekend. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. DOWNHILL DIVAS The mountain hosts its women’s ski and snowboard program every Friday through March 20. Groups of riders are taught by top female instructors to create a comfortable learning environment for riders of all levels. Fridays from 9:30 am-noon through March 20. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. APRÈS-SKI PARTY The Inlander, Alaskan Brewing Co. and Wintersport host a winter ski party, with specials, giveaways and free hot waxes for skis and boards. Feb. 13, from 5-9 pm. Free. Selkirk Pizza & Tap House, 12424 N. Division. (464-3644) SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL This annual 10-day celebration of all things winter is back for 2015, with the same familiar favorites, including dining specials at local restaurants, skijoring, Schweitzer’s SnowSchool, sleigh rides, the Parade of Lights, the K9 Keg Pull and much more. Events Feb. 11-22. Around Sandpoint, Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Details at MT. SPOKANE NORDIC CUP The Mt. Spokane Nordic Cup is a Junior National Qualifier and U-14 Championship for teens ages 14-19. Feb. 14-15. Races held at the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. (322-5028) FIRST TURNS Get early access to the gondolas and head to the peak for breakfast and first access to the powder. Reservations are recommended for this popular event (conditions permitting), which has limited seating. Feb. 14, 21 and 28. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho.

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NIGHT SKIING AT 49° Forty-Nine lights up the night four times this season, with lit runs on the upper and lower mountain. Bring a food bank donation for discounted tickets (two cans are good for a $4 ticket). Feb. 14, from 4:30-8 pm. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49n. com (935-6649) VALENTINE’S DAY SPEED DATING Pick up a pass to this fun event at the bottom of Chair 3, and take the five-minute ride up the slopes while getting to know someone new. Later that evening, Noah’s Canteen offers a romantic dinner. Feb. 14. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. SHIEMO CUP DUAL SLALOM The Forty-Nine Alpine Ski Team hosts a dual-course ski race, open to alpine, snowboard and telemark riders. Feb. 14, at 9:30 am. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (935-6649)

PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND Events during the long weekend include family activities at the Village, night skiing and a spectacular laser light show. Feb. 14-16. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. EEYSL DOWNHILL RACES The Spokane Ski Racing Association and Mt. Spokane host the annual Emerald Empire Youth Ski League races. Feb. 20-22. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) MARDI GRAS The mountain hosts its biggest party of the year, with drink specials and a balloon drop at Moguls. Feb. 21. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. SNOWSHOE/HIKE INDIAN PAINTED ROCKS A hike through the area alongside the Little Spokane River. Snowshoes, poles and guides provided. Discover Pass required. Feb. 21, from 10 am-noon. $15. Riverside State Park. RENEGADES & HANDRAILS PT. 2 A rail jam with sponsors, prizes and activities, including a photo contest, video contest and jam session for the littlest rippers. Feb. 21. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. COLLEGE UP-DOWN RACE North Idaho College hosts a race to the top of the mountain and down, offering the coveted title of first place and other perks. Feb. 22. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. EXPLORE SCHWEITZER A choose-your-own-adventure-style event, with stations set up around the mountain, offering vouchers for raffle tickets at each. Feb. 22; details TBA. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) TUBIN’ IN TUTUS Silver Mountain hosts the annual fundraiser event for the Shoshone Pet Rescue. The party includes a silent auction and a live auction of handcrafted wood piece by local woodcrafter Roger Baker. Feb. 28. $15-$30. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt. com (866-344-2675) NACHTSPEKTAKEL Mountain Gear hosts an evening trek to the Vista Hut by headlamp to enjoy snacks and beverages before skiing back down under the lights. Feb. 28, at 5 pm. $20. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) SLED DOG RACING Members of Inland Empire Dog Sled Association provide an overview of sled dog racing and talk about their personal experiences with the sport. Event held as part of the Spokane County Library District’s “The Big Read” program, highlighting Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Free. Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 5, and 7, program times/locations vary, see for details.

MARCH SPOKANE NORDIC CHALLENGE An end-of-season Loppet, offering the option to pick a distance that’s right for you (20/30/50 km). Routes around Mt. Spokane’s cross-country ski park offer stunning views. Hosted by the Spokane Nordic Ski Association. March 1, from 9 am-4 pm. $25-$50. Starts at the Mt. Spokane Selkirk Lodge. spokanenordic. com MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKES These popular evening hikes return for the current season, offering magical hikes (3 miles) through pristine oldgrowth forests with the moon lighting the way. Upcoming hikes on March 6 and April 4. $30, includes equipment rental and trail fee (sign up a week in advance). Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-255-3081) ALS POKER RUN Hit the slopes for a fun poker-style run to raise money for ALS research and treatment. March 7. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (866-344-2675) NORDIC PAW & POLE Race through the snowy forest with your pup in tow, raising money for a good cause. Details TBA. March 7. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49n. com (935-6649) TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING COMPETITION An amateur competition for all levels of riders, hosted by TransWorld Snowboarding. March 7, registration starts at 8 am. $15/rider. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) RETRO DAY The mountain’s annual throwback day is all about the straight skis, one-piece snowsuits and anything else ugly and vintage. March 7. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) 2015 BUDDY WERNER CHAMPIONSHIPS Mt. Spokane hosts the Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s annual U14 championships. March 13-15; details TBA. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) HAWAIIAN DAZE Bust out that summery, islandinspired attire for the annual Slush Cup competition, with a costume contest and barbecue, as well as a raffle fundraiser for the 49 Ski Patrol. March 14. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (935-6649) BATTLE OF THE BORDERS FESTIVAL A rail jam in the Terrain Park on day one, followed by a high ollie contest and best carve contest the following day. March 14-15; details TBA. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY There’ll be green beer and food specials, along with festive parties at Moguls and Noah’s Canteen. March 14. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. 24 HOURS OF SCHWEITZER The annual downhill ski event serves as a fundraiser to benefit cystinosis research in honor of Hank Sturgis of Sandpoint, diagnosed with the disease. Open to relay teams of skiers, telemark skiers and snowboarders. March 20-21. $150/person + $100 in pledges. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho.

FAMILY FUN DAY Activities for snow lovers of all ages include a kids’ obstacle course on the bunny hill with race gates, slaloms, rollers and banks. March 21; from 9 am-4 pm, race at noon. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220)

WINTERFEST Schweitzer’s annual outdoor brew festival, with beers on tap in a snow bar tent at the Village. Includes live music, food and other activities. March 28. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555)

BAVARIAN RACE Teams compete to be the first to complete the following — drink a pitcher of beer, take the lift up, ski down and run back to the starting line to finish a second pitcher. March 21, at 10 am. $25/person. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah.

SCAVENGER HUNT/CRAZY COSTUME DAY The annual scavenger hunt takes place across the mountain, and the best crazy costumes spotted on the slopes win prizes. March. 28. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho.

OYSTER FEED Fresh oysters make their way over the pass from Bellingham to be cooked up fresh on Saturday for this popular, annual end-of-season event. March 28. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah.

APRIL TROPICAL DAZE Summer may be a ways out, but break out that Hawaiian shirt anyway for this annual end-of-season event that includes pond skimming, the downhill dummy derby and rubber duck derby. April 4-5.

