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ony Williams had done the impossible. After being whipped and beaten as a child by an abusive mother, after turning to hard drugs and a life on the street, after stints in jail and prison and homeless shelters, after running with gangbangers and getting shot in a street fight, after auditory hallucinations and a diagnosis of schizophrenia, after years of hustling and selling drugs to feed an insatiable ADDICTION, Williams got clean and sober. Not only that, he earned an associate degree, a bachelor’s and a master’s and became a well-respected drug counselor in Spokane who’s credited with helping his clients also do the impossible. That’s how it was for Williams for years. But then something happened, it all fell apart and, police say, Williams began selling drugs even as he was counseling others to stay away from them. Read staff writer Josh Kelety’s riveting report on page 22. — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor


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hat we see determines how we lead. Too often, we lead from a constricted viewpoint stemming from a limited perspective. Seldom do entrepreneurs and individuals in leadership positions take time to pause and ask if what they see is accurate. In a fastpaced environment which most of us work, this seems almost impossible because of the endless texts, emails, questions and looming deadlines. I would submit for your consideration that it has never been more important to ask if our perceptions are accurate than during a fast-paced situation. Learning to diagnose situations correctly is important because that diagnosis determines



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how we exercise leadership. What we see determines largely whether a diagnosis is correct or incorrect. The consequences of not seeing a situation correctly and misdiagnosing are often consequential. All of us have gone to the doctor at some point in our life. If the doctor misdiagnoses an illness, the subsequent prescription is most surely wrong, which inevitably leads to faulty outcomes. The same is true for each of us who are running

organizations and starting businesses. By not properly diagnosing a situation correctly, desired outcomes become elusive. A mentor of mine, who I have studied under at both a university back east as well as a leadership institute in Colorado, is a gentleman by the name of Marty Linsky. Marty dutifully describes this kind of situation like being on the metaphorical dance floor. If you think back to the dances you attended while growing up, the memories of a crowded gym floor, loud music and dancing with your friends probably come flooding back. The dance floor serves as a wonderful metaphor and theoretical framework for how many of us experience life today. Life can feel similar to the dance floor chaos. In these situations, keep in mind that while we are on the dance floor, our perception and view is limited and often obstructed mainly because the dance floor is crowded and chaotic. Ironically, this is often the very situation many of us make decisions in. Another option exists to make wiser decisions. While it is important to regularly present on the dance floor in our respective organization, it is equally important we do not permanently camp there. Leading exclusively from the dance floor limits our view, understanding, and ability to make good decisions. Our oldest child completed middle school this year. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say she told us several key details about a dance she had recently attended. In her perception and version of the story, she describes a crowded dance floor with loud music, and one where the whole world was in attendance. Let’s say that my wife, Kerry, and I happened to be chaperoning that particular dance and our view was not from the dance floor like our daughter’s, but rather from the elevated balcony. Our view was definitely different than hers. We noticed all of her friends crowded around the music speaker while dancing and that, in reality, that was the only crowded section on the entire dance floor. In this particular metaphor, we noticed much of the dance floor was actually empty. She described the dance as loud and crowded, yet that perception was the result of dancing directly in front of the speakers. It is the emerging understanding that each of us operates from a limited perspective. Being mentally on the balcony allows a more propitious view of the situation from a different perspective, which provides a better understanding of the situation. The most dangerous place to be is to not realize our view is incomplete. The challenge we face as entrepreneurs and leaders is developing broader awareness by not leading exclusively from the dance floor nor leading exclusively from the balcony. The theoretical framework is to mentally move back and forth because the view from the dance floor is incomplete as is the view from the balcony. What we see determines how we lead. n Kevin Parker is an entrepreneur and teaches leadership and business courses at Whitworth University. Previously, he served as a Republican state representative for the 6th Legislative District.




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Q&A KAREN MOBLEY Karen Mobley has been a driving force in the city’s arts community for more than two decades BY CHEY SCOTT


aren Mobley has been a guiding hand helping to shape Spokane’s now-thriving arts scene for more than two decades. Mobley moved to the city in 1997 to serve as the city’s arts director, a position she held for 15 years until the arts department was cut from the city’s budget in 2012. Mobley, an artist and writer who’s shown widely in galleries here and regionally, then went on (and continues to) consult for Spokane Arts, the nonprofit created to replace the former city-managed department. Earlier this year, Mobley was inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame, overseen by the Spokane Public Library Foundation, for her ongoing contributions to local arts. INLANDER: Looking back on your time as the city of Spokane’s arts director, what are you most proud of accomplishing? MOBLEY: I’m proudest of the work we did to expand and strengthen the Visual Arts Tour, First Friday and opportunities for artists of all disciplines to have an impact on what was a rebirth of downtown. I think a lot of the work we did to bring artists and arts advancement in downtown, that predated the renovation of the Fox [Theater], and a lot of those big transitions in the early to late 2000s. I also think that, for whatever it’s worth, sticking around through all of that enabled the arts commission and work of Spokane Arts to be born. If I had just walked away and said, “This is really hard,” I think that it would have been, during the Recession, easy [for the city] to say, “We’re not going to have an investment in that.” And it wasn’t my fight alone. Nothing has happened with me by myself — all of it has been people working together, people collaborating. What do you think Spokane is succeeding at, in terms of supporting local arts, and promoting involvement in the arts to its residents? I think one thing that we’re doing well is, through the help of both Spokane Arts and things like the Visual Arts Tour, is to work together to create opportunities for people to co-promote and collaborate on things. Creating ways for people to pull together, that has been a big asset of Spokane. Obviously there is some competition between organizations, but people feel that if they work together all the boats will rise. I think we’ve done well with that. I think we’ve done well particularly with leadership of Ben Stuckart and people on City Council creating the SAGA grant

program, which has nothing to do with me — that is post my time at Spokane Arts. But as a community, [SAGA provides] opportunities for two things, funding and recognition, and that piece of providing credibility and recognition is important. I also think we’ve done well as a community to support arts infrastructure. In the years I’ve been in Spokane, we renovated the MAC, the opera house, the Fox. There has been a lot of investment in places where art or performing arts and other activities can happen. Where can we do better? This is not just a Spokane thing, but a Washington state thing. Washington is very low, relative to all states, for its level of investment in grants for artists and arts organizations. For as healthy as the Washington economy is, we have a relatively low level of state support. We’re like 46th or 47th in the nation, and we used to be one of the top states. If we’re the top economy in the country, we shouldn’t be in the bottom 10 states in arts funding. What are you currently focusing on, in your own art and community arts? I’m in a unique position in that I’m doing a variety of things, but I’m not the person in charge of all of it. I’m doing some project management for Spokane Arts in public art and teaching arts administration at Whitworth, which has allowed me to take things I’ve learned and help the next generation become good arts leaders. I’m also doing some statewide advocacy and leadership. I’ve been actively involved in the Washington State Cultural Alliance on the board and on the Cultural Access PAC board. Both of those are focused on trying to find ways to strengthen the advocacy for the arts in community, in government and, in the case of the PAC board, to have relationships with elected officials to support things like [the Washington State Arts Comission] and other organizations that provide funding and policy support to arts organizations. I’m spending about half of my time doing the teaching and project management and about half of my time working on my own art and writing. Right now I’m working on art for two shows in Spokane and one in Moses Lake. I’ll be in a show in the library downtown with Mariah Boyle in October and organized a show for the Terrain gallery, also in October, a group show that includes six other artists. n

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driving after stints in Germany, and southern Arizona. But you people. You... people. You are unequivocally the absolute top-tier worst drivers on the face of this green Earth. When it’s dumping snow, sleet and slush, with hurricane force winds throwing entire snow banks across roads, you all want to drive like you’re qualifying for a Formula 1 race. Foot to the floor in your busted ass ‘98 Honda, yellin’ “Hi-ho, Silver!” and throttling into the blizzard as if “four-wheel drive” means “four wheel stop.” You think because you grew up in this dump, you’re the King of Winter Driving, and things like the laws of physics don’t apply to you. Meanwhile, it’ll be 75, clear and sunny, and every mouthbreathing troglodyte in this city decides that rush hour is the perfect time to drive 25 in a 35, come to a complete stop before making a simple turn, and take so long to start moving at a green light that I begin to have an idea of how long an Ice Age can last. You drive like you’ve never had anywhere important to be in your entire lives. Everyday is Sunday! Let’s all drive 20 mph on Ash and Maple, so we can take in the beautiful sights and smells of Spokane! Like piles of used needles, and the strangely omnipresent stench of pond scum that sticks to this place like a film! I don’t understand it. Did none of you take driving lessons? Have you only ever travelled by car within this insipid town that’s trying to be a city? You do not need to use your blinker when pulling into a drive-thru lane at Jack in the Box. You do not need your blinker when travelling in a LETTERS turn-only freeway on-ramp lane. (I Send comments to know you’re turning right. Where else would I assume you’re going? Into the soundwall in front of you?) You do need your blinker when changing lanes, when making turns, and not for curves in the road, dinguses. Actual turns. And speaking of on-ramps, would it kill you people to zipper into freeway traffic like every other human being in America? At the very least, not putter up the ramp at 30 mph, expecting everyone behind you to merge into 60 mph-plus traffic with you leading the charge of the snail soldiers? And for the love of common sense, enough with stopping in the middle of full-blown traffic to let pedestrians cross the road. It’s Division. There is no crosswalk. Screw the pedestrian, they can wait their turn to Frogger it, or use the crosswalk the city provides. When you morons come to a dead stop on a hill, I’m always waiting to hear you get rear-ended. I’m not often disappointed. I know your various undergarments are in quite the twist at this point, and some of you are probably itching to fire up some strongly worded retort. May I suggest using the time to sign up for driving school, instead? Just know that when people pass you, shaking their heads, it’s because you drive like you’ve been recently lobotomized by a jackhammer, and we’re all well and truly over it.



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Singled Out State officials say Spokane Public Schools overuses isolation to deal with difficult kids. Now, the school district promises better training BY WILSON CRISCIONE


y the time Michelle arrived at Logan Elementary School in January to pick up her son, he had been locked in a dark padded room for half an hour. Michelle found him sweating in a winter coat in the isolation room. A book wedged the door shut, and music inside drowned out any outside voices. He’d been placed there for “hitting and pushing staff” and throwing a chair. But Michelle, who asked that she only be identified by first name to protect her son’s privacy, says her son was acting calm when she saw him, despite him being locked inside. It was the first time Michelle saw her son in an isolation room at Logan. And she was furious. There was no reason to keep him in there for that long, she thought. “I just wondered: How many other times had he been in this room, calm?” Michelle says. In fact, her son, an autistic fifth grader who can become physically aggressive in unstable situations, was isolated or restrained 19 times during the 2018-19 school year before Michelle found him there in the isolation room on Jan. 18. Seeing it in person prompted her to file a citizen complaint with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction the next day. The OSPI investigation found the district in violation of restraint and isolation requirements. “OSPI finds that there was a pattern of improper restraint and isolation,” says the decision, obtained by the Inlander through a public records request. But the pattern extends beyond Logan Elementary. Months after Michelle’s complaint, OSPI sampled multiple schools in Spokane and found “several points of concern,” according to a report compiled in response to a separate citizen complaint. The district appears to be “overusing” restraint and isolation, the state found, by isolating students when they shouldn’t or by keeping them isolated longer than necessary. In the 2017-18 school year alone, Spokane Public Schools reported more than 3,200 student isolations, a number roughly 10 times higher than other large school districts in Washington — though OSPI notes that data may be unreliable due to differences in how districts report it. Still, it’s a number that even Spokane Public Schools admits is too high. The district says it is training teachers in de-escalation techniques in an effort to avoid unnecessarily locking students in padded rooms. That’s important, because the experience can be harmful to children, says Emily Chiang, legal director for ACLU Washington. “It’s psychologically destructive oftentimes,” Chiang says. “What you’ve done is traumatize a kid and have them associate school with bad things and create distrust in the educational system.”

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pokane isn’t the only school district facing scruhigher rate than others in Washington. Seattle Public tiny for improper use of restraint and isolation of Schools, for instance, reported just 141 isolation incidents disabled children. Two years ago, the ACLU of in 2017-18. That pales in comparison to Spokane, where Washington filed a lawsuit against OSPI alleging students Holmes Elementary School alone reported 520 incidents. across Washington were being wrongfully disciplined. Again, there’s reason to question that data. Glenna Gallo, The lawsuit alleged that students in both Yakima and the state’s assistant superintendent of special education, Pasco school districts endured abusive restraint and isolasays the state suspects other districts may be underreporttion. ing, while OSPI has found instances of Spokane both Chiang says the kind of citizen complaints that overreporting and underreporting isolation incidents. spurred a state review of Spokane’s practices this year are (Districts are undergoing training to provide more ac“a dime a dozen.” curate data in the future.) “What’s really unfortunate is how often you see With that said, Gallo notes “it also seems likely that children with disabilities being treated in this way,” in some schools, restraint and isolation may be used Chiang says. “It’s happening across the state and across more frequently” in Spokane. There are isolation rooms the country.” in many Spokane schools — every one with a behavioral Chiang, however, doesn’t lay the blame with teachers, intervention or Autism Behavior Learning Environment who she says usually are doing the best they can for the (ABLE) program — but Gallo says they’re not very comstudents. Rather, it’s the larger system starting at the mon elsewhere. OSPI doesn’t provide support around state level that’s led to a lack of training and resources for the use of isolation and does not recommend its use, she teachers to handle situations appropriately. says. “No one gets into this business with the intention of “I visit a lot of schools, and I don’t typically see isolaharming kids,” she says. “These teachers are tion rooms in them,” Gallo says. well-meaning, underpaid people trying to do Michelle, the parent who filed a LETTERS their jobs.” complaint at Logan, says she thinks Send comments to Spokane, however, stands out in a couple there are moments when isolation ways. The district has a relatively high rooms can be beneficial for her son. percentage of students with special needs, She sympathizes with teachers who with 17.4 percent of the population identified as special are placed in these situations. The behaviors her son exeducation students. And Spokane has a disproportionate hibited before isolation occurred were often concerning. amount of group homes compared to the west side of School reports indicated instances where he “stabbed staff the state, where it’s more expensive to operate one. That in [the] neck with [a] pen,” kicked and punched teachers attracts even more high-needs kids to local schools. and threw items around the classroom. And Spokane reports incidents of isolation at a much But she’s able to avoid those situations at home.

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“We know his triggers. And we know what works for him,” she says. She thought a behavioral intervention plan developed by the district would help teachers understand the same triggers. The plan included a series of steps to take before using restraint or isolation. But that plan wasn’t shared with every staff member who worked with her son, and the school district admitted it wasn’t followed, according to OSPI’s report. Michelle hopes more resources will be devoted to proper training for teachers. “Teachers are already so busy, and I get that,” she says. “They need to be supported better.”


n the fall, before Michelle made her complaint with the state, Spokane Public Schools Director of Special Education Becky Ramsey was already working on ways to reduce the number of isolations and restraints. “I talked to OSPI in the fall and asked: What can we do to bring these numbers down?” Ramsey says. State officials suggested the district look at a new kind of training, different than the Right Response deescalation training teachers had at the time. The district landed on training from the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), which Ramsey says is rooted in “trauma-informed practices.” “The big difference is time spent on the verbal deescalation strategies,” Ramsey says. “There’s more focus, as well, on preventative measures.” Ramsey says teachers are “very enthusiastic” about new training. She says the goal is that by the start of next school year, every behavioral intervention and ABLE teacher and paraeducator will be trained under CPI.

