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Earning Our Trust There’s a chasm growing between America and its leaders — whoever can bridge it will get us back on a path to progress BY GEORGE NETHERCUTT
rust. It’s the most important word we use when defining leadership and personal relationships. It’s the basis on which we judge friendships and associates. When there’s a breach of trust, there’s a reluctance to interrelate. It separates us, and it’s what ails the relationship between the President and Congress. Lack of trust has also created a divide between voter and leader. America desperately needs trusted leaders. Watching President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech and the pronouncements of each rebuttal speaker reminded me that what’s missing in our leaders today is trustworthiness. His words seemed a rehash of old and tired admonitions, considering the lack of progress he’s achieved in five years as president on issues of national importance. Listening to Mr. Obama had me agreeing with at least one recent national poll that the public considers him untrustworthy — about the economy, foreign policy and health care, among other issues. Once the public decides that a leader is untrustworthy, trust is difficult to restore. Mr. Obama’s 2014 agenda is in trouble because he’s not trusted by a majority of the public. Hopefully, he can establish trust with Congress, and vice versa, so that American progress will ensue. I fear also that the public doesn’t trust another co-equal branch of our government — the Congress. The highest Congressional Gallup approval rating recently was in 2002 — 84 percent after the 9/11 tragedy brought our country together. It’s 13 percent now — a staggering drop of 71 percent. Why? In part, because Mr. Obama has squandered his unique opportunity to again bring America together by accommodating views other than his own. That’s what presidents must do. It’s uniquely a presidential responsibility.
ll who spoke on State of the Union night talked of lofty ideals and recited their own individual paths to public service, citing also examples of other Americans who overcame obstacles and persevered to success. But somehow the reflected glory the speakers intended was lost on a public hungry for genuineness, straight talk and, above all, solutions to make America better. The speakers offered no viable solutions. We’ve become cynical about their assurances because unemployment is still high, our staggering and growing national debt seems unmanageable, and the world continues to be more unsettled. It makes us wonder whether those now in charge of our country are up to the task of keeping it strong. Though balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt, enhancing opportunity for all and strengthening America in a dangerous
world are all important objectives, along with many other policy considerations, restoring trust in elected officials should be a top priority of Congress and the president. Trust will return if progress is made. In addition to protecting his interest in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a bigger problem: restoring public trust — in him. His recent lengthy press conference was a good first attempt, but there are many Americans who believe that the recent bridge fiasco and traffic stoppage that occurred under his watch were simply untrustworthy New Jersey politics. If Jeb Bush runs for president, he’ll have a trust issue, too, because of his brother’s economic record as president and the memory voters have of Mr. Bush’s final months in office. Other Republican candidates must establish their trustworthiness because the public is suspicious of most sitting politicians. Their accomplishments for the public good speak stronger than vague and vacuous promises or platitudes. Though the press often focuses on a candidate’s untrustworthiness, the public is usually good at separating fact from fiction and knowing the difference between wise leaders and those who self-serve. Though the press will likely downplay probable presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s missteps and convince the public that they’re “old news,” Americans should ultimately focus on her trustworthiness. She’ll raise zillions, carefully craft early responses to her shaky record and emotionally apologize for the Benghazi deaths, attempting to convince voters of her sincerity and lack of guilty knowledge. But she’ll do so without being able to assure the public of her trustworthiness.
merica deserves better. Surely out of 313 million of us, there are 435 trustworthy House candidates, 33 honorable Senate candidates and at least one presidential candidate whom Americans can trust and support in coming elections. Trust is the product of a leader’s integrity, commitment and actions to help others. To paraphrase Lady Gaga: Trust is like a mirror. Once it’s cracked, the reflection is never again the same. Americans are hungry for trustworthy officials to lead us to better days — and we deserve them. n
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LINDA VAN WINKLE LUCAS: No, it’s about the games, not about someone’s sexuality. CHRISTY ANN GOLLEHON: I won’t watch it because if you do then it makes it “OK.” I’m not OK with hate speech from the leader of a country in games that are supposed to foster goodwill. It’s disappointing and disgusting. JACK OHMAN CARTOON
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care what Robert Herold, his friend Timothy Egan from the New York Times, Charles Pierce from Esquire, Spokesman-Review editors, or liberals in Virginia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut or any state think. I could find as many positive reviews as he found that were negative, if I wanted to waste time. Most of the people I talk to in the 5th Congressional District want smaller and less government and more freedom. We don’t need anything from Washington, D.C. What we want from D.C. is secure borders, a strong military to keep the country safe, and the freedom to take care of ourselves without interference. McMorris Rodgers agrees with us most of the time. That is why she has been re-elected five times. Cathy McMorris Rodgers votes the way I want her to 80 percent to 90 percent of the time. Until someone more conservative is available, I will continue to support her. The fact that progressive liberals spend so much time complaining about her about tells me she is doing a good job. Keep up the good work, Cathy.
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Congratulations to the Inlander on a job well done. Your introductory articles to the “State of Mind” series (2/6/14) are hard-hitting, honest depictions of some of the dilemmas we face here and across the country. Heidi Groover and Jacob Jones managed to skillfully connect enough dots to outline an issue — under-treated mental illness — that negatively impacts all aspects of our society, our community and many individuals on a deeply personal level. Thanks for joining NAMI Spokane as a “voice of reason” on local mental health advocacy. RON ANDERSON President, National Alliance on Mental Illness Spokane
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I just read Mike Bookey’s article about the suffering of lifelong Seattle sports fans (“At Last,” 2/6/14), and although I enjoyed the article, I respectfully disagree with it. The Sonics won a championship in 1979, the Storm in 2004 and 2010, and the Seahawks just won the Super Bowl. That is four championships, three in the last 10 years. On the other hand, no Cleveland sports team has won a championship of any kind since the Browns in 1964. I would say they have suffered worse than Seattle, so be grateful for what the Seahawks and Storm have given you in recent years! HERBERT DELVECCHIO Spokane, Wash.
JEFF ALAN-HIPKE BUCKNER: Yes... But I am still watching. I love sports and I love that these athletes love what they are doing to make their dream of being an Olympian come true! It’s about the games, not the country. May sound strange coming from a gay man... but I’ve never wanted my orientation to define me. I don’t think it should define the Olympics either. AMBER PARK: Yes, and still watching though, gotta support the athletes. And I love Obama’s response by sending openly gay delegates to represent the U.S.! COLE GERARD: I feel that every nation has the right to participate in the Olympics, I just feel that it shouldn’t be held in a place where people are being jailed, killed and degraded for who they love. What can ya do though? Boycott? That’s not fair to the athletes, gay or straight. I was pissed when Putin stood up and declared that he was proud to host and celebrate diversity in his country though. Hypocrite. BRIE EDWARDS: It is sad they have this stance but I am all for supporting the athletes who have worked hard for all their lives to compete at the Olympic level. For many, it is their one chance to go for Olympic medals and because of that, I enjoy the Olympics. CHRIS BAUNACH: Yes. It’s cast a film of disgust over the whole thing. Add the other atrocious behavior and blatant corruption and really, the whole thing is ruined for me. I’m sorry for the athletes who’ve worked so hard. But the Olympics are not on in my house.
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ith the Olympics underway, hundreds of visitors to Sochi have complained that they checked into expensive hotel rooms only to find them decorated with seminude portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The portraits, showing Mr. Putin shirtless and riding a variety of mammals, adorn the walls of virtually every hotel room constructed especially for the Olympics and were created at a cost of more than $2 million, Olympic officials said. Tracy Klugian, who traveled from Ohio with his wife to attend the Sochi Games, said that he was appalled to find his hotel room dominated by a gigantic portrait of a shirtless Putin riding what appears to be a bear. Said Klugian, “I did not travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out.” For his part, President Putin has been dismissive of the complaints,
calling the hotel guests “babies who cry.” “These people who are complaining about what is on their walls should be grateful,” he said. “At least they got one of the hotel rooms with walls.” Elsewhere, Bill Gates’ first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start last week as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade. “Bill is usually a pretty calm guy,” one source familiar with the situation said, “so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.
COMMENT | HEALTH
Beware the Superbugs BY JIM HIGHTOWER
an antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes. Two factors are at work here. First, bacteria (one of the earliest forms of life on Earth) are miracles in their own right, with a stunning ability to outsmart the antibiotic drugs through rapid evolution. Second is the rather dull inclination of us supposedly superior humans to overuse and misuse antibiotic medicines. Every time we take an antibiotic to kill some bad bacteria that is infecting our bodies, a few of the infectious germs are naturally resistant to the drug, so they survive, multiply and become a colony of Superbugs that antibiotics can’t touch. Multiply this colony by the jillions of doses prescribed for everything from deadly staph infections to the common cold, and we get the “antibiotic paradox” — the more we use them, the less effective they become, for they’re creating a spreading epidemic of immune Superbugs. A big cause of this is the push by drug companies to get patients
and doctors to reach for antibiotics as a cure-all. For example, millions of doses each year are prescribed for children and adults who have colds, flu, sore throats, etc. Nearly all these infections are caused by viruses — which cannot (repeat: CANNOT) be cured with antibiotics. Taking an antibiotic for a cold is as useless as taking a heart drug for heartburn. Antibiotics will do nothing for your cold, but they will help establish drug-resistant Superbugs in your body. That’s not a smart trade-off. In fact, it’s incomprehensibly stupid. Antibiotics are invaluable medicines we need for serious, life-threatening illnesses, but squandering them on sore throats has already brought us to the brink of Superbugs that are resistant to everything. That’s the nightmare of all nightmares. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.
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Give Me Your Poor and Uninsured In Eastern Washington, the Catholic Church is leading an initiative to enroll hundreds in health insurance BY DEANNA PAN
t the House of Charity homeless shelter, Matthew Olson is the “Obamacare guy.” On a recent Wednesday morning, he sits in a bustling conference room along with service providers from Goodwill, Spokane Mental Health and the YWCA. He’s sharply dressed in slick, black frames, a lilac button-down and coordinating tie. He has an iPad in front of him on the conference table with the Washington Healthplanfinder website bookmarked. Today, he’s helping an older gentleman named Glen sort through a folder of unopened mail. Olson enrolled him in health insurance online weeks ago, but Glen
wants reassurance that it worked. They’re searching for his new state Medicaid card. “I’m going to try to get into treatment,” Glen bashfully admits as Olson tears open an envelope to find his missing card. “I haven’t done nothin’. This guy has done it all. He even opens the letters!” Olson is one of three in-person assisters, or “IPAs,” for Catholic Charities of Spokane. Armed with iPads and a crash course in the Affordable Care Act, they’re dispatched to hospitals, Catholic parishes and homeless shelters in search of the poor and uninsured. Eventually, Rob McCann, the executive director
of Catholic Charities, hopes they can set up shop at Walmart just like the Girl Scouts. “We’ve basically sat down and strategized: How do we go out to the poor and find them? The truth is some people — their lives are in such chaos … the idea of finding a bus and finding a ride is too much, so we have to go to them.” McCann says. “We’re not targeting the middle class with this.” There are approximately 100,000 uninsured people in Eastern Washington, about a third of whom are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance. Better Health To...continued on next page
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gether, the agency leading the region’s in-person assister network, hopes to enroll 10,000 people by the end of this year. McCann estimates his IPAs have signed up more than 300 people so far. “It’s a game changer,” McCann says. “This is a magic moment for our country, where we can get to tens of thousands of people who have been living in the shadows and get them health care and make them healthier.” Despite recent headlines about its opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the Catholic Church has long endorsed universal health care reform. The idea to reach out to Eastern Washington’s most vulnerable residents came from Bishop Blase Cupich, who leads the Diocese of Spokane. Cupich approached Catholic Charities and Providence Health & Services about collaborating with the church to enroll the uninsured. Supporting access to health care, Cupich says, is consistent with the church’s teaching on respect for human life.
“We consider health care a basic human right and we believe that people should have access to affordable health care in order to live a full life,” Cupich says. “We want to make sure that people who do not have ready access to affordable care do. This is a program that does allow this to take place.”
f course, serving the poor isn’t without logistical challenges. The Washington Healthplanfinder website, for example, requires email addresses from prospective enrollees, which the vast majority of Olson’s clients at House of Charity lack. So Olson has to create email accounts for them. Then there’s the issue of verifying their identities. The health exchange identifies applicants by pulling in data from federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. But Olson has found that many of his homeless clients haven’t interfaced with these agencies in years, particularly because they haven’t worked, so they “don’t exist in the
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system.” He’s had to manually verify the identity of about a third of his clients, which often requires helping them obtain an ID or a birth certificate. But the effort pays dividends in success stories: Since he started working at House of Charity in November, Olson estimates he’s signed up more than 120 people for health insurance — Medicaid mostly — at the homeless shelter. He helped enroll one man with bipolar disorder, who after obtaining coverage was able to pay for his medication and get stabilized. Soon after, one of the case workers at House of Charity got him into housing. “When I last met with him, I was helping him create a résumé and do a job application,” Olson says. The average homeless person lives to age 47. Thanks to Medicaid expansion under the ACA, homeless men and women who were previously ineligible for no-cost government insurance now will have access to comprehensive, life-saving health care, says Barbara DiPietro, director of policy at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Meanwhile, people who get sick or injured and can no longer work are now able to get affordable treatment before sliding into bankruptcy and homelessness. “We like to say that homelessness is hazardous to your health, in that poor health can cause homelessness, and the experience of homelessness can exacerbate those conditions and causes new ones,” DiPietro says. “Because we’re able to get people better health care, we’re hoping to be able to stabilize peoples’ poor health in a way we haven’t been able to do before.”
ack at House of Charity, Venroy Ogle is the only man in a wheelchair eating lunch — hearty soup, a chunk of bread and sheet cake — in the shelter’s cafeteria. He wears his hair in tight dreadlocks beneath a winter beanie. A catheter hangs on the leg of his jeans. Ogle is a Jamaican national who moved to Washington state with an agricultural guest worker visa to pick apples in Brewster. Two years ago, after the harvest ended, Ogle traveled to southeast Texas to visit his sister for Thanksgiving. The night before the holiday, Ogle was a passenger in a car with his sister’s husband and her husband’s brother. The two men had been drinking when their car ran off the road. Only Ogle survived the crash, but he severely injured his back, immobilizing his body from the waist down. At the beginning, Ogle says he was “like a newborn baby”: He couldn’t bathe, get dressed or step in and out of a car on his way to his numerous medical appointments without assistance. He didn’t have any health insurance, so his bills piled up. When he met with Olson in November at House of Charity, he found out he wasn’t eligible for Medicaid, but he could get coverage under Washington’s Alien Emergency Medical Program. Now Ogle receives physical therapy from St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, where he practices bending his knees and putting pressure on his legs. “I’m glad for Matthew because he helped me get some insurance,” Ogle says. “I would love to use it to pay my bills, get back on my feet, enter the working world and help out my mom. I don’t want to sit down for long. I just want to keep moving.” n
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Along with approving a new police contract (see p. 20), the Spokane City Council approved new rules Monday requiring members of all city boards to be residents of the city.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the subject of a possible ethics investigation. The House Ethics Committee is considering whether to pursue the complaint, which alleges she improperly mixed campaign and official funds in winning a 2012 House leadership race.
Spokane’s new assistant police chief Rick Dobrow does not have the minimum qualifications (a bachelor’s degree and at least five years experience as a lieutenant or captain) the department has outlined for the job, the SpokesmanReview reported this week.
Amid controversies over LGBT rights, terrorism threats and unfinished accommodations, the Sochi Olympics are underway. At press time, Norway led the medal count.
James Henrikson, who police say was a business associate of the victim of an apparent murder-for-hire on the South Hill in December, pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge in federal court this week.
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At least eight states — including Montana, North Dakota and Utah — have passed so called “ag gag” laws aimed at preventing whistleblowers from making undercover recordings in factory farms. — DEANNA PAN
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Washington’s governor kills the death penalty (for now); plus, ag gag in Idaho LIFE OR DEATH
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday he has ordered a moratorium on all DEATH PENALTY executions for the duration of his term in office. He emphasized the moratorium would not commute or pardon any of the sentences of the nine men on Death Row, but would seek to halt apparent inconsistencies in the application of capital punishment. “I’m not convinced equal justice is being served,” Inslee says in a statement. “The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the budget of the county where the crime occurred.” Inslee announced he would issue a reprieve in any death penalty case sent his office, putting off any executions while he remains governor. In a separate statement, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson confirmed Inslee has the authority to hit the “pause” button on executions. Regardless of the moratorium, Ferguson says the Attorney General’s office will continue to defend existing death penalty convictions and argue against appeals. At least two Death Row inmates have ties to Spokane, including serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr. Inslee says he made his announcement following months of research and a visit to Walla Walla State Penitentiary. He says he spoke with community leaders, victim families, prosecutors, law enforcement officials and
advocates on both sides of the issue. “There are too many flaws in the system,” Inslee says in a statement. “And when the ultimate decision is death there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.” — JACOB JONES
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A bill prohibiting unauthorized audio and video recordings of AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS will advance to the Idaho Senate floor after the Agricultural Affairs Committee cleared the legislation Tuesday morning. Backed by Idaho’s $2.5 billion dairy industry, the measure is intended to stop animals rights activists from spying on and sabotaging industrial farming activities. Under the bill, anyone who enters an agricultural production facility and surreptitiously records operations would face up to a year of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. It would also penalize people who lie on farm employment applications. Two years ago, an employee at Bettencourt Dairies in Hansen, Idaho, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles-based advocacy group Mercy for Animals, filmed a video of workers abusing cows in the milk barn. Three workers were charged with animal cruelty misdemeanors.
After a WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY task force spent over a year figuring out how to address campus alcohol problems, WSU president Elson Floyd has issued a major new mandate to fraternities: Fraternities can house freshmen. Fraternities can serve alcohol on-site. But they can’t do both. At the beginning of the 2012 school year, a student fell from a third-story window at the Phi Kappa Tau frat, and another toppled backward off a second-floor railing at Lambda Chi Alpha house. Alcohol contributed to both incidents. There was also the death of 18-year-old freshman Kenny Hummel after alcohol and energy drinks had sent his blood-alcohol-content levels to a lethal height of 0.40. The task-force convened by Floyd has led to a host of changes to school policies, including increasing the number of classes on Friday mornings (to cut down on Thursday night drinking) and notifying parents the first time their underage child is caught violating alcohol policies. “Like any agent of change, the university’s decision has been met with mixed feedback from the Greek community,” says Cory Hudson Jr., a student serving as the director of public relations for the Interfraternity Council, in an email. Not every alcohol-related tragedy happens at fraternities, of course. When Hummel was found passed out with alcohol poisoning, he was in his residence hall — which already strictly prohibits underage drinking. — DANIEL WALTERS
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Teach for Spokane? Teach for America may come to our city — but does it work? BY DANIEL WALTERS
teven Gering thought he was going to be a doctor. But Teach for America changed that. Back in 1993, Gering was in one of the earliest versions of the fledgling national program — intended to recruit a selective crop of college graduates, give them an intense five weeks of teacher training and place them for a two-year stint at urban and rural schools, where they’re needed most. Gering says he landed at a school in the Rio Grande Valley, “with over 1,000 freshmen in the second poorest county in the United States.” It was one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and had a gang problem. But the experience stuck. He ditched his doctoral plans, taught there for four years and is now chief academic officer for Spokane Public Schools. “There’s probably been no other organization that has done more to take top college graduates and get them into the fields of education,” Gering says of Teach for America. Now that organization may be coming to Spokane. Gering confirmed last week that Spokane Public Schools’ human resources department has been discussing whether TFA’s teachers would be a good fit for the
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district. While Spokane isn’t as high-need as many of the districts TFA serves, Gering says that last year’s unprecedented round of hiring has depleted Spokane’s applicant pool more than ever before. He also sees an opportunity to add more racial diversity to Spokane’s ranks. The decision is still a ways off — it would require district approval, union negotiations and a board vote. And the program is controversial: Despite evidence of the program’s success, Teach for America has drawn a chorus of
critics, who point to the low retention rate of teachers in the program and complain that it sends teachers into the classroom with far too little training. In Washington state, Teach for America is relatively new but already has weathered its share of troubles. In the first year, one Teach for America teacher was savaged on Seattle blogs and became the subject of a lawsuit over how he got hired. Almost half the Seattle School Board tried to get the district to sever its contract with the agency. On the other hand, eight out of the 10 original TFA teachers in Washington have stayed beyond the program’s mandatory two years. Of the Washington state principals who’ve worked with TFA teachers, a 2013 survey showed 97 percent were satisfied with those teachers’ performances. Graduates from local colleges can share firsthand: The program works to prepare some teachers, but has been a total disaster for others. Whitworth University graduate John Williamson says that at one time, getting a job with Teach for America was his “Holy Grail.” He had to apply twice, but when he finally got in, he was quickly plunged into an intensive training program in Chicago, where he learned how to teach high school algebra and trigonometry. But Williamson wasn’t impressed with the instruction. “Nobody had more than five years of teaching experience,” Williamson says. “The training on the classroom management was very limited, completely inadequate.” And instead of the high school math classes he’d been trained to teach, Williamson soon found himself teaching second-graders at a charter school in Detroit. It was a nightmare. “I had kids doing backflips, running around on desks, running around with scissors,” he says. “I had to physically restrain a kid. I didn’t want him to stab other kids.” One girl, he says, would pee her pants
just to get out of his classroom. Teach for America sent in a few of its team members to help him out, but it didn’t help. “They would come and be shocked with the disruption in the classrooms and then give me a few pointers, and ‘peace out’,” Williamson says. He was fired by November. But TFA quickly sent him back into the field, this time to a public middle-school classroom that had already churned through three other teachers. It was just as bad there. He now runs a blog critical of the program, called “Recovering from Teach for America.” Kristina Lusk can empathize with the challenges her Teach for America co-workers have faced. “It’s a very unique way of training teachers,” Lusk says. “It doesn’t always work.” A 2011 graduate of Gonzaga, one of the country’s top schools for TFA recruitment, she was placed at a school in Charlotte, Send comments to N.C. firstname.lastname@example.org. “My first year was not picturesque,” Lusk says. “My first quarter was a mess.” But when she asked for help, both from TFA and her fellow teachers, she got it in droves. Teach for America even went as far as hooking her up with an earpiece — like a secret agent — and someone to whisper instructions from the back of the classroom. “She could identify explicitly where I was [lacking] in my classroom management piece,” Lusk says. “We were able to turn around my classroom quickly.” At least one study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, has showed that Teach for America teachers actually do better at teaching middle and high school math than more experienced conventional teachers. In part, credit TFA’s selective hiring process: It recruits a crowd of top college students, then hires only a fraction of those applicants. “You get hardworking people who are used to success and want to be successful for whatever they do,” Lusk says. “For the most part, that works.”