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NOVEMBER 2013: 49 DEGREES NORTH The bull wheel came to life with a clatter. The line was growing quickly, hoots and hollers in every direction. 49 Degrees North had come to life. Accompanied by friends Ryan Ricard and Lori LaBissoniere, we paired off like animals boarding Noah’s Ark for the voyage into another ski season. For me, this is the beginning of skiing year-round. DECEMBER 2013: SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN The dry-rot camper was past its prime by two decades, but it was home to us and an angry nest of stowaway bees. Parked dead center in the Schweitzer parking lot, Ryan and I drank tallboy cans, cheated at cards and watched the snowflakes fall. JANUARY 2014: MT. SPOKANE Friday Morning Fever again. Armed with my coffee, I wait for my 5:20 am pickup to tour up Mt. Spokane with a motley crew of skiers. This weekly addiction makes the 9-to-5 much more enjoyable. FEBRUARY 2014: SCHWEITZER BACKCOUNTRY I have been holed up in the library for a month, the bar exam is around the corner, but I’m determined to ski every month. Ryan and I turn our beacons to “on” and slash turns on steep faces. Eating pocket pizza, talking ski gear and dreaming of tots and beer at Pucci’s Pub. Life can’t get any better. MARCH 2014: BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN It looks like a dreamscape, not a war zone. Reuniting with my original ski partner, Spokane native Casey Johnson, we are here to ski powder in the Himalayas. It is beyond surreal. Peering down from 15,500 feet, we click in. Whacking out turn after


turn on the treeless ridgeline, Casey and I can see the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan in the distance. I am the luckiest man on the planet. Tomorrow there is untracked, unexplored powder to be had. We ski hard, laugh harder and reminisce about our days of skiing in the Pacific Northwest. APRIL 2014: SHERMAN PASS, COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST Were we really stalked by a mountain cat today? Ryan, Kyle Twohig, Austin White and I find refuge in the Snow Peak cabin. We nestle together, sipping whiskey and eating cured meats; all the while, the fire flickers off the hand-hewn logs. I love this place. I love this tradition. MAY 2014: MT. ADAMS, SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON The trailhead is covered in snow. Landon Crecelius, Brad Pointer, Brett Barna, Ryan and I had been hiking for hours in the dark. It’s late, and we are all tired and have a big day tomorrow. Rising early to a bluebird sky and strong legs, we plot our way up Mt. Adams for hours and descend the 7,000 feet in a matter of minutes, throwing up rooster tails of perfect spring corn. JUNE 2014: EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS, EASTERN OREGON People don’t know what to make of us. Skis strapped to our backs, Kyle West and I left the interpretive center atop Mt. Howard and head toward the Eagle Cap. The fog won’t lift today, but we are victorious in our search for summer turns. JULY 2014: SELKIRK MOUNTAIN RANGE, NORTH IDAHO From a distance, Jared Rixon, Ryan and I can see climbers ascending Chimney Rock. We stop our motorbikes at the trailhead

and strap our skis and boots to our backs. It’s good to celebrate Independence Day by popping over rocks and ripping the suncupped fall line of Mt. Roothaan. AUGUST 2014: GLACIER PEAK, NORTH CASCADES I am scared. Why is my ice axe buzzing? Brett Barna and I shouldn’t be here. I want to take off my harness, which is full of highly conductive carabiners. We are too exposed. CLAP! The lightning seems to be chasing us from the peak. We’ve humped our gear for 35 miles, only to be rushed off the peak by Zeus’ wrath. We retreat to the safety of the trees, miles away. I am reminded that a safe adventure is one where everyone returns home. SEPTEMBER 2014: MT. RAINIER My suit hangs in the back seat as I pull out my skis and lace up my running shoes. I couldn’t find a partner for this ascent. With my dad waiting in the car, I run up the trails of Mt. Rainer to Camp Muir. Snow is scarce in September, but I finally reach the blue glacial ice. Billy-goating around the yawning crevasses, I’m amazed at the lack of snow. The glacier is certainly receding; I’ve never seen crevasses this low. I’m back at the car in no time. One month to go. OCTOBER 2014: MT. HOOD, OREGON Dawn couldn’t have come any sooner. I rustle up the nerve to exit my sleeping bag in a downpour. I am soaked to the bone, and cold. But this is Month 12, and nothing is stopping me. The rain turns to snow. The flakes slowly wander down to cover my tracks. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride as I link together 81 turns in October. n




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Bread Science Bouzies Bakery’s new head baker is taking breadmaking back to its ancient roots BY CHEY SCOTT

or the first few weeks, Shaun Thompson Duffy wouldn’t leave Rusty alone at the bakery overnight. He’d pack her back and forth each day, arriving around 4 in the morning for a day’s work stretching into mid-afternoon. Rusty was fussy at first, and it took Duffy some time to get her to take to the water here. She’s fed twice a day — at 6 am, and then again at 2 in the afternoon. At 5 years old, Spokane is now the fourth city where Rusty has lived. Rusty is not a child, nor a pet, but according to Duffy, “she” is nevertheless a living object. As a wild yeast sourdough bread starter, Rusty is the mothership for every loaf, bun, scone, bagel and croissant produced at Bouzies Bakery on Spokane’s South Hill, where Duffy has been head baker since last November. Contained inside a nondescript canning jar sitting in the middle of a large, wooden dough-rolling

table, those unfamiliar with the science of breadmaking might never realize the significance of the mushy, tannishbrown mixture called Rusty. “The starter is the reason for our bread,” Duffy remarks. “It works the hardest.” On a rainy Thursday after the day’s mixing and baking is complete, the small-statured, bearded breadmaker enthusiastically “nerds out” about the science of hydration, wild yeast bacteria, temperature, humidity and prolonged fermentation schedules. From start to finish, some of the bakery’s breads take nearly three days to produce. This is largely due to a 36-hour fermentation process, during which wicker baskets of formed dough sit on racks in a walk-in cooler. “When you ferment [for that long], it breaks down a lot of those complex starches, and not only is that better for the flavor, but also the nutritional value and digestion,” Duffy explains. ...continued on next page



“BREAD SCIENCE,” CONTINUED... At 34, Duffy, a native Texan, has already racked up an impressive culinary résumé — he’s cooked at starred restaurants in Houston, Las Vegas and Chicago — but it wasn’t until 2007 that he became an ardent follower of traditional breadmaking techniques. “We want to make the best bread ever and that’s why we practice these traditions,” Duffy says. “It’s also better in flavor from a chef’s standpoint.” Those traditions he’s so eager to convert local consumers to go beyond his loyalty to leavening all of Bouzies’ bread using the ever-multiplying sourdough cultures birthed from Rusty. Duffy is passionate about ancient grains — soft wheat varieties, rye, quinoa, and a trademarked strain of regional wheat called kamut, from Montana and North Dakota. Ancient grains are genetically unmodified plants that have been cultivated since the beginnings of human civilization. All of the grain used in Bouzies’ bread comes from regional farmers in Washington, with the exception of the kamut and some white flour grown in California. Duffy adds that as a newcomer to the region, he’s always on the lookout for new local growers to source grains.

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hile Rusty works hard every day to multiply her sourdough yeast, leavening countless loaves and baguettes, breadmaking at Bouzies will reach an even higher artisan level sometime next month. Mid-March is when a long-awaited Austrian stone mill is expected to arrive after a long trip across the Pacific to the Port of Seattle, and then across the state to its final destination. Duffy expects they might have to bust down the front wall of the converted house just to get the mill inside the bakery. The $10,000 piece of equipment, made entirely of Austrian pine except for its two granite millstones, ships as an assembled unit. Duffy says it was purchased for Bouzies by previous owners William and Marcia Bond, who recently sold the bakery and next-door restaurant Luna to local restaurateurs

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ooking around his newly opened distillery in downtown Spokane, Paul Ziegman makes one thing clear: “If it’s metal in here, I built it. I made it.” That means his hands crafted everything from the small tasting bar and stools up front to the ad hoc “wall” separating the entry from where his stills reside in back. The homemade touches extend to the stills themselves, where batches of his crystal-clear 50/50 Ruckus White Whiskey and Immature Brandy bubble away. Tinbender Craft Distillery recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Sun People Dry Goods as a two-person operation, consisting of Ziegman and his wife, Tosha. Ziegman has worked in a sheet-metal shop for nearly two decades, primarily creating restaurant kitchen equipment, so he named the distillery after one

of the less-profane nicknames metal workers call each other. Opening Tinbender offered a chance to combine his metal-fabrication skills with his love of a tasty beverage. “My metal work led to me being able to make my own equipment, and understand the metallurgy behind distillation to put out a product that is a mix of old world and modern,” Ziegman says. For drinkers, that modern twist makes for whiskeys and brandies that might not look or taste anything like what they’ve had before. Ziegman’s spirits go straight from his still to the bottle without being aged in the barrels that give booze its distinct flavors and dark colors. You taste the locally sourced ingredients he’s chosen, from the malt and wheat in the white whiskey to the Washington grapes in the brandy, without