“We want to make sure we are giving teachers more tools to de-escalate more quickly, and prevent the likelihood that a student is escalated in the first place,” Ramsey says. State law mandates that isolation shall only be used if the student is posing imminent likelihood of serious harm, and the isolation must be closely monitored, then discontinued as soon as the likelihood of harm dissipates. But the state’s review of how Spokane schools used isolation gives a glimpse into how that line can blur. OSPI found the following situations as an overuse of isolation, either based on the isolation itself or the time spent in isolation: a 45-minute isolation after a student “hit and kicked” a teacher, a 30-minute isolation after a student kicked a teacher and picked up a chair to throw, and a 20-minute isolation when a student “flipped [a] large table in the direction of others.” OSPI found other examples when isolation or restraint was appropriate, such as when one student threw a metal chair and hit a staff member, or an 11-minute restraint when a student punched staff members with closed fists, or a 44-minute isolation when a student “began cussing, biting staff, and slammed teacher hand in door… urinated and defecated, smearing the walls, window and floor.” In its report, OSPI admits it’s a challenge to judge the imminent likelihood of serious harm in the heat of the moment. But Gallo says training should offer guidance — when a student is no longer exhibiting signs of violence, the isolation is supposed to stop. It should never be used as punishment, she says, only for safety. Chiang, with the ACLU, says training is crucial for those moments. “It’s hard to know what to do in that situation without training. You go into this sort of reflexive response where your goal is to get the kid out of the classroom,” she says. “Especially if your school has a culture of restraint and using the isolation room.” n


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alen Montana, operator of the coal-fired power plant in COLSTRIP, Montana, has announced it will close the plant’s two oldest units by the end of 2019, three years sooner than once expected. In a decision made with Puget Sound Energy, the 50/50 co-owners of Units 1 and 2, Talen’s June 11 announcement signalled that it makes little financial sense for the companies to keep those units going after this year. They represent about 614 megawatts of the plant’s 2,094-megawatt capacity. “The plant team has done a great job of responding to the challenges faced by Units 1 and 2, but we have been unsuccessful in making the units economically viable,” says Dale Lebsack, Talen Montana president, in a news release. Lebsack pointed to failed negotiations to lower fuel costs with Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine, the sole provider of coal for the plant. Westmoreland Coal went through bankruptcy late last year and in its new iteration owned by creditors, Westmoreland Mining, the company has only promised to honor a coal contract with Colstrip through the end of the year. Units 3 and 4 at the plant are newer, with six total owners and a combined capacity of 1,480 megawatts. Avista holds a 15 percent ownership stake in those two units. It’s not clear yet how those units could be

Power plants in Colstrip, Montana.


impacted, but the plan is currently to keep them open. Avista is already required to explore closure options over the next several years, as Washington legislation passed earlier this year won’t allow utilities to use coal power after 2025. “You can imagine, it’s complicated to sort through all this stuff with five other owners, but our goal is clear, carbon neutrality by 2027,” says Avista president and soon-to-be CEO Dennis Vermillion. “We are engaged with our other owners in trying to find a pathway to solve the Colstrip situation in a way that makes sense for us and our customers.” (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)


In this market, a rent increase of $100 — like the one City Councilwoman Kate Burke says tenants are facing at Vintage At Spokane apartments near Holy Cross Cemetery — are not unusual. But when you’re on a low

fixed income like many of the seniors at Vintage, Burke says, $100 extra a month can functionally be an eviction. That’s why Burke and local tenants groups are holding a tenant TOWN HALL, on Thursday, June 20, at 6 pm. The Vintage apartments are subsidized by tax credits, which pegs the maximum allowable rent to a percentage of Spokane County’s median household income. And since the median household income in Spokane County has been increasing lately, rents can, too. In an email to Burke, Valeri Pate with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission said that she’d spoken with the Vintage apartments’ management company and was assured that the property managers would reach out to the residents to make sure they understood what was going on. “The property management company also assured me that the property ownership considers rent increases carefully, and has tried to be sensitive to the needs of residents,” Pate wrote. (A representative with FPI Management did not immediately return a phone call request for comment.) While a recent state law requires notifications be given to tenants 60 days before hiking rents, there’s an exception for subsidized building. In low-income units like these, only 30 days of warning are required before raising rents. With the low-vacancy rates spiking rents across the county, Burke says the city is in a “housing crisis and something needs to change.” Housing costs are a prime driver of homeleness, Burke points out. According to a 2016 Washington State Department of Commerce presentation, a $100 rent increase throughout the state would result in 2,900 additional people being homeless. “Maybe there are ways to make laws a little bit better

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Project Envy A specially created fund was supposed to be a boon for the area around Kendall Yards — so why has West Central received so little from it? BY DANIEL WALTERS


aken alone, it was a clear victory for the West Central neighborhood. On Monday, the City Council approved $77,000 to renovate the neighborhood’s Dutch Jake’s Park. The project had been recommended by the citizen advisory committee overseeing the West Quadrant Tax Increment Finance District. The West Quadrant TIF, for short, was formed to collect some of the extra propertytax revenue sparked by the high-end Kendall Yards development and funnel it toward projects in the surrounding neighborhoods, which have historically been some of the city’s poorest. But not everyone in the West Central neighborhood was happy with the City Council on Monday. After all, the funds directed to Dutch Jake’s Park are chump change compared to the amount that the committee recommended for projects in other neighborhoods. The committee also recommended spending half a million dollars on repairing the crumbling suspension bridge on the western side of Riverfront Park. On Monday, more West Central neighbors spoke out in opposition to spending TIF money on that bridge than they did in favor of approving funds for Dutch Jake’s Park. “To put it bluntly, it’s quite offensive to have this money, created by folks who live in one of the poorest neighborhoods … used for a footbridge that will really not benefit them directly,” West Central neighbor Arielle Anderson told the council. On top of that, the citizens committee recommended giving $511,000, spread across five years, for utility improvements for the Sportsplex that will be built next to the Spokane Arena.

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The $64 million Riverfront Park bond didn’t budget any money to repair the north suspension bridge, which was closed in April. The debate over whether the TIF funds should be used for the suspension bridge and the Sportsplex has pulled in council members, mayoral candidates and even the developer who helped kick off all the new investment to begin with. “I’ve been concerned that the money wasn’t going where it was originally intended to go,” says Kendall Yards’ developer Jim Frank. “I felt like West Central didn’t have a voice on the committee that was making these decisions.”


If your eyes glaze over when you hear “tax increment financing,” here’s a quick explainer: When the Kendall Yards project was proposed, the city anticipated that the new development would result in a dramatic increase in property tax revenues. It wasn’t just that turning more than 70 acres of bare dirt near downtown into a residential and business hub would boost the area’s value, but that it also had the potential to transform the surrounding area as well. The TIF, established in 2007, was intended to siphon off part of that extra property tax revenue generated from the new development and channel it into public projects in the nearby West Central, EmersonGarfield and Riverside neighborhoods. It could be used for things like trail improvements, street upgrades and street lights. A citizen advisory committee made up of representatives from the three neighborhoods would help the city identify priorities from a list of potential projects. Ideally, those improvements would spark additional investment, which would mean more tax revenue, which would replenish the TIF’s coffers. In the best case scenario, it would be a kind of feedback loop of investment. And neighborhoods like West Central, Frank says, needed that kind of investment. “There was disinvestment culture in those neighborhoods,” Frank says. “There was capital investment that needed to occur in those neighborhoods that had poverty, but it just wasn’t happening.” Some neighborhoods have benefited more than others. The TIF helped fund the Centennial Trail’s underpass beneath the Monroe Street Bridge, on the western


edge of the Riverside neighborhood. It helped with the North Monroe Corridor improvements in the EmersonGarfield neighborhood. But West Central’s big priority identified by the TIF committee eight years ago — four blocks of streetscape improvements on Broadway Avenue from Ash to Chestnut streets — never received TIF funding. “It was probably lack of matching funds,” says Andrew Worlock, the former city planner who worked with the committee. Projects need to be shovel-ready before funds are awarded, and in most cases, TIF funding is not enough to finance a project entirely. With few projects available, the citizens committee went effectively dormant for a time. But lately, there’s been a flurry of economic activity in the neighborhoods surrounding Kendall Yards, and a

“There was capital investment that needed to occur in those neighborhoods that had poverty, but it just wasn’t happening.” leap in property tax assessments. “Houses that used to sell for $60 [thousand] are now selling for $100,” Frank says. Today, the TIF funding pool has built up around $900,000. And suddenly, there were multiple projects vying for those funds.


“I was notified by the parks department that the north suspension bridge was crumbling at a faster rate and that it was falling into the river and they would have to close it,” says City Councilwoman Candace Mumm. “I was told that the West Quadrant TIF was looking for projects that were shovel-ready.” To Mumm, who also sought funding from the state, it seemed like a perfect match. Technically, the city argued, the bridge could be considered a “pedestrian amenity” covered by the TIF, and to Mumm the bridge had an obvious economic impact. “It links people to their jobs and to the grocery store,” Mumm says. “It will be a direct link to all the expansion

in new things opening up on the north side.” But West Central activists like Jessie Norris couldn’t help but notice that the suspension bridge and Sportsplex projects both targeted an area that has already seen a lot of investment — including more than $64 million in improvements to Riverfront Park. Norris wrote to City Council members that many West Central residents care more about street improvements or a renovated Broadway business district than a “sports complex hosting events that many of them could never afford to attend.” “Many residents believe that the city isn’t really interested in their issues and is unwilling to invest much time or money in the neighborhood,” Norris wrote to Councilwoman Mumm. “Whether it’s justified or not, I know that there is a lengthy history in West Central of distrust of the city of Spokane.” City Councilwoman Karen Stratton echoed those concerns, arguing spending West Quadrant TIF money on Riverfront Park was inappropriate. “I live in this neighborhood. It has been ignored, and ignored and ignored, for a very long time,” Stratton said at the City Council meeting Monday. “West Central’s time has come.” Stratton, along with Councilwoman Kate Burke, voted against the suspension bridge funding. But the rest of the council supported the proposal, and the pedestrian bridge funding was approved. City Council President Ben Stuckart, a mayoral candidate, says he didn’t want to push back against the recommendations from the committee. “I’m not going to go slamming citizen committees,” Stuckart told the Inlander. “If other people wanted to spend those dollars somewhere else, they should have brought forward projects.” Yet, even on that citizens committee, there was division. Committee Chair Kimberly Lawrence says she voted in favor of all three projects as a package, but says she hated spending money on the suspension bridge project. “The parks department has money,” Lawrence says. “West Central doesn’t.” Mayoral candidate Kelly Cruz, former chair of the West Central Neighborhood Council, sits on the committee as an alternate and wasn’t allowed to vote on it. But he says if he voted, we would have probably opposed it. If he were mayor, he likely wouldn’t support it either, he says. “I would ask for an economic analysis for how it would directly benefit the West Central neighborhood and the Riverside neighborhood,” Cruz says. “This is what the money was originally created for … to increase economic viability. Short of that, I wouldn’t support it.” If the council approves funding for the Sportsplex at a later date, it would effectively drain the rest of the TIF funds, possibly forcing future projects to wait until funds get built back up. Even the committee members who supported spending money on the bridge, however, felt like their options were limited. “We can only award projects that fall within very specific boundaries and specific improvement areas,” says committee member Megan Kennedy, representing the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood. Assistant City Planner Kevin Freibott, however, says that the TIF committee can influence decisions by recommending the city focus on certain areas or project types within the TIF boundaries. The West Central Neighborhood Council can, too, by applying for traffic calming or other project dollars. But Freibott says that in recent years, West Central hadn’t been selected for these projects. Mumm stresses that the TIF will be active for the next 14 years, plenty of time for projects to be funded in all three neighborhoods. And on all sides, from neighborhood activists to council members, there’s agreement on one thing: West Central could use some attention. “We need to come up with more shovel-ready projects and design them with the neighborhood. I would like to see this money go back into the community as much as possible,” Mumm says. “The last thing we want is the neighborhoods to be pitted against each other to compete for project dollars.” n

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Lines Out the Door Story time has never been so well attended PHOTOS BY YOUNG KWAK


f events had unfolded differently, it’s possible that library patrons could have stopped by the South Hill Public Library on Saturday and never noticed drag queens reading to kids in the library’s reading room. But by the time Saturday’s event rolled around there had been weeks of furious Facebook comments, dueling op-eds and alleged death threats. With that sort of build up, anyone visiting the library on Saturday had to drive past two wild crowds, divided by police tape and monitored by over a dozen police officers. On one side, protesters wielded signs calling for “perverts” to “repent” and likening drag to black face. But on the other side of the street, counter-protesters drowned out the sermons with musical instruments, while others in large winged “angel” costumes stood to block the view of the anti-drag signs. Ultimately, police say they only made one arrest — an anti-drag protester who refused to stand with the other protesters. All the controversy, however, had the effect of making the event too popular for the library’s small reading room. A number of children and their families were turned away. They’ll get another chance this Saturday, at the downtown library’s Drag Queen Story Hour on June 22. So will the protesters and counter-protesters. (DANIEL WALTERS)

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After years on the streets, after fighting addiction and getting clean, Tony Williams became a respected drug counselor. Then, authorities say, he became a dealer of meth and heroin


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Tony Williams at Geiger Corrections Center in June 2019. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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DRUGS ifty-eight-year-old Tony Williams was coming apart. He was spending nights on a cot in a Seattle hospital while his 75-year-old mother battled cancer in May of 2018. Simultaneously, Williams was reliving the regular beatings and physical abuse he endured from her as a child. He also had auditory hallucinations stemming from his schizophrenia resurface. “It just all came flooding back — the auditory hallucinations, the PTSD, the fear of being hit,” he says. Days before his mother finally succumbed to cancer, Williams wandered into a small park near the hospital to smoke a cigarette. Surrounded by hedges, the space was secluded and peaceful. He sat down on a bench and lit up when a stranger walked into the park and sat next to him. The man broke out a pipe and a small baggie of crack cocaine. “You don’t mind if I take a hit here, do you?” he asked, according to Williams’ recollection. “No, go ahead,” Williams responded. The stranger then offered to share: Do you want to take a hit? Williams, who had been sober for over a decade at that point and was a professional drug counselor in Spokane, said “yes.” Then they got high together. Relapsing on the park bench that day marked the beginning of Williams’ unravelling as a well-respected drug counselor. Less than a year later, in April 2019, he was booked into the county jail on charges that he sold large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in Spokane. He’s now being held at Geiger Corrections Center on $100,000 bail while his case slowly plods through the courts. News of his arrest and the allegations against him sent shock waves through the local addiction-recovery community, who knew Williams as an accomplished and exceptional counselor with lived experience that made him relatable to his clients. “He was just kind of a rock. He was one of those people that everybody kind of gravitated to,” says Sabrina Ryan-Helton, a current staffer for the Bail Project nonprofit and a recovering meth addict who met Williams roughly a decade ago. “There was no one who didn’t like him and look up to him.” While Williams wouldn’t comment on the pending charges against him — he maintains that while some allegations are true, “a lot of it’s not” and that he never sold to clients — he agreed to sit down with the Inlander while incarcerated for a series of interviews. He opened up about his ongoing struggle with addiction and his remarkable journey from selling and using drugs to becoming a well-educated addiction professional and then allegedly going back to the beginning, feeding the addictions of others. His story is also indicative of the brutal grip addiction holds on many people, and how it can still tear down even those who have years of sobriety behind them.



For Williams, much of his life was defined by his relationship with his mother — and the beatings she gave him as a child: “I was pretty angry. I was pretty good in sports. I was a pretty good fighter,” he says. “I’m a product of being physically abused by my mom.” For Williams and his younger sister, Rita Green, their mother, DeCharlene, was a person of paradox. A descendant of slaves from Texas, she was known as a fearless, outspoken, hardworking and prominent member of Seattle’s black community. She started her own successful beauty salon and boutique before going on to found the chamber of commerce for the Central District

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DeCharlene Williams (above), Tony’s mother and a prominent black leader in Seattle, and Tony (right) as a child in an undated family photo.

— Seattle’s historically black neighborhood — in 1983 and pushed the black community to build political power and wealth to combat long-term institutional racism, primarily through buying and owning property. She unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1993 and in news reports was described as a “pioneer” and a “trailblazer” in Seattle. “She was one of the more forthright-speaking black community leaders that we ever produced,” says Larry Gossett, a current King County Council member who was heavily involved in black student activism at the University of Washington during the late 1960s. “She wasn’t scared of anybody.” Simultaneously, the single mother worked long hours, was rarely home and beat both her children on a regular basis. “The whoopings we got, my mom would be in jail,” says Green, 56, who recently worked as an account operations manager at a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical firm. “We got whooped with extension cords. We’d have marks all over us.” Tony got the worst of the beatings. He says his mother would frequently blame him for issues or get mad at him because he looked like his father, who was out of the family picture. Green also says that her brother was mischievous and would draw ire from their mother over things like making nunchucks from broom handles or not doing his chores. “I got beat on a daily basis,” Williams says. “I have whip marks on my back that will never go away.” His sister says that DeCharlene always viewed herself as a hard-working mother: “From how she grew up, to her she was a good mom because we had food, a roof over our heads, clothes. To her, she was doing a good job. In our eyes, she wasn’t doing a good job.” “My mom helped a lot of people. But she didn’t help her kids,” Williams adds. To cope, Williams says he channelled his anger into athletics at school. During high school he thrived in football and other sports. He also worked part-time jobs and took care of his sister at home when their mother wasn’t around. But that didn’t keep him entirely on the straight and narrow. He sold weed on the side, got into fights, hung out with extended family members who got into trouble, and ended up spending nights away from home with a group of teenage runaways or at his aunt’s house, who suffered from a well-concealed heroin addiction. (Williams says he gave her money to buy heroin to keep her from going through painful withdrawals.) Finally, one night, during his senior year of high school, Williams had enough. As he recalls it, his mother tried to beat him because she thought he started a fire in the house. But this time Williams was big enough to defend himself. “I ended up grabbing her and shaking her and pinning her to the ground and saying, ‘You’re not whooping no more, you’re not whooping me right now because I haven’t done anything. I’m a man. I can take care of myself,’” Williams says. He recalls his mother firing back: “OK, if you think you a man, go out there in the streets and take care of yourself.”

“And that’s what I did,” he says. After he graduated from high school, Tony spent the next two decades living an increasingly rough-and-tumble life on the streets of the greater Seattle area. He started selling harder drugs, developed an addiction to crack cocaine, fathered five children, was in and out of jail, and went to state prisons on three separate occasions for a variety of “drug-related” felony convictions, including second-degree robbery, records show. He briefly attended Shoreline Community College, but it wasn’t to last. As a symbolic permanent marker of the period, he garnered a scar from a bullet he took to the arm in his mid-20s when he and his friend were jumped on the street. His sister says that the two of them largely fell out of contact during this period and that she would only hear from him when he was in jail asking to be bailed out or when he was attempting to start anew and get sober. Green also frequently stepped in to care for the kids when he wasn’t around. “You’d never hear from him when he was out on the street,” Green says. “Then they get locked up and all of a sudden they want to call you. “It was always drugs,” she adds. “Always.” During his first stint in prison when he was in his early 30s, Williams was formally diagnosed with schizophrenia. He says he gravitated towards crack cocaine to not only keep him awake and alert while on the streets but also to try and suppress the auditory hallucinations he’d experience because of his mental illness. “I used to feel more normal,” he says. “That worked for a long time. And then, all of a sudden, it stopped working. And [then] it was about me chasing the drug more and more and more.” While long considered to be an issue of morality and personal willpower, drug and alcohol addiction is now considered by experts to be a health condition: The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines it as a brain disorder that is chronic, relapsing yet treatable — and “characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences.” For Williams, addiction is almost a supernatural force in his life: “They say the disease is cunning, baffling and powerful,” he says.