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Chapter Closed — For Now The Spokane City Council approves a new police contract, but divisions remain BY HEIDI GROOVER
ven as some took the tone of a chapter closing, others left the council chambers thinking only of the work left to be done. “I think we’re on the edge,” said local civil rights attorney Breean Beggs following an emotional city council meeting. At its meeting Monday, the Spokane City Council approved a new contract agreement with the Spokane Police Guild, which raises officer pay 2 percent per year from 2012 to 2015, expands retirement benefits in 2016 and outlines some new roles for the Office of Police Ombudsman. After a unanimous rejection of the previous version of this agreement in November, Monday’s lone “no” vote was Councilman Mike Fagan, who called the agreement “too rich.” The agreement must still be approved by guild members. The newest contract establishes a citizen commission to oversee the ombudsman, and allows that commission to order the ombudsman to do his own investigation if the ombudsman believes IA has not sufficiently investigated. (Ombudsman investigations must come after department decisions about officer discipline have been made.) The new agreement also allows the ombudsman to do preliminary investigations for the purpose of deter-
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Council President Ben Stuckart says the new contract is a victory for voters. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO mining whether a complaint should go to IA and to publish closing reports about cases in which he is involved, as long as the reports do not include officers’ names. Yet while this new contract expands the role of the ombudsman, the question of whether it does enough remained in dispute after Monday’s vote. “This isn’t a situation [of] ‘as good as it gets,’” Council President Ben Stuckart said after public testimony
Monday. “This is a win for the citizens. This is a win for the ombudsman office.” But some community activists, like those who make up the Spokane Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPARC), argue the ombudsman should operate wholly outside of the police department’s own process. That, they argue, would improve investigations and increase public trust by reversing the perception that the department is investigating itself and therefore cannot be fair. “I believe voters were voting for a traditional strong ombudsman who does investigations,” says Liz Moore, director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and a member of SPARC. “That’s not what this model is. This does not address the institutional bias.” The mayor and Police Chief Frank Straub have argued that an ombudsman is actually more helpful when involved in IA, which is the only type of investigation that can result in officer discipline. Current city ombudsman Tim Burns agrees, calling the combination of IA involvement and some independent investigations “the best of both worlds.” Beggs, who represented Otto Zehm’s family in its civil suit against the city, sees the middle ground. Separating the ombudsman from IA is the ultimate goal, he says, but this is a first step. Beggs suggested some language additions for the ordinance passed Monday to specify exactly what matters the ombudsman can investigate and guard against the fickleness of changing ombudsmen or city lawyers, but the council did not make those changes. Still, Beggs remains hopeful. “We’re trying to be on the leading edge of this work and because of our history we’re not there yet,” Beggs says. “If can get past this knot, we can really unleash a lot of good energy.” email@example.com
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mily Cooper, an attorney with the pic medication expenses. Washington jail officials nonprofit Disability Rights Washington, estimate the average cost of mental health says she knows of one case in which the inmates at about $250 a day. defendant has spent 111 days in jail, without trial A financial analysis looking at 2011 wait or conviction, awaiting a mental health competimes found “significant savings for counties” tency evaluation. A state psychiatric hospital when state hospitals met the seven-day target simply has been unable to schedule a visit from a deadline for evaluations. In 2011, the statewide licensed evaluator. average in-jail evaluation wait was 24 days, the “You just have an overly report states. Shaving 17 days off burdened system,” Cooper that wait time saves $4,250 for says. “The time people with each inmate. If you apply that disabilities spend in jail awaitsavings across the 1,647 evaluing treatment is still growing.” ations that year, county governIn 2012, Washington lawments would save more than makers tightened evaluation $6.9 million a year. deadlines to try to reduce With Eastern State’s current the ever-growing backlog of average wait of 33 days, regional stalled trials and stranded jails could theoretically save inmates awaiting evaluations. $6,500 per inmate by completing Those rules required defenevaluations within the statutory dants in jail to be evaluated seven-day deadline. within seven days. Almost DSHS officials have cited a two years later, a new audit shortage of local evaluators and shows wait times for local jail space limitations on admission Amanda Cook killed herself in the inmates seeking evaluations wards as significant challenges. Spokane County Jail while waiting for through Eastern State HospiThey also blame some delays a competency evaluation. tal still average 33 days. on external complications such John Wiley, regional as surges in referrals, attorney spokesman for the Departschedule conflicts and jail facility ment of Social and Health limitations. Services, says Eastern State has just seven evaluators to Much more important than any conduct evaluations at jails dollar value, Cooper says, are across 20 counties throughthe “human costs” of locking out Eastern Washington. people in jails with unreasonable wait times for One position is now vacant, he says, while the treatment. People with mental health issues may number of referrals for competency evaluations be victimized by other inmates or their condihas only continued to rise in recent months. tions may deteriorate. The seven-day deadline “It’s skyrocketed, the number of evaluations was established for a reason, Cooper says. A we’re doing,” he says. “We don’t really know 2003 Ninth Circuit decision found delays in why.” treatment violated due process rights. Of the approximately 600 referrals for “The hospitals at this point are running a competency evaluations at Eastern State Hospital very big risk,” she says. “They’re asking for a each year, only a minute fraction can be expected potential lawsuit.” to finish within the statutory deadline. For the Faster evaluations also could potentially first quarter of 2013, Eastern reports 0 percent save lives, Cooper says, like that of 25-year-old of the 87 jail evaluations were completed within Amanda Cook, who killed herself in December seven days. Wiley and other DSHS officials after spending weeks in the Spokane County Jail acknowledge they have not met the established awaiting a delayed competency evaluation. standards, but the new deadline requirements do Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielnot include any legal consequences for noncomke says he hopes that through upcoming reforms pliance. in the regional justice system, the county will “It’s really discouraging,” Cooper says. “It’s a be able to partner with Eastern State to expand huge problem.” diversion programs and treatment services that will help direct people with mental health issues Independent financial reports have shown that out of the traditional incarceration process. But delaying the evaluations cost county jails millions that remains a long-term goal. of dollars each year. Jail officials report inmates “We’re going to have a lot of work to do,” he with mental health issues often cost double that says. n of other inmates after counseling and firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Homicidal loon” Phillip Paul took off. Then one patient strangled another with an electrical cord. And that was it: Life at Eastern State Hospital dramatically changed. To some, it’s no longer a place to heal, but rather a grim prison from which there is no escape BY DEANNA PAN
hey found Phillip Paul three days later, on a Sunday afternoon, walking toward a two-lane country road in Goldendale, Wash., 10 miles or so from the Oregon border. He had emerged from the brush, red-faced and weary, with a backpack and an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulders. State Patrol hovered in a chopper overhead. He was the only soul they’d seen all day as they combed the back roads and highway, passing an occasional cattle yard or languid wind farm and otherwise boundless, wheat-colored hills. When plainclothes deputies burst onto the scene from an unmarked van, guns drawn, tensions high, an exhausted Paul sunk to his knees. “I’m done,” he said. They cuffed him and gave him some water to drink. At the finale of the region’s largest manhunt in years — a $37,000 undertaking involving local, state and federal agents — Paul’s capture took less than a minute. Paul was a patient in the forensic services unit at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, one of Washington’s two state-run psychiatric hospitals for adults, and until three days earlier, he was, in the words of then-hospital CEO Harold Wilson, “a fairly model patient.” He had been admitted 22 years before, after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of an elderly neighbor, a retired teacher named Ruth Mottley, in the farming town of Sunnyside, Wash., where he grew up. The details of the crime were especially grisly: Paul had strangled the 78-year-old, slit her throat and doused her body in gasoline. He dug a shallow grave in her garden. Paul, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, told deputies voices in his head insisted he “kill the witch on Emerald Road.” So on Sept. 17, 2009, after hospital staff notified authorities that Paul was missing from a supervised field trip with 30 other patients to the Spokane County Interstate Fair — one minute, he was smoking a cigarette; the next, gone — local media seized on the story: A psychopathic killer was on the lam and ready to claim his next victim. But Paul just wanted to go home.
A few days later, during a phone interview with a local TV reporter, Paul admitted he “messed up.” He said he never planned on escaping, as law enforcement officials claimed, or hurting anyone (no one was). But after more than two decades spent in the hospital, he couldn’t resist the temptation to quietly slip away. “When I got down to the fairgrounds, I just thought I’d try and go see some sunshine for a few days or something,” he said. “I guess I want freedom, and it eats at me so bad sometimes.”
ow did this happen? How did a “homicidal loon,” as SpokesmanReview columnist Doug Clark pondered in one of his polemics on the episode, elude his sentries? And what was Paul — along with 30 other “criminally dangerous” patients — doing at a family event in the first place? (“Here’s a thought,” Clark goes on in another column. “Next time Eastern State decides to make it Hannibal Lecter Day at the fair, how about letting the public know so families can skip the giant pumpkins and barnyard fun and head to a mall for a movie?”) The realization that institutionalized patients with criminally violent pasts live and work among us rocked the public consciousness. People demanded answers — from Eastern State, the Department of Social and Health Services, lawmakers, the governor — and assurance that this horror-flick fiasco would never happen again. Meanwhile, the patients whose lives were suddenly thrust under the microscope watched as their privileges were eroded, and access to the outside world was cut off. Forensic mental health providers face a unique challenge of treating patients’ mental illness, which includes helping them reintegrate into society, and ensuring public safety. But advocates say the pendulum has swung too far on the side of public safety, at the expense of patients’ rights and recovery. “The purpose of this confinement is supposed to be treatment,” says Mary Pat Treuthart, a constitutional law professor at Gonzaga University. “You’re putting them in the corrections system basically, when the result of their circumstances should not be punishment. ... I seriously question the constitutionality of this.” Public defenders say the process by which patients gain free-
EDITOR’S NOTE: This special report is part of our continuing “State of Mind” series delving into the issue of mental health. Besides exposing serious problems, we will also strive to tell success stories and examine potential solutions. If you have feedback or a story to share, please email us at email@example.com. For the entire series, visit Inlander.com/stateofmind.
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Ketema Ross, left, and David “DB” Brent wait for a bus near Eastern State Hospital in January, after receiving court permission to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings in downtown Spokane. dom is mired in bureaucratic red tape; they say their clients are stuck. Patients feel disposed of; they say they’ve given up hope. And when policymakers institute barriers that hamper these patients’ ability to transition into the community, one has to wonder: Does it really make us safer? Or does it, as some say, do the exact opposite?
n the day we were supposed to meet, Ketema Ross called me, unusually agitated. He told me he was dragged out of bed at 8:30 in the morning by five hospital staffers who discouraged him from talking to a reporter. It was like “an ambush,” he said. They warned him that he’d get taken advantage of, that he’d make the hospital look bad. “It’s a symptom of a greater problem here at the hospital where they treat us like kids,” he railed. “It’s very insulting, it’s very degrading and it’s very dehumanizing.” Administrators told me I was the first reporter to speak with a patient inside the hospital in at least 12 years. After Ross sent a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the hospital arranged a meeting for the two of us in a secure basement conference room below the forensic services unit. Ross was admitted to Eastern seven years ago after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, or “NGRI.” Like Paul, Ross, who’s 36, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Like Paul, his disorder manifested in a
violent crime that landed him in court and eventually institutionalization. He’s clean-cut with straight teeth, a self-effacing smile and a neatly trimmed beard dusting his chin. He’s built like a wide receiver — tall and sturdy with wide hands and broad shoulders — but his affect is pensive and strikingly self-possessed. He speaks somewhere between a hush and a whisper in a tranquilizing tenor that draws you in like a current — carefully, clearly. It’s been five years since Ross showed symptoms of psychosis, but his odds of getting a final release have hardly improved. This past fall, he finally obtained his first partial conditional release from the court allowing him to walk on hospital grounds unescorted. On a crisp November day, he strode back and forth from the hospital cafe to a bus stop on the grounds. It felt surreal, his first taste of freedom in years, simply existing without being watched.
oss lives with 39 other patients on 2 South 1, one of Eastern’s two long-term commitment wards for the “criminally insane.” They arrive with different diagnoses, levels of stability and functioning capacity. Some charged with lesser crimes will max out of the system in a few years. Some may die here. He shoots pool with murderers, rapists and necrophiliacs. He learned early on not to ask about the others’ pasts. You don’t judge. To enter 2 South 1, Ross passes through a set of se-
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cure Sally Port doors and a metal detector. On the ward, a control panel operator monitors 18 different cameras at a time on her computer screen. The gray hall is dimly lit and unnaturally quiet while the patients are away. The hospital has recently installed 75 new cameras in this ward alone. There are two patients to a 172.5 square-foot bedroom, about the size of a college dorm room. But inside, no posters hang on the walls or curtains over the windows. Here, there are no television sets, videogames, lamps, computers or books. Just two parallel twin beds separated by a steel cabinet and a desk. Ross doesn’t bother hanging photos on a set of bulletin boards. (As soon as he does, he figures, pushpins will be banned from the ward.) A laundry basket full of socks and underwear sits on a chair. Everything must be picked up off the floor. “We try to make this as much as a living experience as we possibly can,” explains Bob Mair, the forensics services unit nurse manager. Days begin and end largely the same: Coffee is served between 7:10 and 7:30 am. Breakfast is at 7:45, along with morning medications. A medstation dispenses 21,000 pills in a single month. Yard starts at 8:15. At 8:50, staff inspects every bedroom. From 9:05 until 2 pm, Ross goes to the “treatment mall” across the street where patients take classes in anger management, pharma...continued on next page
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After a three-day manhunt, deputies captured Phillip Paul, then a patient at Eastern State Hospital, in the Goldendale, Wash., area.
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“PATIENTS AND PRISONERS,” CONTINUED... ceutical education and substance abuse And if you’re Ross, you eventually accept addiction, but also in volleyball, table the inevitable truth: You may very well games, billiards and basket weaving. In live under DSHS supervision for the rest one class, patients watch TED Talks; in of your life. another, they read magazines; in a third, “Is it right?” Ross asks me from the they scour Ancestry.com for distant relaother side of the conference table. “If this tives. As far as psychiatric treatment goes, happened to you, is this the way you’d Ross says he spends an hour a week with want to be treated? If this happened to a counselor — a session he specifically your son, your mother, your father, your requested. Most patients don’t have this daughter, is this the way you’d want them one-on-one time with their therapists. to be treated? Would you want to be At 3 pm, he checks his mail. At 3:30, forgotten, ignored, marginalized to the he’s back in the yard. Dinner starts at point where you are literally voiceless. … 4:20 on the ward or 5 in the patient dinIs that right?” ing room; at 6, they can visit the store. At t one time, Ross was a promising law 7, the weight room opens. The day ends student with a scholarship to Yale. with snacks at 8. Ross is in bed by 10. He admired Thurgood Marshall and had And on and on. dreams of becoming a Supreme Court jusLearning to live at Eastern as a tice. But during his first year at Yale Law, forensic patient is like a grieving process, his mental health began to deteriorate. He says Ross: First there’s the denial. You believed the FBI and the CIA were using arrive thinking you’re an exception to the satellites to beam messages into his mind. rule, that despite your maximum lifelong His paranoia drove him into sentence, you’ll prove to your deeper isolation. He went to one judge that you’ve recovered, class during his second year of that you’re no longer dangerschool before he dropped out. ous. You aren’t like those people Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ross flew to Thailand. He — the chronically mentally ill. thought he’d get a job teachYou think you’ll be out the ing English but instead “comdoor in less than a year. pletely lost touch with reality.” He started But that doesn’t happen. So then responding to the voices in his head. He comes the anger — at your attorney, the thought he was talking to God. He lost hospital and the criminal justice system. his passport and spent all of his money. You bargain for your release. You petition While traveling to another beach on the the court every six months. You try to island of Ko Pha Ngan, he dove headfirst work the “levels system” at the hospital.
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from a boat taxi into the water in an attempt to drown himself. He thought he’d “transcend to a higher state.” If it wasn’t for a group of tourists who found him sleeping on a beach, Ross might have ended up in a Thai prison or dead. When he returned to the States, he checked into a psych hospital for the first time in his life and received his first diagnosis: bipolar disorder with psychotic
Earlier that morning, Ross had woken to the voice of President George W. Bush, telling him that his neighbors, a couple in their 70s, were government traitors who needed “to be dispatched.” For Ross, in the throes of psychosis, it was a matter of “life or death.” His only option. If he didn’t listen to the things he heard, he believed he’d be killed. He left five minutes later, his neighbors bruised
“If this happened to your son, your mother, your father, your daughter, is this the way you’d want them to be treated?” features, which doctors later changed to schizoaffective disorder, a sort of combination of schizophrenia and bipolarism. Ross didn’t take comfort in his diagnosis; it was a nightmare. “I just thought it was a character flaw or a weakness or a mental defect,” he says. He resisted taking medication or listening to his psychiatrist. When he moved to Pullman, where he spent his childhood, Ross was a time bomb waiting to explode. A few months later, on June 24, 2007, around 6 am, an unmedicated Ross broke into his neighbors’ apartment, stark naked and deeply psychotic, and hit them repeatedly with a broken broom handle.
and beaten, but alive. “If I got to formally apologize to [them], I would,” he says. “Tell them I’m very sorry. ... I regret it to my core.” Afterward, he walked to a supermarket and called the police.
n the aftermath of Paul’s escape from the fair, DSHS officials immediately suspended all off-ward outings for forensic patients at state psychiatric hospitals and launched an investigation into the facilities’ security measures. The CEO of Eastern State resigned. Seven Eastern employees were formally disciplined. It wasn’t long before changes to the
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hospitals’ field-trip policies were codified into state law. Four months after Paul’s escape, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, introduced legislation effectively banning patients committed to state psychiatric institutions from leaving hospital grounds except under special circumstances, like funerals of immediate family members or necessary medical and legal appointments. For those, DSHS mandated that they leave in shackles. Anything else required a court order. “There was quite a bit of concern in our community that he had escaped at the fair and was within feet of our children,” Shea said, testifying before the House Human Services Committee. “It was a very traumatic event for Spokane County.” His bill was ramrodded through the legislature. Not a single Senator or House member voted against it. By June 2010, reintegration trips for high-level, NGRI patients had officially ended. No more shopping trips to Walmart or Auntie’s Bookstore or lunches at McDonald’s. No more Spokane Indians or Chiefs games. No more bus rides to see the Christmas lights downtown. For the first time, they couldn’t go outside and take a stroll on the grounds without a judge’s approval. Before, patients even could attend community college. But that opportunity was snatched away, too. Then, on Nov. 20, 2012, an Eastern NGRI patient named Amber Roberts murdered another patient, Duane Charley, by strangling him with an electrical cord. In the wake of Charley’s murder, the hospital cracked down on the forensic patients again. Anything that could be used as a weapon or strangulation device — potted plants, portable gaming systems, headphones, corded alarm clocks, stereos, guitars, belts and multiple shoelaces — was banned. Television sets were locked up. Patients weren’t allowed to sit in any rooms with ceiling fans. “There was almost a fullscale riot here. There was no time to even grieve,” Ross recalls. “We’ve gotten back a ...continued on next page
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Western State Hospital, near Tacoma, works to transition patients gradually into the community. Of the hundreds released on staff recommendation, only 0.6 percent committed new crimes.
“PATIENTS AND PRISONERS,” CONTINUED... FACT People who plead not guilty by reason of insanity often are hospitalized for far longer periods than convicted criminals serving time behind bars.
Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, is trying to repeal a 2010 state law confining patients inside hospital walls, unless they obtain a court order.
few of the things we lost, but we’re still definitely in a state of recovery from the loss of our quality of life.” Chad McAteer, a community forensics social worker, admits patient morale has taken a hit in recent years, but he says things are getting better. Patients are “learning to adapt” to the new rules and restrictions, and adapting is instructive for patients, he says. “If they can handle [stress] here in a controlled environment, they’re much more able to handle it in an uncontrolled environment with less eyes on them and less supports available,” McAteer says, adding, “I think the pendulum is hopefully swinging back to where it’s more of a happy medium and we can start getting things back for patients. Anything we can do for the patients, no matter how small, is a benefit to their mental health.” Amy Sullivan, a Spokane County public defender who represents civil commitment cases, remembers a time when Eastern wasn’t so closed off to the public. Every October, during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the hospital would bus patients to a spaghetti dinner with community members at a downtown church. During the “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” event, the public was invited to join patients for a march on campus. Now, it’s only a handful of patients with grounds privileges and Eastern staff circling the softball field. “Back then, they were real human beings,” Sullivan says. “To penalize everyone for just one thing, it takes away people’s hopes and their humanity.” There’s a misconception that people who plead NGRI are taking the easy way out by bypassing prison time. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, Sullivan says. The sentences in hospitals are often much harsher. Studies show that for the same offense, NGRI patients are hospitalized for far longer periods than convicted criminals serving time behind bars. One such study in California found that insanity defense acquittees spent twice as much time in confinement as defendants found guilty of similar offenses. “I try to advise the attorneys in our office to not enter ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ under
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most circumstances, because you end up usually doing significantly more time under an NGRI than most prison sentences,” says Jeff Leslie, a Spokane public defender. “I find a lot of times, even though [hospitals] say they’re more treatment-oriented, they tend to be more punitive and hold people back on minor rule violations.”
eslie’s most frustrating case involves David “DB” Brent, an Eastern patient who’s been committed since 2006. In that same basement conference room, DB saunters in to meet me. He’s a big man and, as usual, he’s dressed to the nines: Blue tinted glasses, blue plaid shirt, blue newsboy cap and Air Jordans. Two quarter-sized gold hoops hang from his ears. He lifts the bottom seam of his sweatshirt (also blue), revealing that in place of a prohibited proper belt he has a thin, black strap of Velcro tied around the waist of his jeans. “Look at this, girl. Look at that,” he says. “It’s undignified and it’s inhumane.” If you meet DB, he’ll tell you he has schizophrenia, that he’s not schizophrenic. “There’s a difference.” He says, in spite of nearly a decade of institutionalization, staff at the hospital don’t really know him. “They have me labeled,” he says. “They say I’m a hustler, a wheelin’ dealin’ kind of guy.” But he’s not anymore, he says. DB grew up in Mississippi, where he started selling marijuana at the age of 13: “You learn to do what you gotta do to survive.” His rap sheet spans from Olympia to Spokane: assault, domestic violence, violation of a protection order and receiving stolen property. He’s been in and out of prison. His drug of choice was crack cocaine, and it exacerbated his symptoms. He heard voices, saw “tree people.” One night in May 2005, DB came home to his West Broadway apartment when the electricity had been cut off. His aunt, his payee, had forgotten to pay his bill. DB was high and off his medication. He thought he heard people on the balcony threatening him. Scared and unable to see, DB lit a match and set his curtains on fire. He was facing 28 to 48 months in prison and one to three years of probation for first-degree arson. His public defender at the time entered an
NGRI plea. Because first-degree arson is a Class A felony, his commitment at Eastern is indefinite. So far: seven years and counting. DB says he only experiences symptoms when he uses drugs or alcohol; he hasn’t exhibited any signs of psychosis since he’s been at Eastern, which even his treatment team acknowledges in his most recent court order. DB only takes 15 mg of Abilify, an antipsychotic, which his doctors prescribe “as a safeguard.” He pulls out a shiny gold Narcotics Anonymous coin from his pocket and slaps it on the table. He’ll be 10 years clean on his birthday, April 6. “I’m in the wrong system, girl. I shoulda gone to prison,” he says. “If I been stable since 2006, why am I here?” Leslie is working to get DB a conditional release that would allow him to live with his aunt, a school administer and his uncle, a Pentecostal pastor, in Spokane. Leslie also is in talks with the state prosecutor to bring DB’s case back into the criminal arena. He says there’s a slim chance this tactic will work, but if the prosecutor agrees to charge DB with a felony, DB would get credit for the time he’s served at Eastern. He’d be on probation for just a few years. “Then he would know he’d have an ending to this,” Leslie says. “Otherwise, with first-degree arson, DB will have this hanging over his head for the rest of his life.” Eastern officials won’t comment on specific patients’ cases, but Dorothy Sawyer, Eastern’s new CEO, touts a close working relationship between the hospital and the courts that allows patients to reintegrate into society when the time is right. And she personally hasn’t heard any “significant” patient complaints. “One of our main concerns as a state hospital is to make sure we provide a safe environment for our patients and our staff, and also to provide for a safe community,” she says. “For those patients … who are here for very long terms, it’s really our commitment to work with those patients to be integrated as appropriately within our clinical setting as possible.” Public defenders and disability rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional to keep patients like DB
warehoused in psychiatric institutions when they no longer need treatment. The statute in question, RCW 10.77.200, says a committed person who no longer presents a “substantial danger” or “likelihood of committing criminal acts” as a result of mental illness has to be released. Otherwise, says David Carlson, the legal director of Disability Rights Washington, “legally we have no legitimate purpose for detaining them. “There’s a lot of concern about when it’s appropriate for them to be discharged. That’s a completely legitimate and important question to be asking, and we should be answering that question with the best knowledge we have about how their mental illness is impacting them,” Carlson says. “Unfortunately, a lot of times politics gets in the way of that.” During last year’s legislative session, Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, introduced House Bill 1458 to repeal the 2010 law confining patients inside hospital walls. It had its first hearing in the new session last month. Green, a psych nurse who represents the district where Western State Hospital is located (she worked at Western for a time), bowed to the furor surrounding Paul’s escape and voted for Shea’s bill even though she secretly opposed it. It wasn’t until NGRI patients at Western invited Green to a meeting that she realized “how horrible the consequences had been.” “At that point I was like, ‘I don’t care if people say I’m not tough on crime,’” Green says. “I feel like if I don’t work to get this repealed, then I’m giving credibility to that stigma that the mentally ill are dangerous and should be locked up forever.”
estern State Hospital sits on a sprawling 274-acre campus near Fort Steilacoom, a 19th century military outpost, in Lakewood, Wash., near Tacoma. There are 56 buildings — chapels, offices, patients’ wards, historic cottages, a morgue and a butcher shop. Western has almost three times the capacity of Eastern. Of the 827 patients living at Western, about 120 are NGRI. Roberta Kresse runs Western’s community program, which helps high-level NGRI patients gradually transition back into society. It’s a five-level program for patients who’ve obtained a court-approved conditional release. They start by taking escorted walks around the campus with staff,
intense focus on mental illness.” A DSHS workgroup comprised of clinicians, corrections officials and attorneys is currently meeting to standardize community release orders for NGRI patients at Eastern and Western. But according to Sonja Hardenbrook, the sole public defender on the committee, most of of the members have endorsed Eastern’s model and would like to involve DOC at every step of a patient’s transition into society. Prompted by Paul’s escape, in 2010 the legislature also created the Public Safety Review Panel, an independent board appointed by the governor, to examine petitions for release from NGRI patients at the state’s psychiatric hospitals. The panel adds an extra layer of scrutiny to NGRI cases that go to the court. And the process by which patients are reintegrated into the community Ross as a college student has naturally become longer, or as Richard Mathisen from the Spokane Public Defender’s Office says, “built of delays.” In 2004, for example, long before the creation of the Public Safety Review Panel, 16 patients at Western were granted conditional releases. Last year, only three were. “They end up getting people who run out of time and they’ve done nothing toward transitioning them into the community,” Mathisen says. “So they basically set them up for failure.” This is true for NGRI patients who have committed lesser felonies, and as a result have a five- or 10-year maximum sentence under DSHS supervision. “They would like to be better prepared to go out into the community through a gradual transition,” says Dr. Marylouise Jones, the clinical director at Western. “And in some ways, this makes it more difficult to do that.” Beyond elongating NGRI patients’ petitions for release, experts worry about the public safety risk of delaying patient reintegration. “If we’re interested in public safety, which of course we are, the more integrated a patient is, I believe, the
“So yeah, I am mad. ... But you would be too if you did 117 months extra because you have a mental illness.” then with their peers, and finally alone. As they demonstrate their ability to responsibly handle each additional privilege, they gain increasing autonomy. They take trips to the local strip mall. They visit their families. They move into their own places, where therapists stop by as often as once a week. It’s a slow transition — often taking 18 to 24 months — that involves intense monitoring and consistent treatment. There’s a very low threshold for patient error. One man was brought back to Western from his community placement after his therapist found a beer in his fridge. What’s unique about Western’s program is there is no oversight from the Department of Corrections, unlike at Eastern, where patients with conditional releases allowing them to visit the outside world are supervised by a community corrections officer. And the program works: Since its inception in 1978, 0.6 percent — yes, less than 1 percent — of the hundreds of patients released into the community on the hospital’s recommendation have committed new crimes. By comparison, the recidivism rate for mentally ill offenders in state prison facilities is 25.8 percent. (For offenders with acute mental illness, the recidivism rate is lower, 13.3 percent.) “From my point of view, they are not guilty,” Kresse says. “Something has gone right for us, and I think it’s our
safer he is,” Kresse says. “Some of these patients have been in the hospital for years and years, so it’s contraindicative to suddenly just shoot somebody home without preparation.” Somebody like Mark Grable. He lives on 2 South 1 with Ross and DB. He’s bipolar with psychotic features. Next month, on March 30, five days before his 50th birthday, Grable will “max out” of DSHS supervision and return to Walla Walla to live with his aging father. He’s a mid-level patient at Eastern, meaning he’s not eligible for a partial or conditional release allowing him to explore the grounds or make trips into the community. He also hasn’t been given a reintegration or discharge plan. When we meet on the ward, he’s wearing a black leather jacket and a silver Mayan calendar ring, his long hair tied back in a braid. In his most recent hospital progress report, his forensic therapist and psychiatrist describe him as “very articulate and charismatic,” but with “maladaptive personality features.” A self-professed anarchist, Grable is known for resisting rules he doesn’t agree with. “They give you a real nice frosting over a really crappy turd with NGRI,” he says.
A decade ago, Grable made a series of threatening phone calls to a Superior Court judge in Walla Walla County. His psychiatrist at the time had put him on a “med holiday” to see how he’d manage without, and Grable was angry and symptomatic. For the charge of intimidating a judge, a Class B felony, he faced 16 to 22 months in DOC. But he’s spent a decade at Eastern. “I did 10 years on a 16-month sentence. I would have gotten five off for good time. I would have been out in two months with my county jail time and instead I’m here,” he says. “So yeah, I am mad. I am bitter. But you would be too if you did 117 months extra because you have a mental illness. “I’m so angry right now, I don’t know what I’m capable of and that scares me.”
n Ross’ first day of “authorized leave” during the second week of January, he takes the No. 62 bus to downtown Spokane and walks straight to Our Club on the corner of Madison and Second. It’s a path he, DB and their buddy “Zoop,” another NGRI patient, aren’t allowed to deviate from. They arrive almost two hours early to their Narcotics Anonymous meeting at noon. They order coffee from the liquor-less bar and make their “surveillance call” to hospital security at 11. At one of the mismatched tables, an old man in a Stetson plays cribbage with a younger man with a tattoo sleeve. “God bless you all,” the old man says. Normally, Ross calls his time away from the ward his “zen time.” But on this first trip out he’s anxious. Meeting new people. Blending in. He steps outside, his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, onto the snow-covered sidewalk. Around the corner, DB smokes from a pack of vanilla BlackStone cigarillos. “DB… I’m tempted, man,” Ross says. He hasn’t smoked in six months. “Don’t. Don’t. It’s not worth it,” DB says. “C’mon. Give me a puff.” DB laughs and takes one last drag before handing his cigar to Ross, who cradles it between his thumb and index finger, draws it to his lips and takes three puffs. “I ain’t seen nothin’!” DB says, chuckling. “And I didn’t give it to ya!” At Eastern, sharing smokes in the yard is considered a “major rules violation.” Here, it’s a gesture of freedom. A moment not dictated by doctors, therapists, nurses, men and women in suits who tell you when to wake up, when to sleep, what to eat and when, from sunup to sundown, with no end in sight. No clear path to independence. Maybe Phillip Paul wasn’t all wrong with his three days in the sun. “Are you feeling less stressed?” I ask. “I am,” Ross says as he inhales warm smoke deep into his lungs. DB laughs again. “Look at him smiling!” There’s a perpetual scarlet letter attached to an NGRI acquittal. There are the unavoidable comparisons to James Holmes, who pleaded insanity in the murder of a dozen people at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater; Jared Loughner, who was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic after his shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that claimed six lives; and Adam Lanza, whom countless have speculated was mentally ill when he massacred 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. “The stigma part… ” Ross says. “It’s devastating. “I feel like I’m not given a chance to be who I am,” he says. Ross hopes that one day he’ll leave Eastern forever, travel the world, write poetry and advocate for people like him. “I’m judged instead by the mistakes I’ve made and the disease I have. It’s hard to swallow sometimes, but that’s how a lot of other people see me. It takes away even a chance of hope. It takes away hope before you even have a chance of recovery.” n email@example.com
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From a boy who couldn’t say hello BY LEAH SOTTILE
ylan Ramirez was positive that the girl he loved — a girl named Celeste, with green eyes, a quick wit and a ton of energy — wanted nothing to do with him. He’d try to say “Hi” as they passed in the dining room of the retirement facility where they worked or near the time clock, as she left her shift and he started his. But he was tonguetied. “I was really shy,” he says. One day as they passed each other in silence on the front steps — she was leaving work, he was starting — the girl he loved broke the ice. “I said, ‘You know, it’s not a bad thing to say ‘Hi’ to somebody,’” Celeste recalls saying today. From that moment on, Dylan never missed an opportunity to talk to her again. In fact, he made excuses to be wherever she was. “After that, I don’t know, I couldn’t leave her alone, to be honest,” he says. “I used to call him my stalker. Because wherever I was, I don’t know, there he was!” Celeste says. “We’d even run into each other out in public and I’d be like, ‘You’re stalking me!’” “I wasn’t interested in him at all for
like the first year,” she says. “But then he… I don’t know, he kept pursuing me, and always made himself available, so that was a plus.” He took her to a movie. They went for a walk in the park. They kissed on New Year’s. Soon, Celeste found that she was thinking about Dylan all the time. He’d leave things at her place, just so he’d have a legitimate reason to drop by. “Persistence,” Dylan says, looking at Celeste with a smile. After four years together, Dylan knew he wanted to marry her. But nothing felt right. Not a ring in a glass of Champagne or a dramatic movie proposal. “That’s not good enough for her,” he says. “One day I was passing by the Inlander, and I picked it up, and every time I pick it up, I always go to that back page and look at [the “I Saw You” page] first because it always reminds me of her.” “I always read them. Like at work. It was just my thing,” she explains. “I’m like, ‘One day, you watch, someone will see me.’” She was right. Last November, Dylan told the world — or at least the people who
read the Inlander — that he saw her. “I saw you over 2 years ago,” he wrote. “It came to me very soon after us talking that you’re my one and only, my soul mate my other half that I have been missing for so many years. I need you like I need air. Like a diabetic needs insulin, I love you like a fat kid loves cake. So I have to ask Celeste Christine Lennartz: will you marry me? And make me the luckiest man in the world?” She said yes. They tied the knot a month later in a simple ceremony. She wore a vintage dress and pearls; he wore a tie and slacks. They’re complete opposites. He’s shy, she’s chatty. He likes to stay home, she likes to go out. He likes the Raiders, she likes Green Bay. Where some might be driven apart by their differences, for Dylan and Celeste Ramirez, meeting each other was like finding the other part of themselves that they’d lost. “More or less, we help the other one, complete each other. It just works,” he says. Today, they’re wearing the same Cabela’s sweatshirt when they sit down for coffee. Hers is green; his is black and white.
Cheers Philippians 4:13 I saw you over 2 years ago, we work at the same retirement living facility and I knew that it was love at first sight. You: a perfect 5’1, dark beautiful hair, gorgeous hazel brown and green eyes, you took my breath away. Me: short brown and chunky, we exchanged some conversation and from then on I was hooked on you like a fish on a line. I could never stop thinking of you. I always wanted to be around you. It came to me very soon after us talking that you’re my one and only, my soul mate, my other half that I have been missing for so many years. We have been through so much together that I couldn’t imagine being on this earth with anyone else. I need you like I need air. Like a diabetic needs insulin. I love you like a fat kid loves cake. So I have to ask Celeste Christine Lennartz will you marry me? And make me the luckiest man in the world?
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In Good Humor Hank was not a regular “I Saw You” reader, so someone decided to play a trick BY CLARKE HUMPHREY
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The Wrong Guy She wasn’t even writing about him, and they fell in love BY HEIDI GROOVER
ong brown hair, a goatee, jeans and tennis shoes. “I’m not sure you even saw me,” the ad said. “I followed behind then passed you as we went our separate ways. I wanted to touch that gorgeous hair! Are you single? I am.” Garrett Hamlin thought it sounded like him. So Hamlin, 46, who doesn’t have a computer, wrote the Inlander a letter asking us to forward his information on to the woman who’d placed the ad. When she called him two days later, he found someone with the same goofy sense of humor he has and a contagious laugh. And so even when he learned that the man she’d admired from afar wasn’t him (that guy had much longer hair), Hamlin asked her out anyway. That piece of the story, the happy mistake, may be the most perfect twist for these two. “We’re both weird. We have a lot of the same quirks,” says Stacy Hawley, 47, whose girlish giggle and pink cheeks make her joy infectious. So it only makes sense they’d meet in a way they now call “bizarre.” Hawley was exhausted from online dating, fending off the creeps and enduring awkward first dates. She’d told the universe to bring her the right person if he was out there. When she met Hamlin, she says she thought their compatibility was too good to be true. They talked on the phone for hours and met for lunch at a Shari’s on Easter Sunday. They were apprehensive at first, both carrying some baggage from past relationships and a reluctance to be
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vulnerable again. But when they went a couple of weeks without talking, they couldn’t stop thinking about each other. Soon, he told her, “You can get off those [dating] sites. ... I’m here now.” Now, nearly a year after Hawley wrote her “I Saw You,” she and Hamlin sit side-by-side on her plush leather couch with her two dachshunds by their sides. They listen to classic rock and watch comically bad B horror movies and miss each other when they’re apart. Their relationship, they say, is about acceptance and simplicity. Before he moved to Spokane Valley, where he lives now, and before he saw Hawley’s ad, Hamlin was once homeless and living on the streets of downtown Spokane. But with her, he says, the past doesn’t matter. “I have been waiting for her my whole life,” Hamlin wrote the Inlander when he heard we were looking for I Saw You stories. “Maybe that sounds kind of stupid. Or cliché. But it’s not. I was about to give up ever finding someone. At least someone who would love me for me. Not for my job, or money, or cars or any of that.” The two say they click so well because they accept each other’s imperfections and they’re straightforward about how they’re feeling. It helps, too, that they make each other laugh. “Other people are so damn serious, especially at our age,” Hawley says. “Finding someone at our age that acts like we do —” “Yeah, that’s not too common,” Hamlin finishes.
he year was 2000. Hank Greer told his wife, Kathy, that he never read the “I Saw You” section. He couldn’t believe that people really thought they were going to meet someone that way, but the women he worked with loved it. While Hank spent his lunch break fiddling around on his violin for a little entertainment in the breakroom, they read the “I Saw Yous” every week to see if someone had “seen” them. One day, they found a note matching Hank’s description. Name that tune You: standing outside the Federal Building at bus stop. WM approximately 40YO, stylish brown hair with mature graying, holding violin case. Me: WF, 30ish, also waiting for bus. Our eyes and smiles met. I’d like to play a tune on your violin. “Of course when it comes out, the women are like, ‘We thought you and Kathy were happily married. Who are you smiling at?’” Kathy remembers. “I was thinking there’s no way I’m going to answer this,” Hank said. “I’m married. But I was still wracking my brain trying to figure out who did this.” Pretty soon everyone Hank worked with got wind of the ad, and they were all just as curious as he was. They kept asking him questions like, “Who are you making music with today, Hank?” but this was a puzzle he just couldn’t solve. Until he remembered something: an envelope sitting on the kitchen counter just a few weeks before the ad was posted. Suddenly it all made sense. He’d figured it out and went to confront Kathy. She confessed, laughing: “I got you so good, didn’t I?” It only took Hank a few days to solve the mystery, but neither he nor Kathy realized these ads can appear for an entire month, so Hank’s co-workers caught his description and giggled among themselves from the second week in September, when it first came out, until the middle of October.
JESSIE SPACCIA ILLUSTRATION They’d been married for 20 years at the time, but Hank says he and Kathy have been making beautiful music together ever since. Hank and Kathy, married now for more than 30 years, have been playing pranks on each other for as long as they can remember. Kathy says it’s what keeps them young. “I can’t think of all the little things Hank and I have done to each other, but I know we always make each other laugh and play little pranks back and forth,” Kathy said. “At this point they don’t even stand out because it’s so routine; we always do it. It keeps us young and keeps us happy in our marriage. There are so few couples I know that are still active and happy together like we are.” Kathy said she’s thought about doing it again, but knows that he’d realize right away a second time. She’s thinking of an even better way to prank him. All in good humor, of course.