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Hardly Gentlemanly Kingsman is a spy movie that manages to defy its own mission BY MARYANN JOHANSON


his is not a gentlemanly movie. Now, most movies are not very gentlemanly, and this isn’t necessarily a problem — except, perhaps, to those of us who lament the passing of true gentlemanliness as a thing a man might aspire to. But it’s a huge problem for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Because this movie makes such a big deal about how gentlemanliness is a thing a man must exude, certainly if he wants to become a member of the titular elite society of gentleman spies and international men of mystery who answer to no government, but only to the highest causes of justice, global peace and elegance in bespoke attire. And the movie ultimately betrays the foundations of its own premise in horrendously unforgivable ways. It’s like this. Harry (Colin Firth), code name Galahad, recruits Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a kid from the wrong side of the London tracks, to be a member of the Kingsmen. Eggsy doesn’t seem to be a good fit, what with all the other Kingsmen so posh and at least figuratively noble. The society is funded by royal families across Europe, and they all have Knights of the Round Table spy names: Michael Caine, their leader, is Arthur; Jack Davenport is another agent, code-named Lancelot; even their Q, played by Mark Strong, is called Merlin. Eggsy instantly sees that he doesn’t belong here, even if he has a genius IQ, KINGSMAN: could have been an Olympic gymnast and THE SECRET SERVICE dabbled in the Marines. But Harry assures Rated R Eggsy — director Matthew Vaughn appears Directed by Matthew Vaughn to underscore this scene as containing A Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Very Important Message — that being a Samuel L. Jackson gentleman has nothing to do with where you come from, who your family is, what prep school you went to, what your accent sounds like, or any of that sort of thing. Being a gentleman is about how you behave. It’s about manners. Great suits too, sure. But mostly about manners. For a good half of its running time, Kingsman is a fairly mundane wannabe spoof of spy stories, as Eggsy goes through a testing regimen to see if he will be able to cut it as a member. I didn’t find it all that clever: characters keep self-referentially discussing the clichés of old spy movies, yet insist that “this isn’t that kind of movie,” when in fact it is totally that kind of movie. A lot of it feels like it has lifted beats and lines of dialogue from Men in Black, too. Still, I wasn’t hating the film, and was truly enjoying Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine, the villainous yet squeamish tech mogul who’s out to do something bad to the world and obviously must be stopped. And I was loving Firth, who, if there is any justice in moviedom, will soon be heading up a reboot of The Avengers as John Steed, now that we know how great he looks in bespoke Savile Row and what a gentlemanly action hero he can be. But then the movie gave me pause: There comes a test that Eggsy is subjected to, and it has completely the wrong solution, if the Kingsmen are truly the gentlemen they say they are. Finally, once Eggsy has become a fully fledged Kingsman — you knew that was inevitable, so it’s hardly a spoiler — and has donned the bespoke suit and assumed the mantle of the gentleman, he does something that no gentleman would do. No gentleman ever. This is the film’s final grand joke, played for huge laughs, and it was like a punch in the gut to me. It would be a terrible misfire even in a movie that hadn’t ostensibly been crafting Eggsy into a gentleman, but in this context, it’s positively nightmarish. I cannot recall a film that left me with such a sour taste in my mouth by the time it came to an end. I was actually enraged. It’s almost as if Kingsman wants to obnoxiously defy itself. 



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When David (Johnny Weston) finds blueprints for a time machine in his garage, he and his friends are determined to make the most of it. As their manipulation of the past results in plane crashes, riots and natural disasters, the teens discover that they must go back to the beginning if they have any hope of undoing the ripple effect. (CB) Rated PG-13


Selma could have been just an inspirational drama about a pivotal historical moment, and it could have been just a portrait of King’s efforts at promoting civil rights. But director Ava DuVernay and her team are interested in doing something much less common, something that echoes the similar success of 2012’s Lincoln. (SR) Rated PG-13


This epic fantasy tale from centuries ago stars Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory, the last in a long line of supernatural warriors tasked with keeping humanity safe against evil forces led by a mean witch (Julianne Moore). For help, the master recruits a country boy born “the seventh son of a seventh son” to teach him how to battle dark magic threatening the land — and potentially score an attractive young good witch in the process. (DN) Rated PG-13


When the sacred Crabby Patty recipe is stolen by a villainous pirate (Antonio Banderas), Spongebob Squarepants leaves behind the only world he has



ever known. With the help of his friends Patrick, Mr. Krabbs, Sandy and Squidward, Spongebob journeys through our world and becomes the hero of Bikini Bottom. (CB) Rated PG


Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking’s memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist (A Brief History of Time) diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film’s heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when each of them finds new soulmates and their union ends. (SD) Rated PG-13


Working mother of two Sandra Bye (Marion Cotillard) finds that her fate is in the balance after a “show of hands” vote at her workplace. While she was on medical leave during a season of depression, her colleagues overwhelmingly voted in favor of significant bonuses in return for her dismissal. She has one weekend to convince each employee to give up their bonuses so that she might keep her job in this French film. (CB) Rated PG-13


Socially maladroit and painfully single-minded, Andrew (Miles Teller), a freshman at a competitive conservatory, lives only to drum. Early on, he’s tapped by an instructor named Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) to join his elite competition band. (KJ) Rated R


Hollywood tests America’s love of Kevin Hart by giving him the role of Jimmy, proprietor of Best Man, Inc., a company providing groomsmen to loser dudes with no friends — in this case Doug (Josh Gad). Naturally, Jimmy and Doug become fast friends in the process of lying to Doug’s wife-to-be (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). (DN) Rated R


Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed, the woman who walked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail and lived to write a hit book (upon which this film is based) about it. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Wild follows Strayed as she deals with her mother’s death and her crippling addiction issues by heading into the wilderness alone. (MB) Rated R 



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or the past 18 years and over the course Sandra’s co-workers have voted to divide up her of six feature films, Belgian filmmaking salary as a substantial bonus for them instead of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne keeping her on as an employee. After pleading have carefully chronicled the lives of the underwith her boss, she is given the weekend to conprivileged, the unemployed and the lost souls vince her co-workers to change their minds, with who invariably get discarded, as modernity and a new vote to occur Monday morning — hence capitalism move inexorably forward in a society the title. that neither cares for nor wants anything to do We see Sandra go from employee to emwith them. ployee, trying to convince them that they should These stories of abandoned children, unchoose her over the money all of them so desdocumented immigrants, and people pushed to perately need. Aided by her endlessly supportive the margins of society have wowed critics (two husband (Fabrizio Rongione, equally amazing), Palme d’Ors, putting them in we watch Sandra undertake rare company) and influenced TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT this emotionally crippling task, more than a few directors and at the same time learn Rated PG-13 (paging Darren Aronofsky), about the precarious financial Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc but apart from the art-house instability of the people with Dardenne; Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio crowd, their films have not whom she works. Rongione, Catherine Salée; At Magic Lantern made much of an impact here Sounds tedious on paper, in the U.S. So does recruitI know, but the Dardenne ing international movie star brothers have made a compelMarion Cotillard for their new film mark an ling film about an ethical dilemma and evoked a attempt to break into the mainstream? I’d hazard moralism that most filmmakers would give their that it was probably a producer’s call, but the eyeteeth to capture a fraction of. resulting film is an exceptionally crafted drama, Halfway through the film you realize that anchored by the brothers’ mastery of their skills maybe Sandra shouldn’t get her job back, and and Cotillard’s breathtaking performance. that her campaigning is causing more harm than Cotillard is Sandra, a working-class mother good. This recognition places the heartbreakemployed at a solar panel manufacturing coming futility of Sandra’s situation in the broader pany in a Belgian town, who, upon returning sense of society as a whole. Are we all just cogs to work after a leave of absence due to a bout in a wheel, ever-replaceable and ever-disposable? of depression, is told she’s been sacked. In her The Dardenne brothers make that case, and then absence, and under questionable circumstances, deftly subvert it. 


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The Grammy Awards are about much more than what you see on TV BY LAURA JOHNSON



t’s Monday morning and local music producer Marc Fechter’s head is still reeling. Even from the nosebleed section of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Grammy glamour of the evening before hasn’t faded. He sits outside of a downtown L.A. Starbucks recalling how the afterparty especially — where he and his girlfriend were so entranced by the aerial acrobats they didn’t even notice Kanye West and Kim Kardashian — left him breathless. The long weekend wasn’t about the show, although that was a perk. Fechter says he passed out handfuls of thumb drives and solidified business connections. He knows what to expect for next year. “I’m ready to work now. This is the kind of thing that motivates me,” Fechter says. “I want to make more music. I’m ready to do more for our scene.” Last week — prior to Sam Smith snatching up four Grammys on Sunday night’s rather mundane telecast — Fechter, of Perfechter Productions, sits in his cozy Northside basement studio explaining why the 57-yearold music awards are still worthwhile. “Anyone in the music business cares about the Grammys,” says Fechter, his keyboard armband tattoo peeking out of his checkered, button-up shirt. “A nomination still has the power to change careers.”