“Sometimes, when we didn’t want a hotel room, we’d save our money and sleep [at a shelter] so we’d have money in the morning to get high.” Sullivan, who had been homeless for years, had talked about how she had family out in Spokane County and that she wanted to move home to get clean. She had called her mom ahead of time to make arrangements to stay with her. At the time, Williams and Sullivan were at a homeless shelter in downtown Seattle. “We wanted to get clean,” Sullivan, 54, tells the Inlander during an interview in the Spokane County Jail. (She’s currently booked for violating a no-contact order with Williams after she allegedly tried to run him off the road last summer in a car because she thought he was cheating on her with a prostitute, according to court records.) “We wanted to make it work so we came over here.”




In the early 2000s, he was living in a combination of shelters and cheap hotel rooms with his girlfriend of about a year, Anna Marie Sullivan, a chronically homeless heroin addict who financed her drug use by “working the streets.” Williams, meanwhile, sold drugs to feed his personal crack addiction. “I was a hustler, she was a hustler. We always managed to get a hotel room, stuff like that,” Williams says.

They hopped on a Greyhound bus to Spokane in 2002. Williams was in his early 40s at the time. They went to Spokane Addiction Recovery Centers to get clean together — Williams also got situated with an effective medication regimen for his schizophrenia — and started becoming active in local addiction-recovery groups. It was during this period that Williams started seriously considering the notion of becoming a drug counselor. “Everyone I talked to — my sister, my cousin, friends in the program that I met in recovery — they all said, ‘you’d be a good drug counselor,’” he says. “I [also] had to be realistic about the kind of work that I could do because of my criminal background. “I had been in the program for a while. I was sponsoring people,” Williams adds. “I saw how happy it made me feel to see people get off the drugs, doing responsible things.” So he enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College to get an associate degree and study chemical dependency. (Sullivan, his girlfriend, also went to SFCC to study social work, she says.) There, he thrived in the academic environment, former classmates recall. “He did very well in school, was very dedicated, had a passion, and worked well with all the people in school,” says Pamela Joe Lopez, a current drug counselor and former classmate of Williams while they were both studying chemical dependency. (She is recovering from meth addiction.) “He was just always an inspiration given all the mental health issues he had. ...continued on next page

DEFINING THE CONDITION Drug and alcohol addiction is widely considered by experts to be a chronic complex brain disorder caused by biological chemical dependency, as well as various environmental, personal, and social risk factors that can both help initiate drug use and reinforce physical

addiction, such as personal trauma, mental illness and poverty. (Sustained drug use can also exacerbate or initiate the onset of mental illness, such as psychosis.) On the biological side, addictive drugs are believed to effectively rewire the brain by dis-

rupting its neurotransmission process, which works to regulate emotions and behavior. Parts of the brain that govern self-control, stress, and the positive reinforcement of healthy behavior — like eating and sex — are recalibrated to prioritize drug use to produce pleasure and

stave off irritability and anxiety at the expense of rational decision-making, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These biological changes can also remain long after an individual has stopped actively using, contributing to relapses. (JOSH KELETY)

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DRUGS “HABITS DIE HARD,” CONTINUED... “He was a leader in pretty much all our classes,” she adds. “He was professional and organized.” The period also marked a rekindling of his relationship with his mother, which had been all but dead to him during the years after he left the family home. He started calling her every Sunday and talking about his sobriety and his success in his studies. Williams says that while they never directly addressed the abuse — she also didn’t apologize for it — his mother was proud to hear that he had turned a corner. “I wanted to make my mom proud, I wanted to make me proud, and I just really wanted acknowledgement from my mom that she beat me unnecessarily,” Williams says. “Realistically, she did the best she could at saying she was sorry. She just couldn’t find herself saying it. She’s a proud woman.” “They really were starting to get really close. I know she was very proud of him,” Green says. At his SFCC graduation ceremony in 2010, Williams remembers his mother making a complete scene from her seat in the bleachers at the venue. “My mom was so happy. It was crazy,” he recalls. “She had this big old hat and she was standing up. She would not sit down. And I’m down on the ball field, she’s up in the stands [yelling] ‘Tony! Tony!’” “I’m like, ‘Oh god,’” Williams adds. “My classmate was like, ‘Is that for you?’” From there, it seemed like the sky was the limit for Williams. His relationship with Sullivan was going strong, and he went on to get a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree from Whitworth University in social services and administrative leadership, respectively. He also got credentialed by the state to work as a licensed mental health counselor associate, and worked as a counselor at New Horizon Care Centers before moving to Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services in 2014, where he remained through January 2019. He also became active in the community, holding barbecues at his house for members of the recovery community, speaking on panels at regional universities and assisting in the successful local “ban the box” campaign to prevent employers within city limits from asking about applicants’ criminal histories before interviews. (He testified on the issue before the Spokane City Council in 2017.) Blake Redding, executive director of Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services, says that Williams was a good employee who was well-liked. “He came with great references. He came on as a trainee and worked his way up,” he says. “He started out in withdrawal management as a chemical dependency professional and worked up to get his mental health license and then worked up to group therapy and case management.” Former clients and associates describe him as a dependable, likeable, relatable and empathetic counselor and general member of the broader recovery community. Ryan-Helton, with the Bail Project, recalls meeting Williams at the Hoot Owl, a local recovery group, in 2009 when she was pregnant and trying to get clean from meth. “He was a board member [of the group] and he worked at the coffee counter. He just was very encouraging and caring — but he also didn’t take any crap. He’d tell you straight how it was,” she recalls. “I walked in that club and met Tony while six-and-a-half months pregnant and 24 hours clean off of meth. There was no judgment. There was nothing but acceptance and love. And I needed that.” Angel Tomeo Sam, another staffer with the Bail Project and a former client of Williams when he was at Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services — she suffered from heroin addiction — says his familiarity with life on the streets was invaluable in his work as a counselor. “His experience was really similar to mine, being formerly incarcerated, being gang affiliated in our past and really struggling with addiction,” Tomeo Sam says. “He was really a champion for these guys in recovery who are men of color, have been gang

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Increasingly, cutting-edge drug and alcohol addiction treatment strategies are incorporating prescription medications in combination with other approaches — such as therapy — otherwise known as MedicationAssisted Treatment (MAT). The gold standard in MAT for opioid addiction are drugs like buprenorphine and naltrexone, which drive off cravings without making the consumer high. While such medications have been shown to improve social functioning, lower the risk of infectious-disease transmission from injection drug-use and reduce criminal activity associated with drug addiction, less than half of private-sector treatment programs offer MAT — in part due to an adherence to abstinence-based intervention models among the public and providers, according to a 2014 New England Journal of Medicine article. For alcoholism, similar medications have emerged, such as disulfiram, which is taken daily and causes nausea and other unpleasant side effects if one ingests even a small amount of alcohol. It’s most effective following detox during the initial days of abstinence, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (JOSH KELETY)

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affiliated, have been to prison, all of these men who have been in the same situation that he has and have been seeking recovery. I remember seeing him inviting guys over for the Super Bowl and different gatherings.” “It’s nice to instill hope in people and then watch them actually do some things and go from this person who is very insecure, no confidence, nowhere they want to be, to be a person who is full of confidence,” Williams says at Geiger Corrections Center. “That’s what I loved about counseling.”


After Williams’ mother died, things started to fall apart. His relationship with Sullivan was deteriorating after cheating on her when he was in Seattle. He also says that he had trouble getting a medication adjustment for his schizophrenia over the course of the summer in 2018. In August, he relapsed again. Eventually, by December, Williams says he started living in motels. Sullivan described Williams mental state after his mother died: “Angry. And just not himself. He just wasn’t there. He wasn’t coming home. He was a completely different person.” Then, in early December, the Spokane Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit began organizing a sting operation on Williams after getting tipped off by a confidential informant that he was selling sizeable quantities of methamphetamine and heroin. They also set up surveillance on the Shangri-La Motel where Williams was staying, according to court records. “That confidential informant was the person that identified that suspect as a person who was dealing large amounts of narcotics,” Brad Arleth, captain of SPD’s Special Investigative Unit, tells the Inlander. “That’s how we got onto him for that investigation.” Using the same informant, SPD detectives conducted a series of controlled buys from Williams from early December through Jan. 24. During the first buy, Williams sold the informant quarter ounces of meth and heroin, followed by a second buy of a quarter pound of meth. Then, on Jan. 3, the informant used $3,200 in recorded currency given to him by the detectives to buy 10 ounces of meth while wearing an audio recording device. Williams allegedly complained to the informant about the difficulty of keeping up with his customers’ demands and later griped that the informant’s phone calls were interrupting his counseling job, per court records. During a buy on Jan. 9, Williams allegedly told the informant that he made over $2,000 in the previous hour. “He was at least a mid-level dealer,” Arleth says. “He was moving a substantial amount of drugs every week.” Then, on Jan. 24, SPD stopped Williams in his car with a signed search warrant. They found $2,441 in cash in his pant pockets and multiple ounces of both methamphetamine and heroin in the “center console” of his vehicle. During a subsequent in-custody interview with detectives, Williams waived his constitutional rights and said that he had been “trading both methamphetamine and heroin for sex since approximately August 2018” and that he began selling narcotics for profit around October 2018, according to court records. Williams also said that he had nine regular customers and 12 infrequent buyers and had sold “quarter pounds of methamphetamine or more” on “several occasions,” records state. “He’s supposed to be one of the good guys helping people,” Arleth says. “That’s the disgusting part.” Williams was initially released before getting arrested again in early April on a warrant. He’s been in Geiger ever since, intent on taking his case to trial. While he won’t comment on the specifics of the allegations, he maintains that the police and prosecutors are misrepresenting him: “I’m not a big drug dealer or nothing. I’m just not,” Williams says. When the news broke of his January arrest, he was subsequently fired from his position with Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services. “He was great. He was very well-respected in the community. That made it even more disheartening when it happened,” says Redding, Williams’ former employer. “There’s nothing great about it. A guy who worked so hard to get where he is and then

Tony Williams hopes to return to drug counseling once he’s released. one slip.” In the recovery community, his arrest hit hard those who had drawn inspiration and hope from Williams’ story and his work in the community. “They’re kind of broken-hearted, just traumatized a little bit by it,” Lopez, a former classmate of Williams and current drug counselor, says. “I think it hits them pretty hard.”

ful (he laughs exuberantly during humorous moments) and remorseful and somber. He acknowledges that he let down the community — especially the recovery community — and that he lost his way. In the background, the voice of a guard blasts over the facility’s public address system, calling on certain inmates to come to the main office, “A Control,” for various reasons. “I know that I’ve disappointed a lot of people,” he says over the din of watercooler talk among jail guards feet away. “The best thing I can do for me is to be honest and get the help I need.” A longtime friend of his has been visiting him at Geiger to run through the 12-step program with him, such as taking a “moral inventory,” the fourth step of the process. He also says that he is trying to organize a jailhouse wedding with his new girlfriend, Jennifer, and intends to start a sober house for couples financed with an inheritance from his mother once he gets out of jail. He says that many facilities don’t allow couples to go through treatment programs together, pushing them away from seeking recovery altogether. “I just know that I’m not going to give up and I’m going to work on myself and I’m going to get myself together,” Williams says. “And I will do whatever I can


At the same time, his friends and colleagues appreciate the nature of the issues that Williams was grappling with: “We’re all that close to that relapse,” Tomeo Sam says. “We’re all that close to the end.”


At Geiger Corrections Center — a drab military barracks near the Spokane airport that was converted into a jail in the 1990s — Williams sits behind a clear partition in one of the scuffed attorney booths donned in the yellow pants and shirts given to inmates. He’s both upbeat and hope-


to help the next person get themselves together if that’s what they want. Period.” At times, his confident demeanor slips when discussing his prospects or the status of his case. He says he’s been haggling with the county public defenders to get an attorney he deems adequate, struggling to get sufficient psychiatric medication while behind bars, and his trial isn’t slated to occur until fall: “I worked hard. Screwed now, but I’ll make it work out,” he says. Williams also says that he’s run into former clients at Geiger. He says the interactions aren’t awkward: If anything, they almost serve as a reinforcement of what he used to instill in former clients when he was a counselor about how recovery requires constant maintenance. “I could relapse just as much as anyone else if I don’t do what I need to do to take care of myself,” he says. n

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Originally from Port Townsend, Washington, Josh Kelety is a staff writer primarily covering Spokane County government, cops, courts, and broader criminal justice issues. Previously, he worked as a reporter with Seattle Weekly. He can be reached at or at 325-0634 ext. 237.

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For years, Miller Cane had made his living traveling from mass shooting to mass shooting, comforting (and conning) the survivors. But this was different: It found him. Of course it did. As a distraction, Miller and 8-year-old Carleen were visiting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s house in Missouri (of “Little House on the Prairie” fame) and had latched onto a group of school kids on a field trip. Then, suddenly, cops were everywhere, there to secure all the kids who, by luck of being on a field trip, had become the few survivors of America’s latest school shooting. Miller isn’t sure what to do next: He and Carleen have been on the run for months — ever since Carleen’s mother, Lizzie, was locked in jail for shooting Carleen’s deadbeat dad — and the charm of the road is gone.



t would be hours before he’d learn anything about the massacre, and days before he’d know the whole story, if such a thing were possible — that 18 children, who’d been absent that day, and 26 children, who’d been on a field trip, were the only students left at Cedar Creek elementary school, every teacher but one, every administrator and staff member murdered, plus 13 cops, one shooter, and 431 children, ages five to eleven, 498 dead, double what Custer had lost at the Greasy Grass, four times the count of Mountain Meadows, a hundred times the Boston Massacre, more dead children than at any mass murder in American history. But he didn’t know that yet, and neither did Carleen.


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He wanted to keep her from it, which was impossible — the news crews were already checking into the hotel, reporters everywhere, plus state and federal cops pouring into town. Miller only had the room for one more night, and couldn’t extend beyond that, not that he wanted to. It was just — he didn’t know where to go, what to do. He scanned the papers while Carleen changed into her swimsuit. He’d known it was a major massacre because of the news vans everywhere, traffic clogging every road, the cops in town and at Laura’s house earlier, but the numbers were impossible — hundreds dead? How could that be? He needed to sit tight, make a plan, keep what he could from Carleen until he knew their next move. In the meantime, he wouldn’t let her out of the room. People would be crying everywhere, shocked, numb, enraged. There was nowhere the damage wouldn’t be palpable, and she’d seen enough already. He told her the pool was closed. “But,” she said, and he said, “No buts.” They ordered pizza, watched a movie, played Go Fish. Carleen cried and wanted to know why someone would do such a thing. Miller said he didn’t know why, that nobody knew, it was a sickness and a hatred and something else — and we were failing to stop it, he didn’t say, another kind of sickness. They were quiet for a while, and then Carleen said, “Do you have any jacks?” and Miller said, “Go fish.” Outside, the media and cops and scammers were pouring into town the way Deadheads used to arrive before a show, transforming everything for the length of their stay, though massacres sites never returned to normal. “But tell me what happened exactly,” Carleen said. Miller looked at his phone, pretending to read the news. “You know what I know,” he said. “But how many kids?” Carleen said. He didn’t want her swimming in it, minute to minute, hour to hour. “Miss Julie said all of them.” “I don’t know about that,” Miller said. Ever since they’d left Laura’s he’d kept her as close as he could,

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spiritual profiles in the days ahead, outraged with the outraged, who he’d do his best to avoid later, broken for everyone, because there was no way not be broken, especially at a massacre this size. One dead kid was unbearable, ten unthinkable — he didn’t know what hundreds meant, or how to handle thousands of melting survivors. No way would he expose Carleen to that, no matter how much obligation and opportunity were here. “We’re leaving in the morning,” he told her. “No!” she said, looking up from her cards. “What about the animals?” He’d told her how shelter pets could comfort survivors, if only for a little while. “We have to go to the Humane Society,” she said. Miller’s phone buzzed. “Your mom,” he said, handing it to Carleen. She pulled her bonnet brim over her eyes as she told Lizzie about Laura’s house — her bed and bathroom and books — her cookies, her daughter’s donkey, the gift shop and museum, providing almost no opportunity for Lizzie to talk, until she finally mentioned the shooting, almost as an afterthought, as if she knew to downplay it. “No, it wasn’t there,” she said. “At a school somewhere.”


