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true that they voted in 2012, but presidential elections serve to expose the major differences, and they weren’t about to vote for Mitt Romney. But an off-year election? That’s a different story. Obama’s shortcomings on dealing with the issues our young people face shouldn’t let the Republicans off the hook. Their endless drumbeat against institutions of government, against equality, against women’s rights, against immigration reform, against health care reform, against sane environmental regulations — all those issues have become functionally

espite that weight of history — not to mention President Obama’s own particular set of problems — it’s still surprising that this Republican Congress could be sending Democrats running for the hills. Sporting singledigit approval ratings, the Republican-led House has produced a record of unmatched futility. They closed down the government; they failed to deal with the most pressing issues, such as immigration reform; they barely got a farm bill out; but they have found time for such worthless pastimes as Benghazi and defunding Obamacare. As noted above, many observers tell us that the trail leads to the ACA. I think there’s more to the story. As in 2010, the 2014 election will be all about turnout, and the millennials are feeling ignored, overlooked and dismissed. It isn’t that they’ll vote for Republicans: they won’t. The question — as it was in 2010 — is whether they’ll vote at all. They’re right to feel alienated: As early as the spring of 2009, Obama had stopped talking to his younger constituents. There they were, in the wake of the crash of 2008, with college loans to begin paying off, but no jobs. It was an entire generation at risk of falling off the economic radar screen, yet Obama said… nothing. By that time, it had become clear that Obama had no inner Pete Carroll to channel to rally his supporters like some kind of vast 12th Man. It’s

impossible to solve on this Congress’ watch. In retrospect, it all started with the issue of health care reform. In 2009, the Republicans couldn’t even agree with Obama on the definition of the obvious problem. That is: America needed some form of universal health coverage; America was spending too much of its GDP on health care; and the actual results we were getting — in life expectancy and other measures of health — were shockingly bad for the money we had been spending. We needed agreement at least on these obvious facts, but it was not to be. Thus, no useful exploration and constructive debate about, for example, what could be taken from the Nixon plan — and, yes, he had plans for health care. What about the Clinton plan? Or what Romney did in Massachusetts? Nope, not to be, given that the Republicans’ only agenda was to deny Obama a second term; their strategy, to marshal all the demagoguery necessary to pull it off.

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ut all this gloom and doom aside, it could well be that the very worst thing the Republican Party could do this year would be winning back the Senate. They wouldn’t have a veto-proof Senate, but if they take control of both the House and the Senate, they will be held responsible if they stay true to form and spend the following two years sitting on their hands. If this happens, Democrats would then be well advised to haul out the 1948 Harry Truman playbook for 2016 and make the election all about that do-nothing Congress. (A final note: The UW has done its own calculations and determined that students will get a better deal on the exchanges.) 


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ere at Inlander HQ, we’ve been living and breathing Best Of for weeks now. Sometimes the funny answers and mangled spellings just jump out of the tallies. So please enjoy the outtakes from our 21st annual Best Of issue.

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BEST SPORTSCASTER: Bob “Pink Eye” Costas. (Kind of mean, but still funny.) BEST BANK: Bitcoin. (If storing cash in the freezer is too conservative for you, try Bitcoin.) BEST ELECTED OFFICIAL: Willie Nelson. (Run, Willie, run!)

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BEST SUMMER CAMP: Heavyweights. (The Ben Stiller film.) BEST AUTHOR: Anyone who does something other than blog. BEST GIFTS: Beer. (Duh!)

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BEST ARTIST: Styx. (We were after “visual” artist, but their outfits do scream out the absurdity of the human condition.) BEST MALL: Pentagon City. (Let’s all head over to northern Virginia for a Cinnabon!) BEST HIKING: In the woods. (If a dumb answer falls in the Best Of, we will make sure you hear it.)

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COMMENT | COMMUNITY capacity to change and doesn’t. So why stay? When I think about it, maybe it isn’t Spokane I hate, but the way we’ve fully committed to a set of systems that fail the vast majority of us every single time. I hate that these systems are so slow to change, but so quick with their ability to destroy the things I love. And speaking of the things that I love, Spokane has them as much as any city can.

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he past five years I’ve functioned as a Spokane consultant for friends, acquaintances and friends of friends, answering questions about how to get a job, how to meet people, how to get involved. The only problem with this role is simple: I’m not qualified, because I hate it here. I hate a planning community stuck in the 1960s that thinks suburban sprawl makes sense. I hate going south of 50th at all. In the 10 years I lived there, acres of prairie and coyotes were almost entirely replaced with

more useful things like strip malls, housing developments and Target. I hate the one fish per year that is safe to eat out of the Spokane River. I hate a half-empty downtown after 40plus years of discussing how to fill it. I hate surface parking lots and empty storefronts with equal fervor. I hate seeing the passionate young people around me leave because they don’t think they can feed themselves doing the things that they love here. I hate that the people trying the hardest to change this list above end up competing with each other for the same dwindling pool of cash. Most of all, I hate that Spokane has the

I love that for the past six years I’ve lived within a 10-minute walk to places where you can’t tell you’re in a city at all. I’ve been able to live in amazing places like that for the price of working part-time. I love that there is a true sense of community and interconnectedness here. We depend upon one another for simple things and hold each other accountable during more complicated challenges. I love that I can name scores of top-level local artists, poets and musicians off the top of my head. I love that we have begun the process of working together to make something new in the vacuum. Strangers, acquaintances and friends are connecting all over this region to bring their visions to life. Let’s all do what we can to make it easy for a vision of real progress that builds our capacity to love and create, rather than simply profit, to bloom. If you represent the old guard, the one that’s kept those parking lots and empty storefronts rolling these 40 years, that’s kept pollution flowing into the river, that’s kept grabbing at every useful thing in sight to destroy it, please step aside. If you are stretching toward the light of all of the great things about Spokane, be bold. We need you. n Taylor Weech, who hosts the weekly public affairs program Praxis on KYRSFM, is a Spokane writer and activist. She’s advocated, among other things, for environmental sustainability and all-ages access to the arts.

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“One in four women has been affected by rape or sexual assault. Just because the women around you appear to be doing fine doesn’t mean they are.” — RACHEL DOLEZAL

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COMMENT | FROM READERS

DON’T MIX GUN AND RACE ISSUES fter reading the column Rachel Dolezal wrote in the Inlander (“A

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Nutty Gun Policy,” 3/13/14), I would have to say I am appalled. For no reason whatsoever, you have made guns on campus a racial issue. It’s statements like these that fuel the misconception that everyone in Idaho is gun toting bigot who is out for blood. And while I agree that it is not probably in the best interest to allow students to carry guns on campus, for no reason whatsoever is it due to a fear of being attacked by a group of hillbillies out for black blood. You see, I’m not afraid of bigots or “white conservatives,” I am afraid of deranged unstable maniacs. Deranged unstable maniacs can be white, black, fat, tall, or short. I think it is highly inappropriate to instill fear in black youth, especially in Idaho. It’s statements like these that are the reason my family is afraid to come and visit me in North Idaho. Aside from the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful places in America, my family is hesitant to come visit me because they have an outdated notion of Coeur d’Alene being something out of the movie Deliverance. Although I may not know you or what you may have experienced, it’s highly counterproductive to place an unnecessary amount of fear in North Idaho and its inhabitants. This place is not perfect, and being a predominantly “white conservative” town, I’d have to say I have met some of the nicest people I’ll ever meet here. So because I am black and have a concealed weapons permit, do you think it’s appropriate to say that I am armed to defend myself against “white conservatives?” Absolutely not. All the “white conservatives” I know, while misguided in their political views, are pretty docile and can’t fight. You are right; concealed weapons kill human beings, but they are intended to defend against maniacs, murderers and rapists. And you’d better believe that if deer got any ideas, we would probably start packing rifles on campus as well. NICK LEE Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Readers respond to “The Young and Insurance-less” (3/13/14) about whether healthy Americans will purchase health insurance

MICHELE MARIE: Being uninsured, even while young and healthy, was still absolutely terrifying. I was nervous at every illness that it would get bad and I’d need a doctor. I worried about something major happening to me or my husband and it bankrupting us. Over the course of our 10-year marriage, this year is the first that we’ve all been covered. ROBBIN WOOD: The biggest reason is: You never know when you could be hit with a catastrophic illness, an accident where your limbs are broken — there are endless unexpected things that happen to people every day. … It is very, very foolish not to have health insurance, it could screw you up financially for a long, long time. LARRY FROSTAD: What if, what if, what if, what if, what if. You can reason away everything you have and government will come up with more “what ifs” for you to pay for. BRYCE KOVAR: Young people do get sick and do have accidents. If you don’t want to pay for health care, don’t go to the emergency room unless you can pay for it. Good luck with that! 

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BUSINESS

Despite being in a smaller location, River Park Square has managed to avoid many of the problems dogging malls nationwide.

The Incredible Shrinking Mall The business of shopping centers isn’t as easy as it used to be BY DANIEL WALTERS

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hen Marty McFly escaped Libyan terrorists in his DeLorean time machine in the 1985 comedy Back to the Future, he did so in the parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall. As he zapped back to 1955 in a trail of flame, the JCPenney sign glowed in the background. The spot wasn’t just perfect because it had the space necessary for a DeLorean to get up to the time-traveling speed of 88 miles an hour: The gaping suburban mall,

bringing vast parking lots and an epidemic of sprawl, was as much a part of the ’80s as soda fountains and barbershops were in the ’50s. But three decades later, enclosed malls themselves are beginning to go the way of the soda fountain, becoming a relic of the past. One retail report listed 200 large malls with vacancy rates of 35 percent or higher. Another market analyst group predicted that 10 percent of the nation’s enclosed malls would fail by 2022.

It’s a challenging climate that is being felt across the Inland Northwest and beyond. Dale Burbridge, owner of Spokane Airsoft and Paintball, is among the last tenants still operating in the north side of NorthTown Mall — and he’s required to be out by May. Those tenants have moved in anticipation of major renovations, but even with that temporary reduction in leasable space, vacancies are still peppered throughout that mall. ...continued on next page

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“THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MALL,” CONTINUED... “The east side is very vacant [as well],” Burbridge says. “You do get a good amount of foot traffic, but it’s not enough to support the rent. I’ve seen businesses in there two or three months and then close.” Hit the button on the glass elevator for the basement in the NorthTown Mall and nothing happens — Bumpers, the arcade, closed more than a year ago and hasn’t been replaced. In the food court on the second floor, there’s a Swisscheese pattern of holes where the Sbarro sign used to be. Sbarro has been gone for more than a month. The entire chain — reliant on foot traffic through malls — filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. Arby’s is gone too. Year after year, ShopperTrak’s analysis shows national retail foot traffic dwindling: Even with the country recovering from recession, holiday foot traffic was down nearly 15 percent from 2012 to 2013. A mall, after all, is a collection of stores. And entire genres of retail stores are faltering: At 8:30 in the evening, NorthTown’s RadioShack is completely empty of customers. Just a month after Super Bowl ads proclaimed the store was moving into a bold new era, the company announced it was closing 1,100 stores nationwide. At JCPenney — a major tenant at both the NorthTown and Spokane Valley malls — the hiring of the genius behind the Apple Store didn’t help. Its stock plunged 80 percent in two years; now it plans to close 33 stores and cut 2,000 jobs. Traditional retail stores have been hit on all sides: Lower-priced, get-everything-here stores like Sears have been battered by even cheaper stores like Walmart. The Internet has torn through music stores, movie theaters, bookstores and software stores. Amazon.com’s Prime subscription promises free two-day shipping and free streaming movies for about the price of a year of Netflix. Prime users can get many items cheaper than at the mall and don’t need to even need to step out of the house. “There really haven’t been any [enclosed]

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malls developed in the U.S. in the past 10 years,” says Dave Mangum, market analyst for the Gibbs Planning Group. There aren’t the incentives or desire within communities. Instead, communities have favored developing mixed-use town centers, with retail, offices and homes all together in one spot. “There’s this idea we don’t need as much retail as we typically thought in the past,” Mangum says. “The U.S. has more retail per person than any other country.” Many outlet malls, Mangum says, are still thriving. Luxury stores are popping. It’s the mid-level retailers targeting middle-class consumers — JCPenney, Sears — that have struggled the most. Malls catering to those customers have had to adapt. And malls in smaller cities competing with bigger markets, like those in Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene, had even more trouble weathering the recession and competing with stores like Walmart. Coeur d’Alene’s Silver Lake Mall was nearly 40 percent vacant in 2009, and the outlet mall strip in Post Falls remains a nearly-empty ghost town to this day, as the city of Post Falls considers whether the space could be turned to something more productive.

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he most recent time there was a major renovation at NorthTown, in 1998, it was an expansion. This time it’s a contraction. The 120,000 square feet of space between Macy’s and Kohl’s will be torn down, replaced by 63,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants. It’ll come with updated lighting, paint and signage, and a sleeker, more prominent, northside entrance. Consider it reflective of the new strategy of General Growth Properties, the big corporation that runs both the NorthTown and Spokane Valley malls. Thanks to an aggressive acquisition strategy that was foolish in hindsight, GGP filed for one of real estate’s largest Chapter 11 bankruptcies in 2009. It managed to claw its way back from bankruptcy, but the days of expansion seem to be over. Instead it began ditching unprofitable


NorthTown has embarked on an ambitious renovation plan to spruce up — and shrink — its north side. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO properties — Silver Lake Mall was spun off as part of a separate company — to focus on more higher-end developments. River Park Square in downtown Spokane already has that advantage. The mall is much smaller and parking isn’t free. It also has the asset of being located in the middle of other destinations, including Riverfront Park, a row of restaurants and the Spokane Public Library. And it has upper-end stores — like Nordstrom and Apple — that excel at drawing upper-end customers. “We have a clientele that didn’t seem to get as impacted by the recession,” says Bryn West, River Park Square’s general manager. The middle class was walloped in downtown, but the upper class emerged essentially unscathed. “We had no problem with any of our tenants at all. Suburban malls, different story.” River Park Square is 94 percent full, and one of the vacancies is well on its way to being filled. The biggest frustration, West says, is the lack of space to meet the demand. “We’re landlocked,” she says. “We have the library on one end. Macy’s on other.” So when a big store like H&M was ready to move to downtown Spokane, she says, there wasn’t any room. They went to Spokane Valley instead. River Park Square doesn’t have many teen offerings. But it’s full of higher-end female fashion, a niche especially resistant to the pull of online shopping. “As a woman going into Banana Republic to buy a $300 suit, I need to try that on,” says West. That isn’t the case for, say, gloves from Sears. Even with the high demand, West doesn’t want to remain complacent. “In order to stay competitive, the malls have to focus on being sticky,” West says. She’s not talking about movietheater floors, but referring to the idea of creating a place where people want to visit, even when they’re not planning to shop. It’s what wine-tasting rooms and movie theaters are about. It’s why River Park Square hosts a gallery of children’s art for First Friday and has aerial artists perform in the atrium. And it’s why it added a swanky private lounge, furnished with modern couches and three big-screen TVs, for private parties. West hopes to take that even further by, say, adding patio seating outside on Post Street, where live music and other events could be held. “I want it to be something new every time you come to River Park Square. Something new to do, something new to see,” West says. “It’s like: Just come down and be here. If you shop, if you eat, if you go see a movie, if you look at the art, just be here.” n danielw@inlander.com

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NEWS | DIGEST

NEED TO KNOW

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The Big News of the Past Week

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A helicopter being leased by Seattle’s KOMO-TV crashed near the Space Needle on Tuesday morning, killing the pilot and photojournalist on board.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with leaders of Crimea, formally absorbing the Ukrainian territory into the Russian Federation.

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A woman named Donna Perry is accused of killing three prostitutes in Spokane in 1990. Perry, who was living as a man named Douglas at the time of the murders, was extradited to Spokane from a Texas prison earlier this month.

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Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies arrested 29 people in drug raids throughout Spokane and Rathdrum, Idaho, last week, seizing $30,000 worth of illegal drugs.

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The owners of Heron Pond Farms, where these goats produce milk for cheese, are members of the region’s current local food economy. If the Spokane City Council passes a set of urban agriculture changes Monday, that local group could quickly expand. The pair of ordinances, being introduced by Council President Ben Stuckart, would allow city residents to keep chickens and small breeds of pigs and goats in their backyards. The changes also would allow residents to sell produce from their gardens. The council is set to vote at its 6 pm meeting Monday. Read more about the potential changes at Inlander.com.

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The Spokane City Council takes on sprawl; plus, the looming Obamacare deadline CATCHING UP

For the first time in a decade, the Spokane Police Department is caught up on PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS, according to Police Chief Frank Straub. The backlog of requests has been a longtime issue at the department, with waiting times for records sometimes stretching beyond three months. Department spokeswoman Monique Cotton says new staffing and Straub’s focus on “public requests as a top priority” are to thank. Next week, the Spokane City Send comments to Council will consider an emergency editor@inlander.com. budget ordinance cutting one vacant records specialist position and spending the savings on increasing the salaries for the other 27 records specialists. Straub told the council the department will also likely add one or two more specialists dedicated to body camera footage once police begin using the cameras later this year. “Now we have good people,” Straub told a council committee meeting Monday. “We don’t want to lose them.” — HEIDI GROOVER

LETTERS

DEADLINE LOOMING

With less than two weeks until the March enrollment deadline, more than 5 million people nationwide have signed up for private health insurance plans under the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, according to the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that 6 million people will enroll in health care coverage by the end of March — down from its original forecast of 7 million after the disastrous rollout of the federal insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. Enrollments are now on pace to reach the 6 million milestone. In Washington state, more than 112,000 people have signed up for private insurance plans through the exchange, about 21 percent of the state’s eligible population. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, only five states — Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, California and Idaho — are beating Washington’s enrollment rate. March 31 is the last day for consumers to purchase a health policy for 2014. Anyone who isn’t insured will face a tax penalty. — DEANNA PAN

The legislature didn’t do it. The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has shown no interest in doing it. But now, the city council has a found a way to plug what many see as a LOOPHOLE in the state’s growth management law. Last year, Spokane County expanded the area where developers could build densely within the county, but the Growth Management Hearings Board struck down the expansion a few months later. In that short time, however, several developers managed to get far enough in the application process that their properties were “vested” — meaning they can still build in the newly expanded areas, even though the expansion was found invalid. That’s long infuriated land-use activist groups. And it’s sometimes frustrated city municipalities as well, which are often on the hook for extending water and sewer service to the new areas. “When you keep spreading out further and further, it costs more and more and more,” Councilman Jon Snyder said at a council meeting Monday. “When the county commissioners decided to put 4,000 acres into the urban growth area ... it was basically a stealth tax increase.” Monday night, the city council voted 4-2 to delay extending water and sewer lines to new properties inside expanded urban growth areas until any legal challenges to the expansion had been resolved. While it doesn’t apply to agreements that had already been made, the lack of services in such areas would likely delay development in future growth area expansions. County Commissioners opposed the ordinance, arguing it was illegal and would chill development and business growth in the county. “This is old thinking,” Spokane County Commissioner Al French said at the meeting. “This is not working together to benefit the region.” — DANIEL WALTERS

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hortly before midnight last Thursday, Washington state lawmakers wrapped up their 60-day session with a modest budget in tow and few major policy changes under their belts. This time around, “expectations for broad, sweeping change weren’t really in the cards,” says Rep. Marcus Riccelli, DSpokane. In all, lawmakers passed 237 measures this session. Gov. Jay Inslee has until April 5 to act on them. Here’s a recap of some of things lawmakers did — and didn’t do — over the past two months.

WHAT THEY DID

Toward the beginning of the session, lawmakers passed a bill allowing undocumented high school students to apply for state college aid. Called the DREAM Act by House Democrats and Real Hope Act by Senate Republicans, the bill was signed into law last month. “The DREAM Act was a significant accomplishment for helping our state to move forward,” Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, says. “Not only individually, to help the Dreamers be successful for their own sake, but to be able to contribute to our community and our economy in the future.” Lawmakers approved measures banning tanning-bed use for minors, sealing juvenilecourt records, regulating drones by public agencies and allowing law enforcement

to seize firearms from domestic violence perpetrators. Three bills Riccelli sponsored also passed, including a measure requiring hospitals to submit blood samples for newborn screening tests within 48 hours. “We haven’t been doing a great job in the state in getting the results back to providers and parents,” he says. “A lot of those disorders can be treated in the first couple weeks.” Billig’s bill requiring state agencies to avoid purchasing products that contain polychlorinated biphenyls, a toxin often found in yellow road paint, was also passed, as were three proposals by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, including a measure expanding the definition of “sex offense” to cover sex traffickers. “I’m told we’re the first state in the country requiring this for human traffickers,” Parker says. “We have to assemble a model for which to identify them as traffickers because it does not exist anywhere else in the country.” At the 11th hour on the last day of the session, lawmakers agreed to make in-state tuition available to all military veterans, regardless of how long they’ve lived in Washington. They also approved a fouryear extension on a real-estate registration fee to help fund homeless programs. The legislature also passed a $155 million supplemental operating budget that

Lawmakers couldn’t agree on a transportation package to help finish the North South Freeway. For the first time since 1996, lawmakers couldn’t agree on a supplemental capital construction budget. “That’s a huge disappointment for me,” Riccelli says. “Our supplemental capital budget is always what I would say is our jobs package. … It puts people to work.” The legislature also tabled bills dealing with mental health civil commitments, teacher evaluations and a measure merging the recreational and medical marijuana industries. Baumgartner was disappointed that his bill designating electricity generated by Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant as a renewable resource was passed up, as was his proposal addressing oil-by-rail transportation safety. Billig says he would have liked to have seen his campaign finance transparency bill brought to the Senate floor. Two opposing gun-related initiatives — Initiative 594, which would expand background checks, and Initiative 591, which would prevent further background checks — did not advance to the House or Senate floors. Both initiatives will be on the November ballot. 


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Settling Up The Spokane City Council agrees to pay $125,000 to settle an excessive force claim

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our years after two disputed instances of excessive force, Spokane City Council members voted Monday to approve a $125,000 settlement with plaintiff Leroy K. Berra, who alleges Spokane police officers pulled him through his smashed car window and broke his leg following a vehicle pursuit in 2009, then 14 months later forcibly subdued him in a second encounter. “[Berra] has experienced extreme pain and suffering from the injuries and from medical procedures and treatment,” according to his claim, first filed in early 2012. “Claimant has also experienced limited mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental and emotional distress and suffering.” The lawsuit named a number of Spokane officers as defendants, including Officers Christopher Bode, Scott Haney, Corey Lyons, Darrell Quarles, Adam Valdez and Ron Van Tassel. Court records indicate the case had been scheduled to go to jury trial in federal U.S. District Court last week when mediation efforts reached a settlement. Officers reportedly pulled over Berra on March 1, 2009, after spotting him driving the wrong way down a one-way street and running multiple red lights in what they believed to be an attempt to flee police, according to court records. Berra contends he pulled over as soon as he noticed the flashing lights behind him. Berra, who has previous arrests for eluding police, drug possession and other charges, says officers boxed in his vehicle and smashed out a window. Officers then allegedly pulled him out of the broken window and beat him with a flashlight, breaking his leg. They also Tasered him multiple times. Police say Berra appeared to be fighting with a passenger in an attempt to drive off when an officer broke the car window, reached in to unlock the door and pulled Berra out to the ground. They say Berra fought officers as they tried to arrest him. Court records say Berra was later treated at the hospital for a broken leg and possible “excited delirium.” City attorneys argued Berra’s injuries were the result of his own physical attack on officers. Berra’s attorney Richard Wall argues officers went far beyond necessary force. During a second incident on May 1, 2010, Berra alleges that Officer Lyons confronted him outside an apartment building and knocked him down, kicking and punching him, after Berra refused a command to sit down on wet ground. Lyons, who also was involved in the first incident, argues that Berra was combative and moved to punch him. As both sides prepared to go to trial on March 10, a last-minute settlement was reached. The city council approved a resolution Monday awarding Berra $125,000, dismissing the lawsuit “without admission of fault or liability.” Berra testified at Monday’s council meeting about what he thinks are larger issues that remain with the department, calling in part for the use of body cameras. (The department has purchased body cameras and expects to begin using them later this year.) “I believe that something like this takes place too often, and that people are afraid to stand up for their rights,” Berra said. Councilman Jon Snyder, chair of the council public safety committee, declined to comment. City spokesman Brian Coddington said the settlement includes a confidentiality agreement, which bars city officials from commenting. Wall, Berra’s attorney, says he hopes, if nothing else, that the incident may lead to improved police training regarding use of force. He says Berra plans to finally move on with his life. “There’s no amount of money that can compensate for his injuries,” Wall says, “but he feels satisfied.” 

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Eight years after he led the nation in scoring, Adam Morrison looks to the next chapter BY MIKE BOOKEY

With his pro career behind him, Adam Morrison joined the Gonzaga coaching staff this fall as a student assistant. STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO


dam Morrison watches his two daughters chase each other as the sun dips below the horizon, casting an orange glow through the living room of his home on the outskirts of Spokane. “Be careful,” he says to his 5-year-old, who romps around the room with her 3-year-old sister. In the sports world, the 29-year-old Morrison is a former NCAA scoring champion, an NBA lottery pick with two world championship rings. He’s a guy who hoops fans argue is either one of the greatest college basketball players of all time or one of the biggest disappointments in NBA history. Then there’s this other Adam Morrison, the one who’s now wrapping up his bachelor’s degree with his sights set on a coaching career. That’s the Morrison — about an eighth as introverted as we’ve been led to believe — feeding his kids dinner on this Friday night. The older daughter runs up to her dad, who is wearing a vintage Captain America T-shirt and sweatpants, his trademark long locks pulled behind his ears, and jumps up onto the couch. “Do you want to sit and listen?” he asks her. She nods and curls up with Morrison as he talks about his transition — going from professional player to coach — and outlines his life story that, in many ways, forms a loop. It returns to Mead High School, where he demolished scoring records and nearly won a state title, all while dealing with diabetes. It also returns to Gonzaga, where his jump shot and passion became the stuff of legend. Life goes in circles like that, even if you’re Adam Morrison. y the end of the winter of 2006, Morrison was one of the most famous athletes, college, pro or otherwise, in America. Or maybe he was one of the most famous people in America. It was tough to tell if you were in the Northwest during the mania of that year. There was a national curiosity with Spokane’s unlikely hoops hero, the magnitude of which was hard to gauge. Morrison was leading the nation in scoring, often doing so with an intensity and throwback style that made him the darling of SportsCenter. Basketball fans were captivated and lobbed haphazard Larry Bird comparisons. The narrative of that season followed Morrison and Duke’s J.J. Redick as they battled for the scoring title, Player of the Year honors and other accolades. The two eventually would wind up sharing the cover of Sports Illustrated. Rival student sections, however, ruthlessly mocked him. Maybe those kids had it out for the guy because of the mustache or the hair, but more likely, it was the fact that, as he did at Loyola Marymount on a February afternoon that season, he could drop 37 points on your team — in one half. Gonzaga, Spokane and specifically Adam Morrison became the center of the college basketball world for a time. For Morrison, it was more than he bargained for when he set out to play college basketball. “I enjoyed the basketball part of it, but not the insanity of not being able to go anywhere. I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere without stopping 15 times for a photo or an autograph,” says Morrison. While he weathered what he called a “circus,” some looked at his approach to the notoriety and labeled Morrison an introvert. Or worse, some even called him rude if he — just 21 years old and largely unprepared for the fame — didn’t respond how people expected. “I’m not saying I’m not grateful, but if you came across wrong to one person, then you’re a jerk to the whole city,” he says. Things weren’t much easier on that front when the Charlotte Bobcats, under the front-office instruction of Michael Jordan, selected him with the third overall pick in the NBA draft. Expectations were high, and while Morrison performed solidly during his rookie season, he blew out his ACL in the following preseason and had to sit out the entire 2007-08 campaign. When he returned, Morrison saw his playing time dwindle. Eventually he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where playing time was even tougher to come by on a wildly talented team. He was, however, part of two championship teams and was credited by Kobe Bryant as a fierce competitor in practice. After being released by the Lakers and then failing to make the Washington Wizards in the 2010-11 season, Morrison took a break from basketball. By the next September, though, he was ready to ...continued on next page come back.