The producer/engineer/promoter has been a voting member of the Recording Academy, the governing body that oversees the Grammys, for two years. This was his first time attending the live ceremony. Membership doesn’t just dictate the results of one inspiring night. Since joining, Fechter has attended Pacific Northwest chapter meetings in Seattle and Portland, making contacts and gaining insider music-biz knowledge along the way. He’s also submitted musicians he’s worked with for award nominations, like local singer-songwriter Glen Louis Schroeder and reggae artist O-Shen, a Spokane native. “It’s getting local talent on the same list as other guys,” explains Fechter, a graduate of Florida’s Full Sail University recording arts program. “Maybe that will get them a potential listen by other voting members.” The major categories are essentially popularity contests, but in a smaller field like reggae, there’s more of an opportunity for lesser-known artists to earn recognition. This is where the Grammys, bemoaned by music critics for years for getting choices laughably wrong (i.e., Metallica losing Best Metal Performance to Jethro Tull in 1989), are still relevant. It’s the idea that any submitted music can be heard by some of the best in the business.

Marc Fechter at his Perfechter Productions studio.



he crisp, white Grammy ballot envelopes are sent out to the 13,000 or so Recording Academy members the oldschool way, by mail. “This year they offered an online option to hear the nominees’ music, but that was new,” explains Fechter, who has owned his business for more than a decade. Selected to vote on 24 categories, Fechter takes the process incredibly seriously. He says that the big categories, such as Album of the Year, which he voted on, include more than a thousand candidates in the first round, making it nearly impossible to hear every song. But once whittled down to a manageable number of nominees in the second round, he scrupulously judges it all. To become a member of the Recording Academy, music industry professionals must prove they’ve commercially released songs within the past year. Like most clubs, there is a membership fee. Getting invited to the Grammy telecast also isn’t easy; you have to either be nominated or be an RA member. You pay for those tickets, too.


hannon Roach Halberstadt, former executive director of the Spokane Arts Fund, knows firsthand the importance of the Recording Academy to the Pacific Northwest music scene. She was the executive director for the PNW regional chapter, which includes about 950 members from Montana to Alaska, prior to moving to Spokane in 2013. That was the year that North Central High School’s music program was awarded $5,500 by the Grammy Foundation, improving the education of young musicians. “That’s what people don’t always know about,” says Halberstadt, now executive director at Washington’s Artist Trust. “The show fuels what the Recording Academy is doing in local communities all the other days of the year. The ceremony is just the part that’s most visible.” Before leaving for L.A., Fechter loaded lime-green disk drives — which also function as bottle openers — with local music and other projects he’s produced to hand out to new contacts. Missy Califano, of the local blues band Blues Edition, is thrilled that Fechter included her music at the Grammys this year. “I think the Grammys are something that inspires people to create,” Califano says. “I don’t agree with who they pick for the winners, but just that those artists are getting recognition is always a good thing for music.” Schroeder, the local singer-songwriter, is also all for Fechter promoting his music at the Grammys, even if he hasn’t felt its benefits yet. “Marc is always actively pursuing that next step, and I appreciate that about that him,” he says. “And hopefully, this helps get our music out there. It’s a pretty cool idea.” n

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e was afraid this call was coming. “You have prostate cancer… ” the physician explained evenly over the

phone. “Holy shit. What the hell?” Tim “Too Slim” Langford thought. Then his mind just went numb. It was September 2014, just after his blues band Too Slim and the Taildraggers headlined Spokane’s Pig Out in the Park. Gaining composure, he wondered what this meant for his group. He worried about the bills. “There’s no musician’s unemployment office,” he says. So they continued to play as long as he could, up until Thanksgiving, when he readied for removal surgery. Today, the 56-year-old is eating brunch at a diner in Nashville, where he’s lived and worked for four years, just after a doctor’s appointment. He says he feels about 85 percent back to his old self and is currently not scheduled for radiation or chemotherapy. “Right now, the cancer seems to be gone,” he says, relieved. This weekend, he plays his first show since the surgery; a cancer benefit for him set up by friend and fellow bluesman Sammy Eubanks at the Knitting Factory. A Spokane native, Langford recalls playing regularly in a country act at the Swinging Doors when he was 19. There also was a stint in a punk band. Even though the blues eventually won him over, Langford’s gritty and honest music pulls

from those other genres. Since forming the Taildraggers in 1986, the Washington Blues Society and blues fans alike have reveled in Langford’s heartbreaking croon. The group continues to attract a following. Of the 11 studio albums they’ve made, the past four have hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Blues Album charts. When Langford moved from Spokane to Seattle in 2004, most of his bandmates didn’t come with him. The same happened when he moved to Nashville in 2011 — all new players. But for this weekend’s show, musicians who were there from the start have volunteered to back Langford: Tom Brimm on bass, who was in the band for 16 years, and John Cage on drums, who left in 2006. Langford knows his situation could have gone quite differently. “We would have been in a serious crisis if people wouldn’t have been so generous,” he explains. “I can’t even express how grateful I am, the outpouring of concern and generosity. I’m grateful I’m surviving this thing.”  Tim “Too Slim” Langford Cancer Relief Benefit feat. Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Bryan Warhall & Triple Trouble, the Sidemen, Nicole Lewis Band, Smash Hit Carnival, Big Mumbo Blues Band and the Doghouse Boyz • Sun, Feb. 15, at 6 pm • $10 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279





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ucinda Williams’ ability to write soul-searing songs that defy easy genre labels has probably hurt her sales through the years. But those entranced by her Southern drawl and incisive lyrics don’t really care if you call her “rock,” “folk,” “blues” or some combination of them all — they simply know that new Williams music is always a reason to celebrate, especially given the occasionally lengthy waits between releases. Her latest is the first on her own record label, and Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is a double dose of everything her fans love; as she said in a press release when it was released, “There are only so many things you can write about. Love, sex, death, redemption, and they’re all here.” Williams’ live shows are meteoric affairs, alternating between soaring heights and occasional emotional stumbles, but hearing Williams perform classics like “Joy,” “Essence” and “Pineola” is hard to beat. — DAN NAILEN

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uffice to say, you’ll never hear Taylor Swift or Kanye West quite the same way after you’ve listened to Portland Cello Project recreate and reimagine songs like “Shake It Off” and “All of the Lights.” The long-running crew has a self-made mission to take the cello to places the instrument isn’t typically heard, and to play music rarely touched by a classical approach. The result is covers of famous pop hits, sure, but also stirring performances delivered on New York loading docks or in punk clubs, in addition to more staid concert halls. PCP is also fond of collaborating with choirs, wind sections and percussionists, so you never really know what you’re going to get when they come to town — other than an utterly interesting night of music. — DAN NAILEN Portland Cello Project • Fri, Feb. 13 and Sat, Feb. 14, at 8 pm • $20 (Sat show sold out) • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division • 290-6229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BOWL’Z BITEZ & SPIRITZ• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HANDLE BAR • 12005 E. Trent Ave.• 474-0933 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 456-5678 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 624-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 THE PALOMINO CLUB • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St • 443-5213 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 ROCKER ROOM • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 ROCKET MARKET • 726 E. 43rd Ave. • 343-2253 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 UNDERGROUND 15 • 15 S. Howard St. • 290-2122 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON • 1914 N. Monroe St. • 474-9040 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416



There are two sides to every debate, and on the topic of wolves reemerging in the Northwest, each side has come out to vehemently voice support for or against this native species. The community is invited to join the discussion on wolves at a panel featuring a conservationist, an ethicist, a rancher, a sportsman, a journalist and local professors sharing their diverse perspectives. Moderated by Spokesman-Review outdoors columnist Rich Landers, the event is sponsored by Humanities Washington as part of the Spokane County Library District’s The Big Read Program, which highlights the Jack London classic The Call of the Wild. Audience members can submit their own questions to be answered by members of the panel. — CHEY SCOTT Wolves in the Pacific Northwest: A Discussion Panel • Thu, Feb. 12, at 7 pm • Free • Gonzaga University, Jepson Center • 502 E. Boone •




The Music of West Side Story • Sun, Feb. 15, at 7 pm • $25 • Todd Hall at North Idaho College • 1000 W. Garden Ave. • • 208-660-2958

Canadian Brass • Fri, Feb. 13, at 8 pm • $35 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 279-7000

The resonance of West Side Story’s undeniable cultural impact is due in large part to the inescapable melodies of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most championed composers. For one night only, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presents a visual Bernstein mixtape featuring recognizable selections from West Side Story, Wonderful Town, Candide, On the Town and more. Featuring a cast of CST favorites including Jenny Shotwell, Kasey Nusbickel, and Jadd Davis, this performance is as much a celebration of the work of Bernstein as it is a reminder of the power of romance. — TRACE WILLIAM COWEN