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trying to determine what she needed and when, as if the right amount of love at the crucial moment might somehow make everything okay. “Not the kids at Laura’s,” she said, and Miller said, “Thank goodness.” If Carleen weren’t here, he’d have been out meeting survivors, handing out cards, showing different sides of himself — low-key but visible to those who’d benefit from



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It would be best for Carleen — for both of them — if Miller had the resources to take care of her in the months and years ahead. But there’d be more shootings down the road if he couldn’t find money another way. Or maybe he really would go back to teaching. “She wants you,” Carleen said, handing him the phone. “Hey, there,” Miller said, trying to sound upbeat, and Lizzie said, “Did you really take her to a goddamn massacre?” Miller stood and moved to his own bed. If Carleen hadn’t been sitting across from him, he’d have hung up on Lizzie for accusing him like that — as if he’d hurt Carleen, when it was Lizzie who’d asked him to take care of her in the first place. And he’d done everything for her — for both of them. “I’m not sure what you mean,” he said. “I mean,” she said, “why would you take her anywhere near there?” “I didn’t,” he said. “You did.” “It came to us,” he said. “So get her out of there.” “It’s miles from here,” he said, “two towns over.” Carleen sat watching him. “Please,” Lizzie said. “We’re safe,” Miller said, and Lizzie said, “You’d understand if you were a parent.” As if he wasn’t a parent. “Please just do this.” He could hear her falling apart through the static. “You don’t want her anywhere near it either,”

she said. “I know that.” Of course he didn’t. But it could come anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Lizzie should know that. Everyone should. But no one could, maybe, unless it had already come. “We’re heading to Jamestown tomorrow,” he said. “No!” Carleen said. “Jamestown?” “We have to get the animals!” Carleen said. Miller shushed her. “Far away,” he said to Lizzie, though he couldn’t imagine getting back on the road now that they’d almost settled down. “I can’t do this,” Lizzie said, “I swear to God — me in here and her in that awful place.” “I know,” Miller said. “Would you hold her for me?” “I will,” Miller said, and then she said something swallowed by the roar. “Your mom wants me to hug you,” he said to Carleen. She stood on her bed and they hugged. Miller understood exactly how Lizzie felt. He wanted to hold Carleen as tight as he could, never let her go. But he didn’t want her to see or feel all the fear in him. She started a new doll while he pretended to read. He poured whiskey and waited for her to sleep, so he could fall into the massacre news, but she stayed awake for hours. They listened to “Puff the Magic Dragon” over and over, Carleen humming along while Miller drank a second and third whiskey in the dark. n

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orget bowling, darts and pool — axe throwing is the new pastime that is taking over the country, and it’s the newest thing to do in the Inland Northwest. Currently there are two locations: Heber Hatchets Axe Throwing on North Division in Spokane, and Axe Force One, located in the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d’Alene. “People are always looking for something to do with friends and things like bowling and darts have been around for a long time and this is something new,” says Doug Duncan, manager of Axe Force One. “It’s really fun, it’s really not that difficult to learn. People can come and pick it up relatively quickly and enjoy a nice time of competition with their friends.”

who comes in here walks out successful.” The rules are straightforward, Duncan says. A person enters the throwing zone with a coach where they learn how to throw. Each participant will work with this coach until the majority of the group can get the axe to stick to the target. After that, they can begin competing and playing games. As a game, axe throwing is very similar to darts. Each ring on the target is worth a different number of points and wherever the axe sticks determines the points. At Heber Hatchets there are posters all around the shop outlining the different games customers can play. Both shops are also hoping to start league play, similar to league bowling. They hope leagues will foster healthy competition among friends and build a community of old and new axe throwers. Duncan says people may be tentative when they come in, but he and his team have ensured that safety is their paramount concern. It’s the same at Heber Hatchets. “You’ll find people who are a little shy or trepidatious about this activity but then we get them some training and using proper technique and then they’re doing it Axe throwing is like playing darts, but with really sharp hatchets. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS and they’re amazed. You “I used to throw hatchets when I was in see it click in their mind and just love it,” Kelley scouts and I always had a good time. So, I says. decided to take my wife and friend down here I can attest to this. As a 5-foot-3-inch, 20-yearbecause it seemed fun and it was a relatively old, unathletic female I did not expect to find cheap experience. It’s a great stress reliever,” says even a sliver of success at axe throwing. Yet, I Kendall Parrett, a customer at Heber Hatchets. did after six or seven tries. I stuck the axe to the For Dave Kelley, Heber Hatchets’ manager, target, and I can confirm hearing the axe slice axe throwing has been in his life for about 15 into the wood and stay there is insanely satisfyyears. ing. And once I found that one success, it was “It started out when we were bored campdifficult to stop throwing. ing and we started throwing hatchets at a dead tree, and then it got competitive. That’s how my interest in hatchets started. Then this job came HEBER HATCHETS AXE THROWING around, it was a perfect match,” Kelley says. 2015 N. Division, Suite B • Open Mon-Thu 5-10 pm; Fri 5 Another customer at Heber Hatchets, Jonapm-12 am; Sat 1-11 pm • • 990-8325 than Graham, says he used to throw hatchets


with his grandfather and absolutely loves having a location to partake in the activity within Spokane. Axe Force One, which opened in March, was created when Duncan went axe throwing on the East Coast. He had so much fun and wanted to continue the sport when he got home. However, there were no axe throwing facilities in the area. “It brings the outdoorsy activity into the city. In Spokane you can go outside [the city] and there’s a lot of outdoor activities. It’s nice to finally have an activity like this inside the city,” Parrett says. “And it’s different, it’s not your regular bowling or laser tag or rock climbing.” Both managers wanted to share their love for the sport and the fun that comes from it with the people of the region. “It’s fun to do. I think it caught people off guard because maybe they thought throwing an axe was something they never thought they could do, but they can,” Kelley says. “We train them, we teach them and generally everyone

AXE FORCE ONE 200 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Open MonThu 3-9 pm; Fri 3-10 pm; Sat 1-11 pm; Sun 1-6 pm • • 208-763-8628 Heber Hatchets does not offer any in-house food or drink and alcohol is not allowed; however, customers can bring in their own food and nonalcoholic beverages. Axe Force One sells a few snacks, as well as water, while also allowing customers to bring in their own food and beverages. Axe Force One does allow people to bring their own beer or wine, but only when they book the officer’s club for private parties. Both shops in the area have seen success in the short time they have been open. Heber Hatchets hopes to expand in the coming years if the Spokane shop continues to do well. “We’re not trying to be medieval warriors or backyard survivalists or anything like that, we just want to have fun,” Kelley says. n

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LONG LISTEN Hearing Hardcore History podcast host Dan Carlin narrate the rise and fall of empires with a voice like two rocks rubbing together is a historical experience in itself. His episodes retell the stories of some of history’s most dramatic and interesting events from ancient times to the modern era while always concentrating on the human element. New episodes come out about every six months (last week he dropped a show “Caesar at Hastings” on his Hardcore History: Addendum podcast), but that’s because when they do, they’re long. Historically long. Still, it makes sense to take five hours narrating Greek history from the Spartans to Alexander the Great. Many of the podcasts are free, and all just about guarantee that you’ll walk away feeling better informed and wiser. Find them at (JACKSON ELLIOTT)

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hen I was 10, I once sobbed myself into a remorseful stupor over the fact I wasn’t born in the 1800s, and thus couldn’t be a pioneer like my childhood hero, Laura Ingalls Wilder. In hindsight, I probably would have made a terrible pioneer. How I know this now is rooted in my conflicted disinterest in camping. As someone who grew up in the country and loved to play in the woods as a kid, this confession borders on blasphemous. It’s as if this major detail of my background means I’m not allowed to not find joy in going


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out into the near-wilderness to sit around a fire and sleep in a flimsy nylon shelter. Yet the more I’ve pondered it, I’ve come to understand and accept why camping is so “meh” to me, while so many I know are gung-ho about a weekend in the woods. Don’t get me wrong — I totally do love and respect nature. I just want to experience it on my own terms. Growing up in rural Stevens County, every summer was spent outdoors, as much as possible. In comparison, camping doesn’t inspire much excitement. Been there, done that. My siblings and I often “camped” in a tent pitched in the yard, even when it scared us silly to hear any sounds outside, fearing a wild animal coming to eat us. Wild animals are a major reason I don’t feel inclined to camp — specifically in a tent, which is all I’ve ever done. How is that going to stop a bear or a cougar from getting inside if it wants? In a tent, I lie awake in a constant anxiety-ridden state, straining at the slightest snap of a twig or rustle of leaves. Then, having not slept at all, I require daytime naps while everyone else is awake to keep “vigil.” This fear of sleeping in the woods was only solidified when, a few years ago, we actually saw a young bear not far from our campsite. I also don’t favor temporary pioneer life in the woods due to the sheer amount of planning and work it takes to load up the wagon — I mean car — with food and other supplies. Then there’s getting dirty and sweaty and not being able to shower. And, what if it rains? Even so, the next time I’m invited to go camping, I’ll likely agree in reluctance. But I won’t be happy about it. n

TARGET PRACTICE If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to hear actors, musicians or comedians talk about politics, be sure to avoid Wanda Sykes’ new stand-up special on Netflix. The title, Not Normal, comes from an early salvo in which she starts out saying, “It’s not normal that I know I’m smarter than the president.” Trump and his administration provide the punchlines for much of the hour, but Sykes also lands jokes addressing aging, race and the multicultural relationship with her French wife and their children. She’s a pro, capable of crafting good jokes out of sensitive subjects. (DAN NAILEN)

THE EMPEROR PROTECTS Like any good sci-fi or fantasy universe, some of the best artwork comes from the fans themselves, not the corporate art departments. Such is the case with Astartes, a new and ongoing fan-made video series depicting the tabletop sci-fi world of Warhammer 40,000. Each episode, clocking in under two minutes, depicts the wordless superhumans breaching an enemy vessel and wrecking shit. It’s crisp, cool and ultra violent. I’m surprised the company that owns Warhammer (Games Workshop) has yet to produce any video content that rivals the fan stuff. Support them at (QUINN WELSCH)

PRIZE LITERATURE Boise-based author Emily Ruskovich’s debut novel Idaho is the most recent winner of the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award, which is given annually to books that are nominated by library staff from around the world. The story of an unexplainable murder that reverberates through generations, Idaho was selected by a panel of judges from a shortlist that also included acclaimed novels like George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends, and along with the award Ruskovich has received a prize of 100,000 euros. “It’s been the biggest honor of my life having a book out in the world and having readers,” she told the Guardian. (NATHAN WEINBENDER)


Beyond the surface Gonzaga’s Drawn to the Wall exhibition reveals glimpse of artists’ process BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


onzaga University’s Drawn to the Wall exhibition at the Jundt Art Museum upends the traditional gallery experience for artists and audience alike. The triennial art show is inspired by a 1995 exhibition whereby artist Jim Dine filled a German gallery with drawings — not framed and hanging on the walls, but using the walls as a drawing surface. Drawn to the Wall challenges artists to push not only the boundaries of the “page,” but also their own artmaking. The Jundt’s Curator of Education Karen Kaiser chooses the five participating local artists. “There isn’t a specific criteria, except I like to mix up age groups and techniques and I have to really like your work,” says Kaiser. The premise has been the same since the Jundt first developed Drawn in 1998. Not only must each artist incorporate the 8-by-11-foot wall into their artmaking, they must work in a compressed timeframe — less than two weeks — and surrounded by the other participating artists. The result is always a bit of a surprise, sometimes to the artists themselves. For artist Christine Kimball, who is known for her large abstract landscape paintings and drawings, working large is not that unusual. The 74-year-old artist used chalk pastels to create a piece she says is reminiscent of an 18-foot-long painting inspired by a hotel she visited in Japan. What was unusual, says Kimball, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Fort Wright College, was sorting through ideas — she had a lot of them — until she regrouped to focus on color and mark-making. Halfway through the allotted time, Kimball was still adjusting her design, trusting her intuition honed from more than 40 years working in art. Whitworth University painting instructor Robert Fifield focused on color and shape in the design he developed and from which he would not allow himself to deviate. I sometimes have to “get out of my own way,” he explained, and just see the original idea through without getting distracted by other possible solutions. Fifield employed the computer to work out the mathematics of his design, adjusting for the unexpected extra inch in the 11-foot wall’s height. “It’s like designing a flag,” he says. His wall, which resembles a quilt pattern, is also an optical illusion due to his choice of colors: two similar values of pink, two similar values of light blue, and white. It’s also a scaled-up variation on his recent series of quiltlike work and other paintings that parlay shape, color and pattern into abstract compositions. Dan McCann also revisited familiar territory: a 2012 exhibit called Dark Light at Saranac Art Projects that involves dress patterns collaged over constructions of cardboard forms, sticks, tubing and other items to suggest a surrealist mechanical device. McCann ended up securing Masonite boards to the

Artist Jen Erickson found painting on a wall instead of canvas surprisingly satisfying. wall and added lightweight pieces he made in his studio, disassembling it at least once to reposition the forms so the composition was symmetrically balanced. Like McCann, Jamie Nadherny did a lot of fabrication elsewhere. In addition to a custom rack that sits atop her wall, Nadherny spent an estimated 1,000 hours dipping flower heads in wax — roses, carnations, hydrangea, snapdragons, tulips, orchids, lilies, daisies, plus bearded iris from her garden — to preserve their form. She used a 4-inch doll needle to string them into garlands so they could be suspended from the rack. Set against a black-and-white charcoal drawing of rocks, the suspended flowers suggest both a waterfall and icicles. “Conceptually what I’m thinking about is the power of water,” says Nadherny, who teaches at both Gonzaga and Spokane Falls Community College. “Water is life.” The flowers, which were mostly donated, might be associated with celebration, but also funerals. Although no longer alive, the beeswax preserves them, much like mummification, and the work also refers to bees, pollination and the life cycle of plants. That sense of coming full circle intrigues her, says Nadherny, who also goes by the name Lou Lou Pink. North Idaho College painting instructor Jen Erickson has an esoteric approach to art, consistently reworking


the notion of data sets, personal memory and scientific theory. After the first meeting, Erickson says, when the artists converge to talk about their ideas and see the walls where they’ll work, she went home and measured her studio, which — floor to ceiling — only measured 10 feet. “So I bought some really big brushes,” she says, laughing. Erickson also typically paints in thin washes of paint on a smooth board, augmenting her painting with small pencil marks that resemble numbers. She experimented painting directly on a sheetrocked, painted interior wall and was surprised to find she liked the surface quality. Another surprise: being surrounded by other artists was also kind of fun, she says. “At first, it was giving each other encouragement.” Regardless of their chosen media, background or content in this year’s exhibition, all five artists felt the pressure of Drawn to the Wall’s unique, time-sensitive format. Erickson sees it as a mixed blessing. “You don’t have time for self-doubt,” she says. n Drawn to the Wall VII • Through Aug. 17, Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm; artist reception on Fri, July 8 at 4 pm • Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University • Free • • 313-6613

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Conor Wigert, president of Spokane’s chapter of U.S. soccer fan club American Outlaws.



Inland Northwest soccer fans join in the nationwide support of the U.S. women at the World Cup BY WILL MAUPIN


t was lunchtime on a Tuesday in mid-June but inside of Geno’s it felt a lot more like the Fourth of July. You couldn’t look anywhere without seeing something, or someone, draped in red, white and blue. From scarves hanging in the rafters to the decorations on the tables, American pride was everywhere. The fireworks were provided by the United States Women’s National Team, or USWNT for short, in the form of a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand to open the 2019 World Cup. “That’s how you start a World Cup,” Sonia Martinez said of the performance. Martinez, a traveling nurse and soccer fan from Texas, was at Geno’s with members of the Spokane chapter of the American Outlaws, the official supporters group of the national soccer teams, which she’d discovered on Facebook. Founded in 2007 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the American Outlaws spread around the country and the world for 10

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years before Spokane landed the 194th chapter of the organization. The local founding fanatics settled on Geno’s as their home base, where they host watch parties for all of the United States’ games. Geno’s, a sister restaurant to the Elk and Moon Time, among others, was a natural fit because the bar and restaurant just north of Gonzaga on Hamilton had already been serving fans of the Seattle Sounders. Over the next few weeks it will be the rowdiest lunchtime spot in town as the Americans look to defend their crown as world champs. According to chapter president Conor Wigert, about a dozen of the group’s more rabid fans made the trek to France for the tournament. But those who made their way to Geno’s instead for the Americans’ tournamentopening match showed their passion loudly, and often. Seven different players scored for the United States, which led 3-0 at halftime before knocking in ten more.