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“FULL CIRCLE,” CONTINUED... “I felt like playing again,” he says of a career resurrection that saw him play in Belgrade and Istanbul during the 2011-12 season and later in the 2012 NBA Summer League. When Morrison then returned to the Gonzaga campus this past fall to resume his education, it was refreshing. To these kids, many of whom were in grade school during the peak of Morrison-mania, he might have stood out as exceptionally tall, but nothing else. “At first I thought it was going to be awkward, but it wasn’t at all. The students were really nice,” he recalls. “To be honest, some of them don’t even know who I am. It’s been eight years.” In order to pursue coaching at the collegiate level, Morrison is completing a degree in sport management with a minor in political science. He’s enjoying those poli-sci classes, “especially in today’s political climate,” he says. Some might remember the way in which the early profiles of Morrison in national publications were always quick to mention his interest in radical politics, namely Marx and Che Guevara. He’s still heavily interested in politics and doesn’t mind when our discussion veers into the politicization of television news coverage. He can hold his own in that arena, quoting from Einstein when needed. He laments far-left ideology as well as far-right thinking. These days, Morrison best classifies himself as a libertarian, acknowledging that the government can enrich people’s lives but that government itself has gotten too big. He calls it a 180 from where he once stood. Even with kids, coaching and everything else in his life, being a full-time student is easier than he figured it might. There aren’t the distractions of everyday college life this time around. And it also helps not being one of the most talked-about men in America. “One thing I don’t miss about playing is dealing with the media,” he says. t was a couple of weeks into the 2012-13 basketball season at Mead High School when head coach Glenn Williams says Morrison began hanging around the gym. As Williams tells it, Morrison kept his distance, sitting against a wall while the kids ran drills. Just two months prior, Morrison had been with the Portland Trail Blazers’ preseason squad. He’d shown up at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas that year and torched opponents, averaging about 20 points even after two years away from the league, during which he had played in Europe. The Blazers gave him a shot with the team, but no guaranteed contract. Seeing limited playing time throughout the preseason, Morrison was released and returned to Spokane, where he’d bought a house the previous year. Williams knew Morrison well. He’d coached him in high school at Mead and was at the helm of a team that made it all the way to a state championship game, where they’d suffer their first loss of the season despite 37 points from Morrison. Morrison had also been a teammate and good friend of Williams’ son, Brian, who now serves as an assistant to his dad at Mead. Morrison kept coming back to the gym day

after day, each time getting more involved with the team, and soon Williams saw a transformation in the guy he still remembers as a kid playing videogames with his son in the family’s basement. Williams saw him shedding some of what he saw as a guarded personality Morrison had exhibited ever since becoming a college basketball rock star. He calls it “the old Adam.” “Each day, he got more comfortable,” says Williams. “With all that background he has, it was easy to step into that role, but the big thing was actually stepping into that role.” By the end of the season, Morrison was an assistant coach, giving the kids the sort of help few others could. “There were times when he’d stop practice and say something like, ‘Well, this is how we did it in L.A.’ about a rotation we had. It’s hard to argue with that,” says Williams. For Morrison, it wasn’t a careless decision. He knew he was making his first steps into coaching. After the Blazers had released him, he’d decided he wasn’t going to try to play in Europe again. He wanted to get into coaching, following in the footsteps of his father John, who coached in the high school and college ranks before the family moved to Spokane when Adam was in grade school. “My dad coached 20 years. I’ve always liked it and thought I could pursue it. Once my career went sideways a little bit, I thought, ‘Well, I can start coaching young and get in early and figure out how the system goes.’” When the season came to an end, Williams saw Morrison giving not just basketball lessons but life advice to players during their postseason interviews. The former NBA star sitting against the wall during that first practice was now giving impassioned guidance to kids he didn’t know just a few months prior. orrison sat at the end of the bench at this season’s WCC tournament in Las Vegas two weeks ago. During regularseason home games (he didn’t travel with the team in order to concentrate on school), he was actually behind the bench. Despite his credentials, he’s hardly waltzing into a top spot on Mark Few’s staff. When he first inquired about getting on the staff, assistant coach Tommy Lloyd told him he’d need to finish his degree, so Morrison enrolled in school, effectively picking up at the end of his junior year, right where he left things when he declared for the NBA draft a little more than a month after Gonzaga lost in the Sweet 16 that year. He’s listed as a student assistant on a team with a coaching staff that already includes two other former Gonzaga players — Brian Michaelson and Alex Hernandez. The school and the team, Morrison says, were happy to get him back into school. “Gonzaga has been very gracious and they’ve helped me out in that regard. I’m really thankful for it,” he says. Morrison has found his way into the fabric of Gonzaga basketball — something that’s not all that different from how he remembers it from a decade ago. Mostly, he works with players individually on their skills. The X’s and O’s stuff will come as he


progresses in his career, he says. But anyone who saw Morrison bear-hug David Stockton after the senior guard made the winning layup in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament can tell Morrison still cares about the game. Head coach Mark Few says there’s something unique about having Morrison on the bench. “He’s got a unique position — a level of respect from our guys — that’s unmatched when the guy’s the Player of the Year in college basketball,” says Few. “There’s also a creative aspect that maybe you wouldn’t get from some of us other coaches. Adam was a very creative player.” Morrison is just trying to fit in where he can. “What I try to do is fit in somewhere in between [the other coaches]. I provide a viewpoint, because it’s just like having a boardroom where you have different talents. It’s like, ‘OK, what can I bring that is different that still helps?’”

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Morrison led NCAA Division I with 28.1 points per game in his junior year in 2006. He declared for the NBA draft that spring. t seems like your math is off if you think that in five years — presumably five more years of coaching — Adam Morrison will only be 34 years old. That’s young for a coach or any other sort of professional. It’s especially young for someone who has already made a hell of a lot of money in another profession from which he’s already retired. Sometimes Morrison says he feels a little older than his 29 years. His knee — the one he injured in Charlotte, the one that very well may have been the reason his career never reached a level some figured it might — bothers him after a long workout. But not too bad, he insists. His diabetes means he needs to focus on his fitness, so he’s keeping that in mind. But he’s still finding time to play some golf, shoot his rifles, listen to music, keep up on current affairs and, of course, hang with his daughters. He’s done a lot before 30. “I’ve been around the world, I’ve done a lot of things that basketball has provided me. Now, I want to move into the next phase while I’m still young.”  mikeb@inlander.com

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For the fourth time in a little more than a decade, the Spokane Arena is playing host to NCAA men’s basketball tournament games. Action kicks off on Thursday with four games, followed by two third-round games on Saturday. Here’s the skinny on the teams heading to town.

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (4-East) Record: 26-8, 12-6 Location: East Lansing, Mich. Conference: Big Ten Head coach: Tom Izzo

HARVARD CRIMSON (12-East) Record: 26-4, 13-1 Location: Cambridge, Mass. Conference: Ivy League Head coach: Tommy Amaker his time around, the Crimson won’t be sneaking up on anyone. A year ago as a 14 seed, Harvard pulled the shocker of the NCAA tournament’s first day, stunning third-seeded New Mexico, before falling to Arizona in the second round. Amaker, a star guard at Duke in the mid-’80s whose coaching résumé includes stops at Seton Hall and Michigan, has the Crimson in the NCAAs for the third consecutive year. His team is deep, experienced and well-rested; the Ivy League has no postseason tournament, so Harvard was the first team to clinch an NCAA berth, nearly two weeks ago. The Crimson do a lot of things well: playing defense, forcing turnovers and blocking shots, and shooting and distributing the ball. They’re notable for their offensive balance, with six players averaging between nine and 14 points per game, and strong senior leadership in forward Kyle Casey and guards Laurent Rivard and sixth man Brandyn Curry. Casey and Curry returned to the team this season; both withdrew from school and sat out a year after being investigated in a campus-wide academic scandal. Rivard and sophomore point guard Siyani Chambers are the top threats from 3-point range, while Ivy League Player of the Year Wesley Saunders, a junior swingman, leads the Crimson in scoring and does a little of everything. He’ll likely draw the defensive assignment against Cincinnati star Sean Kilpatrick. With almost half of its games against Ivy League opposition, Harvard’s strength of schedule — 243rd out of 349 teams, according to ESPN — is nothing to brag about. Two of the Crimson’s four losses were on the road against NCAA tournament teams Colorado (70-62) and Connecticut (61-56). — MICHAEL MAHONEY

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CINCINNATI BEARCATS (5-East) Record: 27-6, 15-3 Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Conference: American Athletic Head coach: Mick Cronin or the Bearcats, it’s all defense, all the time. Cincinnati allowed just 58.3 points per game, sixth-best in the country. This team knows how to play and win ugly. Really ugly. Look no further than its 44-43 victory over fellow NCAA tournament team Pittsburgh, a real slobberknocker. This hard-nosed club defeated popular Final Four pick Louisville, as well as Connecticut and Memphis (twice) and only dropped one game to a team not in the tournament (and that was at SMU, one of the last teams out). Star senior shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick carries the bulk of the scoring load for the Bearcats with a powerful skill set that balances deep shooting and fearless slashing. Actually, “the bulk” might be an understatement: While dropping 20.7 points per game (15th in the country), he shoots more than 25 percent of his team’s field goal attempts, more than 45 percent of its 3-pointers and more than 40 percent of its free throws. Justin Jackson leads the Bearcats’ stout interior defense (2.9 blocks per game despite only being 6-foot-8), and he and his quick-handed teammates accrue 7.9 steals per game (20th best in the nation). Cincinnati plays with an ever-present chip on its shoulder, and perhaps with good reason. Despite finishing tied for first in the American Athletic Conference standings, few give the Bearcats any shot at advancing to the Sweet 16. Even officials don’t seem to respect them. A few weeks back, referee Ted Valentine and Cronin got into it midgame; they went nose-to-nose, and the ref began yelling in his face. While momentum builds behind Harvard as potential upset pick, expect Cronin to employ this latest case of perceived disrespect as a motivational tool for his scrappy squad. — SETH SOMMERFELD

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zzo has his Spartans in the NCAA tournament for the 17th consecutive year, the fifth-longest such streak in history. Only Kansas (25) and Duke (19) have longer active streaks. Making the big dance is usually a foregone conclusion for the Spartans, but that wasn’t the case this year, though the season began that way. A three-week stint atop the AP poll coincided with a 7-0 start. North Carolina (the East’s 6 seed) put an end to the undefeated season on Dec. 4, but Michigan State got right back to work and ran off 11 straight wins. Then disaster struck. More accurately, injuries took their toll. Following that winning streak, the Spartans finished the regular season with just five victories in 12 games. Only one player, guard Denzel Valentine, appeared in all 34 games this season. Healthy just in time for the Big Ten tournament, the Spartans regained their early season mojo. Convincing victories over Northwestern, Wisconsin (the West’s 2 seed) and Michigan (the Midwest’s 2 seed) earned Michigan State the Big Ten title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Every four-year player in Izzo’s 19-year career has appeared in at least one Final Four. Seniors Adreian Payne (15.8 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game) and Keith Appling (12.3 ppg, 4.6 assists per game) hope to keep that trend alive. To do so, they’ll need help from sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris (17.1 ppg), who suffered a minor shoulder injury on Saturday. He should be good to go against Delaware, but another injury scare is the last thing the Spartans need this year. — WILL MAUPIN

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DELAWARE BLUE HENS (13-East) Record: 25-9, 14-2 Location: Newark, Del. Conference: Colonial Athletic Association Head coach: Monté Ross his isn’t the same CAA that spawned Final Four runs from George Mason in 2006 and VCU in 2011. Those teams have moved to the greener pastures of the Atlantic 10. Once a league that sent multiple dangerous teams to the NCAA tournament every year, it’s now a league ravaged by realignment. Delaware, making its first NCAA tournament appearance since joining the league, looks to emulate those classic CAA Cinderellas. The Blue Hens have the experience of playing four teams that made the NCAA tournament. In the nonconference portion of their schedule, they defeated Cal Poly (16 seed, Midwest) by 10 points, but lost to Villanova (2, East) by four, Ohio State (6, South) by 12 and North Dakota State (12, West) by 19. With a 6-7 record entering the new year, Delaware didn’t look like a tournament team. A 13-game winning streak from January into mid-February saved the Hens’ season. During that streak, the Delaware offense really came into form. They’re the 24th highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 79.5 points per game. A quintet of players score in double figures, though Devon Saddler (19.7), Davon Usher (19.4) and Jarvis Threatt (18.1) do by far the most damage. Threatt was suspended in late January for violating university policy. He was supposed to miss all of February, but was allowed back a bit early after the Hens lost twice in three games. The offense has been humming along since Threatt’s return. That’s good, because a stout Michigan State defense is up next. — WILL MAUPIN


OKLAHOMA SOONERS (5-West) Record: 23-9, 12-6 Location: Norman, Okla. Conference: Big 12 Head coach: Lon Kruger pokane welcomes back a familiar face as former Zag big man Ryan Spangler and the Sooners roll into town. Oklahoma finished second to Kansas in the loaded Big 12, with wins over NCAA tournament teams Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State (twice). The lone bad loss came at the hands of Louisiana Tech in overtime at home back in December. It’s all about offense for Oklahoma. With a frenetic pace and multiple 3-point gunners (the rotation sports four players who shoot over 38 percent), the Sooners rank seventh in the nation in scoring (82.2 points per game). Sophomore guard Buddy Hield leads the team with 16.8 ppg while firing up seven 3-point attempts a game. The only reason that doesn’t give Kruger an aneurysm? Hield connects on 39.7 percent of those attempts. The second leading scorer, forward Cameron Clark, shoots even better from behind the arc, hitting 42.5 percent. Spangler, always a bruiser, has developed into the main inside presence, averaging just under a double-double (9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg) while shooting a gaudy 59.4 percent from the field. While Oklahoma’s accelerated pace creates frequent scoring chances, it also provides more chances for opponents to score. The Sooners surrendered 75.9 points per game, a dismal 308th in Division I. Louisiana Tech hung 102 on Oklahoma. With no inside defensive anchor for the Sooners, North Dakota State (which leads the nation in field goal shooting percentage) should be able to put up some points. The Sooners just plan on scoring more. — SETH SOMMERFELD

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (12-West) Record: 25-6, 12-2 Location: Fargo, N.D. Conference: Summit League Head coach: Saul Phillips ootball, not basketball, is the main event at North Dakota State. The Bison have won the past three FCS national championships. They’re pretty good at basketball, too. That’s why they’re here. This is just NDSU’s second Division I NCAA tournament appearance. That might not sound impressive, but the Bison have only been a member of Division I since the 2005-06 season. Though lured away by larger contracts, many successful coaches spent their formative years in Fargo. Tim Miles, now leading Nebraska (the West’s 11 seed), and Greg McDermott, coaching Creighton (the West’s 3 seed), find themselves dancing in the same region as their old team. Closer to home, former Eastern Washington coach and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti spent the late 1990s as Bison head coach. Early season tests against Saint Mary’s, Southern Miss and Ohio State (6, South) all resulted in losses. However, the Bison gained invaluable experience from those games, beating Delaware (13, East) and Notre Dame. Since the start of Summit League play, the Bison have lost just twice, at IPFW and Denver. They closed out the season with nine consecutive victories. NDSU’s offense is one of the country’s most efficient. Led by 6-foot-7 senior guard Taylor Braun (18.2 points per game) and senior center Marshall Bjorklund (63.3 field goal percentage), the Bison make the most of their slow, deliberate possessions. At 6-8, Bjorklund is undersized, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Only 5 percent of the team’s shots are blocked, the lowest percentage in the country. — WILL MAUPIN

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SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (4-West) Record: 29-4, 16-2 Location: San Diego, Calif. Conference: Mountain West Head coach: Steve Fisher

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NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (13-West) Record: 26-9, 12-4 Location: Las Cruces, N.M. Conference: Western Athletic Head coach: Marvin Menzies

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he Aggies are no strangers to the Inland Northwest, but that’s not to say they’re comfortable here. Twice this season they’ve visited the region and twice they’ve lost: First 80-68 to Gonzaga in December, then 73-67 to Idaho last month. They’re also familiar with the West Region’s top seed, Arizona. The Aggies managed just 48 points in a December drubbing at the hands of the Wildcats. On the positive side, New Mexico State took down rival New Mexico, the South’s 7 seed, 67-61 in what proved to be the team’s biggest win of the season. Speaking of big, you should know about 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar. With 99 blocks this season (3.4 per game) it’s likely that Bhullar will hit the century mark in Spokane. Not to be overlooked are 6-10 forwards Tshilidzi “Chili” Nephawe and Renaldo Dixon. All three average at least 25 minutes per game. That height gives the Aggies a serious advantage on the interior. As a team they shoot 53.5 percent inside the 3-point arc, 20th best nationally, and hold their opponents to just 44.4 percent. It’s a little guy, relatively speaking, who leads the scoring charge on this big team. Guard Daniel Mullings averages 16.8 points and 3.5 assists per game. However, he’s been without his usual backcourt mate, K.C. RossMiller, for the past five games. Ross-Miller has been suspended indefinitely after starting a brawl following the Aggies’ Feb. 27 loss to Utah Valley. As of press time, the New Mexico State athletic department has yet to say if he will play in the NCAA tournament. — WILL MAUPIN


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Gonzaga Dances, Again ne year after entering the NCAA men’s tournament as the top-ranked team in the country, the Gonzaga Bulldogs look quicker. After all, it’s a lot easier to move around the court without the weight of the world on your shoulders. “That was the coolest thing ever, to accrue a No. 1 seed (in the NCAA tournament),” coach Mark Few says. “But that was a hard thing to get through. I’ve talked to other perennial No. 1 coaches, and they agree with me.” The Bulldogs are seeded eighth in the 16-

GONZAGA (28-6, 15-3 West Coast Conference) vs. OKLAHOMA STATE (21-12, 8-10 Big 12 Conference) Friday, 1:40 p.m. Viejas Arena, San Diego TNT television team West Region. “It’s a much different feeling this year,” Few says. “We don’t have the burden of being the No. 1 seed,” forward-center Sam Dower Jr. says. “We feel no pressure,” guard Gary Bell Jr. says. Ninth-seeded Oklahoma State opened in Las Vegas as a 1-point favorite over the Bulldogs. Like Gonzaga, the Cowboys improved down the stretch after struggling a few weeks ago. “They’re probably underseeded, based on how they’re playing at this particular time,” Few says. “They’re definitely trending upward, but so are we.” Oklahoma State, led by point guard Marcus Smart, is extremely athletic. The Cowboys’ top five scorers are either guards or swingmen. ESPN’s NBA draft expert Chad Ford projects Smart to go sixth in the draft this year. The 6-foot-4,

220-pound sophomore averages 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Few raves about Smart’s talent and character, playing down a February incident when Smart shoved an obnoxious Texas Tech fan. “He’s a huge challenge,” Few says. “Phenomenal athlete, phenomenal competitor,” sums up Gonzaga point guard David Stockton. Ford ranks 6-3 shooting guard Markel Brown (17.1 ppg) the No. 56 prospect in this year’s draft. Le’Bryan Nash (14.2 ppg), a 6-7 wing, checks in at No. 85. Przemek Karnowski (10.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg), Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1 center, is ranked No. 100. The sophomore is not expected to turn pro this year. Dower, a senior who leads Gonzaga with 15.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg, is not on Ford’s top 100 list. The Cowboys finished eighth among 10 teams in the Big 12, then split two games in the conference tournament. Gonzaga, the WCC regular-season and tournament champion, improved to 5-0 all-time against OSU with a 69-68 win last season in Stillwater, Okla. The Big 12 is much stronger than the WCC. Friday’s winner likely will face top seed Arizona on Sunday. The Wildcats open against 16th-seeded Weber State. — HOWIE STALWICK

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tioned Gonzaga senior guard Haiden Palmer. “We’re glad she’s graduating,” Judkins deadpanned. “That’ll be nice. “She’s the heart and soul of that team.” True, but the 18th-ranked Bulldogs have more than enough depth and balance to keep teams from focusing solely on Palmer. That could prove the difference Sunday when the sixth-seeded Bulldogs open NCAA tournament play against 11th-seeded James Madison of Harrisonburg, Va. Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves says this year’s squad is the best defensive team he’s ever had, but James Madison has a slight edge on the Bulldogs in defensive statistics. The Dukes rank among the nation’s best, yielding 54.8 points per game, 34.4 percent field-goal shooting and 25.4 percent 3-point shooting. James Madison won regular-season and tournament championships in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs did the same in the West Coast Conference. Neither league belongs with the blue bloods of women’s basketball, but Gonzaga’s No. 6 seed is its best ever for the school, playing in its sixth straight NCAA tournament. Colonial Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder, a 6-foot senior guard, leads the Dukes with 18.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Three other Dukes average 10 or more points on a team that lacks depth. Palmer leads Gonzaga, averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals. Her steals average ranked second in the nation coming into postseason play this week. Jazmine Redmon, a senior point guard from Mead High School, provides sterling defense on the perimeter along with Palmer. The Bulldogs have a size advantage over the Dukes, but 6-2 guard-forward Nikki Newman was the Colonial’s Defensive Player of the Year. James Madison has won five straight games and 18 of its past 19. Gonzaga has won 19 of 20, including its past six. “I think our team’s primed and ready,” Graves says. Sunday’s winner likely will face host Texas A&M on Tuesday. The 15th-ranked Aggies, seeded third, open against No. 14 seed North Dakota. — HOWIE STALWICK

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For the second straight year, the Idaho women’s hoops team has landed in the NCAA tournament, thanks to a win over Seattle University in last Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference championship game. The victory sends the Vandals to Iowa City where they’ll face 30-win Louisville of the American Athletic Conference, which enters the tournament ranked fourth in the country but received a 3 seed. The Vandals, seeded 16th last year, were defeated by eventual national champion UConn in the first round. (MIKE BOOKEY)

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of a Broadway lead. That’s not an issue for Chester Gregory. He played Sweaty Eddie (aka Eddie Souther) for 18 months in the successful Broadway run of Sister Act. After a year’s break, the Gary, Ind., native chose to resume the role in the musical’s ...continued on next page

Chester Gregory (left) in his acclaimed role as Sweaty Eddie.

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Sister Act ran for 18 successful months on Broadway before becoming a touring show.

nationally touring production. “I love it because the majority of the roles I’ve played before have been extroverts,” Gregory says. “I saw this personality test on Facebook — so who knows how valid it is? — and there were 23 questions to determine if you were an introvert. I was all 23 of them. “So I’m a textbook introvert, at least according to Facebook,” he laughs. “Playing Sweaty Eddie allows me to tap into those places, how I internalize things as an introvert, and it gives me a chance to evaluate my own personality and share that part of myself.” Sweaty Eddie earns his unenviable nickname because of his heart-thumping, hyperventilatory feelings for Deloris Van Cartier, Sister Act’s nightclub singer who goes into hiding as a nun. Compared to the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg on which the musical is based, Eddie is a much different and more prominent character. “It’s musical theater, so you have to have the love story. In the film he’s a catalyst for her going into the convent, but here there are more layers to that. There’s a moment when he sings ‘I Can Be That Guy’ when he lets the audience in to see what he feels on the inside, giving you an exterior view of his interior world.” Unlike Deloris, Gregory is used to leading a double life. While on hiatus from Sister Act, he starred in his own critically acclaimed The Eve of Jackie, a show about Jackie Wilson with a charismatic song-and-dance routine worthy of Wilson’s reputation as “Mr. Excitement.” When he did return to Sister Act, Gregory had just two days to shed his unnaturally outgoing persona as Wilson and re-inhabit the inhibited world of Eddie. “It gave me a fresh perspective,” he says. “For me, it felt like a second chance to discover this character and add very rich moments.” Separately, Gregory also performs under the artist name of CHESS. As opposed to Gregoryas-Jackie or Gregory-as-Eddie, CHESS (usually written with a stylized, stemless E) is closer to an

alter ego, a way for this Michael Jackson-inspired entertainer to showcase another side of his talent. “There’s definitely a strategy behind it,” says Gregory. “I wanted to escape what people might think when they hear something from a Broadway performer. They expect you to sing to the back row, for all the words to be super enunciated. With me using the name CHESS, I was able to dive into the music and explore what the song is about without any preconceived notions or history.” “Even though I’ve worked as Chester Gregory, that’s me as the actor telling other people’s stories. Under CHESS, that’s me telling my own stories.” As CHESS, Gregory isn’t simply a rising Broadway star moonlighting as a singer. He’s approached it with an ambitious philosophy, releasing a free album of covers called Eclipse “to break the ice, so you can get the sound that I’m going for,” soon to be followed by a three-part album with the umbrella title Trifecta. “The first part of Trifecta is called Retrograde, the second is Equinox, the third is Solstice. They represent different stages of life: past, present and future,” he explains. “Retrograde has a darker kind of sound because it’s about the past. The present is more about discovering love, and the future, the gratitude one, is about being happy in anticipation of the future because there’s something to look forward to. That’s the most upbeat.” He laughs and admits that not everyone would have themed the albums the same way. But the introvert is apparently an optimist too. “I have to think of the future as bright,” he says. “Else why keep going?”  arts@inlander.com Sister Act: The Musical • March 27-30, showtimes vary depending on date • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • $32.50-$72.50 • inbpac.com • 1-800-325-SEAT

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Welcome back to another Best of the Inland Northwest readers poll issue! This year our poll turns 21, so we’re completely legal. (Finally!) As the poll enters its third decade, we’ve been busy keeping up with technology. New this year, voters were able to share their favorite questions via Facebook and even fill out a ballot on their smartphone. For 2014, we also asked more questions than ever — making this not only the original readers poll, but also the biggest in the Inland Northwest. We have a great issue for you to dig into, featuring original artwork by Tiffany Patterson, stories by all the great Inlander writers you know and love and lots of comments from our voters. You’ll find our annual clip-and-post Zags poster in the People section, and in Shopping there’s a hilarious list of your ideas for a marketing slogan to attract marijuana tourists. New questions this year include Best Bloody Mary and Best Twentysomething Making a Difference, and there’s even a whole mini-section on the Best of the Palouse. You’ll also meet four new inductees to our Best of Hall of Fame — Stephanie Vigil, the Davenport Hotel, Anthony’s and the MAC — winners of a first place award in 10 different years. So settle in for a good read — then get out there and take advantage of all the best things our region has to offer!