Internationally acclaimed jazz group Canadian Brass is stopping over in the Lilac City to perform as part of the National Association for Music Education convention this weekend. The quintet of brass players has produced more than 130 albums and won a variety of national and international awards, including a Grammy. Don’t miss their concert, the preliminary event of a convention on Feb. 14 and 15 offering an assortment of student jazz concerts. These student performers are nothing short of exquisite — they’re the best in the Northwest, selected through an intense and highly selective series of auditions. — KAITLYN ANSON






February 14 is about more than candy and flowers this year. Share the love with victims of gender-based violence everywhere by being present at the One Billion Rising gathering at River Park Square. One Billion Rising is the V-Day movement’s newest revolution, brewing for the past two years in more than 200 countries and territories to help raise awareness and ultimately end violence against women worldwide. According to the United Nations, one in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in their lifetime. Rise up and join a local celebration of this global movement with Lutheran Community Services Northwest and the YWCA of Spokane, and learn the dance to “break the chain” of gender-based violence. — COURTNEY BREWER One Billion Rising: Revolution Spokane • Sat, Feb. 14, at 3 pm • Free • River Park Square Atrium • 808 W. Main • • 343-5057

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Greatest rivalry of all time? Let’s see… Yankees vs. Red Sox? Lakers vs. Celtics? Army vs. Navy? Wrong, wrong and wrong. It’s the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals, who have faced off in arenas around the world thousands of times. Yeah, the Generals once lost 2,435 consecutive times to the Globetrotters, but that just means they’re due for a win when the squads hit the floor at the Spokane Arena. It would help if the Generals didn’t let the Globetrotters run around with the ball spinning on their heads, but that’s just not the Generals’ style of play, you see. — MIKE BOOKEY Harlem Globetrotters • Tue, Feb. 17, at 7 pm • $23-$50 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon •



SPOKANE VALLEY PARTNERS’ CONCERT Ninth annual benefit concert, titled “From the Heart,” featuring local professional and amateur singers and dancers. $10/adults; $5/age 12 and under; $30/family. $2 additional at the door. Feb. 13, 7-9 pm. St. Joseph’s Parish, 4521 N. Arden Rd. (926-7133) A TASTE OF HOPE The ISAAC Foundation’s 8th annual benefit event features samplings of wines, brews, spirits, chocolates and specialty foods, while raising money to fund therapy grants for local children diagnosed with autism. Feb. 13. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. DISABLED VETS VALENTINE’S DINNER Includes a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Disabled Vets

Sports Program; also live music. Reservations requested. Feb. 14, 5:30-8 pm. $20. Eagle’s Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood St. (220-5042) 17TH ANNUAL RED RIBBON GALA Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night at the Spokane AIDS Network annual blacktie (suggested) evening featuring a live Academy Awards telecast and auctions. Doors open at 4:30 pm, with a live telecast a 5. Feb. 22, 4:30-10 pm. $85. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. PACIFIC NORTHWEST SURGICAL OUTREACH A fundraiser to support and share the work of the local nonprofit’s mission, to provide medical care in third world countries. Feb. 23, 6-7:30 pm. $15 suggested donation. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383)

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STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) LIVE COMEDY Local comedians perform every Friday and Saturday night, at 8 pm. Feb. 13-14: Don Parkins, Phillip Kopsinski, Feb. 20-21; Morgan Preston, Jason Stewart, Feb. 27-28: Andrew Rivers, Cory Michaels $12. Uncle D’s, 2721 N. Market. SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) JAY SHINGLE PRESENTS: ORDINARY PEOPLE A comedy/performance show featuring the wacky, twisted comedic stylings of the local comedian. Feb. 18, 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (333-603-0142) OPEN MIC COMEDY Wednesdays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. (835-4177) JIM BREUER The long-time comedian, known for his stints on SNL and appearance in “Half Baked” performs live. Feb. 20, 7:30 pm. $35/$45/$55. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (242-7000) HOMEGROWN COMEDY Friends of the Bing present a local comedy open mic series. Best comedians from the series are to be featured in “March Madness Comedy Showcase.” Feb. 21, at 10:30 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404)


FREE TAX PREPARATION IRS-certified volunteers are available to assist those who earn less than $52,427 in preparing and e-filing their taxes at eight locations throughout Spokane County. Sites remain open through April 15; times/locations vary. (353-4851) VALENTINE’S CONTRA DANCE Featuring live music by Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots, with Emily Faulkner calling. Beginners lesson at 7 pm. Feb. 13, 7-10 pm. $5 suggested donation. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208-263-6751) DOG PEOPLE BLOOD DRIVE The third annual community event lets pet owners and their dogs both donate blood to help save lives in the community. Dogs are screened to see if they’re eligible to become donors; humans donate to the INBC. Eligible dogs must be: over 60 lbs; 1-6 years old; happy and healthy. Feb. 14, 1-5 pm. Free. Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. (535-3551) ONE BILLION RISING Lutheran Community Services NW Spokane and the YWCA of Spokane host the third annual V-Day event. Join the global call to end gender-based violence. Feb. 14, 3-4 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. (624-3945) VALENTINE CONTRA DANCE Spokane Folklore Society’s Valentine dance with The River City Ramblers playing and Larry Simmons calling. Beginner lesson at 6:45 pm. Feb. 14, 7-10 pm. $8-$10. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd. (747-2640) #NOH8WORLDWIDE PHOTO SHOOT The NOH8 Campaign hosts an open


photo shoot, on a first-come, first-served basis. Feb. 16, 4-7 pm. $25-$40. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (325-6283) SPOKANE FOLKLORE CONTRA DANCE Weekly Wednesday night community dance, with the Jam Band playing and Nora Scott calling. Beginner workshop at 7:15 pm. Feb. 18, 7:30-9:30 pm. $5$7. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (747-2640) DOWNTOWN SPOKANE ANNUAL MEETING Downtown Spokane Partnership’s annual stakeholder/community update meeting, featuring a panel of local leaders talking about projects that have benefited the downtown core in the past 20 years. Feb. 18. $35-$40. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) DAVID COBB: THE POLITICS FOR A NEW AMERICA SMAC, WAMEND and Move to Amend present the attorney, activist and former Presidential candidate. Cobb gives a talk about how big money has taken over elections. Feb. 18, 7-8:30 pm. Donations appreciated. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. s-m-a-c. org (893-9771)


HITS One-night screening of David Cross’ new dark comedy. Pay-what-you-can entry. Feb. 12, 9 pm. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. (209-2383) SELMA The unforgettable story chronicles a tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Feb. 12-15; times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-4127) SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SpIFF events continue through Feb. 14; times and locations vary. See for full schedule. (720-7743) VALENTINE MOVIE WITH WINE An evening of chocolate and wine during a screening of the film “Chocolat” (rated PG-13). Feb. 12, 6:30 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. (208676-9730) GIRL ON A BICYCLE Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle... much drama ensues. Feb. 13-14, times vary. $5-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) THE SNOW LESS TRAVELED Nine films from the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival come to CdA for one night only. Feb. 13, 7-9 pm. $7. Coeur d’Alene Eagles, 209 Sherman Ave. (208-265-9565) ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS In conjunction with The Big Read, see movies relating to “The Call of the Wild,” like this classic account of Richard Proenneke’s life in the remote Alaska wilderness. Feb. 15, 2 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) DESPICABLE ME Join the Minions in the South Hill meeting room for a fun family movie. Feb. 16, 2 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. spokanelibrary. org (444-5385) LIONEL HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: GIRLS IN THE BAND This film traces the history of the all-girl bands and the struggles of the handful who broke through the male bastions of

jazz, going into the present day, where brilliantly gifted young women are going toe-to-toe with the finest jazz musicians of their day. Feb. 17, 7-9 pm. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-4127) TOTALLY TUBULAR TUESDAYS The Garland’s classic old-school movie series, every Tuesday at 7 pm. See website for schedule of upcoming films. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050) THE CALL OF THE WILD (1935) In conjunction with The Big Read, see movies relating to “The Call of the Wild,” like this 1935 version starring Clark Gable, filmed in Washington state. Feb. 18, 6:30 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. (893-8400) FOOD FOR THOUGHT FILM SERIES: TO LIVE LOCAL A film giving a first-hand look into the lives of farmers in Idaho; all with varying perspectives on the meaning of “sustainable agriculture.” Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Feb. 18, 7-9 pm. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) DEAR WHITE PEOPLE U of Idaho’s Office of Multicultural Affairs & Black Student Union host a showing of the film as part of the 2015 Black History Month events. Rated R. Feb. 19, 6-8 pm. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) THE MARVA COLLINS STORY A film about Marva Collins, an American educator who started and ran the Westside Preparatory Center school for more than 30 years. She proved that African American youth, wrongly labeled as learning disabled by public schools, were victims of teaching inabilities. Feb. 19, 3-5 pm. Free and open to the public. EWU Monroe Hall, 526 Fifth St. (509-359-6200)


