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n a state that likes to think of itself as committed to social justice, how we funded schools before 2017-18 gave kids in school districts with high property values access to an education that kids in districts with low property values often didn’t get. Not only is that shameful, but in a 2012 decision called McCleary, the state supreme court found it unconstitutional. New funding was provided, but simply spending more money hasn’t solved the problem. The court warned us it wouldn’t. In the McCleary case, the court ruled that our state constitution requires the state to pay for all basic education costs, and found that too many school districts were instead covering basic education costs using local levy dollars to do that. That meant in high-property-value school districts, where people were OK paying more taxes, kids received not only basic education including continuing and technical education, bilingual services, and special education, but also sports, drama, special academic programs, field trips and events. Some property-value-poor districts struggled to pass levies and to fund the basics, while some of those districts that did pass levies still could not raise enough money to cover basic education costs. The court ordered the Legislature and governor to begin passing budgets that amply funded basic education for every child regardless of where they grow up.

In 2017-18, the state spent billions of new dollars on education. Gov. Jay Inslee celebrated, saying “at long last, our Legislature is providing the funding necessary to cover the basic costs of our K-12 schools.” But barely five years later, districts are once again needing local levies to fund basic education. Central Valley, for example, spends $4.5 million and Cheney about $1.7 million of their own money on special education, which should be fully funded by the state. Local districts use levy funds to pay for transportation, food service and transitional bilingual instructional programs.

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ow did we spend billions more on education, then end up in nearly the same spot? The new billions the Legislature appropriated were expected to fill shortfalls in transportation budgets, fully fund special education, fund reduced K-3 class sizes, fund remediation services for struggling students and bilingual teaching, and bring some salaries up to a market rate. School levies were to be used for programs not covered by the state’s definition of basic education.


But the state agreed the new money could also be spent on raises, and once that happened, teachers’ unions demanded it. I have absolutely zero problem paying teachers well, and the unions were just doing their job. Additionally, the contracts resulted from collective bargaining. So what’s the problem? Well, we should understand in these salary negotiations that school superintendents and largely volunteer school boards sit across the table from negotiators who are fully aware that if they drag out talks until August, the school board will be under pressure to open classes on time. In the summer when the new money flowed in, strikes, timed to coincide with the start of the new school year, were authorized and discussed across the state, including districts in and around Spokane. To avoid strikes, some districts on the West Side agreed to raises of more than 15 percent. As the new state funds flowed in, the Mead School District agreed to a new contract in 2018 with a 15 percent increase. The bar was set. In the end, the teachers’ union boasted its “members in school districts across the state negotiated historic pay increases.” The problem is, after the “historic pay increases,” money that was to have amply funded all basic education programs and salaries overwhelmingly went to salaries. But simply blaming the current situation on pay raises is too simplistic. The court had warned that “Pouring more money into an outmoded system will not succeed.” It cautioned “…fundamental reforms are needed for Washington to meet its constitutional obligation to its students.” But fundamental reform is hard, spending more money is easier, and that is what the Legislature did. The Legislature can claim it sent sufficient money and if the districts didn’t spend it as the state model suggests, that is not on the Legislature. There is a point to be made there, but the state distributes funds based on student and school needs calculated from 1970-2010. Districts trying to meet the needs of 21st century students must rely on local levy dollars.

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y the end of September, a committee is supposed to advise on how to fix this. It’s recommendations need to be blunt and bold. Voters in November need to elect legislators who have the spine and spleen needed to ensure that state funds are spent providing a basic education to all children. Here’s three simple but politically tough recommendations that would go a long way toward achieving a more equitable funding system.  The state should provide each district with the same, fixed amount of dollars per student. That amount must be considerably more than what’s needed to sufficiently fund basic education.  Limited upward adjustments to the per student amount should be made for special education, and for areas with high remediation needs, and with high housing costs. However, the cost of housing adjustments should be based on large, metropolitan areas, not on a district-by-district basis.  The Legislature must cement the maximum amount per student that may be spent on basic education salaries, and restrict the use of local levy dollars to only funding programs and positions not covered by the state’s definition of basic education. In its McCleary decision, the court wrote that “…the legislature has an obligation to review the basic education program as the needs of students and the demands of society evolve.” Reevaluating basic education to meet modern needs, and adjusting funding systems to ensure funds are spent where they are needed and ample enough to meet basic education costs will require considerable legislative effort. But that effort is the Legislature’s paramount responsibility. Complying with McCleary may be a box many legislators think they’ve checked, but their work is not yet done. n Bill Bryant, who served on the Seattle Port Commission from 2008-16, ran against Jay Inslee as the Republican nominee in the 2016 governor’s race. He is chairman of the company BCI, is a founding board member of the Nisqually River Foundation, and was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve on the Puget Sound Partnership’s Eco-Systems Board. He lives in Winthrop, Washington.

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Anne Marie Danimus (left) and Natasha Hill are vying to face off against Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

DISRUPTOR VS. MARKETER ELECTION 2022

Will Democrats send an attorney who called for defunding the police or a “pragmatist” looking to build bridges to take on Cathy McMorris Rodgers? BY DANIEL WALTERS

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n the wake of George Floyd’s death, Spokane attorney Natasha Hill stood up to decry what she saw as a rotten law enforcement system, going back to the very beginning. “Police were created to return people escaping from slavery back to slave masters,” the Inlander reported Hill, a Black woman, saying at a June 2020 rally. “If you have joined the ranks, you should know your history and be prepared. You are complicit in the worst gang this country has ever seen. State-sanctioned, funded. That is why we are here, to support the message of Black Lives Matter, that the police need to be defunded.” But two years later, a lot of Democrats are running away from that message. Last year, even Seattle voters punished some of their defund-the-police candidates, instead choosing moderate Democrats — or even Republicans. President Joe Biden dedicated a line in his State of the Union address to specifically repudiating that message. And yet, today, Hill is one of the two Democrats running to challenge Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. And while she dug into the nuances of her position — she does not want to abolish the police entirely, to be clear — she didn’t retreat from any of them.

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Hill has the endorsement of Lisa Brown, the politician who faced off against McMorris Rogers in 2018. She also has the endorsement of Sen. Majority Leader Andy Billig, Council members Betsy Wilkerson and Zack Zappone, former Council President Ben Stuckart, and both of Spokane’s Democratic state representatives. “Natasha has swept almost all of the sole endorsements that the left-leaning organizations are doling out,” acknowledges her opponent, Ann Marie Danimus, owner of a local marketing firm. But Danimus says that of the 500 voters she’s spoken with in the past week and a half, 497 supported her. “I don’t know how that’s going to shake out in the primary, but the liberal organizations are embracing her,” Danimus says. “And the people, it would seem, are embracing me.” If it was unlikely for a Democrat to win the 5th District before, it looks nearly impossible in 2022. Pundits and polls say Democrats are facing a Deep Impact-sized red tidal wave. But that doesn’t mean this race is irrelevant: It’s a moment for Democrats to define and critique the Republican incumbent, McMorris Rodgers. Both candidates hammer

McMorris Rodgers for fanning the flames of “Stop the Steal” and for stoking doubts about the election right up to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. (McMorris Rodgers did vote to certify the election after the riot.) And, just as importantly, it’s an opportunity for Democrats to define themselves, to assert who they are and what they stand for.

PROGRESSIVE VS. PRAGMATIST

It’s a bit too simple to call Hill the radical in the race and Danimus the moderate. Hill calls herself a “progressive,” not, say, a Democratic Socialist, and says she recognizes that Eastern Washington is a lot more conservative than the west side. Danimus has been an activist too, when she was 12 years old she was rallying for nuclear disarmament and had joined Greenpeace. She expresses a suspicion of big corporations and says she’s “not taking a penny of corporate money” in the race. “I think they want some disruption, right?” Hill says of voters. “Because the status quo isn’t working for enough folks.” ...continued on page 10


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NEWS | ELECTION 2022 “DISRUPTOR VS. MARKETER,” CONTINUED... Call it the Bernie Sanders theory: Voters are yearning for someone to deliver dramatic change. Yet at one moment of profound disruption — 2020 — Democratic primary voters chose Biden, who campaigned on a platform of more moderate pragmatism and who did beat Trump. “I’m a pragmatist,” Danimus says. “Pragmatism, by people who are more in the extreme left, is viewed as a betrayal of progressive values.” On the other hand, whether because of inflation, crime or the pullout from Afghanistan, Biden’s approval rating in office has been plummeting. Danimus argues that the problem isn’t just substance — it’s messaging. Democrats’ weak messaging, she says, is getting beat by a brutally savvy Republican framing that lets them sell “salt to slugs.”

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To Danimus, better messaging doesn’t mean softer messaging. “I don’t pussyfoot,” she says. “I don’t pull punches. That’s part of the reason that my message is resonating with voters.” Neither Danimus nor Hill hesitates to discuss some of the thorniest issues in American politics. Hill, for example, is unabashedly supportive of reparations — some form of compensation to Black people today for the long legacy of slavery. “This isn’t about equality, this is about equity,” Hill says. In other words, a person living under a bridge and a person living in a mansion may legally have the same “opportunity” — but the outcomes certainly won’t be equitable.

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By “defund the police,” Hill says, she didn’t mean get rid of policing. There are good police officers, she says, being reprimanded for doing the right thing. She says the problem is the system. She believes fixing policing takes more than nibbling around the edges — it takes wholesale reinvention, including pulling back on some areas of police responsibility, and using that money to fund other kinds of responses, like mental health professionals. “Throwing more money at this institution — law enforcement — has not made our community safer,” Hill says. Sen. Billig says that, while he certainly doesn’t agree with the idea of defunding police, he was impressed with Hill while working with her as one of the Democrats’ representatives on the commission tasked with drawing new county commissioner districts last year. “I was impressed with how sharp she was, and what a good negotiator she was in getting a fair outcome in a collaborative way,” Billig says. “Natasha is someone who can get results.” Danimus, meanwhile, argues that the “Defund the Police” slogan alone is disastrous. “‘Defunding’ is the worst marketing I’ve ever heard in my life, and that comes from 25 years of marketing experience,” Danimus says. Yes, policing suffers from racism, but the issue is far broader, she says, “More African Americans die because of substandard care in hospitals than they do at the hands of police,” Danimus says.

She says she’s incredibly supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. She condemns the examples of rioting in 2020, blaming White radicals “screwing it up for Black people and other people of color.” She savages what she sees as left-wing “White superheroes wearing the cloak of ‘wokism’” calling every action racist “like the little boy who cried wolf.”

“Throwing more money at this institution — law enforcement — has not made our community safer.” She argues that Democrats need to extend more grace to people who don’t always know the right words to say. Calling people racist doesn’t necessarily persuade them — or get them to vote for you. “You have to give people a golden bridge on which to retreat,” Danimus says. “And then you open the door to more understanding.” But Hill argues that the responsibility is on those who struggle to adjust to the changing times to get out of their bubble and educate themselves. “Welcome to being a lower-class kid who grew up in poverty,” Hill says. “I’ve had to navigate your systems my whole life and had to learn your language. You didn’t have to learn mine.”

WEALTH AND HEALTH

Both candidates draw on their personal story: Hill went from growing up in poverty in Hillyard to become an attorney — but she ended up with $150,000 of student loan debt as a result. So when it comes to the question


of whether Biden should forgive student loan debt, she doesn’t hesitate: “Absolutely he should. “I never should have been in the position to accumulate sixfigure debt between 21 and 24 going to law school,” she adds. She was naive, she says — but she also graduated into a massive economic crisis that the government and the finance industry caused. The banks got bailed out, she says. Why shouldn’t we? And when it comes to skyrocketing inflation, she sees it as a symptom of greed, of allowing corporations to make record profits during the pandemic. “By valuing money over people, we get unsafe, unhealthy communities,” Hill says. It’s one reason she says her biggest priority is strengthening unions and protecting workers from retaliation. Danimus, who ran as an independent for the Legislature in the 4th District in 2019, is medically disabled. So when it comes to debates around health care, Danimus can talk about having to get transplants for both her kidney and her pancreas, and about getting surgeries while living in an RV park after she left an abusive ex. “My medical story resonates with a tremendous amount of people in this district,” she says. Imagine if small businesses didn’t have to worry about providing insurance for their employees, she says. When it comes to inflation, she’s critical of the government for just stimulating demand instead of making investments. “We have, as a country, failed to invest in inner cities and in rural areas,” Danimus says. “We have abandoned manufacturing. We have abandoned family farms.” She argues she’s a “quarterback” with a specific game plan to address them — like shifting agricultural subsidies away from the biggest corporations and toward smaller farmers. “I’m not necessarily reaching across the aisle, I’m reaching across the street,” Danimus says. “Democrats only talking to Democrats is not going to heal the divide.” n danielw@inlander.com

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Giving Up the Guns Inside the battle to get firearms out of abusers’ hands BY NATE SANFORD

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uns have a lethal relationship with domestic violence. They can be a tool for threats and intimidation, and when a firearm is present in a domestic violence situation, the partner is five times more likely to be killed, according to research published by the American Journal of Public Health. In Washington, people served with domestic violence protection orders have to surrender their guns to law enforcement. Protection orders are civil proceedings. Survivors initiate the process, typically without a lawyer, and a judge issues the order if they find an imminent threat of harm. It’s usually temporary; the courts just want to get guns out of the picture until the situation cools down. But just because a judge tells someone to do something doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll do it. When faced with an order to surrender firearms, people sometimes refuse or lie and say they don’t have any, says Amie Simeral, who works as a firearms investigative analyst collaborating closely with the Spokane Police Department’s domestic violence unit. It’s impossible to know the exact number, but Simeral says it’s never a surprise to find out someone wasn’t initially being honest when they claimed to not own guns. “They think that by saying no, or by signing the declaration of non-surrender, they just don’t think there’s somebody watching that,” Simeral says. A few years ago, they would have been correct — there wasn’t anybody watching.

LEGISLATION VS. IMPLEMENTATION

In 2014, Washington passed legislation requiring people with domestic violence protection orders to surrender their guns. But there’s a gulf that exists between passing a law and actually implementing it. The original law lacked clear enforcement tools and didn’t specify whose job it was to follow up and make sure respondents were actually complying with the order. Courts essentially took defendants at their word. “It wasn’t being effectively implemented because of the complexity of the systems,” says Anne Levinson, a retired judge in King County who has been involved in efforts to strengthen and reform Washington’s protection order and weapon surrender laws. That’s slowly changing. In 2018, King County created a dedicated task force to follow up and make sure people were actually complying with firearm surrender orders. In a three-month pilot period, they obtained more guns than during the entire previous year. Through increased officer training and collaboration among local agencies, Spokane County has since been trying to follow King County’s lead. In 2020, Spokane County stakeholders hired a domestic violence firearms investigative analyst with grant money from the Department of Justice. The position appears to have made a huge

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dent in the numbers: In three years, the compliSimeral’s investigative work apance rate has increased pears to have made a huge dent, from around 1 percent to but she’s just one person in a counapproximately 80 percent, ty with one of the highest rates of according to a letter from domestic violence in the state. It’s Spokane Superior Court impossible to verify everyone, and Commissioner John Stine, guns still slip through the cracks. who oversees weekly fireSometimes people will just arm surrender compliance flat out refuse to give them up. hearings. Sgt. Jordan Ferguson from the To be compliant, a Spokane Police Department’s person must either turn in domestic violence unit remembers their guns or sign a form one case from last year, when a saying they don’t have respondent wrote “from my cold any and meet the court’s dead fingers” on a firearm surrenstandards for evidence, der declaration he was supposed which is often dependent to be signing. He turned it into the on how much information clerk and was out the door before the person who filed the security could catch him. He still protection order is able to has an active warrant. provide. Often, people will lie. Stine’s letter, written Ferguson remembers one man In 2019, Jakobe Ford was Hoopfest slam dunk champion. In in support of an applicawho, after telling the court he 2021, he was killed by a gun that was supposed to have been tion for additional grant didn’t have any guns, was caught surrendered under Washington’s red flag laws. ERICK DOXEY PHOTO funding from the DOJ, on security footage a week later goes on to credit the new investigative analyst position trying to sell his handgun at a pawn shop. with significantly improving the dynamic for victims. The When potentially unstable individuals fail to surcurrent grant is set to expire in December. render their firearms, the consequences can be fatal. In “In all honesty, the compliance review system in August 2021, Jakobe Ford — who won the Hoopfest slam Spokane County would collapse without this position,” dunk contest in 2019 — was shot and killed in downtown Stine wrote. Spokane. The alleged shooter had been ordered to turn in his firearms as part of a domestic violence no-contact order — filed by the alleged shooter’s ex-girlfriend who later That investigative analyst position Stine is talking about dated Ford — in February of that year, but didn’t comply. — the one the entire system hinges on — is occupied “That’s the worst-case scenario,” Simeral says. by Simeral, who spent the first few months on the job In recent years, a series of reforms have strengthened hanging out in court to observe weekly firearm surrender protection order laws in Washington, making it easier for compliance hearings. She quickly realized the system had judicial officers to access information about someone’s huge gaps. firearms. When possible, police are now required to ask Simeral tells the Inlander there was “zero follow-up” people to surrender their firearms when they come to on surrender orders when she started the job in January notify them of a protection order. When an officer can’t 2020. People rarely showed up to compliance review verify compliance, the courts will follow up. hearings, and even when they did, it was hard to know if Along with domestic violence, people can seek the surrender forms they signed were accurate. protection orders for things like stalking, anti-harassment “Nobody was watching it; nobody was looking,” and extreme risk protection — often referred to broadly Simeral says. “There were no resources set aside to look as red flag laws. Washington House Bill 1320, which will after these orders to surrender, so essentially they were go into effect July 1, seeks to simplify protection orders just being missed.” by rolling all of those categories into one. The bill aims to Simeral now processes about 20 protection orders streamline other aspects of the process and make it easier a week. Her office is in the Family Justice Center at for survivors to navigate the system. the Spokane YWCA, where she collaborates on cases Under federal law, people can be prohibited from alongside prosecutors and detectives from the city of buying guns because of domestic violence convictions, Spokane and Spokane County. There’s no central registry but there’s no requirement that people who aren’t allowed of firearm ownership. Figuring out if someone is being to buy guns turn in the weapons they already have. honest about whether or not they own guns (and if so Washington also allows for temporary protection orders, how many) takes a lot of digging. meaning a survivor can get immediate protection for up Simeral first looks through the Department of Licensto 14 days without a hearing. That two-week period is ing database, which tracks purchases at registered gun when risk is often highest, Levinson says. stores. The database doesn’t include all guns, so she’ll Washington is one of 19 states that have laws addressalso check pawn store records, old police reports, hunting ing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” that is currently license databases and social media posts. Simeral will under discussion as part of broader gun reform talks in also call the petitioner to ask for information about the the U.S. Senate. Federal restrictions on gun purchases respondent’s gun ownership. only apply to domestic abusers who have been married There’s a Second Amendment culture of individual to, lived with or had a child with the victim. It doesn’t liberty in the Spokane area that makes people strongly address other types of intimate relationships. attached to their guns, Simeral says. Convincing people Getting firearms out of abusers’ hands is crucial for to turn them in remains an uphill battle. So she tries to the survivor’s safety, says Tiffany Yamase, a legal advostress to respondents that the cops aren’t taking people’s cate and prevention specialist with the Spokane YWCA. guns, they’re just holding on to them until the unsafe situIn more than half of all mass shootings between 2009 ation passes. Still, it’s a hard mindset to overcome; people and 2020, the perpetrator also shot an intimate partner or will often try to sell their guns or give them to friends, family member. n which isn’t allowed. nates@inlander.com

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NEWS | EXTREMISM

Why Coeur d’Alene? The 31 Patriot Front members arrested on June 11 were more homegrown than first reported BY DANIEL WALTERS

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lmost instantly, it made national news: Thirty-one members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front had been arrested for “conspiracy to riot” in Coeur d’Alene, allegedly with plans for a destructive confrontation at Pride at the Park on Saturday, June 11. Since then, reams of speculation and commentary have poured out, but one question keeps popping up: Why there? “We’ve often asked ourselves over the last couple days, why did they pick Coeur d’Alene?” says Jeanette Laster, executive director of the Human Rights Education Institute, an organization formed as a result of the battles years ago against the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist group the local community helped chase away. One reason police were prepared to respond, the police report said, was the amount of “credible intelli-

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gence indicating there would be groups coming into town intending to seek oppositional contact with other crowds gathered in downtown Coeur d’Alene.” That’s groups, plural. It wasn’t just Patriot Front aiming to object to Pride in the Park. There were also members of “White Lives Matter,” another racist extremist group there. And that’s not even counting the far-right pastors, alt-right propagandists and a biker group. Across two months, Pride in the Park had been hyped up by numerous local and national right-wing voices as a national flashpoint in a civilizational culture war. By June 11, the presence of far-right radicals looking to cause trouble was less a surprise and something closer to an inevitability.