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BEST CHEAP EATS

DICK’S

Despite its gritty home beside Division and I-90, Dick’s holds a place in Spokane lore at the intersection of thin wallets and nostalgia. Deb Weller, who now lives in Seattle but grew up in Cheney, says Dick’s reminds her of perfect Spokane summer nights. “Everyone would meet up there after cruising Riverside. Even now, ordering a Whammy with fries and a chocolate shake takes me back to high school.” Like her, many make a point to stop when they’re in town to order a hamburger or shake at the walk-up windows. (LW) 2nd PLACE: Jack in the Box; 3rd PLACE: Zip’s

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING

THE SATELLITE

There’s no rule that says you must be tipsy to show up at the Satellite after midnight — but let’s be honest; the sober people looking for a hearty diner meal are clearly outnumbered. “The Satellite is the perfect gut bomb to end the night,” says Clare Gaffney-Brown of Browne’s Addition. “If you can withstand the wait, the fries are epic, and the breakfast served all the time is the best way to soak up all the alcohol in your system.” (LW) 2nd PLACE: Jack in the Box; 3rd PLACE: Dick’s

BEST BARBECUE

LONGHORN BBQ

It’s been five years since we asked about Best Barbecue, but readers’ opinions about the best haven’t wavered: With two locations in Airway Heights and the Valley, it’s evident that Longhorn BBQ is an Inland Northwest institution. Its roots lie in Texas, where the five Lehnertz brothers started serving up barbecue in 1946 before making their way to the Northwest. These days it’s known for the rustic atmosphere, and of course the signature barbecue sauce. (LW) 2nd PLACE: Chicken-N-More; 3rd PLACE: Red Lion BBQ; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Texas Roadhouse

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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN/AMBIANCE BEST THAI

THAI BAMBOO, NORTH DIVISION

Not only does Thai Bamboo serve the tastiest Thai food around, according to Inlander readers, it’s the spot they enjoy eating at the most, too. The locally owned restaurant has four locations, but its Northside location is the one that has wooed Spokane eaters. Inside that giant, candy-colored pagoda at the crest of the North Division hill, you’ll find a glowing, starry sky overhead, gilded statues and a full tiki-themed lounge. Thai Bamboo gives you a feast for your eyes — and your belly. (LS) Best Interior Design/Ambiance 2nd PLACE: Zola; 3rd PLACE: The Peacock Room Lounge, Davenport Hotel Best Thai 2nd PLACE: Thai Cuisine; 3rd PLACE: Bangkok Thai

BEST PIZZA

THE FLYING GOAT

The Flying Goat offers crispy, wood-fired pies with a warm, smoky flavor that make even the simplest toppings — fresh mozzarella, sliced heirloom tomatoes, maybe a sprig of basil — taste like they were sent down from heaven. It’s pizza so good, you might eat until your stomach can’t take any more. Even then, you’ll want more. Let’s just say a box of Flying Goat leftovers has never made it to the next day in my house. I doubt I’m the only person who can say that. (LS) 2nd PLACE: South Perry Pizza; 3rd PLACE: Bennidito’s; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Fire Artisan Pizza

BEST BURRITOS

NEATO BURRITO

There are a few places in Spokane that workaday, downtown lunch-goers can get religious about: Neato Burrito is one of them. That’s because when you eat there, you’re not just getting a megalodon-sized mission-style burrito or a plate of nachos so massive you might hate yourself for finishing it all alone, but some of the most reliable, consistently tasty lunchtime fare in the city. Not only that, Neato offers food late into the night and has a full schedule of live music. So yeah, best burritos for sure — but Neato also gets huge props for making Spokane cooler, one burrito at a time. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Atilano’s; 3rd PLACE: Slick Rock

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

AZTECA

If Inlander readers have a hankering for Mexican food, they head straight to Azteca — an eatery that has this category on lockdown each year in our readers poll. It’s a place that will have a dining room full of families eating dinner and a packed cantina of college kids at happy hour. On all fronts, Azteca gives people what they’re craving: nachos, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, a menu of frilly Margaritas and Mexican beers. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Atilano’s; 3rd PLACE: Rancho Chico

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

TOMATO STREET With a location in North Spokane and one in Coeur d’Alene, Tomato Street keeps a special place in Inlander readers’ hearts as the best Italian joint in the Inland Northwest. That’s because the family-friendly restaurant has a menu — filled with pizzas, calzones and pastas, not to mention hefty gluten-free and vegetarian options — that will make just about anyone happy. Kids and childlike adults can enjoy coloring with crayons at the tables. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Luigi’s; 3rd PLACE: Italia Trattoria

BEST ASIAN FOOD

GORDY’S

In Spokane, there is the garbage goat, the Expo ’74 Pavilion, the raging Spokane Falls. And there’s Gordy’s. The humble South Hill blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cafe is a local institution, elevating Spokane’s idea of Asian cuisine from greasy takeout to gourmet. At Gordy’s, even the simplest dishes are works of art. The things Gordy and his staff can do with a handful of green beans, or even a bright purple eggplant, are pure magic. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Mustard Seed; 3rd PLACE: Cathay Inn; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Bonsai Bistro

BEST SUSHI

SUSHI.COM

Downtown Spokane has no shortage of sushi joints, but Sushi.com is the one that continues to win over Spokane’s taste buds. The often-packed downtown spot offers a massive menu of sashimi, hand rolls, noodle dishes and bento boxes. Yeah, the food is amazing — but maybe there’s something about Sushi. com’s unbelievably sweet servers that makes it such a treat to eat there. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Ginger Asian Bistro; 3rd PLACE: The Wave; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Syringa

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ARBOR CREST

The Arbor Crest Cliff House looks down upon us all, but not in a snobbish sense. Instead, the Mielke family opens their cliff views to the entire community on summer concert nights and First Friday events. The sommeliers behind the bar serve and explain tasting flights to wine novices as well as to the more informed, and there’s always the chance of learning something new while tasting one of Arbor Crest’s 15 varietals and blends. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Barrister; 3rd PLACE: Latah Creek; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Coeur d’Alene Cellars

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

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No-Li officially brews Spokane-Style beer. Each and every stout, amber and IPA ingredient comes from within 300 miles of the city. But the beverage gets around, winning recognition in international competitions. You can drink some right here and get a brewery tour. On the pub side, Branden Moreau, former chef at Manito Tap House, serves up high quality dishes to accompany the award-winning suds. So grab some poutine to accompany your Spin Cycle Red. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Iron Goat Brewing; 3rd PLACE: 12 String Brewing; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Laughing Dog

BEST LOCAL DRIVE-THRU ESPRESSO

DUTCH BROS.

Those aluminum-looking drive-thrus stand out to beckon the bleary-eyed morning traveler or glazed partier. You can walk up, drive up, sit outside, come by with your pet — Dutch Bros. accommodates all of its jittery patrons and offers up sweet drinks like the Double Torture (vanilla mocha with two shots) or the Cocomo (coconut-infused chocolate drink), energy drinks in a big blue can and smoothies for those times when you just … need ... to ... chill. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Wake Up Call; 3rd PLACE: Jacob’s Java; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Lean Bean

BEST COFFEE ROASTER

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Forget the bitter, burnt flavor of some of those other (westside) coffee roasters. Thomas Hammer goes down smooth and is redolent with deep coffee-ness, or what Thomas Hammer would call earthiness. Turning 20 this year, Thomas Hammer is coming out with a new “20” blend of Kenyan and Sulawesi beans that promises earthy undertones beneath “complex layers of tart and tangy citrus.” (AF) 2nd PLACE: Roast House; 3rd PLACE: Cravens Coffee; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Doma

BEST BAKERY BEST LOCAL COFFEE/ESPRESSO

THE ROCKET Hello consistent branding. Goodbye elevator music. The average customer spends 15 minutes a day on hold. Hold On Now will make that time work for you. W W W.H O L D O N N OW.CO M Contact: Staci Clary | Owner | 509-599-5291 | staci@holdon.us Hold On Now is a locally owned and operated company serving clients since 1992. Formerly known as INPHO, Information On Hold.

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With six distinctly different, non-chain-like neighborhood locations, many Spokanites view the Rocket as their neighborhood coffee and baked goods paradise. The Rocket is responsible for many pink cookie cravings, deep-dish quiche desires and, of course, coffee. It’s a one-stop shop for all of the best sweet, savory and caffeinated items. (AF) Best Bakery 2nd PLACE: Petit Chat; 3rd PLACE: Boots Bakery; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Bakery by the Lake Best Local Coffee/Espresso Shop 2nd PLACE: Atticus; 3rd PLACE: Thomas Hammer; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Java on Sherman


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Seasonality is just one aspect of Anthony’s broader commitment to freshness, something Hoss groups under its “core values” along with “consistency” and a passion for showcasing “what’s unique and wonderful” about each region. That’s partly why this constellation of family-owned Pacific Northwest restaurants sources so much of its produce locally. It’s also why Anthony’s controls so much of its own distribution chain. “We take our seafood so seriously that our owner opened his own company to ensure it was the best and finest available,” she says. “That way you get these beautiful pieces of fresh fish that meet all of our standards. You take out all the layers of middlemen. “It has to do with knowing exactly who you’re buying the seafood from, having these great long-term relationships where your partners understand what your commitment is — so they’re long-term relationships based on quality.” That quality isn’t limited to ingredients

or the long list of local wines. To complete the experience, Hoss says it takes the “great team” of kitchen and service staff and the commonalities — “family traits,” she calls them — among each of the 24 restaurants that bear the Anthony’s name. “You have an expectation when you come to Anthony’s, and we do our best to live up to those expectations,” she says. “We have a saying here that fresh seafood is our expertise, and the Northwest dining experience is our pleasure. And we’re proud to be honored for our hard work.” — E.J. IANNELLI Best Outdoor Dining 2nd PLACE: The Elk; 3rd PLACE: Clinkerdagger; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Bardenay Best Seafood 2nd PLACE: Milford’s; 3rd PLACE: Red Lobster; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Fisherman’s Market

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t was 1997, the first time the waterfalls were turned on in front of Beacon Hill’s clubhouse, on the lawn among the gardens and bridges, overlooking Spokane and its abundance of trees. It was the wedding day of Ellie Aaro’s sister and the first wedding ever held at Beacon Hill. Aaro owns Beacon Hill Events with her father Pete Rayner, who built the elegant hilltop facility. Back when her sister got married, Beacon Hill was just an event center, but Aaro felt something missing. Caterers constantly bustled in and out of their clubhouse, but she says she got the sense Beacon Hill would only ever be as good (or as bad) as those caterers. “Food is just such a component of an event, and I’ve always loved to cook and entertain,” Aaro says. So they created Beacon Hill Catering in 2003. Aaro attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, returned and worked for a while as the executive chef. Beacon Hill Catering does full-service catering and event design for more than 400 onand off-site events a year. Current executive chef Ryan Jordan and his team cook up Northwest-fresh-style food, drawing menu and presentation ideas from frequent travels to San Francisco, Napa, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, France and

Italy, says Aaro. “There’s a rustic elegance to the way we serve food,” she says. “We make sure everything is aesthetically interesting and beautiful and still approachable.” One of their signature dishes, phyllo-wrapped herb chicken breast with champagne-shallot sauce, won them “Best Entrée” at a past Epicurean Delight. They’re also known for their signature Beacon Hill Brownies, says Aaro. “We are always finding a way to make food memorable.” she says. Beacon Hill has its own taste, flair and vision, but Aaro says its mission is to focus on the client and make sure the event has a personalized style. “We’re really just people pleasers,” she says. “That’s our ultimate goal — just to make people happy. We’re perfectionists around here, too. We never let anybody down.” Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, retreat or someone’s birthday party, Aaro says they’re lucky to be involved in such major celebrations. “We’re fortunate that we get to be part of the bright spots in people’s lives,” she says. — JO MILLER 2nd PLACE: Two Cooks With Love; 3rd PLACE: Fery’s; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Satay, Post Falls


FOOD BEST CUPCAKES

SWEET FROSTINGS

Sure, there’s gelato in the cold case at Sweet Frostings’ downtown Spokane home, but it’s the cupcakes decked with swirls of buttercream frosting that truly beckon the passersby. Strawberry champagne, red velvet and salted caramel might be the current flavors of the week, but cakes like the Neapolitan, spicy Mayan and lemon smoothie break the mold. Spokane likes these sweets so much that a new location is now open in Wandermere. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Celebrations Bakery; 3rd PLACE: Love at First Bite; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Stacie’s Cakes, Post Falls

BEST DESSERTS

JUST AMERICAN DESSERTS

Forget just American apple pie. German chocolate cheesecake, eclairs and a sinful cake containing a pound of Belgian chocolate are found alongside local, and slightly more American, Washington apple cake. You can get chocolate fudge cake by the slice, festive birthday cakes for two (or one — no judging here) and full sheets of highly delectable sour cream white cake topped with chocolate fudge. The soft spice cookies, called humbles, are also available. For when you’re on a diet. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Sweet Frostings; 3rd PLACE: Love at First Bite; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Dockside

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

FROYO EARTH

The yogurt is great — but really, it’s all about the toppings. Animal crackers, fudge brownie bits, Reese’s Pieces and buttercup

crumbles, fresh fruit, candied fruit, nuts, marshmallow crème. It’s all right there in carefully placed dishes ready to dump, spread or sprinkle over any number of rotating frozen yogurt flavors. Maybe it’s the minimalist décor that made Froyo No. 1, but whatever the case, the handful of Spokane-area locations are about to get slammed when the days start turning sunny. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Blu Berry; 3rd PLACE: Didier’s; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Jamms

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BEST SPECIAL DIET OPTIONS

BOOTS BAKERY

If pumpkin waffles, mac and cheese with big, fresh mushrooms and brownies so full of booze that they’re simply called boozy brownies are considered options within a special diet, then we should all just sign up right now. Boots has great employees, interesting patrons and a full bar featuring eclectic (and seasonal selection) drinks like boozy chai, boozy tea and Morning Glory. They also have Roast House, Evans Brothers and DOMA coffee — making it very easy to start and end your day in this place. (AF) 2nd PLACE: Mizuna; 3rd PLACE: Twigs

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ZIP’S

Zip’s famous fries are a repeat winner, and Marie LaMarche of Spokane Valley explains why: “Crinkle-cut, lightly-salted and generous in serving size, they are perfect... especially with ketchup!” Wait, ketchup? We did a very informal follow-up poll, and overwhelmingly — 87 percent — people say they dip their Zip’s fries in tartar sauce or fry sauce. But a fair number mix tartar and ketchup, and others swear by ranch, mayo, vinegar or chocolate shake. And a few say their fries are best without any condiment at all. (LW) 2nd PLACE: Red Robin; 3rd PLACE: Twigs

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A food truck scene is blooming in the Inland Northwest, with an impressive variety of cuisines and community events like the Food Truck Rally on Wall Street downtown. But Inlander readers haven’t forgotten Tacos Tumbras, which started out at trailer on East Sprague in 2004 and has grown to two permanent locations along with the two trucks. The adjective that comes up most often with Tacos Tumbras is “authentic,” and not just from pasty northerners who don’t know any better. If you don’t already have a go-to dish, try the fish tacos or the torta. (LW) 2nd PLACE: Tacos El Sol; 3rd PLACE: The Bistro Box; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Taco Works

BEST RURAL RESTAURANT

THE HARVESTER

Since 1982, the Harvester in Spangle has been proudly rural, beckoning from the road with “Restaurant” spelled out on the roof. But owners Brent and Melissa Bozarth, formerly of Ionic Burritos, brought their philosophy of fresh-and-handmade when they took over several years ago. “Everything is the freshest we can possibly get it,” Brent says. Try the country-fried steak — big as a platter and often too much for two people to finish — or stop by on Saturday for prime rib, and know that whatever you order you’re getting the real deal. (LW) 2nd PLACE: The Bistro at Klink’s Resort; 3rd PLACE: Salty Dog Eatery, Deer Park; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: The Snakepit at Enaville Resort

BEST APPETIZERS

TWIGS St. Louis Style Ribs

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With four locations across the Spokane area, it’s more than the sleek décor that has people coming back time and again — the appetizers are a huge part of it too. Inlander reader Connie Sagona says she can’t get enough of the butternut squash flatbread. “It’s a mix of some of my favorite flavors,” she says. “It’s a warm and cozy mix of fall/winter flavors and is easy to share.” With more than 10 items to choose from on the appetizer list, there really is something for everyone. (LJ) 2nd PLACE: P.F. Chang’s; 3rd PLACE: Zola

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There’s just something about eating in a train. Come in for a weekend brunch and you may have to wait for what seems like an eternity for a seat at Frank’s Diner. Locals know it’s worth the wait. As Inlander reader Ashley Reese puts it, Frank’s Diner feels like an escape from our crazy-busy, everyday lives. “Everything seems to slow down for an hour or two — which you’ll need to eat one of their gigantic, not very healthy, but incredibly delicious bacon-and cheese-omelets,” she says. “It’s my birthday breakfast tradition and go-to Saturday spot after a rough week.” (LJ) 2nd PLACE: Chaps; 3rd PLACE: Old European; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: The Garnet Café, CdA


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s soon as school’s out for the day, kids from Wilson Elementary cross the street and pour into the Scoop. Jennifer Davis, owner of the South Hill ice cream shop, greets them like family, helps them get their after-school snacks and snaps a few pictures of kids posing for the customer slideshow displayed on a screen against the electric pink and green walls. Davis’ daughter used to be one of those kids. The Scoop was their after-school pickup spot when she went to Wilson, before Davis and her mom bought the Scoop in 2011. “Our thing was, ‘Meet me at the Scoop. Get a soda, brownie, bag of chips or scoop of ice cream and meet me out here,’” Davis says. So when she heard the previous owners were moving to Japan, Davis jumped at the chance to buy the Scoop, and became the new person selling delectable ice cream to the neighborhood and whoever else ventured to their somewhat off-the-beaten-path spot on 25th Avenue. Rice Krispy Treat, Mexican Chocolate, Muddy Cups Dirty Dishes (brownie batter with peanut butter cups) and crowd favorite Salted Caramel are just some of their flavors, all made by Spokane ice cream makers Brain Freeze Creamery. (Readers, in their voting, clearly connected

the Scoop with Brain Freeze’s ice cream, and vice versa.) Davis says she likes selling a local product, especially the creative flavors Brain Freeze comes up with, which number more than 100. “We have a lot of input in new flavors, tweaking existing flavors,” Davis says. “And it’s another family business like we are.” Back in 2003, the Scoop originally opened in the Perry District. Its owner owned and operated Brain Freeze at another location. The companies now have separate owners, with the Scoop moving to the South Hill. Next month, Brain Freeze plans to open an ice cream shop in Kendall Yards, while continuing to supply ice cream to more than 10 local businesses. The Scoop is more than just an ice cream shop. The menu is chock-full of baked goods, sandwiches, breakfast food and coffee. The best part: The ice cream and food intersect. Add a scoop or two of ice cream to one of Davis’ liege waffles (which have become quite the hit), an oat bar, between two cookies or over a warm brownie. — JO MILLER 2nd PLACE: Cold Stone Creamery; 3rd PLACE: Mary Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Roger’s, Coeur d’Alene

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very Thursday during the summer, something strange happens up on South Perry. A crowd gathers. Spokanites get out of their cars. They meander, carrying fresh greens, pushing strollers, sipping microbrews on a nearby patio. It’s active and communal and hip. Go see for yourself and your first reaction may be that it doesn’t feel like Spokane at all. But ask the people behind the Perry Street Farmers Market and they’ll tell you this is exactly what Spokane feels like. They’ve built a social experience, complete with food, crafts, kids’ activities and music, that’s small enough for people to get to know each other. “It’s more interactive [than other markets], which is why people come to the market instead of the grocery store,” says Mika Maloney, who sells her goods from Batch Bakeshop at the market and sits on its board. “You see people every week and you build a relationship.” From mid-May through October, the market sprawls across the parking lot in front of the Shop with a healthy mix of local food growers and craftspeople, plus Veraci’s portable wood-fired pizza

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For local Madeline Sells, Donut Parade is more than a place that sells sweet and sticky fried dough; it’s where her nowboyfriend took her on their first date back in high school. “We still go there,” Sells says. “I love everything about Donut Parade.” Sells isn’t alone in her sentiment. Readers say they enjoy the simple, home-like atmosphere, bringing family and friends to the location year after year. As Inlander reader Krista Matthews says, “These donuts are slap-your-grandma good.” (LJ) 2nd PLACE: Dawn of the Donut; 3rd PLACE: Krispy Kreme; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Davis Donuts, Hayden

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DOMINI’S

Tracy Durbin recalls frequenting Domini’s as a college student in the downtime waiting for the bus. Just a couple of weeks ago, Durbin’s daughter, now about to start college, texted a picture of a sandwich she just couldn’t get enough of — from Domini’s. “The circle is complete,” Durbin says. And with bread stuffed to the gills with all of the deli fixings, it’s easy to understand why two generations could be taken with the sandwiches at Domini’s. “The bread is always so fresh and soft; the perfect complement to the rich insides,” Durbin says. (LJ) 2nd PLACE: High Nooner; 3rd PLACE (Tie): Jimmy John’s, Stella’s

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“Fast, fun, friendly and good food? That’s a tough recipe to beat,” says Inlander reader Andy Keys. That’s the key to Red Robin’s success. It’s a sit-down restaurant the whole family can enjoy, especially its variety of burgers. Keys prefers the fine taste (and crispy onion straws) of the Whiskey River BBQ burger, but says many friends enjoy the Royal Red Robin burger, which comes with a fried egg between the more traditional ingredients. (LJ) 2nd PLACE: Five Guys; 3rd PLACE: Waddell’s; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Hudson’s, CdA

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Clinkerdagger is the kind of spot many have to save up to experience; that’s kind of the point. Inlander reader Loretta Burkey and her husband dined at the restaurant on their honeymoon more than 32 years ago. Through the decades, they’ve come back often to celebrate many special occasions. “It still has outstanding service, a view equaled by none and excellent food,” Burkey says. (LJ) 2nd PLACE: Churchill’s; 3rd PLACE: Santé; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Beverly’s, CdA


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BEST ELECTED OFFICIAL

JON SNYDER

If you spot City Councilman Jon Snyder around town, he’ll likely offer a friendly wave, quite possibly from atop his bicycle. Elected in 2009, the city’s District 2 representative has pushed for expanded walking and biking access as well as improved police accountability. His supporters see him a forwardthinking man of the people. (JJ) 2nd PLACE: Mayor David Condon; 3rd PLACE: City Council President Ben Stuckart; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Mayor Steve Widmyer, CdA

BEST AUTHOR

JESS WALTER

Even as his writing has accumulated national acclaim, Jess Walter has continued to champion his hometown. Beyond setting many stories in the Lilac City, Walter has offered his support to a variety of community and literary programs as well. Spokane native Tom Giardino writes of Walter: “His prose is simple, direct, and true, and he has a funny way of telling us things we already know about ourselves. He’s not just the best local author — he’s one of the best American authors.” (JJ) 2nd PLACE: Sherman Alexie; 3rd PLACE: Katie Youngren

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Supporters could not say enough nice things about longtime local actor Patrick Treadway, who most recently tackled the role of playing infamous actor, alcoholic and womanizer John Barrymore. You’ve got to be pretty good to play a legendary actor. Renae Meredith, who has worked alongside Treadway in local productions, praises his dedication to his performances. “He’s the sort of actor who brightens and elevates any scene he’s in, whether he’s in a lead or in a small, featured role,” she says. (JJ) 2nd PLACE: Patty Duke; 3rd PLACE: Ellen Travolta

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JEREMY HANSEN

For more than five years, Jeremy Hansen has delighted diners at Santé, his high-end downtown restaurant. Satisfied customers say they savor every bit of the fine food Hansen and crew painstakingly craft. Spokane resident Amanda Mead says Hansen’s skill and attention to quality proves the city’s dining can rival anywhere. “If we could afford it,” she says by email, “we would bring every one of our out-of-town guests to eat there, just to prove that Spokane is better than where they live.” (JJ) 2nd PLACE: David Blaine, Central Food; 3rd PLACE: Adam Hegsted, The Yards

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A longtime waiter at the Satellite, Greg Hubbard “just knows how to draw a crowd,” says Satellite co-owner Kimberly Dunham. She calls Hubbard a “refreshing” and enthusiastic member of the team, who treats every person he meets with kindness and respect. “Everyone loves him,” she says. “He just knows how to treat people.” She says Hubbard always shows a genuine dedication to his work that brings out the best in other people. (JJ) 2nd PLACE: Mike DeRego, Tomato Street; 3rd PLACE: Tracey Touch, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Michelle Brown, previously with Satay Bistro in CdA

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hen Kirsten Stobie and her husband bought their house, everything was pink. The bathroom walls, the countertops. The rocks outside in the garden were painted pink, too. So she apologizes when she opens the door of her new house, a cottage tucked away in a far South Hill neighborhood. Ignore the mess, she says. It’s hard work getting the pink out of everything. It’s clear, quickly, that Stobie — a 28-year-old who works at Numerica Credit Union by day and makes her art by night — has an eye for making things beautiful. Inside, her home is painted in deep blues and dramatic reds. Immaculate taxidermy hangs from the walls, and canvases are around each corner. At the dining room table, a little girl with a bow in her strawberry blonde hair chomps on some carrot sticks. Stobie, who grew up in Spokane Valley, says it was her art teacher, Ms. Smith at East Valley High School, who made her realize that her gift for art was something special. “She kind of lit the fire in me,” she says, as she steps back and looks at a cluster of her paintings in her downstairs painting room. “She has a way of bringing out your passion.” She says there have always been these people in her life who have pushed her and encouraged her

with her art. Her friends, her family, her coworkers at Numerica. “To me it’s just playing,” she says, starting to laugh. “So it’s weird that people like my playing.” Stobie paints bright abstracts, impressionistic landscapes and the occasional portrait with confidence. She hangs her art in wineries and art galleries, and teaches painting classes for the Tipsy Muse, an organization that hosts painting and wine parties. And she has become known for doing live paintings at benefit auctions and art openings. “It’s fun for [people] to see a white canvas transform into a painting in front of them,” she says. She says that within her love for making art, she’s found another passion: selling those paintings she makes live and donating the money to charity. With her paintings, she can make a difference. “I want my daughter to grow up and know how important it is to help people,” she says, stroking her daughter’s head as she clings to her leg. “Huh, dude?” She looks up at her mom and says, “Yeah!” — LEAH SOTTILE 2nd PLACE: Tiffany Patterson (who did the artwork for the Best Of section); 3rd PLACE: Ben Joyce


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out there that are wonderful people and giving.” Vigil arrived at KHQ in Spokane in 1997 as a 29-year-old. Today she’s nearly 48. “I grew up. Seriously,” she says. “I’m more empathetic and sympathetic. … I can see life differently.” During that time, she’s seen TV news change drastically. Today’s the age when news breaks in 140 characters or less, where a station’s Facebook pages have become modern town squares. It’s a changing world Vigil has studied. She just finished a master’s thesis for Gonzaga on where television will be in the next decade. With local TV news ratings struggling nationwide, it’s a crucial question. “We need the advertising dollar, and the advertising dollar now goes to Pandora, Words with Friends, Candy Crush,” she says. “We may not have three stations in town.

We may only have two stations in town. We may have to be creative … about how we make money.” And if Vigil leaves before that time, if she’s replaced by one of those young ambitious up-and-comers she’s helping to groom and train, she already has a back-up plan: Using her life of news anchor experience as a college professor. She’ll be teaching courses on organizational communications and the business of media at Gonzaga this fall. “Eventually, after this, I’ll have had the best career, the best ride. And I’m going to ride it as long as I can,” Vigil says. “And you know what? I look into the future, and I think I’m just getting started.” — DANIEL WALTERS 2nd PLACE: Nadine Woodward, KXLY; 3rd PLACE: Randy Shaw, KREM

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PEOPLE BEST ATHLETE

KEVIN PANGOS

A standout player on a talented Gonzaga basketball team, guard Kevin Pangos has served as a leader and inspiration to teammates. The Canadian recently helped the team clinch its 16th consecutive NCAA tournament berth. “He exudes passion and love for the game under all conditions,” Spokane resident JD Ahasay tells us. “In my book Kevin Pangos is Mr. Basketball, and he is a terrific role model for younger players.” (JJ) 2nd PLACE: John Stockton; 3rd PLACE: David Stockton (We couldn’t resist making the poster of father and son.)

