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These are children for crying out loud! And they are being held hostage, under the direction of the White House. And it gets worse. Back from Pebble Beach, I watched in disbelief as a government attorney attempted to convince the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that denying children soap and toothpaste, and making them sleep on a concrete floor is, as Trump apparently thinks, just fine. The judges were shaking their heads in disbelief. And we haven’t even discussed the trauma caused by the separation. This is beyond cruel and more than a travesty; it’s criminal, if not in intent. These are children for crying out loud! And they are being held hostage, under the direction of a White House that believes they will deter immigrant parents from trying to get into the U.S. by detaining their kids. Nor is there the slightest interest in finding out why the parents were trying to get here in the first place. Were their lives and the lives of their children being threatened by gangs? Corrupt officials in the country they call home? No matter. ICE doesn’t care. They have quotas to fill. No one, from President Trump on down, seems to be concerned in the least about trauma being inflicted on these children. They are running gulags, without having the decency to call them what they are. ICE supporter Sen. John Cornyn of Texas reported that the facilities were “well managed” — which, of course, misses the point entirely. The point is that under no circumstances do you, for political reasons, forcibly separate children from their parents. The Trump administration, led by Stephen Miller, persists with this mindless response to this reality. It’s a moral dead end they have led us down. So now what? Will we see ICE storm those fields? Or will we see something more sensible? n

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Q&A KIMBERLEE MESSINA The new Spokane Falls Community College president opens up about the challenges and opportunities ahead BY WILSON CRISCIONE


ollowing a wide search for the new president of Spokane Falls Community College, Kimberlee Messina was chosen in March to lead the college in its next chapter — more than a year after former president Darren Pitcher resigned amid a sex scandal. Messina is a first-generation college graduate who earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California. Until she was chosen to lead SFCC, she was vice president of instruction at Clovis Community College. She made the move to Spokane a few weeks ago, and we thought we’d learn more about how she’ll lead the college as she settles in. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

INLANDER: What’s your first impression of Spokane and SFCC? MESSINA: Well, just how nice and amazingly friendly everyone is. On campus as well, everyone is incredibly generous and friendly. I’m very proud of our college district, because you’ve got Gonzaga, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University. It’s just an amazing place for people to be able to learn and explore. How do you see SFCC fitting into the higher education opportunities here? I think we play a really important role. You know, although there are all these higher education opportunities, there’s a lot of first-generation students and families not only here in Spokane, but in the surrounding rural areas. And SFCC is a great place to start your education. We have amazing programs that enable people to come and get a certificate or a degree and go right out into the workforce and improve their standard of living dramatically. We’re also a premier transfer institution. We have a very strong Running Start program. And it shows the reach that we have into the community and the collaboration with high schools. And it also shows the ability to help students get their life started.

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LIBRARY LOVE support our public library. It is public, you know? I visit the downtown


and Shadle libraries frequently and am sorry to see so much discussion about the homeless in them. I attend meetings at both sites and use the bathrooms periodically and have never had any trouble. The staff at both facilities are very aware that some of their visitors may have life challenges, LETTERS but all are treated with respect. I see Send comments to folks using the computers, reading and playing video games. Most times things are quiet and I feel safe always. The other issue for me is that of the Drag Queen Story Hour. My opinion is that if you disagree, don’t come! It’s funny that the “moms” didn’t feel safe attending the discussion days before the hour but somehow feel safe protesting their opinions at the event. Too bad they couldn’t have enlightened themselves beforehand. Ignorance breeds fear and knowledge gives us confidence in understanding. That is what libraries are for. Keep up the good work Spokane libraries! MARY NABOR Spokane, Wash.

Readers respond to an Inlander article about Spokane Public Schools use of “isolation” to deal with difficult students (“Singled Out,” 6/20/19):

KIM GAGE: Kids with these severe behavior problems aren’t in public schools on the west side. They are in specialized schools that have all of the resources that these kids need. Here, we are trying our best to educate students with serious behavioral issues in a public school setting, but we don’t have adequate resources to do the job well. And people get hurt, both kids and adults. We need to keep striving for a solution that works for the student and for the adults. Just as isolation rooms aren’t the ideal solution for an escalated student, neither is an out-of-control student in an elementary school with hundreds of other children. Staff should not have to decide between isolation room use and getting kicked, hit, bitten and having furniture thrown at them. TERRY PARKER: I remember being in a classroom in the Central Valley School District one day at an elementary school when a student in a behavioral intervention class had a complete meltdown and was throwing chairs and desks everywhere and she was placed in an isolation room where she took off all of her clothes, defecated on the floor and then smeared feces everywhere on the walls inside that room. That’s what those rooms are for, to protect other children from that behavior. CHARLIE ZELLER: Can’t blame a teacher for removing one bad kid who is keeping everyone else’s kid from learning. All these parents act like their kid is perfect and the kid is really not. I am quite sure isolating or detention is not the first or even second option for trying to correct behaviors. n

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Fear and Loathing in the Library

The Spokane Public Library remains open to homeless patrons and drag queens — and months of controversy BY DANIEL WALTERS


t’s January when a fight breaks out at the entrance of the downtown Spokane library. Security guard Tyler Gulliford is escorting a homeless man named Utrillo Morris. Morris wouldn’t stop rapping loudly along to his music, so Gulliford asked him to leave. But before he exits, Morris throws his bottle of water at the guard. And then as Morris turns away, the security guard reaches out and either shoves or touches Morris’s shoulder, the grainy security camera footage shows. Morris then spins around and starts throwing punches. Gulliford goes to the hospital with a sore jaw and ribs. Morris goes to jail. For a time, that’s the end of it. But then in May, mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward uploaded part of the surveillance video to social media as a symbol of how unsafe downtown and the library had become. “Our beautiful library has turned into a transient center, and that’s NOT ok!” Her critics accuse her of fearmongering. Her supporters echo her concerns. It’s June at the same entrance to the library. It’s chaos. The entrance is packed with lines of parents and

their kids. The crowd is surrounded by “angels,” men and women dressed in white, sheet-covered wings jutting high above to block the view of protesters. The protesters are denouncing Drag Queen Story Hour — a public library-sponsored storybook reading starring drag queens — and holding signs that reference misogyny, the rosary, abortion, hell, pedophilia, and, of course, protecting the children. In the last few months, the Spokane Public Library has faced battles on multiple fronts. The fights aren’t over books. It’s over the people — the homeless patrons, the drag queens, the protesters and the politicians. It’s over the library entrance — about who can come in and who has to leave. And as election season ramps up, local politicians are discussing increased security and even banning homeless people altogether from the library.


The challenges facing the downtown Spokane library are illuminated the instant you enter one of the men’s bathrooms. Everything, including the signs warning that “the

use of drugs and alcohol in our facilities is strictly prohibited,” is bathed in a noirish blue light. The blue lights, first tested last year, make it harder to see your veins and use the library bathroom stalls to inject heroin. Woodward sees another problem: The sheer number of homeless people using the library. “I was very surprised by the number of homeless people on the second floor,” Woodward says. “There were dozens and dozens of them, sprawled out with their backpacks and bed rolls and luggage, occupying just about every computer in the library.” Woodward hasn’t personally felt unsafe in the library. But she has felt unsafe downtown. Earlier this year, she says, a mentally ill man started screaming profanity at her and followed her to her car. A key part of Woodward’s campaign message rests on the idea that, in the last few years, there’s been an explosion in homelessness, garbage and danger across downtown. The Inlander spent more than eight hours in the downtown library working on this story, and we did see library patrons with scraggly beards, disheveled clothes ...continued on next page

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NEWS | POLITICS “FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE LIBRARY,” CONTINUED... and sleeping bags draped over their shoulders, though no more than in a downtown Starbucks, the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza or a public park. At one point, a woman with a massive bag argues loudly with security over her lost cell phone. At another, a man in a gray hoodie grouses when a staff member forces him off a library computer. But there are also plenty of homeless patrons like Mickel Clemons. Clemons has bookmarked his place in the 860-page David Weber sci-fi epic he’s reading with an expired STA bus pass. “For me, it’s a place where I can sit and read without being disturbed most of the time,” Clemons says. Woodward draws a straight line between homeless patrons, drug injections and a threat to public safety. “How do you separate the people there who are homeless who aren’t shooting up drugs and the homeless who are shooting up drugs?” Woodward says. “I just think the library has to be a safe place. And I don’t think it’s become a safe place.” For decades, fights over the homeless in public libraries have cropped up in major cities. Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness and the director of a large Illinois homeless shelter, says that as homelessness grows across the West Coast, that conflict has intensified. “When you ban homeless people from everywhere else, they’ve got to go somewhere,” Dowd says. “So they go to go the library and piss off middle-class people.” He says he saw news articles about the video that Woodward shared. “One security guard got attacked by one homeless person, so homeless people are a problem?” Dowd says of the incident in Spokane. “That’s just one step removed

from racism.” In fact, other than Woodward’s footage, Spokane library director Andrew Chanse isn’t aware of any serious act of violence occurring in the downtown library. “I’ve been here six years,” Chanse says, “and that’s the only time that’s happened.” There are plenty of police calls associated with the library, but police officials urge caution about relying too much on that data: Those numbers can sometimes include incidents that happen at the Community Court — held in the same building — or on the busy sidewalk outside. Ironically, one of the reasons people like Clemons come to the library everyday is because it’s safe. “I feel safer here than I do at, say, House of Charity,” Clemons says, referring to the downtown homeless shelter. “For the most part, I don’t ever feel threatened here.” But Woodward says people tell her things: She says she’s heard two different librarians tell her that young parents need to keep their children by their side, “because the library is not safe for young children.” She’s heard a field trip chaperone took young boys into the library bathroom, where they witnessed a man shooting up drugs. She says she heard that after the blue lights were installed “that homeless people are protesting by defecating in the sink, because they want the blue lights taken out.” Woodward won’t tell the Inlander who told her these things — she says her sources told her these things in confidence. “They don’t want to be vilified in the public,” Woodward says. Meanwhile, library administrators express skepticism toward Woodward’s claims. They haven’t heard of any

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librarians claiming the library is unsafe. Sure, someone recently pooped in the sink, but someone had also pooped in the sink before the blue lights were installed. There’s no reason to believe the lights had anything to do with it, library spokeswoman Amanda Donovan says. “It’s not ‘protest poop,’” Donovan says. “We’ve been laughing a little bit about that [claim].” City Council President Ben Stuckart, who’s also running for mayor, says Woodward’s claims that the library has become an unsafe transient shelter is “absolute bullshit.” “That’s harmful to the library to spread this paranoia and fear,” he says. Mayoral candidate Shawn Poole also called Woodward’s tweet with the security footage “fearmongering” and argued she’s playing politics. But he’s sympathetic to the underlying concern. If people are afraid to go to the library, that’s a problem, whether it’s actually unsafe or not, he says. “If there’s even one person out there that doesn’t think the downtown library is safe, then we owe it to

them to either change their perception or make it safe for everybody,” Poole says.


At this point, Woodward says she isn’t outright advocating banning homeless people from the library. But she also says she’s “throwing that out as a possibility.” “Where we are now with the drug use in the library by the homeless people who are addicted on the street, this is not a good situation,” Woodward says. “Quite frankly, I think the library is struggling to get a handle on this. And until they get a handle on this, maybe the homeless shouldn’t be allowed in the library. … That may be something that we have to look at.” Stuckart is aghast. Would you check everyone’s home address before they’re allowed to come in? “You don’t get to say who gets to go into the library or not. It’s everybody’s library,” Stuckart says. “You don’t get to say, ‘Only rich people can use the Spokane Public Library.’” Either way, a straight-up homeless ban would likely be illegal. Courts have repeatedly found that access to the information in the library is protected by the First Amendment. “If we wish to shield our eyes and noses from the homeless, we should revoke their condition, not their library cards,” New Jersey federal Judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote in one famous 1991 case. Subsequent rulings have found that libraries can make prohibitions against specific behaviors, like body odors or the numbers of bags, but they have to be narrowly written and equally enforced. “If we’re going to keep the door open to them, we definitely have to have a higher level of security,” Woodward says. Poole and Woodward both suggest upgrading library security by hiring a police or resource officer. But Dowd, the author and shelter operator, cautions that if they’re not careful, too many security guards or police officers can ...continued on next page



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NEWS | POLITICS “FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE LIBRARY,” CONTINUED... inflame tensions, instead of calming them. Librarians are best suited to handle most of these encounters, he says. “It’s a lot easier to build a relationship when you’re wearing a cardigan than when you’re wearing a [security] uniform,” Dowd says. Stuckart argues that a police officer in the library is a police officer who isn’t patrolling the streets. He says he wouldn’t want to cut library hours or fire librarians to pay for more security in a library he already believes is safe. Instead, he supports a proposal to install safe needledisposal containers inside the bathroom stalls. He calls for requiring all city-funded shelters to be 24/7 and staffed by caseworkers; otherwise, you get homeless people flooding into Starbucks and the library simply to have a warm place to stay during the day. But homelessness is just one controversy the library has had to contend with.


A crowd of children sit on the downtown library floor on Saturday afternoon. Far-right journalists from publications like the John Birch Society’s New American are observing and videotaping as Andrea Tate’s drag queen persona — Tirrany Hex — reads to them in a white, highcollared wedding-style dress. Drag Queen Story Hour was intentionally scheduled, promoted and sponsored by the Spokane Public Library as part of celebrating the community’s diversity during Pride Week. Tate comes out to the song “Drag is Magic,” as the kids sing along to lyrics like, “Drag is dress-up for girls and boys” and “drag is for you, and drag is for me, drag

is for everyone.” None of the books the drag performers read talk about sex or drag, but instead focus on celebrating diversity. One of the books, A Family is a Family is a Family, includes two dads — but also a number of other traditional and nontraditional family structures. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink celebrates girls using power tools and playing in mud puddles. The Princess and the Pony features an unconventional princess and a farting pony.

“It’s a lot easier to build a relationship when you’re wearing a cardigan than when you’re wearing a [security] uniform.” But that doesn’t stop protesters from claiming that drag is inherently sexual, that the performances will confuse children’s gender identity, or that drag queens are perverts trying to propagandize children. Indeed, as some conservatives look at homelessness and pronounce that our cities are dying, some conservatives point to Drag Queen Story Hours and declare that our culture is collapsing. City Councilman Mike Fagan — a conservative running for council president — says that, on the one hand, Drag Queen Story Hour is First Amendment speech. On the other, though, he hands the Inlander an op-ed written by local activist Anna Bohach, creator of the “500 Mom Strong” anti-drag Facebook group. Bohach decries drag performances as misogynistic, arguing they’re tantamount to blackface.