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n April of last year, Spokane resident Dennis Smith recorded three men defacing the George Floyd mural in downtown Spokane with white paint. When he got closer, Smith found they’d left calling cards: spray-painted images of the Patriot Front logo. Spokane and Kootenai counties have been hit with waves of Patriot Front vandalism and propaganda on numerous occasions in the last year. “It was like 23 posters that were distributed throughout Kootenai County: light signal boxes, intersections, entrances to the freeway, railroad crossings,” says Laster. “They were photographed and put on [Patriot Front’s] Telegram site.” North Idaho College was hit. The Human Rights Education Institute was hit multiple times, she says. Sometimes they’re just stickers, but other times they go further. While locals were eager to point out that none of the Patriot Front members were from Coeur d’Alene, pull back the lens and the number of people with local ties starts multiplying quickly.

Patriot Front member Mishael Joshua Buster, one of several Patriot Front members with connections to Spokane. DAVID NEIWERT PHOTO Voter registration data shows that Patriot Front members Mishael and Josiah Buster both lived in Spokane — though Josiah moved to Texas recently, where he lives at the same address as fellow arrested Patriot Front member Connor Patrick Moran. And Moran isn’t exactly a stranger to the area either. Documents show he was a senior at Shadle Park High School in 2016, and for that matter got a speeding ticket in Spokane in 2020. The Lewiston Tribune reports that another Patriot Front member, Winston Durham, is currently a senior at WSU and an ROTC cadet in the National Guard. Zoom out one level further, and you’ll find Spencer Simpson from Ellensburg, Washington, while Justin O’Leary, James Julias Johnson and Colton Brown are all from Western Washington.


Devin Burghart, president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, says Patriot Front has suffered highprofile humiliations. “Patriot Front had a couple of different difficult run-ins in the past few years,” he says. “Their D.C. or Philadelphia events — optically they came across looking weak and disorganized. They were left literally fleeing what was supposed to be seen as a show of force.” Coeur d’Alene, by contrast? “It was seen as a soft target,” Burghart says.

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o why did Patriot Front target Coeur d’Alene? Combine everything: Kootenai County was a place the alt-right had been creating a new mythology about, in a region where the Patriot Front had a slew of connections and had been targeting for over a year. “The online chatter becomes reality,” Burghart says. In other words, if you’re a white nationalist group desperately hoping for a high-profile win, why wouldn’t you go to Pride in the Park? “They saw the Pride group as small,” Burghart says of Patriot Front’s likely view of Coeur d’Alene. “They knew they had a large base of support in the area. They had local activists LETTERS on the ground. They had other Send comments to groups they could mobilize. A editor@inlander.com. show of force is important to have the kind of intimidating impact that these groups were looking for.” Instead, before they could even enter the event, they were arrested, their mugshots and names released to the world. n Find the longer version of this story on inlander.com under the headline, “Why Coeur d’Alene’s ‘Pride in the Park’ became the target for white supremacist groups like Patriot Front.”

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Chad Daybell’s property outside Rexburg, Idaho, where Lori Vallow’s children’s bodies were found in 2020. LEAH SOTTILE PHOTO

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MURDER, MADNESS AND THE APOCALYPSE

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Author Leah Sottile discusses her deep dive into two dead children in Idaho, and where extreme religion meets extreme conspiratorial fervor

T’S A CASE SEEMINGLY MADE FOR TABLOIDS AND TRASH TV. As 2019 neared its end, the world first heard of Lori Vallow, her new husband, Chad Daybell, and the strange tale centered on their lives in small-town Idaho. Sparked by a phone call from concerned grandparents, police in Rexberg discovered that Vallow’s two kids, 17-year-old Tylee and 6-year-old JJ, were missing. In short order, news stories revealed that Daybell’s longtime wife Tammy had died under mysterious circumstances just two weeks before he married Vallow. And that her brother and at least one ex-husband had also died under peculiar circumstances. And that the newlyweds, rather than helping police try to find the missing children, flew off to Hawaii. Soon came reports of the couple’s unorthodox religious beliefs involving past lives and Doomsday prophecies, and several months later came the discoveries of Tylee’s and JJ’s bodies buried on Daybell’s rural Idaho property. While the likes of Dateline and 48 Hours were attracted to the case by the obvious salacious aspects, independent investigative journalist and former Inlander reporter Leah

BY DAN NAILEN Sottile saw something more as she started to dig into the case from her Portland home. Much like the subjects of her award-winning Bundyville podcast tracking the Bundy clan of anti-government extremists and their various armed uprisings across the West, the Vallow/Daybell case featured people who seemed to blend a particular strain of conspiracy-minded religion and anti-government sentiment. But while the Bundys did plenty of interviews and passed their philosophy around the rural part of the West, Daybell and Vallow were living a mainstream Mormon life by all appearances, while also being heavily involved in apocalyptic podcasts, fiction and prepper conventions. The case is featured in Sottile’s first book, When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Wild Faith and End Times. It’s a well-documented look at the case to date (both Daybell and Vallow’s trials will be held concurrently and go to court in January 2023; both could face the death penalty). More impressively, it’s a deep dive into the West’s predilection for antigovernment conspiracies, the celebrity around near-death experiences, and just how mainstream some “extreme” views are in certain communities scattered from Idaho to Utah to Arizona. In the story of a former beauty queen and an

apocalypse-obsessed fiction writer, their whirlwind romance, and their apparently murderous path, Sottile found a natural source for putting her reporting skills and dedication to tracking life on the West’s fringes to the test. We talked with her about the case and her reporting; this interview has been edited for length and clarity. INLANDER: Where did your interest in extreme movements of the West, charismatic people of the West, where did that spark come from? LEAH SOTTILE: All things lead back to the Inlander with me. I was the music editor, partially because my interest has always been in the weirder side of underground music scenes. At the Inlander, you can do a lot and have to do a lot. So I have some really crazy stories that I was able to do about what felt like fringe cultures at the time. I was covering polyamory before that was in the common parlance. And I wrote about a backyard wrestling group, and I got a ton of space to do that. So I’ve always kind of been interested in the fringes, whether that’s people who feel like they were pushed to the fringes by society, or people who choose to live on the fringes. That’s been the common theme of my work for a really long time. ...continued on next page

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“I started digging in right away. I have a reporting problem. Like, I just can’t not report.” Author Leah Sottile HOLLY ANDRES PHOTO

“MURDER, MADNESS AND THE APOCALYPSE,” CONTINUED... I started freelancing around 2013 and did a story on a prepper, like a survivalist, that was in the [Spokane] Valley, for Playboy. It kind of opened up a world that I was really interested in, that felt like it was in the zeitgeist at the time. Something about what this guy is saying about the world collapsing and just any moment, you know, the United States is going to just slide into turmoil. I could recognize that there was something there that was more than just a novelty. And then, the first day of 2016, we had the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by the Bundys. When that happened, I just became obsessed with it. I had knowledge of what was happening, but I was also really curious about whether there was something more to this movement. I got really obsessed with that, and covered the trial that ensued for the Washington Post and wrote a bunch of features about the people who took over the refuge for, you know, Outside and Portland Monthly magazine and kind of chipped away at it as a freelancer because I was so curious about all the sort of varying ideologies that were intersecting there. And that’s when I sort of just accidentally fell backward into this world of far-right extremism and kind of haven’t been able to emerge from it since. At this point, anti-government extremism is obviously being reported on coast to coast, which wasn’t always the case. When I started, it was like, “I’m writing on the fringe!” Now it’s like, “Oh, I’m writing on the mainstream. How did that happen?” With the Bundy story and the initial stories that I was pitching around the standoff, around the trial, around the things coming out of the trial, I was getting rejected left and right.

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In the intervening years since the Malheur standoff, Sottile continued working on stories about various extreme groups and individuals. As a freelancer, she’s free to pick and choose the stories she wants to cover. And the ones that most appeal to her, Sottile says, are “stories that intersect with the land, ideology, history, the West.” As she started to dig into the backgrounds of Vallow and Daybell, she found a lot of her interests setting off buzzers in her head. When you first heard of this Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell case, what was it that got your attention early on? I made this podcast, two seasons of a podcast called Bundyville, which is about the Bundy family, their takeovers, their ideology, etc. It gets into [former Washington state Rep.] Matt Shea, gets into all kinds of wacky stuff. Because of that, and being somebody who’s always very interested in ideology and religion, I had come to learn about this thing called the “White Horse Prophecy,” which is like this fringe LDS [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aka the Mormons] urban legend that there was a revelation that Joseph Smith had told somebody that the Mormons were going to basically save the United States and the Constitution from falling into the brink of ruin. It’s not real. The church doesn’t accept it. After I came out with the first season of Bundyville, where we talked about that, I got a lot of emails from people who are like, “Yeah, it’s not as fringe as you think.” Like, “I’m hearing about that in church. I’ve heard about it from my bishop, it’s less fringe than you think.” And I was like, “Oh, OK. Noted.”

When I first heard about Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell and the missing kids, I heard an early news report that said something to the effect of the kids are missing and she’s missing. And people close to them think that it might have something to do with her strange religious beliefs. I know Rexburg is super Mormon. And pretty quickly, I dug into some writing that her dad had done, and he was mimicking the White Horse Prophecy. So I was like, “OK, this is bigger than just a missing kids case and a missing persons case.” It’s potentially informed by this very Western belief system, that some Mormons think that they are going to save America. Sottile’s first thought was that perhaps Daybell and Vallow were part of a secretive polygamous community, like something out of author Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven. But she quickly found both Daybell, a self-published author and publisher, and Vallow, the five-times-married former beauty queen, had both grown up in mainstream Mormon congregations across the West. They weren’t holed up in a compound, but attending prepper conferences, recording podcasts and hanging out in Hawaii while police searched for Vallow’s missing kids Tylee and JJ. How quickly did you start working on this story when you first heard about it? I started digging in right away. I have a reporting problem. Like, I just can’t not report. I remember sitting down at my computer and just building a timeline. Like, the kids were missing. They [Vallow and Daybell] were in Hawaii. I’m trying to work backwards. I just started ...continued on page 20


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I remember when they found the bodies. It was May 16, 2005. Police walked through the back door of the green house with white trim on the outskirts of Coeur d’Alene, and there were three corpses lying face down in a welter of blood. Their hands had been zip-tied behind their backs. Fortyyear-old Brenda Groene had been bludgeoned with a hammer, and lay near her boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, and her thirteenyear-old son, Slade. The smell of murder made the officers sick to their stomachs. Groene’s two younger children — Shasta, eight, and Dylan, nine — were not among the dead. They were gone. If they weren’t there, then where were they? And who could have possibly done this? I was a rookie reporter at The Inlander then. It was not my job to cover the disappearance of the two children from the bloodsoaked scene of a triple murder, nor did I have the skills to do so. From my fabric-covered cubicle, tucked into a corner room with no windows, I overheard other reporters doing interviews about the Groene story. I listened to how they asked questions. I learned. I had a feeling that one day, when I was ready, I’d need to know how to unwind a complicated case like it and make sense of some kind of similar horror. The person not yet known to authorities as the children’s captor was a skinny man in his early forties with shaggy brown curls, a thick mustache, and dark eyes like knives. His name was Joseph Duncan, a convicted sex offender who’d seen Shasta playing in the yard of a run-down home as he was driving by. After Duncan first laid eyes on the child, playing in her swimsuit around the frontage road house, he began to hunt: for days, he waited nearby, stalking, peering in the family’s windows at night through night vision goggles. He became their predator, crouching in the brush, waiting for nighttime, for the right moment to leap. When that time came, he entered the home in the darkness. He duct-taped and zip-tied the family’s hands behind their backs, slaughtering everyone who stood in the way of the children. Then he put the two kids into his stolen Jeep, and all three vanished into the wilderness. For weeks, the faces of Shasta and Dylan looked out from every highway billboard, forever smiling awkwardly: the clumsiness of school picture day blown up, mega-sized, for all to see. Shasta’s toothy grin and big ears. Dylan’s thin smile and knowing eyes. Digital signs flashed at roadsides: MISSING CHILDREN. Everyone knew their names. Helicopters scoured the area, and search and rescue teams combed the ground. Amber Alerts were issued, rewards offered, and a segment ran on America’s Most Wanted, but nothing led to the children. Lilac season came. Coeur d’Alene buzzed to life as it does in warm weather: the bar patios along Sherman Avenue teemed with groups of people inhaling sugar-sweet “Derailers” out of white buckets through long, colored straws before stumbling, fully derailed, toward the lake. At night, party boats cruised its glassy waters. There were the annual celebrity sightings that come with ...continued on page 21

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A community shrine across the street from where Tylee and JJ’s bodies were found. LEAH SOTTILE PHOTO

“Everyone that I talked to who knows Chad… was like, ‘he was the most docile, nicest, Mormon man.’ … Then all of a sudden, you know, he had dead bodies in his backyard.

“MURDER, MADNESS AND THE APOCALYPSE,” CONTINUED... reporting, building timelines, requesting documents, diving into what I could find. Really, the most immediate resource was, I just bought a ton of Chad Daybell’s books. I just started reading his books, because I thought, “Maybe there’s something here. Maybe it’s a dead end. I got time, it’s the pandemic, we can’t leave the house.” He’d written a ton of books. He had a blog that was pretty active. So it was this wealth of information that I could start putting in my timeline. I just started kind of working the story backwards to figure out where my place was in it. And I was really watching the reporting and seeing that nobody’s talking about the White Horse Prophecy. They’re just telling it as a very tabloid story. And I was like, “There’s something being lost because it’s a tabloid story. I think there’s something here that’s a lot bigger.” Daybell’s books, while certainly niche products sold primarily in Mormon bookstores, revealed to Sottile that he evolved over time from a relatively mainstream, albeit extremely religious, writer into one obsessed with the end times. The onetime journalist created his own publishing house after working at a mainstream Mormon publisher, and his books showed he saw threats from left-leaning political groups to the country’s future, he saw God’s judgment waiting in the wings, and he saw in himself a sort of prophet capable of foreseeing the future. Through his writing, Daybell’s status rose in prepper/survivalist circles and among a certain set of Mormons who bought into the White Horse Prophecy, despite the church’s insistence it isn’t real. That popularity among extremists in the West “definitely mattered to him,” Sottile says, “and definitely mattered to Lori [Vallow].” In reading your book, it’s fascinating that this beauty queen woman and this sort of schlubby guy fall in love and sort of drop everything for each other. There’s so many questions that are gonna get answered when this goes to trial. I’m used to reading about the Bundys. And they’re doing interviews from jail whenever they are in jail. They love the press, any attention. But with this [case], they got arrested, and silence. Everything just stopped.