APRES SKI PARTY The Inlander, Alaskan Brewing Co. and Wintersport host a ski party offering giveaways, food/beer specials, the shotski and free hot waxes for your skis and boards. Feb. 13, 5-9 pm. Free. Selkirk Pizza & Tap House, 12424 N. Division. (464-3644) THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR A chocolate competition and tasting event, with sampling hosted at local businesses in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Open to professional and home chocolate makers. Feb. 13, 5-8 pm. $10/person; $15/couple. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. MEDITERRANEAN SMALL PLATES Chef Laurie Faloon teaches a class on classic tapas, meze and antipasti influenced by the Mediterranean palate. Feb. 13, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene. (533-8141) RED WINE & CHOCOLATE Red wines paired with the Rocket’s in-house gourmet chocolate selection. Offered Feb. 13 and 14, at 7 pm. $30, registration requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) VALENTINE DINNER CRUISE A romantic dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene with complimentary champagne and a menu created by Resort head chef Bill Hill. Feb. 13 and 14 at 6:30 pm. $51.75/person. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. (208-765-4000) VALENTINE’S EVE DINNER Ninth annual multi-course dinner the night before Valentine’s Day; each course is paired with a wine selected by Vino! owner John Allen. Feb. 13, 6:30 pm. $75/person; reservations required. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (838-1229) VINO & CHOCOLATE GALA Wine and

chocolates are served at an art reception. Reservations requested by Feb. 11. Feb. 13, 6-9 pm. $10. Avenue West Gallery, 707 W. Main Ave. (838-4999) COOKING CLASSES AT GREENBRIAR Class topics include edible gifts, creole/ cajun cooking, asian food, hearty dinners, Latin food, soups and more. Classes on Feb. 14, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 11, 18 from 11 am-1:30 pm. $45. Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace Ave. greenbriarcatering. com (208-667-9660) J.L. FIELDS COOKING DEMO/SIGNING Fields samples recipes from her new cookbook, “Vegan Pressure Cooking” and also signs copies and chats with customers. Feb. 14, 1-3 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) FOUNDRY VINYARDS WINE DINNER Multi-course wine dinner featuring a menu of smoked trout crostini, pork chops, cheese pasta terrine and more. Feb. 15, 4-7 pm. $60 plus gratuity/tax. 315 Martinis & Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660) INVEG MONTHLY COMMUNITY POTLUCK Bring a plant-based (no animal products) dish to share, your ingredient list, and if possible, your own eating utensils. Childcare provided at $2/child. Each month features a different presentation or cooking demo. See speaker schedule online. Third Sunday of the month, from 5-7 pm. Spokane Woman’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth. Donations accepted. (607-0409) TIMELESS ITALIAN DISHES A cooking class hosted by Chef Angelo of Angelo’s Restaurante. Feb. 18, 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. (208-457-8950)


“PYSCHO” WITH THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY New Assistant Conductor Jorge Luis Uzcategui makes his debut leading the Orchestra in Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score as live accompaniment to Alfred Hitchcock’s gripping film, “Psycho.” Feb. 12, 7:30 pm. $28-$49. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) CANADIAN BRASS The Grammy-winning brass ensemble performs in concert. Feb. 13, 8 pm. $35. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) LOVE ME TENDER: ELVIS TRIBUTE DINNER SHOW A dinner concert featuring Elvis Tribute artist Brad Mitchell. Feb. 13, 5:30 pm. $25-$49. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. mirabeauparkhotel. com (924-9000 or 220-8375) VALENTINE’S DESSERT BALL & SOCIAL Second annual fundraiser for the Northwest Christian Schools’ Band Dept. Ticket includes desserts, coffee and performances by the Tuxedo Junction Big Band and the NWC Jazz Band. Feb. 13, 6-10 pm. $25. Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St. (292-6700 x 224) WHITWORTH GOSPEL EXPLOSION Whitworth’s gospel choir performs alongside local churches’ during the annual gathering. Feb. 13, 7 pm. Free. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4345) MET LIVE: TCHAIKOVSKY’S IOLANTA/ BARTOK’S BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill. Live simulcast runs 3 hrs. 40 min. Feb. 14, 9:30 am. $15$20. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127)

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I just moved in with the love of my life. Her former boyfriend from years ago lives in her downstairs “granny unit.” My girlfriend recently revealed that along with financially subsidizing him, she’s still doing his laundry because “it’s just easier.” He is 50 and previously earned a lot of money repairing computers and being a handyman, but he is not “into” working. My girlfriend is a therapist and sees a therapist, who has advised AMY ALKON a proper separation. Amazingly, my girlfriend would rather she and I move out than insist he leave (though the home and loan are hers!). I’m worried that this will be one long, frustrating ride. —Dumbfounded Kids these days grow up so fast. Before you know it, they’re 50 and back home doing bong hits in the basement. Though you see your girlfriend as the preyed-upon one here, consider that she’s getting something out of this, too, like feeling needed and conflict avoidance. Being conflict-avoidant means refusing to experience legitimate adult discomfort — like the ouchiepoo of telling a full-grown able-bodied man that he needs to go get a job, an apartment, and a roll of quarters to do his own damn laundry. We evolved to be a social species and to care about how others see us. However, we can take this too far, as your girlfriend has, probably out of an overvaluing of relationships (over self) and an ensuing desperate need to be liked. This leads her to shove away her needs, making her the perfect mark for an aging and manipulative slacker — to the point where she stops just short of cradling her adult baby in her lap and feeding him a bottle of pale ale. Life involves making trade-offs. On the one hand, you call her the love of your life. On the other hand, she comes with a man-sized tumor that she seems unwilling to excise from her life and yours. Whatever you decide, avoid telling her what to do (which generally provokes defensiveness, not change). Instead, you can tell her where your “nuh-uh, can’t do” point is — like if you ultimately can’t live with a woman who is in a relationship with you but has one foot (and her wallet and a couple of laundry baskets) squarely in the life of her ex. It’s possible that a real likelihood of losing you could do for her what having a therapist and being a therapist could not — compel her to act assertively. However, you do take a risk in drawing the line. You may decide to just suck it up to keep her, even if it means keeping him. If so, try to focus on the positives of having an adult toddler around — like how he should only need to be taken to the emergency room for the occasional cardiac event and not because he’s put yet another bean or Lego up his nose.

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I started dating a female co-worker. I’ve seen many office romances go bad and be fodder for gossip, so I act very professional at work so nobody knows. She’s hurt that I’m keeping her a “secret.” —Stressed It’s a bit of a disconnect to get the office hello from a guy who, just the night before, was undressing you with his teeth. But the real problem here isn’t conflicting ideas on whether to put out an alloffice memo: “The softball team will meet at 5:30 p.m. behind the building, and oh, yeah, Amber and I are doing it.” Differences of opinion are part of every relationship. What helps your partner feel okay about them — even when she goes along with what you want — is acting like you’re in a relationship, not a dictatorship. This means figuring out policy together instead of your single-handedly deciding it and then — surprise! — greeting her like you aren’t quite sure whether she’s Amber who just helped you break your headboard or what’s-her-face from sales. Had you made this a discussion instead of a decree, she might’ve told you she’s worried you’re ashamed of her — allowing you to reassure her (assuming you’re not). Well, there’s no time like now to have that policy discussion — including worst-case scenarios, like how you two would handle it if things went south. It does seem prudent to wait to alert your co-workers until you’re reasonably sure your relationship has legs. However, sooner or later, somebody from the office is likely to run into the two of you out on the town. The story of a Saturday night strategy session in the parking lot of a romantic French restaurant is unlikely to fly — especially when it appears to have ended with both of you wearing her lipstick. n ©2015, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR NAT’L ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION CONCERTS Concerts by top student musicians in the Pacific Northwest, held over a two-day convention for the NAFME Northwest Convention. Feb. 14-15. See site for schedule/details. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. SWEETIE PIE BANQUET A catered dinner for two, live music, entertainment and more. Feb. 14, 6:30 pm. $50/ person. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. (509-447-9900) SPOKANE SYMPHONY CHAMBER SOIREE The “Valentine’s Treat” chamber soiree features ensembles of Symphony musicians in an intimate setting, with hors d’oeuvres and dessert by award-winning Chef Urs Moser. Feb 17 and 18 from 7:30-9:30 pm. Prices vary. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (624-1200)