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“I stand by her statement 100 percent,” Fagan says. Fagan speaks almost gleefully about being able to use leftwing language against liberals. “If the left side wants to say that they’re ‘woke,’” Fagan says, “I think the right side is saying, ‘We’re woke, too.’” Bohach’s feminism is the sort that condemns abortion as a tool for the “socialist patriarchy” to oppress women. She was offended by Mrs. Doubtfire, too. Women crossdressing as men is just as bad, she argues. She says she first heard the feminist critique of drag in her women’s studies class when she attended California State University-Los Angeles. Indeed, it’s not hard to find feminists — and even drag queens — critiquing certain drag tropes as sexist. “What does that say to my daughter, when men parade around in makeup and mock femininity, and mock everything that it means to be a woman?” Bohach says. But Tate says that argument is ridiculous when applied to Spokane’s Drag Queen Story Hour. For starters, she’s not a man. Neither is Kai Lockhart, who performed as a “drag king” on Saturday dressed in a suit jacket and facial hair makeup. Instead, both were assigned female at birth and both now identify as nonbinary. The comparison to blackface is particularly offensive to Tate and several of the other drag queens. Drag is an artform resurrected by an oppressed minority — gay men — Tate says. “I personally am done with letting drag be consigned

to adult-only spaces,” Tate says at a library panel discussion on the issue. “Because queer people have every right to exist outside of adult spaces.” She says the message of the event is about acceptance, about showing kids it’s OK to dress how they like and be who they want to be as long as they’re a kind person. Others saw revolutionary potential in the event. At the library panel, Eastern Washington University gender studies professor Lisa Logan enthuses about the opportunity of “really critiquing gender normativity” while children “still have these wonderfully open minds.” “I think it has the potential to blow ‘gender’ wide open, which is part of why it’s so scary,” Logan says. Local politicians have reacted to the debate in a slew of different ways. Stuckart leaps to the program’s defense, condemning people who claim that drag queens are inherently deviant. “I’ve met drag queens and hung out with drag queens before,” Stuckart says. “I dressed up in drag one year for Halloween. … So what. Get over it.” (Stuckart later texts to clarify that, while he was crossdressing, he was not technically in drag.) Woodward avoids wading into the controversy. “The library can have any program that it wants to,” she says. “It’s up to the people who like it or don’t like it to attend it or protest it.” And while Poole takes a similar view, he also says he believes the library shouldn’t have put on such a controversial event. “Controversial issues need to be kept out of public spaces, especially places like the library,” Poole says. Occasionally offending people with ideas, Chanse counters, isn’t just a risk of running a library, it’s practically in the job description. “Any time you’re an organization that values intellectual freedom, you’re going to have some controversy,” Chanse says. “If we don’t have something that offends you in our collection, maybe we’re not doing our job.” n



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ASPHALT ARCHIPELAGO For nearly a half mile, the stretch from Riverfront Park on Riverside Avenue toward Browne’s Addition is one of the most picturesque in Spokane. But then, right before you get to Browne’s Addition, you find yourself mired in a series of ASPHALT ISLANDS, a mishmash of triangle-shaped strips near Fire Station Four, dividing a tangle of intersecting streets. In early brainstorming sessions for the Central City Line proposal, these would have been replaced with roundabouts. Instead, only the section of street near Pacific and Maple will get rehabbed for the Central City Line. The rest? Maybe someday in the future, but there are no current plans. (DANIEL WALTERS)


ABORTION TABOO A so-called “GAG RULE” preventing health care providers who receive Title X federal family planning money from discussing abortion or referring patients for one will take effect immediately, after an appeals court panel held that the Trump administration rule change is likely to be upheld as legal. The new Title X rule also requires a physical as well as financial separation between facilities that receive Title X money and those that offer abortion services, a move that appears targetted at Planned Parenthood facilities, which serve more than 80 percent of Washington’s Title X patients. Because the Trump rule closely follows a Reagan-era rule that was held up as legal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the rule can take effect while challenges are heard in court. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

REDUCE, REUSE, LANDFILL? In recent weeks, the Guardian started publishing its investigative series the “United States of Plastic,” showing that much of our country’s plastic that’s diverted for recycling gets shipped off to other countries where it can end up in landfills or incinerators rather than in new products. To answer a reader question about what happens when we recycle PLASTIC IN SPOKANE, we spoke with Waste Management and learned that plastic sorted at the SMaRT Center is shipped to recyclers in North America to be made into new products. Learn more about which types of plastic can be recycled here, what type of seemingly recyclable material isn’t often used for new products, and more recycling info in our online Q&A. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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Waiting Game The city of Spokane aims to add a new 24/7 shelter this fall, missing its July 1 goal BY WILSON CRISCIONE


hen the city of Spokane and Catholic Charities ended the experiment with a 24/7 downtown shelter last summer, the news came with a plan: By July 1, 2019, there would be a new shelter outside the downtown core. Even in the winter, as the city scrambled to establish warming centers to keep homeless people safe at night, City Council members and city staff remained optimistic that by July 1 a new shelter could ease some pressure. But life, as they say, comes at you fast. As that July 1 target quickly approaches, the city now has a new timeline to add a new shelter. “Our goal is to have additional capacity up and running by the fall,” says Kelly Keenan, director of the city’s Community Housing and Human Services Department. That would be at least a year since House of Charity, run by Catholic Charities, reduced its hours. Catholic Charities and the city made that move due to concerns that the single 24/7 shelter downtown created safety issues for homeless individuals, staff and the surrounding neighborhood. Mayor David Condon says the city has been working “diligently” to add a new shelter this year. But council members are expressing frustration that it’s taking so long to add shelter capacity that could serve homeless individuals day and night. “I am disappointed. We should have had one up on Sept. 1, when we closed 24/7 capacity at House of Charity,” says City Councilman Breean Beggs. “I’m not sure the plan was to delay it for a year. No one has ever explained that. But that’s where we are.”

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ight now, the city is still trying to answer some basic questions about a second shelter: Who, what, when and where? On June 10, the city put out a bid to social service agencies to operate a new emergency shelter. The deadline for applications is July 7, and the projected opening of the shelter is Sept. 1. The shelter would have no barriers for entry and should emphasize housing individuals. What it would look like, exactly, is still to be determined; showers and storage may be phased into whatever facility is chosen. A location hasn’t been finalized as of press time. The city has publicly discussed options, such as converting what was used for a warming center on Cannon Street into a shelter, or purchasing the former Grocery Outlet on Sprague close to Spokane Valley. Keenan says the city is no longer evaluating the Cannon site for a shelter, but he says the Grocery Outlet site is a “possibility” that the city can’t discuss fully yet as negotiations are ongoing. “The goal is to have both day and night-time service considerations,” Keenan says. “Part of the vision for this new capacity is that it could be a site that could be a regional resource. We know homelessness is not a purely urban issue. We know that it extends throughout the community.” The focus for the city now, he says, is to make sure there’s at least one shelter with day and night services in addition to House of Charity. Later on, Keenan says it’s possible that there will be a need for yet another. In the meantime, however, there’s a lack of shelters that can serve homeless individuals, especially adult men,

House of Charity, run by Catholic Charities, in downtown Spokane. in the daytime. Beggs calls that “one of the biggest missing pieces” in the city’s shelter system. But City Council can only do so much, he says. They can pass resolution and budget ordinances to provide funding, but the council can’t initiate a contract for property or services. For that, they have to wait.


ity Councilwoman Kate Burke thinks Condon’s administration should be to blame for the delay in opening a new shelter. She doesn’t doubt that the Community Housing and Human Services Department is working hard to address the issue, but she suspects it’s not being made a priority at the top. “The mayor is not taking it seriously and they’re not putting up facilities that are going to help people in poverty,” she says. She, like Beggs, thinks the delay may be a cost-cutting measure. But it’s one that she says has backfired: Because of a lack of shelter space, the city had to spend more than $1 million to open warming centers over the winter. And soon, the city will need to think about facilities to help keep homeless individuals cool or out of the smoke. “We’re going to have to spend a whole bunch of money again,” Burke says. “I’d rather spend money on a permanent shelter rather than these temporary centers that don’t help anybody.” Condon disputes the notion that his administration hasn’t made an emergency shelter a priority. He says the city has spent $19 million on homeless services in the last two years. It’s the council, he says, that is creating distractions that make it difficult to work with partners for a new shelter. “Often to the chagrin of many of our partners the council doesn’t help us get to regional solutions or metropolitan solutions on issues like emergency response or homelessness or other issues where we should be coming together.” While Beggs is disappointed a plan wasn’t in place earlier, he says he wants to focus on the future by supporting staff working to add a new shelter. “We should just focus on getting there,” he says. n



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The first annual Get Out Fest, June 27-30, is an event held at the Ferry County campgrounds, located at 14 Lawson Way, in Republic. General admission is $5. Find more details at

A viewpoint overlooking the Colville National Forest in Ferry County. QUINN WELSCH PHOTO

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Rural politics and empty coffers didn’t stop Ferry County conservationists from building a new trail BY QUINN WELSCH


efore Bobby Whittaker begins telling his The festival, June 27-30, includes tent and RV campstory, he starts with some famous words ing, a timed half-marathon and 5K on Saturday, road and of wisdom from his mountaineer father: mountain biking, hiking and kayaking, not to mention a “There are no bad people, just unedubeer garden and performance from Seattle band the Cave cated people.” Singers. What he means is, with a little convincing you can But the real star of the festival is the Ferry County make a lot of friends. Whittaker might know this better Rail Trail. than anyone in northeast Washington after The trail travels north from Republic for spending years establishing an approximately 28 miles, alongside scenic views of Curlew $1 million, 28-mile multiuse trail from ReLake and Kettle River, past local resorts, public, Washington, to the Canadian border, through an old railroad tunnel, paralleling a known as the Ferry County Rail Trail. state highway, connecting school districts and The manic, goofball charm that Whittaker four towns, all before reaching the Canadian radiates might also help somewhat. He’s tall, border. loud, hard to miss and well known around Not everyone in Ferry County has been Republic. interested in the project. For some, the trail This weekend, Whittaker and his trail Bobby Whittaker has been a flashpoint over what looks like partners are hosting Get Out Fest, a celebraa change in the culture and character of the tion of “recreation and culture” in Ferry County — a blue-collar lifestyle of rural northeast Washington. county rich with public land in the Colville National Whittaker doesn’t want to see Ferry County changed Forest. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, funinto something it’s not, either. But he wants to do somedraising, politicking and persuading the people of Ferry thing positive for the community, and he says he wants to County about the possibilities a pedestrian and bike trail see the region succeed. could bring to their quality of life. “I’m in a tax bracket that can’t afford a lot of waterBobbi Weller has lived most of her life in Republic. At front, but we’re walking along five miles of waterfront 76, she has fond memories of the trains coming through that’s yours as much as it is mine,” Whittaker says during town, carrying timber and ore, making pit stops so the a weekend jaunt down the old railroad trestle across crew could grab a bite and a drink at the local cafe. Curlew Lake. “It’s free. There’s no parking pass or ticket Her home just outside Republic is the idyllic vision of required.” rural life: community-minded neighbors, down-to-earth The scenery and geography is an untapped asset people, picture perfect lakefront property, chirping birds, the county has yet to fully capitalize on, Whittaker says. etc. Nothing about that has changed for her since she The hope is that, with the help of Get Out Fest, people moved to Ferry County 54 years ago recognize the value of public land and take responsibility As industry declined in Ferry County over the years, for its conservation, he says. Weller wondered what would happen to the railroad “It’s a gateway drug,” he jokes.


tracks that bisected her 38 acres on Curlew Lake? She was told that there was no need to worry. It would revert back to private land if that was the case. But Whittaker had something else in mind. In 2006, he saw in the local paper that the rail line was going away. He bought property in Ferry County in 1999 and wanted to give back to the community. There have been more than a dozen rail lines in Washington state, in urban and rural areas, transformed into bike and pedestrian trails, and Whittaker wanted Ferry County to get the same treatment. In 2008, Whittaker established the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, which he’s the president of, to get the trail started. “I fought it. I didn’t want a trail,” Weller says. “I think all of the adjacent landowners felt like it was an invasion. We didn’t want strangers going through our property.” The lifestyle in Ferry County is such that you don’t need to worry about property theft, she says. You can leave things out in your property without fear of them being stolen, she says. Weller later had a change of heart after working with the trail advocates and now serves as a director of the Rail Trail Partners. But at the time, she says she didn’t want to see the community she loved change. A lot of people in the county felt the same way. “It’s the urban versus the rural,” says Ferry County Commissioner Nathan Davis, a third-generation resident of Ferry County, now in his fifth year on the board of commissioners. “When people live together and work together with a lot of pavement around them, their thinking changes. Their values change. It’s a whole different value structure and lifestyle.” The debate over the trail is one that some are reluctant — sometimes seemingly embarrassed — to even discuss. ...continued on next page

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“‘EVERY TRAIL CONNECTS’,” CONTINUED... “It got pretty nasty,” Davis says. “It’s probably the most divisive thing in our county. You have politics in our county anyway, and a lot of the division goes along party lines.” With the rail leaving anyway, opponents of the trail who sat on the county commission began to argue in favor of a motorized trail. But trail advocates didn’t want their kids walking alongside ATVs. The two opposing viewpoints began to conflate the issues. The nonmotorized trail advocates got lumped in with bicyclists, environmentalists, urban policy, progressive politics and liberal ideology in a county that generally votes for conservative politics and largely favored Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. “The trail would have been done five years ago if we didn’t have to deal with the politics of it,” Whittaker says. “It didn’t matter how minor it was. It was a big deal,” Davis says. “When anything gets to that level, it just breaks down. The stress on that level was tremendous.” But advocates for the bike and pedestrian trail got a big win in 2009 when a Ferry County advisory ballot measure asked local voters whether they would prefer motorized or nonmotorized use. About 61 percent of voters favored nonmotorized use, and construction began in 2013.

Republic was a boomtown for gold mining in the late 1800s.


The white settlers who established towns like Republic, Malo and Curlew built them around resource extraction — gold mining and lumber — which has historically dominated Ferry County’s economy. Today, not so much. While the rest of the state has rejuvenated, even flourished, since the 2008 recession, northeast Washington has lagged. The economy of northeast Washington has been stagnant for decades. Ferry County ranked dead last in per capita personal income ($32,876) between 2011 and 2016, according to the Washington Employment Security

Department’s most recent data. The unemployment rate was at 13 percent as of April. The region hasn’t seen widespread economic success since the ’80s, when environmental regulations complicated mining and logging in the area. On top of this, private property accounts for less than 18 percent of land in Ferry County, making any meaningful property tax collection unrealistic, Commissioner Davis says. “We’re a broke county and we don’t have a parks department,” Whittaker says. “It’s all been grants and fundraising from advocates and trail groups.” Recently, the Rail Trail Partners are on track to fund


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$421,000 for the final phase of the trail. The boost would provide them with 90 percent matching funds, as part of a new policy from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for “underserved communities.” Securing the funding has been one of the most challenging obstacles for the trail, says Keith Bell, the group’s vice president and a former mining geologist. Most matching funds have come from community members and allies of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, Bell says, such as Stotts Construction and Whittaker’s longtime friend Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. “It has not cost the county a dime and it will not cost the county a dime going forward because the Rail Trail Partners are picking up the tab for everything, including the county’s long-term liabilities for the trail,” such as washouts and other damages, Bell says. Despite the creative funding, Whittaker doesn’t see the rail trail as the county’s salvation, but he sees it as a good “side hustle.” “I don’t play the stock market, but if I did, [I’d] want to diversify my portfolio,” he says. Tourism and recreation could do just that, he says. The idea being that a “world-class” trail from northeast Washington to Canada could invite all manner of bicyclists, hikers and other tourists, who come to town and spend money. “I think it’s a great opportunity and recreation should be one of the main components to our economy,” says Emily Burt, co-founder of Get Out Fest and co-owner of Republic Brewing, a cozy local joint with live music on Saturday nights and a hip vibe. However, Burt, who grew up in Ferry County and who volunteers with the Rail Trail Partners, says there is some concern whether or not the opportunity, profitable or not, is the right thing for a small town that is still

pretty inexpensive to live in. “I feel like there’s a justifiable fear that recreation will bring gentrification,” she says. Winthrop, located a couple hours west of Republic on Highway 20, was also a hard-working mining town. Now it’s a frontier-themed tourist attraction. “There are some communities that are still built for the people there, and communities made for people just passing through,” Burt says. “Winthrop has made that shift.”