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BEST TV SPORTSCASTER

DENNIS PATCHIN, KXLY

With the madness that accompanies March creeping closer, plenty of Inlander readers will turn to ESPN 700 or KXLY to hear the wise words of sportscaster Dennis Patchin. After all, the man was the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs for four seasons. “Dennis is the foremost authority on sports in the Inland Northwest. While others have used Spokane as a stepping stone, Dennis has made Spokane his home,” former radio broadcaster Chuck Matheson testifies. “He is one of us.” (DW) 2nd PLACE: Sam Adams, KHQ; 3rd PLACE: Michelle Dapper, KHQ

BEST TV WEATHERCASTER

TOM SHERRY, KREM

Credit Tom Sherry’s success to his warm disposition, nonprofit work, and his keen sense of Spokane’s climate. Inlander reader Tara Powers praises Sherry, not just because of his meteorological qualifications, “but also because he’s such a positive contributor to the community. I love that he uses his ‘local celebrity’ status to promote good causes around Spokane. Things like Tom’s Turkey Drive really help people who live here and show that he truly cares.” (DW) 2nd PLACE Kris Crocker, KXLY; 3rd PLACE: Leslie Lowe, KHQ

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t’s obvious that Mariah McKay loves her job. While talking about ongoing projects in Boots Bakery, across from where she works as the Eastern Washington program director/ organizer for Washington Community Action Network, her eyes light up and she gesticulates as rapidly as she speaks. The Spokane native has a lot to be excited about; after years of searching, she’s found her passion. McKay attended Portland’s Reed College before moving home after graduation. She began working with KYRS Community Radio, blogging on the Spovangelist and helping to create organizations like Terrain and the Shrinking Violets Society. Through these activities, McKay became inspired by community members who were speaking up about issues affecting them. A 2008 stint as a grant writer in Olympia inspired her even more. “Seeing firsthand the impact of [the loss of program funding] on people here gave me the motivation to seek political solutions,” McKay says. “Change does not come from within Olympia. … We have to solve our problems.”

Since 2011, McKay has worked to solve the community’s problems with Washington CAN! The grassroots organization is currently working on several campaigns, including one to bring affordable health care to everyone, one for the dental access bill and another to reform the immigration system. Its newest campaign involves working to better define what community benefits are available to hospital patients. McKay, who’s also an Inland Northwest Leadership PAC board member, says those problems are nothing compared to the challenge of convincing people that change is possible. “In a society that’s really individually oriented … you’re working against economic and social barriers to create community, and help the community identify what’s holding it back and work to address those things by organizing.” McKay has a strong track record and a wish list she’d like community organizing to accomplish, including the repeal of the sit-lie ordinance and a “generational homing beacon” to motivate Spokanites who have moved to major cities to put their energy to use locally, a move that’s worked well for McKay. “Committing to community organizing is this grounding experience,” she says. “I just bought a house here, a lifelong dream. I get to do the work I love, in the city I love, with the lifestyle I love. I get to shop at the Main Market Co-op, and ride my bike all over the city, and have friendships that I have for years. It’s just great.” — AZARIA PODPLESKY 2nd PLACE: Karli Ingersoll; 3rd PLACE: Taylor Malone

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teve Widmyer barely had a chance to plop down in the Coeur d’Alene mayoral seat — his very first foray into politics — before Inlander readers voted him North Idaho’s Best Elected Official. Maybe, like Barack Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, it’s best to consider it an aspirational award, for what Widmyer could accomplish. Or maybe it’s that, even though he’s only been at the helm for two months, the city already feels less tense. “My campaign theme was bringing people together,” Widmyer says. “And I think we’re making progress there.” A year ago, an Inlander news report described how the Coeur d’Alene City Council had descended into ugliness — with City Attorney Mike Gridley calling Councilman Steve Adams an “ignorant shit,” and Adams threatening to file an ethics complaint. As Widmyer ran his campaign last spring, Coeur d’Alene was fighting the same battle it had fought for two years, over the way the city was handling McEuen Field. But ever since he walloped his opponent, who was a fiery critic of the city’s direction, the rancor has subsided. It’s almost like Widmyer, a real-estate businessman free from McEuen Field baggage, has found Coeur d’Alene’s reset button. “We haven’t had any contentious meetings,” Widmyer says. “I think that people want to see Coeur d’Alene move forward in a positive direction.” In fact, during four meetings he’s been a part of, when it came time to open up for public comment, nobody spoke. He prides himself on his open-door policy, where anyone can swing by with questions or concerns. “Any of the council people can stop by my office and chat,” Widmyer says. He says he has a “pretty good relationship,” even with the council members who backed his opponent. Coeur d’Alene residents have emailed him with complaints about traffic, speeding and snowplows. And since the city is the quarter the size of Spokane, “I can personally respond to any of the citizens,” he says. He’s got at least four years left responding to those concerns, of sitting down with fellow council members, of debating Coeur d’Alene’s future. And in the meantime, there’s a controversial field to finally open. There’s a new police chief who needs to be appointed. There are companies to woo, neighborhoods to invest in, an educational corridor to improve. There’s a city to run. — DANIEL WALTERS

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BEST MALL

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With a central downtown location, it’s no wonder readers like Spokane resident Felicia Reilly have voted River Park Square the best mall: “It is the best mall in Spokane because of the high quality of its retailers, good restaurants and because of the AMC theater. It does not feel like the ‘old school’ malls where there is no natural light and everything is very closed off and hard to get around. It really is one of the best things about Spokane.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Spokane Valley Mall; 3rd PLACE: NorthTown Mall; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Silver Lake Mall

BEST FURNITURE

TIN ROOF

This furniture store has hand-selected pieces you won’t find anywhere else and consultants to help with making anyone’s vision and dream home a reality. “The Tin Roof is fabulous because they have such a unique selection of furniture,” says Spokane resident Krista Hastings. “I bought my couch there a few years ago, and it is easily my favorite piece of furniture. The staff is friendly and helpful without being overbearing or pushy. I love being able to support a great local business.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Walker’s; 3rd PLACE: Dania; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Runge

BEST FLORIST

LIBERTY PARK

Spokane’s Patty Gates has been going to Liberty Park for 35 years: “I love the quality and variety of everything their amazing greenhouses produce, but I also appreciate the fact that they are family owned and have been the anchor business for the Perry District for decades. I can always count on their quality products, as well as their friendly and helpful service. As an example of how I choose to ‘buy local’ whenever I can, they are one of my favorites.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Just Roses; 3rd PLACE: Beau K; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Hansen’s

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BEST BARBERSHOP

Chris Banks, left, cuts Ryan Brown’s hair at Porter’s in the Garland District.

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hen Porter’s owner and founder Blaine Burrell left a chain barbershop to pursue his own barbering interests, it was mostly because he didn’t want to cut women’s hair anymore. “Honestly,” says Burrell, off for the night and cracking open a beer, “there’s just more of it, it’s higher maintenance, and it’s more dramatic. I just wasn’t having fun with it anymore.” But after a fate encounter with an empty building along Garland Avenue pushed him headfirst into owning his own shop, Porter’s Barbershop has grown into much more than just one man’s haircutting getaway. For the past six years, it’s been slowly cementing itself as a bona fide icon of Spokane culture. “People ask me sometimes if we’re a chain,” laughs Burrell, obviously flattered

by the possibility. “But I think that’s because of word of mouth. Word of mouth is an underestimated form of advertising.” Having some very good connections with other local businesses doesn’t hurt your reputation either. A tight relationship with the local Giant Screen Printing and a chance appearance in an STCU commercial have gotten the Porter’s logo installed in the public consciousness. Burrell and the three other barbers who work the shop, Chris Banka, Chris Griffith and Billy Jones, have made a name for themselves as experts at cutting men’s hair. Ultimately, this is why Porter’s was voted the best, but Burrell thinks there might be another, more important, element to his winning formula. “This place is like an open forum,” Burrell says, “where we want you to be yourself. We want to hear how terrible

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your day was. How your job sucks. If you had a crappy day, we want you to come here and lay it on the line.” As Burrell finishes his sentence, a regular customer strolls through and makes conversation with all of the guys. He’s not even getting his hair cut — he’s selling his motorcycle and wants to see if any of them are interested. “Wouldn’t you know it, I’m getting divorced,” he sighs, and all of the barbers make good on condolences. “That’s exactly what I’m talking about,” Burrell turns and says as the man leaves. “We want you to be yourself here. This is not about us and our egos.” Burrell takes a sip of his beer. “The haircut just comes with the therapy.” — JORDAN SATTERFIELD 2nd PLACE: The Man Shop; 3rd PLACE: Weldon Barber; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Sport Clips, Hayden

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SHOPPING BEST PLANT NURSERY

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There’s a reason Ritter’s has been around for so long. It’s because people trust them and they sell great, healthy plants. Spokane resident Jaime Morlin and her family have been happy customers for years. “They carry the highest quality of plants for our veggie garden. The harvest is always bountiful and delicious! In winter months Ritter’s has the freshest Christmas trees, sourced from local farms and guaranteed to last through the holidays.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Liberty Park; 3rd PLACE: Gibson’s Nursery; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Aspen Nursery

BEST BOOKSTORE

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“Auntie’s is my favorite bookstore in Spokane because they have a great selection of high-quality, used books that make great gifts for friends and family,” writes Inlander reader Theresa Carpine. “I also appreciate that they highlight the stories and writers of the Northwest at author events and book groups.” A great selection of new and used books and a helpful, friendly staff have helped Auntie’s Bookstore secure the No. 1 spot again this year. (CH) 2nd PLACE: Barnes & Noble; 3rd PLACE: Hastings

BEST GIFTS

BOO RADLEY’S

Obscure. Quirky. Unique. Those are just a few of the words people have used to describe the goods at Boo Radley’s. The store carries everything from books to T-shirts to ice trays to cards and notebooks. Inlander reader and Spokane resident Chad Broadus likens the store to a live-action of the ad section of a 1980s comic book: “I’m surprised they don’t sell live spider monkeys. Maybe they do in the backroom for those in the know.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Atticus; 3rd PLACE: Kizuri; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Lucky Monkey

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BEST JEWELRY

JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER

Bob Cole has done quite a bit of shopping at the Jewelry Design Center over the past few years and has found it to be professional and attentive, offering fair prices, great service, and creative design: “I love that they are locally owned, that Doug and Brian are here for the long term. The two of them and their employees are not here to ‘gouge’ for one transaction. They want you back and act in accordance with that principle, with integrity.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Pounders Jewelry; 3rd PLACE: Finders Keepers; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Cheryl Burchell Goldsmiths

BEST BANK

WASHINGTON TRUST

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Spokane resident Joe Frank writes that he has never met a Washington Trust employee who did not love the bank, and that, to him, speaks volumes about the company. He has a personal connection with the bank. When his mom died after a battle with cancer about two years ago, employees there were very helpful in walking him and his family through the process of transferring her assets: “During a very stressful time in my life, they made things easy.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Banner Bank; 3rd PLACE: Sterling Bank; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Mountain West Bank


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veryone told Sergio De Leon that he was crazy. He would go out of business. Nobody in Spokane would shop at a Mexican grocery store, they said.

“I talked to friends, businesspeople, banks — people were like, ‘This idea is never going to work,’” he says. “I would ask, why not? ‘There’s not enough Mexicans in Spokane.’” De Leon laughs. He remembers saying, “What are you talking about? Everybody likes tortillas. Everybody eats Mexican food. Why won’t it work?” That was in the fall of 2005. It’s safe to say that Sergio De Leon has proven them wrong. His Northside grocery store hasn’t just recruited regular customers — it’s earned something of a cult following. When De Leon opened his store, he wanted to supply the greater Inland Northwest with fresh foods and a wider selection of Latino items that usually can’t be found in the “5-foot section of Mexican items in a regular grocery store.” And he did that — but he took it a few steps further than well-stocked shelves. Inside his store, there’s a restaurant where you can watch fresh tortillas being pressed for your meal. There’s a bakery that bakes items like rosca de reyes, and a the meat department where you’ll always find carne asada, ready to be thrown on the grill. There’s coffee from Mexico and Costa Rica. There are pinatas and specialty candy in the aisles. The recipes that De Leon uses are

time-tested — ones that his own parents use in their Portland grocery store. And he’s been thrilled how respected restaurants in Spokane — Wild Sage, Milford’s, Waddell’s — have embraced his tortilla line, and use his products on their own menus. There have been a few moments when De Leon was overwhelmed by how the community has embraced his store. The time he saw people filling carts with tortillas and they told him they had taken grocery orders for their entire North Idaho neighborhood. Or when he asked his staff to throw a little blue and green food coloring — Seahawks colors — into the tortilla batter for the Super Bowl. He snapped a picture of the blue and green chips, and posted it online. Soon there was a line of 50 people waiting to buy them and the phone was ringing off the hook with orders. He laughs as he talks about it. “I’m like, ‘I can’t believe you’re waiting all this time for chips!’” After nine years, that’s how people feel about this place. It’s not just a grocery store. It’s a place that’s become essential to their lives here in Spokane. — LEAH SOTTILE 2nd PLACE: Best Asian Market (aka Bay Market); 3rd PLACE: Asian World Food Market

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Known widely simply as STCU, the Spokane Teachers Credit Union has a special touch that Spokane resident Sheena Enslow has come to appreciate: “The personal attention I get with all my transactions makes me feel like I’m one of their most valuable customers. The staff is always friendly and willing to help as well. I have never had any issues and feel 100 percent safe entrusting my money matters to them.” (CH) 2nd PLACE: Numerica Credit Union, 3rd PLACE: Global Credit Union

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Free Wi-Fi isn’t the only perk to stopping by Larry H. Miller Toyota. The staff there is professional, attentive and caring, Inlander reader Thomas White tells us. He bought two cars there last year and found the customer service great and the followup even better. The dealership has a collection of more than 200 new vehicles and does more than just sell cars: Car loans, service, repairs and Toyota parts and accessories are available for customers. (CH) 2nd PLACE: Wendle Ford; 3rd PLACE: Parker Toyota

BEST INDEPENDENT AUTO REPAIR

CRAIG’S AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION & REPAIR

From detailing and frame repair to custom restoration, experts over at Craig’s Automotive Collision & Repair can repair your car and make it appear like new again. It’s no wonder Inlander readers have taken such a shine to it: The prices are fair and they’ll even handle insurance claims, to make what could be an awful experience with car trouble an almost pleasant and stressfree one. (CH) 2nd PLACE: Pete’s Honda; 3rd PLACE: C&H Foreign Auto Repair; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Silverlake Automotive

BEST ORGANIC/ NATURAL FOODS

HUCKLEBERRY’S

Since Spokane’s first organic grocer opened its doors in 1996, Inlander readers have consistently awarded Huckleberry’s top honors in our Best Of poll — and with good reason. “Their bulk section is amazing,” says Kendel Froese from the lower South Hill. “Seriously, I can buy honey, oatmeal and hair conditioner all in the same place — all using reusable containers. And every autumn they have an awesome selection of pumpkin beer!” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Trader Joe’s; 3rd PLACE: Main Market Co-op; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Pilgrim’s Market


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lthough the Davenport Hotel has been synonymous with luxury throughout its long and distinguished history, that luxury has always been welcoming rather than exclusive. The poet Vachel Lindsay felt so at home that he booked a room for five years. There was a regretful period of dormancy in the 1980s and ’90s. But since reopening in 2002 after a painstaking renovation effort overseen by owners Walt and Karen Worthy, the hotel has quickly reclaimed its unique place in the hearts of Spokanites. Just as in its heyday, the Davenport’s baroque ballrooms and Spanish Renaissance lobby are favorites of downtown socialites. Its elegant comfort continues to make it a top choice for tourists as well as locals looking to treat themselves to a weekend getaway. Sitting in one of the Safari Room’s leopard-print booths in the more modern Davenport Hotel Tower across the street,

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followed. The iconic Mission-style Davenport is now the centerpiece of what’s jointly dubbed “The Collection”: the chic Tower, the boutique Hotel Lusso, and the yet-tobe-named hotel currently being constructed across from the Spokane Convention Center. Yet, far from inviting complacency, the expansion and the accolades have had the opposite effect. “It keeps us humble and on our toes,” says Jensen. That’s partly why the entire hotel will undergo phased facelifts this year, with its Peacock Room Lounge getting a “fresh twist” that could take on a Great Gatsby vibe. Maybe that reveals another secret behind the hotel’s success: knowing when to update to remain timeless. — E.J. IANNELLI 2nd PLACE: Northern Quest Resort & Casino; 3rd PLACE: The Coeur d’Alene Resort

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eady or not, Washington state is about to launch itself into a giant social experiment by selling marijuana to anyone 21 and older. Nobody’s quite sure how it’s all going to work out, but entrepreneurs around the state are predicting it could create a big draw for tourists who don’t like breaking the law in their home states. So we asked for slogans that have absolutely zero chance of ever winding up on City of Spokane letterhead. (If Mayor Condon ever does need help, one reader did offer this: “Spokane: City of Choice Weed.”) Any and all variations of tweaking our city’s name around “Spokannabis” were the biggest vote-getters, but playing with our place names was a popular approach overall. “The Evergreen State of Mind” was big, and a couple of voters relied on our old geographical marker for inspiration, conjuring up “The Inland Hempire” and “The Inhale Empire.” And who wouldn’t want to spend April 20 in our lovely “Highlac City”? Many of our readers are not impressed with this new direction one bit, sharing answers like “Not all of us are idiot stoners,” “Kill

brain cells, be dumb, smoke pot,” “Watch as society crumbles” and just a simple “No thanks.” And plenty of suggestions did provide fodder to those who view the whole crazy idea as the product of too many addled minds: “Yes, I’m high” (um, thanks for the update); “Yeah man, far out” (um, 1968 called and wants its catchphrase back); and “Dude, we totally forgot our slogan” (this tourism thing is so totally gonna work). Of course advertising offered clever prompts, especially the old chestnut, “Near Nature, Near Perfect,” which spawned the likes of, “Near Gnarly, Near Perfect,” “Near Nature, Near Cheetos” and “Near Nature, Near… wait, what was the question again?” We also got twists on national campaigns, like Southwest Airlines’ with “Wanna Get High?” Nike’s is almost too easy: “Just Doob It.” As we prepare for this wave of pleasantly preoccupied pilgrims, here are three final entries to ponder: “Hire Cheech and Chong to cut a TV ad for us,” “Land of Marmotjuana” and “Munchin’ in the 509.” — TED S. McGREGOR JR.

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SHOPPING BEST VET CLINIC

BEST SPA

Led by Dr. Brian Hunter, the Hunter Veterinary Clinic continues the family’s long history of animal care in Spokane. Pet owners say the staff provides quality treatment with unparalleled kindness and respect. “Always compassionate, never judgmental and always great care,” writes Deborah Ketter of Spokane. “I wouldn’t take my animals anywhere else.” (JJ) 2nd PLACE: Garland Animal Clinic; 3rd PLACE: The Cat’s Meow Feline Vet Clinic; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Prairie Animal Hospital, Coeur d’Alene

Want to pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage, rejuvenating facial or fabulous new hairdo? Take our readers’ recommendation and stop by Spa Paradiso in Kendall Yards. “Their staff is wonderful and their facilities are so comfortable and relaxing,”says South Hill’s Felicia Reilly. “I love their mani-pedi! Your nails look amazing and the massage that comes with the service is awesome! Spa Paradiso is where I go when I need a bit of a break!” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Davenport Spa and Salon; 3rd PLACE: La Rive at Northern Quest Resort & Casino; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: The Spa Coeur d’Alene at Coeur d’Alene Resort

BEST HAIR SALON

BEST MED SPA

For the second year in a row, Oasis has taken first place in the readers’ poll. Michael Harves of Browne’s Addition praises the local salon chain for its “friendly, prompt service,” affordable prices, electronic booking and complimentary hot towel massage at the end of every service. “[I] can go to multiple locations and get the same service,” Harves says. “And I get in and out quickly.” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Jaazz Salon; 3rd PLACE: 14th and Grand Salon; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Bombshell Salon

There’s no shame in getting a little work done. If you’re worried about wrinkles, fine lines, cellulite and sun spots, Inlander readers recommend Glo Medical Spa on North Monroe Street. Dr. Marcus DeWood and his staff offer a variety of cosmetic skin treatments and services, like Botox, laser hair removal, chemical peels and body contouring, in addition to medical-grade beauty products like Latisse, a prescription eyelash-growth drug. (DP) 2nd PLACE: Shape; 3rd PLACE: Werschler Aesthetics

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SHOPPING BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE

LOLO BOUTIQUE

Looking for something fun to wear that none of your friends are sporting? Lolo Boutique has got you covered. The cozy downtown shop has been compared to Anthropologie for its eclectic and sophisticated selection of clothing, accessories and home goods — but at more affordable prices. “The quality of the clothes are great,” says Alison Stitt from Medical Lake. “I’ve purchased multiple tops that are different from your usual day-to-day wear and stand out in a unique way.” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Fringe Boutique; 3rd PLACE: Cues Clothing; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Tiffany Blue

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For John Allen, co-owner of Vino! A Wine Shop, Nordstrom stands out from other department stores not only for its stylish designer suits, but also its first-rate customer service. “The young woman who helped me demonstrated an uncommonly detailed understanding of her products,” Allen says. “She was an absolute no-pressure professional and had a lovely, gentle sense of humor. This gave me total confidence in the process; she helped me pick just exactly

what I was looking for, and the tailoring was swift and precise. For a man a good suit is an important investment, and the service I was given was absolutely top-notch.” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Anderson & Emami; 3rd PLACE: Macy’s; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Finan McDonald

BEST VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

FINDERS KEEPERS

For more than 15 years, Finders Keepers has been bedazzling Spokane with its enormous collection of vintage and handmade jewelry and accessories. You could spend hours browsing its walls of necklaces and towers of earrings and still leave without seeing everything in the store. It’s no wonder Deena Caruso’s Second Avenue boutique (she also owns a designer dress shop on Main Avenue) is a perennial favorite in the Best Of poll. 2nd PLACE: Carousel Vintage Boutique; 3rd PLACE: Fringe & Fray

BEST PET BOUTIQUE

URBAN CANINE

Your four-legged friend is always welcome at owner Deborah Olmsted’s North Spokane and South Hill storefronts. “From

food allergens to the newest in fish oils to chew toys to doggie acupuncturists, Deborah and her team are incredibly knowledgeable,” says the lower South Hill’s Ginger Ewing. “No matter what, I go in knowing I’ll be getting great advice and a wonderful product. The fact they also check-in with what’s happening with my three dogs is icing on the … treat.” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Julia’s Jungle; 3rd PLACE: Prairie Dog Mercantile

BEST STORE THE INLAND NORTHWEST NEEDS

IKEA

The people have spoken, and overwhelmingly so: The Swedish cheap-and-chic furniture retailer needs to set up shop in Spokane, so we can transform our homes into minimalist, modern urban oases. “Anyone who has been to IKEA knows why Spokane needs one!” says Elizabeth Giles. “Spokane’s history of being the shopping hub for the Inland Northwest (including our friends in North Idaho, Montana and even Canada) and the high number of colleges and universities in our area makes IKEA’s stylish, organizational and affordable products a perfect fit.” (DP) 2nd PLACE: Whole Foods; 3rd PLACE: Anthropologie

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1ST PLACE: SOUTH FORK PUBLIC HOUSE; 2ND PLACE: SWILLY’S; 3RD PLACE: BLACK CYPRESS. NORTH IDAHO: SANGRIA GRILLE, MOSCOW

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1ST PLACE: FRANK HILL (WSU, HISTORY); 2ND PLACE: GLENN JOHNSON (WSU, COMMUNICATIONS); 3RD PLACE: KYLE FERRILL (UI, MUSIC)


We asked readers to award the Best of the Palouse Like so many others, the McGREGOR FAMILY came to the rolling hills of the Palouse more than a century ago. They raised sheep and started growing wheat, and set up headquarters in Hooper, Wash., beside the Palouse River. The next generation worked with researchers at what was then Washington State College to find new ways to preserve the fertile dryland soil, and while not farmers exactly, the family business has now grown to be the largest independent fertilizer, agri-chemical and equipment company in the Pacific Northwest. When the company celebrated its 125th anniversary in Hooper several years ago, five generations were in attendance. If you work for the Inlander and visit the Palouse, you often get asked whether the McGregors who founded and own the Inlander are related to the McGregor family of the Palouse. They’re not, but it shows how much recognition the name holds in the region. The McGregor Company’s story is a fitting one for the Palouse, a region home to two land-grant universities and characterized by a combination of tradition and innovation. It’s evident in the responses that the readers who voted for the Best of the Palouse are true residents — and that makes it easier for a visitor to act like a local with limited time. Start with coffee or a snack at the DAILY GRIND on Main Street, voted Best Palouse Coffee Shop, and plan to sit for a while at one of the eclectic tables and chairs among the students, Bible-study groups and gatherings of retired faculty who come in for caffeine and conversation. The company, which also includes three local drive-through shops, changed ownership last year — but Dana Dykes, who took over with his wife, Tami, says they knew better than to fix what wasn’t broken. “We haven’t taken anything away,” he says. “We’ve just improved what was there.” Follow the students up the hill to the Washington State University campus, where FRANK HILL — readers’ choice for Best Professor — has been attending or teaching classes for almost three decades. Known among his students as a passionate, entertaining storyteller and a baseball fanatic, he’s known more widely around campus for wearing shorts year-round. Stop by THE COUG on Colorado Street for a lunchtime burger and a pint before the right-bycampus place voted Best Palouse Bar fills up with students for the evening. Open since 1932, it’s an institution that’s outlasted many a wild group of 21-year-olds, as well as their impromptu reunions years later as alumni back for a game. Students vie for a spot in the mug club, which lasts for life — the Coug will go get mugs out of storage if alumni call ahead to say they’ll be in town. Later on, head over to the SOUTH FORK PUBLIC HOUSE, named after the south fork of the nearby Palouse Water Basin. Its owners grew up in Pullman, and it’s quickly become a favorite with families and year-round residents since opening at the beginning of 2010. General manager Bob James says the most popular menu item is the mac and cheese — made with Cougar Gold, naturally — but his personal favorite is the prime rib sandwich. Ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible, including beer from Spokane and Washington wines with connections to WSU through the Wines by Cougars network. Sit on the back patio that runs right up against grassy hills, and appreciate the places where there’s space for new ideas to coexist with the tried and true. — LISA WAANANEN

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BEST WINE BAR

LEFTBANK WINE BAR

LeftBank has made its name downtown serving some of the best Washington — but not only Washington — wines. Readers say they love the expertise among the staff, who are always willing to make a recommendation. Reader Melissa Farr, who lives downtown, says she especially likes the cheese plate and selection of wines by the glass. Then there’s the vibe: “Trendy and stylish,” she says. “The atmosphere is like a photo out of Paris.” (HG) 2nd PLACE: Nectar Tasting Room; 3rd PLACE: The Cellar, Coeur d’Alene