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ike any sweet boyfriend, he just called ed. So like any intelligent, wronged female, to say, “Honey, you’re so lucky I’m a she emailed him using a friend’s account, one-woman man.” writing something along the lines of “Hey, It was a frigid December night back in this is your cutie. It’s so good to hear from 2008. She and her kids were at home dining you. When should we go snowboarding?” on Jack in the Box after an exhilarating outHer guy wrote back, more than excited. ing at the Y when her boyfriend’s fateful call Suspicions confirmed, she let him have interrupted. it, replying: “Actually, this is your girlfriend. “What he had to say just fit his personActually, this is your ex-girlfriend.” ality,” the woman, 35, now recalls. After a nine-month relationship, she Her boyfriend went on didn’t hear from him for four to describe how he rescued days. When they eventua helpless young woman ally connected, he didn’t even whose car was in a ditch. bother to deny it. The girl was overly flirta“He said that I misundertious, he said. But naturally stood the tone of the ad,” she Each Friday in he ignored the advances, says. February, the Blue being a “one-woman man.” Looking back on it all, the Door Theater performs woman says she never saw That next week, the family-friendly improv their coupling going very far start of the new year, the comedy based on the girlfriend picked up a fresh anyway. It was her first after “I Saw Yous.” The show her divorce. copy of the Inlander. Flipping starts at 8 pm and first to the “I Saw You” “He was really cute, an extickets are $7-$9. More hockey player,” she says. “He section, something peculiar at bluedoortheatre.com. just wasn’t the brightest tool in caught her eye. There in black and white, she read the shed.” an ad that included all the She later learned that relevant details from her boyfriend’s roadthe “bad ass” and the “cutie” would go side tale. snowboarding, but nothing ever blossomed. Stuck in Snow Today, she still can’t believe he thought he You: Cutie in white Ford Escort, stuck up wouldn’t be caught. side street and Francis. Me: “Bad Ass” going up “Everyone reads the ‘I Saw Yous,’” she Francis in reverse. I helped you get on your way, but says. “It was stupid to put something in you have been stuck in my mind since. Can we meet there and assume I wouldn’t see it, because again? Let’s go snowboarding. he had to assume that. I’m pretty sure he She knew he would deny it if confrontdidn’t see [my response] coming.”
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hat a season it has been so far! We’ve had two intense cold snaps, enjoyed an endless inversion that kept the mountains high above the fog and in the sunshine for what seemed like weeks, and a handful of deep powder days — the latter not quite in the epic proportions that we’re used to in the Inland Northwest. Even though it seems that the snow has eluded our region this season, several resorts in Washington, Idaho and Montana are still registering on Top 30 deepest snowpack lists from around the U.S. But the weather from the season’s first two months is in the past, so let’s look forward to the season’s remaining two and half
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he evening before was its own sort of awful. There were dreams of going down the hill far too fast, into nothingness, no way of stopping. I tossed and turned; my mind unable to shut down. I was going skiing the next morning for the first time. Somewhere around 1 am I decided it was the worst decision of the New Year. The next morning, my alarm clock rang loudly at some ungodly hour and I reluctantly got up to prepare for the day ahead. I was doing this, no matter what. Not only had I already purchased a ski lesson, but I was the stupid person who pitched the story to write about that experience in the first place. It was my fault. From the beginning I wanted to go alone. No pressure from friends and loved ones to laugh when my non-athletic ass fell hard — just my own inner monologue to combat the fear. And I guess that was it; that was why it took 26 years to get me on skis, because I was scared of failure, of looking stupid. My mother always tells the story of the week she tried skiing. “The only part of my body that didn’t hurt was when I opened my eyelids,” she’d often recall. So why did I need to be a part of an activity that left a person battered and most likely freezing? I wasn’t missing out on anything, I
used to think. But since my fateful move to Spokane from the flatlands of Iowa six months ago, I was reminded constantly by locals and friends who had only vaguely heard of the Inland Northwest that, “Oh, the skiing in the area is great.” If I was going to learn, now was the time.
There it was. Through some early fog and snow-laced pine trees, I made it to Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. Naturally, so did everyone else that sunny Saturday morning. The park’s website stipulates arriving one hour early. On a gorgeous day I should have known to get there even earlier. Even though I thought I left in plenty of time, after parking, cavorting on the shuttle and waiting in various lines, I was too late to take the 10:30 am class. So 1 pm was the one for me. I had made it all the way up there; I wasn’t giving up now. Biding my time in the balmy lodge, my nerves built steadily. Finally, after a quick stop at the rental office, the time came for the class to begin. Meeting at the base of the mountain, I discovered that, unlike the jam-packed morning class I had missed, there were only two other
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TIME TO DE! UPGRA students. It was almost like a private lesson. To begin, my classmates and I were asked to click our boots into our skis. I hoped no one noticed my legs involuntarily shaking, and not from the cold. I asked the ski instructor if it was OK to cry. He said he usually didn’t cry, but I wouldn’t be the first person to do so in his class. In my imagination the “bunny hill” was a small mound of snow built up in the parking lot where they put the first-timers so they couldn’t hurt anyone. In reality, it was seemingly halfway up the mountain. I gulped looking up. Was that at least a mile up? I thought so. Luckily, we started at the bottom of the hill. After a brief introduction of the finer points of the “pizza” position versus the “French fry,” I took my first dip down a minor incline on skis. And the miraculous happened: I didn’t fall over. More pointers were stuffed into my brain as the lesson continued. First, always lean forward. Want to turn? Lean on the opposite ski than you’d think. Don’t cross your skis. Keep your upper body relaxed. Put your poles kind of behind you, unless you need to have them in front of you. Not exactly intuitive, but I was (sort of) keeping up. Eventually, we rode the chairlift to the top of the bunny hill. And something happened on the slope that I never expected. Even with some fantastic falls and 3-year-olds weaving past me, I was having fun. I wasn’t scared out of my mind and my novice technique was improving. On the last two runs of the two-hour class, I didn’t topple over at all. Through my excitement, it became abundantly clear why people spend time doing this thing called skiing.
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Sunday rolled in. I awoke after sleeping like a rock. Every muscle in my legs seemed to have been activated the previous day; my hips, especially, felt aged by 20 years. My right knee had suffered a deep purple bruise. But it was all a good sort of ache. What had I been so worried about before? My nightmares had not come to fruition; there was no falling into nothingness off the mountain. It occurred to me that if learning to ski was the worst decision I made all year, then I’d be in great shape. Next weekend, I thought, I may even go again. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Desiree’ Leipham’s long, strange trip led back to the slopes she loved as a girl STORY AND PHOTOS BY BOB LEGASA Desiree Leipham grew up in Reardan.
wenty-four years ago, a young girl’s dream of joining the U.S. Ski Team was redirected by an injury. “Somehow I went into surgery a ski racer and came out a volleyball player. I didn’t look back,” says Desiree’ Leipham, who stands 6-feet-1 and has competed on an elite level for most of her life. Now in her early 40s, she’s stepped gracefully into the world of professional ski model. Growing up in the small farming community of Reardan, Wash., in a houseful of boys, Leipham became competitive by nature. At 3, she started skiing at nearby 49° North, and it wasn’t long before she and her siblings were skiing all over the mountain. By 11, the tallest kid in her class, she was a member of the Forty-nine Alpine Ski Team (FAST) where she excelled; by 13, she moved to Bend, Ore., for the winter months to train with the Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation. She was able to stay on top of her school curriculum through correspondence courses. “It was a fun juggling act,” she says. “I would attend Reardan High School in the fall and spring and play volleyball and track to keep in shape for skiing. Our volleyball team was 93-1 and we won three state championships. I also set the state B Track record in high jump at 5-4 back then.” After graduating from Reardan in 1989, Leipham was on a track to make the U.S. Ski Team. She spent much of that summer ski-race training on the glacier at Mt. Hood trying to improve her skills and attain her goal. That August, everything was falling into place; at the U.S. Ski Team Trials held on the glacier, she was given an opportunity to earn a spot on the U.S. Develop-
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mental Ski team. If selected, she would be leaving for Las Leñas, Argentina, later that month to train with the team. All of a sudden, the world seemed a whole lot smaller. On one of her final training runs, Leipham crashed. As she puts it, “I blew out my knee. It was over in one split second, which seemed more like an eternity.” With a torn ACL, her dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team were on hold for a little while longer. Her parents wasted no time and set up her surgery with renowned U.S. Ski Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman, who had performed successful surgeries on hundreds of professional athletes. Steadman was on the cutting edge of new surgical procedures for their profession. “Dr. Steadman put me back together and changed my life forever,” she says. “He talked to me about getting my education, and how ski racing would only take me so far in my future. He also pointed out that the top ski racers in the world at the time were all under 5-5. [Towering at 6-1], he suggested I consider playing volleyball in college.”
eipham had to take a big step back and consider the advice. Though painful, she set out with a new mission to find a college volleyball program and get an education. Just like she did through the slalom gates, she charged hard. “I put together a promotional package and shopped myself to the top 10 colleges in the U.S.,” she says. “To everyone’s surprise, I was recruited and obtained a full-ride scholarship to the University of the Pacific [in Stockton, Calif.]; they were a
Division I school, at that time ranked No. 2 in the country behind UCLA. Somehow I went into surgery a ski racer and came out a volleyball player.” Leipham played college volleyball and received her BA in Liberal Studies. She went on to play professionally on the Federation of International Volleyball beach doubles tour for five years, until 1999. Her beach volleyball matches took her and her partner to sandy beaches all over the world in countries like like Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, and all over Europe. She competed in the 1996 Olympic trials, placing fifth, and in the 1997 Beach Doubles World Championships in Espinho, Portugal, placing ninth. With the 2000 Sydney Olympics in her sights, Leipham and her partner competed in the Olympic trials but again placed fifth, falling short of her goal of representing America. As her volleyball career came to an end, Leipham settled into the next stage of her life. She moved back to Spokane and started working a job as a salesperson for medical devices, which she’s done for the past 14 years. Like everything else she does, she was determined and worked hard at her job, building her business. The winter of 2007 was a big snowfall year for the Spokane area; more than 92 inches was more than double our normal average. It had been 18 years since Leipham slid down a slope on a pair of skis. But that winter, things changed. “With all the snow in Spokane, I felt like it was my calling to go skiing again. I went out and tried some of the new fat skis; I felt something I hadn’t felt in a long, long time. I was hooked again. I felt like I had missed an entire lifetime of skiing,” she
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says. “I had no idea of the changes that occurred in the ski world, like the evolution of skis from skinny to fat. Straight to shaped. Long skis to short skis. There was so much to experience again, and discover people with the same passion for skiing that I had.”
eipham has jumped back full-bore into the ski world. She takes every chance to ski at a local resort or travel to some remote backcountry lodge to indulge her newest addiction, powder skiing. Her skills have opened up another set of doors — she’s a regularly featured skier on the Freeride Chronicles, which airs locally on KXLY and nationally on the Ski Channel. She’s also the face behind numerous print ads for Northwest resorts and backcountry operations. In a world that seems to be dominated by male athletes, she’s getting her fair share, and backcountry operations and resorts are loving it. On a TV shoot with Monashee Powder Snowcats in British Columbia, owner Carolyn Morgan was impressed: “Desiree’ arrived at our lodge as a ski model. After a few minutes we were impressed with her warm personality and charm, especially our 6-8 chef who was mesmerized by Des! At 6-1, she was the first woman who could look him in the eye! At the end of the first day of shooting, we were blown away by her skiing ability. That first video displayed it as her great smile lit up the screen.” With social media like Facebook, it’s become apparent how big Leipham’s presence has become in local ski circles. Recently, I was looking at dozens of images on Mt. Spokane’s Facebook page. The images were from their photo booth, which the resort used at November’s Inlander Snowlander event. The photo booth was set up so you could get your picture taken in the newly proposed Red Chair. Looking at dozens of images, it became evident that she was a presence in the Spokane ski world; a life-size image of her skiing was in the background of hundreds of photos. Talk about the ultimate photobomb. As a kid in pigtails, this was sort of a childhood dream: “When I was young, my parents used to take our family to see the Warren Miller films,” she says. “It was a big deal for us kids; a lot of seeds were planted by watching those movies and listening to Warren narrate. It was a pretty neat experience being at these movies — you could feel the excitement in the Opera House from everyone ready to go skiing. Half the fun was walking around the lobby and visiting the ski resort booths, listening to everyone talk about skiing, checking out brochures and the new ski gear. I remember as a little girl looking at the ski posters dreaming to myself: ‘One day.’” That day arrived, and a childhood dream is now reality. Twenty-five years later, her ski life has come full circle as she prepares for another winter filming skiing, the sport she’s loved since childhood. Even with life’s constant changes, dreams still do come true. n
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Discovering the beauty of southern and eastern Idaho PHOTOS BY JEN FORSYTH Sun Valley Home of North America’s first chairlift and some of the most intricate snowmaking and grooming in the country, Sun Valley takes you back to the roots of skiing. There are many ways to enjoy your stay — ripping up early morning groomers from the top of Bald Mountain, soaking in sun-drenched hot tubs the size of Olympic pools or ice skating on one of the country’s only year-round outdoor rinks.
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THE SCIENCE OF SNOW When Mother Nature is no help BY JEN FORSYTH Bogus Basin One of the resorts you don’t hear much about unless you call Boise home, Bogus Basin sits high above the Treasure Valley with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
Grand Targhee Resort There is nothing more iconic in North American skiing than the Tetons as the backdrop.
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o most skiers and snowboarders in the Inland Northwest, snowmaking isn’t something they think about unless it’s the difference between a mountain being open or closed — in January. Snowmaking for area mountains usually means getting the slopes ready for the upcoming season. During dry years, like this one, snowmaking is saving the season for one Idaho resort. “We use snowmaking at Sun Valley to ensure great conditions. We like to be able to guarantee a great product,” says Jack Sibbach, director of marketing and public relations for Sun Valley. He explains that every year, snowmaking is an important aspect of operations in Sun Valley: “We have four wells that we pull water from, 550 snowmaking guns between Baldy and Dollar Mountains, and are constantly looking at ways to achieve the level of snowmaking we have with more efficient systems.” He adds, “We make snow for 640 acres on Baldy, with all green circle runs covered with snowmaking, and all of them are groomed as well.” Sun Valley also makes snow for some of its black diamond runs, like Limelight, the signature run on the Warm Springs side. Earlier this season, Sun Valley was in a drought. Since that time, it’s been receiving natural snow consistently and is opening more acres and bowls as the season progresses. “Snowmaking is important in average years, it is important in exceptional snow years, but it’s even more important in low snow years,” says Sibbach. “Snowmaking is important to the economy for the entire valley. We had a great Christmas. Hotels, restaurants and retailers all reported a successful holiday season, and we had no complaints on the quality of skiing.
This shows how well the grooming and snowmaking departments are doing.” Additionally, in nine of the past 10 years, snowmaking has ensured a Thanksgiving weekend opening for the mountain. The immaculate runs that make Sun Valley famous are carefully crafted between the grooming and snowmaking crews and the ski patrol. Sun Valley boasts one of the largest computerized snowmaking systems in North America. The well-equipped grooming fleet in Sun Valley features multiple winch cats and two “Beast” groomers with a tiller that is almost 2 feet wider than standard groomers, making for faster and more efficient grooming, enabling the team to groom more acres in less time. Ski patrollers play an integral part as well, as they’re the ones on the hill, noting which areas and runs need snowmaking or grooming attention, which they report at the nightly operations meetings. Snowmaking at Sun Valley is a science, not a secret. Visitors are welcome to sign up for a “Ride the Beast” tour, which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. The adventure begins with participants sitting in on the meeting with the groomers, snowmakers and ski patrollers before loading into the Beast and making their way to the top of Baldy. The tour takes riders on a grooming route and offers a great perspective on the amount of time and consideration devoted by Sun Valley’s operations crew. According to Sibbach, tours of the snowmaking control room also are available, giving visitors to Sun Valley an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes to make skiing great — even when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating and the snow’s not falling from the sky. n
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or the past eight years Tubin’ in Tutus, an annual fundraiser benefiting North Idaho’s Shoshone Pet Rescue, has taken place on the slopes of Silver Mountain. This year the event turns tropical when the tubes ditch the slopes for the Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark. Tickets include all-day access to the resort waterpark, but the main event happens during the evening at Noah’s Loft. Up for live auction are 10 handmade wooden serving trays, crafted by local wood artist Roger Baker. Local artists have added their own touch to the trays, so no piece is the same. The main goal of the annual fundraiser is not only to support the local nonprofit rescue’s services, such as spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, vet care and microchips, but also to build a new animal shelter. Shoshone Pet Rescue currently cares for all stray animals brought in by local agencies to the Kellogg animal impound facility, ensuring they are comfortable, fed, exercised and loved until the all-volunteer group can find them an adoptive home. Of course, don’t forget to wear a tutu, tiara and feather boa to this fun event. — CHEY SCOTT 9th Annual Tubin’ in Tutus • Fri, Feb. 28, at 6 pm • $15/kids, $30/ adults • Silver Mountain Resort • 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • silvermt.com • 208-783-1542
FEBRUARY SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL The festival celebrates its 40th year with the return of annual favorites including skijoring, community bonfires, a laser light show at Schweitzer, the canine keg pull and many other events. Feb. 14-23. Full schedule online. Held throughout Sandpoint, Idaho, and at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. sandpointwintercarnival.com LASER HITS The Village glows during a mesmerizing laser light show, with lights set to music from throughout the past decades and projected onto the J.R. run. The fire pits will be burning and the snow bar’s open, too. Feb. 15 at 7:15 pm. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. schweitzer.com (208263-9555) FIRST TURNS MOUNTAINTOP BREAKFAST There are only two more days this season to enjoy breakfast at the top of Silver, but you’ll have to be an early riser. Gondolas load up at 7 am, with breakfast at Moguls 21 from 7:30-8:15 am. Last days are Feb. 15 and 22. $30 advance purchase; also requires a season pass or day lift ticket. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt.com (866344-2675) SHEIMO CUP 27 This all-ages race event is an annual favorite, with entry fees benefiting 49’s FAST ski racing program. Course options are offered in alpine, telemark and snowboard. Feb. 15 from 10 am-2 pm. $23/youth, $29/adult. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49.com (935-6649) NIGHT SKIING FOOD DRIVE Don’t miss the mountain’s last nightskiing event this season, offering well-lit runs on both upper and lower sections of the mountain. The best part? If you bring at least two cans of food (per person), lift tickets are only $4 ($15 without). Feb. 15 from 4-8 pm. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49.com (935-6649) MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL Don’t forget your gold, green and purple beads to wear atop your snow gear as you hit the slopes this weekend. After a day outside, cozy up in the lodge for a night of live music and New Orleans-style celebrating. Feb. 15-16. Lookout Pass, I-90, Mullan, Idaho. skilookout.com (208-744-1301) US AIRBAG TOUR Try out some sick new moves safely when the US Airbag comes to Silver. It’s basically a giant, soft landing pad so you don’t have to worry about missing your mark and eating snow. Feb. 15-17. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt. com (866-344-2675) FAMILY FESTIVAL The B.C. resort’s annual weekend festival includes ice skating, ski races, karaoke, hockey, s’mores parties and more. Feb. 15-16. Kimberley Alpine Resort, 301 North Star Blvd., Kimberley, B.C. skikimberley.com (250-427-4881)
FAMILY NORDIC DAY Get some fresh air with the whole family and try something new during this special event, offering free trail passes and rentals for kids 17 and under, accompanied by an adult. There’s plenty of beautiful mountain scenery to see along the mountain’s cross-country and snowshoe trails. Feb. 16. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49.com (935-6649) LADIES DAY The annual Ladies Day program includes a lift ticket, rentals, continental breakfast, four hours of instruction, lunch, wine and cheese tasting and an end-of-day massage. Feb. 19 from 9 am-4 pm. $99. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead. mtspokane. com (238-2220, x215)
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SECOND HARVEST FOOD DRIVE Ski the NW Rockies and KREM 2 host a food drive for Second Harvest Food bank, offering free lift tickets for all who donate a minimum of three nonperishable food items. Feb. 21. Lookout Pass, I-90, Mullan, Idaho. skilookout.com (208-744-1301) MONTANA POND HOCKEY CLASSIC Inaugural outdoor hockey tournament, featuring four-person teams from Montana and the Pacific Northwest competing over three days of competition. Feb. 21-23. $500/ team. Foys Lake, Kalispell, Mont. pondhockeyclassic.com/montana HOG LOPPET This annual, noncompetitive 30-km cross-country ski trek starts at the top of Mission Ridge ski area, winding through the Cascade wilderness to Blewett Pass. Feb. 22 at 7:30 am. $75/person, take the shuttle (recommended) from the finish back to the resort for $30. Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, 7500 Mission Ridge Rd., Wenatchee. missionridge.com (6633200) LET IT GLOW Schweitzer invites guests to get their “neon ski-on” by wearing bright, gaudy vintage ski attire. That evening, the mountain hosts the Glow Parade and a fireworks show — the parade features 100 people making their way down the mountain decked out in “glow ware.” Feb. 22, parade starts at 6 pm. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. schweitzer.com (208-263-9555) HOPE ON THE SLOPES The team and individual skiing fundraiser returns again this year. Participants are encouraged to compete with others in dollars raised and vertical feet skied, with all funds donated to the American Cancer Society. Feb. 22 from 9 am-4 pm. $20 lift ticket for all participants. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. hopeontheslopes.kintera.org ...continued on next page
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FINAL STARLIGHT PARTY Schweitzer goes all out for the final race party series event of the year, themed “Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!” The four-week, adults-only team race series includes prizes and nightly parties at Taps. Hopefully you’ve already registered for (and completed) the first weekend of races, which started Feb. 7. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. schweitzer.com (208-263-9555)
MARCH MARDI GRAS AT SILVER North Idaho goes New Orleans, with live music, a balloon drop and several other events planned at the lodge throughout the day. March 1. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt.com (866344-2675) RACE FOR A CAUSE This first annual event at Lookout raises funds to benefit 10 charities in Montana, Idaho and Washington through a dual-course open slalom race with 24 gates. Entry offered to individuals or teams of three. March 2 from 10 am-4 pm, day-of registration at 8 am. $50/individuals, $40 college students with ID; $135/team of three. Lookout Pass, I-90, Mullan, Idaho. skilookout.com (406-728-0500) RETRO SKI DAY The folks up at 49° are hoping guests bring back the “gnar gnar” with their weirdest spandex and one-piece ski suits for this throwback day, which wouldn’t be complete without a costume contest, of course. It’s cohosted by local radio station 94.5 KPND. March 8. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49.com (935-6649) VERTICAL EXPRESS FOR MS This fundraiser event benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit, and includes races, obstacle courses and more.