“There’s nothing more punk rock than giving back to the community.” MOUNTAINS AND MUSIC

When Whittaker thinks of tourist towns, he thinks of Mount Everest. In the ’60s, his father, Jim Whittaker, became the first American to summit the mountain. But today, the mountain has become something different, Whittaker says. “The initial push to go to Everest was based in adventure and discovery. Now, it’s sort of keeping up with the Joneses,” he says. “The piles of garbage up there are incredible.” He sees something similar happening in tourist towns: They become a sort of a mockery of their former selves.

Originally from Seattle, Whittaker made a career in the music industry as a tour manager for bands like Mudhoney and R.E.M. The festivals and events he managed were messy and unhealthy for the environment. Now, he says he wants to use his skills for good. He credits his father, along with his father’s good friend Sen. Bobby Kennedy (his namesake), for inspiring his sense of conservation. He also credits punk rock. “There’s nothing more punk rock than giving back to the community,” he says. “This is represented in the trail... only I wear cleaner clothes than I used to. And I have less zits. “The saying is that ‘every trail connects.’ I’ve made so many cool connections I wouldn’t have made if I did not get into this.” It all comes back to education. And it’s been a learning experience for Whittaker, too. It’s taught him how to meet different people, find common ground on issues and work together on solutions that everyone can benefit from, he says. After the rail trail, Whittaker’s next step is to look at recreation opportunities in the Colville National Forest. Lately, he’s been working as a recreation liaison for the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, an alliance of forestry professionals and conservationists working in the Colville National Forest to both preserve the land and benefit from it economically. The hope is that with the Ferry County Rail Trail, and the upcoming Get Out Fest, he can show people the value of having public land. “For 10,000-20,000 years people walked this trail. It went private. Now it’s public again,” Whittaker says. “That’s the crux. The public is back. It’s a shared use. It’s communal. It’s super positive.” n




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rom smoking salmon to roasting venison, eating nature is fun. But it’s not nearly as fun when nature turns right around and tries to eat you. Fortunately, statistically, wild animal attacks are generally rare. You’re much more likely to die from a deer running in front of your car than, say, a bear or wolf attacking you. Here’s a general rule: Unless you’re between an animal and its kid, animals prefer to avoid humans altogether. Big animals don’t like surprises. So, generally, the best way to avoid being attacked by animals when walking through the woods is to act like a stereotypical American on vacation — talk loudly and stomp around like you own the place.


Generally, preventing an attack can sometimes be as simple as proving your humanity by standing tall, waving your arms slowly and speaking to it calmly. Don’t scream or make sudden movements. Otherwise? Bear spray, bear spray, bear spray. Bear spray was what saved Inlander freelancer Bob Legasa after a grizzly chomped through a bone in his arm last year. Though, in the chaos, it wasn’t his bear spray that saved him — he ended up spraying himself — but rather his hunting partner who managed to use bear spray to force the bear to retreat. In other words, hike in groups, and practice using bear spray (ideally with a training can) before trusting your aim. “There’s a lot of people who do some harm to themselves by not knowing how to use bear spray,” says Staci Lehman, spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. An article in Outside magazine also says that other useful tools can include marine flares

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and, in very well-trained hands, a pistol. But in any case, don’t run. Bears are faster. And don’t think you can climb a tree. Black bears can climb after you, and with grizzly bears, you won’t have time to climb. If you’re actually attacked, lay on your stomach in the fetal position and protect your neck.


Cougar attacks remain rare, with less than two dozen recorded attacks in Washington state in the past century. But one of those attacks was just last year when a cougar attacked two mountain bikers, killing one. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gives a few pieces of advice. Back away slowly while trying to appear larger than normal. If it looks like it’s about to attack, yell, wave your arms and even chuck your water bottle at it. Show the cougar you are the danger. Don’t run. That’s the quickest way to become fast food. And then if it attacks, fight back with whatever you have. Sticks. Stones. Your backpack. And bear spray works on cougars, too. “You can use bear spray on anything,” Lehman says.


Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: Wolves may loom as terrors in the popular imagination, but they rarely attack people. Only two confirmed deaths have come at the jaws of healthy wild wolves in North American in the last 100 years. “Any wild animal can potentially be dangerous to people,” says Julia Smith, wolf coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “In general wolves pose very little danger.” If a wolf is acting aggressive, chances are that you’re in the den area, Lehman says. It

might be best to turn around and leave, but slowly. “Act casual,” Lehman says. But the rare cases are scary ones. A vivid 2014 account of one of those rare wolf attack cases in Outside magazine featured the account of teenager being randomly attacked by a wolf while sleeping outside in Minnesota. The 16-year-old literally pulled the wolves jaws away from his head, then started kicking and screaming at it. And that, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manager told Outside magazine, was exactly the right thing to do. Don’t run away. Don’t act like prey. Go Liam Neeson on ’em. “Running away may have further triggered the predator’s natural reaction to attack,” he said.


Sure, moose are all likeable and friendly when they’re taking down Communists with their squirrel buddies or leaving tracks in your ice cream. But real moose are actually one of the more dangerous animals in the wild. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game rattles off a few instances when the generally peaceful moose might get violent. If they feel harassed, irritated, hungry or tired. If it’s a bull moose during mating season in September and October. If you get between them and their child. Or if you have a dog. Moose hate dogs. They don’t understand the nuances between an adorable Australian shepherd and a vicious gray wolf. If the ears tilt back and the hair on its hump goes up, the moose may be about to charge, and that’s your cue to duck behind a tree. Moose are one of the rare animals where running away can actually work. They often won’t chase you very far and, best of all, you can actually outrun them simply by running around and around a tree, Benny Hill-style. Bear spray can work on a charging moose, too. If you do get hit and knocked over, go fetal, protect your head, and wait until the moose gets bored and leaves before getting back up.

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Local animal attack victim Megan Sherwin still has the scars. Two decades ago, she was in Rockford Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene when they suddenly heard a bump. “My friend yelled, ‘It’s a gopher thing!’” Sherwin says, describing her horror as an otter climbed into their canoe. They freaked out, the canoe tipped over, and as she fled for the shore, she says, the otter latched onto her back. “I had scars — scratches or bites — on my arms, my wrists and my back,” Sherwin says. She was rushed to a hospital, she says, where she had to get rabies shots. The scariest thing? To this day, the otter has never been found. Lehman says Fish and Wildlife doesn’t often get questions about vicious otters. “It would be like anything else,” Lehman says. “Like being attacked by a house cat. Try to avoid its teeth and get it off of you as fast as you can.”


Time was, turkeys feared man. But lately, as any resident on Spokane’s South Hill knows, turkeys are getting more and more aggressive toward us at the top of the food chain. Wayne Petersen, with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, told PBS’s Nova last year that the key is to reassert your dominance. “You shouldn’t back away from the turkey or look like you’re afraid of them,” Petersen says. “Stand your ground, flap your arms and run at it. They can be generally intimidated without too much problem.” Avoid the sharp spurs on the back of their feet, Lehman says. Spray them with a hose if necessary. Remember, you eat turkeys like him for dinner. Typically with cranberry sauce. And the same advice works on attacks from that other infamously aggressive waterfowl, geese. Don’t be intimidated. You’re bigger than the goose. “Kick a goose if you have to,” Lehman says. n

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r. Robert Zarr steps into the patient room and sees a teenage girl. Lately, the 17-year-old has been experiencing repeated panic attacks, giving her so much chest pain that she had to be rushed to the emergency room each time. She’s looking for answers from Dr. Zarr. Instead, it’s Zarr who asks a question. “Do you have a way to spend time outside?” he says. “Well, there’s this hammock at my dad’s house,” she replies. “What about lying there for a while, and just noticing the leaves?” Zarr suggests. The girl says she could do that. So Zarr writes out the prescription: Once a week, on Wednesdays after school, the 17-year-old is to lie on the hammock and look up at the trees, listen to the wind and feel nature around her. By her next visit, everything has changed. She isn’t going to the ER anymore for panic attacks. Her anxiety is down. She feels confident. These so-called “nature prescriptions” are becoming a new trend in medicine. While it’s not a revolutionary idea for doctors to tell patients to spend time outside, there’s a national movement for a more deliberate, intentional way for doctors to prescribe patients to spend time in nature, much like they would for a drug. Zarr, a Washington, D.C., pediatrician, is the founder and medical director of Park Rx America, a nonprofit that makes it easier for doctors to prescribe nature. Essentially, Park Rx codifies the concept and creates a universal way for doctors to find a local park, prescribe it and document it in their chart in a way that’s clinically relevant, Zarr says. “Anybody can do this, anywhere in the country, as long as you have access to nature,” Zarr says.


s an outdoor enthusiast in Bellingham, Washington, Greg Anderson was as good a candidate as any to start issuing nature prescriptions. Anderson became part of a pilot from an entity called Recreation Northwest — modeled after Zarr’s Park Rx America. Anderson was encouraged to incorporate nature prescriptions (he calls them “parkscriptions”) into

his practice. It’s extremely simple to order a nature prescription. Park Rx provides an online map of local parks, and the provider can choose whichever one they think would fit the patient. They click “prescribe,” and the provider puts in the activity, frequency and duration. They can print the prescription or have it sent to the patient via text or email.

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Our brains are evolutionarily adapted to nature, Anderson notes, and when you remove yourself from nature that can cause a cascade of side effects. You can manage it through pills, supplements or other substitutes. “Or you can go out in nature and get them naturally,” Anderson says. Anderson says the pushback he often hears has to do with time. Providers only have a limited amount of time during an office visit, and even if it takes just a few minutes to talk about nature, that can be about 15 percent of the office visit. Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist at the University of Washington, says there’s value to more research on nature prescriptions. Two decades of research has shown that time in nature is good for you, for a variety of reasons. But more evidence is important, she says, because it can teach us about things like dosage — how to optimize the benefit of going outside. The University of Washington has launched a study, with a $1 million grant from REI, to answer many of those questions. Wolf says two decades ago, she was called a “tree hugger” for being interested in those questions. That has started to change. “I think we’re seeing greater attention to the importance of being in nature,” she says. n

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Saturday mornings are for detoxing and recharging. Both can be accomplished this summer with outdoor yoga. Organized by the city, local yoga studios have come together to offer outdoor yoga classes on select Saturday mornings. Taking place on the orange bridge by the Looff Carousel, participants can detox after a long week or prepare for the weekend while overlooking the flowing river. Yoga enthusiasts of all experience levels are welcome, and the classes are free, though participants are expected to bring their own mats. July 13, 20 and 27 classes will be led by Yoga Shala, and Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24 will be hosted by Athleta. All classes are from 9-10 am.


Eighteen holes, a mini workout, a walk through the woods and a guaranteed good time: These are all found just three miles southwest from downtown at High Bridge Park. While experienced disc golfers generally play with multiple discs of varying sizes and weights, all that is really needed is any type of Frisbee. Like regular golf, disc golf is scored in the amount of strokes it takes a player to sink their disc in the chain baskets from the designated starting pads. Lowest score wins. The course has the same hours as the park, 5 am-11 pm every day.


If you already miss ice skating, you’re not completely out of luck. Trade those skates in for wheels and head back to the skate ribbon in Riverfront Park to ride in the sunshine. Open 11 am-7 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10 am-8 pm Friday-Sunday, the ribbon is open to all wheeled nonmotorized devices. Bikes, scooters, roller blades and skateboards are all welcome. Admission is free, and so are helmets that you can check out. Roller skates can be rented for $5.95 an hour, and scooters for $7.95 an hour.


Participants meet at No-Li Brewhouse at 1003 E. Trent, then hop on a bus to ride to the water access location on the Spokane River. After two hours of kayaking, led by guides, participants finish at No-Li, where they are invited to further enjoy the outdoors by enjoying a pint on the patio overlooking the river. The trip is $69 per person. — MORGAN SCHEERER

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Trail Tech Four trends to look for in the outdoor gear industry in 2019 BY JOSH KELETY


utdoor sports and recreation have changed a lot in recent years. Consumers are increasingly minimalistic, independent-living oriented, and environmentally conscious. Gear has improved rapidly, too. But it can be tricky keeping up with new trends. We checked-in with Katie Wiseman, REI’s outdoor programs and outreach market coordinator in Spokane, to see what’s what.



Bikepacking is a relatively new activity that consumers are increasingly psyched about. In contrast to traditional bike touring, bikepacking is a much more minimalist, off-road venture. Gravel bikes — which are a hybrid between road bikes and mountain bikes — are in high demand, along with gear and bags that are lightweight, compact, and keep a low profile on the frame of the bike. “For bikepackers it’s not so much a rack with panniers but rather bags that will be suspended throughout the frame and on the handle bars,” Wiseman says. “They make tents for bikepackers where they utilize the bike as part of the piece that holds up the fly, so it’s intended to be lightweight.” “It’s really becoming popular,” she adds “[People are] realizing that you can just go out there ride a bit and then camp with your bike and get further and deeper into wilderness areas that way.”



This trend isn’t exactly specific to 2019, but ultralight hiking and backpacking gear across the board is still a hot commodity going into this year. New technology is allowing gear to be smaller, lighter and more compact than ever. And people want that, despite the increase in prices. “Back in the day, you could not find a tent for 1 pound. But now you can get your sleeping bag at 1 pound even,” Wiseman says. “Your great grandfather maybe went backpacking with 30 or 40 pounds in their backpack. Now you can do it with 20.” The tech is pretty mind boggling. Sleeping bags that weigh 1 pound, tents that weigh 3 or less, and stoves and cooking systems that weigh practically nothing. So if you’re looking for an ultralight piece of gear, more likely than not,

it exists — it may just cost a little more. “People are packing into 10 pounds with all their gear for a thru hike for months,” she adds. “We’re just becoming more and more weight-aware and technology has been able to rise to that, items that are still durable that weigh hardly anything.”



Gone are the days when solar power was seemingly only accessible to the money-soaked with time to kill while setting up their elaborate sun-fueled rig on their home. While you can still invest in a homewide solar-powered system, today hikers, campers and van dwellers can get in on the action at a semi-reasonable price. “People are becoming more and more dependent on electronics, so when folks are travelling or going, even preparing for just a short trip, the ability to power up a phone or some other devices is very important,” Wiseman says. “Solar power is allowing for many more devices to be used outside.” “It’s also a conversation about sustainability and renewable resources,” she adds. There are smaller solar panels and corresponding batteries that fit on a backpack, as well as larger, efficient panels that can power lights and other appliances within vans and vehicles outfitted for mobile living. “We have generators, large solar panels that are meant for bigger things like a refrigerator in your van,” Wiseman adds.