The cheers became somewhat more subdued around the sixth and seventh goals, but after that, as the team drew closer to turning a blowout into a historic result, they grew boisterous once more. Alex Morgan tied a World Cup record with five goals. The team as a whole set a new record with 13. And those aren’t just women’s records, either, which is something to think about as the USWNT is fighting in court with the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with their counterparts on the men’s side. But for now, the team is focused entirely on the World Cup, an event the men’s team failed to even qualify for last year. After that disappointment, fans are as amped about the women as ever. “It’s going to be a ridiculously exciting World Cup,” Wigert said. “I don’t know if everything is going to go our way, but there’s going to be a lot of goals.” The United States is ranked No. 1 in the world

Sonia Martinez, left, and Deb Brock celebrate a U.S. goal in the Women’s World Cup at Geno’s. according to the official rankings from FIFA, the sport’s international governing body. The USWNT came into the tournament on a sixgame winning streak and unbeaten in their last nine games. Their most recent loss, though, a 3-1 defeat to France in January, is one of the reasons Wigert isn’t sure everything will go the United States’ way.

up the Inlander as soon as it’s available, you might still have time to get to Geno’s. “Always worried about Sweden,” Wigert said. “They’ve screwed up our World Cup plans a few times.” And in the Olympics, too, like in 2016 when Sweden sent the United States packing in the quarterfinals. This year, though, the Americans don’t have to worry about the Swedes knocking them out early. Other teams to keep an eye on in this international celebration of the beautiful game are our neighbors to the north — the Canadians are the fifth-ranked team in the world — and the Aussies from down under who are ranked sixth. “They have Sam Kerr,” Wigert said of Australia. “Any team with Sam Kerr is going to be exciting.” The American roster is loaded with players from our top-flight domestic league, the NWSL, where Kerr is the all-time leading goal scorer. While there are teams and players to watch all over the tournament, if you’re at Geno’s you better be ready to root for the Americans with the Outlaws. n

“It’s going to be a ridiculously exciting World Cup. I don’t know if everything is going to go our way, but there’s going to be a lot of goals.” France is, after all, hosting this year’s World Cup. The Americans and French are the favorites in their respective groups, which puts them on a potential collision course for a clash in the quarterfinals. Standing between the Americans and that fate are a pesky group of Swedes, who will face the USWNT at noon on Thursday, June 20 — if you’re one of the smart people who pick



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Featured spirits at the Idaho Craft Spirits Festival from Mill Town, Warfield, Koenig, Up North, Bardenday and Grand Teton. DEREK HARRISON PHOTO

An Evolving Craft Three local distilleries are featured in Idaho Spirit Month’s first craft spirits pub crawl in Coeur d’Alene BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


embers of the Idaho Distillers Association envision a day when everyone, including legislators on the state and federal level, knows what a craft spirit is and why laws concerning distilled products need to be more equitable. One may, for example, sample beer at a brewery and wine at a winery, but can’t try Bardenay Distillery’s vodka at any of its three Idaho distilleries unless purchasing a cocktail there, made with liquor the distillery produced but had to buy back from the state. And if you want to take a bottle home? You’ll need to drive to your nearest state liquor store. But starting Thursday, June 27, during the special Idaho Craft Spirits Pub Crawl in downtown Coeur d’Alene, locals can sample Idaho craft spirits, try one in a cocktail or buy a pint for later. It’s all part of Idaho Spirits Month, which former

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Gov. Butch Otter proclaimed in July 2017. That year, the Idaho State Liquor Division set up retail displays promoting local spirits, followed by a 2018 industry-focused gettogether in southern Idaho, where the bulk of the state’s dozen or so distilleries reside. “This year we wanted to focus more on the consumer,” says Up North Distillery’s Hilary Mann, one of the event’s organizers. The pub crawl features eight downtown Coeur d’Alene venues and eight of the nine member distilleries, three of them from North Idaho: Up North (Post Falls), Mill Town Artisan Distillery (Sandpoint) and Bardenay (Coeur d’Alene). Other participants include Koenig Distillery (Caldwell), Warfield Distillery (Ketchum), 44 North (Boise), Drinc Inc. (Rigby) and Grand Teton Distillery (Driggs). Mill Town, for example, has teamed up with Honey

Social Club and Eatery. Located outside of Sandpoint, Mill Town launched in 2015, an effort of husband-andwife team Victor and Jessie Vachon alongside business partner Bryan Egland. They offer rum, bourbon whiskey and a unique barley vodka, and are still working on building a tasting room. Tastings are just one of the goals of the Coeur d’Alene event. In addition to offering three quarter-ounce pours from each distillery per location, cocktails featuring Idaho spirits are available for purchase on opening night and throughout the month, ideally building awareness of and appreciation for craft spirits. Coeur d’Alene Unchained Taphouse features Up North’s barrel-finished honey spirits in a summer shandy, summer punch and huckleberry “smash.” While purchasing a cocktail at a restaurant or bar isn’t unusual, getting to sample distilled alcohol in Idaho


is. In fact, while it’s still not allowed in restaurants or bars — unlike asking to taste beer or wine before you purchase a glass — it has only been legal to sample a craft spirit at the distillery where it was created since 2014 via the Distilled Spirit Sampling Bill. Yet even there, Idaho’s laws are unconventional. Distilleries can offer up to three quarter-ounce samples of their product during a 24-hour period to parties of legal drinking age, and must do so free of charge. Again, unlike wineries and breweries which can offer flights, distilleries are restricted in not only the quantity of what they can offer, they must do so on their own dime. In addition to tastings and cocktails being offered during the Idaho Craft Spirits Pub Crawl, both the featured spirits and cocktail recipes are available at a pop-up liquor store inside the Plaza Shops, according to Mann, who opened Up North with her husband Randy in 2015. Since then, the Post Falls distillery has won numerous awards for its honey spirits and apple brandy, most recently a gold medal for its barrel-aged apple brandy at the American Distilling Institute’s annual event. They’ve also added a liquor store to sell their products (although since Idaho laws don’t allow it to be at the same address as the distillery, it’s located next door), and a bar where they showcase regional craft spirits, wine and beer.


hat exactly are craft spirits? “The terms ‘craft’ and ‘artisan’ are a bit overused and there’s really no legal definition in terms of distilled spirits production,” says Bardenay Distillery’s Distillery Manager Scott Probert, who prefers the term craft. “Like craft beer, small distilleries are limited in production, innovative and majority owned by families or small groups.” Bardenay, which R E S TA U R A N T FINDER is paired with MoMo Looking for a new place to Sushi-Wok-Grill for eat? Search the region’s the pub crawl, is one most comprehensive bar of the oldest distilleries and restaurant guide at in Idaho, founded in 1999, and was first to double as a restaurant, which meant navigating a labyrinth of laws in the emerging distillery industry. From a state perspective, says Bardenay founder Kevin Settles, the big hurdle was that a distiller could not also hold a license to serve liquor by the drink. “Since our concept was all about selling our spirits by the drink, we had to run a bill in the Idaho Legislature, which passed during the 1999 legislative session,” he says. State approval paved the way for a green light from the feds, who were concerned about putting a distillery in a public space, Settles says. “Once the space was approved, we had to get our [recipes] approved and they were unique,” he adds, noting that Bardenay had to clarify how ingredients would be used, such as brown sugar cane in their rum, and botanicals in their gin. “It took multiple exchanges to work that out and in the end we had to send them a sample. Once they smelled and tasted it, it was easily approved.” Today, Bardenay has locations in Eagle, Boise and Coeur d’Alene, and produces rum, gin, vodka, and several liqueurs. It’s a veteran of Idaho’s distilling industry, which continues to evolve. “The Idaho Distillers Association has recently been asked to support a bill to allow tastings in liquor stores,” says Probert. “It didn’t pass this session, but will be revisited.” n Idaho Craft Spirits Festival • Thu, June 27 from 5-8 pm • $20 • Resort Plaza Shops • 210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene •

A New Hideout for Night Owls Plus, local award-winning beers and a chance to sample a rare, small-batch coffee


iding amid the clamor of energetic bars on downtown Spokane’s “bro row,” there’s a small oasis waiting for those who want a nice drink in a calmer environment. Sandwiched between Boombox Pizza and Fast Eddie’s in the old Revolver spot, a white neon sign invites visitors into the new hangout: the Night Owl. Open for a few months now, the Night Owl is a chicly decorated hipster haven. Aside from the glass cases filled with small plants there’s a black-and-white tile wall with a Southwestern feel that I’m willing to bet is gonna be featured in plenty of Instagram posts. When my friend and I visited just after work on a recent Friday, we were the only ones in the bar aside from area bartenders relaxing before or after their shifts. Seems like a good sign when you’ve found the spot where the pros like to drink. Our friendly bartender offered to mix up a summer shandy for us, combining a raspberry sour beer that was on tap with rum, lime, lemon, sour mix, Cointreau, honey and soda. For just under $9, it was fruity, refreshing, and hit the right spot at the end of a long work week. If you want to check ’em out, they’re open from 4 pm to 2 am every day at 223 N. Division. More info at facebook. com/NightOwlSpokane. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

Roast House is serving a 2019 Cup of Excellence coffee.



Spokane coffee connoisseurs can now sample an incredibly high-end and rare small-batch coffee at Roast House Coffee and its downtown cafe, First Avenue Coffee. The roaster recently received a 140-pound shipment of Brazilian shade-grown coffee selected for inclusion in the 2019 Cup of Excellence, a prestigious international competition for high-quality specialty coffees. Coffees selected for each year’s competition are rigorously tasted and judged, and then made available

in an international auction, explains Roast House’s head roaster and buyer Aaron Jordan. Roast House is the only North American roaster serving this particular coffee, he adds. This is Roast House’s second time purchasing a Cup of Excellence coffee; the Daterra Masterpiece Catira will be available by the cup as a pour-over ($10), espresso ($7-$8) and in 1-pound bags ($74) and 100-gram pouches ($16) at both Roast House and First Avenue (bags are also being sold online) until the supply runs out. He’ll be roasting small batches at First Ave each Friday. “When we first bought coffee like this, people said, ‘It’ll never sell,’ and then we ended up selling out,” Jordan notes of last year’s Cup of Excellence batch. What makes this particular coffee special, he says, is how the beans were blended and processed using a fermentation technique inspired by winemaking. The resulting flavor profile is “syrupy fruit flavors that remind us of blueberry compote… sweet liqueur flavors reminiscent of amaretto and red wine. The finish is all about peach jam and soft florals.” “It’s a fun coffee, and as a limited run it’s something we like to do once or twice a year to add something that no one else is doing,” Jordan adds. “We pay a lot of money for it, too, so we get the price barrier. It’s more experiential; it’s a pretty mind-blowing coffee.” (CHEY SCOTT)


Many local brewers travelled west last weekend for the Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond. The annual celebration of craft beer produced in the Evergreen state is headlined by the Washington Beer Awards. This year, five regional breweries received medals by panels of trained beer judges. Iron Goat Brewing, Perry Street Brewing, Big Barn Brewing Co. (Mead), Paradise Creek Brewery (Pullman) and Ten Pin Brewing (Moses Lake) were among the winners out of 1,467 beers submitted by 193 Washington breweries. The Inland Northwest’s winning beers are as follows: (DEREK HARRISON) GOLD Iron Goat Brewing - Bob’s Your Uncle Brown Porter (Brown Porters) Paradise Creek Brewery - After Dark (German-Style Schwarzbiers) Ten Pin Brewing - Guava Gose (Contemporary-Style Goses) Ten Pin Brewing - Groove (Fruit Wheat Beers) SILVER Big Barn Brewing Co. - Deitz Bock (Other Strong Lagers) Perry Street Brewing - Session IPL (Session Beers) Ten Pin Brewing - Tropical Groove (Fruit Wheat Beers) Ten Pin Brewing - Smokin’ Hot Blonde (Chili Pepper Beers) Ten Pin Brewing - Strata Brut (Experimental Beers) BRONZE Iron Goat Brewing - Gin Barrel Aged Buzzsaw McThunder IPA (Wood & Barrel Aged Beers) Perry Street Brewing - Session IPmaybeA (Session Beers) Ten Pin Brewing - Snake Eye Stout (Sweet/Cream Stouts) Ten Pin Brewing - Horchata Stout (Herb & Spice Beers) n

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HARDLY CHILD’S PLAY Maybe it’s not totally original, but Toy Story 4 is another confident mix of animated action and existential reflection BY MARYANN JOHANSON


ell, whaddaya know: Toy Story 4 is the perfect wrap-up to the saga of Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear the spaceman and all the rest of the gang of alive playthings. Of course, the same was also true of 2010’s Toy Story 3, which seemed to bring their story satisfyingly full circle. And you might even say that 1999’s Toy Story 2 did such a terrific job of upping the ante on the angst of toys that just want to be loved and our relationships as humans with them that, seriously, nothing more needed to be said. Hell, 1995’s Toy Story — the first feature-length computer-animated movie — was so perfect a film that an argument could be made that it was best left alone as a paragon that no one should dare attempt to top. Who am I kidding? Hollywood doesn’t work that way. But really and truly now, honestly, this is it: Toy Story 4 is the last and final Toy Story movie, Pixar promises. (Unless they make another one.) And there is — once more — that sense that we’ve seen much of this before. TS4 is yet again a tale of rescues of lost toys and separations from beloved kids, learning to make new friends and learning to let go when the time is right. There’s a saving grace to this series, though: Its humor and its heart have been so beautifully wise and so stunningly rendered — CGI pun intended — that even with a feeling that returns are diminishing, we’re still left with a warm, smartly entertaining new chapter.

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After the events of TS3, Woody (the voice of Tom Hanks) and the rest now belong to little Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), who is just about to go off to kindergarten, and isn’t happy about it. On her first scary day of school, she makes a little plastic person out of a spork, a pipe cleaner and a couple of googly eyes, and Forky (Tony Hale) is born. Forky raises many philosophical questions, one quite literally, as when he asks Woody, “Why am I alive?” It’s another riff on the initial relationship between Woody and Buzz (Tim Allen) from the very first movie, when TOY STORY 4 Woody had to explain to Buzz Rated G how being loved by a child Directed by Josh Cooley gave them purpose… but Buzz Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, was already alive even before Annie Potts, Tony Hale he was loved. If a child’s love — and Bonnie absolutely adores Forky — can animate an inanimate object, is there anything that cannot be brought to life in such a way? (Oh, dear: I may have just stumbled across the plot of Toy Story 5.) There is room for some profound existential horror in Forky’s animation and subsequent consciousness, though the movie dances around it. Instead, it is Woody’s latest emotional crisis that (once again) takes center stage, as his unexpected re-encounter with former ladylove Bo Peep (Annie Potts) while on a mission to rescue Forky

— who of course almost immediately gets lost — for Bonnie’s benefit makes him question his own priorities about loyalty to his kid and the other toys. I was on the verge of feeling just a bit let down by the sameness of TS4, but some very clever new toy characters with diverse neuroses that are simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious got me back fully onboard. Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), a Chatty Cathytype talking doll, and her gang of ventriloquist dummy enforcers are a hoot. Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are a smart-alecky duo of stuffed toys, Bunny and Ducky, with delusions of… well, you’ll see. And Keanu Reeves as the voice of Duke Caboom, “Canada’s greatest stuntman” — a sort of down-market Evel Knievel–esque action toy — completely steals every moment he’s onscreen. I’d say there aren’t enough of those moments, but better that we’re left wanting more of him rather than him out-staying his welcome. I was in tears — yet again — by the end. Tears of bittersweet, melancholy joy. I have been moved in this very direction before, by these very characters, and almost by the very same predicaments, and it’s nowhere near as gratifyingly surprising as it once was. But when endless sequels are so often lazy and complacent and coast more on presumptions of audience goodwill, I’ll take a sequel that at least doesn’t take my engagement for granted, and works for it. n



Luc Besson is somehow still allowed to make movies, and he rehashes his own La Femme Nikita in the story of a model who’s also a ruthless assassin. (NW) Rated R











Part documentary, part re-enactment, this film examines the rise and fall of the inventor of the DeLorean, with scripted scenes starring Alec Baldwin as the disgraced auto magnate. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


A bland, stiffly staged live-action retelling of the animated Disney classic about a petty thief who woos a princess with the help of a wisecracking genie. A whole new world this is not. (MJ) Rated PG


Shot in 1972 and only recently finished, this concert film captures Aretha Franklin recording her titular gospel album in a packed Baptist church. A remarkable time capsule, and one of the great filmed musical performances. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated G


The remaining Avengers assemble to undo Thanos’ devastating snap in Marvel’s biggest-ever feature, a dramatically and emotionally satisfying final chapter in a decade-long, 22-film saga. It made a couple bucks, too, so it’s safe to say this’ll be around for a while. (NW) Rated PG-13


Documentarian John Chester films himself and his wife Molly as they trade in their urban L.A. life for a full-service, 200-acre farm. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG


Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a scrappy, intelligent teen comedy about two overachievers hunting down a wild party on the last night of high school. Hilarious, emotionally authentic and brilliantly cast. (NW) Rated R


The X-Men saga limps to a close with this tale of Jean Grey’s transformation into the dastardly Dark Phoenix. Hardly cataclysmic, but not exactly memorable, either. (JB) Rated PG-13




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A petty thief from India is embroiled in a series of globe-trotting adventures, all while trying to get back to the woman he loves in Paris. (NW) Not Rated





That evil Chucky doll, possessed by the soul of a dead serial killer, is back to raise more hell, revealing its true nature to a little boy and killing every adult around him. (NW) Rated R





The latest from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas is a talky comedy that examines the shifting relationship dynamics of two couples within the Parisian publishing world. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R


Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy is dead on arrival, as a small town practically shrugs off a swarm of ghouls. Its stacked cast includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver and a sword-wielding Tilda Swinton. (NW) Rated R


Godzilla’s back to reclaim his rightful place as king of the monsters, but Ghidora and Mothra and Rodan are also vying for the crown. A colossal disappointment, with thin human characters, a murky visual style and too few creature fights. (NW) Rated PG-13


Keanu Reeves’ stoic assassin is back for more ultraviolence, and this time he has a bounty on his head. It’s frustratingly frontloaded and way too long, but it works as a showcase for lithe action choreography. (NW) Rated R


Emma Thompson stars as a veteran talk show host whose career has stalled, and Mindy Kaling is the green comedy writer who could rejuvenate it. In spite of its predictability, this is a smart, perceptive and funny show-biz study. (NW) Rated R


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Pixar’s most beloved franchise returns to assault your tear ducts. Having been given to a new owner, Woody and Buzz Lightyear have some familiar fun-filled adventures while also ruminating about the existential angst of being a toy. (MJ) Rated G

are the next generation of extra-terrestrial bounty hunters, but even their combined charisma can’t enliven this joyless, ultimately pointless franchise reboot. (NW) Rated PG-13


The world of Japanese pocket monsters comes to vivid life in this cheeky, smartly realized feature surrounding a mystery-solving Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) hunting for his young trainer’s missing father. (SS) Rated PG


Elton John’s songs come to glittery life in this unconventional musical fantasia, starring Taron Egerton as the flamboyant pop star battling addiction and his own sexuality. It’s energetic, imaginative and full of exhilarating images. (ES) Rated R


Animated sequels don’t get more blah than this, a disjointed, only occasionally engaging follow-up to the familyfriendly hit about what our pets do when we’re not home. (MJ) Rated PG


An FBI data analyst tracks down his estranged dad, super-funky P.I. John Shaft, to investigate his friend’s death. A long-delayed sequel/reboot that’s tonally confused, shoddily written and hacky. (NW) Rated R n

Job Fair Medical assisting graduates looking for your first job, or is your current job not what you expected? Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is holding on-the-spot interviews!

Thurs., June 27 4:30–7:00 p.m. 123 E. Indiana Spokane, WA

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Martin Scorsese’s second documentary about Bob Dylan is a collage of vintage footage and new interviews chronicling his ramshackle 1975-76 roadshow tour. It blends fact and fiction, and not always to the desired effect, but the concert footage is some of the most remarkable to ever feature the great singer-songwriter. (NW) Not Rated

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All Some Kind of Dream Idaho songwriter Josh Ritter melds the personal with the political on his 10th album, Fever Breaks BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


osh Ritter’s new album opens with a burial and closes with a hushed evocation of the Lord’s Prayer, and in between those bookends are more biblical allusions, tales of lost loves, murder, personal transformations and men without countries, and songs about searching the American heartland for a purpose you may never find. It’s a pretty gloomy record in that respect, but it’s somehow shot through with a glimmer of optimism. “I think you’re able to look more unflinchingly at dark things if behind it there’s something that has a lightness to it,” Ritter tells the Inlander. “When I think of the darkest of the Shakespeare plays, none of them would survive without humor. The great thing about records as a medium is you’re allowed to make those transitions back and forth.”