March 8, events start at 9 am. $25 registration fee. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. mscando.org (208-2639555) FINAL NIGHT SKIING DAY It’s your last chance to enjoy an evening of skiing under the lights, but don’t forget to dress in your ugliest or funkiest retro ski gear, since the resort also celebrates its annual Retro Day. March 15. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. mtspokane.com (238-2220) HAWAIIAN DAZE You might see something bright and pink (pink flamingos, duh) stuck in a snowbank for the mountain’s tropical festival, featuring a festive barbecue and Kona Brewing Co. beer served up on the lodge deck. The annual Slush Cup also is scheduled, offering prizes for best wipeout, costume and run. March 15. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49. com (935-6649 x. 607) ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT SILVER Better not forget to wear green when you hit the slopes this weekend. Silver is offering a special Irish-themed menu at Noah’s Canteen, too. March 17. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt.com (866-344-2675) 24 HOURS OF SCHWEITZER The sixth annual downhill ski event benefits Cystinosis research. Cystinosis is a rare, fatal disease, and this event honors Sandpoint’s Hank Sturgis, a young boy diagnosed with the disease as an infant. The team relay — as the name indicates — lasts for 24 hours, with participants skiing as many runs as possible. March 21-22. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. 24hoursofschweitzer.org (208-2639555) KOKANEE RETRO WEEKEND If you’ve been planning to ski B.C. this season, this weekend is it. Always one of the most popular weekends of the year at Fernie, it’s all about the onepiece ski suits and neon, with a beer garden, live music, and the 5th annual Hot Tub Time Machine Party. During the day, take part in or spectate at the annual Kinky Rail Jam. March 22. Fernie Alpine Resort, 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd., Fernie, B.C. skifernie.com (877-333-2339) FAMILY FUN DAY The annual event includes a kids obstacle course on the Bunny Hill, with race gates, hoops, rollers and banks to cruise through. March 22 from 9 am-4 pm, obstacle course contest begins at noon. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. mtspokane.com (238-2220) BAVARIAN WEEKEND Get out your lederhosen and suspenders for this weekend-long event, featuring a downhill ski race, live music, a costume contest and a deck barbecue at the lodge. March 22-23. 49 Degrees North, 3311
Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49. com (935-6649) HAWAIIAN DAY & POND SKIM The sixth annual Slush Cup pond skimming contest takes place on the Bunny Hill, with prizes offered for best skim, costume and more. It’s also Hawaiian Day, so don’t forget your best floral shirt and a lei. March 29 from 12:45-4 pm, pond skim at 1 pm. $5 to compete. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. mtspokane.com (238-2220) OYSTER FEED The folks up at 49° have brought in a half-ton of these tasty mollusks, offering them fresh off the grill at an all-you-can eat price of $16.50. March 29 starting at 11:30 am and going until all the oysters are gone. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. ski49.com (935-6649) WINTERFEST Schweitzer host its annual outdoor brew fest, with lots of tasty beer on tap at a tent in the Village. Guests can enjoy their brews while listening to live music and chowing down. March 29. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. schweitzer.com (208-263-9555) DUMMY DOWNHILL Contestants take their best stab at building a creative human or animal dummy and sending it down the hill on a snowboard or skis, to see if things stay in one piece. Prizes are offered in several categories. March 29 at 4 pm. $5-$15. Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, 7500 Mission Ridge Rd., Wenatchee. missionridge.com (663-3200)
APRIL TROPICAL DAZE Bust out that Hawaiian shirt and the colorful leis for this annual springtime family festival, held under a (we hope) sunny blue sky. April 4-6. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mt. Rd., Sandpoint. schweitzer.com (208-263-9555) SPRING CARNIVAL It’s spring up on the mountain, and this weekend, guests are invited to celebrate with a pond skim competition, live music and of course sunshine. This weekend also marks the end of the regular season. April 5. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt.com (866-344-2675) LEADMAN TRIATHLON This annual event offers individual or team race options, and is a fun spectator event too. Racers start by skiing or boarding down the mountain, swapping out for bikes after a mile and then finishing off with a 4-to-5-mile run ending at the Gondola Village. April 26. $40$55/team member; $52-$64. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt.com (866344-2675) n
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MISADVENTURES OF THE SKI ROAD TRIP BY JEN FORSYTH
Expect the unexpected. JIM CAMPBELL ILLUSTRATION
he night before a road trip is as exciting as the night before the first day of fifth grade. The car is packed, the playlist is loaded and all I can think about is the open road and adventure in front of me. If I play my cards right, I’ll return only with stories of fresh snow, sunny days and awesome locals. But usually I come back with stories like the following:
THE SUCKER HOLE
This is happening more frequently, as I’m feeling a little more confidence in adventuring while skiing at new resorts — of course, looking for hidden powder stashes. A couple of years ago, skiing at Whitefish after a healthy storm cycle, I was following a friend down a beautiful tree run on the back side. In our excitement, we neglected to notice all of the tracks heading right. We followed our greed for powder and ended up skiing into an area that required hiking out on flats for what felt like miles. Eventually we ended back on a groomer that took us to the chairlift. More recently, on a January trip to Maverick Mountain outside of Dillon, Mont., I was riding the chairlift and noticed a beautifully untracked powder field. As I traversed to the stash, I quickly realized why it was untracked — 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow on top of rocks and logs. The only consequence to pay — other than to my ego — involved my ski tuner; there was plenty of base and edge damage.
RUNNING OUT OF GAS
It was 2 am, and we were driving through the mountains between Austria and Italy, making our way to Slovenia. We had left the French Alps
earlier that morning, traveling by RV. I was elected co-pilot for the driver, who shall remain nameless. In the middle of a conversation that only made sense to those having it, he pulled the RV over and said, “Uh-oh.” He quickly put his jacket on and started running up the highway. As everyone else in the RV started waking up, they had questions as to why we were stopped. Turned out the fuel tank was empty. Luckily for the driver, the fuel station was only a quarter of a mile up the road.
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SLEEPING IN YOUR CAR
Things happen. Gas runs dry during the loneliest hours of the night, and in the middle of nowhere, highways become impassable with snow-covered roads, slow drivers cause delays and sometimes, meeting a ski-town local results in late nights out on the town gathering information on snowpack and powder stashes. For this reason, I always pack a zero-degree sleeping bag. I’ve used mine more than once.
THE DREADED RETURN
Unless my local hill has had an unfortunate weather event like wind closure or rain, I know I can always expect someone to say upon my return, “You missed the best day of the season.” I tune out what is happening back home, I don’t check snow reports, and just focus on my adventure. Even with all my efforts to avoid such information, it’s inevitable that while driving home, I’ll receive a call, like I did two weeks ago, that goes something like this: I answer “Hello,” and without a missed beat, my friend says, “Today was the best day of the year.”
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Selecting The Right Gloves By Lisa Hutton – Tri-State Outfitters The challenge for people who enjoy cold-weather activities has always been keeping their fingers from getting too cold. A person can pile on layers to keep the torso comfortable, but there’s only so much one can do to cover fingers without rendering them useless. That places the responsibility of warmth and protection squarely on the fabrics and technologies involved in creating gloves or mittens. Choosing the right pair of winter gloves can really be an overwhelming experience. There are so many brands, styles, fabrics and levels to choose from one might just end up simply settling for “black”. So, to get the most out of a purchase, one would be wise to invest a little time learning what’s going to be best. Mittens naturally offer more warmth than gloves by keeping the fingers together, but if one prefers not to impede dexterity, gloves are the obvious choice. Next, consider the sport or activity. Will the gloves be exposed to moisture? Will they suffer abrasion? How much grip would be required? What about wrist protection? All these questions will ultimately determine the level of comfort one can expect from a pair of gloves. For instance; if one were mainly going to be downhill skiing or snowboarding, insulation and wind-stopping capability should be the main focus rather than dexterity, but if ice climbing is the sport of choice, then dexterity and grip will certainly take precedence. For more information regarding gloves and glove technologies CONTACT US visit the experts at Tri-State Outfitters in Coeur d’Alene.
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Layering for the Conditions As the mid season hits us, and varying weather conditions move in, the concept of layering clothing becomes important. Proper layering can make the difference between an epic ski trip and a miserable, cold day on the mountain. Dressing correctly will allow you to change your temperature. This will prevent overheating and overcooling, decreasing your risk of hypothermia. Your attire should consist of a base layer, an insulating middle layer, an optional second insulating layer, and an outer shell layer. For the base layer, stay away from cotton. Items made of merino wool and synthetic fabrics (polyester) are ideal base layers. Your middle layer should be breathable and insulating. Items such as goose down jackets and fleeces are recommended. The shell or outer layer protects you from wind and snow. Choose something breathable, but waterproof or water resistant. Remember, you can always remove a layer if the sun comes out and warms up the mountain, but if not, layers are sure to keep you warm. Dressing in layers is the key to staying warm on any day of skiing or riding.
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February 15th • Night Skiing Food Drive February 15th • Sheimo Cup February 28th • Toyota Free Ski Friday March 15th • Hawaiian Daze March 22nd • Bavarian Weekend
February 15th-16th • Mardi Gras Festival February 14th • Toyota Free Ski Friday February 23rd • College Up-Down Ski Race March 8th • Big Air Contest March 29th • Military, Firefighter, and Police Appreciation Day
February 19th • Ladies Day February 22nd • Hope On The Slopes March 15th • Retro Day March 29th • Hawaiian Day / Pond Skim March 29th • Military Ski Free Day
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Your House The Spokane Arena had a great year — now they want to bring in your favorite act BY MIKE BOOKEY
hen a capacity crowd began funneling through the doors of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena last November to see Pearl Jam play in the city for the first time in 20 years, Matt Gibson saw something unique. “It wasn’t that people were just excited about the show, they were happy,” says Gibson, the Arena’s general
Shots from some of the concerts and events at the Spokane Arena in 2013, which proved to be one the most successful years in the venue’s history.
manager. The Pearl Jam show on Nov. 30 — which the venue considers one of its most significant concert bookings since its opening — capped a 2013 in which the Arena saw a total of almost 100,000 fans come through its doors for concerts alone. It wasn’t just a good year for live music; during 2013 the Arena, which was built with ...continued on next page
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CULTURE | VENUES “YOUR HOUSE,” CONTINUED... public funds in the early 1990s, was in use for 160 days, including Spokane Chiefs hockey games, Spokane Shock football games, bull riding, high-school basketball, graduation ceremonies and a bevy of other diverse events. Gibson says it was the venue’s best year in terms of attendance since 2010, when the Arena hosted both the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and NCAA men’s basketball tournament games. “As far as concerts and entertainment, we hadn’t seen that sort of excitement since the first few years after the building opened in 1995,” says Gibson. It was the last three months of the year, which featured shows by Bon Jovi, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Nine Inch Nails, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Zac Brown Band and Pearl Jam, that got Gibson and company thinking about the possibilities of their venue. “We’ve had good quarters, but that last quarter was really exciting. We’re looking to create more of that and be strategic about it,” he says. The strategy the Arena is rolling out isn’t what some might expect from the book-it-if-it-will-come-here live music business. Becca Watters, the Arena’s marketing manager, calls the plan The Bucket List, which begins with a wide-open call on the Arena’s website for locals to recommend a band they want to see play the venue. It doesn’t matter how outrageous you think your recommendation might be, they want to hear it. After all, she says, the Pearl Jam show resulted in part from an Inlander article wishing that the band would come here. There’s no way to guarantee that the band that gets the most recommendations will come to town (bands’ touring schedules are notoriously fickle) but at least it gives the Arena some community support to take with them when
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they go out looking to book shows. Spokane president and CEO Cheryl Kilday. “We want to know what Spokane wants to see,” says The Arena tracks its out-of-town ticket sales, which Watters. “Having the backup [of public demand] gives us they consider anyone coming to an event from 150 or leverage to say, ‘Look, Spokane wants to see this band.” more miles away. For many concerts and events, as many The Arena already has strong prospects for 2014. as 30 percent of guests fall into that category, many The Chiefs are winning games and filling seats, progof whom will stay in the city’s hotels and patronize its rockers Tool announced their only restaurants. Kilday says Washington date of their tour would that the 150-mile radius be at the Arena in March, the NCAA is actually a conservatournament returns and soon the tive boundary, and that LAST YEAR’S CONCERT ATTENDANCE Shock will be in season, again likely guests coming from closer 1/24 Rascal Flatts: 7,671 attracting the top attendance in all of locations also are likely to 2/21 Carrie Underwood: 10,248 Arena Football. They hope to keep book a hotel room, ampli3/3 Rock and Worship Roadshow: 12,330 the lineup of events as diverse as posfying an event’s tourism 6/29 Fleetwood Mac: 11,198 sible going forward — providing a little impact. 9/25 Jason Aldean: 10,163 something for everyone. With last year’s 10/6 Bon Jovi: 10,875 “We’re looking for different segmomentum, Gibson and 10/23 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 7,713 ments of the population to come here, Watters say they know 11/19 Nine Inch Nails: 3,411 so they get in their heads that this is how important it is to 11/22 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 7,322 an exciting venue,” says Gibson. people to have something 11/24 Zac Brown Band: 6,179 Bringing more people into the come to the Arena over 11/30 Pearl Jam: 11,211 Arena is about more than just providthe course of the year that ing more entertainment for the city they’d like to see. In the — there’s an obvious economic impact. end, they feel that it’s the An event at the facility puts as many as 300 people to people’s venue. work, either for the Arena itself or for one of its vendors. “We were very fortunate that the voters of this city A typical hockey game employs about 150 people. And voted to give us this building, so it’s important for us to given Spokane’s location, the Arena serves as a regional keep it clean, fun and exciting,” says Gibson. venue when it comes to big concerts, a fact not lost on email@example.com the city’s tourism officials. “In the market research that we have done, we To submit your recommendation for a band consider the Arena a key player in our ability to attract you’d like to see play the Spokane Arena, visit people to Spokane through entertainment,” says Visit spokanearena.com/bucketlist.
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ustin Stiegemeier is the type of kid who could have gone either way. The son of teachers, he was a talented, smart teenager, but unengaged academically, he says. “I struggled more with the authoritarian aspect” of school, says Stiegemeier, whose artwork, he writes in his artist’s statement, often places the figure “in situations of tension or dilemma, to discuss the drama of human vulnerability.” Stiegemeier credits retired Lakeland High School art teacher Jan Edelblute for providing the right balance of encouragement, structure, technique and freedom to explore what’s become his passion. “Art was the only place where I felt I was wanted,” he says. Now Stiegemeier is making connections for others in a kids’ printmaking workshop spearheaded by Rachel Dodge, gallery manager at Studio 107 in Coeur d’Alene. The Patrick Flammia Drawing Institute, named for the late Pat Flammia, from whom Dodge took art lessons as a young adult, is funding the workshop. Flammia, a regional artist and instructor, and his wife Sue helped found the Citizens’ Council for the Arts and Art on the Green in 1968. Sue, whom Dodge describes as the “matriarch of making art opportunities happen,” is a longtime Coeur d’Alene lawyer whose association with the court system made yet another connection. District Court Judge Barry Watson wants to use artwork to make the Juvenile Justice Building “a little less sterile and more inviting to children and families.”
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MAKING PEOPLE SICK IN THE PURSUIT OF HEALTH YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
A child’s waiting room, says Watson, now has childfriendly décor including stuffed animals and children’s books. The plan is to display the artwork from the printmaking workshop in or near Courtroom 13, where young people come to court for both juvenile and child protective services. Watson isn’t stopping there, though. “What I would like to see is four or five fairly large pieces of colorful art done by children to make the courtroom more inviting and pleasing,” he says. Watson is also looking for ways to connect with the numerous kids on probation in whom he’s noticed talent for and interest in art. You know, the kind of kids who could go either way. — CARRIE SCOZZARO
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ALBUM | Alynda Lee Segarra is a Bronx native of Puerto Rican heritage who lives in New Orleans, plays banjo, identifies as queer and sings with a raw ease that sounds older than her 26 years. As the songwriter and bandleader behind Hurray for the Riff Raff — which just released the album SMALL TOWN HEROES — she’s drawn comparisons to folk legends like Woody Guthrie and earned rave reviews at the Newport Folk Festival. The new album adds a little more rock ’n’ roll to the traditional arrangements and instrumentation; one highlight is “The Body Electric,” a deceptively soothing rebuttal to the murder ballad.
BEER | Boise-area Sockeye Brewing has been around since 1996, but their beer had never been distributed in Spokane until it appeared suddenly in the Eastern Washington market in January. The brewery’s best seller is the award-winning DAGGER FALLS IPA, a hearty Northwest-style ale made with five types of hops. This beer got some extra media attention last fall for limited-edition pink cans benefiting cancer research and care centers, but there’s no gimmick — the brewery regularly supports other charitable causes, and the beer holds its own among the region’s best no-frills IPAs. Some of the brewery’s other beers, like the Winterfest, have also been spotted around town on tap.
BOOK | The legalization of recreational marijuana is still seen nationally as a giggle-worthy curiosity, as we saw when the NFL teams from Washington and Colorado met in the Super Bowl. (Bowl, heh heh.) So it’s initially jarring when A NEW LEAF, written by journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, opens with a big proclamation: “Another prohibition is ending.” The book begins at the 2012 victory party in Seattle and then traces the fraught history of the plant, with a particular focus on medicinal use, from the hemp fields of the Founding Fathers to the dispensaries, prisons and federal research facility we have today. It’s a thorough and convincing portrait of a nation on the cusp of inevitable legalization.
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ngel Nunez is a vision of athletic grace and power on the basketball floor, a springy forward who delights Gonzaga fans with his gravity-defying dunks. One can only imagine the thoughts that ran through Nunez’s head when he got his first look at teammate David Stockton. Nunez looks like a basketball player; Stockton looks like a ball boy. Nunez is 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds; Stockton is listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds, and many suspect he was standing on a box when his height was measured. At first, Nunez admits, he couldn’t help wondering if Stockton was playing at Gonzaga “because of his dad.” You may have heard of John Stockton. Gonzaga legend. Two-time Olympic gold medalist. All-time NBA great. Basketball Hall of Famer. So on and so forth. But Nunez’s suspicions were quickly erased once he saw the younger Stockton in action. “I love playing with him,” Nunez says. “He can really play.” Indeed, Stockton has progressed from a nonscholarship “walk-on” player as a freshman to starting point guard as a fifth-year senior. Proud parents John and Nada (a former Gonzaga volleyball player) have watched their son climb his way into the top 10 in Gonzaga history in assists and steals. “He has a heart, and he’s relentless,” Gonzaga forward-center Sam Dower Jr. says. “Not a lot of guys have the will that he has. He can go up with the best of them.” Stockton had his doubts about that when he graduated from Gonzaga Prep and decided to pursue his longtime dream of playing for the Bulldogs. “I came here with the mindset that I probably won’t play (extensively), but I’m going to try,” Stockton says. “I’m not going to be a walkon that doesn’t want to try to play. “The next thing I know, I got on the court. Once I started playing a lot, I said, ‘Hey, I want to contribute. I want be ‘a guy’ on this team.’ As
I kept crawling up the ladder per se, I wanted the next thing.” Tommy Lloyd, a longtime Gonzaga assistant coach, shared Stockton’s guarded optimism initially. “I don’t know if I saw him starting, but … we saw a kid that was courageous, had very good instincts,” Lloyd says. “You’re banking on the fact that he was really small at the time and he’s probably going to be a late bloomer, which he has been.” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few calls Stockton “a fighter,” and rivals frequently compliment Stockton on his scrappy, unselfish play. San Diego guard Chris Sarbaugh, who played with Stockton at G-Prep and GU (redshirting two years ago), said he’s not surprised that Stockton has succeeded at Gonzaga. “He’s so smart,” Sarbaugh says. “He’s just crafty. His size is only going to hold him back so long.” Stockton’s outgoing personality makes him a popular figure in the Gonzaga locker room. He says his famously intense father has never pushed him too hard, and coaches say John has never interfered with them during David’s collegiate career. “I feel good — I feel great — about where I’m at right now,” Stockton says. Stockton, who hopes to play pro ball at some level, is attending graduate school after earning his marketing degree last spring. He takes care of much of the cooking and cleaning at the offcampus house he shares with four roommates, including Dower. “I have him around mostly as the enforcer,” Stockton jokes. “If we hear anything late at night, I know he’s going to handle it.” Gonzaga plays its final home games Thursday, Feb. 13 against Pepperdine (6 pm, KHQ) and Saturday, Feb. 15 against Loyola Marymount (5 pm, KHQ).
We tried five different cold pizzas — here’s what we learned
Pizza Pipeline’s pepperoni pizza proved excellent after a little microwave love. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
ou know you should grab a yogurt, close the door and head to work, but damn it if last night’s leftover pizza doesn’t taunt you from the top shelf of your refrigerator. And don’t pretend you haven’t given in to this temptation. You’re only human. Indulging in leftover pizza is an American tradition and hardly something to be ashamed of. It’s economical, too. We set out to try vastly different pizzas from very different pizza places to see what sorts of pies are going to fare the best after a night or more in the fridge. Our six tasters scored the pizzas on a scale of 1 to 5, judging the pizza slices both cold and after 15 to 30 seconds in the microwave. Below are our scientific findings.