These sound somewhat excessive, I know. But keeping time is important, and the plethora of other functions that contemporary sport watches can provide while on the trail can be invaluable — so long as you’re not a hiking purist. Some of the newer watches feature functions like GPS, music playing and storage, heart-rate trackers and charging capabilities for other electronics. And the price point for such watches varies considerably. “They have way more capabilities than anybody could imagine,” Wiseman says. “Some people basically have a small computer on their wrist.” n

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Climb, Paddle, Throw, Beep Spokane offers accessible sports and outdoor recreation for people of all abilities BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


or people with limited sight, hearing or mobility, there’s never been a better time to access the outdoors and get involved in recreational opportunities in the Inland Northwest. For years, organizations in the community have worked to make sure people of all abilities can participate in local adventures, from offering adaptive skiing, sled hockey and sports aimed at veterans and others with physical disabilities, to holding “beep baseball” games and bowling for individuals with visual impairments. With an ever-expanding list of adaptive options, 2019 promises to offer even more opportunities to get outdoors. For the first time, Spokane Parks and Recreation will be offering an Adaptive Summer Adventure Camp for kids ages 8-15 between July 1-3. Aimed at kids with physical disabilities, the camp will offer rock climbing at Wild Walls, kayaking/paddling and disc golf, all led by staff members who are trained to make the activities safe and accessible to all. “The rec department does a Funshine Day Camp that’s focused more on developmental disabilities, but we were seeing a gap for kids with visual impairments, hearing impairments or mobility impairments,” says Kacie Dietz, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist with Spokane Parks and Rec. “We’re just trying to take these kids that are already active and get them opportunities

that maybe haven’t been in Spokane before.” While local children’s hospitals and schools especially have been great at working with youth with those limitations, Dietz says there haven’t historically been many summer camps or activities offered locally. Some families even send their kids to California or Colorado for adaptive camps, but the hope is that with pilot programs like this year’s adventure day camp, Spokane will be able to start offering more of that quality programming in the Inland Northwest, she says. “This area is really deprived for something like that,” Dietz says. “We’ve had participants come down from Canada and up from Idaho — every time we throw a pilot or a test out there we get a great response.” In addition to helping grow the list of accessible recreation activities offered through the city, Dietz and another community member are helping offer more activities to the community through the Inland North West Adaptive movement, which they started about three years ago. “We started with snowshoeing, then branched into Nordic skiing, and since then we’ve taken over climbing and biking and paddle sports,” Dietz says. “We’re just trying to provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation in our community. We sometimes provide equipment, and sometimes volunteers to help facilitate getting outside. This is really a grassroots effort that’s come up, and it’s gotten way bigger than we ever anticipated.”


They’re hoping to launch a website at some point this summer so that anyone who wants to know their regional options will have a one-stop shop for adaptive recreation resources, Dietz says. Adaptive rec is not one-size-fits-all, and one of the main reasons Dietz says she’s passionate about it is that she and others are able to help people find ways to participate in sports and activities, while building the groundwork and confidence they need to later go out on their own. “The goal always is for them to be empowered to do it themselves,” she says, “but having that support in the beginning is critical, and whatever help we can provide to get them there is what we’re here for.” Some other groups offering adaptive recreation in the community include the Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association and Sports 4 the Blind (which recently changed its name to Beep Ball Clubs of Washington State). Every summer, Sports 4 the Blind offers beep baseball through the Spokane Lion Pride team, which you can keep up with at Since there are a wide variety of sight limitations, it’s open to those who are sighted and those who aren’t, with everyone wearing a blindfold to even the playing field, explains program director Vivian Huschke. The ball itself beeps so you can hear where it’s at. “We like to play with other individuals and groups. I might be able to see just light, and somebody else might not be able to see light at all. It’s a big umbrella and there’s varying degrees of it,” Huschke says. “So everyone is blindfolded, except the pitcher, the catcher and the spotter, for obvious reasons.” Since starting around 2011, the organization has expanded its offerings, she says, with blind bowling, tandem biking, walking, cross-country skiing and other activities. “Our goal was to empower individuals who were blind and encourage independence and self-esteem through sports. We want to get people off the couch and involved, and counteract the effects of diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of blindness,” Huschke says. “We’re trying to promote independence and let people know they can partake in this beautiful state we live in and what the outdoors offer.” n

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The body count reached 498, a record-breaking massacre. Miller Cane and 8-year-old Carleen had been in Missouri visiting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s house (of “Little House on the Prairie” fame) when a shooter attacked a nearby elementary school. This used to be Miller’s way of life, traveling from massacre to massacre, comforting (and conning) the survivors; it was a calling he took up after his own brother, Charles, died trying to stop a school shooting. But now Miller has Carleen. The two of them have been on the run for months, ever since Carleen’s mother went to jail for shooting her estranged husband. Along the road, Miller had been passing the time writing brief biographies for a history textbook, each beginning with the same question, “Hero or Villain?” But Miller’s editor, George, fired him a while back for wasting time on these wild stories.



e mined the news for details — one shooter, hundreds of victims, a truck bomb at the back of the building, grenades, IEDS, kerosene, thousands of rounds of ammunition. In the days ahead the details would accumulate — updates and quotes, struggles to understand a killer who seemed like such a good guy, so clearly mentally ill, a stamp collector who hated his mother, his father, but loved guns and video games, everyone who knew him knowing something like this would happen, though no one could have guessed what or when. Victim bios would run for weeks, but the stories would finally fade, followed by bumps of interest in smaller, almost


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meaningless massacres. Then a killer would rack up a thousand bodies. Then five thousand. There had to be a limit for a single shooter massacre — we just hadn’t reached it yet. Miller thought of his brother on the floor at Sunny Day, wrapped around his son, who’d killed seven kids, Charles trying to stop him, to save him, the cops killing them both. What else were they supposed to do? All Miller could do was protect Carleen, which might be impossible. But he’d try. It seemed like days and months had passed since he’d sat in a coffee shop planning his next Hero Villain. He poured more whiskey and propped himself on his bed to write.


They fell in love and got machine guns, taking everything they could get their hands on, whatever was left, robbing and killing and screwing everyone. They rode through the country on horseback and motorcycles, in fast cars and passenger trains, taking what they wanted and what they didn’t want, taking everything, money and booze and people’s lives if they got in the way, becoming heroes to the folks of Arkansas and Oklahoma and South Dakota and everywhere else. God, they were beautiful. They could never get enough of each other or anything else. But all around them the rich got richer, taking more and more, while the rest of us fell into booze and heroin and impotent rage. It wasn’t just that so few had everything — the money and judges and private islands — it was how they wouldn’t stop shitting out literacy programs, hospital wings, shacks for the homeless, single-parent college funds, as if they expected to be thanked for their largesse, until Laura finally said, “We don’t want your goddamn charity,”


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holding a gator knife to a billionaire’s throat. “What we want is what you have — all of it.” And they took it, Laura and Crazy Horse, spreading it to the rest of us in the form of turkeys and guns and mortgage payments, but keeping most for themselves or burning it. They tracked down one philanthropist after another, cut his throat, took what he had, everything he’d claimed to work so hard for, then moved to the next one. Laura’s family had never had anything except promises of a better future, and Crazy Horse had never had anything that wasn’t taken away. Their solution was guns, more and bigger, and though massacres had never worked in the past, Laura and Crazy Horse used them to enforce an equitable distribution of wealth, a chicken in every pot, clean energy subsidies eliminating the need for fossil fuels, the earth healing itself, disease eradicated, all based on a conjoining of Indian and Pioneer superpowers. Finally we could live up to the promise of our ideals, everyone free and equal and happy and immortal, Laura and Crazy Horse spreading the goodness until everyone had everything, no one greedy or mean or hungry, at which point they beat their guns into ploughshares and the era of massacres was over. Or this: Laura was a tiny woman married to a failed farmer, Almanzo, AKA Farmer Boy. She called him Manly and he called her Bessie and their daughter Rose had a donkey they all called Spookendyke, which had nothing do with Rose being a lesbian, if she even was one. There are times when all we can think about is who’s a lesbian and who isn’t, wondering why we all aren’t, but this isn’t one of those times. What matters here is Rose and Laura’s complicated mother-daughter relationship, especially as Rose got older and became a successful writer and encouraged her mother to write, never once dreaming that Laura’s success would overshadow her


own, which it did, which wasn’t fair, because they wrote those goddamn books together, Rose reworking her mother’s plots and prose, a secret that ate at her until she became an acolyte of Ayn Rand, putting her own name only on books of unreadable propaganda, reserving her revenge for her will, in which she left the copyrights of her mother’s books to Roger MacBride, an anti-government zealot and 1976 libertarian presidential nominee, Laura’s lucrative mythology feeding his and the Koch brothers’ causes for eternity. If only Crazy Horse had been around to cut somebody’s throat. But Crazy Horse had died on an office floor at Fort Robinson two years before Laura’s family moved to the shores of Silver Lake. Everyone wanted him dead. He’d become a symbol of resistance, of the old ways, and as a symbol, he was already dead but for the killing, as finally administered by William Gentles with a bayonet. It took hours for Crazy Horse to die on the floor of the adjutant’s office, where he refused a bed. Private Gentles, an Irishman, died a few months later of asthma. But that’s not all (there’s good here, too, mixed with bad) — because Crazy Horse had a big bad love when he was young, with Black Buffalo Woman, who ran away with him, though she was married to No Water, who tracked them down and shot Crazy Horse in the face, which didn’t kill him but drove Black Buffalo Woman away. In a movie, this would explain everything. In real life, Laura and Manly were cursed or blessed with a tepid love. It was a miracle she got pregnant at all. They moved from South Dakota to Missouri, Laura reflecting on the land in a diary how she “wished for an artist’s hand, or a poet’s brain or even to be able to tell in good plain prose how beautiful it was. If I had been the Indians I would have scalped more white folks before I ever would have left it.” Later, Laura would scalp whoever she wanted, billionaires mostly, until Crazy Horse said, “First of all, you were not the Indians. Second of all, we did not leave — we were forced off that land. No amount of scalping could have changed anything,” to which Laura replied, “I would have kept scalping anyway,” implying that she loved the land more than Crazy Horse did, which infuriated him, his rage infuriating her, draining their love and any hope of killing the rest of the billionaires and saving the world, because all they wanted now was to kill each other. [But you know what, George? Even if they couldn’t save the world, even if we’re all just

killing ourselves and each other as the empire collapses, I still believe in this project and everything we can become. Now doesn’t have to be our end, George. Consider the dawn of the Civil War, when we’d been coming undone for decades and finally began ripping each other to pieces. Consider the Great Depression, and all the unnamed depressions, when all we had to eat was our babies. Consider slavery and emancipation and reconstruction — because there was reconstruction, George, even in the wake of the Klan’s murderous tide; consider Jim Crow, then the Civil Rights Act, triumphant and transformative, even as it fell apart, piece by piece, but not all of it. Consider the long view, George, how things have gotten incrementally better, Hamilton and Burr shooting each other, yes, but everything swelling and resolving, becoming good,

I’m trying to show you the whole picture here, not just dirt and shine. then horrible, then a little bit better — America the Beautiful, the Massacre, Immaculate, but not merely immaculate or a massacre, George, because I’m trying to show you the whole picture here, not just dirt and shine. There’s love in that, George — in struggling to see ourselves, to know ourselves, even knowing that parts of us are awful. I don’t think you see it that way, though, and you should. I’m not sure you see anything the way you should, George, certainly not me. Still, I am loath to close. We’re not enemies, George, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory — stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this land — will yet swell the chorus of the union, when again touched by the better angels of our nature. And if I’ve succumbed to the worse angels of my nature, George, I’m a little drunk here, so I hope you’ll forgive me. What I mostly want is to give us another chance, George, forgiveness for everyone. Maybe not everyone. Maybe not Charles Manson or Jim Jones or John Wayne Gacy or Bloody Bill Anderson or Lizzie Borden or Huck Finn’s father, but forgiveness for most of us, George, certainly for you and me, touched as we’ll be forevermore by angels.] n





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Dropkicks, broken bones and being the “bad guy”: the Spokane wrestler hosting Lilac City’s first all-women pro tournament reveals the reality behind the mayhem Brittanee Sloan is no wilting flower. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO



or the better part of the last decade, 29-year-old Brittanee Sloan has entertained crowds around the country with her “bad guy” wrestling persona, the Fallen Flower Kikyo. The Spokane transplant, who grew up in California and also lived in Florida, has spent countless hours training to be a professional wrestler, facing off in matches in cities across the U.S. and even training to go to Japan. Truth be told, when she gets in the ring, it’s the boos she thrives off of, not the cheers. “I love being a bad guy. It’s the best when you have a 6-year-old telling you to ‘F.O.,’” she says. “I get to be that customer service representative that finally gets to tell that shitty customer to ‘Go to hell’ and they can’t do a damn thing about it.” While for many, pro wrestling brings to mind cheesy stunts that can look less than realistic, Sloan knows from experience that every time she’s hit with a folding chair or a table, or gets slammed to the mat, it’s very real, and it takes a real toll on her body. So, when someone asks what she does outside of her day job through a local temp agency, it really boils her blood when she says she wrestles and their response is, “Oh, that fake stuff?” “Oh yeah, that fake stuff that broke my knee,” Sloan says. “I’ve messed my ankle up really, really, really badly and then wrestled on it two weeks later; I walked into the show on a cane. I’ve also dislocated my elbow. This isn’t fake — what we do is a dance, it’s a physical dance, it’s physical improv.” The matches are real, she explains, but there is an element of cooperation with opponents ahead of time to make sure things don’t cross any lines, she says. Take, for example, the time in Chicago when she

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got in the ring against an opponent with a lazy eye. “So I proceed to say I’m going to fix it for her, slap her straight. So I slap her in the face and the whole crowd starts to boo,” Sloan says. That was exactly the reaction she wanted. But what the crowd hadn’t seen was the conversation ahead of time, when Sloan let her opponent know she had an idea for the match that she wanted to make sure was alright. “That’s something she’s been made fun of for her entire life. So that of course is something I want to ask, ‘Is this OK? Will that trigger you to beat the shit out of me?’” Sloan says. “There’s that conversation to be had. You have to take care of each other both mentally and physically, because your life is in each other’s hands.” That’s not an exaggeration: at least two pro wrestlers have died in the ring in the last five years, and many others over the years have broken their necks or sustained other serious injuries after one slightly wrong move.