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In Lori Vallow’s background, you have these instances of violence, and accusations of violence, but Chad Daybell doesn’t seem to have anything like that. Everyone that I talked to who knows Chad, works with Chad, did a book with Chad, was like, “he was the most docile, nicest, Mormon man. So kind…” It was almost off-putting. He seemed like he had really low self-esteem. Then all of a sudden, you know, he had dead bodies in his backyard. But if you read his fiction, it is like one murder after another. It’s just like death and destruction. It’s like cities melting, liberals being hanged. It’s really dark. You were reporting this during the pandemic. How did that work? Were you able to travel? The majority of this was done in 2020, so there was not a lot that could be done, but there was an awful lot happening. All the court hearings that I would have wanted to be at were on Zoom, so I could attend them in my pajamas, which was nice. The book is super, super document-heavy. I had the benefit of having all the body-camera footage. I had all the different angles, crime scene photos. Every document that every other reporter had, I had too. So I was just building a story from those things and finding out which rabbit holes I wanted to go down. At one point, I did go to Rexburg [Idaho, where the kids’ bodies were found on Chad Daybell’s property]; I did a bunch of reporting there. A lot of my reporting is informed by alt weeklies, the type of journalism that I do.Walking the walk from Lori’s front door to the parking lot and observing everything, sitting outside of where she lives. Or going to the Daybell house and sitting there and listening to the sounds and the smells and trying to sort of soak up those ethereal writerly details. So how did the book finally come together? Did you pitch it to a lot of publishers? As with all things I’ve done that come together in a way that I’m pleased with, it had to get rejected. I’ve been wanting to write a book forever. I have made attempts and, really, the ideas haven’t stuck for me. But this, it just

grabbed me with both hands. And I was like, “I think that that means that this is a book.” And my agent took it out, and nobody wanted it. It was rejected all across the board. Just another day of freelance rejection, like it was a normal day. And then, obviously, the pandemic wasn’t over by Memorial Day [2020] like everyone had said, and there started to be a lot of stories and think pieces in the news about survivalists and preppers and stuff. Then it was like people were ready to hear it. Your book is full of history and perspective you don’t see in tabloid stories about this case. That’s got to be hard to get through to a publisher. This has been my experience completely in writing about the far right. I think it was just that by the summer of 2020, the crushing reality of what we were living under, with an inept presidential administration, a deadly pandemic, freezer trucks full of bodies in the streets. I think people were really scared. People had to be like, “Oh, shit, maybe the world is gonna end!” I felt lucky that I could kind of give a little bit of perspective. I tried to take this out of being just a tabloid story and be like, “Look, this is more than a pretty lady and these murderers, or accused murderers. It’s a bigger thing about who we are, and the violence that we tolerate.” And still, this far into the world we’re living in now, I think people still think that the racists and the extremists are like, out there in the hills. They really want to think it’s not something that’s happening in their community or in their church. And I think that this book says, “Reconsider that.” n Leah Sottile worked at the Inlander off and on between 2003-2013, including stints as arts editor and music editor. Her work at the Inlander garnered multiple regional and national journalism awards, and also introduced her to her husband, Joe Preston, a former Inlander art director. Her work’s been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic, and she’s the host and reporter of the Bundyville podcast. When The Moon Turns To Blood is her first book.


“MISSING CHILDREN, 2005,” CONTINUED... every summer: John Travolta, eight-hour interview to murderJohn Elway, the guy from NYPD ing Brenda, Mark, Slade, and Blue. The guttural roll of motorDylan, as well as killing three cycles coursing down the main other children in Washington drag was ceaseless. and California. “God was the I remember that summer, one driving,” he explained the first I lived with my new to a psychiatrist once. That boyfriend in an old brick buildpsychiatrist told a federal court ing in downtown Spokane. We’d that Duncan “displayed a formal ride in his zippy white Volkthought disorder” and thinking swagen out to Coeur d’Alene, “characterized by delusional to roll our pant legs up and dip hyperreligiosity...” our toes in the cool water. It was Fifteen years went by. The the season of praying mantises Groene house was torn down. clinging to fences with hooked I began to specialize in tellarms, the season of wildfire ing stories about people living smoke, and mountain huckleon the fringes of society — by berries drooping and dark with choice, or because they felt juice. they had been pushed there. I It was the summer I fell in moved far away from the life I love, and it was the summer the lived when the murders hapkids went missing, and I’ll never pened. My boyfriend from that forget that those two things hapsummer became my husband. pened at the same time. Around 2016, my work on the It was around two a.m. on fringes of American culture and July 2— a balmy night— when a extremist movements became server at a Denny’s restaurant in more relevant. Still, most people Coeur d’Alene realized that the continued to think of conspiracy little girl in shorts and flip- flops, theorists as oddities; I saw my sitting in her section with a man work as cautionary. in a red American-flag T-shirt, was the one everyone in town was On Christmas Eve 2019, the faces of two missing children looking for. The girl was Shasta Groene. She looked scared, unsure, stared out at me from my computer screen. School pictures. A little like she’d never been out in the world before. boy with gap teeth and brown hair combed to his left side, and his The server was quick on her feet and thought of a way to keep older sister, a teenage girl with golden curls and blue eyes. Their them sitting in the booth: a free milkshake. She asked what flavor names were Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan. People feared their the girl would like. Even a serial killer couldn’t resist sweets and a parents’ “cultlike” beliefs might be key to understanding where the good deal. Shasta asked for vanilla. children were. Everyone wanted to know where the children were, In back, as the shake machine whirred, the manager of the but no one seemed to have any clue where to look. restaurant phoned the police, telling them to come quick: the girl I was thinking of Shasta and Dylan. Another boy and girl from from the billboards was sitting in a booth in the restaurant. When Idaho. Again. Different, but gone just the same. cruisers arrived in the parking lot, Joseph Duncan whisked Shasta I soon learned that the story of these two missing children was to the bathroom, stopping the server on his way and telling her he not one of a monster, like Duncan, who stalked people like prey. was ready for his check. The case of JJ and Tylee involved a difAfter the police took Duncan into ferent kind of beast: one who had been custody, the little girl sat alone in the hiding in plain sight. When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, booth for a moment. She was small, ganThe case played out in a different and a Story of Murder, Wild Faith, and End Times is gly, with bony shoulders and long brown world than the Duncan case had: the available on Wed, June 21. Sottile will be in Spokane hair. The server saw her sitting there search for the children and their parents to discuss the book at the Montvale Event Center on by herself, swallowed by her surroundgot under way just as the COVID-19 Wed, July 6, at 7 pm as part of the Spokesman-Review’s ings, so she approached the table and pandemic threw the world into crisis. Northwest Passages series. Tickets are $6, or $45 including asked her what her name was. “Shasta,” The world went into lockdown. Everyautographed book, available at spokane7tickets.com. she said, and started to cry. The young one was thinking about survival. woman swept the girl up in her arms It was the year the children went and rocked her. missing, and it was the year it felt like In the subsequent days a story of hell tumbled from the eightthe world might end, like the white horse, the first in the Book of year-old’s lips. She remembered everything. She knew the brand Revelation, whose rider carries a plague, was among us. I’ll never name of the hammer that had been used to kill her family. She led forget that those two things happened at the same time. investigators deep into western Montana’s Lolo National Forest, a But it turned out there was a connection: that the missing kids dense, labyrinthine wilderness where Duncan had held her and her and the world feeling like it could end at any moment were much brother captive, torturing them, raping them, bringing them within more closely related than anyone could have imagined. n inches of their deaths, only to relent and keep them like human marionettes in his horrific puppet show. After he killed Dylan, DunExcerpted from When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, can made his sister feed the severed pieces of her brother into a fire. Chad Daybell, and a Story of Murder, Wild Faith, and End Years later, Duncan would receive multiple life sentences and Times. ©2022 Leah Sottile and reprinted by permission from two death sentences, having confessed to an FBI agent during and Twelve Books/Hachette Book Group.

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ven the most ardent of Jess Walter fans (and there are plenty here in his hometown of Spokane) would have to admit the man isn’t exactly prolific when it comes to book releases even though he’s almost always working on something. That wasn’t always the case — he released five novels in the ’00s, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning Citizen Vince (2005) and the National Book Award finalist The Zero (2006). But he’s “only” released two novels and a short-story collection since 2009. Until now. The arrival of Walter’s new The Angel of Rome and Other Short Stories, available June 28, feels like a bonus as it comes to readers just two years after his excellent Spokane-set historical novel The Cold Millions. The 12 stories in the book have appeared previously (and not necessarily in the same exact form) in mainstream publications like Esquire and Harper’s Magazine, as well as literary journals like Ploughshares and Mississippi Review. As readers familiar with Walter’s work might expect, the stories are full of humor and heart, whether delving into a one-night stand between a thespian and ski-town townie (“Famous Actor”), the uneasy relationship between an aging man and the kids on his street (“To The Corner”), a son coming to grips with his father’s dementia (“Town & Country”) or the epic Italian romance-laced character clash in “The Angel of Rome.” While one can easily jump in at any place and enjoy a story or two, taken collectively they do start to show a theme, Walter says. Much like his previous short-story collection, 2013’s We Live In Water, the stories in Angel showcase some of his thinking of the time period they were written, in this case roughly 2012-2021. “With Water, there were just so many stories that were about poverty and the people we look past, the people we don’t see. And that’s what the collection became about,” Walter says, chatting in his Spokane office. “This one, it was such a difficult few years for me. For everybody. Politically, culturally. And I kept writing short stories to find some kind of hope. “So, I think [Angel] is just more hopeful. There’s still dark situations. I think the key I write in is still humor. There’s still humorous stories. But I think I was looking for kind of these human connections that felt hopeful in the face of all that. And that’s maybe where even the idea of the “Angel of Rome,” that title story, came from, was this idea of finding hope in the connections we make with other people.”

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s Walter looks at his short stories — the 12 in Angel were picked from around 40 in contention to be in the book — he sees more than the characters on the page. He sees himself at whatever point in time he was writing them. “It’s surprising to look back and see how many of the things you were dealing with work their way in the stories,” he says. “Parenthood, children, political sorrow and anxiety over climate change. Everything kind of works its way in there. With the first collection there are autobiographical notes throughout. But the real autobiography aspect [in Angel] is kind of in tracking my feelings during that time.” It’s been 10 years since Walter’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins was published, taking an already successful career as an author to an entirely new realm. While Walter doesn’t necessarily view that book too differently than his others in the arc of his life, he does allow that the outsize commercial success was “the first time I kind of took a breath, and took a few years to go on a longer victory lap, toured a lot more, sort of enjoyed the success instead of beating myself up for not being good enough or not being successful enough or whatever.” In the title essay of The Angel of Rome and Other Stories — which he collaborated on with Edoardo Ballerini, the Italian actor who performed the Beautiful Ruins audiobook — readers get a companion piece of sorts to the sprawling 2012 novel. It’s not a direct sequel, but it certainly feels of the same world. The delight for readers with a collection like Angel is you get to inhabit several of the worlds that have poured from Walter’s pen all in one go. And for the author, the delight comes in taking, say, a prompt from a publication or a friend and “giving the mind this great task that, you know, you can finish!” Walter has said in the past that “writing a novel is like a relationship, and writing a short story is like a great date.” Now, he adds, that penning short stories is also like dating “because so many of them don’t work out.” When they do work out, as they do with the stories collected in Angel, it’s a thrill for readers, even those who don’t consider themselves short-story fans. And it’s still a thrill for Walter when he gets a short story published. The fact that can happen more quickly than completing his next full-length novel makes writing short stories a must for his writerly well-being. “It might take me three years to finish my next novel, that’s a long time between meals,” Walter says. “It really is nourishing and satisfying. “Like a lot of writers, my first seven or 10 or 12 years as a fiction writer were spent sending out what I used to call ‘manila boomerangs’ — sending out short stories and having them rejected. I didn’t have an agent. I didn’t know any editors. I’m just sending out stories from Spokane, Washington, and they’re just getting bounced back to me so hard. I still have a big file of my annual New Yorker rejections, my Esquire rejections, all my Harper’s and Atlantic Monthly and Paris Review rejections. So it’s really cool when they started taking. It’s the greatest feeling.” n Jess Walter: The Angel of Rome and Other Stories Northwest Passages release party • Tue, June 28, at 7 pm • $7/$50 includes book and author reception • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • bingcrosbytheater.com • 509-227-7638

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oopfest hasn’t happened since 2019, and it’s not just the players who have to shake off the rust, but spectators too. Here’s a primer on how to get the most out of the best basketball weekend on earth.

PARKING PROBLEMS

The first thing you need to do is plan in advance. Hoopfest completely takes over downtown Spokane. Streets are closed, and people are everywhere. In years past the event has regularly pulled more than 200,000 players and spectators (as well as those working the event and working at downtown businesses) across its two-day reign downtown. It will be crowded in and around the city center. On any other weekend, you can simply drive downtown and find parking. Not this weekend. If you’re driving, expect to park your car far from the action. Or, take the bus. The STA will be running a “Hoop Loop Shuttle” from the University District in the east, along the southern edge of downtown to the Jefferson Park & Ride in the southwest. Day passes cost just $2.

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watch family or friends hoop it up, the app is an invaluable resource.

WEAR SUNSCREEN

The basketball isn’t the only thing you’ll need to plan for. Despite what this year’s weather may lead you to believe, Hoopfest weekend is often one of the hottest of the year here in Spokane. In fact, if the coronavirus hadn’t moved the dates and ultimately canceled last year’s event, Hoopfest 2021 would have taken place during a record-breaking heat wave. Forecasts don’t show Spokane reaching triple digits during Hoopfest weekend again this year, but as of press time the hottest weather to date this year is expected. Bring sunscreen and plenty of water, and don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen throughout the day.

PEOPLE-WATCHING PLEASURES

Another aspect to plan for is how you’ll spend your time once you’ve made it down to Hoopfest. How busy do you want to be while you’re experiencing the fest? If you want the event in its full glory, Saturday from midmorning to midafternoon is best. The late afternoon sees people slowly trickle out of downtown, and Sunday afternoon is even slower as more and more teams are eliminated from the tournament. Saturday around noon is peak crowd, but also peak crowd-watching. You can miss the crowds if you come late, but you also miss much of the action.

Now, if you’re just here to watch quality basketball, you will want to find a spot by the Elite Division courts. Riverfront Park is the spot to catch rising high school stars, former college athletes, and professional players battle it out. These courts offer spectators a chance to see the freewheeling style of street ball played by some of the most skilled athletes in the region. Another great way to catch the action is from a restaurant with patio or window seating. Cochinito Taqueria, David’s Pizza and O’Doherty’s Irish Grille have been goto spots for me over the years. Places like those are in the heart of the action, and seats can be hard to come by during peak hours. If you want to grab a bite and beat the crowds, consider areas like Kendall Yards or the west side of downtown, which are within walking distance — but outside of the event itself.

BE PATIENT

Finally, perhaps the most important thing to remember this year specifically is that this won’t be a typical weekend in the city center. There will be more people downtown than at any other time of the year. After two years of living through a pandemic, with closures, limited capacities and distancing as the norm, be prepared for something very different than what we’ve been used to. Give yourself time, and expect that you won’t have too much personal space, while Hoopfesting it up. n

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elcome back to the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth! Everyone at the Hoopfest office is so excited to have Hoopfest return and to have people playing on the streets again. Although Hoopfest is focused on basketball, to many people Hoopfest is something bigger and more impactful than a 3-on3 game. It’s a way to connect with friends and family that have a common bond through sports and to create memories that will last a lifetime. Over the last 32 years a lot with Hoopfest has changed, but our goal of putting on the best 3-on-3 basketball tournament has never wavered. This is impossible to do without the players, volunteers and spectators that make Hoopfest what it is. We are so grateful for you and everybody who participates in Hoopfest. Thank you for allowing us to create this incredible event and we hope your experience in Hooptown USA is one to remember!

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NEED TO KNOW STA BUSES The Spokane Transit Authority offers a Hoop Loop on Saturday,

June 25, from 6 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, June 26, from 7 am to 6 pm. Leave your car at one of two Park and Ride locations: the STA’s Jefferson Park and Ride and the WSU-Spokane lots in the University District east of Division. Park at either of the locations and ride a shuttle down to the courts. An All-Day Pass — unlimited rides on any Spokane Transit bus route — is available both days for $2. More information: spokanetransit.com/hoopfest; 328-RIDE (7433)

PARKING All parking garages are open during Hoopfest, with access provided to entrances and exits. Street parking where available is paid until 7 pm Saturday, but free all day Sunday. Please note that the Parkade closes at 9 pm. TEN CAPITAL TEAM CHECK-IN Ten Capital Team Check-In has moved to the Central Plaza, just west of the U.S. Pavilion inside Riverfront Park. Ten Capital Team CheckIn will be available during the following times: Thursday, June 23: 3 PM - 8 PM; Friday, June 24: 11 AM - 7 PM; Saturday, June 25: 6:30 AM - Noon (for out-of-town teams only).

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“THE CHALLENGE OF NAVIGATING THESE PAST TWO YEARS IS A TRIUMPH IN ITSELF.” — RICK BETTS

Founders Rick Betts (left) and Jerry Schmidt in 1994.

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hen volunteers pulled up the taped lines from all the downtown courts on Sunday, June 30, 2019, nobody had any idea that it would be three years before the teams would tip off again. In 2020, it became clear pretty quickly that Hoopfest was not in the cards. But even more frustrating, in 2021 it was all systems go… right up until a few weeks before the rescheduled September Hoopfest, when the persistence of COVID meant the plug had to be pulled again. For Hoopfest co-founder Rick Betts, who remains a board member and active leader of the institution, the organization found out a lot about itself — mainly that it is resilient and has a lot of good friends. “The challenge of navigating these past two years is a triumph in itself,” Betts says. “Really, it was just so great to see how our sponsors hung with us. For both years, major sponsors stayed with us even though we didn’t have an event. That made all the difference.” With that kind of support, Hoopfest was able to refund everybody who asked for one in both 2020 and 2021. “Then there’s the board and operating committee,” Betts adds. “They never left and are as strong as ever.” But there has been change, too — former executive director and Gonzaga legend Matt Santangelo moved on, but Hoopfest didn’t miss a beat, with Riley Stockton taking the reins, along with other new staffers. 4 SPOKANE HOOPFEST 2022

“The new staff, we’re just really happy with them,” says Betts. As for the hiring of Stockton, nephew to NBA legend John Stockton and former college and international professional basketball player, “It was a rigorous process, and we had a number of applicants. Riley just really matched it on all fronts. College and pro player, knows the Spokane basketball community, had event management experience. It takes a special person, and we found him.” Stockton says he’s proud to have the opportunity to lead Hoopfest back from its hiatus, and it’s personal to him, like it is for so many. “I started playing Hoopfest when I was 6 years old,” Stockton recalls. “I played up with my cousins’ team. That’s what Hoopfest was for me, a chance to play with my cousins, and I’ve played with brothers every year since. It almost feels like homecoming every year, or like the holiday season in June.” But just as important, he says, is to welcome back all the fans, family members and spectators. With crowds lining the streets for the revival of Bloomsday in May, he’s extending the same welcome to bring back that Hoopin’ feeling. The Hoopfest team has been hard at work to bring it all back to life — the food, the dunk contest, the kids’ fun, the entire Spokane spectacle. “Such a big part of this is the community involvement,” he says. “Even if you’re not playing, just come down and enjoy Spokane. Hoopfest shines a great light on this city. We want to make SPONSORED CONTENT

this feel like everyone in Spokane has a little skin in this game.” Betts agrees, and now four decades in — from founding it with Jerry Schmidt and a small group of volunteers, to playing every year with his sons even to this day — he’s learned it has become much, much more than the struggle to put a basketball through a metal hoop. “We got this thing started, then pretty soon you’ve got children and grandchildren playing,” Betts thinks back, “and before you know it, it’s more than a basketball event — it’s a reunion. Now, finally, it’s time for us all to get back to that.”