Josh Ritter hits the Knitting Factory on Friday. LAURA WILSON PHOTO

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Fever Breaks is the Idaho-born singer-songwriters’ 10th album in 20 years, which is the kind of milestone that music writers love to point out. But it’s also the kind of milestone that Ritter says sneaked up on him not unlike when he turned 40 a couple years ago: One moment you’re an unknown playing coffee shops in Boise, and the next you’ve been a touring musician for more than half your life. What that shock of recognition did, though, was inspire Ritter to shake things up. “I realized that I needed to open up my scope a little bit and bring new people into the making of the album,” he says. “I began my project with a feeling that, ‘OK, that thing I did was really fun and cool. Here’s what I want to do different this time.’ Each record leads to the next in that way.” So he recorded Fever Breaks in Nashville with producer Jason Isbell, the alt-country star who also plays guitar on the album alongside his regular backing band the 400 Unit. Ritter had toured with Isbell for a month before they decided to head into a studio together, and he says it was an ideal collaboration because they could relate to one another as performers and songwriters. “It was a beautiful, natural thing. … It was very organic. It wasn’t set up by anybody,” Ritter says. “We really felt a kinship, and their music blew me away.” The 400 Unit’s participation has, not surprisingly, resulted in one of Ritter’s more musically muscular records, with electric full-band arrangements breaking out between the elegiac acoustic numbers. But Fever Breaks is also one of Ritter’s more overtly political albums, something he has tended to avoid in the past. “The Torch Committee,” for instance, is a Leonard Cohen-style screed in which an unnamed interrogator tenaciously convinces someone to turn on their own (shades of McCarthyism, or of false confessions coerced by police), while “All Some Kind of Dream” is a soul-searcher about the current plight of refugees: “I saw the children in the holding pens / I saw the families ripped apart … There was a time when we held them close / And weren’t so cruel, low, and mean.”

“I wanted to capture this moment in 2019, in a way that had some real emotion behind it. I wanted to provide an unsettling feeling.” “I had something very personal that I had to say, and I was looking for the words to say it. You end up writing about something because you haven’t heard it being explained sufficiently,” Ritter says. “I wanted to try and capture a moment in time. I wanted to capture this moment in 2019, in a way that had some real emotion behind it. I wanted to provide an unsettling feeling, and the songs needed to hang together based on the feeling.” Despite the change-up in both style and content that Fever Breaks represents in Ritter’s career, its live iteration will place him right back in familiar territory. He’ll hit Spokane this week with his reliable Royal City Band, a group that he’s been playing with for years, and Ritter says they’re still figuring out how certain album cuts will translate to the live setting. “You construct the song in the studio like you put together an animal in a laboratory. You don’t know what it’s gonna do when you set it loose on stage,” he says. “Songs are unpredictable. For that reason, I’m really excited to introduce these songs with this ferocious band that I’ve got. It’s a different band than I recorded with, but they bring their own telepathy with it. “We take artistic leaps of faith with each other, and hopefully that comes across. That’s what we really live for.” n Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band with Penny & Sparrow • Fri, June 21 at 8 pm • $27.50; VIP tickets available at $149 • All ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279

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e’s been everywhere, and now Mr. Worldwide comes to Spokane. The Miami rapper Pitbull is best known for his flashy style and gregarious stage presence, and his biggest hits include “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” “Give Me Everything” and “Timber,” his insistently catchy team-up with Kesha. He’s also been hustling his entire career, as an entrepreneur, product ambassador and occasional TV personality. Pitbull’s upcoming album is called Libertad 547, and he has said that the title refers to the number of Cuban immigrants who made their way to the U.S. in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift crisis, one of whom was his father. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Pitbull • Mon, June 24 at 7:30 pm • $79-$119 • All ages • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • 481-2800


Thursday, 06/20

A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, Open Mic ARBOR CREST, The Ronaldos J J THE BARTLETT, John Paul White, The Prescriptions BERSERK, Vinyl Meltdown BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BIG DOG BAR & GRILL, DJ Dave J BOOTS BAKERY, The Song Project BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Open Mic J BUCER’S, Open Jazz Jam J CALYPSOS COFFEE, Erik Anarchy, The Wild Jumps, Itchy Kitty COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Alex Williams THE CORK & TAP, Kosh CRUISERS, Open Jam Night THE CULINARY STONE, Wyatt Wood DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Itt’s Cuzzen DAN & JO’S, 7th Street Band FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Country Dance GILDED UNICORN, Dylan Hathaway J HOUSE OF SOUL, Jazz Thursdays JOHN’S ALLEY, Scott Pemberton Band J KNITTING FACTORY, Blue October LIBERTY LAKE WINE, Jimi Finn LION’S LAIR, Karaoke MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Brian Jacobs J MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE, Open Mic J NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE, Funky Unkle O’SHAYS IRISH PUB, O’Pen Mic POST FALLS BREWING, Son of Brad RED ROOM LOUNGE, EDM Night RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE, Jam Series ROCK CITY GRILL, Busch Brothers THE ROXIE, Jan Harrison Blues Experience SPOKANE CLUB, Truck Mills TAPP’D OFF, Karaoke on the Patio J TEMPLIN’S RED LION, Sammy Eubanks ZOLA, Blake Braley Band

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ountry music lovers have another chance to wear boots in public without attracting disapproving looks from city slickers. An example of the midpoint between old school and new school country music, Brett Eldredge is bringing his distinctive, husky tone to Spokane. Fresh off his hit “Love Someone” hitting No. 4 on the charts last week, Eldredge will be performing songs from his self-titled 2017 album along with his ever-growing list of hits on his summer tour. He’ll be accompanied at the outdoor venue by Easton Corbin, who has his own list of recognizable hits, including “A Little More Country Than That,” that are sure to get boots tapping. — MORGAN SCHEERER Brett Eldredge with Easton Corbin • Thu, June 27 at 7:30 pm • $59-$109 • All ages • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • 481-2800

Friday, 06/21

12 TRIBES CASINO, Fred Bauer Band 219 LOUNGE, P.B. & Jam 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS, Pamela Jean 1210 TAVERN, One Sunday A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, DJ Skwish J THE BARTLETT, No Vacation, Okey Dokey BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J J THE BIG DIPPER, Indian Goat, Double Bird, Casket Key THE BIG DOG BAR & GRILL, DJ Dave BIGFOOT PUB, Steve Starkey Band BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke BORRACHO TACOS, Perfect Mess BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Red Dirt Rodeo CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Into the Drift Duo COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Alex Williams

CONKLING MARINA, JamShack CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Kicho THE COUNTRY PLACE, Motley & McClure CRUISERS, Karaoke with Gary FORTY-ONE SOUTH, Truck Mills FORZA COFFEE CO. (VALLEY), Starlite Motel HOGFISH, Undercard, Ragbone & Unconfined Road HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB, Dallas Kay IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Muffy and the Sandpoint Jazz Society JOHN’S ALLEY, The Senders J J KNITTING FACTORY, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band (see page 40), Penny & Sparrow LITZ’S, High Note, ShuffleDawgs, VooDoo Church & Steve Bailey

J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Haybaby (8pm); Built to Spill, Orua, Dirt Russell (9pm) MARYHILL WINERY, Daniel Mark Faller MAX AT MIRABEAU, Mojo Box MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Devon Wade MOOSE LOUNGE, The Cronkites MULLIGAN’S, Dustin Drennen NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom PACIFIC PIZZA, Tonya Ballman J PARK BENCH CAFE, Rusty Jackson THE PIN, LUMBERJVCK RED ROOM LOUNGE, DJ F3LON RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROXIE, Karaoke with Tom UP NORTH DISTILLERY, Sam Leyde

Saturday, 06/22

12 TRIBES CASINO, Smash Hit Carnival 1210 TAVERN, The Jukers

219 LOUNGE, Miah Kohal Band A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, DJ Exodus BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Hippie Death Cult, Wretched F---, Over Sea Under Stone BIGFOOT PUB, Steve Starkey Band BLACK LABEL BREWING CO., Brian Griffing BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Bobby Patterson Band J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Natalie Greenfield BULL HEAD, Diego Romero, Fat Lady, Deepforest Project, Ashley Pyle CHECKERBOARD BAR, Sciandra’s Game, Rusted Hand, Idol Hands CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Into the Drift Duo COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Alex Williams

J COLBERT TRADING CO., The Backwoods Band CONKLING MARINA, JamShack COSMIC COWBOY, Eric Neuhausser CRAFTED TAP HOUSE, Perfect Mess DAHMEN BARN, Tone Sober J FARMIN PARK, Truck Mills FREDNECK’S, William Nover GARLAND PUB, Cary Fly Band HAPPY TRAILS TO BREWS, Dario Ré & Tim Gales HARVEST HOUSE, Roundabout THE HIVE, Futurebirds with Trego HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB, Vanna Oh! HOP MOUNTAIN TAPROOM, Hanna Jo IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Ponderay Paradox THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke JOHN’S ALLEY, The Jauntee KLINK’S LAKESIDE, One Street Over KNITTING FACTORY, Kraken the Release, Beauflexx & more THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method LAUGHING DOG BREWING, Jake Robin LITZ’S, High Note, ShuffleDawgs, VooDoo Church & Steve Bailey MARYHILL WINERY, Nicolas Vigil


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Sunday, 06/23

1210 TAVERN, Jan Harrison Blues Experience ARBOR CREST, Tuxedo Junction J BERSERK, Factss, Trash Casket BIG BARN BREWING CO., Kevin Shay Band J CHAPS, Busch Brothers Band CONKLING MARINA, PJ Destiny CRUISERS, Doug Schumacher DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Blues Jam J J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Three Dog Night GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke J HARVEST HOUSE, Alchemy Jazz HOGFISH, Open Mic IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Cover 2 Cover LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open Jam MARYHILL WINERY, Eric Neuhausser

J MATCHWOOD BREWING CO., Foxgloves J J NORTHERN QUEST, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ziggy Marley O’DOHERTY’S, Traditional Irish Music ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, Gil Rivas PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Piano Sunday with Glenda Novinger THE PIN, Dischordia, Kenaima THE ROXIE, Hillyard Billys ZOLA, Lazy Love

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Monday, 06/24

THE BULL HEAD, Songsmith Series J CALYPSOS COFFEE, Open Mic COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Pat Coast CRAVE, DJ Dave EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills J J NORTHERN QUEST, Pitbull (see facing page) RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 06/25

219 LOUNGE, Karaoke with DJ Pat BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Dave GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke JOHN’S ALLEY, Lost Ox JR’S BAR-N-GRILL, DJ WesOne KAIJU SUSHI & SPIRITS, Jan Harrison & Don Chilcott LITZ’S, ShuffleDawgs Blues Hour POST FALLS BREWING, Devon Wade RAZZLE’S, Open Mic Jam THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Country Swing Dancing J ROCKET MARKET, Lyle Morse THE ROXIE, Open Mic/Jam SWEET LOU’S, Pamela Benton TAPP’D OFF, Karaoke on the Patio THE VIKING, Retro Roger THE VIKING, Songsmith Series ZOLA, Desperate 8s

Wednesday, 06/26 219 LOUNGE, Truck Mills, Bruce Bishop BARRISTER WINERY, Queen Suite BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J BLACK DIAMOND, Mark Holt CRAVE, DJ Dave CRUISERS, Open Jam Night GENO’S, Open Mic IRON HORSE (CDA), Open Jam IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Kicho THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke J KOOTENAI COUNTY FARMERS MARKET, Payton Rae & Cody Lyle J LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Katie Fisher LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil LION’S LAIR, Storme J THE LOCAL DELI, Devon Wade LOST BOYS’ GARAGE, Eric Neuhauser LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J MCEUEN PARK, Royale MOOTSY’S, Yatra & Merlock J THE PIN, Chris Webby RED ROOM LOUNGE, Jam Session RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open Mic STORMIN’ NORMAN’S, Gil Rivas TRUE LEGENDS GRILL, Dallas Kay ZOLA, Donnie Emerson

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MUSIC | VENUES 219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-2639934 A&P’S BAR & GRILL • 222 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-263-2313 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W. Garland Ave. BERSERK • 125 S. Stevens • 714-9512 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS • 39 W. Pacific • 838-7815 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 THE BULL HEAD • 10211 S. Electric • 838-9717 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY • 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208-665-0591 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave. • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 COSMIC COWBOY GRILL • 412 W. Haycraft, CdA • 208-277-0000 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FIRST INTERSTATE CENTER FOR THE ARTS • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • 279-7000 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-457-2392 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-930-1514 HOUSE OF SOUL • 25 E. Lincoln • 598-8783 IRON GOAT BREWING • 1302 W. 2nd • 474-0722 IRON HORSE BAR • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., CdA • 509-926-8411 JACKSON ST. BAR & GRILL • 2436 N. Astor St. • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th Ave. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside • 456-5678 LUCKY YOU LOUNGE • 1801 W. Sunset LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague • 747-2605 MARYHILL WINERY • 1303 W. Summit Pkwy, Ste. 100 • 443-3832 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S • 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208)255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • 208-265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • 208- 7653200 ext. 310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific • 443-5467 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN • 412 W. Sprague • 385-1449 POST FALLS BREWING CO. • 112 N. Spokane, Post Falls • 208-773-7301 RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL • 10325 N. Government Way, Hayden • 208-635-5874 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside • 822-7938 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 STORMIN’ NORMAN’S SHIPFACED SALOON • 12303 E. Trent • 862-4852 THE THIRSTY DOG • 3027 E. Liberty Ave. • 487-3000 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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Ditch the car and jump on your bike/scooter/skateboard or other human-powered form of transit during the 10th annual Summer Parkways celebration of fitness, recreation and community. Held each year around the summer solstice, the event — dubbed Spokane’s biggest block party — closes off four miles of city streets to cars in favor of bikers, skaters, walkers, runners and other non-auto transit modes (electric bikes and electric scooters aren’t allowed). Activities and fitness demos like Zumba, pilates, martial arts, self-defense and dancing are set up along the course and in two city parks, Manito and Comstock, connected by the route. Local residents don’t have to live in a South Hill neighborhood to participate, just make sure to park away from the designated course. — CHEY SCOTT Summer Parkways • Thu, June 20 from 6-9 pm • Free • All ages • Manito and Comstock Parks, Spokane’s South Hill • Event map at

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WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour • Sat, June 22 at 7:30 pm • $15-$105 • All ages • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • • 279-7000

Bazaar • Sat, June 22 from 11 am-9 pm • Free • All ages • Main Avenue between Post and Howard •

Wrestling fans of the Inland Northwest get hyped: the WWE is back again for another exciting night of hard-hitting action inside the Spokane Arena. This one should pack the stands better than the last WWE visit, considering that was held on Super Bowl Sunday — not to mention the strength of the card. Currently billed for the event is a six-man tag team match featuring Universal Champion Seth Rollins. Also making an appearance, following up her unprecedented double championship-winning headliner match against Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35, is Irish firebrand Becky Lynch. Other WWE stars on the card include Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe and Lacey Evans. — CHEY SCOTT

Not bizarre in the least, Terrain’s annual one-day marketplace is back for its sixth year. Ninety-five local artists, artisans and crafters are setting up shop in downtown Spokane this weekend to sell their creative works. Founded with the intent of connecting local artists to local art lovers, Bazaar is expecting 20,000 attendees in 2019. Art of all shapes, styles, sizes and texture, including paintings, photography, clothing, ceramics and jewelry can be found at the all-day outside marketplace. Best of all, most items are priced at $100 or less so getting some original pieces for your own collection won’t break the bank. The celebration of all things local also hosts food trucks, a beer garden sponsored by No-Li Brewhouse, music and other family-friendly festivities. — MORGAN SCHEERER


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Scenic Pend Oreille River Train Newport/Priest River


One thing about being a baseball fan in the Inland Northwest is embracing the concept of delayed gratification. While Major League Baseball celebrated opening day in late March, and many of the minor leagues quickly followed, we Spokane Indians fans have to bide our time until after the amateur draft in June before we get a taste of America’s pastime live and in person at Avista Stadium. This year’s team had less than a week to get to know each other after landing in Spokane before bailing for a season-opening road trip. Yes, the Indians’ usual home opener was even delayed a week longer than usual. Let’s hope our patience is rewarded with a winning season. — DAN NAILEN

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Airway Heights will be filled, once again, with the booming sounds of military planes zooming through the sky during the annual Inland Northwest SkyFest Airshow and Open House. This year’s event features aerial acts such as parachute and jump teams and fly-bys. In addition to these are 15 stationary aircraft and exhibits for visitors to see and interact with. Included with the stationary exhibits, the open house features a science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) interactive exhibit, and Hoopfest hoops for attendees to practice for the following weekend’s big event. Skyfest, designed to excite and entertain crowds in an awe-inspiring way, also brings attention to all the important work, innovation and skill that goes into the U.S. Air Force. — RILEY UTLEY SkyFest Airshow and Open House • Sat, June 22 from 9 am-5 pm; aerial acts begin at 1 pm • Free • Fairchild Air Force Base, Airway Heights • • 247-1212


Spokane County Raceway: 8:00 - Midnight Tickets: Friday - $25 / Saturday - $30 / Sunday - $15 / Weekend Pass, Parking & 5K Run - $80


8:00am - Midnight / Tickets: Run & Drag Races - $30 / 5K Run Only - $25 / Kids 12 & younger - FREE


EAT MORE RAINBOWS: VEGAN COOKING SERIES DEMO WITH CHEF CHARMAINE My Fresh Basket: 6:00pm - 7:30pm / First of Six Classes / Tickets: $21.99


EROTIC CITY: PRINCE TRIBUTE BAND House of Soul: 8:00pm - 11:30pm / Doors Open at 7:00pm / General Admis. Tickets: $30 VIP Tickets: $45 - includes Meet & Greet and Early Admission for best seating (doors open at 6:30pm)



VINTAGE SPOKANE: A FOOD & WINE AFFAIR, BENEFITTING SYSA Davenport Grand: 2:00pm - 6:00pm / Tickets: $60 - $75



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Coeur d’Alene Resort: 11:00am - 2:00pm / Tickets: $150


THE SHOWCASE: PRESENTED BY KATERRA FOR THE COMMUNITY CANCER FUND Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort: 8:00am - 3:00pm / Tickets: $20


LIVE CONCERT: ANCHORED - HEROES FOR GHOSTS - INVASIVE - WHITE TRASH ROMEO Razzles Bar & Grill: 7:00pm - Midnight / Tickets: General Admission: $20 / VIP Meet & Greet: $40

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Spokane Indians home opener vs. Boise Hawks • Fri, June 21 at 6:30 pm • $5-$20 • Avista Stadium • 602 N. Havana •



MC MAKIN’ ME SMILE Saw you at the Shadle McDonald’s on Friday. Loved the casual denim and black look! You always make me smile and today was no exception. Next time, the Big Mac is on me! HOW IS TOBY? Wednesday, first week in June, High Bridge Dog Park. Toby your Chion and my Gok Chee, previously friends, got into a scrap in the small dog area. Chee is just fine, how is Toby? Sorry I forgot to give you my email. Let me know.