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lmost exactly a year ago, Sloan was in Japan ready to start a two-month pro tour when, on the day of her first scheduled match, everything went wrong. “We were training before the show and I picked the girl up on my shoulders and just felt my knee pop and I went down,” Sloan says. She soon learned she tore her ACL completely from her femur. Not only did that mean she was out for the tournament that she’d looked forward to for months, but it also meant getting surgery and spending the better part of the last year recovering and going through physical therapy. Just this month, she was finally able to get back in the practice ring for the first time since her injury, where she was able to jump, roll and bump (that’s when wrestlers slam flat on their backs on the mat). It’s all about getting her body back into wrestling mode. Luckily, Sloan says, she’s been supported throughout the healing process by Cascade Championship Wrestling, a Spokanebased professional wrestling company that brings pro matches to Eastern Washington. While she hasn’t been able to slam other wrestlers around herself, Cascade tapped Sloan to host matches. She’s especially stoked for a special match she’ll be hosting this weekend, “The Queen of the Ring” tournament. The folks at Cascade say this is the first ever all-female pro tournament to come to Spokane, with eight female wrestlers from around the country and Canada flying in to challenge each other at the Shriners Event Center, just off Interstate 90 near the airport. Like Sloan, they mean serious business. This isn’t going to be the women’s wrestling of yesteryear that some might imagine, she says. “You’re not going to see panty matches or evening gown matches. You’re going to see hard-hitting women, and see these girls beat the crap out of each other,” Sloan says. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be empowering. A lot of these girls, yeah they’re gorgeous, they’re drop dead gorgeous. But they will also dropkick you in the face.” The wrestlers scheduled to appear include Calamity Kate, Liiza Hall, Shayla Carver, the Great Bambina, Bambi Hall, Lisa Lace, CJ Stokes and Paradise. Though the match falls on one of the days of Hoopfest, Sloan says it’s going to be well worth opting for the wrestling. “Why would you want to go see sweaty men play 3-on-3 basketball when you can watch eight hot, sexy, powerful women beat the hell out of each other?” she asks. As for the Fallen Flower Kikyo’s return to the ring, the doctor’s note hasn’t been signed just yet. But even getting a taste by being able to host and start practicing again has made Sloan more sure than ever that she wants to get back at it. “Wrestling is just life,” she says. n The Queen of the Ring Tournament • Sat, June 29 at 7 pm • Shriners Event Center • 7217 W. Westbow Blvd. • $5/$15 VIP/$3 military discount •


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e believe in the power of sport — the power that connects neighborhoods, street by street, into healthy, thriving communities. We strive to celebrate and strengthen those connections while amplifying our collective enthusiasm — all rooted in the magic of hoops. Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Best Basketball Weekend On Earth this year, Hoopfest is as vibrant and healthy as ever, and we are grateful! We are grateful for your participation, all you athletes and volunteers. We are grateful for your support, our sponsors and partners. But most of all, we are grateful for… YOU! Thank you for allowing us to create this remarkable, extraordinary experience for all.




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NEED TO KNOW STA BUSES The Spokane Transit Authority offers a Hoop Loop on Saturday, June 29, from 6 am to 8 pm and Sunday, June 30 from 7 am to 6 pm. Jefferson Loop (south and west of downtown) and Riverpoint Loop (east of downtown) buses run every 10 minutes, and an All-Day Pass — unlimited rides on any STA route — is available both days for $1.50. More information:; 328-RIDE (7433) PARKING All parking garages are open during Hoopfest, with access provided to entrances and exits. Street parking where available is free after 7 pm Saturday, but free all day Sunday.

TEAM HOOPFEST MATT SANTANGELO Executive Director ROB DAVIS Sites/Facilities Manager MORGAN MARUM Director of Marketing and Business Development KRISTI ATKINSON Special Projects Manager GIFF MARLEAU Program Manager KELI RILEY Office Administrator CHAD SMITH Operations Manager CONNOR WALSH Program and Events Manager


Hoopfest and Guardian want you to play hard, but remember that sportsmanship comes first! Always show respect for your opponents and court monitors. Know, understand and appreciate the rules of Hoopfest. As our Official Sportsmanship Award Sponsor, Guardian will reward you with awesome prizes if you’re caught by a monitor in an act of good sportsmanship! Redeem your Guardian sportsmanship prize at Guardian’s booth on Wall Street at Spokane Falls Boulevard during booth hours all Hoopfest weekend.

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MULTICARE SLAM DUNK CONTEST Watch as Hoopfest’s best athletes defy gravity at Nike Center Court! Qualifying round is Saturday, June 29, at 2 pm; the finals are Sunday, June 30 at 3 pm. It’s $10 to participate. 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 in the Hot Shot Contest at the Rodda Paint Contest Zone. Entry is $5.

TEAM CHECK-IN TEN Capital Check-In has moved to the Bennett Block parking lot, also the site of Nike Center Court. LOG YOUR WINS Mobile scoring is now available, which means that you can drop your score sheets off at the Visit Spokane information tents located at the Spokane Arena parking lot, on Main Street in front of the River Park Square Mall and at the Avista Master Scoreboard near the Red Wagon. GET YOUR GEAR Make sure to stop by our Hoopfest Store, located in the Bennett Block off of Spokane Falls and Stevens. Inside, don’t miss our Local Corner, featuring exclusive Hoopfest/Great PNW gear. We’ve also added a second merchandise location at the North Courts near the Spokane Arena. 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 half-court shot. The winner drives home this year’s completely Hooped Out Toyota RAV4 (pictured above).

JBL ELITE GAMES PRESENTED BY HUPPIN’S As fun as it can be to watch your friends back down the unfortunate soul who decides to guard them, the level of basketball played by Elite teams is something to behold. The Elite games host teams of great ballers who played at some of the highest levels of the game; find them at the JBL Elite Courts presented by Huppin’s on Stevens just east of Nike Center Court. Sunday afternoon, head over to Center Court and check out the finals rounds and championship games at Center Court. Elite winners take home custom Hoopfest dog tags courtesy of Spokane’s Jewelry Design Center, this year honoring Andrew Vathis, a Hoopfest superfan who passed away this year.






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30 Years of Hoopfest


The original 1990 Hoopfest logo


omer Simpson and George Costanza made their TV debuts. A little band by the name of Pearl Jam formed over in Seattle, and Nike dropped the fifth edition of its Air Jordan. The year was 1990, and another bit of awesomeness was taking root in Spokane — Hoopfest. Co-founders Rick Betts and Jerry Schmidt came to the light-bulb moment from different places — Schmidt was looking for a cool, citywide fundraiser, while Betts had just witnessed the brand-new, NBA-sponsored Hoop It Up 3on3 basketball tournament on the streets of Washington, D.C. Like chocolate and peanut butter, they were just meant to collide. The next thing they knew, Betts, Schmidt and a team



of local gym rats were scrambling to get permission to shut down the streets of Spokane. Soon enough, they were sketching out brackets by hand, throwing up makeshift hoops, hand-taping lines to create courts across downtown — “we were there through the night and saw sunrise,” Betts recalls — and then quickly lacing up their high-tops to play themselves. On June 30 and July 1 of 1990, they mustered 36 courts, filled with 512 teams and 2,009 players. This year, like Homer Simpson and Eddie Vedder, the biggest 3on3 basketball tournament in the universe, Hoopfest, celebrates 30 years.


Some of the most epic local athletes — and a few surprises — have landed on the annual Hoopfest poster, starting with local legends Mark Rypien and Ryne Sandberg that very first year (along with 9-year-old Brian Betts). Year II, it was Spokane’s godfather of hoop, John Stockton. Other notables include actor Craig T. Nelson, football star Drew Bledsoe and hoopers or renown Adam Morrison and Klay Thompson. The 2019 poster (above) features Gonzaga legends John Stockton and Courtney Vandersloot.

Just like those few Bloomies who have run in every race, here are the 45 Hoopfesters who have played every year: Eddie Ambriz Brian Betts Rick Betts Dave Boyer Steve Chandler Kevin Cooley Dan Davis Clayton Edwards Kim Eng John Esch Richie Fischer Tom Fuchs Matt George Travis Goldsmith Tim Griffin Tom Hayes Clay Henry John Hentges Rob Hopkins Ken Johnson Don Jones Ginny Knox Kevin Konen

Ryan Larsen Barry Lines Bill Maley Jesse McCorkle Andy Mitchell Mike Montoya Tim O’Doherty John Offutt Garrick Phillips Greg Phillips Fred Redmon Jason Reynolds Brian Rheingans Ken Robinson Kevin Rosenbaum Jerry Schmidt Kenny Smith Matt Stannard Steve Stockton Skip Templeton Todd Thompson Jeremy Weaver


Hoopfest tradition mandates that you get a sweet T-shirt just for playing. But if you happen to win your bracket, then you get to wear the coveted championship shirt for the next 364 days. Runners up get a tank top, while the winners of the loser brackets (13th Place) may win biggest of all with the instant conversationstarter, the Loser King shirt.


1991 For Year II, Mother Nature seemed intent on nipping this upstart event in the bud with the worst weather of any Hoopfest. Along with thunderstorms rolling through all weekend, the high on Saturday only hit 65 degrees. 1994 By Year V, Hoopfest was

rolling, with 3,086 teams. Hoopfest’s charitable side started kicking in this year, as Harmon Park in Hillyard was given the first of more than 30 basketball courts Hoopfest would fund and build over its first 30 years.

1996 Year VII was the year

Hoopfest became the largest 3on3 tournament in the nation.

York Liberty taking down our own Seattle Storm.

3on3 basketball tournament in the world.

1999 For Year X, Hoopfest honchos wanted to do something really epic with the poster. They had seen the cool photomosaic image for The Truman Show poster, so they collected 2,200 images and sent them off to the MIT grad who developed the technology, resulting in arguably the coolest of all Hoopfest posters.

2006 An independent study found that Hoopfest was generating $39 million in economic benefit to Spokane. That’s a lot of Gatorade!

2012 Hoopfest turnout surpassed 7,000 teams, where it has leveled off to since.

2004 The first-ever neutralsite WNBA game was played at the Spokane Arena the night before Hoopfest, with the New

2010 After 2009’s 6,700-team turnout, The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized Hoopfest as the biggest

2009 NBA royalty Kareem

Abdul Jabbar came to Spokane to promote his book On the Shoulders of Giants at the Fox during Hoopfest weekend.

2014 After serving as executive

director for almost every year since it’s inception, Rick Steltenpohl stepped aside for Matt Santangelo, the former Gonzaga standout. “I’m a basketball junkie,” Santangelo said at the time, “that’s how my mind works.” You’re hired!

2015 None other than ESPN sets up shop to present live

coverage of Hoopfest weekend. Spokane welcomed them with the hottest Hoopfest ever, hitting 102 degrees on Saturday and 105 on Sunday.

2017 The buzz started spreading across the blacktop on Saturday, with rumors confirmed on Sunday — first-round draft pick of our sorely missed Sonics, Kevin Durant, was in the ’Kan! Fans jammed Nike Center Court, where KD played some pickup with local kids and philosophized about the sport. “It’s always about the game,” he said. “We’re all going to come and go, but the game is forever!”



Many can claim to be basketball’s epicenter, but no one lives it like Spokane


asketball is so popular — so woven into the fabric of America — that many places may consider themselves the epicenter of the greatest game on Earth. Hit the playgrounds of New York City for some of the famous pickup games, and you’ll glimpse the early proving grounds for legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Head to Tobacco Road and you can hear arguments from Duke’s Cameron Crazies and North Carolina’s Tarheels that the 10 miles separating their two campuses features the best basketball on Earth. Indiana fans will quickly point to Hoosiers and home-state hero Larry Bird as evidence high school hoops isn’t better anywhere than in farm country. Kentucky, Kansas and sunny SoCal all can make a decent argument for basketball dominance. Only one place, though, features high-caliber college basketball and state powerhouses in high school hoops and one of the country’s biggest AAU youth leagues. Oh, AND the single biggest 3on3 basketball tourney on the planet:

tive Director Matt Santangelo envisions as equal parts art installation and basketball courts. He sees the shelter on the north bank left over from Expo ’74 displaying the history of basketball and a Hooptown Hall of Fame, where 3on3 legends will permanently leave their mark through something like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “There will be a fusion of art and basketball,” Santangelo says of the Riverfront Park complex. “And then, ultimately, we want to renovate the community courts and host events where the neighbors come out and paint them to create a mosaic of art and basketball throughout Hooptown.” If anyone can make the Hooptown vision come alive, it’s the thousands of basketballcrazed Hoopfest players, volunteers and fans who make the annual tournament a hoops spectacle unlike any other. Each year some 24,000 players, 3,000 volunteers and 250,000 fans pack the Spokane streets for Hoopfest. And the rest of the year, those same people watch, talk about and debate the Gonzaga, Eastern Washington

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Hoopfest. Add all that up, along with the community’s rabid basketball fandom, participation and volunteerism, and you quickly realize that Spokane is truly Hooptown USA. That’s the message the Hoopfest team is taking to people far and wide through a new Hooptown USA initiative designed to amplify Spokane’s passion for basketball. But it’s much more than just a public relations campaign; the non-profit will continue to invest in the Spokane community through Hooptown USA. Hoopfest is already the largest benefactor of the Special Olympics in Eastern Washington, as well as the organizer of Ignite Basketball Association (an outreach program for sixth, seventh and eighth-graders). Hoopfest has donated more than 30 public basketball courts to the region since 1990 (in towns like Rosalia and Reardan, and parks like Comstock and Mirabeau), and more than $1.7 million to various causes. The Hooptown USA effort will build two new showcase courts in Riverfront Park, a dazzling and unique playing space that Hoopfest Execu-

and Whitworth basketball teams, cheer for local high schools like the Central Valley girls squad that won a National Championship in 2018, and hit those community courts to sharpen their own games in between Hoopfest seasons. It’s that’s total embrace of basketball — at all levels, from people of all ages and all skills — that exemplifies the idea of Spokane as Hooptown USA. Spokane, despite its relatively small size and remote location, is a city that shows up and balls out rather than strolls in and buys a ticket to watch others. And the incredible participation at Hoopfest from all corners of the community is something no one — in New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas or L.A. — can match. “We’re saying, ‘Come play with us. Participate with us,’” Santangelo says of Hooptown USA. “You are the show.” Be on the lookout for the Hooptown USA bus at Hoopfest throughout the weekend, and to learn more, visit


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A long-time Hoopfest volunteer offers a glimpse into the court monitor life


David Cassels lays down the law.

avid Cassels started volunteering as a court monitor in 1997 and he’s been back almost every year since, even though that means making the trek to Spokane from his home in Seattle. As a Hoopfest veteran, Cassels knows what it takes to survive a day in the life of a court monitor.

single game. It’s an all-day affair, and they get to see some exciting moments. “The best games are ones that are competed to the very last shot. And everybody’s really intense but when it’s done everybody gets up and shakes everybody’s hand.”



The first thing on the checklist is making sure you’re well stocked for the day. Food, water and protection from the elements are obvious, but the best in the business come even more prepared. Cassels says it’s things like having extra pens, in case someone walks off with his, that help combat stress. “I want to make sure the experience is as good for me as it is for everybody else there,” Cassels says. “Having the things you need is key to making that experience.”


“What I enjoy the most is watching these guys compete,” Cassels says. Unlike the players, court monitors take part in every

“The one thing about this event that’s really cool is that it’s a family event,” Cassels says. “I come over to do the court monitor thing, but I’ve got nieces and nephews who play in it. I’ve got brothers who have played in it before.” Hoopfest is an event that brings the community together. It’s an opportunity to make connections. For Cassels, that means spending time with friends and family. “I stay with family when I’m in Spokane,” Cassels says. “Mostly for me it’s going to hear how their day went. The court monitor situation keeps you busy all day long. I want to hear how these kids played.” You can find the official Hoopfest rules at


STEP ABOARD THE CRUISE SHIP COEUR D’ALENE For the first time, the CDA TRI will have a “deep water start” for the Olympic swim portion of it’s 2019 race. Swimmers will board the cruise ship at Independence Point and boat to the staging barge, from there swimmers will enter the water to wait their turn at the starting buoys. Then, its a straight shot, 1500-meter, all-out swim to city beach. From there, get ready to bike and run an outstanding course that takes athletes along the Spokane River and Centennial Trail, through Coeur d’Alene’s picturesque downtown.