Pizza Pipeline’s Pepperoni ($15/large) Taste test: 20 hours after purchase The great thing about your classic delivery pizza is that it’s practically made for next-day eating. The bad thing about it is that once you’re out of college, that cold grease really loses its appeal, and our five taste testers gave the cold, day-old pizza a score averaging 2.6 out of 5. Scores improved when we heated the pepperoni slices up a bit. Just 30 seconds in the microwave and it doesn’t taste fresh per se, but pretty damn close considering it spent the night in the fridge. So what does it take to make this a great next-day pizza? I’m thinking the cheese is the key. Overnight, the cheese got really hard and made a cold slice of the delivery pizza almost unbearable. Infuse some of that melted gooeyness back into the pizza and you’ll be good to go. VERDICT: Heat before you eat, if at all possible. Otherwise, consume at your own risk. — CLARKE HUMPHREY
The Flying Goat’s “Fairview” ($15) Taste test: 17 hours after purchase By name alone, it’d be impossible to guess what this pie (named after a neighborhood street) is adorned with. So here’s the North Spokane artisan pizza gurus’ menu description: “Cream, cheese blend, house smoked back bacon ham, pears, blue cheese crumbles and balsamic reduction.” Setting out on this challenge, we felt it important to pick a gourmet-style pizza far from the more traditional carry-out offerings — something a little offbeat. While the Goat’s pizza list is full of fancy-sounding toppings, the inclusion of pears and a balsamic reduction stood out here. Pre-taste test, predictions were that the savory, tangy flavors and thin, artisan crust would hold up well during refrigeration. It definitely did, with our five tasters’ cold scores averaging 4.1 out of 5. Reheating this specialty pizza slightly altered our taste buds’ perception — a couple of us didn’t change our scores ...continued on next page
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FOOD | IN SEARCH OF... “THE DAY AFTER,” CONTINUED... much, but others went the opposite way; loved it cold but didn’t like the reheated version or vice versa. Most noticeably, the pear slices became mushy. After a quick nuke the sharp cheeses and salty bacon flavors jazzed up, which was more favorable to several tasters. VERDICT: Savory toppings make for a better post-purchase eating experience, but microwaved fruit is a miss. — CHEY SCOTT
Pacific Avenue Pizza’s cheese with olives ($14) Taste test: 17 hours and 15 minutes after purchase The alchemy of cold pizza is in the cheese — the mozzarella that oozed and stretched the previous night is transformed by morning into a dense layer sealing sauce and crust. This is most obvious on your classic cheesy pie, and opinions about this pizza depended largely on whether sinking your teeth through that congealed cheese is the essential quality of cold pizza, or vaguely disgusting. I like that solid cheese layer — especially when it’s studded with black olives and complemented by Pacific Avenue’s tangy sauce — but all our other tasters gave higher marks to the reheated version with the cheese returned to its molten state. Here’s a reader tip: If you’re worried about the crust getting too hard during the reheating process, put a dish with some water in the microwave along with the slice. VERDICT: Eat it for a snack without overthinking things. — LISA WAANANEN
Brick City Pizza’s Supreme ($18) Taste test: 18 hours after purchase Brick City, located on 29th Avenue on the South Hill, makes a classic, thin-crust pizza that’s about as close to a New Yorkstyle pie as you’re going to find in these parts. Their supreme includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese. It’s what you’d expect when you order a “supreme” pizza. Tasted cold, this held up very well. The cheese was thick enough to hold it together and the crust proved crispy enough to keep things from getting flimsy. Our tasters gave the cold slice an average score of 4.1, tied for highest of the bunch. After some microwaving, the scores went down, with tasters stating that the vegetables were crisper when cold. VERDICT: A sturdy (but still tasty) crust seems to be key here. As does ample cheese and fresh veggies. An additional theory as to why this supreme scored so well — Brick City doesn’t mess around with mushrooms. Cold mushrooms, with their sliminess and musty scent, tend to wreak havoc on an otherwise excellent day-old slice. — MIKE BOOKEY
Monterey Cafe’s Beachcomber pizza ($18) Taste test: 16 hours after purchase The downtown eatery is known as much for its late-night karaoke crooners as its pizza. With the Beachcomber, which features a special white sauce, mozzarella cheese, Canadian bacon, crispy regular bacon and pineapple, the joint has created a standout. Fresh out of a 650-degree oven is one thing, but what would our tasters say? The judges were most impressed with the crust, calling it flavorful and soft, unheated or not. Cold pineapple, on the other hand, was not everyone’s idea of delicious, with some judges commenting that they preferred the fruit warmed. The cold scores were lower, ranging from a 2.5 to a 4, while the warm scores ranged from 3 to 4. Of all the pizzas, the Beachcomber’s margin between the cold and reheated pizza scores was the smallest: 3.6 to 3.75, the most consistent overall. VERDICT: Cold or reheated, this Hawaiian-themed pizza will taste pretty much the same. — LAURA JOHNSON
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n the first weekend morning at the Yards Bruncheon, every booth and chrome-edged table is filled. Servers hustle around with coffee and warm plates, then stop in front to put more names on the wait list. A few people leave after hearing the wait time could be 45 minutes; they wait at the door to exit as more people stream inside from the cold, stamping off snow at the threshold. “It’s busier than expected, so that’s good,” says Adam Hegsted, the owner and chef, briefly stepping away from the bustling open kitchen. The new Kendall Yards restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch seven days a week inside a cozy building next door to Hegsted’s other project, the Wandering Table,
The Yards opened last week in the new Kendall Yards development. MEGHAN KIRK PHOTO which is set to open this spring for the dinner and evening crowd. The Yards is built for daytime, with a bank of windows at the front welcoming light into the pale teal interior. It has the booths, chrome-edged tables and checkerboard floor of a classic diner, but other details — mismatched vintage silverware, geometric globe lighting, jazz music — make it a charming pastiche of old and new. The menu reflects the same mix of creativity and comfort, with breakfast options like ricotta-apple pancakes topped with cinnamon syrup ($6) or chorizo and egg tacos ($9). Lunch options include a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, like the Tur+duc+ken sliders ($11). The menu includes both chicken and waffles ($13) and Fish n’ Chips ($12). Vegetarian options
like the Beet Burger ($8) and Roasted Squash Omelet ($8) were popular the first few days, Hegsted says. The menu is designed to change based on the season and what’s available from local producers — as warmer weather brings more greens and other produce, the menu will reflect that. The Yards exclusively serves Roast House coffee, with an extensive list for those who want to get pour-over coffee and choose the beans, too. Those looking for different breakfast buzz may want to peruse the list of drinks for a mimosa, Irish coffee or Brass Monkey instead. The Yards Bruncheon • 1248 W. Summit Pkwy. • 7 am to 3:30 pm • 290-5952 • theyardsbruncheon.com
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s legend goes, Rube Waddell wrestled alligators in the circus during baseball’s off-season. Hence the newly opened Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille logo: a sketch featuring the turn-of-the-century ballplayer with a gator slung over his shoulders. Building on the success of the six-year-old South Hill food and beer hub, Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grille, owner Michael Noble opened the doors of the North Side counterpart just before Christmas. The pub’s namesake — known for his eccentric personality and famously successful pitching career during the early days of professional baseball — is also the inspiration for many of the new brewery’s beer monikers: the South Paw Pale Ale
(he was left-handed); the Fireman’s Amber Ale (he was known for saving people from burning buildings); and the Alligator Stout (the aforementioned gator wrestling). When plans for a second location began taking shape in 2008, Noble knew he wanted it to be different than the flagship restaurant. He jumped on the opportunity to build a brewery inside the restaurant in the new Cedar Crossing commercial development at Five Mile, hiring former Northern Lights assistant brewer Bryan Utigard to head up brewing operations. With a current capacity of 16 kegs — soon to double with three new fermenters — Waddell’s currently features six house beers on tap, an impressive number for a just-debuting brewery. “Bryan had been itching to go out on his own and make his own brews,” Noble says of the brewmaster. “So when he got the chance to go out on his own, he already had [beer recipes] developed and ready to go.” Food offerings at the spacious pub are almost identical to the South Hill restaurant: burgers, gourmet hot dogs, the typical pub grub. But a few additions are casually slipped in between Waddell’s menu favorites, including “Rube’s Gator Wings.” There’s no play on words here: they’re made from real gator meat. “People are hesitant at first, and we were a little sketchy on what would happen,” Noble admits. “But as soon as people get over the food aversion that it was alligator, it was like eating a normal wing.” Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille • 6501 N. Cedar • Daily from 11 am-close • waddellsbrewery. com • 321-7818
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ven though they’re serving up the same lattes and waffles with your favorite artisan syrups, if you walk into Indaba, it may look a little different to you. In honor of the new year, the West Central neighborhood hangout has received a rejuvenating new sky-blue paint job after four years. New year, new Indaba, barista Nathan Arroyo says. And thanks to a new roaster, the Indaba staff will be roasting their very own coffee on site. They expect to
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old on. A PG-13 rating? The remake of the gruesomely violent 1987 Paul Verhoeven film is getting a soft PG-13? Truth be told, the rating fits. The original film was far harder to take, at least in the violence department, than this one. But without many more comparisons to that classic piece of corn (which I’ve probably seen 20 times), I’m happy to report that this reboot, with better visuals, better acting, better writing, and all sorts of well-crafted political, philosophical, and sociological questions in the mix, is a rarity: a remake that, for the most part, gets it right. Where Verhoeven’s film was shocking in its bloodshed (a bullet to the brain of the good guy, a terrific decapitation of a bad guy) and often hilarious in its characterizations (most of the villains were braying,
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goofy nutzoids), Brazilian action director José Padilha RoboCop; and Dr. Norton (Gary Oldman), the scientist and first-time scripter Joshua Zetumer give us a film that who develops our hero, but ends up, kind of like Victor maintains a high quotient of violence, mostly through Frankenstein, not quite sure what he’s actually created. excessive firepower rather than close-up brutality, and For those who like their big, bad, machine gun-toting they basically strip it clean of humor. robots, there are ED-209s and Oh, we’ve got Samuel L. Jackson as EM-208s aplenty. For fans ROBOCOP a rabble-rousing conservative TV host, of evil empire-like corporaRated PG-13 overplaying for all it’s worth, as only he Written by Joshua Zetumer; directed by José Padilha tions, there’s OmniCorp and can get away with. But the film is short, its CEO Raymond Sellars Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael rather than long on one-liners (although Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley (Michael Keaton), and his I counted three variations of iconic lines grim, determined weapons from the original). And it reaches high expert Rick Mattox (Jackie points of emotionalism in a couple of characters: Murphy Earle Haley). And if you like your satire with a dark but (Joel Kinnaman), the cop who’s in the wrong place at savvy edge, take note that according to the script, this the wrong time, crosses the wrong people, and ends up, black-suited, only slightly futuristic RoboCop is “made through the magic of technology, starting life over as in China.” Marred only by a confusing discussion of the “illusion of free will” — is he a man who’s also a machine or a machine who’s also a man? — and too much time spent on Murphy’s wife and son (Abbie Cornish, John Paul Ruttan), the film’s a success in almost every other area. On its own, it’s a great story; as a remake it’s definitely not a RoboCopy of the original.
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This romantic comedy follows two couples as they navigate through their new love. From the bars, to the bedroom, to the real world, these lovers work through the ups and downs of today’s dating scene. Starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant, this film puts a modern-day twist on a classic storyline. (CF) R
A modern retelling of a 1979 novel and 1981 film tells a classic story of forbidden love. When the young and privileged Jade Butterfield falls for David Elliot, a boy who doesn’t fit into her high society world, they are met with strong resistance from their fathers. This disapproval only makes the two teens more committed to pursuing their passionate love affair through the summer after their high school graduation. (CF) PG-13
This documentary follows 14-year-old Laura Dekker as she sets out on a trip many would never even dream of taking. This young sailor takes a two year voyage to sail around the world, making her the youngest person to make this trip alone. With bravery and determination, this young Dutch girl proves her talents aboard the Guppy. At Magic Lantern on Thu, Feb. 20 only. (CF) Unrated
In this romantic comedy, shot in Spokane and Pullman, an unhappy mom (Vera Farmiga) ends up on a college tour for her daughter on which she runs into an unhappy dad (Andy Garcia) who is bringing his own son to check out the college. The two quickly defect from the tour and go on a romp of the campus, finding out a lot about each other’s lives, and their own. It’s perfectly charming, funny and a great chance to see the campuses of Gonzaga and WSU morph into one. Garcia and Farmiga are incredible together. At Wandermere Village Centre Cinemas (MB) Rated R
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Not many remakes of iconic films get it right (think Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still), but RoboCop is a surprising exception. The roots are still there: Good guy Detroit cop is left for dead but re-emerges, via technology, as invincible man-machine. But this film, while still quite violent, has been stripped of its brutality as well as, some will lament, its corny humor. Instead there’s nicely done emotionalism along with edges of politics, philosophy, sociology and black satire. Lots of storytelling in the first half, plenty of action in the second. Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Hayley give standout performances. (ES) Rated PG-13
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The tables are turned on a master thief in this film when his heart is stolen by a beautiful heiress. When he learns of her fatal condition, he is determined to use his power of reincarnation to bring his love back to life. But with a death sentence of his own, this task won’t prove easy. Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe, this film tells a timeless story of the battle of good and evil and the power of undying love. (CF) PG-13
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When a newlywed couple is surprised with a pregnancy, they believe the surprises will end there. Unfortunately, they don’t. As months pass, the husband notices increasingly dark and disturbing changes in his wife. When these changes become horrifically dismaying, questions begin to arise about what his wife is carrying inside. (CF) Rated R
Set in 1965 Spokane, this locally produced film tells the true story of Lyle Hatcher (who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Don Caron), who befriended a wheelchair-bound boy at his school suffering from muscular dystrophy. The film tells the story of how Hatcher, full of copious amounts of energy, tried to teach his friend to run as the two became inseparable, getting into no shortage of trouble along the way. At AMC only. (MB) Rated PG
Frozen is a princess story; Disney is doubling down on the princesses — there’s two of ’em here. But Disney is also doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of barebones feminism which accepts that girls and women might possibly want more out of life than to get married. The princesses are sisters — the elder Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel) and the younger Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) — and this is mostly the story of their troubled relationship because Elsa is known to turn things into ice with her magical powers. (MJ) Rated PG ...continued on next page
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In a near-future Los Angeles, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) earns a paycheck by penning intimate correspondence for those who don’t possess his way with words, but is soon left by his frustrated wife (Rooney Mara). Writer-director Spike Jonze allows his introverted sad sack to find companionship in the form of the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. (CW) Rated R
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Splitting up a novel into three movies might seem like a bad idea, but most audience members will be still trying to keep track of all the names in this fantasy flick based on the Tolkien classic. (Smaug? Biblo? Erebor? Come on, now.) This second chunk features the majority of the action as Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys with Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves to save the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. (ER) PG-13
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Joel and Ethan Coen, following their own footsteps of filling a film with music, as they did in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this time take on the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. The title character (Oscar Isaac) is a multi-talented folkie who has no people skills and is likely ahead of his time. The people around him seem to cause nothing but crises, but the determined Llewyn sings on, against all odds. Not always a good idea in a Coen Brothers film. At AMC (ES) Rated R
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
While working for a billionaire in Moscow, Jack Ryan unearths a plan to take down the U.S. economy. Now he is the only one with the brains and bravery to stop this collapse. This film follows Ryan on his action-packed mission to clear his name, protect his loved ones, and save his country. Based on a character created by author Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan is played by Chris Pine, who is supported by Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner. (CF) PG-13
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM
Spokane is finally getting its chance to see this sci-fi/horror comedy film shot here more than three years ago. Prepare to learn all about the intricacies of LARPing — live action role playing, that is. Knights takes viewers on a crazy LARPing adventure with friends Eric (Steve Zahn), Hung (Peter Dinklage) and their nonLARPing roomie, Joe (Ryan Kwanten). But when a supposedly fake spell goes wrong, the trio accidentally summon a blood-sucking demon. At Magic Lantern (CS) Rated R
Life isn’t too exciting for 13-year-old Henry Wheeler and his mother Adele. But on a rare trip to town for some backto-school shopping, they meet an injured man who convinces them to let him stay in their home. Later, this man reveals he is a convict, but this doesn’t change his captivating nature. Over the long holiday weekend, this mysterious man will change the lives of Henry and Adele forever. (CF) PG-13
THE LEGO MOVIE
From the directing team (Chris Miller and Phil Lord) who gave us the pretty good Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the hip and raunchy 21 Jump Street comes a delightful surprise. Yeah, The Lego Movie is colorful and has a message about being creative and working together to solve problems and tells of the fight between good and (corporate) evil, but it’s also totally whacked, from its dizzily stunning visuals (Legos everywhere! Non-stop action!) and its plentiful supply of goofy references that only adults will get. Kids will love its look; adults will dig its eccentric soul. (ES) Rated PG
Grab your tissue box and prepare to bawl out your eyes in the movie adaption of one soldier’s true story of survival. As the title reveals, four Navy Seals go on a mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative and are ambushed by enemy forces and, tragically, only one returns. The story though, is not only about survival, but also about the ties of brotherhood, and the consequences of choices made seemingly for the greater good. (ER) Rated R
THE MONUMENTS MEN
George Clooney’s fifth outing as a director has him in a co-starring role, opposite a great ensemble: Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman, among them. It’s the (mostly) true story of the men and women who took it upon themselves to save great works of art and architecture from plundering Nazis and gung-ho, ever-bombing Allied forces during WWII. It’s a thriller and a mystery, has many comic and a few tragic moments, and is the most complicated and strongest piece of directing so far from Clooney. (ES) Rated PG-13
Finding a Publishers Clearing House envelope stating that he’s won a million bucks, Woody Grant, a reckless, lonely boozer played by 77-year-old Bruce Dern, heads out from Montana to Nebraska to claim his fortune. He takes along his skeptical son (Will Forte), who’s humoring him, as Woody tells everyone he knows
that he’s become a millionaire, gathering clingy new money-hungry friends along the way. Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Election) shot the film in black and white, adding its already present sense of despair. At Magic Lantern (MB) R
Philomena Lee, an elderly British woman, confides in her daughter that she gave birth to a son in Ireland 50 years earlier. Unwed at the time, she was forced to give him up for adoption. Martin, a former government adviser and journalist out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. At Magic Lantern (KS) Rated R
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
When one friend suffers a nasty breakup, his two best friends join him in swearing off relationships for as long as possible. But it isn’t long before these three men find love and are forced to navigate through the awkwardness of modern day relationships. Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, this comedy is a classic portrayal of today’s dating scene. (CF) Rated R
When vampire princess Lissa Dragomir is forced to return to high school at a secret boarding school, her best friend and guardian-in-training, Rose Hathaway, is right by her side. Unfortunately, the potential threats against the royal teen at St. Vladimir’s Academy are high. Luckily, Rose is willing to sacrifice everything for her and trains to protect Lissa from dangers in and around the Academy. (CF) PG-13
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Martin Scorsese’s satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player, is so over the top that it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it’s a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen. (SS) Rated R.
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The Oscar-nominated short documentaries tug at emotions BY KIMBERLEY JONES
he three Oscar-nominated short films rived at an alley in Los Angeles, where Tim Zaal grouped in this program tell remarkable was one of 14 neo-Nazi punks with razors glued stories of how very different people react to their boots who viciously attacked Matthew to oppression. Sara Ishaq’s “Karama Has No Boger, a homeless teenager who was thrown out Walls” documents a peaceful sit-in protest of the of his house for being gay. Decades later, the two regime in Yemen’s “Change Square” that turned men reconnect by accident. (The moment, as it’s violent when thugs built a wall that trapped described, is blood-chilling.) The story of how protesters and then opened fire. There are four Boger not only forgave Zaal, but came to think interviewees: two fathers of him as family, is so striking and whose sons were at the surreal, there’s material enough OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT protest, and Nasr Al-Namir here for a feature-length film. DOCUMENTARIES, PART 1 and Khaled Rajjeh, two Malcolm Clarke’s “The Lady Not Rated teenage cameramen who in Number 6” is a straightforward Opening Fri, Feb. 14 at the Magic Lantern were shooting that day in rendering (cozy British voice-over Part 2 opens on Feb. 20 2011. Their footage is used included) of a most extraordinary throughout; it’s a testament life: that of Alice Herz-Sommer, to their bravery and the strength of their political a former concert pianist and the world’s oldest convictions that they kept shooting; at one point, Holocaust survivor. (She was 109 at the time of you can hear Rajjeh praying, clearly fearful for filming, and still tickling the ivories.) The film his life, but he never stops rolling camera. charts her childhood in Prague, where Kafka and Jason Cohen’s “Facing Fear” examines a hate Mahler were family friends, to her imprisonment crime from the perspectives of victim and attackat the Theresienstadt concentration camp and the er. Cohen takes pains to contextualize the attack, loss of so many loved ones. Still, Herz-Sommer with both men explaining how they were shaped has maintained a sunny outlook on life. “I am by family traumas and how they individually arfull of joy,” she beams. What a lady. n
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After a three-year absence, indie act Mon Chéri reunites for one more show. BRANDON VASQUEZ PHOTO
Never Say Never
Mon Chéri’s reunion show means their little family is back together again BY LAURA JOHNSON
n the Red Room Lounge stage that night in December of 2011, it dawned on Caroline Schibel that this was one of Mon Chéri’s final moments as a band. That’s when emotions took over. “I was bawling so hard by the end of that final show it was hard to sing,” she says. “The people who came out were so attentive, so in tune with us. It was awesome and sad. But I’d say it was a good way to go out.” The group pulled all the stops, playing the favorites — their brand of harmony-heavy indie-retro-rock heaving through the space. The closing song was a cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s “A Lack of Color,” the line “I should have given you a reason to stay” sadly washing over the crowd. After nearly four years, two LPs, one EP, multiple West Coast tours and plenty of Schibel’s onstage party dresses, the four-piece had to disband. Its singer/guitarist/ songwriter Patrick McHenry was taking a job as a travel-
ing nurse, which was set to take him overseas. “We couldn’t be mad at him. It was something he always wanted to do,” Schibel says. “We just knew we couldn’t go on without him.” Still, the breakup was devastating for avid fans who had come to love the sincerely upbeat quartet. In 2011, drummer Brandon Vasquez told the Inlander he hoped the band could eventually come back together. “The future is kind of a question mark, so I think the band has collectively agreed that this is the end,” he said. “Is there a chance of regrouping when/if Pat returns? I sure hope so.” Saturday, the band finally reunites at The Bartlett. Meeting with Schibel at a local coffee shop last weekend, she says she’s thrilled to be back onstage with the group she describes as a close-knit family. “I just miss my friends,” the smiling brunette says. “They’re all such great musicians.”