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ot only is Hoopfest making its triumphant return to the summer schedule, but it’s also moving into fancy new digs. Northern Quest Center Court is now located under the newly refurbished Pavilion in Riverfront Park, and it’s been a long time coming. “It’s the perfect, perfect venue for us,” says Hoopfest Executive Director Riley Stockton. “Having Northern Quest Center Court there will really connect the two sides of Hoopfest, the north bank and downtown. It’s going to connect it all together.” In fact, if you flash back to 2014, when the Spokane public decided to invest in sprucing up Riverfront Park, making it a place for events was high on the list. Many improvements for the Pavilion — from shade to a huge, flat floor to lots of power sources for events — were all included with Hoopfest specifically in mind. Hoopfest co-founder Rick Betts was involved in those discussions from the start, and he was a big advocate for including shade, which became an iconic part of the new design. “Our old location for center court did not have shade,” Betts says, adding that by Sunday afternoon spectators and athletes were often baking out there. “I think it really is a great change,” Betts adds. “I love the casualness of the way the bank builds up on the east side of the Pavilion. Just the availability to relax on the grass and watch. It’s going to open everything up.” And with the new location, longtime Hoopfest supporter Northern Quest Resort & Casino has stepped up as the official center court sponsor. 6 SPOKANE HOOPFEST 2022

“The Tribe and Northern Quest munity courts, perhaps around North Central and are all in on Hoopfest in genRogers high schools. They’re also planning to blend eral,” says Matt Almond, Northern tribal art with Hoopfest branding on those courts Quest’s senior director of strategic to make them even more representative. partnerships. “Basketball is a modality the tribal community “Basketball is so prevalent in uses to help prevent substance abuse, to bring reservations and tribal communihealth and wellness,” says Almond, adding that one ties,” he adds. “It’s generational. of the charities supported by their July 12 Paddler So knowing what basketball means Charity Classic golf tournament is Rise Above, a to the tribal community, and what basketball outreach program founded by SonHoopfest means to the overall comics legends Gary Payton and Lenny Wilkens that’s munity, this partnership really makes aimed at tribal youth. a lot of sense.” “All of this is used to address future generations In fact, the Tribe has been riding a of tribal kids,” says Almond. hoop high since their hometown “Our sponsors, like Northern Quest, they want heroes Cusick took to be involved,” says Stockton. “They want to help home the Washus make this the best basketball weekend on earth. ington state B title; Having that support, we’re extremely blessed.” the Kalispel Tribal So check out the events all weekend long takHeadquarters neighing place on Northern Quest Center Court. Tribal bors Cusick, home to teams will be part of the action, and Brandon the only high school in the immediate area. Haugen, executive director of real estate for the Betts says it’s been an indispensable relationship Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority, will help judge for years — heck, Norththe MultiCare Slam ern Quest even stores Dunk Contest. Sunday Hoopfest’s vast collecevening, under some GESA CREDIT UNION tion of backboards and well-deserved shade, the hoops on their property. championship rounds HIGH SCHOOL ELITE The new center court will be played and, as CENTER COURT agreement is kicking off has happened every year even more teamwork. dating back to 1990, Located at the Central Plaza, just outside the Hoopfest will be coordinew Hoopfest champiPavilion in Riverfront Park, the Gesa Credit nating with the Kalispels ons will be crowned. Union Elite Court is the place to watch rising to target areas with stars from the region compete. Stick around higher Native populabetween games for fun contests and prizes. tions for future com-

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oopfest might just be a weekend, but Spokane is Hooptown USA all year round. Launched in 2019, Hooptown USA has quickly become more than just a program; it’s now Spokane’s identity, and the new Hooptown Hall of Fame will be celebrated just before Hoopfest 2022. There’s more: The Spokane City Council officially designated Spokane as Hooptown USA — it’s even on “Welcome to Spokane” road signs. It’s a way to show just how ingrained and invaluable basketball is in the dayto-day life of our city. So ingrained, in fact, you can tune in to Hooptown Radio on iHeart Media’s 101.5 FM for throwbacks, hip-hop and R&B. Hooptown USA is far more than just a nickname, though — it provides basketball benefits to Spokane on a daily basis. The beautiful new courts on the North Bank of Riverfront Park serve as a centerpiece for the local love of basketball. Community courts

at parks around Spokane have been upgraded and improved over the years as well, cementing Hooptown USA into the city’s infrastructure. Outdoor leagues in the spring and summer and indoor leagues in the fall (including AAU) bring Spokanites competitive, in-person basketball action to help keep players connected, in-shape and energized all year. With trained officials calling each game, and Spokane Hoopfest handling the logistics, Hooptown USA’s seasonal leagues are the region’s top-tier recreational basketball offerings. Giving back to the community that built Spokane into Hooptown USA is critical to the program’s mission as well, via events like Embrace WA and the Kids Play Free by Avista initiative, which works with local youth to build their skills on and off the court. You’re here for the weekend, but Hooptown USA is here for you every day of the year.

HOOPTOWN HALL OF FAME

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he inaugural class of the Hooptown Hall of Fame was inducted last year, but like the 2021 tournament, the in-person ceremony was canceled. But it’s back, too, and will kick off this year’s Hoopfest, on Thursday, June 23, starting at 6 pm at the North Bank Hoopfest Courts in Riverfront Park, where the year-round Hall of Fame display will continue to grow. “We’re excited to start honoring some of the people who have meant so much to this basketball community,” says Hoopfest Executive Director Riley Stockton. “It’s a mix of local legends, coaches — the most important people who came through these streets. We hope the Hall of Fame will inspire the next generation, too.” The permanent installation is located under a refurbished Expo ’74 picnic shelter, just south of the new courts, with winding metal displays telling the stories of the Hall of Famers. Let’s meet the charter members of the Hooptown Hall of Fame; the next class will be added in 2023. 8 SPOKANE HOOPFEST 2022

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GEORGE RAVELING (above)

Raveling’s success as the head coach at Washington State University for 11 years — the Pac-8’s first African American head coach, hired in 1972 — helped cement the Inland Northwest’s love of basketball that lives on through Hoopfest.

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These are the guys that shocked the world and established Gonzaga Basketball as a force to be reckoned with for decades to come. They just missed out on the Final Four, but they won hearts across the nation — and a place in the Hoopfest Hall of Fame.

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The first woman to win an athletic scholarship to Washington State University, the Walla Walla native set the school record for scoring. She carried that success to Mead and Mount Spokane high schools, where she became a championship coach, too.


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n 2019, Hoopfest was in the middle of a huge expansion of its mission. Hoopfest, the beloved weekend event, was to be the centerpiece of something even bigger — Hooptown USA, a new identity for the city, the region and the organization. “We didn’t exactly know what we were building towards,” said then-Executive Director Matt Santangelo, “but we had a vision.” They wanted to keep adding new community courts, including the new Riverfront Park Hooptown Court Complex, to add to the three dozen they’d built over the life of Hoopfest. And they wanted to stamp Hooptown USA branding all over the place, including in a new Hooptown Hall of Fame

right next to the Hooptown complex. But this vision was so ambitious that bringing it to life was perhaps out of reach. Then they reached out to MultiCare, the Washington-based health care organization that, since 2017, has operated Deaconess, Valley Hospital and the Rockwood Clinic network; it’s the largest not-for-profit, locally owned comprehensive system of health in the state of Washington. The Hoopfest team made their pitch on Saturday morning of Hoopfest 2019, and it all came together: MultiCare pledged $1 million, spread over 10 years, to Hooptown USA as part of its continuing efforts to improve the health of the Inland Northwest community.

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“MultiCare’s mission is partnering for healing and a healthy future,” says MultiCare’s chief executive for the Inland Northwest, Alex Jackson, “and our partnership with Hoopfest is a great example of that mission at work.” And you’ll see them out on the courts, too, as MultiCare has sponsored 50 employee teams to play in this year’s event. “Our relationship,” says Hoopfest co-found Rick Betts, “it starts with the CEO [Bill Robertson], who brought his family over for the weekend, on-site, he just loves the event. And that sets the tone for the entire organization. They’ve really expressed that they’re here to help us in any way they can.” And you can see that commitment, Betts says, in the MultiCare medical tents spread across downtown. “It’s a huge commitment to just do the medical,” Betts says. “They bring some seriously sophisticated equipment to the event.” “MultiCare is proud to be the official medical provider for the world’s largest threeon-three basketball tournament and provide all athletes and spectators of Hoopfest world-class health care,” adds MultiCare’s Jackson, regarding the effort led by Hoopfest’s medical director, Dr. Nick Strasser. “Our medical tents are on-site with our dedicated providers ready to take care of you!” There was so much momentum building in 2019, and then the pandemic popped up, putting it all at risk. Betts credits MultiCare and others for helping Hoopfest survive the biggest challenge it ever faced. “For both years, major sponsors like MultiCare stayed with us even though we didn’t have an event,” says Betts. “That made all the difference.”


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3 to 8pm: TEN Capital Team Check-In and Player Changes in the Plaza area of Riverfront Park next to the U.S. Pavilion 3 to 8pm: Hoopfest Store in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 3 to 8pm: Rodda Paint Contest Zone in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 3 to 8pm: Toyota Shootoff in the Bennett Block Parking Lot (prequalification round) 6 to 9pm: Hoopfest Hall of Fame dedication ceremony at the new Hooptown USA court complex, north bank of Riverfront Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

11am to 7pm: TEN Capital Team Check-In and Player Changes in the Plaza area of Riverfront Park next to the U.S. Pavilion 11am to 7pm: Hoopfest Store in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 11am to 7pm: Rodda Paint Contest Zone in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 11am to 7pm: Toyota Shootoff in the Bennett Block Parking Lot (prequalification round) 5 to 6pm: EWU Adaptive Athletics Exhibition at Northern Quest Center Court

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6am to 8pm: STA Hoop Loop 6:30am to Noon: TEN Capital Team Check-In in the Plaza area of Riverfront Park next to the U.S. Pavilion 6:30am to 8am: Player Changes in the Plaza area of Riverfront Park next to the U.S. Pavilion 7:50am: Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem at Northern Quest Center Court 8am: Tip-Off (site-wide) 8am to 6pm: Hoopfest Store in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 9am to 6pm: Rodda Paint Contest Zone in the Bennett Block Parking Lot 9am to 6pm: Toyota Shootoff in the Bennett Block Parking Lot (prequalification round) 11am: Numerica Credit Union Cash Dash Finale at Northern Quest Center Court 11am to 3pm: Red Bull Run the Racks at the Red Bull Zone, Spokane Falls Blvd. between Wall & Howard 2 to 2:55pm: MultiCare Slam Dunk Competition at Northern Quest Center Court

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pokane basketball legends the Hull sisters have cemented their names in Hoopfest history by landing on the 32nd Hoopfest poster as “The Hulls of Fame.” The reveal of who’s on the poster is always a big moment, and this year it came right on the heels of some of the Hulls’ peak moments as college athletes. It was late March, and Stanford nation had descended on Spokane as their women’s basketball squad would be playing at the Spokane Arena with a shot at the Final Four on the line. For the Cardinal players, it was a familiar feeling, as they had won the NCAA championship in 2021. For star Stanford seniors Lexie and Lacie Hull, it felt really familiar, as this is their home town. For years, opponents have not been wrong when they felt like they were seeing double out on the court: Lacie and Lexie are identical twins. The sisters grew up in Spokane Valley and became stars with the Central Valley Bears, winning two state championships and the GEICO High School 16 SPOKANE HOOPFEST 2022

National Championship in 2018. Playing While at the Spokane Arena in their final college Stanseason was too perfect. ford On Friday, March 25, against lost to Maryland, they pulled out a 6-point win, UConn with Lexie scoring 19 points and pullin the Final ing in nine rebounds. On Sunday, March 27, Four in April, versus Texas — and their teammate’s brother, the Hulls will always be champions, after their Russell Wilson, in attendance — Lacie logged five 1-point, thrilling championship game win over Arirebounds, four assists and two blocks, as the Carzona in 2021. And for Lexie, the game has gone into dinal moved on to the Final Four, 59-50. overtime, as she’s now in her first season with the What people didn’t know is that the sisters Indiana Fever, after being chosen No. 6 overall in found a little sliver of time over that busy weekend the WNBA draft just after the season ended. to slip out of the Davenport Grand Hotel, put on “Lexie and Lacie, those two have a better basHoopfest uniforms and do the poster photo shoot. ketball résumé than pretty much anybody,” Stock“Getting ready to play in an elite game like ton concludes. “And as five-time Hoopfest champs, that,” recalls Riley Stockton, Hoopfest’s executive it’s so cool to have people on the poster who have director, “to be so generous with their time, it kind actually competed in our event.” of shocked me. “The stars just aligned,” Stockton adds. “There’s no two better examples of people in Spokane who deserve to be on the LACIE AND LEXIE HULL: poster.” A SHARED RESUME The recognition is also a reminder of how basketball is not just a boy’s club 5X Hoopfest Champions anymore; the Hulls now join Briann Janu2X WIAA Class 4A State Champions (2016, 2018) ary, Sue Bird and Courtney Vandersloot GEICO High School National Champions (2018) as female athletes to be featured on the 3X PAC-12 Tournament Champions (2019, 2021, 2022) poster. And thousands of women and girls NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Champions (2021) play Hoopfest every year. 2X PAC-12 League Champions (2021, 2022) SPONSORED CONTENT


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MULTICARE SLAM DUNK CONTEST

Watch as Hoopfest’s best athletes defy gravity at Northern Quest Center Court in the Pavilion! Qualifying round is Saturday, June 25, at 2 pm; the finals are Sunday, June 26, at 3 pm. It’s $10 to participate.

TOYOTA SHOOTOFF

The annual half-court shooting contest runs Thursday through Sunday at the Bennett Block parking lot. Three half-court shots cost you only $10; if you make one, you’re in the quarterfinals. Surviving finalists gather at 3:30 pm Sunday for a chance to win by dropping a halfcourt shot. The last man or woman standing drives home this year’s completely Hooped Out 2022 Toyota RAV4 (pictured).

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RODDA PAINT CONTEST ZONE

Show off your long-range game at this year’s 3-Point Contest, your clutch shooting in the Free Throw Contest or your ability to hit from all over the court in the Hot Shot Contest at the Rodda Paint Contest Zone in the Bennett Block parking lot. Entry is $5.

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1990 On June 30 and July 1, the dream

2009 NBA royalty Kareem Abdul Jabbar

of Rick Betts and Jerry Schmidt became a reality, as downtown Spokane closed its streets in the name of basketball. They mustered 36 courts, filled with 512 teams and 2,009 players. After everybody caught their breath, they thought, “Let’s run it back.”

came to Spokane to promote his book On the Shoulders of Giants over the weekend.

1991 Still the worst weather of any

2012 Klay Thompson and John Wall

Hoopfest, with thunderstorms and a Saturday high of 65 degrees.

played in the charity game; Seattle legends Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas were also on hand.

1994 By Year V, Hoopfest was rolling, with 3,086 teams — six times the number they started with. Kevin Durant snaps a selfie with the Hoopfest masses in 2018.

YEAR BY HOOPIN’ YEAR

2010 The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized Hoopfest as the biggest three-on-three basketball tournament in the world.

2015 ESPN set up shop to present live

1996 Year VII was when Hoopfest

coverage of Hoopfest weekend, exposing the entire nation to this only-in-Spokane phenomenon.

became the largest three-on-three tournament in the nation.

2018 NBA Finals MVP and Seattle Sonics

2000 Still growing! Hoopfest hit 5,426

first-round draft pick Kevin Durant was in the ’Kan, playing pickup with local kids.

teams, and Center Court made its debut.

2004 The first-ever neutral-site WNBA game was played at the Spokane Arena the night before Hoopfest, featuring the New York Liberty taking down our own Seattle Storm.

2006 An independent study found that Hoopfest was generating $39 million in economic benefit to Spokane.

2019 Everybody enjoyed Hoopfest XXX. Nobody knew it would be the last one for a while, as there would be no street hoops bonanza in 2020 or 2021.

2022 Basketball blueblood Riley Stockton, whose grandfather was the Jack of Jack and Dan’s, is hired as executive director. Hoopfest makes its long-awaited return as the greatest basketball weekend on Earth.

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Thanks to Hoopfest Area Administrators, Marshals and Court Monitors, and all of the amazing men and women of our subcommittees and volunteer positions. You help us create magic, enrich lives and build community every year. Thank you for all you do. And a special thank you to all Hoopfest court sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you.

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efore I decided to study journalism in college, I was heavily involved in activism. I advocated for environmental and social justice issues, and I wanted to pursue a career in a field where I could continue to do that work, which is how I landed on studying journalism. That may seem like an odd choice, as journalism centers on observing an issue and reporting on it objectively without weaving any personal biases or opinions into your articles, while activism revolves around your own voice and opinions being at the forefront. But good activism also requires the use of statistics and information that supports your arguments for the changes you’re fighting for. If you want to make a case that actually wins the support of those with opposing views, you need to understand their side and provide evidence to support or disprove their claims. In journalism, one of the things that makes a news story good is representing different viewpoints in your article. Why does someone disagree with this new legislation? What could be some possible side effects for taking this action? Why do people care about this issue? That’s something that I love about journalism and one of things that solidified my decision to pursue a career in the field. There are issues that I care very deeply about, but one of the main challenges I and other activists have encountered is getting people to understand an issue. And that’s something that journalism gives people the ability to do. Yet the more I’ve become involved in journalism, the more I’ve stepped back from the world of activism. And I find myself contemplating whether or not it’s OK

for me to attend a protest about climate action or about reproductive rights when those are issues that I want to write about. Can I objectively cover a story if I go to a protest, or if I get involved in a group that advocates for changes that I support in my personal life? It’s complicated. I believe you can separate your own beliefs from your writing, especially if you recognize that your opinions are just one side of the story and aren’t reflective of the entire issue. At the same time, journalists are people that the public may recognize, and if someone turns to a reporter for objective reporting about environmental issues and sees them marching at a climate rally, are they going to trust that reporter’s integrity? And with the increased polarization of mainstream media and the financial tribulations that plague many local media outlets, is it responsible to jeopardize losing the trust of any readers, even if you’re maintaining journalistic integrity and objectivity while attending a march? As I’ve contemplated the balancing act between journalism and advocacy, I find myself now landing firmly on the journalism side. If you care enough about an issue to go to a rally or a meeting of a local advocacy group, you should devote your energy into writing about the issue. Good writing and good journalism can lead to people understanding complex and polarized issues in a way that attending a protest can’t. And that’s where I plan on putting my focus. n Summer Sandstrom was a spring Inlander intern and recently graduated from Eastern Washington University.