One of the highlights of every Hoopfest is the Hoopfest Store presented by Nike. The main store is at the Bennett Block off Main and Stevens; the north Mini-Store is on Dean just west of Washington. And The Great PNW is back with new Hoopfestinspired designs.

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With a 2020 Olympics debut on the horizon, FIBA’s 3x3 fast-paced style hits Hoopfest for a day


he sport of 3on3 basketball is getting ready to make a jump from the streets to the Summer Olympics, and Spokane’s going to get a sneak peek. Friday’s FIBA 3x3 tournament will feature some of the top teams from around the United States and Canada. The event is part of the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Tour, a pro circuit for teams from cities around the world, with a $5,000 prize for the winning team, plus a berth in the next round on the line. The tour is something of a proving ground for the world’s top talent in advance of the 2020 Tokyo games, where 3x3 will make its debut as an Olympic sport. “It has a lot of strategy,” Team Princeton’s Craig Moore says. “It’s not the same sport as five-on-five. It’s not the same sport as three-on-three.” The official FIBA rules Craig Moore differ from those employed by Hoopfest. There’s a 12-second shot clock and immediate change of possession on a made basket — no checking the ball, no taking it out of bounds — which makes for a fast-paced, free-flowing game. The winner is the first to 21 points or whoever is ahead after 10 minutes, though games rarely last that long. Moore, who played college basketball at Northwestern, emphasized the speed and entertainment value of the game, contrasted with traditional basketball, as perfect for today’s audience. “We call it a 10-minute sprint,” Moore says. “It’s the beach volleyball of basketball.” The eight-team tournament will take place from noon-6 pm Friday, June 28, on Nike Center Court. Admission is free, which makes it a perfect way to pass some time and pick up new moves from the best in the game the day before taking to the streets yourself.

Kelly Olynyk will share tales of his journey from Canada to Spokane to the NBA.



s you spend the last couple days before Hoopfest hydrating and hyping up your teammates, why not take a little pause and find inspiration in the stories of some of the best basketball players ever to hit a court in Spokane? On Thursday, June 27, make your way to the historic Fox Theater for “Gonzaga Legends,” a roundtable talk full of stories from some of the Kennel’s most noteworthy former residents. Kelly Olynyk, Steven Gray, David Pendergraft and Heather Bowman will all be on hand, swapping stories (and hopefully a little friendly trash talk). Olynyk is a forward for the Miami Heat after several years playing for the Boston Celtics. He helped launched the modern era of excellent Zag

big men, averaging nearly 20 points for the Zags in his monstrous 2012-13 season — one that led to him being a first-round pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Gray averaged double-digits for the Zags from 2008-11. Pendergraft went on to Hoopfest domination, winning five straight titles after finishing his Gonzaga career in 2008. Bowman graduated in 2010, and held the women’s scoring record at Gonzaga for a time. General admission tickets are $6 and available online at, or by calling 800-325-SEAT. There are also VIP tickets for $60 that include the best seats, a private reception with the players before the show, appetizers, one drink and more. Doors open at 6 pm; the stories start flying at 7 pm.


Did you know the same team that brings you Hoopfest is behind Spokane’s AAU league? Yep, and Spokane Hoops is celebrating its 30th year with AAU, along with three decades of Hoopfest. And for the upcoming 2019-20 season, for the first time third graders can form teams, along with fourth through eighth graders. Also new this year will be two team-selected tiers, just like in Hoopfest where you can choose Elite or Rec brackets. Spokane Hoops offers the most realistic 5on5 basketball you can experience, with high school rules, the best referees in the region and paid supervisors and scorekeepers. The season starts Nov. 9, and sign-ups run Aug. 16-Sept. 20, so log on to and click the “AAU Spokane” button. JAN, THE TOY LADY, LOVES OBALLS! THEY ARE A SLAM DUNK HIT FOR ALL AGES, ESPECIALLY BABIES: Grea t for fu Hoop ture feste rs!


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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. — HOOPFEST TEAM



Contest Activities ADAM JACKSON Court Taping RJ DEL MESE Electrical Services JIM DESTEFANO


Ed Miller Mike Nilson Tom Psomas Shelbie Rabe Skip Templeton

Lewis Lee Chair Rick Betts Founder Danny Beard Helen Higgs Hubert Langenhorst



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First Interstate Bank Itron McDonald’s Nike Ptera Rainmaker Creative Rodda Paint TEN Capital The Great PNW University of Washington

SUPPORTING SPONSORS BNSF Philantech3 Food Services Hub City Hoop Jam of America SEE3SLAM Hoopla Takis Lone Wolf Jewelry Design Center Harley-Davidson Visit Spokane Nordson SELECT Specialty Training, Inc. Navy Talent Outback Steakhouse Acquisition Group Bonefish Grill Moss Adams Sprint Macy’s


Elite Division HAL MCGLATHERY High School Center Court HEIDI SWARTZ Information CHARLOTTE FINNEGAN Maintenance Engineering DAVE JACKSON Merchandise CLAIRE RAAP Nike Center Court HOLLY ELMER Quality Control KEN OLSON Recycling/Clean-Up CHRISTINA RIDENBAUGH Retail Beverages DARCY MARKHAM Master Scoreboard SARAH OLSON Site Team Organization SCOTT JONES Special Projects JOHN KOENIG Sponsor Garden KARI KOSTELECKY Monitor Headquarters GINA SCOTT Team Check-In KATHLEEN SULLIVAN GARMAN Volunteer Coordination CATHY SANTANGELO Volunteer Lunches JULIE LAIRD Tip-Off Party LORI OLSON

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ON THE BATON The Spokane Symphony announced Tuesday that British conductor James Lowe would be its new music director — the eighth in the symphony’s 74-year history. When the Inlander interviewed Lowe in February, he had a great answer when we asked him about his guilty pleasures. “Hmm, as long as your proclivities lie within the bounds of the law, I’m not sure I believe in the concept of guilty pleasures,” Lowe said. “I love food and wine and could happily spend a lazy afternoon in an English village pub in front of the fire with a pint, a good book and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps. Guilty for skipping Pilates? No way!” Lowe’s introduction at the helm of the Spokane Symphony will come with the season-opening Masterworks 1: American Rhythms shows Sept. 14-15. (DAN NAILEN)

High Points



ach time I’ve climbed Mount Spokane, I’ve been surprised. Behind a tree, there’s the miracle of snow in June. Every rise in elevation reveals a pantheon of mountains which hide lakes and valleys in turn. The summit a few hundred yards away requires a coiling half-mile of trails that imperceptibly rises until you find yourself at the summit. The first time I climbed the mountain was a cloudy, drizzly day. I didn’t know then just how taxing walking straight up a 40-degree slope was. Through the mist I saw what seemed to be the mountaintop. Brimming with purpose, I walked up the slope to discover yet another curve of the road. Then, I’d catch my breath and continue pressing on against the rain. I’m not used to spending an hour at a time walking uphill. At home in Illinois, the flat prairie-grass horizon will always be about three miles away. The landscape


THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores June 28. To wit: THE BLACK KEYS, Let’s Rock. Okay, let’s! THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND, Down to the River. If you like that Southern Rock thing, you recognize the names involved and will act accordingly. CHRIS STAPLES, Holy Moly. Delve into the Seattle singer-songwriter’s latest before he plays a house show in Spokane July 13. THE ALARM, Sigma. A new album from the Scottish rockers is welcome, as is their show at the Bing Aug. 7. SUMMER CANNIBALS, Can’t Tell Me No. The Portland quartet delivers what very well could be one of the sweetest jams of the summer. (DAN NAILEN)

feels like a walkable ocean; it’s you, the sky and flowering prairie punctuated by fleets of trees. You know exactly what the next mile holds, and it certainly isn’t hills. On Mount Spokane, you can mistake a road for a mountaintop or a mountaintop for a road. When a landscape has corners and edges, a little grove of trees can hide thousands of feet of rock. Up high, everything is at once hidden and revealed. Along with this tendency to surprise, Mount Spokane has little neutral ground. You must switch between walking uphill and downhill, double effort or effortlessness. There’s no casual flatland ambling. Climbing mountains tends to make you think in terms of investment. Every downhill stretch will cost you effort later and every uphill stretch will yield you a downhill. It’s a landscape that shows you your decisions matter. These decisions even change the way you see the world. In Washington, the horizon’s location depends on where you stand. Valleys divide the world into easily examined pieces. Mountains render the horizon inexhaustible on a clear day and unfathomable on a foggy one. Depending on where you are, the same 10 miles can be entirely unknown or entirely visible. If you want a good view, you must work to get there. I love the expanse of the mountains. The endless contrast of hiddenness and height, effort and ease never ceases to amaze and teach me. Most often, the experiences that we love most are those we do not expect. Mountaintops are places where you can see and love the unexpected. n Jackson Elliott recently completed his internship at the Inlander and returned to Illinois to complete his masters degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

SWEET AND DANDY Gleason Fest scored a bit of a coup this year for its headliner, booking Portland’s Dandy Warhols for the annual ALS fundraiser inspired by local activist Steve Gleason happening this year on Aug. 10 at Riverfront Park. The long-running alt-rockers released a new album this year, Why You So Crazy, and will be joined at Gleason Fest by the Grizzled Mighty, Delbert and Left Hand Smoke. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29, and are $30, or $80 for VIP, through TicketsWest outlets. (DAN NAILEN)

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC After performing in a benefit show at the Bing a couple weeks ago, the Spokane rock band Lads had their van broken into, and $6,000 worth of gear was stolen. So now they’re the subject of a benefit themselves: The Bartlett is hosting a show this Saturday where Lads will perform alongside local duo Ray Badness, and ticket sales will go toward the band replacing their equipment. You can donate to Lads’, or score some tickets for this weekend’s concert at (NATHAN WEINBENDER)

HOOPFEST BONUS It’s always cool when an NBA star swings by the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, but one of this year’s guests is extra special thanks to his local roots. Current Denver Nugget and Washington Huskies legend Isaiah Thomas (born and raised in Tacoma) is dropping by Hoopfest Sunday for a special game of H-O-R-S-E against a local differently abled athlete on one of the Post Street courts sponsored by Guardian Insurance. If you’re banging around downtown this weekend, keep an eye out for the All-Star. (DAN NAILEN)

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Ball Is Life For some people, Hoopfest has been an annual tradition since year one BY DAN NAILEN


he doctor’s message couldn’t be more clear. No matter how determined Kim Eng was to play in Hoopfest, a C-section to deliver her son less than a month before meant Eng would have to stick to the sidelines, just this once. Call it a testament to Eng’s powers of persuasion, or the innate understanding and give-and-take between a woman and her doctor, but Eng didn’t miss that year’s Hoopfest. “She found some sort of abdomen wrap that I used,” Eng says. “After I’d play a game, I’d run over and breastfeed my baby, all sweaty. Then I’d play another game, and then run to where my mom was holding my baby and feed him again. All while trying to keep my insides inside me.” Basketball, and Hoopfest more specifically, inspires a crazed kind of dedication among its practitioners, and Eng is one of a crew of just 45 ballers who have played in every single Hoopfest since its inception 30 years ago. The 48-year-old Eng grew up in Spokane and played basketball for Lewis & Clark High School. The first Hoopfest happened right as she finished high school, and although she left town for college and never moved back, she’s always made the trek back to the Lilac City to play in the 3-on-3 tourney, starting with her first summer of college. She’s played in the women’s division, then the co-ed division when she teamed up with her husband, and now she coaches her son and his friends when the family drives over each year from their West Side home. The tournament has become an excuse for Eng’s extended family to get together as her mom hosts an open house party through the weekend. “Whenever the different teams end for the day, they descend on her house,” Eng says. And when

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For some players, Hoopfest court memories go back 30 years. the basketball is done, the family heads over to Coeur d’Alene for the week of July 4, extending the reunion. Skip Templeton is another player who’s competed in every year of Hoopfest. (He’s also on the Hoopfest board of directors.) His streak started when a bunch of buddies working at the Bon Marché saw an ad for the first tournament and signed up. Now 58, Templeton’s been able to keep playing year Kim Eng after year even as some of his buddies have been waylaid by bum knees, hips, backs — you know, aging. “I’ve played rec league basketball in Spokane for years. I’ve played softball. I don’t really go to a gym. Basketball kept me in shape,” Templeton says. “I’m just fortunate I can still play.” Templeton is amazed at the growth of Hoopfest over the years, from a rag-tag event with 300 teams to 6,000 teams dotting Spokane, aided by thousands of volunteers. Skip Templeton “A lot of events like this, they only last a few years,” Templeton says. “Playing downtown with the streets closed off was something you never thought would happen.” Among the fondest memories for Templeton during his streak was winning the Family bracket playing alongside his two sons. And now he even has grandkids playing Hoopfest, making his a threegeneration family of Hoopies. Eng says that beyond the tourney’s growth, she’s most struck by how everyone from little kids to 90-year-olds participate, and everyone in between, from regular players to people who only pick up a ball once a year. And all the support those people get from Spokane in the form of volunteers, court monitors, court marshals — all the people needed to make Hoopfest happen — really strikes her as its most noteworthy feature after all these years. “It’s evolved,” Eng says, “but the spirit of Hoopfest has always been there.” n Hoopfest • Sat-Sun, June 29-30 • Downtown Spokane •


ATheGRAND PRIZE thousands of ballers who descend on downtown Spokane for Hoopfest compete for the love of the game, bragging rights with friends and, if you’re in the Elite Divisions, a sweet dog tag by the Jewelry Design Center to show off their success. This year’s tags are a little more significant, though, and not just because it’s Hoopfest’s 30th anniversary. The tags — made of sterling silver dipped in 24K gold and featuring two diamonds — include a nod to Andrew Vathis, an avid Hoopfest participant (he played on the Ben & Jerry’s Conehead team) and familiar South Hill Albertson’s employee who was killed in a traffic accident over the winter. Hoopfest officials said at the time that the Special Olympics athlete should be considered “the official hype man of Hoopfest weekend” and noted that his team won the Loser King Bracket in 2018. To commemorate Vathis, this year’s Elite Division dog tags include a silhouette of Vathis, his initials and a quote he was fast to use during play: “Great shot!”