KING OF THE CAGE “Short Fuse” mixed martial arts event featuring the KOTC Women’s Straweight title fight, Danielle Taylor vs. Glena Avila. Doors open at 6 pm. Feb. 12, 7 pm. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. kingofthecage. com (800-523-2467) MT. SPOKANE NORDIC CUP The Mt. Spokane Nordic Cup is a Junior National Qualifier and U-14 Championship for teens ages 14-19. Held at the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. $20-$55. (322-5082) SNOWSHOEING FOR BEGINNERS A local snowshoeing enthusiast shares all you need to know to start snowshoeing, including necessary equipment, how to pack, and where to go locally. Event held as part of SCLD’s “The Big Read” program. Locations/times vary; Feb. 14, 18, 22 and 26. Free. Spokane County Libraries. SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sun, from 4:30-7 pm and Wed, from 7-10 pm. $8/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. (869-9229) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Wed from 6:30-9 pm and Sun from 1:30-4:30 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong club meets Mon and Wed, from 6-9 pm. $3/visit. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. (768-1780) HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS A followup to the Globetrotters’ biggest tour ever last year. Feb. 17, 7 pm. $23-$98. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey match vs. the Calgary Hitmen. Feb. 20, 7:05 pm. $10-$23. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) LONG-DISTANCE HIKING WORKSHOP The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West hosts a long distance backpacking clinic designed for anyone interested in doing a long distance hiking, especially on the AT, PCT, CDT, or any of the other long distance or National Scenic Trails. Feb. 21, 10 am-5 pm. $10. Coeur d’Alene.


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of the Eve Ensler play, examining the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there. Sales benefit the Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse and the V-Day campaign. $8-$10. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St. (208-885-2777) ORPHANS A psychological story of two orphaned brothers surviving in their rundown North Philadelphia row house. Through Feb. 22; Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) REASONS TO BE PRETTY Performance of the Neil Labute drama questioning the American obsession with beauty. Through Feb. 15; Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $19-$25. The Modern Theater Spokane, 174 S. Howard. (455-7529) THE MUSIC OF WEST SIDE STORY Featuring favorites like “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “One Hand, One Heart” alongside more of Leonard Berstein’s music. Starring: Jenny Shotwell, Kasey Nusbickel, Jadd Davis, Cody Bray and other CST performers. Feb. 15, 7-9 pm. $25. CdA Summer Theatre, 4951 N. Building Center Dr. cdasummertheatre. com (208-660-2958) LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Performance of the sci-fi musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. Feb. 19-March 1; Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 1:30 pm. $12-$20. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N Grand Ave,. (334-0750) MEMPHIS A musical tale of fame and forbidden love in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, where rock-and-roll was born. Feb. 19-22, show times vary. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800-325-7328) CREEPS A contemporary, romantic comedy written by Stage Left’s Playwright-in-Residence, Sandra Hosking. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave.


HEARTS FOR HUNGER The gallery’s month-long fundraising efforts support “Generation Alive,” a Spokane non-profit fighting hunger in the community. Buy an original artwork created by a local artist to support the cause, or make your own on Feb. 14. Through Feb. 28; gallery open Tue-Sat, 10 am-5 pm. free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. pacificflywaygallery. (747-0812) KATHERINE SULLIVAN: FORCE DRIFT “Force Drift” brings together paintings from the artist’s “Docile Bodies” series with new works that reflect on the cyclical nature of torture and violence, on the sexual aspect inherent in much violence, and, finally, on the dialectical nature of the relationship that binds an authority figure and its subject. Feb. 10-April 3; gallery open Mon-Sat (closed March 21-29). Mon.-Sat.. through April 3. Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne. (777-3258) RIC GENDRON: RATTLEBONE An exhibition curated by Ben Mitchell, surveying the contemporary paintings by Ric Gendron, a member of the confederated tribes of the Colville Reservation. The largest exhibition ever assembled of the artist’s work, Rattlebone is supplemented with cultural and contemporary objects from the artist’s family.

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AUTHOR JAMES ANAYA The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at WSU and EWU host a lecture by the distinguished author on the international human rights of indigenous people. Feb. 12, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (3596335) BLURT & BLATHER An all-ages open mic series, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Open to poetry, stories and other spoken word performances. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main. (703-7223) WOLVES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST An informational event meant to spark a civil discussion on the reintroduction of the wolf into the natural environment, and some of the issues that have arisen as a result. Sponsored by Humanities Washington, held in conjunction with the SCLD program, “The Big Read,” featuring “The Call of the Wild.” Feb. 12, 7 pm. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (3284220) AUTHOR S.M. HULSE The Spokane author reads from and answers questions about her debut novel, “Black River.” Hulse also signs copies, light refreshments are provided. Feb. 13, 6:30 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. (208-882-2669) TRENT REEDY BOOK LAUNCH Reedy, a National Guard veteran and nationally-acclaimed author, introduces the second book, “Burning Nation,” in his trilogy that began with “Divided We Fall.” Feb. 13, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) THE WORDWRIGHT’S WORKSHOP A poetry, spoken word, writing and performance workshop open to all skill levels. Writing prompts are provided, along with encouraging and constructive discussion. Feb. 14, 4:30-6 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM FEAT. STEPHEN MEADS February’s monthly event features the Portland, Oregon poet who’s represented cities at the national level. Feb. 16, 7-11 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. (747-2174)

ANGELA JENSEN Local author Angela Jensen is back to read from her most recent book, “Raven’s Tale” and to talk about what she’s working on next. Feb. 17, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (509-838-0206) COMICS CLASS: STORY IS KING Attendees learn about the basics of storytelling and how to break down a plot into a simple 3-act structure. Basic scripting techniques for comics is also taught. Feb. 17, 5-6:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) DAVID CAY JOHNSTON The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative journalist presents on issues that have been highlighted in his newest book, “Divided: The Perils of our Growing Inequality,” which examines the economic effects

of growing income disparity in the United States. Presented by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy at WSU. Feb. 18, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (335-3477) GONZAGA VISITING WRITERS SERIES: MARILYNNE ROBINSON Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, among other honors. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Feb. 18, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. gonzaga. edu (328-4220) READING/SIGNING WITH MARILYNNE ROBINSON The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Sandpoint, Idaho-native

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Moonlady Though there may be many miles between us, with one glimpse of the moon, you become my heart. And like the sea I rise forth to be a part of you.

next to you on your break. I dreamed of sharing the Italian Wedding soup with you. I look back fondly at those days, remembering how I felt like a thorn among the roses. I wrote this poem to express my affections in words. I love your stem, it makes me shiver. I love your blooms, they make me quiver. You’re the flower I’d have to say I want to hold this Valentines Day!

you make me, my love. You are a gorgeous blonde, who knows karate, photography, and how to light up a room with a perfect smile. I am so proud of the woman you have become. Thanks for being such a blessing to me. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Mr. Man

old babies and a 6 year old. Which one of these does not belong? The women and the dudes were having a normal concert experience: pot, alcohol, dancing and foreplay. The babies on the other hand were most likely overstimulated, overwhelmed, overtired, and possibly experiencing damage to their delicate inner ears. Please parents, let your babies be babies. They will have plenty of opportunities to damage their hearing and watch scantily clad women falling on the dance floor when they are older. For now, perhaps they want to do baby things? Like spend time in quiet, healthy environments watching adults do healthy adult things and experiencing their world in a slow, quiet, gentle, baby type of way. Just something to think about...