SEASIDE TEMPTATION Gothic romance fans won’t want to miss Apple TV+’s six-part series THE ESSEX SERPENT, a moody period drama based on a 2016 novel. The wealthy, recently widowed wife of an abusive husband, Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) finally finds freedom to explore her true passion, natural history, and departs gloomy 1890s London for a rural fishing village to investigate reports of a mythical beast lurking in the murky tidewaters. Naturally, locals are suspicious. Clinging to religion and superstition, they believe the serpent’s appearance was triggered by sin. But Cora wonders if it’s actually a prehistoric beast that escaped evolution in isolation. Complicating matters, married village vicar Will Ransome (Tom Hiddleston) falls for Cora’s wit and charm. The Essex Serpent is captured in rich, saturated colors, with impeccable costuming and supporting roles, and plenty of clever literary symbolism. (CHEY SCOTT) THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Noteworthy new music arriving in stores and online June 24: SOCCER MOMMY, SOMETIMES, FOREVER. Sophie Allison continues to cement her place near the top of the indie singer-songwriter ranks with another collection of emotional resonant songs. MUNA, MUNA. The queer ladies unleash a barrage of bummer indie pop dance tracks to continue the trend of sad girl summer. LUKE COMBS, GROWIN’ UP. The 2021 CMA Entertainer of the Year looks to top the charts once again with more Carolinian country jams. (SETH SOMMERFELD)

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ummer means outdoor activities, so while you’re out and about and need to fuel up, look for local food trucks at farmers markets and other outdoor community events, like the weekly confab of trucks at Spokane’s Riverfront Park (Saturdays from 11 am-2 pm through Aug. 31), and Food Truck Friday, also downtown (221 N. Wall, Fridays from 11 am-2 pm through Aug. 26). While established local favorites are likely to roll through, also watch out for these relative newcomers to the mobile eats scene.

CHUCHERIAS AND SNOWCONES

facebook.com/chucheriasandsnowcones, 509-521-0870 If you’re an adventurous eater, you’re gonna love what Chucherias and Snowcones is serving up. Chucherias, which loosely translates from Spanish to “junk food,” dishes out authentic Mexican treats — with a twist — at the Hillyard Food Truck Pavilion (5118 N. Market St.) every Thursday through Sunday. With a wide array of options to choose from, you’ll wish you’d saved room for just one more item. The corn in a cup ($4) is the menu’s standout food item. Taking inspiration from Mexican street corn, or elote, the corn and mayo mixture is topped with cotija cheese and your choice of spicy chip: Cheetos or Takis.

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New food trucks to check out this summer We went with Takis, and the spice was the perfect complement to the creamy base. Chucherias also offers some typical Mexican street fair food like churros ($1.50/each); fruit in a cup ($7.75) sprinkled with Tajin seasoning (a blend of chili peppers, lime and sea salt) and skewered for easy eating, and ceviche ($7.25) that packs bright, fresh flavor into a small container. On a hot summer day, indulge in one of Chucherias’ many snow cone offerings ($4 for 16 ounces; $5 for 24 ounces). Now, these aren’t your traditional shaved ice cones: They’re cups packed to the brim with delicious fruit-flavored syrups and sweet and sour candy (add an Otter Pop for 50 cents). Flavors include blue razz, lemon lime and fruit punch. With a menu as large as Chucherias, it’s tempting to go back weekly to try a new treat every day. We won’t tell anyone if you do! (MADISON PEARSON)

FORBIDDEN FRIES

facebook.com/forbiddenfries, 509-220-0383 You had us at fries. Hot, salty, crispy outside and tender inside, fries are a treat by themselves. Could fries be any better? Yes, at Forbidden Fries, where Marcelo Morales loads roughly half a pound of skinny fries with toppings reminiscent of tacos, pizza and other comfort foods. Morales’ carne asada ($14), for example, is one of

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the most popular of his continually expanding lineup of loaded fries. It’s smothered with steak strips, queso fresco, chopped onion, sour cream, cilantro and verde sauce. The Mediterranean ($14) is another crowd favorite and features grilled meat — herbed chicken, but occasionally gyro meat — chopped tomatoes and onions, sliced pepperoncini, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, and parsley. Morales launched Forbidden Fries in spring 2021 with a booth at the Spokane Valley Mall, inspired by cheesy fries he ate as a youngster at an Americana-style spot called Hoagieville in Missoula, Montana. “I know there’s places around town to get fries, but not a whole menu of fries,” says Morales. “So I decided to capitalize on that.” Morales also capitalized on prior food industry experience, including at Skewers food truck with owner Mirak Kazanjian. Completing Spokane Falls Community College’s business program helped him with things like marketing and budgeting, Morales says. Right now, he’s a one-man operation, hauling his fryer, griddle, coolers and other gear to places like the Hillyard Food Court and both Millwood’s and Fairwood’s farmers markets. Rather than a truck, he sets up a tent, heats up the fryer and lets the enticing aroma of fried food do the rest. (CARRIE SCOZZARO)


FUJI FUJI FOOD TRUCK

instagram.com/fujifujifoodtruck I’ve been covering food for the Inlander for the better part of the last decade, meaning I’ve tried a lot of local restaurants. While plenty of eateries’ dishes have become personal favorites, exponentially more are rarely an afterthought. Not the karaage chicken — crisp, fried, seasoned pieces of lightly breaded chicken, here served with a side of cabbage slaw — at Fuji Fuji Food Truck, an operation that started serving Japanese-inspired street food a little more than a month ago. Owner Ben McGrew is still developing and growing Fuji Fuji’s menu, and as of this writing operates on Saturdays, from 5 to 8 pm (closing sooner if he sells out), outside Inland Cider Mill (1020 W. Francis Ave.) in North Spokane. He hopes to soon add more regularly rotating locations to the navy blue truck’s schedule. McGrew, who’s studied Japanese Take your taste buds to Japan with a stop at Fuji Fuji. COURTESY PHOTO language and spent three months in Japan while an undergrad at Eastern Washington University, says he’s always loved food, feeding people and building community through food. “Since the pandemic, when everyone found a new hobby, I knew I wanted to go into a food truck business,” he says. “When it came time to start cooking, Japanese cuisine was a natural interest.” For the first few weekends of business, McGrew has just served his karaage ($10) and gyudon ($12), or beef bowl, to make sure both recipes are perfectly tuned for onsite preparation. He expects the menu to expand throughout summer with other authentic Japanese and CALMETTE VIÊT Asian dishes not usually found at local restaurants. VIETNAMESE For the karaage, McGrew uses potato starch instead calmette.co, locations vary of flour, resulting in a thinner and perfectly golden outer layer. Hot out of the fryer, each bite of the chicken, GOOD ’DILLA topped with seasoning and a drizzle of mayonnaise, is TACOS AND QUESADILLAS an explosion of umami and fat and salt and juicy, soft gooddilla.com, 509-859-8579, chicken. After finishing a portion, I could have gone back locations vary for seconds, and even thirds. (CHEY SCOTT)

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LITTLE P.I. ASIAN FUSION

FILIPINO Facebook: Little PI Asian Fusion, 208-819-9124; located at Best Avenue food court, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene

SENGSATIONAL CUISINE

ASIAN AND HAWAIIAN FUSION facebook.com/SengsationalCuisine, 509-590-7725; locations vary

SUSHI MAN MOSCOW

JAPANESE facebook.com/SushiManMoscow; open during Moscow Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 am-1 pm

WUMBO WINGS N GUMBO

SOUTHERN/CREOLE facebook.com/mobileplayacutz, 509-294-4935; preorder for pickup at 3224 E. 18th Ave., Spokane

BIG DADDY’S BÁNH MÌ’S

Facebook: Big Daddy’s Bánh Mì’s, 509-951-4565 If you don’t know what a bánh mì is, you’re not alone. Big Daddy’s Bánh Mì’s always sets up a red sign next to its truck explaining what this “fresh, savory Vietnamese sandwich” is all about. The traditional bánh mì reimagines a baguette — one of the only French influences the Vietnamese kept after the end of colonization — filling it with steamy pork or steak, crisp vegetables, and fresh herbs. Owner Mathew Truong couldn’t be happier to introduce you. Truong has loved making food ever since spending weekends cooking with his father, a longtime chef at Fai’s Noodle House (formerly at Northern Quest Casino). His father’s family emigrated from China to Vietnam during the 1960s before coming to the U.S. with affection for different Asian cuisines. Alongside sandwiches, Truong also serves rice bowls and his famous Thai yellow curry ($13), a soulful heap of golden, slow-simmered chicken and spices. His knack for fusion will sometimes create seasonal specials, like the crowd-pleasing surf-and-turf bowl. But mostly, Truong stays pretty faithful to an authentic sandwich with tofu ($11) or marinated steak, pork or chicken ($12). Big Daddy’s even provides a bánh mì for kids ($7), which is a smaller portion with no veggies to win over a wary child… or, maybe, a skeptical adult. (ELIZA BILLINGHAM) n

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raft cocktail options in North Idaho are somewhat limited to full-service restaurants or raucous bars, making The Goat Lounge an ideal new spot for small plates and an adult beverage in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Owned by the neighboring Moose Lounge, at 401 Sherman Ave., (speaking of raucous bars), the Goat is located at 108 N. Fourth St. in the former Sweet Peaks Ice Cream location. The ice cream parlor’s counter has been converted to a handsome, L-shaped bar area with access to both indoor seating and outdoor seating via a large sliding glass window. The Goat offers a full bar with a thoughtfully curated drink menu, including craft beer like local Paragon Scotch Ale ($6), and cocktails like the colorful Coeur de la Fleur ($14) with gin, lemon, butterfly pea flower (aka blue tea), lavender bitters and Brut champagne. The food menu has a modest assortment of light bites, like shareable Mediterranean flatbread ($14) with chicken, artichoke hearts, San Marzano tomatoes, pickled red onion, kalamata olives and both goat cheese and feta cheese; housemade edamame hummus ($12), and charcuterie ($25). Visit facebook.com/thegoatcda.

OPENINGS

Hail Caesar, and we don’t mean the salad. Check out the SPOKANE TRIBE CASINO’S Caesar’s Sportsbook Grill & Bar, which replaced Whaluks and is part of the casino’s ongoing multiphase expansion. Open from 9 am to 2 am, you can get a quick breakfast burrito ($10), as well as comfort food classics all day long. Settle in with a beverage — the Grill has more than 20 draft beers on tap for $2 each — and try loaded nachos ($10; add chicken $4), beer brats ($10), or a burger ($7/ single, $10/double, $12/triple). We’re also adding

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the Grill to our list of places to find poutine ($11). Visit spokanetribecasino.com/grillandbar. PINT HOUSE BURGERS & BREWS recently opened its second location at 9214 E. Mission Ave. in Spokane Valley. Both the Spokane Valley and original North Side location (3325 W. Indian Trail Rd.) offer pub grub for dine-in or takeout in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Try the huge beer pretzel with cheese ($16.50), fried pickles ($14), a pound of wings ($18) or tacos ($17 for four). And, yeah, they have lots of burgers, too. Visit pinthousepub.com. Rank has its privileges. For many years, our fine servicewomen and men at Fairchild Air Force Base had BETTY JEANS BBQ (101 W. Spaatz Rd., Medical Lake) all to themselves. But then word got ’round that Betty Jean’s owners, Ranelle and Omar Jones, were going to add a second location in Spokane, one that didn’t require a security clearance and is now open on the South Hill, at 2926 E. 29th Ave. If you’re a fan of Southern food like shrimp po’ boys, savory baked beans, hush puppies, and North Carolinastyle barbecue, then get yourself over there. Visit facebook.com/bettyjeansbbq.

BEEN BREWING

Seems like new breweries are popping up all over North Idaho. In addition to BLACK LODGE BREWING (206 N. Third St., Coeur d’Alene), which opened in December 2021, three additional breweries are either open or planned. Despite the name, OUTPOST BREWING (1710 N. Fourth St.) is located in the heart of very accessible Midtown Coeur d’Alene in the former Slate Creek location. Try Outpost’s Low Vis Hazy IPA or any number of local and regional beers on tap. The local watering hole is also the spot for weekly trivia, occasional paint-and-sip parties and live music. Visit facebook.com/outpostbrewing. TWISTED SLATE BREWERY (8160 N. Cornerstone Dr., Hayden) is not yet brewing its own beer, but is working on building changes to do so, and has a large selection of local and regional beers on tap. Find them tucked into a Highway 95 strip mall north of Prairie Avenue. Visit facebook.com/twistedslate. VANTAGE POINT BREWING COMPANY (​​208 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene) is still under construction with plans to open later in 2022. Visit vantagepointbrewing.com. n To-Go Box is the Inlander’s regular dining news column, offering tasty tidbits and updates on the region’s food and drink scene. Send tips and updates to food@inlander.com.


ALSO OPENING THE BLACK PHONE

When a 13-year-old boy gets snapped up by a sadistic maskwearing serial killer (Ethan Hunt) and thrown in a soundproof basement, his only lifeline is a supernatural disconnected black phone through which the killer’s previous victims try to communicate to help him escape. Rated R

MY DONKEY, MY LOVER & I

Laure Calamy won the 2021 César Award (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for her comedic turn as Antoinette Lapouge, a schoolteacher having an affair with one of her students’ fathers. When a family vacation gets in the way of their lovers holiday, she follows the family with uncooperative transportation aid from the titular stubborn ass. Not rated At the Magic Lantern

HIPS REVIEW

DO LIE Despite flair and a gallant effort from Austin Butler, Elvis gets trapped in a standard rock biopic rut BY CHASE HUTCHINSON

For I can’t help not falling in love with Elvis.

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biopic first announced in 2014, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis sees the distinctive director (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet) returning to the big screen with mixed results. Starring the relatively unknown actor Austin Butler as the electric Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his conniving manager Colonel Tom Parker, it is at its best when Luhrmann’s cinematic eccentricities are let loose and he leans into the raucous performances. Regrettably, the experience overall becomes far less than the sum of its parts. The King’s hips can’t wiggle their way out of the wearisome way the story, one that becomes a checklist version of the musician’s life as opposed to the comprehensive character study it should’ve been. There is still a lot to admire about the parts of the whole. Butler in particular is quite good in the onstage performances as well as the character-driven scenes, like one in the shadow of a decrepit Hollywood sign. He delicately captures a character who was both an incredible performer and a troubled person offstage. As the film tracks his spiral into darkness, it forms the emotional center that one can almost get swept up in. What holds the viewer back is how the film falls into being a little too close to hagiography, glossing over many of the more complicated aspects of the man behind the music. It still works as a star-making turn for Butler, who emerges as a bright spot despite the persistent attempt to smother him underneath the many tiresome excesses.

What isn’t as compelling is almost everything with attempts to jam into one feature with tropes bursting out Hanks. He makes use of an exaggerated accent that we’re of the seams of its overstuffed narrative. It is a fascinating meant to believe is Dutch, though it’s really anyone’s experiment in theory, though it becomes a meandering guess. Hanks gives the performative equivalent of rolling mess in practice. Clichés abound as it never is able to find headfirst down a cliff, lacking control while somehow a sense of nuance in a story that desperately needs it. hitting every tree, bush and rock on the way down before While the life of the titular musician did go off the coming to rest in a messy heap. It can’t be called an rails, the way it is all played here is far too constrained by impersonation as it is so exaggerated and unsteady that it the conventions of the biopic. It is oddly safe, smoothing shifts into being distracting. We get that Parker is over any wrinkles that could have a sinister snake-oil salesman. What makes it hard offered more insights into the story. ELVIS to swallow is the performance itself is synthetic, A key example is when we meet the lacking anything beyond its superficial and strange Rated PG-13 iconic bluesman B.B. King, played by Directed by Baz Luhrmann choices that are never convincing. While acting Kelvin Harrison Jr. (who is a strong Starring Austin Butler, Tom Hanks musical performer in his own right, under garish prosthetics does Hanks no favors, it is the decisions he makes as an actor that turn it as witnessed in the sublime Cyrano). into one of his worst performances. It is misguided from His character is reduced to providing wisdom to Presley the very start and gets worse from there, crying out for before he disappears as the story thrusts ahead to the list more of a subtle touch. of other plot points it wants to hit. Of course, one doesn’t go to a Luhrmann film expectInstead of a few montages sprinkled throughout the ing subtlety. The director always swings for the fences. movie, there’s a bombardment of them that becomes an His last film, 2013’s abysmal The Great Gatsby adaptation, overdrive of exposition. It hits all the big notes of Preswas sporadically interesting though ultimately hollow. ley’s life with such speed that it washes over the texture Elvis runs into many of the same problems while also of it all. It is all rote and rushed to the point of being creating a whole host of new ones, ensuring there is an shallow. Despite covering one of the most impactful and abundance of noise that drowns out anything engaging. enduring artists of all time, Elvis will be remembered as Luhrmann (who co-wrote the script) takes enough matea biopic with flair that still got caught in its own trap of rial for what could be five different biopics which he then tedium. n