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“A poignant dramatization of the emotional fallout of war.” —Kirkus Reviews “Ray Hutson has done an amazing job of describing after-war for combat veterans. In this story, Robert Kent is on a journey to find his past, the whole time trying to figure out how he fits into the present. His story is tragic, authentic, and too common for warriors. Hutson has demonstrated the first paradox of war: Though the warrior leaves the war, it never leaves him. I highly recommend this book.” —Tom Reilly, author Hope in The Shadows of War “As a veteran of every American war from Grenada to the current War on Terror, I found Sergeant Kent’s journey of self-discovery a model of self-healing, applicable to all combat veterans, past and present. Valuable and entertaining reading for anyone who knows a combat vet and hopes to understand them better.”  —Dennis Woods, CSM retired, author of Black Flag Journals

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hen your entire season lasts just a little over two months, there isn’t much time for the new Spokane Indians squad to get to know each other before they are fighting for a playoff spot in the Northwest League. That didn’t keep the hometown crew from roaring out to a fast start in 2019 — in fact, after winning their first four games at Avista Stadium, the Indians were 9-2 and enjoying their best start to a season since 2014. You might not know the players’ names yet, but now you know they might have something special brewing out on Havana. After a weekend road series, the Indians are back playing at Avista Monday-Wednesday against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, including a fireworks night on Wednesday, July 3. (DAN NAILEN)

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London by the Lake

Owner Jennifer Drake (right) spent years carefully planning the new Coeur d’Alene pub. DEREK HARRISON PHOTO

The new British-style Crown & Thistle pub in Coeur d’Alene was carefully planned for an authentic experience BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


arely two weeks after opening in May, the Crown & Thistle already looked like it had been part of Coeur d’Alene’s downtown dining scene for more than half a century. Maybe that’s due to its architecture and design, or the menu with its bitter beers, bangers and mash, and fish and chips. Or maybe it’s because owner Jennifer Drake has been planning the British-style pub for more than a decade. “Idaho’s only 150 years old, so to make [Crown & Thistle] look 200 years old is tough,” says Drake, who began collecting furnishings and décor for her some-day pub around seven years ago. A few years before that, she created a limited liability corporation to develop what would become the Crown & Thistle. The new pub emulates places she visited first while attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, represented by the thistle, and while traveling throughout Great Britain (the crown) as a student. Later, she and husband Ben Drake visited the British Isles, most recently for the Great British Beer Festival, stopping at 53 pubs in five days. From a pub in York, for example, Drake got the idea for snugs, semi-private closets that first allowed British, and originally Irish, women to drink in public houses, or pubs, and had three commissioned and installed at

Crown & Thistle. The décor is eclectic, from British Empire style — two African hartebeests are mounted over a hutch amidst a Russian samovar, travel trunk and leather couches — to door-sized rubbings that suggest medieval monasticism. Miscellaneous pairings of oak tables and well-worn chairs, and a high back bar the Drakes hauled from Seattle, suggest an upscale Golden Age saloon. The recipes are imported, too. From London’s St. John restaurant, Drake borrowed Welsh rarebit: toasted sourdough bread topped with Worcestershire and beer-cheese sauce ($5). Drake developed the beer batter for Crown & Thistle’s fish and chips ($13) from Tom’s Kitchen in London, featuring a proper British dousing of malt vinegar on crispy cod or haddock. The bangers and mash feature Ben Drake’s handiwork; he makes the rotating list of bangers (sausages), of which diners can choose from when ordering. Chef Chris Johansen finishes the dish ($13) with chunky mashed Yukon gold potatoes, tangy onion marmalade and savory brown gravy. “Corking” good snacks include scotch eggs, a softboiled egg wrapped in sausage, breaded and fried ($5), and chippies (fries), with choice of toppings like curry or chimichurri ($6). Finally, what’s a pub without beer? Drake knew she

wanted Samuel Smith, a U.K. beer in production since 1758 and available in the U.S. since 1978, but only in bottle form until about two years ago when kegs began import to the states. At any given time, Drake plans to have both draft and bottles or cans of Samuel Smith beer options, including the Taddy porter, oatmeal stout and the complex Yorkshire stingo, aged a year in oak casks. There’s also beer with names that range from the Belhaven Black Scottish Stout and William’s Dragon’s Breath Cider with Ginger, to the Trooper Iron Maiden Irish Bitter. Look for rotating taps, including locals like Hidden Mother, and a new way to experience beer from a very old manner of dispensing it: cask ale engines. Dating to the 1700s, this gravity-fed system is ideal for cask-conditioned beers, like Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter, that are lower in carbonation and typically not served as cold as those on a conventional pump. Drake’s eyes gleam as she explains this. “I love that I get to expand people’s beer horizons,” she says. n The Crown & Thistle • 107 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Open Sun-Thu 11 am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-2 am • • 208-758-8357

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Chicago Dogs Arrive in Spokane

Spokane bid farewell to Biscuit Wizard, which closed on June 23 along with Common Crumb Bakery.

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love location-inspired cuisine, especially when I don’t actually have to travel to get it, so the news that a spot offering Chicago-style hot dogs was opening in downtown Spokane was welcomed with open mouth. A Chicago dog is a specific species of edible hound, and Chicago Dogs on Main gets it right, covering their Vienna Beef hot dogs with the required yellow mustard, electric-green sweet relish, onions, tomato wedges, kosher pickle spear, celery salt and (in what is my favorite topping) sport peppers. Those crunchy little gems add just enough spicy kick — they’re roughly equal to a jalapeno, for comparison purposes — to what is a mouthful of food. All of it is delivered on a quality steamed poppy seed bun. And in case you didn’t catch it on the menu, ketchup definitely does not come on the Chicago dog — but you can ask for a packet and add it yourself if you absolutely must. While the Chicago Dog ($4.95) is the star of the little patio restaurant that opened in May adjacent to Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, it’s far from the only option. You can get a Polish sausage ($5.95) dressed with everything that comes on the Chicago dog, and because they know not everyone wants their hot dog “dragged through the garden” (as the menu describes its Chicago dogs’ toppings), you can create your own Freestyle Dog ($4.95 hot dog/$5.95 Polish sausage) with any of the available toppings. A Lost Dog ($3.95) is basically a bun filled with whatever nonmeat options are available, or you can get the Seattle Dog ($4.95/$5.95 Polish option) with a Vienna Beef hot dog slathered in cream cheese and covered with

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caramelized onions — although I have no idea why you would do such a thing when a Chicago Dog is available. To each their own I suppose. Chicago Dogs on Main is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am-3 pm, and there are a few patio tables to sit outside on the sidewalk. The counter plans to open for occasional weekend late nights and during major downtown events, too. Watch for flashing lights on the awning at 245 W. Main to indicate the dogs are waiting. (DAN NAILEN)


In a recent Facebook post, Spokane restaurant owners Kate and Jeremy Hansen shared the news that their two businesses inside the Saranac Commons would close effective Sunday, June 23. “There are so many factors that have led to this decision, and it isn’t one Jeremy and I take lightly,” Kate Hansen writes. “Over time, some of our key players moved on to new ventures, and with our time being shared with our other locations, it became harder to maintain the consistent production and quality the business required. This has been one of the most joyous, but also the most heartbreaking journeys for us personally.” The couple plan to continue operating their three other restaurants — Smoke & Mirrors Saloon, Inland Pacific Kitchen and Hogwash Whiskey Den. (CHEY SCOTT)



Jeff Messinger had three children depending on him by age 21, while he was working his way through the food service industry and navigating an assortment of bumps in the road. Illness, loss of transportation, an unexpected bill, the change of seasons and a downturn in work — Messinger understands how precarious it can be for those in the service industry. A couple hundred bucks, he says, can make or break you. Now he’s the general manager at Shooters Bar & Grill and Black Rock Marina and serves as one of many volunteers for CDAIDE, a grassroots organization serving hospitality industry workers in need since 2014. CDAIDE started as a church committee from concerned parishioners at First Presbyterian in Coeur d’Alene, says Rebecca Smith, board president and cofounder. It’s similar to Big Table, a Spokane-based care organization which pastor and former food writer Kevin Finch — he’s also friends with the pastor at First Presbyterian — developed in 2009. Like Big Table, CDAIDE fundraises through events like the annual February Care Affair dinner to provide services including financial aid and access to health ENTRÉE care through word-ofGet the scoop on local mouth referrals. food news with our weekly “One really big difEntrée newsletter. Sign up ference is Big Table has at a lot of staff but we’re all volunteer,” says Smith, who notes that CDAIDE is working on filling out board positions and connecting with care partners, such as mechanics, doctors and dentists. The organization is also growing its network of industry supporters, which includes chefs like Laurent Zirotti of Fleur de Sel, Jim Barrett from Beverly’s/Hagadone Hospitality, and Doug Johnson of Fire Artisan Pizza, who currently serves on CDAIDE’s board. One of their ongoing challenges, says Messinger, has been simply getting the word out about the organization. “If you know about it, you’re eager to help,” he says. (CARRIE SCOZZARO) n

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Sound wasteful? It’s for an earth-friendly cause. Along with the home’s other appliances, the lights use energy produced by the 19 solar panels on the roof, with power consumption carefully recorded and studied. The model home doubles as a prototype “net-zero” home built by Greenstone Corp. ― it generates as much renewable energy as it uses.

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Sound expensive? A net-zero home’s cost depends on how you look at it. Net-zero homes cost 4% to 12% more than their standard counterparts, depending on the house and whom you ask. But there’s a good chance you’ll save more on energy than the difference in your monthly mortgage, the U.S. Department of Energy says. It’s something for future-minded homebuyers to consider now, as net-zero construction becomes the norm elsewhere and as rising global temperatures are expected to boost energy demand. (While the Environmental Protection Agency expects Americans to use less energy for heating, it expects we’ll use that much and then some for cooling.) Gavin Tenold has already noticed more homebuyers seeking netzero options, compared with a decade ago. Tenold, construction manager at Copeland Architecture & Construction of Spokane, also co-owns Northwest Renewables, a solar company. Buyers around 35 to 42 seem particularly interested, he says: “We recognize that climate change will affect the marketplace,” including energy prices. In Liberty Lake, the three-bedroom rancher would use more energy if people lived in it. But, as a prototype, it works so well – in fact, producing more energy than it uses – that Greenstone plans to build five more as it keeps trying to figure out how to build comfortable, cost-effective net-zero homes en masse; the developer puts up about 250 Inland Northwest homes a year.

The extra money goes toward features and systems that collect energy (such as solar panels or wind turbines) and conserve it (such as airtight construction, smarter insulation, and triplepane windows). Architect Sam Rodell’s firm provides cost comparisons to each client: One set of monthly numbers for their house built “to code.” Another set for the same house built with super-efficient construction and systems. Every time, the second set ― based on energy rates and the family’s expected consumption ― shows net savings starting in Month 1, Rodell says. Meanwhile, net-zero homes’ insulation, windows, sealing, and heating and cooling systems provide even temperatures and quiet. Filtration systems minimize pollutants (imagine: no wildfire smoke). As quality-built structures, the DOE says, these homes provide lasting value. “It’s a pretty clear choice, and all our clients see this,” Rodell says. “No one says, ‘Build the worse building that costs more.’”

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BAND ON THE RUN Hello, goodbye: The Beatles cease to exist in the cute but inexcusably lazy Yesterday BY MARYANN JOHANSON


magine there’s no Beatles. It’s easy if you try… according to the inexcusably lazy comedy Yesterday, which proposes that, absent the incalculably enormous impact the Beatles have had upon culture itself, the world would nevertheless look exactly as it does today. Which seems impossibly unlikely, and also feels like a huge insult to the Fab Four. The unexplained high-concept here: One night there is a momentary worldwide electrical blackout that lasts for only a few minutes, during which struggling singersongwriter Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is hit by a bus and knocked unconscious. After he wakes up, he slowly comes to the realization that he’s the only person who knows about the Beatles and their music. He discovers this only because he starts playing “Yesterday” on his guitar, and his friends — including his manager, Ellie Appleton (Lily James) — think it’s a new song that he himself has written. Google confirms it: There has never been any such band as the Beatles. Has Jack somehow slipped into an alternate universe? Is God a Rolling Stones fan (they still exist here) and using the blackout to erase all evidence of the Beatles from history and from everyone’s memory? Whichever the case — and it really doesn’t matter — it’s just an excuse to tell yet another story about a notvery-talented guy who enjoys unwarranted success, for

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I read the news today, oh boy: Yesterday is a promising concept turned into a pretty flimsy comedy. Jack goes on to “write” and record all the Beatles songs, which turns him into a global phenomenon. Because of course the songs are terrific to our ears, in the cultural context in which we know them. But would “I Want to Hold Your Hand” really have the same impact, brandnew, in 2019 as it did in 1964? How would “Eleanor Rigby” or “Let It Be” land today? The Beatles’ songs exist in a bizarre vacuum here, literally excised from the social and artistic environment in which they were written, performed and received. Songs like these, like all of the Beatles’ work, are so much of their moment in time — which of course is part of how and why they endure — and there’s no sense of that in Yesterday. These songs would surely sound odd, anachronistic, maybe even random if they were presented as created now. Perhaps the weirdest thing about Yesterday is that it isn’t even a revue of Beatles’ music, like those shows that end up on Broadway and in the West End, and now are transferring over to movies, as with Mamma Mia! Only a few of the songs are actually performed in anything close to their entirety. It’s all mostly just a one-note running joke about how no one except Jack knows all those famous Beatles lyrics and tunes, combined with a blah romance: Ellie is naturally in love with the oblivious Jack, and now is losing him to fame and fortune.

Patel, an Indian-British TV actor making his feature debut here, is charming enough (and at least he’s not another white guy sailing to unearned adoration). But Yesterday is, at best, inoffensive to the point of blandness; even Kate McKinnon, in a small part as a Big Music shark who latches onto Jack, only briefly brings a spark to the YESTERDAY screen. At its worst… well, Rated PG-13 there’s a moment toward Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, the end of the film that is so cheaply manipulative that it Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon feels like a punch in the gut, and not in a good way. I’m sure director Danny Boyle and screenwriters Richard Curtis and Jack Barth imagined they were paying tribute to what is probably the greatest band in the history of rock ’n’ roll — and maybe some of the most profoundly influential people in the history of humanity — with this movie, which has a whole planet of 21st century people newly discovering them and going crazy for their songs. But it utterly defangs the music we know and love so well, diminishes its significance and the meaning it has for so many of us. And ultimately, Yesterday very clearly says that if you took the Beatles away, nothing would be different and no one would even notice. n


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An American couple travels to Sweden for a midsummer festival, hoping to escape their shared trauma. Because this is from the director of Hereditary, you can assume things won’t go well. Opens July 3. (NW) Rated R


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Even on a school trip to Europe, Peter Parker can’t get out of his superhero duties, donning his Spidey suit to fight off some evil humanoids known as the Elementals. Opens July 2. (NW) Rated PG-13


A promising concept — a struggling musician discovers he’s the only person on Earth who remembers the Beatles, and cashes in — can’t overcome sluggish execution. Don’t overthink this one. (MJ) Rated PG-13



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


Luc Besson rips off his own La Femme Nikita (and many others) in this twisty tale of a Russian supermodel moonlighting as an assassin. You’ve seen it all before. (NW) Rated R


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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friendly hit about what our pets do when we’re not home. (MJ) Rated PG