McHenry, who now lives in Seattle, was coming back to Spokane to visit. He contacted all of his old bandmates to ask if they’d be interested in a reunion. Everyone was on board. After three years, Schibel can’t believe how fast time has gone by. A lot has changed in the interim. Three of the members have had babies, jobs have transitioned and upright bass player Kurt Olson decided to pursue his Masters degree at Eastern Washington University. “I can’t even imagine doing all of the Mon Chéri thing with all the babies now. It would be wives, husbands and babies everywhere,” Schibel says. The band used to play Zola every Monday, drawing from their extensive catalogue of more than 50 originals, along with choice covers. They did weddings, engagement parties, old folks’ homes and any other gig they could book. “I think because we played so much and our music ...continued on next page
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MUSIC | INDIE “NEVER SAY NEVER,” CONTINUED... was happy music, that’s why it appealed to a wide variety,” she says. Beginning as a two-piece with Schibel and McHenry, the duo added Olson and finally Vasquez. Through word of mouth and consistent playing, their shows grew in popularity. Eventually, Mon Chéri would be named an Inlander Band to Watch in 2009 and even scored a mention on an MTV blog. After all the band accomplished, there is still that sense that perhaps they hung it up too soon. “I always felt we could have gone a lot further,” says Schibel, a Spokane native. “But at the same sense, being a band in Spokane can be rewarding. We were a big fish in a little pond here.” Today, McHenry still plays solo, Vasquez plays drums in at least four local acts and Schibel is a singer with the band BIAS. While they’re mostly getting that music fix, the group knows it’ll never quite be the same as Mon Chéri. “We had really good chemistry.” Schibel recalls. “It was very healthy. There was fighting, crying. We were all very honest with each other.” After years apart, the first time the band will practice will be two days before their upcoming show. But Schibel isn’t nervous. “It will be like riding a bike? Right?” Schibel asks. “Still, I feel good about it.” Schibel says the show will consist of songs that the people want; they’ve already polled fans on Facebook. No matter what, expect one big difference from Mon Chéri’s final show. “There won’t be any tears at this one, I don’t think,” Schibel says. n firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Chéri reunion show with Bristol • Sat, Feb. 15, at 8 pm • $12/$15 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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Hard-to-classify Virginia-based band Pontiak takes Mootsy’s Monday.
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Emotional, brash, abrasive and honest: Pontiak makes art, not music BY LEAH SOTTILE
ontiak confuses people. Take Innocence, the album that Van Carney and his brothers, Lain and Jennings, released a couple of weeks ago. It’s getting a great response. Critics, by and large, seem to look favorably on the output of the brothers Carney. They’ve put out 10 records in less than 10 years (most of them on Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records). Not one of them is bad. And yet, Van Carney says, the band continues to confound. Critics want to box Pontiak in: say they’re not rock enough, not loud enough. Even when the brothers made Heat Leisure, a short film of them just jamming in a grass field on their Virginia farm, film festivals that considered it were confused: Was it a documentary? A music video? “We made it just to be an art piece,” he says. “That’s what music is for us. I feel like so many times people want to put things in boxes to make them more understandable. And to me that’s the opposite with art. “It’s interesting to be someone that creates something, and then you have a whole class of people who talk about what other people create,” Van says from the band’s van, somewhere in the middle of Mississippi. He pauses for a second, and then tries to explain: “I don’t know if you like cooking?” “Yeah,” I say.
“OK, so you have friends over. And imagine if you cook the meal and you set it down and then everyone is talking. But you get that one person that keeps talking: ‘I think that maybe if you had added a little more salt here. … I’m really just stuck on this. I feel like you’ve curated this meal, but there are things you could have done differently.’” He says even praise of his band’s music feels a little like that. When you’re a hard-to-classify band like Pontiak, the chatter tends to go on and on. Pontiak is a lot of things: a band that’s masterful at making skull-smacking heavy rock jams, a band not too proud to show emotion, that dips a toe in Southern rock, gospel and Americana. Pontiak is emotional, driving, thoughtful, angry and out there. And Innocence is just as much for rockers as it is for folk fans who like their music to drip with emotion. This is art that reflects the people who made it. “I think that can tend to frustrate people,” Van says. “And our intention isn’t to ever confound people.” n email@example.com Pontiak with Blackwater Prophet • Mon, Feb. 17, at 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570
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hile you’re young and don’t have to worry about sensible shoes and back pain and tax returns and other stupid adult shit, you better be spending your time at nine-hour rock concerts. This weekend, featuring acts like This or the Apocalypse, Razor & Tie’s Sworn In (pictured), longtime hardcore band Shai Halud and a whole bunch of other acts, Lilac City Metal Fest serves you nine hours of eardrum-exploding, heavy, distorted mania. All before 11 pm. So when you hear someone say that there’s nothing to do in Spokane, you can respond, “Seriously? I just saw nine hours of awesome music. Where the hell were you?” — LEAH SOTTILE Lilac City Metal Fest feat. This or the Apocalypse, Sworn In, Shai Halud, Sirens and Sailors and many more • Sat, Feb. 15, at 3 pm • $15 advance/$17 day of; $25 VIP • All-ages • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • monumentalshows • 328-5467
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pparently, marching bands are no longer just for parades and halftime shows. At least that’s the approach the MarchFourth Marching Band (M4 to their fans) has taken. Instead, the 20-piece-or-so act performs at concert venues. And man, are these shows a freakin’ party. Featuring carny-attired brass players and drummers, electric bassists, guitarists and more, the mostly instrumental band is like one big, spectacular Mardi Gras celebration. In fact, they came together back in 2003 in Portland for a Fat Tuesday show. Adding to the spectacular visuals of a MarchFourth performance are the hoop dancers and stilt walkers. Everything they can do can only be described as joyful … and a little bit crazy. — LAURA JOHNSON MarchFourth Marching Band • Fri, Feb. 14, at 8 pm • $25 • All-ages • Panida Theater • 300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • TicketsWest.com • 800-325-7328
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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington St. • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 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 FIRST STREET BAR • 122 E. First St., Deer Park • 276-2320 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 THE GRAIL • 4720 E. Seltice Way, CdA • 208665-5882 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 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 • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 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 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 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 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 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 RICO’S PUB • 200 E. Main, Pullman • 332-6566 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 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 STUDIO K• 2810 E. 29th Ave. • 534-9317 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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FESTIVAL SNOW MUCH FUN
For the past four decades, the Sandpoint Winter Carnival has given Inland Northwest residents the perfect excuse to celebrate the wonder of winter. Throughout the 10-day carnival, locals and visitors alike can sample tasty regional cuisine as part of the Taste of Sandpoint, shop the “Abominable Snow Sale” at local businesses and partake in winter crafts. Favorite carnival traditions include the daring skijoring contest — combining horseback riding and skiing, as skiers are towed on a rope behind a horse — relaxing sleigh rides, fireworks and laser lights shows, and the adorable K9 keg pull. Check out the full schedule of festival events online. — COLLEEN FOGERTY Sandpoint Winter Carnival • Feb. 14-23, event times vary • Locations throughout Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain Resort • sandpointwintercarnival.com
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WORDS WORLD TRAVELER
MUSIC LOVE IN MOROCCO
Buddy Wakefield • Mon, Feb. 17, at 8 pm • $12 advance/$14 at the door • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
Spokane Symphony SuperPops 4: A Symphonic Night at the Movies • Sat, Feb. 15, at 8 pm • $26-$62 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
Three-time world champion spoken-word artist Buddy Wakefield has created a legacy of words. Featured on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Wakefield is a veteran poet and speaker. Published in dozen of books both locally and internationally, as well as touring full time, Wakefield embodies slam poetry; his honest, touching imagery covers a multitude of subjects. Wakefield’s words are fheartfelt and sincere, and coupled with the intimate setting of The Bartlett, his reading should touch literary lovers as well as anyone interested in slam poetry. — EMERA L. RILEY
Even if you’ve never watched the classic film Casablanca — because it’s old (1942) and in black and white, and that seems boring to you — you’ll know some of the iconic lines like: “Here’s looking at you, kid,” and of course “We’ll always have Paris.” This year, the Spokane Symphony brightens up Valentine’s weekend by presenting the famous film while performing the score live. Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara will lead the orchestra through the tearjerking movie. It will certainly be an evening to remember. — LAURA JOHNSON
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival • Wed, Feb. 19 through Sat, Feb. 22 • $95-121 (full series), $20-45 (individual concerts) • University of Idaho • 1000 Stadium Dr., Moscow • uidaho.edu/jazzfest
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It’s OK if Idaho isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about jazz innovation — but the University of Idaho’s annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has brought top jazz musicians to the Palouse for almost half a century, and it’s the biggest jazz festival west of the Mississippi. The musicians range from high school ensembles to world-famous performers, and the four days include workshops, cross-disciplinary lectures and live music webcasts. But it’s the evening concert series that draws the stars — this year’s lineup features saxophonist Benny Golson, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, trumpet player Terell Stafford, singer Sheila Jordan, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri, among others. — LISA WAANANEN
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COMEDY FUNNY FEMALES
You know those jerks who say women aren’t funny? Obviously this misogynist sentiment isn’t true, and the entertainment biz proves it with a long list of highly successful female comedians. Anyway, the next installment of the Bing’s Bada Bing Comedy Series sets out to further prove those doubters wrong. Featuring a trio of hilarious women, this show ditches the typical testosterone-powered lineup of jokes. The evening is headlined by two longtime funny gals: Susan Rice, a 30-year comedy vet hailing from the Rose City, and Seattle’s Susan Jones, who’s been professionally making people laugh for 20 years. Spokane up-and-comer April Martinich (pictured) opens the show. — CHEY SCOTT Bada Bing Comedy: Ladies Night • Sat, Feb. 15, at 8 pm • $15 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com • 227-7638
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HEARTS FOR HOMES DINNER & AUCTION 5th annual fundraiser, proceeds go to new home construction and the “A Brush with Kindness” home repair program. Feb. 15, 5 pm. $45/ person, $360/table. Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave. northidahohabitat.org (208-762-4663) VALENTINE’S DANCE & FUNDRAISER Diesel Daisy and the Buckettes present “My Candy Crush,” a dance and silent auction benefiting Spokane’s LGBTQA community. Beer, wine and soda available for purchase. Ages 21+ only. Feb. 15, 7:30 pm. $10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (534-0751) GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES Local Girl Scouts are accepting pre-orders for cookies from Feb. 7-March 20. Connect
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Advice Goddess I’m good friends with the woman next door, but she and her husband fight constantly in front of me and others. Recently, we were all in their car. She was driving, and he repeatedly told her everything she was doing wrong. Then he called to order a pizza, and she laid into him, saying he was ordering wrong. He yelled, “Why do you always complicate things?!” It was really unpleasant. Then, last week, they came to a dinner party at my AMY ALKON house and started fighting right at the table! Is there any way to stop the tension and this rude behavior? —Uncomfortable It’s so sweet when you look at a couple and realize that their relationship reminds you of a classic romantic comedy — like “Apocalypse Now.” There are social conventions we all just know to adhere to, like that you don’t get to use other people’s ears as hampers for your relationship’s dirty laundry. Unfortunately, this couple seems to have reached the “winning is everything” point — the point at which social conventions get crumpled up and thrown out the car window and you and your guests are dismayed to find your dinner party doubling as a jury trial: She Never Listens v. He Orders Pizza Wrong. Well-meaning people will advise you to take the woman aside (embarrassing and uncomfortable!) or chirp “Yoo-hoo, I’m right here!” when they go from zero to “I hate you” right in front of you. But there’s a good chance these suggestions won’t work, thanks to our body’s sloppy and imprecise “fight or flight” system, which is seriously in need of an upgrade. It turns out that the adrenaline rush that would get triggered to help our ancestors escape a hungry tiger’s attack can also be triggered by a verbal attack by a wife when her husband fails to meet certain apparently essential takeout-ordering standards. Psychologist Daniel Goleman calls this an “emotional hijacking” because the brain’s reasoning center gets bypassed. He explains in his book “Emotional Intelligence” that the surge of adrenaline and other crisis hormones make a person’s emotions “so intense, their perspective so narrow, and their thinking so confused that there is no hope of taking the other’s viewpoint or settling things in a reasonable way.” In other words, the behavior you should have the best success modifying is your own. And no, the modification shouldn’t involve riding in the trunk when you go places with them or having the garden hose close at hand at your dinner parties so you can break up any snarling dogs or married couples. A couple whose party manners fall off faster than pants on a nude beach doesn’t deserve your company — much as they might like to have a witness in case one of them needs to claim “self-defense.” You may want to see the wife alone, but you should decline all future opportunities to be in the presence of this duo. Of course, on occasion, it may be worth it to you to make an exception, like when you want to see a big boxing match but can’t afford pay-per-view: “Hi…I’m having a party next Saturday. Wanna come over so I can take bets on which one of you will end up biting off a piece of the other’s ear?” My buddy’s wife never sets me up with her friends, and I’m starting to get offended. The guy she does set up is a total player who just sleeps with girls a few times and then dumps them. Clearly, he’s getting preferential matchmaker treatment because he’s better-looking. I’d like a chance with these girls before he burns through them. Should I bring this up to my buddy or his wife or just grin and bear it? —Annoyed Apparently, the telepathic messages you’ve been sending her were stopped by their neighbors’ chimney. (Just a guess, but do you also do poorly trying to tidy up your house by moving objects around with your mind?) Unbunch your panties. There’s a good chance that wifey’s true motivation isn’t fixing this guy up but fixing him. While many men enjoy taking apart and reassembling cars, many women enjoy taking apart and reassembling men. They like to believe that if they just find a bad boy the “right” woman, he’ll become the right man — settle down, get married, and go so daddy-track that he stops just short of personally lactating. What you need to do (after you have that huge chip on your shoulder removed) is ask your buddy’s wife to make you her project — like a pound puppy in need of a good home. Before you know it, one of her girlfriends should be dressing you up in a bee costume and posting the photos to Instagram. (Sorry…was that not what you meant when you were thinking “doggie-style”?) n 4
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EVENTS | CALENDAR STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians, see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. uncledscomedy.com (483-7300) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. reddragondelivery.com (838-6688) BADA BING! COMEDY SERIES Live comedy show featuring Susan Rice, Susan Jones, and up-and-coming Spokane comedian April Martinich. Feb. 15, 8 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7638) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045)
POWER TO THE PEOPLE “Campaigns that Create Change,” an activist in residence workshop on planning effective social justice campaigns. Feb. 13, 3:30 pm. Free. EWU Monroe Hall, 526 Fifth St. (359-2898) ONE BILLION RISING This annual community dance flash mob is a call to end violence toward women and girls in Spokane and around the world, hosted by Lutheran Community Services and the YWCA. Feb. 14, 3 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. onebillionrising.org (343-5057) SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL The 40th annual Winter Carnival hosts events around Sandpoint and at Schweitzer Resort, including skijoring, parade of lights, fireworks, K-9 keg pull and more. Feb. 14-23, see full event schedule online. Sandpoint. sandpointwintercarnival.com SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP Day camps offering activities such as swimming, rock climbing, cooking, crafts, games and more. Lunch and snack provided. Ages 6-13. Offered Feb. 14 and 17, starting at 9 am each day (spring break). $45 per day (member discount available). Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. kroccda.org (208-667-1865) VALENTINE DANCE Dancing and live music by local band Variety Pak, also serving hors d’oeuvres, punch and treats. Feb. 14, 7-10 pm. $6-$8. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (535-0803) VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON Luncheon hosted by Harvard Park senior living with a menu of spaghetti or bow tie pasta, salad, garlic bread, and dessert, as well as live music by The Fossils Five. Feb. 14, 11:30 am. $15/adv. $18/door. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (327-1584) MEET THE CAMPBELLS Living history event set in 1910, featuring actors performing as Mrs. Campbell and her staff. Activities in the house include games, hands-on art, and dressing up in Victorian clothing. Saturdays from 12-4 pm. $3-$5. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) SUPER SATURDAY AT THE MAC The museum hosts several Valentinethemed activities, including a photo booth, arts and crafts, games and the living history exhibit at the Campbell House. Feb. 15, 11 am-3 pm. $3-$5. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. tinyurl.com/ lzrtskt (456-3931) FREE TAX PREP SITES Qualified professionals provide free assistance to residents earning less than $51,567
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BROADWAY’S ROMEO & JULIET Screening of a live, Nov. 2013 Broadway production starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 16 at 2 pm. Regal Cinemas Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 Old Mill Loop, CdA. (800-326-3264) DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Screening of the three-time Oscar-nominated film. Feb. 7-13, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. magiclanternspokane.com (209-2383) A FIERCE GREEN FIRE Screening of the award-winning documentary on the U.S. environmental movement, hosted by the Idaho Conservation League. Feb. 13, 5:30 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-265-9565) MUSCLE SHOALS Documentary about FAME Studios founder Rick Hall. Feb. 13-16, show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main, Moscow. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS See all of the 2014 nominees, appropriate for ages 6+. Feb. 7-13, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) SUDS & CINEMA: MEAN GIRLS Screening of the teen girl cult classic film with beer available to purchase from Selkirk Abbey Brewing. Doors open at 7 pm, film shows at 8 pm. Feb. 13, 7 pm. $4. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Screening of the two-time Oscar-nominated film. Feb. 14-20, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. magiclanternspokane.com (209-2388) THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Special Valentine’s Day screening of the cult classic film, featuring a performance by Spokane group “Absolute Pleasure” with props available to purchase. Feb. 14, midnight. $4.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (327-1050) HARVEY’S PLACE Premiere screening of the locally-produced feature length comedy by Ted Parvin, and starring local actors. Feb. 15, 7 pm. $10-$15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. panida.org (208-263-9191) LEONARD A. OAKLAND FILM FEST The 6th annual festival features screenings of an American independent, a documentary, and an international film. Late-night offerings feature three movies filmed locally. Screenings held Feb. 15 and 22 at 7 pm. Free. Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. whitworth.edu/ oaklandfestival. (777-4605)
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CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA Chocolate and dessert tasting event, benefiting the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, and featuring food and beverages from local restaurants and businesses. Feb. 13, 6-8 pm. $10. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. (208-597-7188) VALENTINE’S DINNER Studio 107 and Scratch Restaurant host a 5-course dinner paired with hand-selected wines from Washington’s Rotie Cellars. Feb. 13, 6:30 pm. $75, reservations required. Studio 107, 120 N. 4th, CdA. cdajewelry. com (208-644-1201)
CHOCOLATE & WINE NIGHT Sample eight red wines paired with chocolate from the Rocket’s gourmet chocolate inventory. Class offered on Fri, Feb. 14 and Sat, Feb. 15 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) INTERLUDE VALENTINE’S DINNER The gallery and bistro hosts its annual Valentine’s dinner, with live music by John Elwood, art by Carrie Vielle and more. Feb. 14, 6-8 pm. $35/person, reservations required. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St. bankleftgallery.com (878-8425) LATAH BISTRO VALENTINE’S DINNER A special 4-course meal is offered in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Reservations recommended. Feb. 14-17. Latah Bistro, 4241 S. CheneySpokane Rd. (838-8338)
Get the scoop on this weekend’s events with our newsletter. Visit Inlander.com/newsletter to sign up. VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATE TASTING Learn how chocolate is grown, harvested and processed, about fair trade standards and more. Feb. 14, 6 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424) VALENTINE’S WINE DINNER The Connoisseur’s Club hosts a 5-course dinner paired with wines from Walla Walla’s Three Rivers Winery. Feb. 14, 6-10 pm. $55/person. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (327-8000) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features El Corazon of Walla Walla, and Saturday features Mackey Vineyards, also in Walla Walla. Feb. 14, 3-6:30 pm and Feb. 15, 2-4:30 pm. $10. Vino!, 222 S. Washington St. (838-1229) SWEETHEART DINNER FOR TWO Cooking class with owner Kris MclLvenna on preparing on a 4-course gourmet dinner for two. Feb. 15, 3-5 pm. $45. 315 Martinis and Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-6679660) WOOF, PURR & WINE Benefit dinner hosted by Partners for Pets, a Spokane Valley animal rescue organization. Includes a 3-course meal and two glasses of wine. Feb. 15, 6-9 pm. $30. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. partnersforpets.org (893-9829) INLAND NW VEGAN SOCIETY POTLUCK Bring a plant-based (no animal products or honey) dish to share along with an ingredient list and recipe. Dinner followed by guest speaker. Third Sun. of the month, 5 pm. Donations accepted. Community Building, 35 W. Main (3152852) TEX MEX COOKING Chef Lynne Wiedemann (Cook with Us!) teaches how to prepare three New Mexico dishes using Hatch green chiles. Feb. 16, 2-4 pm. $45. 315 Martinis & Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660) GLUTEN-FREE BAKING Class with baker Jessie Gaboury on tips and substitutions to make gluten-free baked goods. Feb. 17, 6-8 pm. $45. 315 Martinis & Tapas, 315 Wallace, CdA. (208667-9660) MODERN CUISINE TECHNIQUES & PLATING Chef Adam Hegsted leads a class on modern techniques used by chefs to plate food, such as spherification, foams, gels and more. Feb. 19, 5:30
pm. $50/person. The JACC, 405 N. William St, Post Falls. (208-457-8950) IRON GOAT + NINKASI BEER RELEASE PARTY Spokane’s Iron Goat Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing collaborated to create a special beer, which they’ll be releasing at a special event. Feb. 20, 5 pm. Jones Radiator, 120 E. Sprague Ave. tinyurl.com/ o5wm7sm (747-6005)