BEST BEER BAR & BEST BAR FOOD

MANITO TAP HOUSE

Maybe Manito is an obvious pick here. But there’s something special that keeps people coming back. The menu is diverse — “fancy for bar food,” says voter Sheena Enslow — and the staff’s beer knowledge is welcome when you’ve got 50-plus choices. For extra feel-good, the business says it donated $13,000 to local charities in its first two years in business. We’ll drink to that. (HG) Beer Bar 2nd PLACE: The Viking; 3rd PLACE: Jones Radiator; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Capone’s Bar Food 2nd PLACE: Swinging Doors; 3rd PLACE: Zola; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Capone’s

BEST SPORTS BAR

THE SWINGING DOORS

To the Inlander’s Best Of voters, all the TVs, beer taps and video golf machines at the Swinging Doors aren’t news. The North Side tavern has been a longtime winner of Best Sports Bar and is a favorite spot whenever a big game is on. Plus, adds reader Michele Slider from Colbert, “Their free steak dinner on your birthday can’t be beat.” Hard to argue with that. (HG) 2nd PLACE: The Ref; 3rd PLACE: Epic at Northern Quest Resort & Casino; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Capone’s

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he Bartlett’s brightly shining neon “B” sign has only been switched on for three months now. That’s a little hard to believe when you consider just how deeply the new club has already found its way into Spokane’s collective heart. Owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll, a married couple completely new to the game of owning and running a business, seem to have quickly established a resonant voice in Spokane’s music scene. Even when everything went according to plan, it still came as a bit of a shock. “Our expectations have been completely blown out of the water,” says Caleb, almost exhausted. He’s referring to the venue’s very impressive calendar of upcoming shows. Peppered with high-profile acts, plenty of nights on the ledger are already sold out. The others are going fast. “We’re music nuts,” Karli says, “so we’re having so much fun seeing music happen here.” Much of the couple’s focus has been on booking both touring and local acts that might not have much of a voice in the town’s other venues. “It’s definitely not competitive,” she assures, “but we want to show these bands that Spokane is interested and we care about music.” The concert space makes a great impression — it has a timeless feel but a modern touch, a

raised stage, and a sharp, robust sound system. The bar outside is intimate and approachable, reduced to its small size to make room for the main attraction. The venue’s glowing success hasn’t always seemed like a reality to the owners. Despite raising a smashing $20,000 in a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the spot has seen its fair share of difficulties. “Opening was definitely the hardest part,” Caleb remembers. “The building process and working with the city was very hard.” Construction delays pushed back the opening, and the duo’s relatively limited budget forced them to make certain sacrifices. “We didn’t think we would make it,” laughs Karli. It’s been a frightening time for local clubs, as more closed than opened last year. But as an allages venue, the Bartlett has been a big step in the right direction, even in just the few months we’ve had it. — JORDAN SATTERFIELD

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NIGHTLIFE BEST COCKTAILS

TWIGS

With locations all over the Northwest, Twigs fans are passionate about the place. Michelle Grabicki from the Valley says the martinis are the best in town. Her advice: Start with something fruity and end the night with chocolate. For Gene Lewan from West Spokane, atmosphere matters too. “It has an air of sophistication that is both hip and reminiscent of Rat Pack cool,” Lewan says. (HG) 2nd PLACE: Bon Bon; 3rd PLACE: The Volstead Act; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: 315 Martinis and Tapas, CdA

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Sure, the funky vibe at Zola is enough to draw a certain crowd, but it takes seriously good deals to pack the place almost nightly. Zola’s happy hour runs daily from 4-7 pm (all day on Sundays), letting just about everyone get in on the fun. Vito Higgins, a Best Of voter from the Valley, put it best: “You can’t argue with $2 beers!” (HG) 2nd PLACE: Twigs; 3rd PLACE: The Safari Room, Davenport Tower; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: The Oval Office, Post Falls

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

FLAMIN’ JOE’S

Nearly every night of the week, trivia is happening somewhere in town. But with $200 in “prizes and swag” and categories like Dr. Who, mythical creatures and “Random Shit: Ridiculously Hard Version,” it’s no wonder Flamin Joe’s draws teams week after week. Find it Wednesdays at 8 pm at all three locations: South Hill, North Division and Valley. (HG) 2nd PLACE: Press; 3rd PLACE: Iron Goat Brewery; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Moose Lounge, Coeur d’Alene

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In a tiny space like the Baby Bar, the jukebox’s role is all the more amplified, and the regulars have taken notice. “Where else can you hear The Eels, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Meters and Patsy Cline?” says voter Chris Cook. “So much great stuff from all eras, including things you probably missed the first time around. If you’re not moved by it, you must be soulless.” (HG) 2nd PLACE: Fast Eddie’s; 3rd PLACE: Big City Saloon; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: The Beacon, Coeur d’Alene


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hat’s the secret to making the best Bloody Mary in Spokane? According to Press bartender Caitlin Sutton, it’s a little bit of everything. “Press’ Bloody Mary bar has so many spices, sauces, foods and juices to test and try, and that’s exactly what people want. Choices,” Sutton says. “Press’ Bloody Mary bar let’s you customize your Bloody Mary the way you like it. Plus, making it yourself is always fun.” Over the past four years, the South Hill pub’s buffetstyle Bloody Mary bar has become a Sunday staple for many of Press’ regular customers. Here’s how it works: First, you pick your poison: vodka or gin? On the first Sunday of every month, Press offers a $5 special on locally distilled Dry Fly spirits. Then, you choose your mix: How about spicy and smoky “chipotle habanero” — made from scratch with chilies and peppers? Or you could go with the “classic,” Press’ most popular mix, made of peppercorns, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lime juice, garlic salt and celery seed. There’s also a basic tomato and a clamato mix. From there, you can garnish your cocktail with as many spices, sauces and trimmings as you can fit in your glass — and at no extra charge. “They can go old school, Chuck E Cheese, graveyard style,” says Press general manager Eli Gardner. The bar features 40 different hot sauces; 55 different salts, herbs and spices; four flavors of pickled asparagus; pickled green beans; pepperoni slices; pepperoni sticks; pepper jack cheese; dill pickles; celery; olives and crispy, fresh bacon. And every week, Gardner brings in new trimmings for customers to try. His latest additions include fresh horseradish, kalamata olives and Jack Daniel’s mustard. After a boozy Saturday night on the town, says Gardner, “What better for your hangover than a nice, big Bloody Mary with a whole meal of trimmings?” — DEANNA PAN 2nd PLACE: Dave’s Bar & Grill; 3rd PLACE: The Satellite Diner; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Bardenay

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ood food, good service and a funky, elegant ambiance in a converted 1908 Coeur d’Alene mansion: That’s what 315 Martinis and Tapas Bar is serious about. But cocktails? They like to have some creative fun with those, says server/bartender/manger Michael Irby. Dueling Banjos, for example, combines gin, Campari and StGermain for a give-and-take on your palate, from bitter to sweet and back again. “We have a great respect for the classics and enjoy introducing people to them,” says Irby. Popular drinks, says Irby, are the 315 Martinez and Basil Briar (a nod to Greenbriar Inn, the bed and breakfast of the same name; 315 occupies its ground floor). But new drinks continue to evolve, like Mr. Orange, an homage to Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 cult-classic movie Reservoir Dogs. Turmeric gives the drink, which also includes ginger and cinnamon, its color. It was inspired by a soup recipe Irby made for his wife, who’d caught a cold, as well as Irby’s research into healthful, turmeric-based teas.

Simple syrup, vodka, carrot juice and bitters rounded out the flavor profile for the drink, a hit with judges at a past Martini Mix-Off, a fundraising event for a local arts program formerly held at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Another competition, the Bartenders’ Ball, spawned the Hibis-Kiss. Irby suggested blood orange, while another bartender — three barkeeps rotate shifts at 315, each of whom brings more than 10 years experience and a surplus of enthusiasm for the craft, says Irby — suggested hibiscus. A customer said it needed heat. Jalapeño was considered, but peppercorns won out. Kris McIlvenna, who started 315 from Greenbriar’s catering business in 2008, provided the crowning ingredient: tonic. The result was a people’s choice award at the Ball, an annual fundraising event held at the CdA Eagles Lodge. “These competitions are great because they keep us on the craft, and encourage us to push the envelope a bit more,” says Irby. “It’s great to win, but it’s even better to create new customers.” — CARRIE SCOZZARO


BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

THE KNITTING FACTORY There’s a message in the winners of this category: No offense to the Arena, but Spokane sometimes likes something a little smaller. As he looks forward to Manchester Orchestra next month, Daniel Scully from the South Hill says, “It’s a big enough venue to get some of the good bands that I’m into, but it’s not so big that all they ever have to play are people like Bruno Mars or Elton John.” (HG) 2nd PLACE: The Bartlett; 3rd PLACE: Zola; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Moose Lounge, Coeur d’Alene

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Irv’s, according to Inlander readers, is a great place to dance. But it’s a bit more than that. “Everyone is welcome at Irv’s,” says owner Steffan Wachholtz. “And it covers the scope from the gay population to transsexuals to straight people. … It’s a huge asset, in my opinion, to the city of Spokane for people understanding how to deal with other people.” So go dance at Irv’s and soak up some Spokane diversity. (EF) 2nd PLACE: nYne; 3rd PLACE: Impulse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

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BEST BOWLING CENTER

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Want to bowl? Want to gamble? Want to lounge in a casino-like atmosphere? Hugo’s on the Hill has you covered. Featuring 16 lanes, as well as a casino, lounge and sports bar, this upper South Hill location brings it all under one roof. Plus there are weekly deals on food, drink and bowling. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Lilac Lanes; 3rd PLACE: North Bowl; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Sunset Bowling Center

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BEST MOVIE THEATER

AMC RIVER PARK SQUARE

Located above the River Park Square mall, AMC is only an escalator ride away from some great shopping and eating. Its multiple theaters make it easy to check out the newest blockbusters at relatively cheap prices. Make sure to check out their matinee prices; they’re wallet-friendly. (EF) 2nd PLACE: The Garland Theater; 3rd PLACE: Magic Lantern; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Regal at Riverstone

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NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO

What happens in Spokane, stays in … Northern Quest. It’s the premier gambling spot, giving Northwest dwellers a taste of the Vegas lifestyle. And it’s not just gambling. You can check out big-name shows, stay in the four-star hotel or eat at one of the many restaurants. It’s all less than 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Coeur d’Alene Casino; 3rd PLACE: Hugo’s on the Hill

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BEST ROCK CLIMBING

MINNEHAHA

Less than 10 minutes from downtown, Minnehaha offers convenient outdoor climbing. The main granite rock wall is about 70 feet tall. For sport climbers make sure to check out the two four-star routes the Dihedral and Don Quixote. Minnehaha is best known for its bouldering, which just like the park, is easily accessed and plentiful. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Q’emiln Park, Post Falls; 3rd PLACE: Rocks of Sharon

BEST HIKING

RIVERSIDE STATE PARK/BOWL & PITCHER

With picturesque river views, miles of trails and convenient camping, it’s no wonder the Bowl & Pitcher was selected as Spokane’s best hiking. This area, part of the larger Riverside State Park, is alongside the Spokane River. A swinging bridge takes you from the parking area (and camping) to the various trailheads. From there you have plenty of hiking options, all offering great views. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Dishman Hills/Iller Creek/Big Rock; 3rd PLACE: Mt. Spokane State Park; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Tubbs Hill

BEST SUMMER CAMP

CAMP REED

For hundreds of Spokane kids, Camp Reed is one of the defining summer experiences. This YMCA camp offers a wide variety of classic camp opportunities. Whether it’s boating, hiking or catching turtles (and releasing them, of course), Camp Reed has you covered. “This summer we will continue the 99-year tradition of focusing on relationships and a culture that affirms the potential of each child,” says co-director Lisa “Loco” Vogt. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Camp Spalding; 3rd PLACE: Camp Sweyolakan

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pring can’t come soon enough for those who hear the rolling hills of the fairway calling their names: The smell of freshcut grass. The distant flutter of a flag just out of sight. Even those damned sand traps. All in pursuit of that satisfying “crack” as your club hits a shiny new ball at just the right angle. That’s what it’s all about. Named among the nation’s top courses, the Circling Raven Golf Club at Coeur d’Alene Casino offers a unique, challenging playing experience amid its low-lying hills and acres of scenic forest. Local golfers can revel in quiet seclusion without sacrificing the service and amenities of a high-end resort. “The course, with its surrounding natural beauty, makes you feel like you are far away from the noise of the city,” Spokane resident Lisa Poole tells us by email. “The course is very challenging and I like the fact that the holes aren’t laid out so close together.” First established in 2003, Circling Raven was designed by award-winning course consultant Gene Bates. The 72-par course winds and sprawls across 620 acres of gentle field and rugged woodland. The course also features a dedicated driving range, putting green and an extensive Pro Shop. Fairways run up against amber grassland and thick stands of pine. Mountains rise in all directions. With its winding layout and spacing, local golfers say the course rarely feels crowded. It’s made for peace and solitude. For Poole, it’s the unique and comforting details that really make Circling Raven stand out. “I love the sound of the golf carts on the wooden bridges throughout the course,” she writes. Rates start at $65 for weekdays or $75 for weekends. In late May, the summer rates bump up to $80 and $95, respectively. Fees include access to 18 holes, a golf cart and a practice facility. The casino also offers accommodation packages that pair with access to the course. Kevin Twohig of Spokane says he enjoys Circling Raven Golf Club because the course always keep him guessing. “The course is challenging and offers several different hole layouts requiring the use of most of the clubs in my bag,” he writes. “And where else near Spokane do you find moose on the course?” — JACOB JONES

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ee Bear Tobin, known to his students simply as Bear, has been at Lila for the past five years. It’s home to him, so much so that he doesn’t even consider it a yoga studio as much as his own living room. And in there, he’s offering an education that has to do with a lot more than stretch pants and flexibility. “It looks like a physical exercise, like a workout, and yeah, that happens, but there’s this whole other side to it,” he says. That other side involves finding a center spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and morally, and understanding that yoga is always with us. “I want everyone to see yoga as a lifestyle and a kind of unity.” Bear says that yoga’s always been part of his life from when he was just a toddler. He found it to be integrated with different martial arts practices and picked it up from there, including the meditation and breathing exercises that came with it. He’s been passing on his passion for yogic arts ever since. Bear wants students to understand that yoga is an art because it varies with each person’s perspective and each person’s experience with it. “The way that he sequences things, it’s like a dance,” says Lara Perry, the co-owner of Lila. “That’s why people love his class. It’s an art to him and he’s more of an artist.” Bear and Perry teach two classes Monday through Saturday — one at noon, another at 6 pm. Sunday is the Sabbath, but once it’s warm out again, Bear and Lila will take to the Riverfront Park for the fifth year with free yoga lessons on Sunday mornings. “It’s a great way to share with the community that yoga is wherever we are,” Bear says. Namaste. — CLARKE HUMPHREY 2nd PLACE: Sara Hawson at Mellow Monkey Yoga Studio; 3rd PLACE: Kate Cornwall at Team Pilates, Barre & Yoga


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ay 4th marks the 40th anniversary of the World’s Fair coming to Spokane. Also this spring, the City of Spokane and the Park Board are firming up plans to update the park for the next 40 years. I’ve been involved in the process as the volunteer chairman of the citizens’ advisory committee, and since I have a little pull here at the Inlander, I snuck this question onto the ballot. The top vote-getter is one that our committee likes, too — a new amphitheater/

event space in the park. Some voters located it under the Pavilion; others just wanted one anywhere. Some wanted it for concerts; others wanted it for plays or outdoor movies. All seem to like the idea of a gathering place for the community — for Hoopfest, for powwows, for high school graduations or mayoral inaugurations. Stay tuned as our committee’s recommendations are turned over to City Hall. But there were tons of great answers after that, too — every one a reminder that

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n a cold, foggy Saturday morning in early March, Ken Briggs is sitting in his car trying to keep warm. “It’s good running weather, but it’s not good standing-around weather,” Briggs says, blowing warm air into his hands. The 24 runners standing around Briggs’ car agree. Though 28 degrees at 6:45 am is chilly for most people, these hardy souls aren’t ordinary. They also know that as the day progresses, it’ll only get nicer. In several hours time, they’d all have completed any number of miles — 28 to 50 — on Spokane’s Centennial Trail. This marked the seventh year Briggs has organized the low-key Centennial Trail Run for the Bloomsday Road Runners Club, an event that’s more about pride than racing. It’s so low-key, Briggs just asks runners to email him their total miles and times after they’re done. There are no timing chips or water stations here. Briggs started the run because Spokane didn’t have a challenging long-distance running event in March. The Centennial Trail seemed like a perfect place to host it. At 37.5 miles from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls through the heart of Spokane and the Valley to the Idaho border, it’s the perfect way to showcase the city and its namesake river. And as a past board member of the Friends of the

Centennial Trail, a nonprofit advocacy and fundraising group, he wanted to encourage more use of one of the region’s outdoor attractions. “I personally like things that get people away from being sedentary,” he says. “[The trail] means a lot of things to a lot of people. If you’re a businessperson, it’s a way of attracting people to town. If you’re in town for a convention and you want to get in a run, it’s there. It refocuses people on how precious our resources are.” The trail was inspired by Washington’s centennial year in 1989, with most construction completed between 1989 and 1991. Since then it’s expanded into North Idaho, through Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene, spanning 60 miles. It’s also a testament to shared civic and recreational visions. Though it’s ideal for runners, bikers and walkers, there are a few miles that require extra caution. “Have fun out there. Watch for ice. Watch for bikes,” Briggs warns the runners at the starting line. At that, a truck rounds the corner of the trailhead, where at this point runners share the trail with vehicles. “And watch for cars,” he adds. — SCOTT A. LEADINGHAM 2nd PLACE: High Drive/Bluffs; 3rd PLACE: Fish Lake Trail

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Opened at the end of 2010, the dog park at High Bridge has more than 11 acres for dogs to roam free. The park sits next to the Spokane River and offers the perfect place for dog lovers to let their furry companions socialize with other dogs and their owners. (EF) 2nd PLACE: South Hill “Unofficial” Dog Park; 3rd PLACE: Stateline Dog Park

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Sure, it’s a massive chain. But damn, it’s nice. Whatever your outdoor needs might be, REI has you covered. The wide range of outdoor products, as well as its knowledgeable and friendly staff, make getting geared up easy. And REI offers plenty of killer deals, both in store and online. Make sure to check out their Scratch & Dent sales. (EF) 2nd PLACE: Mountain Gear; 3rd PLACE: Mountain Goat Outfitters; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Cabela’s

BEST BIKE SHOP

WHEEL SPORT

When the worst imaginable tragedy struck in February — my bike was stolen — I went through all the stages of grief. But when it came time to move on, I found comfort in Wheel Sport. They have a sprawling selection, with plenty for the Lycra-clad bike fiends seeking $4,000 space-age marvels of mechanical engineering. But me, I’m just a simple guy with simple tastes. Wheel Sport hooked me up with a shiny red used bike, for lot less than I paid for the last one. And also, crucially: A sturdy lock. (DW) 2nd PLACE: Bike Hub; 3rd PLACE: Two-Wheel Transit; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: (Tie) Terra Sports, Virtual Earth.

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DOWNRIVER

This 18-hole golf course, smack in the middle of northwest Spokane, has had local fans all the way back to 1916, when it was first constructed. Local golfer Stan Erickson says Downriver has the best greens in the area and sends us a blog post that he’d already written, praising the course, showcasing pictures of Hole 9, with its rolling green fairways and surrounding woods. He loves the beauty of it all. “There’s nothing like playing golf in calm conditions with blue sky above and well maintained fairways and greens,” Erickson says. (DW) 2nd PLACE: Indian Canyon; 3rd PLACE: Qualchan; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Circling Raven

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You don’t have to guess why the YMCA is so popular. Just walk through on a Wednesday night and survey the sheer variety of patrons: There’s biceped behemoths pumping dumbbells of dumbfounding size, middle-age women Zumbaing their hearts out, old gray-haired ladies swimming the butterfly, fathers practicing basketball drills with their 6-year-old sons, out-of-shape college students out-of-breath on the elliptical machines, and occasionally, Inlander writers, spindly arms quivering, trying to lift the bench-press bar. (DW) 2nd PLACE: Oz Fitness; 3rd PLACE: The Spokane Club

Not everyone has the option of luxurious ski vacations: Often it’s better to blitz out to the mountain and crank out a few runs before the kids get off school, or make a beeline for the chair-lifts immediately after work. Mt. Spokane makes that possible. Inlander reader Cameron Johnson summarizes the mountain’s simple strengths: “Mt. Spokane is close-by, has great runs and back country, and is very affordable.” (DW) 2nd PLACE: Schweitzer; 3rd PLACE: 49 Degrees North

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The only complaint you tend to hear about Priest Lake is that too many people love it. Tucked away at the top of Idaho, it’s got vast expanses of hiking trails, camping lots, and swanky private resorts. My grandparents know of this perfect huckleberry-picking spot up in the woods near Priest Lake. But, on the pain of death, they’ll never tell you where. You don’t deserve to know. (DW) 2nd PLACE: Farragut State Park; 3rd PLACE: Lake Roosevelt

Schweitzer Mountain came close to taking the trophy for both Best Place to Snowboard and Best Place to Ski. “I picked Schweitzer … because of the snow fall and vertical feet the mountain provides,” says Todd Zyph, a local Spokane art director. “They produce minimal artificial snow and have more trails than any other mountain. Not to mention a dark beer and homemade soup at Puccis for lunch. Can’t beat it!” (DW) 2nd PLACE: Mt. Spokane; 3rd PLACE: 49 Degrees North

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We asked readers to award the best only-inthe-Inland-Northwest people and places Stepping into the dim light from the drizzling darkness, groups of bearded hipsters, grandparents and college students alike entered through THE ELK’S front door hoping for a space to sit. Instead, they were greeted with hardly a place to stand. Not entirely unusual for a Saturday night, but this was different: This early March evening was the Elk’s 15-year anniversary party. Special beers were offered and an up-and-coming rock band played in the corner — people were willing to wait to take part in the celebration. Voted the Best Neighborhood Watering Hole in the 100% Local category, special to this year’s readers poll, the Elk was one of the first businesses to take a chance on Browne’s Addition near the turn of the century. “People thought the [owners] were crazy to want to build there,” says General Manager Marshall Powell. From the infancy of Elkfest to the opening four years ago of El Que, the next-door taqueria, Powell has witnessed the past decade’s changes firsthand. He attributes the Elk’s longevity to consistency in menu and service. “We don’t follow trends and we’re not too pretentious,” Powell says. “We treat our employees well, which is why we have little turnover, and they in turn treat our customers well.” Browne’s Addition isn’t the only neighborhood to see a resurgence in recent years. The SOUTH PERRY DISTRICT, voted Best Walkable Neighborhood, has also become a shining example of what can happen if local business owners combine efforts to reinvent an area. With broad sidewalks, ample crosswalks and a low posted speed limit, South Perry is now a place people can roam freely, walking from one locally owned store, bar or restaurant to the next. As Inlander reader Aimee Bell commented, “It’s just the kind of neighborhood that makes me want to leave my car at home.” Up north in the also walkable Garland District stands a towering, famous milk bottle. The location, which has housed a variety of businesses over the decades, now is home to MARY LOU’S MILK BOTTLE, voted Best Mom-And-Pop Business. Kris Ritchie, co-owner for 15 years, says she never thought of her shop quite in those terms. But as mostly family runs the enterprise — her husband Ed is co-owner, their children are cooks and servers, and a couple of grandchildren wash dishes — she sees how the business has a mom-and-pop feel. “We do have other employees too,” Ritchie says with a laugh. Every day, Ritchie continues the ritual of creating the cookies, pie and ice cream, as well as balancing the diner’s books. Her husband serves as store manager and bakes the hamburger buns. In 2011, the Milk Bottle was nearly destroyed as a fire ravaged the building. Ritchie says local support allowed the business to prevail. “I was so overwhelmed by how many people came to visit us,” she says. It’s all in the family for downtown’s ATTICUS COFFEE & GIFTS shop as well, voted Best Single-Location Coffee Shop by Inlander readers. Married couple Andy and Kris Dinnison have been running the establishment for more than four years, alongside their other shop, Boo Radley’s. With a homey feel and eclectic mix of retail and caffeinated beverages, Atticus Coffee has an avid following. As Andy explains, being fresh is an important aspect of their business, which equates to selling mostly local products. “When you have a place like Cake Bakery and more in town, why would we want to sell packaged baked goods?” Andy asks. “Or when you have a half-dozen roasters here, why would you buy beans from elsewhere?” — LAURA JOHNSON

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BEST RADIO STATION

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Aside from its please-everyone-in-the-car, Top-40 music, it’s the weekday morning talk show that keeps Spokanites tuning in to 92.9. Listeners like Kendra Jones of Spokane, who says, “I have been a loyal listener ever since they were ‘The Breakfast Boys.’ I always have to touch up my mascara when I get to work in the morning, because they have either kept me laughing through my entire drive or crying during Christmas Wish.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Thin Air Radio (KYRS), 92.3 FM; 3rd PLACE: Spokane Public Radio (KPBX), 91.1 FM; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Progressive Radio (KPND), 95.3 FM, Sandpoint

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DAVE, KEN AND MOLLY, ZZU 92.9

This super-likable trio heading up 92.9’s morning talk show make weekday starts brighter for countless Inlander readers. They’ve not only entered Hall of Fame status in this category, but also help carry the winning votes for their station. “I listen to Dave, Ken and Molly almost every day on the way to work,” says Cindy Leaver of Spokane. “Mostly it’s the fact that they make me laugh. The interaction between them is great.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Jay and Kevin, Coyote Country, 99.9 FM; 3rd PLACE: Verne Windham, Spokane Public Radio, 91.1 FM; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Derik and Jeff, Morning Stampede, K102 FM

BEST CHARITY EVENT

COACHES VS. CANCER

Last year’s 12th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, headed up by Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few, brought in a staggering $742,000 to fund cancer-fighting programs. A big chunk of that went to keep Camp Goodtimes East open — returning to the YMCA’s Camp Reed this summer — and offering summer camp opportunities to local children with cancer. Reader Alisha Short voted for this event because “it brings our favorite home team out to the public … while allowing the community a chance to do their part in a seemingly helpless situation.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Epicurean Delight (Inland Northwest Blood Center); 3rd PLACE: The Pumpkin Ball (Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery)

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For families with young kids and adults who don’t feel drawn to booze away New Year’s Eve, First Night has everyone covered. With entertainment galore across downtown Spokane, from local artists’ work on display, hands-on kids activities and live music, it’s easy to lose track of the time leading up to midnight. “Having a safe and fun venue for area families to come together is very special,” notes Spokane Valley resident Clayton Colliton. “The numerous events allow parents and children to welcome the New Year as a community, and the Resolution Run is a great way to start preparing the whole family for Bloomsday.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Valleyfest; 3rd PLACE: Hoopfest

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Taking over Browne’s Addition for three days around the end of May for the past 27 years, Inlander readers consider ArtFest a can’tmiss community event. “ArtFest isn’t only a venue to come out and buy art, but also an opportunity to celebrate arts in our community and support the MAC,” says Melanie Fisher of Spokane. West Central resident Sheena Enslow loves this event because of its location in the eclectic, historic neighborhood, its family appeal and the variety of art vendors. Reader Kyle Sullivan-Jones also voted for this event, writing: “ArtFest is truly a culmination of what Spokane’s growing culture has to offer.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Art on the Green; 3rd PLACE: Terrain

BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

ELKFEST

The location, the music, the season: It’s what our readers love about Elkfest, the early June music showcase held in the streets around its namesake, the Elk Public House, in historic Browne’s Addition. “It always feels like [Elkfest] kicks off summer in Spokane,” says Jennifer Krebs. “It’s the perfect way to start the season — a weekend outdoors complete with awesome food, drinks, art and music, and, of course, all of your friends.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Sasquatch; 3rd PLACE: Pig Out in the Park; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Festival at Sandpoint

BEST LOCAL BAND: COVERS

THE CRONKITES

When it comes to bands that are sure-fire party starters, the Cronkites run that game — and they have since the mid-’90s. The band specializes in covers of music everybody can dance and sing along to: Huey Lewis and the News, the Doobie Brothers. The Cronkites can get every room jumping — from the smallest parties to the biggest casino rooms. There’s a good reason why Inlander readers choose them as their favorite cover act from year to year. (LS) 2nd PLACE: Big Hair Revolution; 3rd PLACE: The Rub

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It’s a highly anticipated moment each spring when the lineup of nationally touring shows for the Best of Broadway Spokane series is announced. There’s always a show to please everyone, and the current season is no exception. Though many of our readers jumped ahead a little and voted for Wicked, which doesn’t perform until May, the top three shows weren’t separated by many votes. But it was Sally Struthers’ performance as the lovable matchmaker in Hello, Dolly! that took the top spot. Struthers’ humor, talent and showmanship, alongside the show’s cast, set and costuming, made this performance stand out in reader Tony Higley’s eyes. (CS) 2nd PLACE: American Idiot; 3rd PLACE: Million Dollar Quartet

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The Civic’s current season’s opening show was so well-attended, selling out every performance in its monthlong run, a fifth week of shows was added. Those sold out, too. The musical was then revived in a special partnership with the Spokane Symphony earlier this month, which was also a hit. So it’s no surprise that readers, like Clare Gaffney-Brown, gave it the top spot. “The Civic’s production of Les Mis took local theater to another level,” she says. Richard Robinson echoed these feelings, writing: “My wife and I attended the gala on the opening night. I sat in the first row and the sheer amount of talent on stage was completely captivating. We have attended many shows around the world, but I was never prouder of Spokane than in that moment. I felt that those performances could compete against any other show, anywhere.” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Grease, Spokane Civic Theatre; 3rd PLACE: Our Town, Interplayers Theatre; NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: Mary Poppins, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre

BEST LOCAL BAND: ORIGINALS

TERRIBLE BUTTONS

These frickin’ guys. I mean, how many local bands do you know that can sell out local

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PEARL JAM

Those lucky enough to make it to this highly anticipated, sold-out show last November still can’t stop gushing about it. “It. Was. Awesome.” summed up Quincey Faloon of Spokane, who was converted into a lifelong fan after the show. “From the time the first note was sung, I was completely sucked in. The energy of the band, of Eddie, of the crowd was completely invigorating. … Then to find that Steve Gleason was in the audience? My head exploded.” Faloon’s not alone. Longtime fan Amanda Mead says it was the best PJ show she’s ever been to out of the four times she’s seen the band live. “I mean, Eddie shaved a guy’s head on stage. Come on. How can anyone else top that in Spokane this year?” (CS) 2nd PLACE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Spokane Arena) 3rd PLACE: Nine Inch Nails (Spokane Arena); NORTH IDAHO’S BEST: John Butler Trio (Festival at Sandpoint)

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e asked readers which musicians should grace us with their presence this year. The Spokane Arena held a similar promotion, and we figured we’d test those waters as well. So who do people want to see? Many readers voted for Tool, but that show already happened a couple of weeks ago. Others said they wanted to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come back for a repeat of their October 2013 show. But the performer who got the most votes — and this might surprise some — was Prince.