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n a typical underdog sports movie, the nonfiction book) and director Craig Roberts founlikely athlete finally makes it to the big cus more on Maurice’s humble working-class life championship at the climax, getting the than on his sports stardom, making The Phantom long-awaited chance to prove their skills to all the of the Open into a likable, low-key family dramedy. doubters. For real-life golfer Maurice Flitcroft, Hawkins brings sensitivity and honesty to the played by Mark Rylance in The Phantom of the stock role of Maurice’s supportive wife, and twins Open, the high-profile championship is just the Christian and Jonah Lees are amusing as Maubeginning of the story. rice’s twin sons, who pursue their own offbeat In 1975, the middle-aged Maurice works as a dream of becoming champion disco dancers. crane operator at a shipyard in a coastal England There’s some contrived conflict between town, fearing impending layoffs. He’s put his Maurice and his oldest son, Michael (Jake Dadreams aside for the sake of raising a family with vies), who’s embarrassed by the press attention his wife, Jean (Sally Hawkins), and he’s proud of on his dad’s antics and prefers to live a respecthis three sons. But when Jean encourages him to able life as a middle manager. That’s mostly an find a new passion now that the kids are excuse to add emotional getting older and he may not have his job THE PHANTOM stakes to the story, as Maufor much longer, Maurice latches on to rice continues to clash with OF THE OPEN the idea of becoming a professional golfer. Rated PG-13 a stuffy golf official (Rhys Never mind that he has no experience Directed by Craig Roberts Ifans) and makes multiple or knowledge or equipment — he catches subsequent attempts to enter Starring Mark Rylance, a golf tournament on TV late one night the Open via various aliases Sally Hawkins, Jake Davies and is hooked. With a combination of and disguises. Although naïveté and determination, he decides to enter the golf establishment isn’t amused, Maurice’s the prestigious British Open, which involves simdeceptions are mostly harmless, and he becomes ply filling out a form and mailing it in. Maurice a bit of a folk hero over time. A tearful reconcilifudges a few details, no one in the tournament ation between father and son eventually feels like office notices or cares, and suddenly he’s playing sentimental overkill. in the first round of the 1976 British Open alongMost of The Phantom of the Open is as subdued side the sport’s top contenders. and charming as Rylance’s performance, though, This is not the story of an unassuming avoiding the manipulative clichés of sports movies amateur who stunned the golf world with his even as it embellishes its fact-based source materemarkable abilities. Maurice is, by all measures, rial. Roberts adds in occasional fantasy sequences a terrible golfer. In that one round at the 1976 as Maurice is overcome by his love for golf, Open, Maurice racks up the worst score in the granting a sense of whimsy to a sport not known history of the competition. But he captures the for its quirks or levity. Like Maurice, the movie imagination of reporters and fans, the kind of challenges the classist elitism of golf via gentle people always looking for a unique angle on humor, never pushing too hard. The filmmakers an often predictable sporting event. Before the keep things warm and reassuring, enveloping movie’s halfway mark, Maurice is back home, his the audience in a feeling of comfort. It’s easy to one moment of potential glory behind him. be won over by Maurice Flitcroft, but his story Writer Simon Farnaby (adapting his own doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression. n


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Al-vant Garde Ranking “Weird Al” Yankovic’s best original, non-parody songs BY SETH SOMMERFELD

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hen it comes to parody prowess, there’s no one in the same universe as “Weird Al” Yankovic. Since the early ’80s, he’s dominated the musical comedy realm and proved to have more enduring pop cultural relevance than most of the charttoppers whose songs he turned into comedic fodder. How many other artists get their first No. 1 album with their 14th record, 31 years after their debut album? None. Except Weird Al, who did so with 2014’s Mandatory Fun. Weird Al returns to Spokane this week when “The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” stops at the Fox on June 24. Having seen the first version of the tour, it’s really designed for Weird Al diehards. This isn’t the show with a million costume changes and all the hit parodies (hence the “ill-advised”). Instead, Al and his band strip things down and play mostly the deeper album cuts (hence the “self-indulgent”) that the true nerds hold dear. With that in mind, it felt like a good time to look at the best original tunes in the weird one’s catalog. While the send-ups of pop hits might get most of the attention, there are non-parody gems (30-plus of ’em) from across his catalog that most non-hardcore fans might overlook. For the exercise, I’m allowing broad genre spoofs but excluding direct song parodies and style pastiches that are clearly aping a singular artist’s style, which unfortunately disqualifies

Weird Al classics like “Everything You Know is Wrong” (They Might Be Giants), “Dare to Be Stupid” (Devo) and even “Albuquerque” (The Rugburns). Here’s the best of Weird Al when he’s left to his own devices.

10 “GOOD ENOUGH FOR NOW”

(POLKA PARTY!, 1986)

While those old-time country crooners had a way to melt hearts, Weird Al’s country ballad takes the opposite tack, with the singer making an ass of himself by being too honest and saying he feels like he’s completely settling by being in a relationship with his current lady friend.

OF THE RADIOACTIVE HAMSTERS 9 “ATTACK FROM A PLANET NEAR MARS” (UHF, 1989)

While some might object to the exclusion of “UHF” from this list (it woulda been No. 11), it’s not the best Al original on the cult classic film’s soundtrack. That honor would go to this over-the-top rocking tale of extraterrestrial kaiju hamsters wreaking havoc on the globe, which allows Al to revel in his wacky storytelling.

8 “SPORTS SONG”

(MANDATORY FUN, 2014)

There is nothing less funny than a non-sports fan attempting to be chiding by using the term “sportsball.” If you’re gonna make fun of sports, go the Weird Al route. This marching band song captures the absurdity of fandom by making a rallying cry out of literalist language. In the end it’s truly a “We’re great! And you suck!” tribalist mentality, after all.

7 “CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO”

(POLKA PARTY!, 1986)

Here’s a not-so-hidden secret: Weird Al has a much darker, more twisted comedic perspective than is evident on his biggest parodies. That fact shines through on his originals. Never was this clearer than when his record label asked him to do a Christmas song and he gave them this holiday earworm about yuletide nuclear annihilation masked by a deceptively cheery wall-of-sound holiday backing. ...continued on next page

Song parodies aren't the only tool in Yankovic's arsenal.

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Well before bling rap culture got going, Weird Al brought the same braggadocious wealth-flaunting energy (solid gold Cadillacs, Perrier baths, women lined up at his door) to this catchy 1920s/30s jazz number.

5 “YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR TODAY”

(RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 1999)

Mixing the equally silly realms of astrology and third-wave ska, this jaunty tune finds Al listing off everyone’s bleak horoscopes to a skank-worthy soundtrack. Mocking the universality of the cosmic predictions by making them extremely specific (giving Meryl Streep a hickey, being impaled by a javelin) and presenting them with bouncy enthusiasm underlines their ridiculousness.

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“YOU DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE” (OFF THE DEEP END, 1992)

Few things are more of a comedic layup than an idiot being totally oblivious to the world around them. This soft songwriter ballad highlights a fool completely not taking the hint that his ex might not like him despite their piranha attacks, poisonings and claims that he’s an ugly antichrist. Keep being willfully obtuse, you dummy.

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“THE WEIRD AL SHOW THEME” (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 1999)

It’s a crime Weird Al’s Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-esque Saturday morning CBS kids show only lasted one season (it maybe came around too early, as it’s far easier to see it catching on in the streaming age). Regardless, the theme song holds up even when removed from the context of the show actually being real. Backed by zany sound effects and banjo, Al channels his peak hyperkinetic self to tell the full lore of landing his own TV show (with plenty of goofy extraneous details: women with spatula tattoos, his jelly bean-and-pickle sandwich-making prowess, etc.) in just over a minute, and has an absolute blast doing so.

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(BAD HAIR DAY, 1996)

No, Weird Al didn’t write Kelly Clarkson’s biggest hit (that one has a “U” in the title). This short a capella group number offers up evocative descriptions about how much pain Al has been in since his lover left. Heartbreak can garner plenty of laughs when compared to tin foil chewing, ice cream headaches, and sticking one’s head in a blender. After the array of awful descriptions, the ending salvo that “I feel almost as bad as I did… when you were still here” is a flawless comedic twist.

1. Dare to Be Stupid 2. Alpocalypse 3. Off the Deep End 4. Running With Scissors 5. Mandatory Fun

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6. Bad Hair Day 7. “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D 8. Even Worse 9. “Weird Al” Yankovic 10. Straight Outta Lynwood 11. Poodle Hat 12. UHF 13. Alapalooza 14. Polka Party!

1 “ONE MORE MINUTE”

(DARE TO BE STUPID, 1985)

A note-perfect doo-wop tune provides the ideal ground for Al to go full hyperbolic exaggeration to describe the devastation of heartbreak while trying to throw up a facade of I’m not even upset I’m glad I don’t have to be around you. What starts as normal jilted lover fodder (torn pictures) takes a turn for the gleefully absurd which includes arson, eating shards of glass, self-disembowelment, and bathroom cleanings with his tongue to express just how much he’s totally not upset. It remains a timeless original that holds up as well as Weird Al himself. n “Weird Al” Yankovic, Emo Philips • Fri, June 24 at 8 pm • $40-$85 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • foxtheaterspokane.org • 509-624-1200

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hile witches tend to avoid burnings, Frankie and the Witch Fingers try to burn the house down each time the band takes the stage. Armed with big fuzzy riffs, dissonant guitar bends, and hallucinogenic lyrics, the Los Angeles-based group’s psychgarage rock often sounds like a bad trip… but in a good way. The 2020 album Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters... showcases the blend of hazy vibes and adrenaline mainlining that has become the band’s calling card. Join the witchy ones when they head to Lucky You along with Seattle punk trio Monsterwatch, which is known for its wildly raucous live shows. — SETH SOMMERFELD Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Monsterwatch • Sat, June 25 at 8 pm • $13 • 21+ • Lucky You Lounge • 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. • luckyyoulounge.com • 509-474-0511

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ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Swingset BRICK WEST BREWING CO., Kyle Richard LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Alcohol & Feelings (Cover Show) J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, The Crystal Method, DEGS, Dirty Vacation NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Flo Rida, T.I. PINE STREET PLAZA, Music on Main: Jon & Rand Band POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Echo Elysium J REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Norman Baker, Dani Bacon J THE STEAM PLANT, Just Plain Darin ZOLA, Desperate8s

Brad Paisley, Chance McKinney • Sun, June 26 at 7:30 pm • $99 • Northern Quest Casino & Resort • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • northernquest.com • 509-481-2800

Friday, 6/24

AK ASIAN RESTAURANT, Cassandra Wheeler BACKWOODS WHISKEY BAR, Take 2 Duo BACKWOODS WHISKEY BAR, Riverboat Dave J THE BIG DIPPER, Draemora, Materia Obscura, LACABRA, Toxic Vengeance, Solar Death CHAN’S RED DRAGON ON THIRD, Cary Fly CHINOOK CRAFTED BY ADAM HEGSTED, Ron Greene LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Imagine Collective J J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, “Weird Al” Yankovic MATCHWOOD BREWING CO., Headwaters NASHVILLE NORTH, Micky & The Motorcars, Jeff Crosby NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE, Rumor 6 OLD MILL BAR AND GRILL, Lucas McIntyre

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hen he’s not busy writing Nationwide jingles with Peyton Manning, it turns out Brad Paisley writes his own songs too. Good for him! All kidding aside, between 2005 and 2011 the West Virginian megastar released 17 straight singles that reached No. 1 or No. 2 on the country charts. In an era filled with lowest-common denominator pop country, Paisley’s songwriting almost feels like a classical throwback, focusing on ultra-sincere and sweet love songs (that occasionally come off a tad saccharine, but that’s preferable to artificiality). Dust off your boots and cowboy hats for the first big outdoor country concert of the summer. — SETH SOMMERFELD

PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Ponderay Paradox TRANCHE, Gary Winston & The Real Deal

Saturday, 6/25

J BECK’S HARVEST HOUSE, Just Plain Darin J J THE BIG DIPPER, The Pink Socks, The Emergency Exit, The Disorderlies, Crusty Mustard THE BULL HEAD, Working Spliffs CHAN’S RED DRAGON ON THIRD, Rusty Jackson & the Spokane River Band CHINOOK CRAFTED BY ADAM HEGSTED, Ron Greene J HARRISON CITY PARK, Gil Rivas J KNITTING FACTORY, SOJA, Artikal Sound System J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Monsterwatch

NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE, Rumor 6 J ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, Lake Town Sound PASTIME TAVERN, Black Jack Band J PONDEROSA BAR AND GRILL, William Nover POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Pat Coast J ROCKET MARKET, Rosie Cerquone SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Son of Brad SPOKANE VALLEY EAGLES, Stagecoach West TRANCHE, Eric Leadbetter ZOLA, Blake Braley

Sunday, 6/26

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Grand Avenue BECK’S HARVEST HOUSE, Joey Anderson J COLBERT PRESBYTERIAN

CHURCH, New Hope Resource Center Benefit Concert J CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, PJ Destiny LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Bay Ledges, Doublecamp, Bran J NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Brad Paisley J ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, Okay, Honey J SOUTH HILL GRILL, Just Plain Darin J THE BORDER STOP, Heather King

Monday, 6/27

J EICHARDT’S PUB, Monday Blues Jam with John Firshi

Tuesday, 6/28

JOHN’S ALLEY, Too Slim and The Taildraggers OSPREY RESTAURANT & BAR, Sam Leyde

J ROCKET MARKET, Jerry Lee Raines SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD, Rhythmic Collective WINE COUNTRY AMPHITHEATER, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band ZOLA, Lucas Brown & Friends

Wednesday, 6/29

J KENDALL YARDS, Ian Gaddie, Suhanna Jens, Nick Grow MCEUEN PARK, Igor & The Red Elvises OSPREY RESTAURANT & BAR, Ron Greene J PONDEROSA BAR AND GRILL, Dallas Kay J POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE, Just Plain Darin RED ROOM LOUNGE, The Roomates ZOLA, Runaway Lemonade


MUSIC | VENUES 219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208263-5673 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane Valley • 509-927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 509-847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 509-924-1446 BERSERK • 125 S. Stevens St. • 509-315-5101 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 509863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 509-467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 509-227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague Ave. • 509891-8357 BOLO’S BAR & GRILL • 116 S. Best Rd., Spokane Valley • 509-891-8995 BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR • 18219 E. Appleway Ave., Spokane Valley • 509-368-9847 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main St., Moscow • 208-596-0887 THE BULL HEAD • 10211 S. Electric St., Four Lakes • 509-838-9717 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-292-4813 CRAVE • 401 W. Riverside Ave. • 509-321-7480 CRUISERS BAR & GRILL • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-446-7154 CURLEY’S HAUSER JUNCTION • 26433 W. Hwy. 53, Post Falls • 208-773-5816 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FIRST INTERSTATE CENTER FOR THE ARTS • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • 509-279-7000 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • 509-6241200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-4572392 HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB • 317 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-930-1514 IRON GOAT BREWING • 1302 W. Second Ave. • 509-474-0722 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 509-926-8411 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 509244-3279 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington St. • 509-315-8623 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 509-456-5678 LUCKY YOU LOUNGE • 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. • 509-474-0511 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 509747-2605 MARYHILL WINERY • 1303 W. Summit Pkwy. • 509-443-3832 THE MASON JAR • 101 F St., Cheney • 509-359-8052 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 509-922-6252 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • 509-838-1570 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 877-871-6772 NYNE BAR & BISTRO • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 509-474-1621 PACIFIC PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 509-443-5467 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 POST FALLS BREWING CO. • 112 N. Spokane St., Post Falls • 208-773-7301 RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL • 10325 N. Government Way, Hayden • 208-635-5874 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 509838-7613 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 509-822-7938 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-8008 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 509-459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon Ave. • 509-2797000 STORMIN’ NORMAN’S SHIPFACED SALOON • 12303 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 509-862-4852 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 509-624-2416

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Forbidden love, yearned-for romance, and the hard choice between what you want and what is right elegantly entwine throughout Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s production of The Bridges of Madison County. The two-time Tony Award winning musical is set in a small Iowa town in 1965 and follows war bride Francesca’s passionate and revitalizing affair with visiting National Geographic photographer Robert. Francesca and Robert are filled to the brim with complex and powerful longing, and their lives are never the same after their first meeting. The musical and lyrical genius of Jason Robert Brown makes for an unforgettable, breathtaking experience that will leave audience members reeling in its graceful portrayal of love’s complications and life’s priorities. — LAUREN RODDIS The Bridges of Madison County • Through Sun, June 26; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $25-$41 • University High School Theater • 12420 E. 32nd Ave., Spokane Valley • svsummertheatre.com • 509-368-7897

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Summer Camp: They Live • Sun, June 26 at 5 pm; Tue, June 28 at 7:10 pm; Thu, June 30 at 10 pm • $2.50 • Garland Theater • 924 W. Garland Ave • garlandtheater.com • 509-327-1050

Metaline Falls Bigfoot Festival • Sat, June 25 from 10 am-5 pm and Sun, June 26 from 10 am-3 pm• Free • Metaline Falls, Washington • mfbigfoot.com

Ever feel numbed by megahit blockbusters? Don’t fall prey to Hollywood brainwashing. Revive your imagination with the next installment of the Garland Theater’s Summer Camp series, They Live, an uncannily prophetic sci-fi film from John Carpenter. Test out your own sunglasses and get ready for the best fight scene of your life. Then, make sure to come back for the rest of the series, which continues screening throwbacks throughout the summer on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The historic local theater is set to screen Stand By Me, Rob Reiner’s take on Stephen King’s The Body, in July, and closes out the summer with Francis Ford Coppola’s classic The Outsiders. After the films, grab a cocktail at Bon Bon, but keep a sharp eye out for any subliminal messaging to OBEY. — ELIZA BILLINGHAM

As residents of the Pacific Northwest, we’re all familiar with our mysterious, furry friend with whom we share the woods. But, do we spend too much time looking for Bigfoot rather than trying to get to know him? Thankfully, if you’re looking to celebrate the cryptid creature, Metaline Falls in northern Pend Oreille County is hosting its second annual Bigfoot Festival. The townwide fest features Bigfoot-themed vendors, live music, a 5K run and general Bigfoot appreciation. Additionally, well-known Bigfoot researchers such as Don Paulides, The She-Squatchers and Ron Moorehead are joining the festivities to show off their findings and share the history of the ’squatch with enthusiasts from around the country. Just remember to keep one eye open at all times in case the creature itself decides to make a surprise appearance… — MADISON PEARSON


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I’m probably at the end of the line in terms of when a viral video will reach my social media feeds, but at some point a couple months back a bunch of comedians I follow on Twitter started sharing clips of “angry IKEA employee” (for lack of a better description). This mustached young man staring straight into the camera is having a one-sided conversation with an angry customer, unleashing his rage at his lot in life, and boredom with his employer, in hilarious one-liners set to a creepy Halloween-style soundtrack. “You think you hate this place more than me? I work here!” and “‘I know that’s not right, I used to work here’ — well things change. Sorry they didn’t run it by you first” are pretty typical jokes, and incapable of being done justice in print. But Scott Seiss, the man in the vids, is more than an online sensation, having opened doing stand-up gigs with the likes of such heavy hitters as Patton Oswalt and Bo Burnham. I’m hoping his latest creation, “Angry Renter,” makes an appearance when he hits Spokane. — DAN NAILEN Scott Seiss • Tue, June 28 at 7:30 pm • $25 • 18+ • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague Ave. • spokanecomedyclub.com • 509-318-9998

SPORTS BE LIKE LEGOLAS

Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen, Legolas or Hawkeye during an annual, all-levels archery event atop Idaho’s Silver Mountain. While pro-level competition archers from across North America converge with the hopes of winning cool stacks of cash, the two-day, family-friendly event is open to casual bow-wielders as well. Youth and adult archers can sign up as individuals or in teams of two, with options to partake in the competitive circuit or a “for fun” series. The competition itself takes place on top of the mountain, so the day’s activities begin with a 20-minute ride up the gondola, dubbed the world’s longest such transport. Sweeping views are offered from each of the event’s four courses, which feature three-dimensional targets — versus a flat bullseye — in the shape of animals like elk and deer. Find all the rules, registration info and other details at the link below. — CHEY SCOTT The Shootout at Silver Mountain • Sat-Sun, June 25-26 from 7 am-5 pm • $25-$175 • All ages • Silver Mountain Resort • 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • toppinarchery.net

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his family locate him. His name is Nick Amberson. He is a 31-year-old male who went missing on Easter Sunday. He left his NW home walking with only phone, car key, wallet. This has become more than just a missing person, as Nick loved his car and would not walk away from it. SPD Detective Chad Erdman is handling the case. If anyone has any information, please contact SPD and reference Case No. 2022-20064984. I implore anyone with any information big or small to call authorities. This is a parent’s worst nightmare come true for his mom. She is devastated, terrified, hurting, scared and lost. Let’s please help bring her son back home safe and sound. THANK YOU for reading this.