Mt. Spokane Xcountry Lady We saw each other getting parking passes on January 10th at Mt. Spokane State Park, then we bumped into each other again at the Nova Hut. You looked lost without your friend and a map. I tried to be helpful, and be it all, the knight in shinning armor, but the offer just hung in air, then like ohhhh awkward, I regrouped in the hut. But swish you were gone! Let’s all hook up and do some skiing together soon Lincoln Building Lovely Friday, February 6th, I was ‘nonchalantly’ crossing Riverside on my way to the Post Office. You were crossing Lincoln Street on your way to the Lincoln Building. You: beautiful brunette wearing white top, red, and black slacks. Your umbrella was open as the weather was a bit on the damp side. As we crossed streets we both glanced at one another a couple of times. You looked back at me and my heart ‘jumped’ as I experienced your smile. Wow, I felt really drawn to you. In fact you inspired this gmail address. If you are interested in connecting please send an email to amazingbeauty77@ I’d love to have coffee and conversation with you. Please tell me the color of your umbrella so I know it is you. I hope to hear from you! Botanical Beauty I saw you years ago when you worked at Albertsons in the Floral Department. You, a thin, striking dark blonde - making the flowers you sell pale next to your glowing charm. I tried to stop by around lunchtime to see if I could get a table

Cheers Dot I hope that as you read this it brings a smile to your face. That smile takes my breath away and gives me a sense of calm and peace. I love our life together, I have said this many


Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “petals327@yahoo. com” — not “j.smith@” times I know, but it continues to be more true every day. I prayed for a strong and honest relationship my whole life and now I finally have the answer to those prayers right in front of me. Thank you for always being honest and open with me, my trust was hard won, but you have proven yourself to be a great man, thank you. Dine Out Thanks Inlander for suggesting Dine Out! My favorite spot is Richards (pronounced Ree Shards) on east Third. On Saturday last, I started with the Cod, lightly breaded. The next course was lightly salted potato strips. The drink of choice was Coca Cola, vintage 2014……….a very good year! I heartily recommend Richards! Valentine’s Day Beauty Here’s to the most beautiful Skipper in the whole world! I hope I make you half as happy as

DJ Cheers to the DJ at Black Diamond last Saturday night you had an awesome playlist! Sorry your session got cut short. I Saw You I Saw You last Friday after work, you waited for me so we could walk to our cars together, which was nice because I really enjoy your company. Anyway I remember you saying something once about wanting to be in the “I Saw You’s,” so I just wanted you to know that I see you! Wonderful Browne’s Tavern Cheers to Browne’s Tavern in Browne’s Addition! My friends and I spent the afternoon there during the Super Bowl and I just want to say what great service! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was amazing. Across the street from the Elk, it’s warm, inviting and the owner, bartender, cook and staff were wonderful to talk to. Even if I didn’t live in the neighborhood, I would definitely make the trip to eat in the restaurant downstairs, or have a beer (some great selections on tap) in the bar upstairs. I am planning to return there again and again.

Jeers Let Babies Be Babies Dear parents, Please stop bringing your babies and children to adult events. I went to the G-Love concert and found I was sharing my concert experience with drunken, scantily clad women, partygoers smoking pot heavily on the dance floor, and 9 month

Shame Shame on the leftist members of Spokane City Council that voted in a Sanctuary ordinance for illegal aliens! When a police officer is wounded or killed by an illegal then the council is complicit. When a pedestrian or automobile drive is killed by an illegal then the council is complicit. When there is criminal activity by an illegal than the council is complicit. Go down to the council meetings on Mondays and voice your displeasure! Do not let the leftist members shut off your microphone... scream at them until they listen! City of Spokane Jeers to the City of Spokane for your horrible, greed driven street and lot parking downtown. If I may speak for most of the people who live downtown, the parking situation HAS TO GO. I pay my $25 for a street parking pass that I can hardly ever use, because it only works at the severely dwindling 10 hour meters that have been

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buy parking passes that work anywhere, or hey make that abandoned dirt lot a resident only parking lot. OR make all downtown parking free to help business and residential growth. We know you’re not taking that parking money to fix the take a pay cut and help your city for once.

cut in half in my area alone in the last year. You know the ones that people who don’t live downtown take first, or if you are located near the Knitting Factory, Bing, or Fox like me are always taken because of events, OR because of Hoopfest or whatever mass event we have going on. Let me not forget the Nazi like parking attendants, who even though you have a stack of parking passes on your mirror will give you a ticket on the first hour of the first day of the month. OR god forbid you park at a non-10 hour meter because of aforementioned event’s, OR park in the private lot next to my building that was bought out for some entitled CEO. Come on why not just let people who can prove they live downtown

others and their dogs have been through and you risk the safety of your dog by thinking he/she is so adorable that it must be loved by all! Here’s a news flash..WE DONT WANT TO SEE YOUR DOG! Keep your dog on a leash in public places and let them run off leash at a wonderful place called a DOG PARK or your own yard. Oh, Irresponsible Dog Owners As and here’s another tip: PICK an avid dog lover and owner UP AFTER YOUR DOG! of many wonderful dogs, I am sick and tired of your “off Tip Thief I know you are taking leash” dogs running after my your co-workers’ cash tips dog as we walk along attached from our clients and keeping to each other. Do not own a them for yourself, and once I dog unless you understand have tangible evidence I hope all the responsibility involved. your life gets so twisted out of You must be the leader of place from the repercussions the pack and keep in mind, that it will take you a decade not all of us want to see your to get it back in order. You are dog because “he’s friendly.” despicable! You know nothing of what




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Trapped by Debt Reflecting on the financial — and emotional — toll of student loans BY JORDY BYRD


lizabeth Miller tracks her worth with the app on her phone. She watches as each student loan payment affects her economic standing, her value in society. “I’m worth less than $100,000,” she says. “It’s a very weird thing to be told.” Miller, 27, graduated from Gonzaga University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Despite academic scholarships, she borrowed just under $20,000 in federal student loans. In 2013, she received her master’s in bioinformatics from John Hopkins University and her loans soared to $101,000. Miller says she’s surrounded by graduates who owe “ridiculous amounts of money.” While debt is still taboo to discuss, the sum of her loans is too staggering not to. Her monthly student loan payment is $800 and will increase to upward of $1,600. “I have a hard time thinking long-term,” she says. “Student loans were always some abstract thing we were told not to worry about, but the total amount is hard for me to wrap my head around.” College graduates like Miller have accrued $1.1 trillion in student loans — all but $1 billion owed to the federal government. The average undergraduate finishes with nearly $30,000 and almost 20 percent of those borrowers are in default.



iller isn’t your average college student — but I am. I graduated from Washington State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in journalism and nearly $12,000 in federal loans despite academic scholarships. Caught been low and middle income brackets, Sallie Mae became a household name at my dinner table. My parents took out private loans totaling $21,382, and today I’m footing a $34,000 bill. We are graduates of the recession, fueled by federal loans and weaned further by private lenders. We are the millennials who economists fear are too crippled with debt to revive the economy with home mortgages and new cars, tarnishing the unattainable American Dream. We are educated and broke at what should be the pinnacle of our lives. Reforms like President Obama’s Pay as You Earn program cap student loan payments at 10 percent of student income and forgive good-standing balances after 20 years, but fail to address interest-rate increases that result in graduates paying double, if not more, than their original loan. “I realize I had the opportunity to go to school, but now I have to bank on my future supporting loan payments,” Miller says of her job as a technical analyst with Bayer. “My loans are at the center of planning everything. I can’t pretend they’re not real anymore.”


he economy isn’t the only thing suffering from student loan debt. In 2013, the University of South Carolina and Northwestern University published studies that students ages 25 to 31 who use debt to finance college report higher stress, depression and overall poor health. Madison Feddersen, 26, says her student loans make her anxious. She has trouble explaining — justifying — the debt to people. “It’s difficult to talk to people who don’t understand where I come from and why my family had to make certain choices,” she says. “Debt is what’s expected of us now. Loans are a reality. This is just how it works. “The intent is to better you as a person, but school shouldn’t have to be a choice.” Feddersen graduated from Gonzaga in 2010 with a bachelor’s in special education. Rowing and music scholarships didn’t cover the private school tuition, so she co-signed with her mother on nearly $20,000 in private loans from Sallie Mae. At times, her private loan payments reached $1,800 a month; today she pays around $300. Feddersen now works for a school district as a behavioral interventionist. In May, she’ll graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a master’s in early childhood education — tacking on a total of $90,000 in federal and private loans. On top of planning for graduation and her upcoming wedding, Feddersen says she’s planning a lifetime of payments and choices centered on debt. “People who have student debt like I do have it well into their 50s and 60s,” she says. “Early childhood education doesn’t pay much. Realistically, I need to make quite a bit more to live the life I want to live. “I’m not out trying to buy the nicest car or spend a lot of money. I’m just trying to have a family one day, a job and a garden.” n


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