In case you haven’t been following the legendary funk master’s career for the past few years, he is no longer the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and he’s not a crop-circle-like symbol. But he’s still super weird (or sexy, depending on your taste) and has an album coming out sometime soon with his all-female backing band 3rd Eye Girl, so it’s not out of the question that he might be touring this year. In fact, he’s recently played a few surprise gigs, including a four-hour dance party in Hollywood that showed perhaps there is no such thing as “too much Prince.” “I heard a rumor that Prince is com-

ing to Spokane this year, and it’s listed with some of his tour dates. I want to know if it’s true — he’s amazing, and is supposed to be incredible live,” says Jennifer Lott, one our readers who voted for the man in purple. Well, Jennifer, it appears quite unlikely that Prince will come here this year. We checked with the Spokane Arena and they said those tour dates you saw were likely a very old posting from Billboard for a tour that never actually materialized. But you’re not the only one who’s been wondering this — Becca Watters, the Arena’s marketing manager, says she’s been asked multiple times if His Highness is strutting into town. There were a few other acts that secured some serious votes, including Garth Brooks, U2, Pearl Jam and even the Eagles. The Eagles? Bruno Mars got a lot of love, too. That Super Bowl halftime show made some Martians (if this isn’t what his fans call themselves, it’s a damn shame) out of you Spokanites, eh? But again, Prince won this thing. It seems like this would be a hell of a concert, at least according to Inlander reader Jackie Anderson. “Prince is such an iconic figure in the music industry … to have him come here would be extraordinary,” she says “I don’t know that Spokane would ever see such a glorious show.” — MIKE BOOKEY

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BEST APPETIZERS BEST COCKTAILS Twigs, twigsbistro.com 808 W. Main Ave. • 232-3376 401 E. Farwell Rd. • 465-8794 4320 S. Regal St. • 443-8000 14728 E. Indiana Ave. • 290-5636 BEST ASIAN FOOD Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe 501 E. 30th Ave. • 747-1170 BEST BAKERY BEST LOCAL COFFEE/ESPRESSO SHOP Rocket Bakery, rocketspokane.com 1325 W. First Ave. • 747-1834 903 W. Garland Ave. • 325-8909 157 S. Howard St. • 838-3887 319 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-1500

1301 W. 14th Ave. • 456-3534 3315 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 462-2345 BEST BARBECUE Longhorn Barbecue, thelonghornbbq.com 7611 W. Sunset Hwy • 838-8372 2315 N. Argonne Rd. • 924-9600 BEST BREAKFAST Frank’s Diner, franksdiners.com 1516 W. Second Ave. • 747-8798 10929 N. Newport Hwy. • 465-2464 BEST LOCAL BREWERY No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. nolibrewhouse.com • 242-2739 BEST BUFFET Golden Corral, 7117 N. Division goldencorral.com • 468-1895 BEST BURGERS Red Robin, redrobin.com 725 W. Main Ave. • 838-5260 9904 N. Newport Hwy. • 467-3382 14736 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 921-1634 1501 W. Riverstone Dr., CdA • 208-765-2421 BEST BURRITOS Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. 847-1234 BEST CATERING Beacon Hill, 4848 E. Wellesley Ave. beaconhillevents.com • 482-3556

BEST CHEAP EATS Dick’s Hamburgers, 10 E. Third Ave. 747-2481 BEST CHEF Jeremy Hansen, Sante 404 W. Main Ave. santespokane.com • 315-4613 BEST COFFEE ROASTER Thomas Hammer, 210 W. Pacific Ave. hammercoffee.com • 535-4806 BEST CUPCAKES Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop 15 S. Washington St. • 242-3845 12501 N. Division • 368-9811 BEST DESSERTS Just American Desserts, justamericandesserts.net 213 S. University Rd., Spokane Valley • 927-2253 9323 N. Division • 328-5889 BEST DONUTS Donut Parade, 2152 N. Hamilton St. donutparade.com • 487-9003 BEST LOCAL DRIVE-THRU ESPRESSO Dutch Bros. Coffee, dutchbros.com 402 W. Second Ave. • 747-6322 1306 N. Division • 326-0115 1010 W. Francis • 327-7711 402 S. Freya St. • 863-9707 8701 N. Division • 868-0288 931 E. Francis • 703-7176

118 W. Hanley Ave., CdA 1680 Northwest Blvd., CdA BEST FARMERS MARKET South Perry Farmers Market thursdaymarket.org BEST FINE DINING Clinkerdagger, 621 W. Mallon Ave. clinkerdagger.com • 328-5965 BEST FOOD TRUCK Tacos Tumbras, 456-8226 BEST FRIES Zips, zipsdrivein.com (Locations across the Inland Northwest) BEST FROZEN YOGURT Froyo Earth, froyoearth.com 172 S. Division • 455-8000 12519 N. Division • 315-4910 325 S. Sullivan Rd. • 368-9618 829 E. Boone Ave. • 315-5034 2722 First St., Cheney • 235-8000 BEST ICE CREAM Brain Freeze, brainfreeze.bz • 838-7822 The Scoop, 1001 W. 25th Ave. • 535-7171 BEST ITALIAN Tomato Street, tomatostreet.com 6220 N. Division St. • 484-4500 221 W. Appleway Ave., CdA • 208-667-5000 LATE NIGHT DINING The Satellite, 425 W. Sprague satellitediner.com • 624-3952 BEST MEXICAN FOOD Azteca, aztecamex.com 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • 456-0350 9738 N. Newport Hwy. • 465-9101 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 228-9661

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REACH THE WINNERS BEST PIZZA The Flying Goat, 3318 W. Northwest Blvd. theflyinggoat.com • 327-8277 BEST RURAL RESTAURANT The Harvester, 410 W. First, Spangle, Wash. harvesterrestaurant.com • 509-245-3552 BEST SANDWICHES Domini Sandwiches, 703 W. Sprague dominispokane.com • 747-2324 BEST SEAFOOD BEST OUTDOOR DINING Anthony’s at Spokane Falls, 510 N. Lincoln St. anthonys.com • 328-9009 BEST SPECIAL DIET OPTIONS Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. bootsbakery.com • 703-7223 BEST STEAKS Churchill’s Steakhouse, 165 S. Post St. churchillssteakhouse.com • 474-9888 BEST SUSHI Sushi.com, 430 W. Main Ave. mainsushi.com • 838-0630 BEST THAI FOOD Thai Bamboo, thaibamboorestaurant.com

5406 N. Division • 777-8424 (BEST INTERIOR DESIGN/AMBIANCE) 2926 E. 29th Ave. • 232-8424 12722 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 444-8424 2010 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208667-5300 BEST LOCAL WINERY Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, arborcrest.com Cliff House Estate & Tasting Room, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Third Floor • 747-3903

RECREATION

BEST BIKE SHOP Wheel Sport, wheelsportspokane.com 1711 N. Division St. • 326-3977 2820 E. 29th Ave. • 747-4187 606 N. Sullivan Rd. • 921-7729 BEST GOLF COURSE Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle 327-5269 BEST HEALTH CLUB YMCA, ymcaspokane.org 930 N. Monroe St. • 777-9622 10727 N. Newport Hwy. • 777-9622 2421 N. Discovery Place • 777-9622 BEST OUTDOOR REC SUPPLIES REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei.com/spokane • 328-9900

BEST PLACE TO SKI Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead mtspokane.com • 238-2220 BEST PLACE TO SNOWBOARD Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho schweitzer.com • 877-487-4643 BEST SUMMER CAMP YMCA Camp Reed, campreed.org

SHOPPING

BEST BANK Washington Trust Bank, watrust.com 717 W. Sprague Ave. • 353-4202 (and other Inland NW locations) BEST BARBER SHOP Porter’s Barbershop, 614 W. Garland Ave. portersbarbershop.com • 443-3116 BEST BOOKSTORE Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com • 838-0206 BEST CREDIT UNION STCU, stcu.org 707 W. Main Ave. • 326-1954 (and other Inland NW locations) BEST ETHNIC GROCERY STORE DeLeon Foods, 102 E. Francis Ave. deleonfoods.net • 483-3033

BEST FLORIST Liberty Park, 1401 E. Newark Ave. libertyparkflorist.com • 534-9381 BEST FURNITURE The Tin Roof, 1727 E. Sprague thetinroof.us • 535-4121 BEST GIFTS Boo Radley’s, 232 N. Howard St. 456-7479 BEST HAIR SALON Oasis Hair, oasishair.com 829 E. Indiana Ave. • 216-2747 2909 S. Southeast Blvd. • 536-1735 13127 E. Sprague Ave. • 927-8400 9227 E. Montgomery • 928-0335 BEST HOTEL Davenport Hotel & Tower 10 S. Post St. • 899-1482 thedavenporthotelcollection.com BEST INDEPENDENT AUTO REPAIR Craig’s Automotive Collision & Repair 6321 N. Cincinnati St. craigsautocollision.com • 482-2800 BEST JEWELRY Jewelry Design Center, 821 N. Division St. jewelrydesigncenter.com • 487-5905 BEST MALL River Park Square, 808 W. Main riverparksquare.com • 363-0304

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BEST VET CLINIC Hunter Veterinary Clinic, 933 N. Washington St. huntervet.com • 327-9354 BEST VINTAGE BOUTIQUE Finders Keepers, finderskeepersboutiques.com 309 W. Second Ave. (jewelry) • 838-4590 18 W. Main Ave. • 624-1251 BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE Lolo Boutique, 319 W. Second Ave. loloboutique.net • 747-2867

ARTS

BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org • 456-3931 BEST CHARITY EVENT Coaches vs. Cancer cvcspokane.com BEST RADIO STATION BEST DJ TEAM KZZU, 92.9 FM 441-0929 • 929zzu.com

NIGHTLIFE

BEST ALL-AGES MUSIC VENUE BEST NEW NIGHTSPOT The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174

BEST BEER BAR BEST BAR FOOD Manito Tap House, 3011 S. Grand Blvd. manitotaphouse.com • 279-2671 BEST BLOODY MARY Press, 909 S. Grand Blvd. 747-7737 BEST BOWLING CENTER Hugo’s on the Hill, 3023 E. 28th Ave. hugosonthehill.com • 535-2961 BEST CASINO Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com • 242-7000 BEST DANCE CLUB Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague irvsbar.com • 624-4450 BEST HAPPY HOUR Zola, 22 W. Main Ave. zolainspokane.com • 624-2416 BEST JUKEBOX Baby Bar, 827 W. 1st Ave 847-1234 BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague sp.knittingfactory.com • 244-3279 BEST MOVIE THEATER AMC 20 River Park Square, 800 W. Main Ave. amctheatres.com • 888-262-4386

BEST SPORTS BAR The Swinging Doors, 1018 W. Francis Ave. theswingingdoors.com • 326-6794 BEST TRIVIA NIGHT Flamin’ Joe’s, flaminjoeswings.com 2620 E. 29th Ave. • 241-3843 7015 N. Division • 465-5052 11618 E. Sprague • 922-5052 BEST WINE BAR LeftBank Wine Bar, 108 N. Washington St. leftbankwinebar.com • 315-8623

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BEST PALOUSE BAR The Coug, 900 NE Colorado St., Pullman thecougarcottage.com • 509-332-1265 BEST PALOUSE COFFEE SHOP Daily Grind, 230 E. Main St., Pullman 509-334-3380 BEST PALOUSE RESTAURANT South Fork Public House, 1680 S. Grand Blvd., Pullman southforkpublichouse.com • 509-332-3675 

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t the top of each summit, the highest point on each of the Earth’s seven continents, Dave Mauro was hit with a wall of emotion. It was the same feeling every time. He wept. He sprinkled some of his brother Danny’s ashes into the oxygen-deprived atmosphere. All he felt was love. “It has a lot to do with the sacrifices required to get there,” Mauro explains. “The process of it tears you down piece by piece, until what’s left is whatever animal is required to get you to the top of that mountain.” Mauro stood on top of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,237 feet, and the first of the seven mountains, on June 13, 2007. Six years later, on May 20, 2013, he looked out over the clouds and the world below him from the highest point in the world, Mt. Everest. It was the literal pinnacle of his six-year climbing adventure. As he stood there at 3:42 am, he’d become the 65th American to reach the top of all seven peaks. In the beginning, Mauro didn’t intend to climb all seven, let alone the first. But a series of events throughout those years and a subconscious urge kept the now51-year-old financial planner from Bellingham, Wash., coming back for more. “I was glad I’d done it,” he remembers thinking after the McKinley summit. “It was something I felt good about, but I didn’t understand what was supposed to be fun about it. It was mostly a lot of suffering.” But after a recurring dream Mauro had in which he followed a lion through Africa’s grassland plains toward Kilimanjaro, he says he became obsessive about making the summit. He stood atop the African peak on Jan. 27, 2008. Even after that, though, Mauro didn’t plan to continue pursuing the

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Dave Mauro has climbed the tallest peak on each continent. incomprehensibly taxing feat. Now that he’s completed the quest eluding mountain climbers worldwide, Mauro is working on a book about his experiences. To be called The Ozone Diaries, he hopes to publish it sometime next year. Mauro also travels around the Pacific Northwest to talk about his experiences, using the opportunities to fundraise for charities aiding women and children. Besides that, what’s next for this seasoned climber? Mt. Rainier. “The irony of it is that I’ve gone all over the world climbing these peaks, and I’ve not submitted Rainier, right in our backyard.” — CHEY SCOTT “The Highest Man on Earth” feat. Dave Mauro • Fri, March 21, at 7 pm • $5 suggested donation, benefiting the Women’s & Children’s Free Restaurant of Spokane • REI Spokane • 1125 N. Monroe • rei.com/Spokane

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DVD | Hold no appreciation for chick flicks? Perfect. Neither does this film. ABOUT TIME is a romance, sure, but it was marketed wrong. It mostly tells the story of the love between a father (Bill Nighy) and his son (Domhnall Gleeson), both of whom have the ability to go back in time. Richard Curtis, the writer/ director behind Love Actually, brings an inventive yet oddly familiar story to the screen. It will move you in ways you never expected, all the while causing you to yearn for a bit of property on the English seaside.

SINGLE | Saturated in music — that’s all the Internet really is (well, that and porn). With so many options, trying to sift through and find new tunes to connect with is a daunting task. Look no further than Canadian slacker rocker Mac DeMarco’s new single “BROTHER.” Streaming on SoundCloud, the song must be the artist’s answer to “Let it Go” from the Disney romp Frozen. DeMarco’s tune has those lyrics too, but here they’re presented in a much more sincere, less motivating way. The song is slow-moving and thick with guitar; you’ll want to play it over and over again. DeMarco’s full album Salad Days will be released on April Fools’ Day. Don’t wait to jump on it.

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In Search of Another Rush Why Stage Left is going from one-minute plays to one-day plays BY E.J. IANNELLI

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t the end of January, Stage Left launched its first-ever festival of one-minute plays. Aptly titled “Fast and Furious,” the festival solicited super-short plays from dozens of writers around the world and presented them as back-to-back staged readings. Now, barely two months later, Stage Left is preparing to launch another fast-paced annual theater festival. This one is called Left Overs, and its methods and scope are quite different. Instead of concentrating on existing plays that take 60 seconds to perform, Left Overs will shift the emphasis to ideating, writing and staging entirely new plays in a period of just one day. “The premise is that we have six playwrights and directors, and those six directors have already chosen their casts,” explains Rebecca Cook, who’ll be directing and stage managing at Left Overs. “We all meet on Friday night at 7 o’clock, and the playwright will choose their director out of a hat, so that’s when they find out who they’re writing for. That’s when they meet the cast as well. And they’ll be given a prop and a few other criteria that they must meet in their script.” With those criteria in mind, the playwrights — namely, Left Overs organizer Sandra Hosking, Bryan Harnetiaux of the Spokane Civic Theatre, local actor Ron Ford, local writer Olivia


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Landlocked Love Spokane is a few hundred miles away from salt water, but we still love our oysters

An oyster sampler from Anthony’s, which is celebrating an oyster festival all month. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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BY AMY MILLER-KREZELAK

ncient humans devoured oysters, poets have penned adoring poems about them, and doctors, dieticians and lovers praise their benefits. Modern humans have cultivated oysters for thousands of years. In the new world, coastal Native Americans, already utilizing the bounty of oysters in their diets, shared their harvesting skills with settlers. As an important commodity and food group, the demand for oysters inland grew rapidly as pioneers moved away from the coasts. By the late 1800s, the Olympia oyster, the Puget Sound’s singular indigenous oyster species, was traveling by stagecoach and train east to Chicago and points in between. Oysters arrived in Spokane around this time. The popularity of oysters in Spokane was demonstrated by their appearance as an elite menu item at Louis Davenport’s grand restaurant of the same name. Davenport’s 1909 New Year’s Eve Menu included Olympia oysters prepared raw, scalloped, pan roasted, stewed and fried. As a child, our Christmas Eve tradition included a festival of seafood, all of which was welcome except for my parents’ favorite: the dreaded oyster stew. I tried my first raw oyster in my early 20s. By my late 20s, I was hooked. Unlike the sweet, candy-like predictable comfort of a diver scallop, oysters are exciting and dynamic, as they invoke the flavor of the water in which they are raised: salty or sweet, buttery or briny, coppery or fruity. Just as my demand for oysters has increased over the years, so has the demand throughout the region. More oysters are seeded, grown, and harvested in Washington than anywhere else on the West Coast. Washington state is second in oyster production only to Louisiana, the brackish waters of Puget Sound and Hood Canal providing ideal growing grounds for an incredible variety of oysters. Anthony’s Restaurant is taking advantage of this cold-water bounty with the return of its annual March Oyster Festival. The festival menu offers numerous oyster preparations, wine pairings, bar specials, and a Friday Night Oyster Slurp at 6 pm in the lounge. On the night I visited, the half-shell offerings were abundant: Pacific Pickering Pearl, Pacific Barron Point, Pacific Kobashii, Kumamoto and Olympia. Our group ordered the Half-Shell Sampler and tried them all. The nuances of the varieties were fascinating: the Olympias, tiny, sweet, and soft, were both adorable and delectable; Kumamotos, buttery, sweet, and mild, brought back one friend’s memories of her childhood on the beaches of California; the Barron Points,


big and briny, were reminiscent of East Coast oysters; Kobashii were the favorite, invoking the fresh aroma of the Puget Sound and finishing with a light cucumber flavor. Dave Hewitt, shellfish buyer for Pacific Seafood, has seen a massive increase in demand for oysters in the Inland Empire in the past three years. Kumamoto oysters are by far the most popular. Freshness is obviously important with matters of the sea, but live oysters have proven to be hearty travelers. “Oysters are harvested in one day and shipped live. If they’re closed, they’re alive,” says Hewitt. Oysters have a long shelf life when properly stored — up to 10 days in cool conditions — and modern refrigeration ensures that oysters shipped from the westside are on your table the morning after they were harvested. And although the old adage to “only eat oysters in months ending with r” isn’t exactly true, Hewitt definitely recommends eating oysters from January to May, when the bays are coldest. We couldn’t leave Anthony’s without taking advantage of the cooked offerings. The oyster stew was brothy and buttery, perfect for a chilly early spring evening. The crispy seared oysters, served with a slightly smoky dipping sauce, made us long for a sunny day at the beach. The barbequed oysters were the shining star, achieving textural perfection on the grill and bathing in basil butter with finely diced sun-dried tomatoes. The next stop on our search was, oddly enough, at a steakhouse. At Churchill’s, our server Christina Damico confirmed that raw oysters are an incredibly popular menu item. The fresh haul of the day was limited to one type, but the Hood Canal Dabob oysters were near perfection: crisp and clean, with a hint of melon. We rounded out our evening with one final, classic preparation, Oysters Rockefeller. Bathed and baked in butter and black licorice pastisse liqueur on a Florentine-style bed of spinach and topped with a perfectly balanced lemony hollandaise, these oysters confirmed that everyone can find a way to enjoy this remarkably versatile bivalve. n Anthony’s Oyster Festival • Through the month of March • Anthony’s at Spokane Falls • 501 N. Lincoln • anthonys.com • 3289009

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The owners of Hay J’s Bistro open a nearby specialty meat market BY JO MILLER

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he Butcher Block sits adjacent to a gas station right off the freeway in Liberty Lake, but it has a true downtown market feel. String lights crisscross the ceiling, items are artfully scrawled on chalkboards above glass cases brimming with meats and cheeses, and pictures of old Spokane butcher shops hang on the walls. But the Butcher Block isn’t a butcher shop, but rather a meat and seafood market opened several weeks ago by the owners of Hay J’s Bistro, located just two doors down. As far as the meats go, they try to buy as Northwest as possible, says Patrick Fechser, who owns the market with his mom Rhonda Entner and her cousin Eddy Rogers. The American-style Kobe beef comes from Snake River Farms in Idaho, with selections such as rib eye ($28/lb.) and center-cut top sirloin ($11/lb.). The Washingtonraised chicken is free-range, without hormones and air-chilled. And the grass-fed Montana bison comes in top sirloin ($16.50/lb.), rib eye ($22/lb.) or ground ($9/lb.). Most of the seafood, on the other hand, hails from Alaska. Wild Alaskan halibut ($21/lb.) and king salmon ($19.50/lb.) can be found in the case, along with Hawaiian seafood flown in weekly, such as mahi-mahi ($28/lb.) and yellowfin ahi

($34/lb.). “We focus on quality and freshness,” Fechser says. “We don’t have any cheap meat.” Fechser, Entner and Rogers decided to open the Butcher Block because the landlord wanted the empty space filled. They played with ideas of making it a banquet room or catering kitchen, but chose meat market when they saw a niche. “There’s becoming more of a demand for these specialty markets, rather than those big-box stores where you can buy everything — shoes and meat in the same place,” Fechser says. The Butcher Block’s products go beyond meats to include cheeses (local and imported), Hay J’s items such as soups, salad dressings, spices and rubs, and kitchen equipment like knives, pans and cutting boards carved by Rogers. You can even pick up some culinary advice from Fechser, who headed up Hay J’s kitchen, handed the reins to his younger brother and now runs the market. n food@inlander.com The Butcher Block at Hay J’s • 21724 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake • Open Mon-Thu, 11 am-7 pm; Fri-Sat, 10 am-7 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm • facebook.com/thebutcherblockathayjs • 928-4530

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Nelson, who started out in the restaurant field when he was 15, began making aebleskivers about 20 years ago when his mom gave him a family recipe. Last July, Nelson started Aebleskivers, selling at both Kootenai County Farmers Markets, then at Green Bluff’s Oktoberfest. For the holidays, he opened a kiosk in the Silver Lake Mall. Only a few days after he packed up and left the mall, the manager called him and said he needed to come back. BY JO MILLER “I guess they had 50 calls a day for people trying to find me,” Nelson says. fter a particularly brutal battle a thousand Nelson, who signed a 13-month lease and years ago, Danish Vikings settled into their reopened in a storefront in February, says he camp to make pancakes. But without propstill plans to be at the farmers markets and other er pans, they took their dented shields, poured in festivals. the batter and cooked over the fire what would Not only does Nelson serve plain aebleskivers become aebleskivers, a popular Danish treat. ($3/3, $5.50/6, $7.50/9, $9/12) with whipped cream Or so the legend goes. and your choice of huckleberry, boysenberry, At Aebleskivers in Coeur d’Alene’s Silver Lake blackberry or raspberry sauce, he cooks Mall, Ron Nelson makes the small, up pumpkin aebleskivers with cream round Danish pancakes of the same cheese icing and caramel pumpkin sauce, name with an American twist, addSend comments to and savory aebleskivers with sausage ing things like huckleberry sauce and editor@inlander.com. and havarti cheese topped with beer pumpkin flavors. cheese sauce. (He also makes gluten-free “[Aebleskivers are] like the Danish aebleskivers per request.) answer to the funnel cake, without the grease,” he Utilizing another family recipe, Nelson cooks says. his dad’s chili ($3/cup, $5.95/bowl), bakes cornBut they’re not just pancake balls, he adds. bread and brownies and makes corn chowder and Aebleskivers are made using a different batter, soup.  with beaten egg whites, that cause them to puff up. They’re cooked in a pan with round depressions, Aebleskivers • 200 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur and each aebleskiver is turned throughout the d’Alene • Open Mon-Sat, 10 am-7 pm; Sun, 11 approximate four-minute cook time so they come am-6 pm • aebleskivers.com • 208-449-6325 out spherical.