I SAW YOU COSTCO 5/31 You-queens Me-dylan. Talked music for a bit:) Want to hang out and listen to some TCV on vinyl with me?;) THAT SMILE! We pick our kids up from the same school. And, for the past couple weeks, we have made eye contact and smiled at each other. Your smile makes my day. And you’re beautiful to boot. It’s a shame school is almost over. I tried getting your attention today (Wednesday). Hope you see this. We drive the same type of black vehicle, but different years. BEWARE THE FLIPPER GUY I saw you from a distance. I was hoping not to see you, even though you taught me so much about your business in hindsight. I should have brought a flashlight to really see in those darkcurtained rooms, to check for multicolored walls, brush-painted plastic wall tiles and windows with bullet holes. Where was the key for the keyed mailbox and spare paint to fix your sloppy repainted walls. What about the manuals for the thermostat and yard watering system. Are the “refinished floors” all really refinished? No? Are there hidden holey window screens? Are the floor tiles peel-and-stick (which cannot be mopped?) Are the kitchen appliances poor quality and faulty? I am sorry I saw you. Call me Duped NEED HELP IN FINDING YOU I am putting this article here in hopes of someone who knows this man, and his whereabouts, will come forward with information. This is a missing man, and I am trying to help

LOST AND FOUND... DID YOU SEE ME! Did you see me? I’m a 2½ x 2½-foot Bright Orange cloth (two-sided) attached to a 6-foot-long bike flag pole. I have the emblems of all of the high Schools in Spokane County, plus the Eagles, WSU, Gonzaga & Whitworth logos... I was riding on my owner’s trike, but I think someone with a flag fetish got all hot and bothered and took me off the cycle... I had ridden on the trike for over 4,000 miles in the greater Spokane area so don’t believe I just fell off. A reward might be offered...Coffee at Pittoti’s or Cedar Coffee??

CHEERS THANK YOU, GEG! Thank you to each and every person at GEG who helped me look for my AirPods on June 14. My locator app showed that they were last seen at the airport after my flight home from Portland last week. I was sure I left them on the plane! I talked to Alaska’s baggage office (twice), the police station (twice), the Alaska ticket agent (who checked all the gates for me), TSA, cab dispatch, the snack store manager, agents at Delta and Southwest, and a patrolling police officer who offered to search the parking lot with me. I was overwhelmed with each person’s kindness, yet I went home empty-handed. Ultimately, I learned that the locator app only shows the last place your phone actively connected to the AirPods. After a thorough search of my home I found them! I am proud to call Spokane home and to know that the many helpful people at GEG are our visitors’ welcoming crew. GOLF HEAVEN Cheers to our world-class city and county public golf courses. Affordable, friendly, utterly gorgeous. Get out there, you’ll likely meet players

from distant locations, in town solely to experience the exceptional golf scene, the one we take for granted. It’s right outside our front door. SAFEWAY SHADLE ON A SUNDAY MORNING Thank you to the several people who came to the assistance of my husband and myself when he passed out, in the middle of the parking lot, due to a recent medical issue. They stopped what they were doing, even stopping a vehicle backing up near where

do have control over who we grow up to be. Hate isn’t genetic. Hate is taught and learned. Hatred is the ultimate expression of toxic fear. If you fear being a failure, then being a hater will not be your key to success. You will not be feared, but hated.

RE: SUNDAY DRIVERS You have lived here three years and call people Sunday drivers. Most of the people in Spokane go over the speed limit. If you don’t like the way people drive, maybe you should take the bus or go somewhere else.

HELP THE HOMELESS First off, I want to start by saying that WA State has the most help if you want to get back to being self-sufficient. Bar none. That being said some of the programs in place for the

OH WOW! Now I know the difference between a nationalist and a Nazi. If you are related to someone who has power over the lives of people you’re a nationalist.

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my husband was. A gentleman helped him back to his feet and made sure he was OK. We didn’t get to tell you all Thank You, we greatly appreciate you and your kindness! You could have easily looked away or minded your own business, which we are soo grateful you all didn’t. BTW, he is doing better. LITTLE BIRD To the little bird who chirps, starting at 4 am, every morning... so beautiful.

JEERS RE: ACTUAL DAMAGES Weapon of war, seriously? Assault weapon, military style weapon, weapon of war. And what weapon of war are you referring to? A tank? Cannon? Grenade launcher? Daisy Cutter? If you’re talking about the AR-15, sorry, NOT a weapon of war. The boys in Vietnam used M14s and M16s. Sure, the AR-15 and the M-16 shoot similar rounds, but the M-16 is fully automatic! The AR-15 is not. One cannot go and purchase a fully automatic. Lastly, there is no such thing as gun violence. I’ve been around guns of all kinds for some 40 years, not once has any of them EVER become violent with me. HATE ISN’T GENETIC When I taught high school math it was very common to hear students cast insults at one another. Often they referenced race or ethnicity or sexual orientation. I would explain to them that we can’t be judging people based on their DNA. None of us has any control what we will be at the moment of conception. We

homeless are pretty unattainable. Most are traumatized and have no place of residence and sleep on the streets. How are they supposed to obtain gainful employment if they are dealing with no place to live, trauma, and addiction and a slew of other things??? My heart goes out to them. But that is not enough. Most weren’t raised with the tools needed to become self-sufficient. The time for change is now. We the people have had enough. God bless America. THE AR IS AN ASSAULT WEAPON This is in response to those individuals who use selectively picked “facts” to justify the civilian use of AR-15 and similar weapons. The precursor to the M16 is the AR-15, originally designed as an assault rifle, firing high-velocity small-caliber cartridges. Colt, at the request of the US military, subsequently modified the AR-15 design, becoming the M16. Suggesting that the AR-15 is a civilian rather than an assault weapon is disingenuous at best. A 22LR bullet typically weighs between 30-40 grams; the .223 bullet comes in between 45 to 70 grams. But the biggest difference is muzzle velocity. ... Consider the impact of your 10-year-old son deliberately throwing a baseball directly at your chest. Now imagine a professional baseball pitcher throwing a fastball traveling at 95 miles per hour from the same distance. The first you would hardly feel – the second you will end up with bruised, if not broken, ribs. So let’s quit being delusional. The AR-15 is an assault weapon, it’s original design and intent being to maim and kill other human beings.

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RE:RE:RE: HANDICAPPED FRAUD Who are you to tell me what is or is not my business? It effects me, therefore it matters to me. You were not there. The woman was obviously the epitome of health. Why are you defending someone about something that is not your business. You were not there. I have had open chest surgery. A year ago. Through no fault of my own, the rest of my now significantly shortened life, I will be hooked up to oxygen tanks. What I saw that day was not the only example. Please just let me have the spot. And don’t argue with me just to argue when there is no reason to whatsoever. My ex-wife already has that job. n

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STAGE LIGHTS FOR OUR PLACE An evening of music, comedy, dance and a silent auction to help raise funds for Our Place food bank, clothing bank, laundry center, hygiene bank and bus pass program. June 23, 6-9 pm. $30. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. ourplacespokane.org (509-326-7267) THE ART PARTY This benefit supports excellence in the arts and features a dinner catered by Ivano’s, a no-host bar, live music and an auction. June 24, 5 pm. $125-$1000. University of Idaho Extension-Sandpoint Organic Ag Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. artinsandpoint.org PB & J HAYDENERS CHARITY CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Hosted by and benefiting a local charity that provides those in need with fresh produce, grown at a garden in Hayden or purchased from area grocers. June 25, 2-6 pm. $10/team. Hayden Eagles Lodge, 1520 W. Wyoming Ave. (208-659-7067)

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BRYAN CALLEN The American actor, comedian and podcaster is most known for his recurring role as Coach Mellor on ABC’s Schooled and The Goldbergs. June 23, 7:30 pm, June 24-25 at 7:30 & 10:30 pm. $25-$40. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com MORGAN MURPHY Morgan is a stand-up comedian and a comedy TV show writer and producer. June 23-25, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat also at 10 pm. $15-$30. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com THE ZANIAC COMES ALIVE Alex Zerbe, The Zaniac, moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other. Experience this comedic onslaught of absurd ideas and odd skills in person. June 23, 12-1 pm at Edgecliff Park (800 S. Park Rd., Spokane Valley); June 23 from 3-4 pm at Northwoods Park (310 W. Regina Ave., Spokane); June 23 from 6-7 pm at Mix Park (301 W. Fourth Ave., Deer Park). TheZaniac.com THE WRITE STUFF The BDT players improvise the next bestseller based on favorite quotes, sayings or random lines of dialogue. Fridays in June at 7:30 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (509-747-7045) SAFARI A fast-paced, short-form comedic improv show. Saturdays from 7:30-9 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com COSTAKI ECONOMOPOULOS A regular guest on The Bob & Tom Show, most notably with his former weekly broadcasts of a spot-dubbed “The Economonologue.” June 26, 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com (509-318-9998) SCOTT SEISS The comedian, actor and writer is best known for his viral “Angry Retail Guy” sketches. June 28, 7:30 pm. $25. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com MONET X CHANGE Monet is a twotime RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, singer and comedian. June 29, 7:30 pm. $25-$35. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com

COMMUNITY

GOLDEN HARVEST: FLOUR SACKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: The MAC’s collection of cloth flour sacks

offers a window into the early development of Eastern Washington’s wheat industry, which today contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy. The sacks are also a tangible reminder of the mills that played a critical role in Spokane’s early growth. Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm, third Thursdays from 10 am-9 pm, through Oct. 30. $15-$20. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org GRAND COULEE DAM LASER LIGHT SHOW This year’s light show theme is “One River, Many Voices.” Through July 31 at 10 pm, Aug. 1-31 at 9:30 pm and Sept. 1-30 at 8:30 pm. Free. Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center. usbr.gov (509-6339265) SOCIAL FABRIC SERIES: DIRTY LAUNDRY This self-guided, mini-exhibition inside the Campbell House wrings details from diaries, correspondence and interviews to interpret personal and private topics not frequently shared in polite society. Visitors can unfold details of the Campbell family’s finances, health and romances, aired through displays of period clothing belonging to the family, like Grace Campbell’s receiving dress and Helen Campbell’s 1917 wedding dress seen here. Through June 30; Tue-Sun from noon-4 pm (entry included with admission). $15-$20. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. nothwestmuseum.org (509-456-3931) STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The yearly strawberry festival includes U-pick strawberries, craft and food vendors and live music. Through July 9. Siemers Farm, 11125 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. siemersfarm.com (509-238-6242) THE RUM REBELLION: PROHIBITION IN NORTH IDAHO This exhibit tells the story of how the panhandle of Idaho was anything but dry during the nationwide prohibition. Through Oct. 29, daily from 11 am-5 pm. $2-$6. Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd. museumni. org/whats-on (208-664-3448) THE WAY WE WORKED An exhibit curated by the Smithsonian Museum and the National Archives that celebrates the history of work in America and explores the places that Americans worked, from farms to factories and mines to restaurants, and in homes. June 4-Aug. 20, Wed-Sat from 11 am-4 pm $3-$6. Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E. Sprague. spokanevalleymuseum.com USED BOOK SALE Over 1000 used books are available for a free-will offering. June 24, 9 am-2 pm and June 25, 9 am-noon. St. Joseph Church, 3720 E. Colbert Rd. stjosephcolbert.org (509-466-4991) ATOMIC PRIDE EXTRAVAGANZA The second annual event includes community connection, outreach, educational sessions, support groups and a vendor fair. June 25, 11 am-4 pm. Free. Atomic Threads Boutique, 1905 N. Monroe St. atomicthreadsinc.com (509-280-9120) CELEBRATION DANCE The dance begins with an intermediate waltz workshop followed by dinner and a beginner lesson. After, the floor opens for general dancing, refreshments and door prizes. RSVP for dinner by no later than June 21. June 25, 5-10 pm. Free. Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. (208-6990421) LIKE, OMG...MURDER!: AN 80S THEMED MURDER MYSTERY Show off your sleuthing skills as you piece together clues and uncover “who dunnit” during this 80s-themed murder mystery game. 21+. June 25, 6-9 pm. $72-$125.

Coeur d’Alene Fresh, 317 Coeur d’Alene Ave. crimesceneentertainment.com METALINE FALLS BIGFOOT FESTIVAL A weekend of bigfoot researcher presentations, bigfoot appreciation, live music and vendors. The festival is free to attend, additional tickets required for presentations/special events. June 25, 10 am-5 pm and June 26, 10 am-3 pm. Free. Metaline Falls, Wash. mfbigfoot.com TOUCH-A-TRUCK & CRAFT FAIR Preschoolers can explore a variety of vehicles including fire trucks, police cars and more. June 25, 10 am-1 pm. Free. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Place, Hope, Idaho. memorialcommunitycenter.com ESCAPE ROOM Solve clues and puzzles to “escape” from The Abandoned Attic. June 27-28 from 1-4:30 pm; new sessions start every 45 min. Free. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. spokanelibrary.org REIMAGINE PRIDE: CALL TO ACTION Join Spokane Pride and fellow community members to learn from a panel of community leaders about ways folks can continue the work to support the visibility of all people in our city. June 27, 5-6:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. spokanepride.org (509-444-5390) YOUNG SCIENTISTS CLUB An afterschool STEM program focusing on different topics each week including airplane science, volcano science, bridge science, color science and slime science. Ages 6-11. June 14-28, Tues from 4-5 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) KERNEL During the Kendall Yards Night Market, kids can drop into Spark Central and participate in activities to win a voucher for fresh fruits and vegetables. Wednesdays from 5-7 pm through Aug. 24. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central.org (509-279-0299) ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK This annual event features children’s entertainment in the form of storytime with the Moscow Public Library and live science from Radical Rick (6 pm) followed by music (7 pm) by the Moscow Arts Commission Band. June 30, 6-8 pm. Free. East City Park, 900 E. 3rd St. ci.moscow. id.us/196/Entertainment-in-the-Park DROP IN & RPG Stop by and explore the world of role playing games. Build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination and rich social interaction. Ages 5-105. First and Third Sat. of every month, 1-3:45 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central.org (509-279-0299) WEST WALLACE FLEA MARKET An oldfashioned, small-town market featuring 40+ vendors. July 2-4, 9 am-5 pm. Wallace, Idaho. wallaceid.fun COEUR D’ALENE CASINO FIREWORKS SHOW Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show. July 4, 10 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw. cdacasino.com (800-523-2467) FESTIVAL OF AMERICA Grand Coulee’s 4th of July celebration featuring live music, a laser light show and fireworks over the dam. July 4, 2-10:30 pm. Free. Grand Coulee, Wash. grandcouleedam.org LIBERTY LAKE SUMMER FEST: 4TH OF JULY A community parade (starts in Alpine Shores) at 11 am, followed by a fireworks display at 10 pm. July 4. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. pavillionpark.org (509-755-6726) PULLMAN’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION A community-funded and family-

friendly event featuring kid’s activities, free live music, food trucks and a oneof-a-kind fireworks display. July 4. Free. Sunnyside Park, 147 SW Cedar. pullmanchamber.com SANDPOINT 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION The Sandpoint Lions Club hosts the One Nation Together parade at 10 am and fireworks later in the night. July 4. Free. Sandpoint. sandpointchamber.org SILVER MOUNTAIN 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW Kellog’s annual fireworks show. July 4, 9:55 pm. Free. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. silvermt.com SPOKANE 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS Riverfront’s annual fireworks show. July 4, 10 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. riverfrontspokane.com

FILM

BITTERBRUSH In the remote and rugged mountains of the rural Idaho, two young women contemplate the future as they work alone herding cattle. After the screening director Emelie Mahdavian discusses the film and answers audience questions. June 23, 7 pm. $7. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION — JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes an extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation. Through Sept. 11; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm (third Thursdays until 9 pm). $15-$20. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org (509-456-3931) FREE KIDS MOVIES: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Part of the Garland’s kids movies series. June 20-24, daily at 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com (509-327-1050) SHREK Part of the Garland’s family friendly summer film series. June 20-24, daily at 12 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com SUMMER CAMP: THE GOONIES Part of the Garland’s summer camp series, featuring an array of cult classics. June 23, 10 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com SKY HOPINKA: LORE An experimental work that weaves together family, myth and trauma with traces of nostalgia articulated in terms of lore. Tue-Fri from 1-4 pm, Sat from 10 am-4 pm through Aug. 6. Free. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, 1535 NE Wilson Rd., Pullman. museum.wsu.edu (509-335-1910) JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY Live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, an annual event showcasing the heritage of the region. June 24, 7 pm and June 26, 4 pm. $3-$7. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) MOVIES IN THE PARK The Salvation Army Spokane hosts its summer movie series every Friday at Sally’s Park. All movies begin at sundown. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; snacks and drinks sold to benefit Salvation Army’s local youth programs. Free. The Salvation Army Spokane, 222 E. Indiana Ave. salvationarmyspokane.org (509-325-6810) SATURDAY CARTOONS Showings of cartoons during the Moscow Farmers Market. Saturdays from 8 am-1 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127)