MY FUNNY VALENTINE CABARET Concert fundraiser benefiting the Jacklin Theater Troupe. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm. $10-$18. The JACC, 405 N. William St. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) SCOTT KIRBY Performance by the composer, pianist, and visual artist, who specializes in ragtime and related American styles. Tickets include wine/ chocolate, available only at Bonners Books. Feb. 13, 7 pm. $20. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash, Bonners Ferry. thepearltheater.org (208-610-2846) MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND Performance by the eclectic Portlandbased musical group. Feb. 14, 8 pm. $25. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida. org (208-263-9191) VALENTINE’S DESSERT BALL Fundraiser concert hosted by the Northwest Christian School Jazz Band featuring music by the local big band group Tuxedo Junction. Feb. 14, 7 pm. $30/person, $50/couple. Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St. nwcs.org (951-2870) PAN-AMERICANA Musical Traditions of North America, South America, and the Caribbean, feat. pianist Scott Kirby. Feb. 15, 7 pm. $10. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (325-6383, ext. 303) SPOKANE SYMPHONY SuperPops Series No. 4: “A Symphonic Night at the Movies” features the Spokane Symphony performing the score during a live screening of the classic romantic film “Casablanca.” Feb. 15, 8 pm. $26-$62. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200) THE TEN TENORS Broadway hits performed by the Australian vocal troupe. Feb. 15, 8 pm. $25-$55. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. bestofbroadwayspokane.com FESTIVAL OF HYMNS Concert featuring a multi-church interfaith choral group, organists, the Cathedral Brass and Bell Ringers. Feb. 16, 4 pm. $10 donation requested. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th. stjohns-cathedral.org (838-4277) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open-mic night for writers, musicians and performers of all kinds featuring all-original material. Held on the third Wed (Feb. 19) of the month. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak St. (208-263-5911)
KING OF THE CAGE Mixed martial arts event. Feb. 13, 7 pm. $20-$50. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. cdacasino.com (800-523-2467) MT. SPOKANE NORDIC CUP This Nordic ski race is a Jr. National Qualifier with simultaneous classic and skate ski racese open to the public. Feb. 15-16 at 9 am. $25/one day; $45/both days. Mt. Spokane State Park. spokanenordic.org (455-8878) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Tri-City Americans. Feb. 15, 7:05 pm. $10$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000)
SPOKANE GOLF SHOW 16th annual golf and travel show feat. vendors, manufacturers, demos, seminars and more. Sat from 9-5 pm, Sun from 10 am-4 pm. $12, kids 12 and under free. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanegolfshow.com (621-0125) SWAMP RIDE: VALENTINE’S MASSACRE It’s also the full moon, and the monthly Swamp Ride. No date required. Meets at 7 pm, leave at 8 pm. Feb. 15, 7 pm. Free. Swamp Tavern, 1904 W. Fifth. tinyurl. com/nwyaudv AERIAL SILKS CLASS Class designed for women over age 50, with a basic intro to silk language, silk holds and climbing. Students also work the upper body and core strength. Six-week course meets on Sundays at 6:30 pm, starting on Feb. 16. $35. Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, 5615 E. Broadway. spokaneaerial.com (435-1576) SPOKANE CHIEFS: Hockey game vs. the Everett Silvertips. Feb. 16, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) WINTER HIKING AT TURNBULL: Turnbull NW Refuge is opens for the winter, offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the auto tour route. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Live game as part of the “Fans Rules” world tour, where fans choose rules for the game. Feb. 18, 7 pm. $20-$90. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)
PNBA AWARDS FEAT. JESS WALTER Local author Jess Walter accepts an award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and presents from his collection “We Live in Water.” Feb. 13, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. pnba.org/2014BookAwards (838-0206) POET J. ALLYN ROSSER Reading, discussion and signing of the writer’s third collection “Foiled Again: Poems.” Feb. 14, 7:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) PNBA AWARDS FEAT. ROBERT WRIGLEY Moscow-based writer Robert Wrigley is presented with a 2014 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association award for his collection “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems.” Feb. 15, 7 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Competitive performance poetry night. Feb. 16, 8:30 pm. $5. Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. (315-9531) BUDDY WAKEFIELD Performance by the three-time spoken word world champion. Feb. 17, 8 pm. $12-$14. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. thebartlettspokane.com
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Performance of the classic romantic comedy by Neil Simon. Through Feb. 15, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, also Sat matinee at 1:30 pm. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N Grand Ave,. rtoptheatre.org (334-0750) THE TEMPEST Performance of the Shakespeare romantic comedy. Through Feb. 23, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) CHARLOTTE’S WEB Stage adaptation of the E.B. White children’s book. Feb. 14-23, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat at 4 pm and 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8-$10. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines, Ste. 3S. theaterartsforchildren.org (995-6718) THE FOLLIES “Cue the Dancers,” a performance piece written by Gail Cory-Betz. Through Feb 23, Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $10-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union, Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org (447-9900) HAPPILY EVER AFTER Musical combining characters and story lines of several classic fairytales. Through Feb. 16, Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 1 pm and 4 pm, Sun at 1 pm. $12. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) PRELUDE TO A KISS Romantic comedy, directed by Susan Hardie. Through Feb. 23, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $13$15. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. ignitetheatre.org (795-0004) THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Performance of the Eve Ensler play, benefiting the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center and V-Day. Feb. 14-15 at 7 pm, Feb 16 at 2 pm. $8-$10. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-860-3116) SACAGAWEA’S STORY A one-woman show by Sara Edlin-Marlowe based on the life and journal accounts of the famous Native American woman. Feb. 19, 6 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org (893-8350)
MARK & JERRI LISK The Boise-based husband-and-wife duo’s work includes Mark Lisk’s vivid nature photography, often the inspiration for wife Jerri’s fine art paintings. Runs through March 8, Opening reception Feb. 14. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. theartspiritgallery.com (208-765-6006) RTOP CORNER ART GALLERY OPENING Opening reception for the Regional Theatre of the Palouse’s new Corner Art Gallery and Thrift Boutique, featuring local artists’ work. Feb. 15, 4-7 pm. Free. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N Grand Ave,. (334-0750) JESSICA L. BRYANT See the artist’s traveling exhibit “Beyond Boundaries: Visions from the South Unit of Badlands National Park” featuring 25 watercolor paintings documenting this remote section of the park. Feb. 16, 12:30-3:30 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) LONGCYCLES: IMAGE + SOUND Collaborative installation of video and sound by Ben Robertson and Jenny Hyde, both faculty at EWU. Artist talk Feb. 26 at noon, public reception at 1 pm. Runs through April 4. Gallery hours MonFri 9 am-5 pm. Free. EWU, 526 Fifth St. ewu.edu (359-7858)
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I Saw You
Great Beer. Great Eyes At 12 Strings, Our eyes met across the room and we looked at each other for more than few seconds. Looked like love at first sight. Like to see if it was.
wherever you are. And though I’m now just a fading memory from a past best forgotten, I hope you won’t forget about me, and that I love you. I realize I never had your whole heart, but at the very least I hope there is a small corner of it somewhere that will forever belong to me. As it looks right now, you will forever have all of mine. Take care. I wish you the best of everything. And goodbye.
I saw you over 10 years ago. You were the guy with the sage green eyes who left me speechless and confused with your “You know what you are” comment. Happy Valentine’s Day to my handsome Sparky. Honored to be your wife. I love you Mr. Flynn!
You Saw Me Talkative Redhead You saw me at the downtown library on Wednesday January 15 as I pulled up on my bicycle and thanked me for protecting our environment even in this cold weather. It is super cold out now and I still am riding. Would you like to get some coffee and talk about how we can protect our environment together. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers Denver Broncos “Five slabs of ribs for Super Bowl party, $75. Two 20 packs of Coors Light, $38. Watching the Donkeys get there asses handed to them......... Priceless!” Missing You I can’t believe it’s been six months since we went out separate ways. It seems like it’s been forever. There are so many things I miss about you; so many things I’m sure I will never find in another human. It scares me to think I may never want to be with someone as badly as I wanted to be with you, and sometimes I still cry my eyes out because I know being with you will never happen. I know you told me once that you don’t think I’m capable of being crazy about someone like you wanted someone to be crazy about you. I want you to know, though, I may not be the type to paint your name on a water tower, or scream out that I love you in the middle of a crowded restaurant, but I was and still am crazy about you. There is not a day that goes by, hardly an hour even, that I am not thinking about you and missing you. You still haunt my dreams from time to time. You are in every song that comes on the radio. I still have my favorite text message from you in my inbox, and there are 12 voicemails from you that I don’t have the heart to erase. So, you see, even though you’re as good as gone, you are still everywhere. I’m afraid I will be forever haunted by the memory of what we shared for such a short time, and by the pain of knowing I’m not the one you want. I know you have moved on and found love now. Please take care of yourself
Dropped Boxes We’re the ones in the light blue two tone pickup heading north on 395 past Wandermere at about 11:30 pm Monday, February 3rd. You’re the great guy who made the extra effort to let us know we lost two boxes back at the new freeway entrance. You helped us out more than you can know. Thanks for making our year.
Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “email@example.com” — not “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Peyton Manning Coolest QB dude out there. Great personality and very smart. Very funny on SNL. To bad he didn’t win the Super Bowl. Divorce Day I filed my divorce today so I don’t have to be married to a cheater/loser. Ex-to be, I hope she was worth it! You have this insane idea that you’re some kind of player. Players aren’t stupid enough to leave emails in their gmail All mail folder to said skank. You are so clueless. I set that account up for you because you’re too inept to create an email account so of course I had the password. You left a trail of evidence behind you so big that it’s almost like you wanted to be caught. I was miserable too, but I took a vow of for better or worse and would have never done to you what you did to me. You’re going to be f*%#@ because I kept us afloat because you’ve never been able to stick to a budget, pay a bill on time or accomplish anything remotely domestic. I give you 6 months tops before you have to let the house go. So here’s to the next bitch who has to do everything except wipe your ass, hope she makes it 13 years like I did. So goodbye. Soon I’ll be able to move on to my own life without you. I’m happy to move on, it just wasn’t the way it should have been done. OK, Holidays Are Over I am ready for Spring, I am tired of the snow and the cold, I am ready for warm weather and spending more time outdoors. Maybe go camping and
Cheers definitely do some barbequing. Garrett You are the best husband in the world. I am so lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for supporting me in everything I do. I don’t know what I would do without you. You are my soulmate. I love you very much. Happy Valentine’s Day After 14 years I knew all you really wanted was an “I Saw You”. So I didn’t even bother with the diamonds and chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day Lover. Jay - A Good Samaritan You a young man wearing a dark blue work shirt, and dark hair. It looked like possibly you worked at a mechanic shop or the appliance store on the north side of Spokane by Yokes. On January 30th, you saw our car sliding down our hill. You came imediately, and asked if we needed help. You tried pushing our car to straighten up, but then got what you needed to tow our car to safety. You have a white pick up, and had what you needed to tow our car up a hill. You didn’t give up, even as your truck hit some icy spots.To avoid our car from sliding, you packed snow behind the tires and placed your work shoes behind the tires as a stop, too. We washed your shoes and have them in our car in case we see you. Thanks to you, we were able to back into a driveway when it was bright outside to move the car. You put our car in a perfect stop, at the top of the hill. We know your name is Jay. If you read this please, write back and tell us how we could find you. We have a small gift and your black work shoes. Paying It Forward Cheers to the lady in the white car who bought my drink at Starbucks on Division and Indiana the first week of February/end of January. I paid it forward and got the person’s drink behind me. Thanks for making my day. This is the first time I have ever had this happen to me. Made In Taiwan Happy Valentine’s Day babe! Thank you for 13 beautiful years. You’re my best friend and I love you. Love Blibber. Gem City Shout out to our department for everything you do! From the unneccessary potlucks to the over flowing Kudos emails. You make every shift unbearably upbeat and unfortunately too short. Could It Really Be? For the girl who is checking the Cheers and Jeers section wondering if her man wrote a Cheers for her. Guess what, you deserve some recognition in this
Cheers paper about how wonderful you are. Every day you give me your all and I love you for that. You help me to be a better man and I hope I keep you as happy as you keep me. You are beautiful, passionate, and so dang cute. Love you Lex. I Love You Riden your little dirt bike (we built) like a champ. Nothin funner than chase’n you through the woods on our bikes. We’ve already seen lots of places and things most people haven’t and never will see. Lookin forward to many, many more miles chase’n you around the woods. Love you Shawn For QN Stars backdrop the moon, regalia of my love for you. Measured in the heartbeats of all creatures, from those invisible to the naked eye to the so-massive that galaxies flicker just tiny specks within their nuclei, you are a wave that pulses the ebbing tides, the push and pull of attraction’s energy, our love, not mistaken for “plenty of” in fisher’s nets, but resplendent as if all the ocean’s Aequorea victoria fills the night sky above us with a luminescence that follows wherever we go. And we will go forever. You’ve swept me surfaceward from the Mariana Trench, enfolded our energy into one so that I am risen from the deep cold and into the aetherius of your light. Because of you I have sloughed scales for iridescent feathers, because of you I fly. SP
Jeers Stupid Football Fans Who cares how you feel about Denver or Seattle. You act as if you play the damn game. Get off your butt and do something instead of watching tv. What Happened? Why have we allowed this to happen, what happened to us? We started off as friends, then friends with benefits, then with time we were getting to know one another, playing like kids, sharing and not being afraid of getting judged by the other and not holding anything back, we had no reason to lie or hide anything. We made each other happy!. You’ve pulled so far away from me, we were best friends. What happened to us? I Love You I guess I just felt like maybe you’d rather “waste” your time with me than some ignorant, pretentious, over educated ass who thinks being charming means spouting pathetic one liners in foreign languages. I love you. You have no idea how wonderful you really are. But, hey, go where the money is, right?
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Stay At Home Mom I would love a job. Being a stay at home mom sucks! Sure, I love seeing my children every day. I adore them. They are the center on my world. However! I spend four hours EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Just cleaning. I have two, yes two, toddlers. I don’t have friends I can see, so my daily conversations include: mommy, juice? Mommy, I gotta poootttyyyy. Mommy, I want to watch cartoooons. Mommy, Danny made a mess! I want my husband to come home to a house that literally sparkles. And because we live in an apartment complex, with nasty neighbors mind you...I am always afraid of getting bugs. So not even under the stove and fridge are safe from me. My eldest will be starting school in a couple years, so I am always playing school teacher. For two hours a day we work on numbers and letters. We even go into other languages. And then I cook. Every day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. My day ends with about an hour of intense cardio...and maybe sex if I am lucky. I leave the house once every two weeks. Yes, this is no exaggeration. Once to go do laundry. Once to go grocery shopping. And those perfectly planned meals for the entire month don’t happen upon themselves. That takes about two hours of careful planning and budgeting. I haven’t gotten new clothes for myself in two years. Why bother? The outside world rarely sees me anyhow. And no, none of this would be a big deal... however 7 years (3 and a half if you want to start from the time we had kids) of it drives a person bonkers. Day in. Day out. And I want to work. However, I can’t until we can afford to pay for a sitter during the time before I would receive my first pay check. God how I would love a job. I always wanted to be an interpreter for a big business. Silly, yes...but I gave that up to see my husband happy. He takes the best care of us. I know this. He alone supports
all 4 of us. But is it so wrong that I don’t want to spend my life hidden away at home? Is it so wrong to ask that we go to a park once in a while? Or walk together around the block a couple times? Or how about getting laid more than once a month?! That would be awesome! I’ve got it easy, yes. But I am just sick of the repetition.
respected him! Then this year rolls around. You watch him recover from the neck injury that would have sidelined most.... You watch him lose in embarrassing fashion in the most watched sporting event in the U.S..... He’s staying after the game to sign autographs and the representative from Seattle (Sherman) is doing nothing but trashing the opposition (In young, conceited fashion).... Just saying, sometimes the loser is still the winner! Too bad that shit doesn’t show on the scoreboard!
Littering Laws Jeers to the City of Spokane for refusing to enforce SMC 10.08.010 against the Spokesman-Review for throwing their trash on my lawn after I have asked them many times to stop. Why does the SpokesmanReview have the right to throw their garbage advertisements on any private property regardless of if the property owner wishes. If I were to throw my garbage on their property I would be arrested and fined, but corporate America runs the country and this city so they get away with littering. Spokane close to nature just look at all the garbage and you know how close we really are. Hollywood and Drugs Hoffman. Cory Monteith. Heath Ledger. It sucks, but come on. All celebrities talk about how hard it is to “make it”, and you throw it all away on drugs? With all that money and the resources available to you and you can’t get your shit together? Feel sorry for the families, not the people doing it. Big Bowl Game I’m as sick of Manning (family) as the next guy.... Peyton winning all those years with the Colts. It got old! The “every man” got tired of seeing the same guy winning and in the playoffs every f@#*ing year! I’m with you! Throughout all those years, even the biggest Manning “haters” still had to respect the man’s professionalism! His “good guy” qualities. Don’t get me wrong, you were still sick of him, but you
Just Looking The reason I was looking at you is because you’re a young lady with a friggin goatee. Facial hair on a woman at your age is easy to take care of.. Just shave it off. Jeers Jeers are for those who have jeers about something or someone. That’s it. It’s for those who feel they have been done wrong. When you’re pissed, you put it here to shout out your form of justice. You feel that dick behind the cash register gave you attitude? You feel you’re getting ripped off? You’re tired of assholes like yourself in public? Put it down. Tell whoever will take time out of the day to read it.
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It’s Cold “Yes, it is cold and it is winter. But only maybe two months of this stuff to go. Then we will be all complaining about the heat! Insensitive Jerk Jeers to the insensitive jerk who left a dog in his/ her car on the Costco parking lot during the Superbowl. Your dog missed out on most of the fun and it is a good thing that you at least left the window cracked so I could feed him some nachos and periodically shout out the score. FYI: the Superbowl is a family event...Yes, that means your dog should be part of the festivities as well. You will be sorry that your dog later on blames you for missing the game of the century. Also, what kind of imbecile goes shopping instead of cheering for our Seahawks?!! Boo-ya!!
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Media Matchmaking Before your Match.coms and eHarmonys, newspapers were fixing people up, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change BY CLARKE HUMPHREY
omehow, in the midst of covering City Hall and chasing grisly murders, newspapers also got into the business of hooking people up. Indeed, before there was even an Internet where people could try their luck at online dating, the task of matchmaking fell to your local paper. Here at the Inlander, people could place ads in the paper, and those ads came with a phone number where readers could pay to leave messages, check messages and connect with each other. It was a good side business for a while, but eventually the Inlander dropped the personals and made the “I Saw You” section free. (People are still using them to hook up, though, as you can read on page 28.) Still, in a time when business models are shaky and papers around the country look to diversify, they’ve moved their personals online and tapped into the huge business surrounding the hunt for love. Although there are plenty of free sites gaining market share, some paid services remain wildly successful and are considered moneymakers. It just goes to show that there are things online that people are still willing to pay for. Are your favorite magazines and newspapers trying to get a slice of the love business because it’s the key to
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keeping them around? That could very well be so, because they sure aren’t offering to find you a mate for free. Personals were a cash cow for newspapers in the early ’90s, and papers like Seattle’s The Stranger and the Chicago Reader are reliving those glory days by offering paid online dating subscriptions to their readers in the form of Lovelab and Lustlab, and Matches, respectively. “We don’t operate on a charity model. There is some income that comes in from the labs,” says Carey Christie, the Stranger’s director of events and promotions. “If they were losing money, we probably would not do them for much longer.” All three operate similarly. An account is free, but you could pay anywhere from $5 to $40 to communicate with other users. You don’t have to pay for anything, but in order to make your time online effective, it’s probably in your best interest to shell out a few dollars because your money gets you unrestricted access to all the systems’ features. For some outlets, there’s more appeal in broadening a brand’s reach. New York magazine has partnered with HowAboutWe, an app that markets itself as the only dating site that actually encourages you to spend less time online and more time meeting people in the real
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world by focusing on the date itself and offering IRL date suggestions. It’s gained visibility working with popular magazines. By partnering with publications, HowAboutWe is trying to reach as many people as possible by tapping into specific audiences who read and engage with certain websites and magazines. There is the benefit for magazines in being offered a way to provide great services to their readers and make some money while they’re at it (considering we’re in a digital age, and perusing the classifieds is less and less common), says Ariana Anthony, senior publicist for HowAboutWe. These partnerships operate on a revenue sharing basis where each magazine and HowAboutWe split a percentage of the revenue based on the number of users who sign up through a certain magazine’s site. “We’re always looking for ways to provide great service to our readers in a way that fits our brand that also can generate some incremental revenue for us, and the relationship with HowAboutWe hits all of those criteria,” says Michael Silberman, general manager of digital media at New York Media. The idea is that if you’re paying, you’ll be more committed. You’ll be checking more often, and you’ll have a better chance for success. There is also the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping people make connections and fostering a sense of community among readers. Though your online dating subscription probably won’t be the savior for a sinking ship, popular newspapers and magazines have found a way to tap into a heavily used resource in a way that benefits you and them. Even when people are downloading music illegally and streaming movies for free online, they are still willing to pay for access to love. n
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