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Spokane. The restaurant’s pea salad and rock salt prime rib have become beloved favorites since the restaurant opened during Expo ‘74. Want to try something new? Order off the seasonal menu, featuring fresh fish and locally grown ingredients. HAY J’S BISTRO 21706 E. Mission Ave. | Liberty Lake 926-2310 Hay Jay’s Bistro’s blocky strip-mall exterior — and book-cover first impressions — are immediately overturned the second you open the door. Inside, the bistro is pure class, with candle flames flickering atop wine bottles at the tables, and metallic vine sculptures wrapping around wine bottles on the walls. With a wine list boasting 100 choices, and a wine bar next door, the selection manages to live up to the hype set by the décor. The relatively pricey menu boasts steaks, tapas, burgers, pastas and risottos — but seafood remains the most popular genre. 

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Sophomore Slump Muppets Most Wanted can’t live up to its predecessor, but at least they’re up front about it BY SETH SOMMERFELD

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uppets Most Wanted That seemed almost like a passion project literally picks up where by a duo who knew all the Muppets and 2011’s The Muppets left their comedy inside and out. The comedy off, with fireworks exploding beats in Most Wanted lack the same razor“The End” in the sky. After a few sharp edge. Supporting characters seem beats, America’s favorite puppets to be thrown bits randomly; almost as if notice the camera is still around, the screenwriters were running down a which can only mean one thing… checklist. While there are still laughs to be sequel. And off they go, launching had, gags often land softly and most of the into the musical number “We’re Dotrue laughs come from quick little dialogue ing a Sequel,” which aims to poke fun asides. at the whole idea of making another “We’re doing a sequel, there’s no need film. Unfortunately, the lyrics ring too to disguise / The studio considers us a vitrue and basically sum up the movie, able franchise.” and its issues, in a succinct fashion: A viable franchise? Yes. One that can “We’re doing a sequel, let’s give it be exploited for one of the most egregious a shot / All we need now is a half-decent product placement shots in cinematic hisplot.” tory? Yes. One that can stand alone without Half-decent is an apt description. After the humans? No. Unfortunately, the a successful reunion, Ricky handling of the Muppets’ Gervais’ subtly named fleshy counterparts isn’t MUPPETS MOST WANTED done with care. Gervais Dominic Badguy (“It’s Rated PG pronounced bad-gee. It’s does an admirable job Directed by James Bobin French”) talks the Mupbringing his snarky, Starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell pets into a world tour. But comedic tone to a role Kermit and company know that’s much less cutting not of his nefarious intenthan his normal fare. Fey tions, working as second-in-command to and Burrell also prove serviceable, which is master criminal Constantine, a Soviet admirable because both of their parts can Bloc Muppet who happens to be be boiled down to “just have a bad, broad Kermit’s doppelgänger. After foreign accent.” breaking out of his high-security Most Wanted’s problem is that all these Siberian prison run by Nadya human characters lack charm. The Mup(Tina Fey), Constantine switches pets are simply more fun when aided by a places with Kermit, who is human character with a sunny disposition. subsequently sent to the gulag. The film desperately could use an upbeat Badguy and Constantine ally like Segel was in the prior film. then plan heists using the “It’s the Muppets again!” Muppets’ tour as cover, This line ends the song, and along with while CIA agent Sam the the refrain of “we can do it all again,” was Eagle reluctantly teams clearly written for the film’s original title up with French Interpol The Muppets… Again! Some marketing guru operative Juan Pierre decided to sacrifice the clarity of the comNapoleon (Ty Burrell) position by Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie to try to solve the case. because “Most Wanted” tested better than The plot moves “… Again!” It underscores the film’s rushed, quickly enough, but garbled feel. It misses Segel’s warm, caring the characters seem touch. Kids will still eat it up, but it’s a forflat and static. Most gettable film for nonbiased parties. Muppets Wanted’s screenplay Most Wanted may be the Muppets again, but pales in comparison to it’s certainly not The Muppets again. the fanatic affable“We’re doing a sequel, that’s what we ness of Jason Segel do in Hollywood / And everybody knows and Nicholas Stoller’s that the sequel’s never quite as good.” The Muppets script. You said it. 

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GLORIA

This Spanish-language film out of Chile follows its title character, a divorced woman in her 50s who decides to get herself back out there and start having some fun. Soon, she falls hard for a new man, but when that doesn’t quite work out the way she expected, Gloria is strong enough to not let that stop the fun. This film was a massive hit on the festival circuit, with leading lady Paulina Garcia taking home best actress awards along the way. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R

GOD’S NOT DEAD

The liberal arts college — a place where many Christians find their faith shaken — but college student Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) isn’t going to let that happen to him. When his

philosophy professor says that God is dead, Wheaton sets out to prove otherwise. This Christian-themed film tells a tale of redemption and hope and even includes Christian rockers the Newsboys along with some 1990s television superheroes, including Superman (Dean Cain) and Hercules (Kevin Sorbo). (LJ) PG

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Be honest, you missed these furry creatures since the reboot of the Muppets franchise back in 2011. This time, the gang heads out on a world tour only to get caught up in a case of mistaken identity and jewel thievery while in Europe. All the loveable characters are back, even Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) once again writes a new batch of silly yet catchy songs. Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell have the time of their lives as the humans in this latest Muppets adventure — as do many cameo actors. (LJ) PG

We know names like Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Mick Jagger. Names like Merry Clayton, Darlene Love and Claudia Lennear aren’t so familiar. We know the stars, but we don’t know the backup singers. This moving documentary puts the women that have supported these stars in the spotlight. One story looks at singer Judith Hill, recent contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and her partnership with Michael Jackson. At Magic Lantern. (JR) PG-13

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Like its predecessor — director Zack Snyder’s 2006 adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel 300 — this sequel attempts to turn ancient history into a swords-and-sandals epic, only with virtually every part of its world created in digital post-production. This time around, we have Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leading his band of Greek warriors against impossible odds, with the fierce general Artemesia (Eva Green) leading the massive Persian navy. He’s got a few tricks up his … well, “sleeve” isn’t the appropriate word for these resolutely bare-chested warriors, but he’s going to do his best to hold out until he can

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For the subject of this documentary, Tim Jenison, a San Antonio software developer and inventor, the paintings of 17th Century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer become an obsession. Jenison has a theory that Vermeer, in fact, used a series of well-placed mirrors to perfect his photorealism technique that could make anyone seem a genius painter. Over a five-year time period, Jenison sets out to put his theory to the test. Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, directs. (LJ) PG-13

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convince the other city-states to face the threat as a united Greece. (SR) Rated R.

AMERICAN HUSTLE

Coming off the splendid Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell is back, bringing the stars of that film, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, along. This time, the subject matter is a little more intense: He takes us back to the glittery 1970s for a crime drama about a group of corrupt politicians living the high life in New Jersey. (MB) Rated R

DIFFERENT DRUMMERS

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. (MB) Rated PG

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Disney is doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of bare-bones 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 and the younger Anna — and this is mostly the story of their troubled relationship. (MJ) Rated PG

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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 references that only adults will get. (ES) Rated PG

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 gungho, ever-bombing Allied forces during WWII. (ES) Rated PG-13

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

Peabody (the voice of Ty Burrell) is a genius inventor, scientist, musician, athlete, gourmand and mixologist. Oh, and he’s a dog. I don’t know if there’s any explanation for how this is possible, and this new film never broaches it. But there is — in a move that represents how deeply nerdy a flick this is — a great deal of explanation of how a dog was allowed to adopt a boy; precedent-busting court cases were involved. What’s so perfectly plausible that it requires no explanation? Time travel. With the help of their WABAC (pronounced “way back”) machine, the duo find themselves traipsing across ancient times. (MJ) Rated PG

NEBRASKA

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 moneyhungry friends along the way. At Magic Lantern (MB) R

NEED FOR SPEED

For a videogame adaptation, Need for Speed is fantastic. The movie works on a serviceably entertaining level in the same way as the Fast and Furious films; no one expecting more than a fun couple of hours of car porn will be disappointed. Aaron Paul plays a mechanic who can drive like a son of a bitch but never made it as a racer. He gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and is soon framed for a crime, forcing him to drive across the country looking for revenge. (SS) Rated PG-13

NON-STOP

Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) was bored with his uneventful life in the sky until one transatlantic flight from New York to London. When he begins to receive a stream of threatening text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million to an offshore account, Marks realizes this won’t be an ordinary flight. With this mysterious enemy killing off passengers every 20 minutes, Marks must go to work to protect the innocent 40,000 feet in the air. (CF) PG-13

THE PAST

Director Asghar Farhadi depicts a marriage crumbled and the mess that regret often leaves behind in his latest drama. Ahmad, an Iranian, returns to France to divorce his wife only to discover she has invited another man to live with her, despite subtle consequences. When his soon-to-be-ex-wife pleads for Ahmad’s help reigning in a daughter he used to treat like his own, a secret is revealed that complicates everything. At Magic Lantern (ER) PG-13

PHILOMENA

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. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son. At Magic Lantern (KS) Rated R

THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB

It’s another film written and directed by Tyler Perry — but don’t run away too quickly, this one does not include Perry’s alter ego, Madea. Like the film’s title suggests, the plot revolves around a group of women who are single mothers. Of course, played by the likes of Nia Long, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao and more, they’re all also gorgeous. With each other’s help, the women power through life’s obstacles. As with all Perry films, do expect a few heart-felt moments along with the over-the-top comedy. (LJ) PG-13

SON OF GOD

This film will capture audiences and take them through the journey of Jesus, portrayed here by Diogo Morgado, who also played Jesus in the History Channel’s mini series The Bible. Using captivating cinematic techniques, Son of God tells the story of this religious figure from birth to ultimate resurrection. We can’t know for sure whether seeing this film will count as going to church for the week, but you can give it a try. (MB) PG-13

VERONICA MARS

The last season of Veronica Mars was, to most fans, deeply unsettling. There were so many unanswered questions. There were so many unsaid one-liners. There was just too much history! Set nine years after the conclusion of the show, our favorite detective, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), is now a big-shot lawyer. When exboyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) asks for her sleuthing skills to help clear him of a murder charge, Veronica returns to confront a past, a boy and a town that refuses to let go of her. (ER) PG-13 

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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. (ES) Rated PG-13

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ave you seen or read The Hunger Games? test,” finds out she’s suitable for multiple factions You know, the one about a post-apoca(meaning she’s Divergent; now you don’t have to lypse world, teen angst and an innocentlook it up), then chooses to leave her Abnegation young-girl-turns-into-political-warrior plot line? family and become Dauntless (sorry, those you Here it is again, but in low-rent, watered-down do have to look up). form. And like The Hunger Games, Divergent is the We get an action film with hints of a budding first of a book-film trilogy (with Insurgent and Allove interest taking place in front of a coming-oflegiant already hit novels). age backdrop, everything happening amidst some In this imitative version of that story, it’s confusing political intrigue. Adults (Kate Winslet 100 years after “the war,” and society has been and Maggie Q among them) make only brief broken down into five factions, membership in appearances, as the story stays mostly with the which everyone must choose when they turn young characters: ever-toughening Tris, seem16. Faction names include Abnegation, Amity, ingly emotionless Dauntless trainer Four (Theo Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. You can stay James), and bullying Dauntless leader Eric (Jai with your family’s faction or join a different Courtney). one, where you will remain for life, unless you While British TV actor James is OK in a become “factionless” (a new word for homeless). one-dimensional sort of way, Woodley (The It takes place in a time when the education Descendants) just isn’t strong enough as a lead system must be in good shape, because if I had to character, and the director should have found a choose one of those factions, the name of which way to keep her from constantly, rapidly movexplains what they’re all about, ing her eyes back and forth in I wouldn’t know where to start. close-ups. DIVERGENT I understand what “candor” and In fairness to the writers, Rated PG-13 “erudite” mean, but who among it’s a faithful adaptation of Directed by Neil Burger this story’s 16-year-olds and the the book. Unfortunately the Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo young adult readers this series is book isn’t very good, and the James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney aimed at is going to know what lengthy film starts to drag until “abnegation” means? Or “amity” or it reaches its big, dumb climax. even “divergent”? But there will be fans. And they’ll only have to So young Tris (Shailene Woodley) turns wait a year for the next one. Insurgent is set for 16, goes, as she must, for her “faction aptitude release on March 20, 2015. 

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you were scared about tomorrow.” I never would have thought it would have gotten co-opted by big business and the Gap or whatever. So what do you do? How do you continue and not feel like your lifestyle and work has been spoiled? At that point you just burn it down and start all over again. I don’t want to get biblical and say it’s like Jesus flipping over the tables in the temple. It’s kind of like that. … I don’t know. It’s f---ed. But the only reason I still do it right now, and get up, is just because I’m kind of a bastard and people tell me to stop. We played in Europe about a year ago, and I got an infection in my leg, and I had to have surgery. And people were going “Yeah, good, break up.” I have some alcoholic tendencies in my body, and if you want me to do anything, just tell me I can’t do it. Tell me to break up, and then I won’t. But as soon as the band is going great, and we’re doing good, then I’ll probably give it up. At my leisure. When I think it’s fine. I don’t like people dancing on my grave. That’s awesome. Sometimes it’s really great because there are young kids … I can tell they get the same charge out of [our music]. … And there’s all sorts of people who are into it. [Punk] is the people’s music. There’re all these naysayers and stuff, that say punk rock is dead. … I just say, look around the world. Look what’s going on in the world with the people finally taking back what’s theirs, and smashing these governments that have been

oppressing them so long. What’s going to be the soundtrack to that? It’s not going to be Garth Brooks. It’s gonna be punk rock. That’s the music of aggression and that’s the music of revolution. And I dig that. I like flying that flag. And you’re still touring, still putting out new music — do you ever get tired of doing it yourself? There’s that saying, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. … We have really nobody helping us. We were working with a person … they liked it because we play 45 shows in a row and we make them a lot of money, and they don’t have to do nothing. We just got sick of doing these huge festivals and huge tours, and getting back and me going right into the hospital, and me getting half my foot cut off. And then them going, “You owe us $10,000 because of some bullshit.” We’ll keep going until the time is right. And we’re doing it ourselves and we’re making a lot of records. This next month, April, we have, like, three records coming out. We’re really putting it into overdrive. Kind of like, the sun shines brightest right before it burns out. I think that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re burning bright. n Poison Idea with Noise Offender, Deadones USA, Bloody Gloves and Hard Time • Sat, March 22, at 7:30 pm • $10 • All-ages • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • thehopevents.com • 328-5467

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Math rock act Bearcubbin’! comes to Spokane after just playing SXSW and Treefort Music Festival.

Instrumental Road Trip

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heir trailer-hauling SUV sped across the conflicting schedule. But now he’s focused on barren expanse of west Texas, through the Portland-area three-piece. Already this year the inky night. It was their first time playthey’ve released a brand-new album, Girls with ing South by Southwest, and Bearcubbin’! was Fun Haircuts, which took a year and a half to not going to miss their opening set. They had complete, and a compilation disc full of their old just spent eight hours driving from Las Vegas to tunes and remixes. Albuquerque for a show, only to quickly pack “We’re proud of the sound that we’ve up their gear and head toward culminated,” Byrne says. “We pillaged Austin — a 12–hour drive. all sorts of stuff to get this sound. It’s “We didn’t sleep for two more dancey now.” Email getlisted@inlander.com days,” says drummer Mike ByHe describes the band’s music rne just after leaving the festival to get your event listed in the as complex information that they’ve paper and online. last Sunday. “But it was super worked hard to make digestible for the worth it.” listener. With various pedal and loopBearcubbin’!, an instrumental math-rock ing effects, time signature changes and sporadic band, came to SXSW with three scheduled vocalization, the experimental act has matured shows and left having played six — a huge acinto a darker place. As such, they see no reason complishment in a festival that features more for lyrics. than 2,000 acts. After the grueling effort to get “It’s one of those things; we’re very attracted there, Byrne describes his group’s experience as to the instruments, and when we play we want quasi-religious. the focus to be on them,” Byrne says. “We had no idea what to expect,” says Byrne Saturday, Bearcubbin’! will play Spokane for from the middle of Texas, driving with bandthe first time since 2012. By the time the band mates Chris Scott (guitar and keyboards) and arrives at Mootsy’s, they’ll have played shows Patrick Dougherty (bass). “But things just kind in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Montana and Idaho. of snowballed. It was this strange dynamic that Byrne swears they won’t be burned out. playing well one time gets you another show.” “We don’t stop playing,” he says. “So basiIt’s not that Byrne, 24, isn’t used to tourcally, we’ll be really good at playing this set.” n ing hard. In 2009, four months after starting Bearcubbin’!, he was handpicked by Billy Bearcubbin’! with Belt of Vapor, the Lion Oh Corgan to be Smashing Pumpkins’ new drumMy, Drag Like Pull • Sat, March 22, at 10 mer. Through that time, it was hard for Bearcubpm • $5 • 21+ • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • bin’! to tour far and wide because of Byrne’s 838-1570

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aintseneca lead singer Zac Little puts all those folky posers out there to shame — he actually grew up on a farm in Appalachia. His group is based in Columbus, Ohio, but the experiences of his youth permeate all of his music. Still, the sound is at times contradictory. The traditional acoustic folk elements are all there, but so is an eerie indie-rock sound. Saintseneca’s new album Dark Arc arrives April 1. In the meantime, listen to the three tracks available for preview to get a taste. “Uppercutter,” with its awesome use of tinkling piano, especially is worth a couple of spins. — LAURA JOHNSON Saintseneca with Vikesh Kapoor, Cold Mountain Yeti • Fri, March 21, at 8 pm • $10 • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174

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here will always be overnight superstars who rise out of nowhere — who come in with a bang and flare out fast. And there will always be people who play music for life to balance them out. Scott Weinrich — fans know him as Wino — is one of the latter. Though Wino is best known for his work in Saint Vitus and the Obsessed, he’s been in more bands than you can count. Spirit Caravan, one of his oldest projects, showcases Wino’s haunting, doomy guitar sounds and unmistakable vocals. Head to the show for a solid night of psychedelic, heavy sounds. And nag Weinrich about getting Saint Vitus to add a Spokane date to its upcoming tour. — LEAH SOTTILE Spirit Caravan with Pilgrim, Rasputin • Sun, March 23, at 7:30 pm • $12 • All-ages • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • thehopevents.com • 368-4077

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THE CELLAR, Dueling Pianos DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J THE HOP!, Spirit Caravan (See story on facing page), Pilgrim, Rasputin JONES RADIATOR, Gil Rivas MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Michael’s Music Technology Circus

Monday, 03/24

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open Mic J CALYPSOS, Open Mic CLUB 412 (624-3629), Hallowed Earth EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J THE HOP!, Carnifex, Betraying the Martyrs, I Declare War, Here Comes The Kraken, Assassins, Lorna Shore, Skies Burn Black JOHN’S ALLEY, Forever Growing Band J RICO’S, Open Mic J WSU COMPTON UNION BUILDING, 9th Annual Battle of the Bands WSU ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 03/25

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub J THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE CELLAR, Eric Neuhausser J CHECKERBOARD BAR, Diamond Plate, East of the Wall, Odyssey, Abode for the Dead

MUSIC | VENUES

J DEER PARK LIBRARY (893-8300), Blue Water Stranger FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills J THE HOP!, Elektro Grave J INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Joe Bonamassa JOHN’S ALLEY, Mike Dillon Band JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ NYNE, Dan Conrad & The Urban Achievers SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, The Bucket List

Wednesday, 03/26 BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (321-7480), Reggae Night feat. DJs Tochanan, Poncho, Tara and MC Splyt THE CELLAR, Riverboat Dave J CHAPS, Land of Voices with Dirk Swartz EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard J FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE CAFE (443-6304), Pamela Benson J THE HOP!, Oliver Trolley Band, Jimmy Nuge, The Finns, Blame Shifter, The Colourflies, Innuendo JOHN’S ALLEY, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3vin3 J MOOTSY’S, Atlantic Thrills, Primal Shakes J THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic RED ROOM LOUNGE, Likes Girls, Poncho’s Soul Experience SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, Bristol

Coming Up ...

THE BARTLETT, Ravenna Woods, Modern Kin, March 27 MOOTSY’S, Monuments (reunion show), Goddamned Animals, Hooves, March 27 THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, Mr. Rogers, Digital Rust, Glitch and Swagga, Crave, March 27 THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT, CdA Blues Fest feat. Roberson, BZ & Flores, Kenny James Miller Band, The Fat Tones, Bakin’ Phat, March 28 THE PHAT HOUSE, RedKing’s Tape Release Party feat. Kain Bridge One, Vision Field, Student, Infinite Penz, Jay Ave, Harrow Marks, MaTtH, Kr1sten Wiig, March 28 CHATEAU RIVE, Peter Rivera Acoustic Trio, March 28 JONES RADIATOR, BBBBandits, Buffalo Jones, March 28 THE ROCK BAR AND LOUNGE, Armed & Dangerous CD Release, March 28 SWAXX, Unique, Soundcast, Imperfect Cody, On One, True Justice, Rod Mac, March 28

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MUSIC BLUES BROTHER

Described as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Joe Bonamassa is back on tour to support his latest release, and he’s making a stop in Spokane. The blues-rock guitar player boasts 11 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts, and his set promises to carry the audience away with soulful melodies and emotional depth. This performance is an entirely new show, showcasing both acoustic and electric sets for an unforgettable, transforming experience. If you’re not familiar with his work, Bonamassa is offering a free song download on his website — jbonamassa.com — so concertgoers can become properly acquainted before the show. — CLARKE HUMPHREY Joe Bonamassa • Tue, March 25, at 8 pm • $55-$89 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • inbpac.com • 279-7000

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MUSIC AFTERNOON WITH BRAHMS

SPORTS DERBY DAMES

Spokane String Quartet: Brown Plays Brahms • Sun, March 23, at 3 pm • $12-$20 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • ticketswest.com

Spokannibals vs. Hel’z Belles • Sat, March 22, at 7 pm • $5-$8 • Roller Valley Skate Center • 9415 E. Fourth • spokannibals.com

Every now and then, it’s appealing to add a piano to the already perfect string quartet lineup of two violins, viola and cello. The Spokane String Quartet is doing just that Sunday, inviting pianist Lydia Brown to the stage. Brown has the credentials to impress — not only has she earned a doctorate from Juilliard, she also holds degrees from Eastman and Yale. Currently, Brown serves as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. The program will include a piano quintet by Brahms and piano quartet by Mozart. — LAURA JOHNSON

Anyone interested in seeing an inspirational show of athleticism should get their butt to a local roller derby bout, like this weekend’s matchup — the first of the season — between our own Spokannibals and Hel’z Belles from Helena, Mont. If you think you’re up to the challenge of whizzing around a rink on eight wheels, the Spokannibals are recruiting new members for the first time ever. Throughout this season, the team is collecting puppy and kitten food donations for SpokAnimal at all home bouts, so don’t forget your donation. — CHEY SCOTT


EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PRESENTS

WORDS WRITERS’ WISDOM

The last event in the 2013-14 Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series features one of the university’s own, Spokane poet Brooke Matson. The acclaimed writer and local teacher is currently the poet in residence for RiverLit, the locally published arts and writing quarterly. A lifelong poet, Matson got her start by sharing her work on a community “poetry pole” in her hometown of Yakima, Wash. Her anthology of poetry The Moons has been described “as troubling and intriguing as living itself” by fellow Inland Northwest writer Bruce Holbert. Matson reads along with the three winners of the 2014 Gurian Writing Awards, hosted by Gonzaga’s English department. — CHEY SCOTT

April 7-13, 2014 Spokane, Wa

Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series: Brooke Matson • Wed, March 26, at 7:30 pm • Free • Gonzaga University, Cataldo Globe Room • 502 E. Boone • brookematson.com

FILM WORLDLY CINEMA

If the post-Oscar season has left you feeling a cultural void in your viewing habits, check out the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, featuring three film screenings at the darling Magic Lantern Theatre. On Thursday, March 27, the festival kicks off with Ballad of the Weeping Spring, a hit Israeli film about a musician struggling to get his band back together 20 years after a tragedy tore them apart. March 29 brings in Bethlehem, the acclaimed thriller about an Israeli secret service agent and his young Palestinian informant. The festival closes out on March 30 with Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. The documentary examines the influence of Jewish writers, composers and performers in the world of Broadway. — MIKE BOOKEY

alex sanchez william T. vollmann matthew zapruder David abrams chitra divakaruni anthony doerr Linda gregg

MORE INFO at getlitfestival.org most evenTs are free • Tickets for others may be purchased from ticketswest at 800.325.seat or ticketswest.com

Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival • Thu, Sat and Sun, March 27, 29-30; showtimes vary • $7-$10 • Magic Lantern Theatre • 25 W. Main • sajfs.org 209-2383

EVENTS | CALENDAR

BENEFIT

LITTLE BLACK DRESS OF THE YWCA Networking benefit night for area women, including updates on the services and programs of the YWCA. March event includes express spa services, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. March 20, 5:30-7:30 pm. $25. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. ywcaspokane.org CANINES ON THE CATWALK Doggy couture fashion show with proceeds benefiting SpokAnimal, feat. adoptable pets, no-host bar, silent auction, raffle and more. March 21, 6 pm. $30$35. Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St. tinyurl.com/k9f3lpv TUXEDO JUNCTION BIG BAND “Gold Rush” party featuring dinner, dancing, music and more in a fundraiser for the Post Falls Senior Center. March 22, 7-10

pm. $25. Greyhound Park & Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave. gpeventcenter.com BEYOND PINK The 16th annual Barbiethemed fundraiser event supports the Northeast Youth Center, and includes activities for ages 3-10. March 23, 11 am-4:30 pm. $32-$35. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (482-0708) HAM ON REGAL “New Digs for Old Pigs” an original musical/comedy written and performed by Ferris alumni, parents and staff as a fundraiser for activities, academics and other needs. $7-$9. Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th Ave. hamonregal.org TEAM GLEASON NIGHT Celebrating the collaboration between Orlison Brewing and the Gleason Foundation. March 25, 4-7 pm. Bowl’z Bitez & Spiritz, 401 W. Riverside. (321-7480)

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RELATIONSHIPS

Advice Goddess SAVE THE WAILS

Are guys scared of politically active women? My boyfriend of two months just broke up with me over my support for animal rights, and I’ve generally had difficulty keeping boyfriends because of this. This boyfriend was bothered by two incidents. In the first, I got into an argument about zoos with one of his friends at a party. Another time, we were driving alongside a car with a pro-hunting bumper sticker, and I rolled down my AMY ALKON window and shouted something to the driver. I’m trying to do good — protect creatures without a voice. Does that mean I don’t deserve a boyfriend? —Yes, I Stand For Something Men tend to like it when a woman screams passionately, but it’s less sexy if what she’s screaming is “McDonald’s is murder!” But, wait — you’re trying to do some good; don’t you “deserve” a boyfriend? You, like the rest of us, deserve not to be run over by a truck. The Declaration of Independence also spells out that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” stuff we’re all supposed to get. That’s right; you have a right to chase happiness. It doesn’t get delivered to your door. (“Sign here, please.”) And the reality is, every requirement you have for a boyfriend and every, well, nonstandard practice you have (like Wicca, being a serious Civil War re-enactor, or a hobby of throwing fake blood on people in fur) narrows your options. The size of a person’s dating pool is determined by their level of hotitude factored with how hard they are to be around. (An annoying 9 might still have many romantic opportunities, though with limited staying power.) And just a guess, but for at least some of these guys who dumped you, maybe the problem wasn’t so much your support of animal rights as it was your lack of boundaries in expressing it. Even a guy who’s with you in principle on sticking up for Bambi and the lab rats might not be comfortable with your transforming every social gathering into an animal rights protest rally. Also, consider that there’s a difference between speaking your mind and yelling it out the window at someone who has announced in writing on their vehicle that they are likely armed. In other words, you can refuse to ever bend your principles, or you can have a man in your life. This isn’t to say you have to start wearing snow leopard legwarmers and eating baby seal McNuggets; you probably just need to divide the world into political and social forums. Social forums would be reserved for pleasant cocktail party conversation — even if a guy is gnawing meat off a skewer and you long more than anything to stick him in the eye with it and say, “See how you like it!” When you start dating somebody new, ask him what his comfort zone is regarding your activism, and either respect the boundaries he needs or be honest if you can’t or won’t. If you come to see a relationship as a party of two, each of whose needs matter, there’s a good chance you’ll find a guy who’ll at least be there to bail you out of jail — maybe for years to come — until you two finally retire to the country to run a lentil rescue. (Some say they scream when you drop ‘em in boiling water.)