DREAMWORKS MOVIE MATINEES: SINBAD Visit the DreamWorks Animation Exhibition — Journey From Sketch to Screen and then watch a screening of the film Sinbad. June 26, 2 pm. $15-$20. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org SUMMER CAMP: THEY LIVE Part of the Garland’s summer camp series, featuring an array of cult classics. June 26, 5 pm, June 28, 7:10 pm and June 30, 10 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com (509-327-1050) FREE KIDS MOVIES: TROLLS WORLD TOUR Part of the Garland’s free kids series. June 27-July 1, daily at 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com HOOK Part of the Garland’s family friendly summer film series. June 27-July 1, daily at 12 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com PANIDA PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL: A FANTASTIC WOMAN Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. June 27, 7:30 pm. Free. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org PANIDA PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL: SUBLET A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy. The energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man brings him back to life. June 28, 7:30 pm. Free. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org SUMMER FAMILY MATINEES Weekly showings of family-friendly films. June 14-Aug. 3, Tue and Wed at 1 pm; see website for complete schedule. $3. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy. org (208-882-4127) PANIDA PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL: SUBLET A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy. The energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man brings him back to life. June 28, 7:30 pm. Free. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org SUMMER MOONLIGHT MOVIES: SPACE JAM Bring a lawn chair, blankets, snacks and enjoy a movie under the moonlight. Movie begins at dusk. July 1. Free. Sunset Park, 924 S. Lawson St. airwayheightsparksandrec.org (509-244-4845) MOVIE IN THE PARK: RON’S GONE WRONG Shown as part of the Liberty Lake Summer Festival is this film about a socially awkward schoolboy whose best friend is a digital device. Movie starts at dusk. July 3. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. pavillionpark.org

FOOD & DRINK

COUPLES WINE TASTING Play nine holes of this four-person scramble while tasting a variety of premier wines out on the course. June 24, 5 pm. $125. Circling Raven Golf Course, 27068 S. Highway 95. cdacasino.com (800-523-2464) FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY This year’s food truck selection includes Mixed Plate, Skewers, Tacos Camargo, Good Dilla and more. Fridays from 11 am-2 pm. Downtown Spokane. downtownspokane.org RIDE & DINE A scenic gondola ride, live music and mountain-top barbecue. Fridays from 3-8 pm Sept. 2. $8-58. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. silvermt.com

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EVENTS | CALENDAR WINE & TACOS Featuring three homemade Mediterranean tacos paired with Arbor Crest wines. 21+. June 24, 6-8 pm. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. arborcrest.com (509-927-9463) CIDER SPLASH Celebrate Liberty Ciderworks’ 8th anniversary with food from Tamale Box and Mama Torrez, live music by Brandon Humphreys, games, a raffle and specials including two new releases. 21+. June 25, 3-9 pm. Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington St. libertycider.com CAMP COCKTAIL A three-class series during on signature cocktails from three cities: New York (June 26; SOLD OUT) San Francisco (July 31) and New Orleans (Aug. 21). $65/class. Hogwash Whiskey Den, 304 W. Pacific Ave. raisingthebarnw. com/event (509-464-6541) MEXICO CITY Tacos al Pastor exploded in popularity almost 100 years ago in Mexico City. Learn how to make it with Chef Colomba. June 28, 5:30-7:30 pm. $60. The Culinary Stone, 2129 N. Main St. culinarystone.com RIVERFRONT EATS Riverfront Park’s local food truck series. Tue from 11 am-2 pm through Aug. 30. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. my.spokanecity.org CHEESE, SEX, DEATH COOKING CLASS Make an everything bagel cheese ball, a pecorino salad and mac and cheese from Erika Kubick’s newest cookbook. June 29, 5:30 pm. $85. Wanderlust Delicato, 421 W. Main Ave. wanderlustdelicato.com POURS & PICKS Enjoy $6 wine by the glass and $4 charcuterie picks in the Cafe, every Wednesday from 4-6 pm. The Culinary Stone, 2129 N. Main St. culinarystone.com

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WOMEN, WISDOM & WINE (W3) Enjoy a glass of Washington wine and listen to Jennifer Larsen speak about building mutually beneficial relationships in times of stress. A portion of proceeds benefit the Isaac Foundation. June 29, 7-8 pm. $15. Helix Wines, 824 W. Sprague. helixwine.com (509-242-3190) PINTS FOR PAWS A fundraising event featuring live music, raffle prizes, lawn games and beer. All proceeds benefit the Better Together Animal Alliance. July 1, 5-7 pm. By donation. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. laughingdogbrewing.com/ (208-263-9222) SUMMER PARTY This year’s party celebrates the winery’s 30th year producing “the healthiest wines on the planet,” and includes live music on outdoor stage, dancing, gourmet food and more. July 2, 12-7 pm. $10. China Bend Winery, 3751 Vineyard Way. chinabend.com

MUSIC OPERA-TUNITIES: CARMEN AND THE BULL The beloved children’s story Ferdinand the Bull is set to the music of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. June 24, 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. inlandnwopera.com (208-772-5612) GR8TER VETERANS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES A local music festival featuring artists such as Echo Eslyium, The Sam Leyde Band, Okay Honey and more. June 25, July 9, 16, 30 and Aug 6, from 5-10 pm. See website for complete schedule. Free. Mix Park, 301 W. Fourth Ave., Deer Park. gr8terveterans.org (509-953-3515)

ERIC HERMAN’S COOL TUNES Sing along to comedy songs in the park. June 27 from 12-1 pm at Mix Park (Deer Park) and from 3-4 pm in Bidwell Park (Colbert). erichermanmusic.com OPERA-TUNITIES: CARMEN AND THE BULL The beloved children’s story Ferdinand the Bull is set to the music of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. June 27, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. Newport Public Library, 116 S. Washington. inlandnwopera. com (800-366-3654) ERIC HERMAN’S COOL TUNES: Sing along to comedy songs in the park with Eric Herman. June 28 from 12-1 pm at Valley Mission Park and 3-4 pm at the Otis Orchards Library. erichermanmusic. com (509-893-8390) OPERA-TUNITIES: CARMEN AND THE BULL The beloved children’s story Ferdinand the Bull is set to the music of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. June 28, 3-4 and 5-6 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. inlandwopera. com (208-769-2315) ERIC HERMAN’S COOL TUNES: Sing along to comedy songs in the park with Eric Herman. June 29, 12-1 pm at Terrace View Park and 3-4 pm at Waterfront Park. erichermanmusic.com (869-0252) WEDNESDAY EVENING CONTRA DANCE Join the Spokane Folklore Society each Wednesday for contra dancing. Contra is danced to a variety of musical styles: Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, or Southern Appalachian music from live bands. All dances are taught and walked through, then called to live music. Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm. Free-$10. Woman’s Club of Spokane,

1428 W. Ninth. womansclubspokane.org OPERA-TUNITIES: CARMEN AND THE BULL The beloved children’s story Ferdinand the Bull is set to the music of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. June 30, 3-4 and 5-6 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. inlandwopera.com NEW YORK POLYPHONY A four-piece chamber vocal ensemble performing modern renditions of Gregorian music. July 1, 7-9 pm. St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave. stthomascda. org (208-664-9259) PATRIOTIC POPS Celebrate America’s 246th birthday with a free outdoor concert by the Spokane Symphony. Enjoy a lineup of patriotic tunes, light classics and musical pyrotechnics with a light show before the city’s fireworks display. July 4, 9 pm. Free. Pavilion at Riverfront, 574 N. Howard St. spokanesymphony.org

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

APPY FESTIVAL Hosted by the Appaloosa Museum, with rides courtesy of the Chief Joseph Foundation, plus live music, vendors and a food truck. June 23, 3-6 pm. Free. Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow. fb.me/e/20WTBm4Xz SPOKANE INDIANS VS. EVERETT AQUASOX Promos during the six-game series include Dollars in Your Dog Night (June 23), Hoopfest Court Poster Giveaway and Fireworks Night (June 24), Storybook Princess and Book Drive Night (June 25) and Otto The Mascot’s Birthday

and Kid’s Day Game (June 26). June 23-25, 6:35 pm and June 26, 1:05 pm. $8$22. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. milb.com/spokane (535-2922) COME FEED THE BISON Tours include farm history, a talk on bison and a Q&A session. Then, meet, greet and hand-feed the bison. Fri-Sat from 12:30-1:30 pm. Call to reserve. $7. Win-Tur Bison Farm, 4742 W. Highway 231. winturbisonfarm. com (509-258-6717) HOOPFEST Join or watch 25,000 other players in the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Earth. June 25-26. Downtown Spokane. spokanehoopfest.net NPOV LIONS CLUB RAILRIDERS Enjoy the unique experience of a four-seated, pedal powered, railroad bicycle along the beautiful, scenic Pend Oreille River. Rides offered June 25-26, July 9-10, July 30-31, Sept. 17-18, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9. Times vary, see website for tickets. $12/$24. Ione, Wash. lionsrailriders.com RACE THE WOLF This ultramarathon and trail race series offers three distances: 52k, 26k and 8k trail races. June 25-26. $49-$120. Schweitzer, 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. racethewolf.com THE SHOOTOUT AT SILVER A 3D archery event with multiple flights and competitions all ages and skills. June 25-26, 7 am-5 pm. $25-$175. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. toppinarchery.ticketspice.com/the-shootout (208-783-1111) IRONMAN 70.3 Join thousands of athletes who’ve crossed the historic finish line in Coeur d’Alene. June 26, 6 am. $424 registration. ironman.com SPOKANE AUDUBON SOCIETY: BIRD-


WATCHING FIELD TRIP Learn about birdwatching by tagging along with an expert. See complete schedule of trip destinations at link. June 27. Free. audubonspokane.org/field-trips RIVERFRONT MOVES: BEYOUTIFUL HOT YOGA An outdoor Vinyasa class with attention placed on linking breath with the movement between postures. Class is beginner friendly. June 28, 6-7 pm, July 5, 6-7 pm and July 12, 6-7 pm. Free. Pavilion at Riverfront, 574 N. Howard St. riverfrontspokane.org

THEATER

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm through June 26. $25-$41. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. svsummertheatre.com MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Spokane Ensemble Theatre welcomes audiences to a vibrant re-imagining of Shakespeare’s comedy. Thu-Sat at 7 pm; Sun at 5 pm through June 25. $10-$15. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org EVERY BRILLIANT THING When Mum’s in the hospital and Dad says she’s “done something stupid,” there’s not much a seven-year-old can do. This play pulls back the curtain on the lengths we go for those we love. Fri-Sun at 7:30 pm (except June 26), Sat-Sun at 2 pm through June 26. $5-$25. The Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave. uidaho.edu/theater LEVITY THEATRE IMPROV Experience a comedy show fueled by audience participation. June 30, 7-9 pm. $5. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St.

thejacklincenter.org (208-457-8950)

VISUAL ARTS

YASUKO MAYHEW & DIANE KINNEY Yasuko Mayhew creates different types of creatures with clay. Diane Kinney creates “bird luminaries.” Open daily from 11 am-7 pm through June 30. Free. Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington St. potteryplaceplus.com (509-327-6920) BEFORE US THERE WAS YOU This new exhibit honors the flora and fauna of Earth’s forests by women and non-binary artists. Thu-Sat from 4-7 pm through June 25. Free. Terrain Gallery, 728 N. Monroe St. terrainspokane.com COLLISTA KREBS: IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT VASE A collection of vases by the artist. Mon-Fri from 10 am-5 pm through June 24. Free. Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (509-325-1500) LIMINAL SPACES This gallery show features works by regional LGBTQIA+ artists Kellen Trenal, Ella Graves, Shantell Jackson and Willow Tree. Tue-Sat from 10 am 6 pm through July 3. Free. Emerge, 119 N. Second St. emergecda.com NATURE’S REVERENCE A collection of diverse works based around the artist’s shared respect for the beauty of the Earth. Featured artists: Chris Bivins, Melissa Cole, Kathy Gale, Chris Kelsey, Sheila Miles, Hannah Spencer and Dallas Wooten. Open daily from 11 am-6 pm through June 25, 11 am-6 pm. Free. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. theartspiritgallery.com (208-765-6006) TERRAIN GALLERY OPENING CELEBRATION Celebrate the new gallery

space for Terrain during an event with snacks, drinks and live entertainment. June 23, 4-7 pm. Free. Terrain Gallery, 728 N. Monroe St. terrainspokane.com FRIDAY NIGHT PAINT: BOBA TEA PAINTING Practice painting glass in watercolor. This event is offered both inperson as well as virtually. June 24, 7-9 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. spokanelibrary.com PALOUSE ARTS COUNCIL ARTWALK The 17th annual event features art in local downtown businesses and at the Palouse Community Center. June 24, 12-5 pm, June 25, 10 am-6 pm and June 26, 12-3 pm. Free. Palouse Community Center, 220 E. Main St. (509-863-5733) JOSH HOBSON & SILLY HEART ART COLLECTIVE Hobson’s “Almost A Mirror” features new photographic works demonstrate a wide variety of approaches to image making and include analog, digital and hybrid processes. Silly Heart Art Collective’s “Backwards Puzzle” showcases works of art from current collaborative arts project with their two daughters. FriSat from 12-8 pm through June 25. Free. Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main Ave. sapgallery.com (509-350-3574) BRING YOUR OWN PIECE PAINT CLASS A workshop to help develop work-inprogress pieces. The piece must be easily carried into class. Pre-registration required. Supplies included. Mon from 12-3 pm, Sat from 2-5 pm. $85. Paint In My Hair, 3036 N. Monroe St. facebook.com/ paintinmyhair (509-326-6999) MEET THE MAKERS Meet local artisans and crafters at this event featuring over 30+ vendor booths. June 25, 10 am-5 pm. Spokane Art Supply, 14401 E. Sprague. madcolabstudios.com (279-6027) YOUTH HOOP WEAVING WITH SUE TYE

In this two-hour workshop, kids weave on a warped wooden hoop using assorted colorful textured yarns, beads and feathers. June 25, 1-3 pm. $40. Emerge, 119 N. Second St. emergecda.com ART JOURNALING WITH DINA NATALE In this workshop, students use different mediums to create a unique art journal. For adults. June 28, 12-3 pm. $75. Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (509-325-1500.) BASICS OF ENAMELING Learn the basics of the ancient art form in this one-night beginner’s class. June 28, 6-9 pm. $45. Gizmo-Cda, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Hedlund Bldg., Coeur d’Alene. gizmo-cda.org ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH TOM QUINN Students are introduced to the versatile medium of acrylic paint. June 29-Aug. 3, meets Wed from 10 am-12 pm. $120. Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (509-325-1500)

WORDS

ONLINE STORYTIME: LIVE Children ages 2-5 are invited to read stories, sing songs and share fingerplays along with their families. Thu from 6:30-7 pm. Registration required for each session you wish to attend. Free. scld.org ANNETTE BAY PIMENTEL: BEFORE MUSIC “Before Music: Where Instruments Came From,” explores the ways people have used the materials around them to create musical instruments. Come explore the ways nature helps people make music and try your hand at making your own instrument. June 25, 11 am-noon. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. bookpeopleofmoscow.com DROP IN & WRITE Aspiring writers are invited to be a part of a supportive writ-

ers’ community. Bring works in progress to share, get inspired with creative prompts and spend some focused time writing. Tuesdays from 5:30-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central.org (509-279-0299) MOVING TO POLLUTION FREE BUILDINGS: ELECTRIFYING THE PNW Learn more about making electric-powered buildings, why it’s important and what the community can do to help pass policies and build campaigns. June 28, 6-7:15 pm. Free. climatesolutions.org JESS WALTER: THE ANGEL OF ROME Jess Walter’s newest short story collection captures moments when everything changes — for the better, for the worse or for the outrageous. June 28, 7-9 pm. $7-$50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokesman.com/northwestpassages BROKEN MIC Spokane Poetry Slam’s longest-running, weekly open mic reading series. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm; sign-ups at 6 pm. 6:30 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. bit.ly/2ZAbugD KATEE ROBERT: WICKED BEAUTY A modern retelling of Helen of Troy, Achilles and Patroclus. June 29, 7 pm. Free. Online: auntiesbooks.com 3 MINUTE MIC Auntie’s long-running first Friday poetry open mic. Readers may share up to 3 minutes’ worth of poetry. Content is not censored, but efforts are made to be sensitive to young attendees. July 1, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com CAROLINE PATTERSON: THE STONE SISTER A book reading and discussion with Caroline Patterson. July 2, 4 pm and July 3, 6 pm. Free. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Place, Hope, Idaho. memorialcommunitycenter.com n

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Accuracy on the label isn’t a strong suit of CBD products.

CBD

Question the Label

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When it comes to CBD, products aren’t always what they want you to see them to be

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study published this month in the Journal of Cannabis Research sheds some light on a part of the cannabis industry that has operated simultaneously in the mainstream and the shadows. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has exploded on the market in recent years, and not just in dispensaries or head shops. CBD began appearing on grocery store shelves, coffee shop menus and in products meant for pets. The sudden ubiquity of CBD products gave them a semblance of legitimacy. While many are legit, the fact remains that CBD’s presence in the marketplace is the result of a gray area in federal regulation, and gray areas are often populated by those seeking to work through or exploit loopholes in the law. Researchers from the University of Kentucky published a study this month looking into the accuracy of the dosage measurements on packaging of CBD products

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BY WILL MAUPIN available to the general public. The researchers looked at 80 products available both locally in Kentucky and nationally, and found that nearly half of the products tested were outside of a 10 percent margin of error when it came to reporting the amount of CBD they contained. “These data suggest that additional regulation is required to ensure label accuracy as nearly half of the products in this study were not properly labeled,” the study concludes. “The results of this study support the continued need for good manufacturing practices and testing standards for CBD products.” Simply put, just because a CBD-containing product tells you it has a certain amount of CBD isn’t necessarily enough for you to believe that to be fact. The researchers found that of the products they tested, some had far more CBD than was advertised, while others had far less. Products having far more CBD

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