I SAW YOU DOWNTOWN LIBRARY MAY 30 I was scanning away at some research images, you approached blazing hawt in your mini skirt looking for your resume printouts. I was at a loss for words. We made lite flirting, but it didn’t go further than that. Tongue tied, I wanted to invite you for a cup of coffee. I hope you got the job and if you read this let’s go dancing like maniacs. SEXY GUY THAT HELPED US You live by Jefferson elementary. I see you daily on the hill normally with few of my girlfriends. You have a sexy lifted GMC Sierra (it’s burgundy color). Are you married, seeing anyone? We honk at you every day but last Monday my girlfriend and I pulled up beside you. Tried whistling to get your attention you looked over and smiled then went on your way. If you’re married she’s extremely lucky to have man like you. You’re still the best eye candy I’ve seen in Spokane. Another place I see you is Wake Up Call on Freya. ONE IN THE 27,000 I saw you at Pride, rocking a Bernie T-shirt and those free rainbow sunnies. I was trying to breathe thru those crowds (that’s a good thing tho!!!) and not get Cheeto dust everywhere. I’d love to chat sometime. Maybe in a less crowded spot? Sounds like you have great ideas!

PIZZA DATE? I saw you at Winco (North) on Sunday. You looked tired but still managed a smile and effortless kindness to the staff. Let me know what you thought about those new infuse yourself teas ;) Maybe we can make a pizza together sometime? CHEDDAR BAE I saw you at Red Lobster on Sunday. We joked about how you were going to order a steak at a fish joint. Your smile and laugh made my whole week. Those biscuits are fantastic but they aren’t as amazing as you ;) MANITO IN THE SUMMER I saw you at Manito Park on Saturday. You were faster than me, quicker and smarter but we admired the perfect weather, smells of whatever that group was cooking and sweet rambling sounds of the distant guitar. I was lucky to be able to step aside and enjoy the little things with you. Thank you.

YOU SAW ME RE: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY Your last post did not get printed on time for me to show up on the 7th of June. This saddens me. I would have showed up had I known. If you are the man I am writing to CLS aka Yoda aka sausage fingers. Happy Birthday by the way. Call me 991-3858

CHEERS ANGELS IN KENDALL YARDS ON JUNE 13TH On June 13th I had an accident on my bike in Kendall Yards. I have no mem-

ory of how it happened or who helped me. I just know that someone must have called 911 and someone used my cell

feared you would be beaten when you got home. It made me incredibly sad! Cheers to you for putting up with her,

because your best shot with this man is a label as some crazy ex rather than the woman who finally changed a troubled

This man is the king of recycling, one might call him a master environmentalist in the way he cleverly recycles date locations, pet names and ‘good morning’ text messages!

phone to call my husband. Whoever you are, you tended to me and my property (purse, wallet, cell phone, laptop) until my husband arrived. Your kindness has touched me deeply and I cannot thank you enough for the time you took to care for me. Bless you. I will pass on your kindness. KAYAK TRANSPORTATION RESCUERS Cheers to the nice young couple who stopped to help me get my new kayak loaded securely onto my car at Dick’s Sporting Goods this past week. My friend and I plus a Dick’s employee were having a hard time figuring out how to secure it with the ratcheting straps I bought. When you noticed our struggle, you didn’t hesitate to offer help, which we gladly accepted because you obviously knew what you were doing (and we obviously did not!) The time you took to fix our setup and show me how to do it was much appreciated! I’m taking my kayak out for its maiden voyage today and feel so much more confident about transporting it to the lake safely!

JEERS NORTHSIDE WINCO 6/7/19 To the teenage girl who was absolutely humiliated by your crazy mom in WinCo and in the parking lot while she screamed at you to find her !#@! Car and slapped you. JEERS to her! I stopped to report her and to let you know I was on your side but then I

SOUND OFF 1. Visit by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “,” not “”

please know that you can break the cycle of abuse and rise above your raising! I had a mom just like her and I rose up by reporting it and never repeating her abuse with my own children. Remember it might be scary at first but you should reach out to school staff for help or to a sane relative that can get professional help for your mom. I’m so sorry you had to deal with this, there’s absolutely no excuse for her behavior! I’m sorry I didn’t call the police right there out of fear for you. I hope you’re OK! HIGHBRIDGE PARK I thought Highbridge Park was a place to bring my dog and also a place to play disk golf. Never knew it was a place for old men to troll and stalk other men asking if they want to have some “fun” in my car... Very creepy!!!! INTENSE HURRICANE ALERT One girlfriend is enough, right? Perhaps even too much to handle in some opinions, yet not according to 40 year old “Hurricane Howie,” who had a whopping 3 girlfriends at the same time (that we know of)! This man is the king of recycling, one might call him a master environmentalist in the way he cleverly recycles date locations, pet names and “good morning” text messages! All while convincing every girl she’s the only one he has eyes for. Any girl who has always dreamed of being on “the Bachelor” is encouraged to seek him out and attempt a shot at “the rose.” However, you must use caution

man. Don’t worry though, this man has great taste in women and if you are affected by this crisis we have a whole support group of wonderful women who all have one unfortunate man in common. Beware because this storm is still out there on the lookout for many more girls to be his “one and only.” BIKE WARRIOR To the environmental warrior on a bike on Friday night June 7th, cheers to you for riding your bike, that’s awesome! Jeers for motioning me to roll my window down to comment on my “Make America Green Again” bumper sticker asking how am I going to make America green when I drive a gasser? I flipped you off but what I would have said if it were the time or the place, is you don’t know my life or what my efforts are. Calling out moms in big rigs won’t solve our environmental problems it will take collaboration between science and community, it will take education, it will take voters, and yes sometimes that means hypocritical bumper stickers! n












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HAPPY TAILS AT HAPPY TRAILS A portion of proceeds supports Path of Hope Rescue’s mission of helping puppies on their path to home. 21+. June 22, 4-8 pm. Happy Trails to Brews, 9025 N. Indian Trail Rd. (720-7658) AUTHOR DINNER The Sandpoint Literary Collective hosts this event to support literary programs and events. It features Spokane writers Sam Ligon and Kate Lebo, beginning with a no-host wine/ beer reception and readings that is followed by a multi-course dinner by Chef Alex Jacobsen. Reservations required. June 26. $75+. Pack River Store, 1587 Rapid Lightning Rd.


CARLOS MENCIA Whether it’s man-onthe-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide soldout tours, or films, Mencia connects with a diverse audience. June 20-22 at 7:30 pm, June 22 at 10:30 pm. $25-$45. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. COMEDY OPEN MIC Tell some jokes, share some laughs. Signups at 6, funnies start at 6:30. Third Fridays from 6-8 pm. Free. Calypsos Coffee Roasters, 116 E. Lakeside Ave. YOU NEED A HERO! The BDT Players create an all-new superhero show based on audience suggestions. Fridays at 7:30 pm through July 26. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) SAFARI The BDT’s version of “Whose Line,” a fast-paced short-form improv show with a few twists added. Rated for mature audiences. Fridays at 7:30 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) ROASTAMANIA Four comedians perform stand-up and go head to head in a tournament style battle of wits and insults. June 23, 7:30 pm and July 21, 7:30 pm. $5-$12. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. GARY OWEN Gary has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade. June 27-29 at 7:30 pm, June 29 at 10:30 pm. $25-$35. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998) THE PUNDERGROUND June’s installment of Spokane’s improvised punning competition. Sign ups open at 7, puns start at 7:30. Open to all ages and free, with punny prizes. June 27, 7-9:30 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (509-444-5336)


KYRS MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM Representative democracy works best when citizens are informed and have the opportunity to question those seeking office. Local mayoral candidates take audience questions. June 20, 6:308 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (747-3012) NORTHWEST LEGENDS This engaging family-oriented MAC-curated exhibition provides interactive opportunities including designing mythical creatures, a fairy wing selfie, stepping into Sasquatch tracks and more. June 1-Sept. 2. Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER PARKS PROGRAM Free youth recreation, activities, meals and more are offered to

kids ages 18 and younger at three Spokane Valley Parks (Terrace View, Valley Mission and Edgecliff). No registration required; not meant for kids to be left without parental supervision. June 17Aug. 1, Mon-Thu (times vary by location.) Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave. THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE! Join the MAC each third Thursday of the month, from 5-9 pm, for live music outdoors in the amphitheater, public talks, workshops, and/or gallery openings, guided gallery walk-throughs and more. Free/ members; $5/non-members. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) DOGFEST NORTH IDAHO All funds raised benefit Canine Companions for Independence and their mission of matching assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, free of charge. Highlights include contests, games, activities, vendor booths, food, music and more. June 22, 10 am-2 pm. Donations accepted. Forrest M. Bird Charter Schools, 614 S. Madison Ave. (208-255-7771) DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR An hourlong library story time program for kids 3-8 years old in celebration of Pride Month. Drag Queen Story Hour is a fun way for children to experience gender diversity with a literary focus by glamorous role models. June 22, 2 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. (444-5336) SPOKANE FAVS CENTER OPEN HOUSE Celebrate the opening of the new faith and non-faith community space on Spokane’s South Hill. Open house includes tours, an interfaith blessing, welcome from Tracy Simmons, Executive Director of SpokaneFāVS, City Council Member Lori Kinnear and others. Donations accepted. June 22, 4-6:30 pm. Free. FāVS Center, 5115 S. Freya. (240-1830) HISTORIC WALKING TOURS Walk through the park and learn the rich history of the Spokane Falls, Expo ’74 U.S. Pavilion, 1902 Clocktower, Looff Carrousel, Centennial Trail and more. Tours depart from the Humana booth next to the Rotary Fountain every Saturday at 10 am and noon, through August 31. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (625-6600) INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE Featuring performances from the Filipino-American Association of the Inland Empire Silangan Dancers, Spokane Chinese Association Dance Group, Lake City Highland Dance, Mihtotiliztli Spokane-Danza Mexica, the Alaskan Cape Fox Dance Group, Spokane Chinese American Choir Group (SCACG), Club de Latino’s de Spokane and many others. June 22, 12-8 pm. $25. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw. (800-523-2467) SUMMER OLYMPICS OPEN HOUSE This event includes live animals to observe — and some you can pet — along with a craft games and more. June 22, 10 am-2 pm. $5 suggested donation. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. (340-1028) VIRTUAL REALITY FOR KIDS Want to explore the solar system or the international space station? You can with virtual reality. For ages 5-11. Young children should be accompanied by a caregiver. June 22, 10 am-noon. Free. East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. (509-444-5300) JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY BOX HILL

PICNIC Join the local chapter for an exploration of Manito Park (2 pm) and a picnic at the large shelter at 3 pm. BYO meal; drinks, tableware, games provided. June 23, 2-7 pm. $5-$10. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. jasnaewanid. org/events (509-456-8038) SCRUMPTIOUS JUNQUE The vintage retailer hosts a monthly market and vendor sale in the parking lot, offering antiques, vintage and salvaged goods, clothing, art, decor, furniture, collectibles and more. Sundays from 10 am-4 on June 23, July 14, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. 1889 Salvage Co., 2824 N. Monroe. SUMMER MEALS & STORIES The SCLD is reading a selection of books for all ages in Spokane Valley Parks, while kids 18 years and under enjoy a free meal provided by East Valley School District. Also enjoy free swim day at Terrace View and Valley Mission Pools on these days. In partnership with Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department’s Free Summer Meals Program. June 24, 11:30 am-noon. Free. Edgecliff Park, 800 S. Park Rd. (893-8400)

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FARMSTEAD FINDS MARKET An outdoor market featuring curated vendors of handmade and handpicked vintage/ antique items. Also includes a vintage trailer (aka “glamper”) rally. June 21 from 6-8 pm ($5 early bird admission from 4-6 pm) and June 22 from 9 am-3 pm. Willow Creek Retreat, 15109 W. Thorpe Rd, Medical Lake. bit. ly/2WL7Jas SKYFEST Fairchild hosts its annual open house featuring the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team, U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, KC-135 mid-air refueling demonstration, SERE Static Jumpers and more. June 22, 9 am. Fairchild Air Force Base, Airway Heights. fairchild. RALLY THE VALLEY A community festival with local vendors including artists, crafters, food trucks, businesses and more. June 22-23; Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm. June 22 and June 23. Free. Spokane Valley City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague.


SING Screening as part of the Garland’s annual Free Summer Movies series. Doors at 9 am; movie at 9:30 am. Weekdays only from June 17-Aug. 23. Complete schedule online. Through June 21, 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. SUMMER MATINEE MOVIES The Kenworthy’s 18th annual series offers young fans and their families a summer filled with 10 of their favorite films (rated G or PG). Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm, through Aug. 15. Complete schedule online. $3. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. FREE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: DR. DOOLITTLE 2 A family friendly outdoor screening, hosted by Spokane COPS Northwest. Starts at dusk. Includes free hot dogs and hamburgers and drinks, while supplies last. Guests can bring their own snacks (no alcohol). June 22. Shadle Park, 2005 W. Wellesley.

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Hippy No-Bakes Weed-infused, chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are a simple sweet treat BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


aybe you’ve had traditional no-bakes before, made with just a few simple ingredients — butter, sugar, cocoa powder, maybe some milk, peanut butter and oats. Maybe you’ve had the more hippy-fied versions, where sugar is substituted out for honey or maple syrup, almond milk is used instead of cow’s milk, or coconut flakes are used instead of oats. But have you ever taken it that one step further into hippydom by using cannabis-infused coconut oil in place of butter? We know, we know, that’s, like, totally dated stereotyping, man. But seriously, read any food blog and you’re likely to come across coconut oil being referenced as a healthier substitute. The jury is still out on coconut oil versus butter overall — coconut oil has very high saturated fat content but has also been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol. But

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1/2 cup weed-infused coconut oil 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup peanut butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups instant oats Sprinkles (optional)

Melt the infused coconut oil in a saucepan over mediumlow heat, then add the maple syrup and cocoa powder and bring to a simmering low boil. (You can make your own infused oil by simmering ground bud with coconut oil in a slow cooker on low overnight and then straining and storing it in the fridge or freezer.) Stir the mix frequently, allowing it to bubble for about two minutes, then remove it from the heat. Add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and salt and stir until smooth, then add the instant oats and stir until it’s all combined. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop servings of the mix onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper, making roughly cookie-sized mounds. Let them cool on the counter for a few minutes, then freeze for 15 to 20 minutes to harden. Store those bad babies in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer and enjoy. As with all homemade edibles, less is more until you know how strong your batch is, and seriously, you should wait upwards of two hours before eating more if you don’t feel anything at first. n A version of this article first appeared in the Inlander’s cannabis-focused quarterly magazine, GZQ.





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EVENTS | CALENDAR MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Screening as part of the Garland’s annual Summer Camp summer movie series. Tuesdays at 7:15 pm, through Aug. 27. See complete schedule online. June 25, 7:15 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland.


SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY The summer kickoff includes a fundraiser for Friends of Scotchman Peaks, a selection of seasonal beers from craft breweries around the region, and music by P.B. & Jam. June 21, 5-8 pm. 219 Lounge, 219 N. First. (208-263-9934) AMERICAN SMOKED & FIRED FOODS ADVENTURE ​Friday evening features a traditional low country boil-style dinner. Saturday is a showcase and food festival featuring dishes made by renowned pitmasters from across the U.S. June 21 from 5-9 pm and June 22 from 11 am-4 pm. $5-$97. Settlers Creek, 5803 W. Riverview Dr. (208-640-3104) BRUNCH WITH A VIEW Three weekends of brunch in Kendall Yards from chef Steven, served on the patio. Served buffet-style with a mimosa bar ($5 each). June 22-23, July 27-28 and Aug. 24-25 from 10 am-noon. $14.95. Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway. COOKING WITH CHEF RICKY Learn how to pickle summer’s bounty with Chef Ricky Webster, winner of 2018 Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge. June 22, 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. (444-5300) DINNER AT WITCH LAKE An immersive, one-night dining event to celebrate the release of Sharma Shields’ “Witch Lake.” Tickets include a 12-course meal by chef Adam Hegsted, music and art inspired by the story and a limited edition bound edition. June 22, 6 pm. $125/person; $225/couple. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth. SUPPER CLUB WINE PAIRING DINNER: TUSCANY A five-course menu with Tuscan wine pairings. June 22 at 6 pm; June 23 at 4:30 pm. $60-$70. Petunias Marketplace, 2010 N. Madison. PRESSURE CANNING BASICS Learn the safe and simple process of pressure canning veggies and meats. June 26, 5:30 pm and June 29, 10 am. $21.69-$32.04. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. CIDER & SAVASANA A 60-minute alllevels guided yoga class inside Twilight Cider Works’ repurposed greenhouse on Greenbluff. 21+. Pre-registration required. June 27 and Sept. 26 from 6-7:30 pm. $20. Twilight Cider Works, 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. (270-5086) EAT MORE RAINBOWS: VEGAN COOKING SERIES In this six-class course, chef Charmaine walks participants through basic and intermediate vegan cooking techniques to increase awareness of healthy food choices and preparations. Sessions on June 27, July 10, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, Sept. 11 and Sept. 26 from 6-7:30 pm. $22/class. My Fresh Basket, 1030 W. Summit Pkwy. (509-558-2100) IDAHO CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL Eight Idaho craft distilleries showcase their small batch spirits at bars

and restaurants in downtown Coeur d’Alene. June 27, 5 pm. $20. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. (208-415-0116) SUMMER SAMPLER The 14th annual event bringing Sandpoint restaurants and caterers in a central downtown location to offer small bites, wine and more. June 27, 5-8 pm. Farmin Park, Third and Main.


THE FIRE WITHIN Award-winning pianist, violinist, composer and recording artist Jennifer Thomas makes her debut U.S. tour. June 20, 7-9 pm. $30. Music City, 1322 N. Monroe. (310-560-8390) RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN performs the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to early Beatles favorites. June 20, 7:30 pm. $26-$48. First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) SINGING FOR THE LIBRARY Jacob Maxwell, contestant from “The Voice,” shares his experiences on the show and performs. Proceeds benefit the CdA Public Library Foundation. June 21, 7 pm. $30. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. BLAZING FIDDLES An old-time cowboy dinner and auction with live music, a barbecue with all the fixin’s. June 22, 5-9:30 pm. $75. Rockin’ B Ranch, 3912 N. Idaho Rd. GATHERING OF THE BANDS Hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Pipe & Drums, with pipe bands from Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. June 22, 12:30-4 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. HEKMATPANAH & CHEN: CELLO * PIANO. Kevin Hekmatpanah, cello, and pianist Archie Chen perform music by Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev and others. June 22, 7-8:45 pm. By donation. Harrington Opera House, 19 S. Third St. (253-4719) SATURDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE The Spokane Folklore Society’s last Saturday night contra dance with the band Force of Nature and caller Seth Tepfer. Intro class 7-7:15. Dance 7:3010. More info at myspokanefolklore@ June 22, 7-10 pm. $10/$12. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. BENEFIT CONCERT: ARCHIE CHEN & FRIENDS St. Thomas More Musical director John Oss joins international concert pianist and Gonzaga professor Archie Chen, along with Spokane Symphony cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah in a special charity concert. Donations accepted. June 23, 3 pm. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way. (466-0220) KATHY COLTON TRIO Concerts are held outside the library on the McEuen side of the library. Bring a picnic and enjoy some local music. June 24, 6-7:30 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. JOE MAGNARELLI QUINTET Imagine Jazz presents New York trumpet player Joe Magnarelli June 26, 7:30 pm. $11.49-$21.99. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.

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I’ve heard that we’re romantically attracted to people who look like us. Is that true? I don’t think any of my boyfriends have looked anything like me, but I have seen couples who look so similar they could be related. –Wondering You can kinda see the merits of dating your doppelganger: “I’m looking for myself, but as someone else so I don’t always have to empty the dishwasher and scream out my own name in bed.” AMY ALKON There is this notion that opposites attract. Actually, the opposite often seems to be the case. According to research on “assortative mating,” people tend to pair up with partners who are physically similar to them – creating a matchy-matchy assortment – more often than would be expected through random chance. To explore how much matchiness is appealing to us, social-personality psychologists R. Chris Fraley and Michael J. Marks used a computer to blend each research participant’s face into the face of a stranger of the opposite sex. They did this to increasing degrees, morphing in 0%, 22%, 32%, 39%, and 45% of the research participants’ features. Their research participants rated the strangers’ faces most sexually appealing with the 22% blend – that is, with just 22% of the participants’ own features mixed in. In another morphing study, neuropsychologist Bruno Laeng and his colleagues mixed each participant’s face with that of their romantic partner – with 11%, 22%, and 33% blending. And again, 22% was picked consistently – suggesting that people find their romantic partners more attractive when they look just a bit like them. Granted, it could be a coincidence that the exact same percentage – only 22% morphed – popped up in both studies. However, what’s noteworthy is that more resemblance didn’t lead to more attraction. This jibes with how some degree of similarity is genetically beneficial, increasing the likelihood of desirable traits showing up in partners’ children. (Tall plus tall equals tall.) However, evolution seems to have installed a psychological mechanism to keep us from lusting after extremely similar partners, such as siblings and first cousins. Such close relatives are more likely to have the same rare recessive genes for a disease. A recessive gene when paired with a dominant gene (say, from a genetically very different partner) doesn’t express – that is, the person doesn’t develop the disease. But when two recessive genes get together...PARTAAAY! As for you, though you say you haven’t resembled your partners, it’s possible that you actually have in subtle ways you didn’t notice. Back in 1903, researchers Karl Pearson and Alice Lee looked at 1,000 couples in the U.K. and found correlation in height, arm span, and left forearm length between husband and wife. This isn’t to say everyone’s going to resemble their romantic partner, but we seem subconsciously drawn to people who share our features to some extent: “You know, Pooh Bear, looking at you is kind of like looking in the mirror...and for a second, being horrified that I have a forest-like grove of chin hair.”


I’ve been with my wife for 23 years. I know sex is important, but sometimes we’re tired or not in the mood. I want to keep our intimacy alive. What are some things we can do to stay connected physically? –Embarrassed Having To Ask Many couples do eventually need help from a professional to connect physically – whether it’s an advice columnist, a sex therapist, or a bank robber who leaves them duct-taped together in the vault. It turns out the answer isn’t all that complicated: Basically, you just need to bring in some of the G-rated part of foreplay and afterplay (without the sex in between). Psychologist Debby Herbenick and her colleagues note that researchers have found three things – kissing, cuddling, and massage – to be “important aspects of sexual intimacy ... associated with relationship and sexual satisfaction.” Helpfully, the Herbenick team chiseled apart what they call the “KCM composite” – the way kissing, cuddling, and massage get mushed together in studies. They felt that this blending might obscure “important differences” in the effect of each. In fact, they found that cuddling seems to be uniquely powerful, increasing emotional intimacy (as well as sexual pleasure) in a way kissing and massage do not. Though you’re seeking a solution for when you’re too zonked for sex, it’s important to make sure that cuddling is often an end in itself. This, paradoxically, should help keep your sex life alive: Your wife will see your cuddles as an expression of your love rather than a sign that you just want something out of the sexual vending machine. Ultimately, cuddling for cuddling’s sake is probably the best way to keep from getting to the point where “taking care of her in bed” involves holding a mirror under her nose to see if she’s still breathing. n ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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SUMMER PARKWAYS Join friends, family and neighbors for fitness and fun at this annual summer solstice event, Spokane’s biggest block party, for its 10th anniversary. June 20, 6 pm. Free. Manito/Comstock Parks, Spokane’s South Hill. DREAM BIG ICE SHOW The Lilac City Figure Skating Club hosts this skating performance featuring LCFSC club members and students. Includes a special performance by Disney On Ice performer Evelina Kvasov. June 21-22 at 7 pm; also June 22 at 2 pm. $10. Eagles Ice-A-Rena, 6321 N. Addison. NEWPORT RODEO This year marks the Newport Rodeo’s 70th anniversary. The weekend includes a parade, live entertainment and nightly competitions featuring the saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding and more. June 21-22. $6-$15. Newport Rodeo Grounds, 1101 W. First St. SPOKANE INDIANS VS. BOISE The home opener of the season, including opening night fireworks. June 21-24. June 21-24. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. 8 LAKES LEG ACHES BIKE RIDE During this annual ride benefiting Lutheran Community Services Northwest, riders enjoy the beautiful scenery of Spokane’s West Plains, Medical Lake and Cheney. June 22, 7 am. $0-$200. Kaiser Permanente Spokane Admin. Offices, 5615 W. Sunset Hwy. HOMETOWN TEAMS: HOW SPORTS SHAPE AMERICA The Spokane Public Library, in cooperation with Humanities Washington, celebrates the connection of hometown teams in this free traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. June 22-Aug. 3; Mon-Sat during library hours (10 am-6 pm Mon, Thu-Sat; 10 am-8 pm Tue-Wed). Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. SCENIC PEND OREILLE TRAIN RIDES The 9-mile, 90-min scenic train ride meanders through the Pend Oreille Valley, starting in Newport and following the Pend Oreille River to Delkena. Hosted by the Newport Priest River Rotary Club. June 22 and 23 at 1 and 3 pm. $15-$20. WWE LIVE: SUMMERSLAM HEATWAVE TOUR See Universal Champion Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman vs Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. *Card subject to change* June 22, 7:30 pm. $15-$105. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. YOGA ON THE BRIDGE Yoga teachers from across the area guide this all-levels free yoga class throughout the summer. June 22; July 13, 20 and 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. All classes from 9-10 am. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. SPOKANE SHADOW WOMEN HOME FINALE The team take on Westside Timbers in their regular season home finale during their debut season of the national Women’s Premier Soccer League. June 23, 2-4 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. SPOKANE INDIANS VS. TRI CITY Game night promos during the threegame series include Bark in the Park,

Taco Tuesday and Dollars in your Dog Night. June 25-27 at 6:30 pm. June 25-27. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. WEDNESDAYS IN THE WOODS: THE HOOT SHOW Join the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center and experience the incredible world of raptors, aka birds of prey. June 26, 6 pm. Free. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive.


31ST PLAYWRIGHTS’ FORUM FESTIVAL The annual festival has been showcasing new one-acts by playwrights across the region since 1983. The festival is performed in two separate sets on alternating days. June 20-23. $15. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) CDA SUMMER THEATRE: DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST A stage musical based the Academy Award-winning animated feature. Through June 30; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. BOTTOMS UP! Storylines converge as a mobster, filmmaker, exercise instructor, and vacationers find themselves in the same resort. Through June 23; FriSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Free-$15. Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. COMING TO AMERICA This new musical by Hindeman, Roderick and Reno celebrates the real lives of immigrants who came through Ellis Island between 1863 and 1916. June 14-23; Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $7-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union Ave. (509-447-9900) SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER THEATRE: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. June 22-30; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20-$39. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. (926-6981) CDA SUMMER THEATRE: ARSENIC & OLD LACE A staged reading introducing the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. June 25, 7:30-9:30 pm. $20-$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd.


LUMINOUS: DALE CHIHULY & THE STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT Luminous explores the studio glass movement that has found international prominence in the Pacific Northwest. Thirtythree international artists working in glass, including Dale Chihuly, are featured. Through June 23; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. A SPOKANE SILVER CELEBRATION Classic black and white photography by Bill & Kathy Kostelec celebrating 25 years photographing Spokane. June 20-Aug. 4; Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Opening reception June 20 from 5-9 pm with a brief gallery talk “Time and Memory” at 6 om. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) 42ND ANNUAL SANDPOINT ARTWALK This summertime tradition involves local businesses and galleries joining with POAC to provide art exhib-

its in Sandpoint’s downtown core. June 21-Sept. 10. Receptions June 21 and July 26 from 5:30-8 pm. ART ON THE BLACKTOP The annual artisan showcase returns for its 6th year, with local makers, fine artists, food and more. June 21 from 5-9 pm and June 22 from 10 am-6 pm. Free. 29th Avenue Artworks, 3128 E. 29th Ave. (534-7959) CREATIVITY UNLEASHED New Moon explores abstract art with an exhibition featuring two women artists; Lynn Hanley and Richy Sharshan. June 21, 5-9 pm. Free. New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague. PALOUSE ARTWALK The Palouse Arts Council’s 15th annual event features artwork shown in local downtown businesses and the Palouse Community Center (220 E. Main St.). June 21 from 1-5 pm; June 22 from 10 am-6 pm; June 23 from 12-3 pm. Free. Palouse Community Center, 220 E. Main St. (863-5733) ZIMOUN In the Prichard’s most ambitious exhibit to date, internationallyacclaimed Swiss-based artist Zimoun has created site-specific sound installations with commonplace industrial objects that reference the chaos of the modern day. June 21-Sept. 22; opening reception June 21 from 4-9 pm. Gallery open Tue-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. Free. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St. FLORIDAE The 14th annual event includes a garden-to-table luncheon (122 pm), cheese tasting, cider and champagne, open-air market, garden tours, art and flower displays and more. June 22, 10 am-5 pm. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St. TERRAIN’S BAZAAR The 6th annual, one-day-only arts market showcases 95 of the region’s best artists, makers and designers to thousands of attendees. Most items are priced at $100 or less. This year’s event is on Main Avenue between Post and Howard. June 22, 11 am-9 pm.


JOHN MCCARTHY: WORKING THE WILDERNESS This book tells the true stories about four men and one woman who established how to work in and be in the wilderness. June 20, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509-838-0206) TREK TO EVEREST: A JOURNEY BACK 2,000 YEARS A slideshow by world traveler Fred Stahl, who shares his 3-week trek into the Himalayas. June 22, 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd. (444-5331) NORTHWEST PASSAGES BOOK CLUB: PETER HELLER Heller is the national best-selling author of “Celine,” “The Painter” and “The Dog Stars.” June 25, 7 pm. $4-$25. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. OUT OF THIS WORLD POETRY WITH KENN NESBITT The former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate shares high-energy and engaging poems about outer space. June 26, 11:30 am-12:15 pm & 2-2:45 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 grand prize. Each poem is judged by 5 audience members in 2 rounds. Doors open at 7 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. n

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id you know Coeur d’Alene has more than 64 miles of bike paths and 200+ acres of park space? Bill Greenwood knows. He’s the director of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation and likes to bike downtown from his home in Hayden — where his grandkids enjoy the splash pad at nearby Landings Park. Landings, which features volleyball, horseshoes, tennis courts, a playground for smallest to largest-sized kiddos, and restrooms, is just one of nearly 40 Coeur d’Alene parks. There’s CHERRY HILL, great in any weather: sledding in winter, BMX racing and 18-hole disc golf in warmer months. Located on 30-acres bordered by undeveloped forested areas, it’s a lovely spot to view elk, deer, even turkeys.

Your fur-family members will appreciate the dog park at both Cherry Hill and the iconic waterfront park and public use area known as TUBBS HILL, which is 160-acres rich with town history. Tubbs is home to all kinds of critters, and offers easy to rigorous lakefront hiking with one-of-a-kind lake views. Portions of it are even ADA-accessible, notes Greenwood.

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Nearby is MCEUEN PARK, which Greenwood likes for Wednesday events like Live After Five, a live music festivallike event, and the farmers market. A few streets away is CITY PARK, where people gather around the bandshell for summer concerts and Free Movies in the Park atop a grassy carpet and beneath old-growth pine trees. It’s where kids play, big and small: pickup basketball, Fort Sherman Playground, and Ironman competitors (June 29). It’s where people go to celebrate living local, from family reunions to local culture like the Taste of Coeur d’Alene (Aug. 1-3). Just across from City Park is MEMORIAL PARK, including the baseball field, popular pickleball courts, carousel and a rad new skate park. Looking for a little more elbow room? Head north to FARRAGUT STATE PARK, once home to World War II naval base, that now offers 4,000 acres of camping, hiking and outdoor activities. To get to Farragut, you’ll pass through the charming town of Bayview. Stop for ice cream at Ralph’s Coffee House or head to Athol for an overnight at nearby Cedar Mountain Farm Bed & Breakfast.

South of Coeur d’Alene is OLD MISSION STATE PARK, home of the oldest building in Idaho: The Mission of the Sacred Heart, whose origins are narrated in the Sacred Encounters exhibit, which explores the confluence of Coeur d’Alene Tribal members and Jesuit missionaries during the late-1850s. The park is also an excellent resting place for the amazing trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a 72-mile bike path through beautiful North Idaho.


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From the Ashes welcomes nationally recognized pitmasters from all over the United States to showcase the best American barbecue. Friday is the Light the Fires dinner, 5-9 pm, Saturday is the Smoked and Fired Food Showcase, 11 am-4 pm; $29-$35 adults, $15 youth; Settler’s Creek.

Gathering of the Bands JUNE 22

It might feel like St. Patrick’s Day at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park when regional pipe bands gather for an enjoyable afternoon of bagpiping, hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Free; 12:30-4 pm; City Park.

Pub Crawl

24 Small Batch Spirits • Miniature Cocktails • Fun Prizes

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Beauty and the Beast JUNE 20-30

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presents “the tale as old as time” based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. $49 adults, $42 senior, $27 children; ThursdaySaturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

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Take advantage of the longest day of the year on the links at Circling Raven, a Golf Digest Top 100 course. Your second round of golf is only $40 a person and a third round that day is free.

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