SNOT TO TROT

I’m dating a guy who’s in the neighborhood of perfect. The problem is his nose. He picks it. Semi-frequently. He isn’t doing major digging, just more inner nostril scraping than I’m comfortable with. I don’t want to tell him he’s grossing me out, but I also can’t deal with witnessing regular daily nose-picking. —Yuck If you’re inspired to buy something for your new boyfriend to wear, it should be a sweater that shows off his broad shoulders, not a nose guard to keep his finger from scampering up to Booger Hollow. If his excavations aren’t largely absent-minded, chances are he has some rationalization, like that it doesn’t count as nose-picking unless it involves more than a half-inch of finger. Well, it counts for you, and you need to let him know. To send the message with a minimum of humiliation, wait till you catch him in action, and use a light touch: “Checking that nobody’s made off with your sinuses?” or “Do you store passwords up there?” This should be one of those cases in which a guy is quick to take the hint — lest you be too grossed out to have sex with him. Sure, when you’re dating somebody, you want to know what’s going on in their head, but you really don’t want to see them up there rooting around for it. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR CAMP STIX BENEFIT This year’s dinner/auction event theme is “Share the Experience,” generating funding for the camp’s year-round activities and weeklong camp for children with type 1 diabetes. March 29, 5:30 pm. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (220-9401) HORTICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER “Blast from the Past” feat. a high tea, vintage trunk show and presentation by Phyllis Stephens, local radio personality and gardening expert. March 29, 1-3 pm. $20. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowland Rd. sjlspokane.org (921-7670) PINK TIE GUYS NIGHT Fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Eastern Wash., featuring a happy hour mingle, Race for the Cure sign up, screening of the comedy “Bridesmaids” (6:15 pm), an ugly dress contest and more. March 29, 5 pm. $5. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (327-2509)

COMEDY

GREG KETTNER & KEN MARTIN Live comedy show. March 21-22 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) INK BLOT Improv comedy show inspired by audience interpretations of Rorschach-style ink blots. Suitable for general audiences. Fridays at 8 pm through March 28. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. reddragondelivery.com (838-6688) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070)

COMMUNITY

SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to local emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary, sign up online. Second Harvest, 1234 E. Front Ave. 2-harvest.org (252-6267) LIBRARY BOOK SALE Fundraising book sale offering used library books, CDs, DVDs and other material. March 21-22 from 10 am-3 pm each day. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org (893-8350) DATE NIGHT Reconnect with a loved one while the kids participate in programming. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Open to ages 3 mos. to 11 years. Offered March 22 and April 19 at 6 pm. $10. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. kroccda.org (208-667-1865) TUNDRA SWAN FESTIVAL Annual event celebrating the migration of Tundra Swans through the Pend Oreille River Valley, hosted by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Admission includes lunch and a bus trip from the center to view the birds on Calispell Lake. March 22, 10 am-2:30 pm. $5-$10. Camas Wellness Center, 1821 N. LeClerc Rd, Usk, Wash. porta-us.com (509-447-7122) APPLYING FOR JOBS ONLINE Advice and tips for creating online accounts to apply for jobs, staying organized, avoiding scams and making a good impression online. March 24, 6 pm. Free.

North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org (893-8350) SPOKANE CITY URBAN FARM HEARING Testify and hear other community members express their views regarding proposed changes to the city’s urban farming rules, during the weekly city council meeting. March 24, 6 pm. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (328-5729) FREE TAX PREP SITES Qualified professionals provide free assistance to residents earning less than $51,567 in 2013. Sites remain open until April 15. See site locations and schedules at unitedwayspokane.org. (358-3526) HEALTH CARE REFORM LECTURE “The Health Care Reform Law — What It Means for Us” lecture by assoc. professor of law at Gonzaga Vickie J. Williams. March 25, 10 am. Free and open to the public. McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N Cincinnati. (313-6095) MISSION AVE. IMPROVEMENTS Meeting to discuss ideas and options for accommodating traffic flow and providing safe bike and pedestrian access on Mission Ave. from Flora to Barker Roads. March 26, 6:30-8 pm. Greenacres Christian Church, 18010 E. Mission Ave. (720-5411) BROWNS PARK PUBLIC MEETING Community meeting to discuss and share ideas for the City of Spokane Valley’s new master plan for Browns Park. March 27, 6-7:30 pm. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. spokanevalley.org/browns (720-5411) VEGETABLE GARDENING 101 Basic information on design, soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilizing and harvesting. March 27 at 7 pm at North Spokane Library; also April 2 at 7 pm at Spokane Valley branch. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org (893-8350)

FILM

CEMENT SUITCASE Screening of an independent film about a wine salesman, written/directed by former Yakima Valley resident J. Rick Castaneda. March 20, 7:30 pm. $9. AMC River Park Square 20, 808 W. Main. (888-262-4386) LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL Screening of the national touring film festival showcasing original short films for, by and about women. March 20, 7:30-9:30 pm. $3-$8. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) GLORIA Screening of the film nominated as the best foreign-language film from Chile. March 21-27, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) SUNBOYZ KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER Crowdfunding campaign kickoff party for a local film project, featuring live music by Quarter Monkey, the Rub and more. March 21, 7 pm. $25-$75. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) 20 FEET FROM STARDOM Encore screenings of the Oscar-winning documentary. March 23-25 at 7:30 pm. $8. Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main. (209-2383) EATING ALABAMA “Food For Thought” film series screening of the documentary about a young couple seeking to each locally and seasonally as their ancestors did. March 26, 7 pm. $4-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-8537) ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO Screening of a concert docu-

mentary of Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. March 26 at 7 pm, Regal Cinemas Riverstone (CdA) and Northtown. fathomevents.com (800-326-3264) SPOKANE JEWISH CULTURE FILM FEST Film festival hosted by Jewish Family Services of Spokane, featuring screenings of three films examining Jewish culture. March 27 and 29-30, Thurs and Sun at 7:30, Sat at 8 pm. $7$25. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. sajfs.org (747-7394)

FOOD & DRINK

REGIONAL BEER TASTING Sample a hand-picked selection of regionally crafted brews. March 20, 5 pm. $15. Studio 107, 120 N. Fourth, CdA. cdajewelry. com (208-664-1201) SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET The Thursday market returns for spring, open from 3-6 pm through April 24. Includes more than a dozen local produce, meat and artisan vendors, live entertainment and more. Inside the Buddhio, 915 S. Perry. thursdaymarket.org 90+ POINT VALUE WINES Sample award-winning wines from around the world at a $20/bottle price point. March 21-22 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS Learn how chocolate is grown and how it becomes consumable, about fair trade/ single origin chocolate and more. March 21, 7 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424) VINO! WINE TASTING March 21 tasting (Fri) features “wines new to Spokane,” from 3-6:30 pm. March 22 tasting (Sat) features Australian wines, from 2-4:30 pm. $10/tasting event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington, (838-1229) THE ART OF JUICING Class on juicing, including tips on buying in bulk, making smoothie packs and the nutritional benefits of juicing. March 22, 3-5 pm. $45. 315 Martinis & Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660) DROP-IN WINE TASTING Open housestyle wine tasting featuring new releases from Walla Walla’s Leonetti Cellars. Includes light hors d’oeuvres. March 22, 5-7 pm. $35. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second. beverlyscda.com (800-688-4142) PALEO DIET COOKING A Paleo diet subscriber, Rainbow Glover leads a class featuring tips and recipes and why this trend diet is preferred by many. March 23, 6-8 pm. $45. 315 Martinis & Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660) SWEET & SAVORY SOUFFLES Food Services of America test chef David Pierce leads a course on souffles for entrees and dessert. March 24, 6-8 pm. $45. 315 Martinis and Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660) SLEIGHT OF HAND WINE TASTING Sampling wine from the Walla Wallabased winery, recently named by Seattle Magazine as one of the next “cult wineries” of Washington state. March 27, 5 pm. $15. Studio 107, 120 N. Fourth St, CdA. (208-664-1201)

MUSIC

GUITARIST PIERRE BENSUSAN Concert by the world guitarist as part of the “Chateau Guitar Masters” series. March 20, 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Chateau Rive, 621


W. Mallon Ave. (795-2030) FOGGY DEW WESTERN REVIEW Featuring the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band and cowboy poet Dave McClure. Proceeds benefit the elevator fund and rehabilitation of the historic Harrington Opera House, 19 S. Third St., Harrington, Wash. March 21, 7 pm. $5-$15. harringtonoperahouse.org (253-4719) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Symphony With a Splash No. 3: “First Friday of Spring,” featuring a pre-concert happy hour (6-6:45 pm) with small plates and live music by local group Milonga. March 21, 5-8 pm. $25. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200) ELVIS TRIBUTE & DINNER SHOW Featuring a performance by Brad Mitchell and the Entertainers. Choice of prime rib or salmon dinner inclusive in ticket price. March 22, 6 pm. $35. Darcy’s Restaurant, 10502 E. Sprague. (999-6090) INLAND NORTHWEST BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION Monthly bluegrass and related music showcase featuring regional bands and musicians: DeeAnn, Vel and Friends, Jackie Fox and the Hounds, Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots, Pick and Bow. March 22, 7 pm. $5. Trent Elementary School, 3303 N. Pines Rd. spokanebluegrass.org SPOKANE BRITISH BRASS BAND “Spring Brass Bash” concert. March 23, 3 pm. $10, students/free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. sbbb.org SPOKANE STRING QUARTET “Brown Plays Brahms” concert featuring guest pianist Lydia Brown. March 23, 3 pm. $12-$20. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200) SUNDAY TEA DANCE Featuring live music by local dance band Variety Pak, including hors d’oeuvres and prizes. March 23, 5:30-8:30 pm and April 27, 5:30-8:30 pm. $9-$10. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (535-0803) SWINGIN’ ON A STAR The Bonners Ferry Youth Choir’s spring concert and final concert with conductor and founder Vicki Blake Thompson. March 23, 3 pm. By donation. At Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. thepearltheater.org (208-610-2846) BATTLE OF THE BANDS WSU The WSU Student Entertainment Board hosts its 9th annual competition, with bands competing for a paid performance on the daytime stage at Springfest. March 24, 6 pm. Free. WSU Compton Union Building, 1500 NE Terrell Mall., Pullman. (335-8275) JOE BONAMASSA Blues/rock concert. March 25, 8 pm. $55-$89. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. inbpac.com KEOLA AND MOANALANI BEAMER Traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and hula dancing and chants. March 25. $10-$15. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) A NIGHT WITH THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY Food, wine and a performance by the Spokane Symphony orchestra, in the style of the Chamber Soiree series. March 26, 7-9 pm. $49. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. mirabeauparkhotel.com (624-1200) COEUR D’ALENE BLUES FESTIVAL Annual local/regional blues music festival featuring a blues cruise on the lake, concerts, a roof top party and more. See

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NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championships games, second and third rounds. March 20 and 22. $137+. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com 24 HOURS OF SCHWEITZER The 6th annual downhill ski event benefits Cystinosis research and honors Sandpoint’s Hank Sturgis, a young boy diagnosed with the disease. March 21-22. Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint. 24hoursofschweitzer.org (208-263-9555) THE HIGHEST MAN ON EARTH Presentation by high-altitude mountain climber Dave Mauro, who’s climbed the highest summit on each continent. March 21, 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUALIFIER 17th annual team volleyball tournament, Events also take place at EWU and HUB Sports Center. March 21-23 and March 28-30. $15 spectator admission. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. pacificnwqualifier. org (993-3482) BLOOMSDAY TRAINING CLINICS: Weekly training sessions progress in distance each week, starting with 1 mile and ending with a full 7-mile run. Water stations and first aid stations provided. Saturdays through April 26, at 8:30 am. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. phc.org (747-3081) SPOKANE RAZORBACKS RUGBY Vs. the MRU champions, the Missoula Jesters. March 22, noon. Free. Spokane Polo Club Fields, 7726 W. Sunset Highway. facebook.com/SpokaneRugbyClub SPOKANNIBALS ROLLER DERBY The league’s first bout of 2014 versus Helena’s Hel’z Belles Roller Derby. March 22, 7 pm. $5-$10. Roller Valley Skate Center, 9415 E. Fourth Ave. (924-7655) SPOKANE CANOE & KAYAK CLUB “Inland Paddling Routes of the Northwest” presentation by Rich Landers, local author and journalist. March 24, 7 pm. Free. Mountain Gear Corporate Offices, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. sckc.ws FIX-A-FLAT Hands-on class on how to fix a flat, change a tube and more. March 26, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900)

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Musical comedy performed by CVHS drama students. March 20-29, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. cvtheatre.com (927-6848) SUDS 60s musical soap opera. Through April 13, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. $27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) BEAUTY IS A BEAST Performed by theater students in grades 3-6. March 21-22 at 7:30 pm, March 23 at 3 pm. $5-$10. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org (447-9900) LEFT OVERS 24-hour play festival, with six plays written, directed and performed within 24 hours, all by local talent. March 21. Stage Left Theater, 108

W. Third Ave. spokanestageleft.org UNNECESSARY FARCE Comedy/farce directed by Scott Finlayson. March 21-April 6, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $13-$15. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. ignitetheatre. org (795-0004) SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL Broadway musical comedy. March 27-30, show times vary. $32.50-$72.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. bestofbroadwayspokane.com

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BUSTING OUT OF THE MOON “A celebration of the female form” art show featuring work by 36 local and regional artists, who have altered a bust-form mannequin in their own styles. Reception March 21-22. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (413-9101) ART & WINE WITH KEN SPIERING Painting class with food and wine (children allowed to attend). Proceeds benefit the Freeman School District art dept. Reservations required. March 23, 2 pm. $20-$40. The Rondeu Club House, 4801 E. Hoffman. (534-0465) LEGACY OF THE KILN Featuring the works of Terry Gieber and his former students. March 22-June 7. Reception May 7 from 5-7 pm. Gallery hours MonSat from 10 am-4 pm. Free. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6611)

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AUTHOR SUSAN FLEMING The author shares passages from her book “Seattle Pioneer Midwife”, about her greatgrandmother Alice Ada Wood Ellis. March 20, 7-9 pm. Free. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington. tinyurl.com/pioneermidwife (509-795-9823) AUTHOR ROBIN OLIVERIA The NYTbestselling author reads from her novel “I Always Loved You” about Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas’s great romance. March 22, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) GONZAGA VISITING WRITERS SERIES Presentation by Brooke Matson, RiverLit’s 2014 Poet in Residence. March 26, 7:30 pm. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6681) KERRY HOOK: ACT FOR AMERICA LECTURE Kerry served 20 years in the US Navy as a religious program specialist, specializing in major world religions, supporting Sailors, Marines and their families. March 26, noon. $20, includes lunch. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. spokanecollegewomen.org (368-0695)

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Resilience No matter what happens, I now know that I will always do whatever it takes to be with you. I know now that I love you even more than I realized. You are now and forever my Queen. My reason and my strength. Shoulder to shoulder we will grow together and share our growth and love with our future children. I love you so much. jj Amazing Rockstars at Providence Staffing My God in Heaven you girls are so amazing to work with! I have learned how to do a very challenging and sometimes difficult job because each and every single one of you taught me what you know and backed me up 100 percent as you lovingly tossed me in to either sink or swim. I still can’t imagine that I will ever be as good at this job as you all are; you have earned your rockstar status! Not only are you supportive on the job but you also are caring and concerned with me, and others, outside the job as well. You go out of your way to help anyone in need. God blessed me with this job and with all of you! I thank Him every single day for it. Love, Peace and Chicken Grease my sisters of Providence! Carina Team Blaze Cyclist Cheers to the Team Blaze cyclist who found my remote key on the Fish Lake Trail and went beyond to ride the trail back again to find its owner. I am so grateful there are still good people in the world like you! I didn’t feel like I was able to properly express my gratitude, could I buy you a “Thank You!” beer sometime? Mein Shotz You are my first only love of my life. With you and our little family gone, I’ll never fill the void you guys once filled. I miss you with everything that’s inside me and hope one day you’ll take me back and let us experience all the wonderful things we once did. You are my everything and my whole world, and you’ll always be the turtle girl of my dreams. I love you taco. Tree Climber Worker To the guy who climbed up the tree at Macy’s house the other day. You climbed up really high and you were really nice. You had cool equipment to help you climb the tree and you even took Alex’s stick and ran it through your wood chipper machine. Thank you for letting us watch and not making us go inside. From David. Gratitude For My Love To my Beloved Spiritual Companion. An other that is not. My hand moves right through you. My vision sees past your form to the formless. Love is present without giver and receiver. Warmth of a friend and true mother-father-brother-sister-


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lover. All I ever wanted and did not know I wanted. Freedom to feel and be felt all at once. No one to know anything for sure. Overtaken by energy that destroys the boundaries of skin edges until there is only energy. Bursts of emotion, tears and laughter until it hurts too much to move. Grateful for it all...

St Paddy’s Parade Patrol Jeers to the patrol members standing east of Washington/Main before the parade started.The group of men (about 5-6) talking together in a group, and spitting on the ground, right where the children would be picking up candy. Our police department would consider that an act of assault if anyone would attempt to do that to them. Have some manners boys, our future generations learn from you. It’s first class citizens or no class citizens....

tip. Another thing people who don’t tip, don’t bother the people who do (who have class) tipping and class have nothing to do with each other you can have class without tipping, any way. Here’s the best part you say people with class who work for a living, people who don’t tip work for a living too, and if you don’t like the tipping why don’t you find yourself another living because tipping or not people can go spend their money any where they want, I bet the owner would rather they ate at his place and not tip then to say no let’s stay at home we can’t tip. Stop being selfish, think about all the people in customer service (service return counters in retail stores Walmart, K-Mart getting cussed out daily) who don’t even have a chance at a tip. Good thing there are no names attached to these articles making someone’s food extra special if you know what I mean just because you didn’t get a tip, now that’s disgusting have a great day.

Hey, Pretty Girl I miss you. God, I miss you. You’re all I see with my bug blue eyes these days. I wish we had more time. It always slipped away so fast. Until I met you, I was certain that my heart had turned to stone. It wasn’t true at all. It was always made of glass. I’m glad I didn’t let you get away once. Now I have to let you get away. If that’s the way it is, then that’s the way it is. I’m not sorry I met you. I’m not sorry I loved you. I’m sorry that I wasn’t the one you wanted to be with after all. I’ll never forget you, even if I’ve already been forgotten in your heart. You’ll always be my grasshopper, my pretty girl, and the one who got away. After School, Beanie.. I see you, either in my rearview mirror or in front of me. I wanted to say thanks for moving forward just that bit more today (3/14/14) when I showed up a little later than normal and needed that last bit of available space on the school side. It didn’t go unappreciated. P.T.S.D. Thanks a lot to the staff of the Inlander for everything they have done too me and tried to do for me. You have been the most meaningful influence in my life over the past seven years. Again, TANKS ALOT! Cheney PD Thank you Cheney PD for being ever vigilant on your patrols. Especially on Washington. This Hillside resident thanks you all!

Drunk Kissing Co-workers A big JEERS to myself for not thinking before I acted. We both are in relationships and I made a move. We laughed when it happened. Once I sobered up I realized what I had done. I put my feelings on the table and that should of never happened. St. Paddy Parade Jeers to the jerk with Monkey Man at the St Paddy parade. I ignored the first dozen times your kid jostled me; the second dozen were annoying and when baby-mama said, oops sorry, I responded for which time. The last jostles, your darling now had a sucker. To chastise me that, “if I didn’t like kids, I shouldn’t have come to the parade” was asinine. If you are too stoned, drunk or stupid to supervise your kid, perhaps YOU shouldn’t come to the parade. RE: Service It just sounds to me like someone needed to put on his big boy panties and ask for another soda, sometimes you just have to be pro-active and make things happen, or maybe next time your wife will ask for you. Man up!

RE: Tipping Here we go again “why do you go out to eat and drink if you don’t have the money to leave a tip”. Well some people go out to eat Jeers because its their right to go out and To that One Guy from Tinder I can eat I have yet to see a sign that said “Hi welcome to Don’s Steakhouse, if do rad all by myself. you don’t have money to tip go back home, don’t even come A S H in here”. Everybody D F S P T L E D M O use the T A B doesn’t L A R A A D E L E H O N O service sucks excuse N I R E Y E S S I R to get out of tipping, R A D O N A some people have D I E G O M A S N E W $11.00 in their pocket H E A D E R A V I S T and their favorite R E N A P A T K I N D O F meal cost $10.90 at A I D S A B E F A R G O N E their favorite eating L I N E O N E T O I L place and you’re R Y T S T A D E P R O Y saying don’t enjoy O I A K N A G A T your favorite meal E L B O G G because you can’t T V A D S I A S L I A T

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RE: Hit and Run While I’m very sorry you lost your cat to a hit and run, I have to ask....what was your cat doing outside in the street? How many more times are we going to read about people losing their cats this way when it could have been avoided? People! True cat lovers know the only way to keep their cats safe from outside elements (cars, owls, dogs, etc) is to keep them INSIDE. We’ve had a beautiful cat for 12 years now and she has spent all of her time inside with us where she is safe and warm. Letting your cat roam around outside is just setting yourself up for heartache. Please....love your cats enough to do right by them. It’s your responsibility as a pet owner. RE: Dating Scene To the “gentleman” who commented on the dating scene. You men aren’t anything to brag about either. Are you all looking for easy hookups and cheap dates? Park Your Suburban’s Elsewhere Jeers to the people who park their two, gigantic Suburbans at the curb in front of their house. Don’t you realize that when you park your big rigs on the curve of the street you completely block the view of drivers who pull up to the stop sign, and of those coming down Garfield? Nobody can see around your vehicles and it’s creating a very real hazard. You’re just ASKING for trouble. I’ve already been involved in two “close calls” with other drivers since you started parking your Surburbans there. How about parking them in a garage, or maybe a driveway? Anywhere but on the street!

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Down in the Bitcoin Mines Why an entrepreneur has built two massive warehouses to “mine” digital currency in Eastern Washington BY DANIEL WALTERS

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omewhere in Eastern Washington — though he worldwide. Those who solve the problems first win a won’t say exactly where — Dave Carlson has tidy sum of the currency. a mining operation. He’s spent more than $1 Sounds like free money? Not quite. In the early million creating it, it relies on vast amounts of highdays, your average desktop computer could pump out tech equipment, and it’s purported to be bringing in a tiny stream of Bitcoin over a period of time. But like millions of dollars. mining for gold, the more you mine, the tougher it is And there isn’t a drill bit or pickaxe in sight. to strike a profitable vein: The algorithm has a built-in This, perhaps, is the logical next step in an system to combat inflation. As Bitcoins are mined increasingly digital economy: Mining that churns and introduced to the market, the computations through incredible amounts of power, makes money, required to mine new ones get increasingly difficult, but doesn’t dredge up a single tangible substance. and the number of Bitcoins given as a reward begins Carlson, you see, may have the largest Bitcointo dwindle. mining operation in the world. KOMO-TV news “I would say the golden age of mining is over,” cameras pan across the expanse of one of his two says Torin Rozzelle, a digital currency consultant from Eastern Washington warehouses, a forest of cables, New York. “For many people, the energy cost of minwires and computer servers lined up on racks in neat ing is going to outweigh the cost of investment.” rows — heavy-duty fans cool them — all Today, solving those types of equations tasked to crack codes to find more Bitcoins. takes a vast array of specialized equipment “It’s one thousand trillion calculations and a phenomenal amount of electricity. Send comments to per second,” Carlson, a bearded man in a editor@inlander.com. That’s where Eastern Washington comes in. knit sweater and glasses, tells KOMO. Thanks to hydroelectric dams, this region Wrapping your head around Bitcoin — has some of the cheapest electricity in the much less the mining of it — takes some explanation. United States. Bitcoin is a currency, like dollars or yen, except you Carlson is in an enviable spot: Not only does he can’t withdraw it any from an ATM. There’s no colhave access to that specialized hardware, his company orful paper festooned with royalty, nor coins bearing — MegaBigPower — is the U.S. distributor. the visage of eagles. It isn’t backed by the full might The KOMO reporter says Carlson was bringing of the United States or any other government. It isn’t in millions of dollars a month when they visited. But controlled by any other state, municipality or board that profit is in danger of quickly dwindling: The of advisors. more miners who pop up in the industry, the less Even its inventor is a mystery: A recent Newsweek profitable mining gets. There’s a maximum number cover story purporting to reveal the father of Bitcoin of Bitcoin that can be mined an hour, and the better received a torrent of criticism and an unequivocal the competition, the harder it is to win. That leaves denial from the accused. miners with just the small reward for verifying transBut because of that, it has its own advantages. It’s action fees. “He’s going to have to figure out if he can immune to chargebacks. Transfer fees are so small as break even or drive a profit through transaction fees,” to be nearly nonexistent. In places where banks are Rozzelle says. unavailable, unreliable or prone to fraud, it can be a It’s a precarious business. That’s fitting. Bitcoin useful tool. is a particularly precarious currency, with its perAnd because Bitcoins aren’t tied to identities, it’s coin value climbing from just over $20 to more than been the currency of choice of shady markets like $1,100, then plunging back down below $700. “Silk Road,” an anonymous network used to sell and The entire Bitcoin world is defined by rise and purchase illegal drugs before being shut down by the falls. A trading website for Magic: The Gathering — the FBI last year. Slowly, merchants have begun to adopt card game you saw kids playing at cafeteria tables it. Right now, you can use Bitcoin to pay for a round back in middle school — evolved into Mt. Gox, the of cocktails, using your phone, at the Volstead Act in biggest Bitcoin exchange in the world. Then it coldowntown Spokane. lapsed. Last month it filed for bankruptcy protection, Dollars and pesos are printed and minted. But admitting it may have lost nearly half a million dollars Bitcoin’s entire gimmick is decentralization, so instead of other people’s money due to hacking. Rozzelle sees Bitcoins are introduced through “mining,” and the a lot of possibility with Bitcoin. Possibility for things supply is kept limited with a sort of game: Computto go very right — and very wrong. ers chug away, guessing at big numbers and solving “We’ve had exchanges disappear. We’ve had an complex mathematical problems, while simultaneexchange owner abscond with the money,” Rozzelle ously checking the validity of Bitcoin transactions says. “It’s really the Wild West right now.” 

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