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


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the bottom of it. Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce’s Framing John DeLorean, meanwhile, establishes its conceit right from the get-go. The documentary is predicated on the notion that John DeLorean’s ascent to automobile manufacturing genius and downfall via criminal conspiracy is one of the quintessential American stories, making it perfect fodder for a narrative biopic. But since no such film has yet been made, Argott and Joyce fill the void: They intersperse an impressive array of interviews with scripted segments starring Alec Baldwin as DeLorean, who then speculates about the auto magnate’s psychology before shooting each scene. This strategy has more satirical potential than Scorsese’s — and it’s certainly more forthright in its intentions — but is it any less gimmicky? The narrative scenes in Framing John DeLorean (which could have benefitted from Scorsese’s visual eye) provide no additional insight. But hearing DeLorean’s children, whose own feelings about their late father are conflicted and contradictory

hirty years ago, Errol Morris’ true-crime documentary The Thin Blue Line changed the way nonfiction films are made. In examining the murder of a police officer in 1970s Dallas, the movie featured talking-head interviews so probing they would eventually help exonerate a wrongfully imprisoned man. But Morris also relied on cerebral re-enactments of the central crime, shot with a gauzy, dreamlike quality. Individual images from those recreated scenes were repeated over and over throughout the film, and became integral to our understanding of the case. Documentary purists at the time balked at the re-enactments, A supposedly real moment from Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. but Morris was ahead of the curve, and dramatic recreations have since (somewhat ironically) woven them— that’s more revealing than any biopic could be. selves into the DNA of nonfiction films and TV So here we have two films attempting to shows. The old-timers who groused about Morbreak documentary conventions with fictional ris’ innovations would have lost it completely. devices, and both prove that merely sticking Consider two recent nonfiction films, both to documentary conventions is sometimes the currently available on digital platforms, which best plan of attack. They’re both predicated on purposefully blur the lines between what’s real interesting ideas that instead play out like cutesy and what’s a put-on. But while one levels with stunts — a “gotcha” in the case of Rolling Thunder, you, the other plays you. a close-but-no-cigar in the case of DeLorean. The first (and most deliberately duplicitous) When we encounter a piece of art which of these movies is director Martin Scorsese’s purports to be a true account of something that new Netflix production Rolling Thunder Revue: A really happened, we’re entering into a pact with Bob Dylan Story, a shaggy, rambling, mischievous the artist: Be straight with us, at least to a degree. account of the singer-songwriter’s now-fabled Documentary filmmakers have been shaping 1975-76 tour. As a pure music film, it’s one of amorphous footage to fit their narrative and the best I’ve ever seen. As a documentary, it’s… dogmatic conveniences since the birth of the mesomething. dium, and there’s no such thing as a piece of filmScorsese has intercut a treasure trove of vinmaking removed of implicit bias. But isn’t it kind tage concert footage with 21st-century interviews, of nice to know when you’re looking at fiction? not only with the irascible Dylan (who claims to Now that everything is so easily Googleonly have fuzzy memories of the original tour) able, perhaps filmmakers feel less inclined to and some of his actual collaborators, but with a cite their sources. After all, you can type “Rolling number of fictional figures — a Swedish filmThunder film” into your phone and have instant maker, a glad-handing politician, a dodgy tour access to YouTube essays delineating what’s real manager. Even the actress Sharon Stone pops up and what’s not. Even the most blatant fictions to tell a made-up story involving KISS. can expose a certain kind of truth, but just how These scripted sit-downs are presented with much fakery can one purported documentary the same straight face as the “real” ones, so much withstand? so that the japery might slip past even casual The answer is blowin’ in the wind. n Dylan fans. Perhaps Scorsese is commenting on the ridiculousness of rock-star mythos, or playing Rolling Thunder Revue is now streaming on around with perception, identity and biography Netflix. Framing John DeLorean is available just as Dylan himself has done. I’m still getting to for rent on iTunes and Amazon.



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The Black Keys drop Let’s Rock on Friday. ALYSSE GAFKJEN PHOTO


SUMMER JAMS From the Black Keys to Kool Keith, these are the summer releases we’re most looking forward to BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


few universally beloved albums aside, 2019 hasn’t exactly proven itself a watershed year for groundbreaking music. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been scouring the upcoming release schedules, holding out hope that a future classic is on the horizon. The 1975, Beck, J. Cole, Sleater-Kinney and Rihanna all have upcoming albums with TBA release dates, but of the records we know for sure are dropping between now and August, these are the ones we’ll be spinning as soon as they arrive.



The drums-and-guitar duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney has rarely deviated from their tried-and-true formula — simple blues-inflected riffs, driving beats, almost supernaturally catchy choruses. Their upcoming album, appropriately titled Let’s Rock, isn’t likely to change the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it ethos they’ve applied to their previous eight records. The band has released three earworm-y singles in anticipation of Friday’s release, which should be perfect for driving with all the windows down.

Known for his unusual style and lyrics that are equal parts macabre, profane and surrealistic, Kool Keith is one of the New York scene’s most prolific and undefinable figureheads. 2018 was a particularly busy one for the long-running MC, having released two LPs (one of which was under the alias Dr. Octagon) and a mixtape. Here’s hoping that his inventive use of samples — everyone from Faith Evans to Slayer to Japanese jazz musician Yuji Ohno — continues unabated on KEITH. ...continued on next page



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If I’m being honest, the Lips’ most recent sonic experimentations haven’t grabbed me the way they once did. But I also can’t deny that I’m always anxious, maybe even morbidly curious, to see what form each new stage of their career will take. King’s Mouth has already been available as an exclusive Record Store Day release, but it’s officially hitting store shelves in July, and it takes the form of a psychedelic fairy tale “narrated by” Mick Jones of the Clash. Based on the few tracks I’ve heard, this seems like the closest they’ve gotten to their 2002 classic Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in a long time. JULY 26


This British band is a big deal in their home country, but for whatever reason they haven’t found the same crossover appeal in the U.S. Maybe this one will do it. The Chiefs have long embraced post-punk and new wave influences, and they lean in to the same blue-collar lan-

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guor (and self-deprecating wit) as Blur and Pulp. The two singles from the upcoming Duck have a glossy disco sheen to them, which could wind up being either a blessing or a curse. AUG. 2


Modern garage-rock’s most prolific purveyor, Segall seems destined to forever be cranking out material. You can almost always count on him to have a new album out each year, either as a solo artist or under the auspices of his terrific side project White Fence. He’s also a sonic shapeshifter, to the point that Pitchfork published “A Guide to the Many Moods of Ty Segall.” Who knows what tone Segall’s next album First Taste will fit into, but its debut single is unsurprisingly a blast of fuzzy garage-y goodness. AUG. 16


From shoegaze to psych-pop to shambling rock, the British band Ride has certainly gone on a ride of its own, with

a short burst of a career that dissolved in the mid-’90s and picked back up again in 2014. Their reunion album, 2017’s Weather Diaries, saw the quartet experimenting with more contemporary electronic elements — for good or ill, depending on who you ask — which suggests their upcoming sixth studio LP will again find them monkeying with some new sounds. AUG. 23


Why Redd Kross didn’t become one of the biggest bands in the world will forever remain a mystery. Fronted by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald, the group of longhaired California dudes looked a lot tougher than they were, producing mostly sweet-and-sour power-pop that recalled Cheap Trick and the Raspberries. They’re back together following a hiatus in the early 2000s and cranking out tunes at a furious rate, and the title track from their upcoming LP is pure sugar rush. Even better, their next tour will bring them to the Big Dipper as support for the Melvins on Sept. 15. n


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The dream-pop of Cayucas takes as much influence from Haruki Murakami as chill beach vibes.

California Dreamin’ Twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin search for the right kind of feeling as the synth-pop duo Cayucas BY HOWARD HARDEE


ayucas came on the scene back in 2013 with the debut album Bigfoot, a sunnysounding and infectiously melodic collection of songs that recall early Vampire Weekend, but with more of a chillin’-on-the-beach aesthetic. And that’s pretty much how twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin have presented themselves as a musical duo — two super laid-back dudes who don’t take stuff too seriously. But that isn’t an accurate perception of how the Yudin brothers are with each other. Not when it comes to creating and performing music together. “We take it pretty seriously behind the curtain,” says Zach Yudin, the frontman and primary songwriter. “The bands we tour with, everyone is trying really hard and they’re relatively competitive. We try to take things lightly, but behind the scenes we’re overanalyzing pretty much everything — what instruments to play during the live show, what the setlist should be, what we should open with, how many people we should have onstage, where we should stay, how far we should drive. These decisions make up our daily lives just like any other job.” Zach and Ben have been agonizing over dozens of such decisions on a nightly basis as they tour to support Cayucas’ latest record, Real Life. Now based in Santa Monica, California, the brothers grew up in the city of Davis, and living in suburbia for the first 18 years of their lives couldn’t help influencing their perception of reality and musical output much later. “When I think back on growing up in Davis, it was like a different world,” Zach says. “Like any teenager, you live in a small world. I went to San Francisco, like, twice while we were growing up. You’re in your own little bubble.” That idealistic version of California — the part that’s all bike rides and sunshine and bikinis — comes through in Cayucas’ music. “It feels like California, it’s fun,” Zach says of their performances. “You don’t even necessarily care about the songs. You don’t really need to know the latest Dave Matthews record; you’re

still going to the show.” There are more serious influences at work, as well. In the past, Zach has attempted to draw lyrical inspiration from the surreal novels of Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Just as Murakami somehow cultivates a dreamlike atmosphere through hundreds of pages of plain prose, Zach seeks to combine simple instrumentation and lyrics to create certain feelings, and songs that are more than a sum of parts. Songs that set a tone. “I was reading about how they’ve done The Great Gatsby a bunch of times as a movie, but they can’t crack the code, you know? They can’t recreate the mood from the novel,” he says. “I think that’s interesting. What is the mood? You can’t describe it. I don’t think there’s a formula, but for me it’s going to be diving more into lo-fi elements that create a mood in a recording — maybe some background noise, a lo-fi snare sound, or even a little bit of dialogue — rather than having this pristine recording where everything is recorded perfectly and expensively.” In that spirit, Zach made an effort to embrace imperfection and character-adding oddities while recording most of Real Life in the bedroom of his duplex apartment. Keeping those elements in the final recording, he says, lent the album a mood he believes wouldn’t have been captured otherwise. He credits producer Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse) with strategically re-recording only what was necessary. Zach envisions taking Cayucas further in that direction. So, if anything, the brothers will sound even more chill on future records. But don’t be fooled: They’ll be totally sweating the details. “We get really technical when it comes to the macro stuff, like what we’re doing for the next 5 or 10 years, what the next album will be like,” he says. “We have a lot of ideas for our next album. We’re always overanalyzing.” n Cayucas • Sun, June 30 at 8 pm • $13 advance, $17 day of • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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hane Smith and the Saints take contemporary country-rock and the fingerpickin’ of yore and straddle the two like a bucking bronco, imbuing their songs with a barn-burning arrangement of fiddle, harmonica, lush harmonies and chiming guitars. The Austin-based five-piece has employed an unusual strategy in releasing their latest album Hail Mary, dropping the songs in piecemeal fashion throughout the year. The EPs have separated themselves into distinct chapters that, according to Smith, trace the band’s history, from the missteps of their younger years and up until their more confident current state. It all adds up to an alt-country success story. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Shane Smith & the Saints with Jamie Wyatt and Last Chance Band • Fri, June 28 at 8 pm • $20 • All ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • 244-3279


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ormed in Seattle in the early ’80s, the Accused were self-described as “splatter rock.” And how apropos: They threw old-school punk and thrash metal at the wall, and whatever stuck is what they went with. Now they’re billed as the Accused A.D., which suggests that they’re in a later, perhaps more enlightened era. Like any long-running punk band, the average Accused lineup changed all the time, but the current formation includes members from their most fruitful period — including frontman Blaine “the Wizard” Cook — who performed for years as Toe Tag. Relive your grungiest years with them this weekend. — NATHAN WEINBENDER The Accused A.D. with Scatterbox, Wasted Breath and Cigggarette Machine • Fri, June 28 at 8 pm • $10 advance, $12 day of • 18+ • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • awlsounds. com • 863-8101

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JOHN’S ALLEY, Letter B J KLINK’S LAKESIDE, Just Plain Darin J J KNITTING FACTORY, Shane Smith & the Saints (see above), Jamie Wyatt, Last Chance Band MARYHILL WINERY, Ron Kieper Jazz J MATCHWOOD BREWING CO., Baregrass MAX AT MIRABEAU, Kosta La Vista MOOSE LOUNGE, Loose Gazoonz NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack O’SHAYS IRISH PUB & EATERY, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots OLD MILL BAR AND GRILL, Motley & McClure J PANIDA THEATER, Fox & Bones J PARK BENCH CAFE, Nick Grow PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Echo Elysium THE PIN, The Derrrty Boyz Takeover

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CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Sam Leyde COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Son of Brad CURLEY’S, Pastiche J J GORGE AMPHITHEATER, Eric Church J HARVEST HOUSE, Just Plain Darin J HOGFISH, The Accused A.D., Scatterbox, Wasted Breath, Blacktracks HOUSE OF SOUL, Nu Jack City J HUCKLEBERRY’S, Dario Ré IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Larry Mooney IRON GOAT BREWING CO., Nick Grow IRON HORSE (CDA), Dragonfly THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke JOHN’S ALLEY, Maita LAGUNA CAFÉ, Diane Copeland LAUGHING DOG BREWING, Crooked Fingers LION’S LAIR, DJ F3LON J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Unifest Launch Party with DJ Unifest & DJ Moon Wild MAX AT MIRABEAU, Kosta La Vista MOOSE LOUNGE, Loose Gazoonz NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack


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

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Coeur d’Alene’s hosting of the Ironman race is a long-standing local tradition, with spectators and supporters coming together to watch some incredible athletes swim, bike and run their way to the finish line after 70.3 grueling miles. The race begins Sunday at 6 am, however it’s preceded by two days of activities. Those festivities include Saturday’s IRONKIDS Fun Run, for which registration is still open, as well as a pro meet-and-greet and a post-race concert. Sunday offers plenty of opportunities for spectators to see the race. The best places to watch are behind the beach along the waterfront during the swimming leg and in downtown Coeur d’Alene for biking and running portions. A VIP spectator experience offers race day amenities, VIP finish line viewing and more. This annual race is an opportunity to see outstanding athletes in their element at a beautiful local venue. — RILEY UTLEY Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene • Fri, June 28-Sun, June 30 • Free to spectators; $66-$220/VIP experience • Coeur d’Alene •


Man’s best friends are the star of the show at the fourth annual Fido Fete, a celebration of all things dog. The headliner of the event is a demonstration by Spokane Police officer David Stone and K-9 Haywire. Together, they’ll show what it means to be a police dog and some of their training. If you’re in the market for a pup of your own, the festival also includes a parade of rescue dogs who are up for adoption. Athletic dogs in attendance can also show off their strength with demos of cart-pulling and disc-catching. With vendors, raffles, food, a “Yappy Hour” area and dogs of all shapes and sizes, the festival is set to be a barking good time. — MORGAN SCHEERER Fido Fete Spokane Dog Festival • Sat, June 29 from 10 am-3 pm • Free • Spokane Southside Community Center • 3151 E. 27th Ave. •

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Enjoy one of the most scenic meals around during Silver Mountain’s annual Ride & Dine dinner series, returning this week and continuing every Friday through Labor Day. Tickets include a gondola ride up the mountain for live music (5-8 pm) and a barbecue dinner served atop the mountain. On the menu: huckleberry barbecue ribs, beef, salmon or chicken; a variety of sides and a kids menu. Dessert, beer, wine and cocktails can be purchased. While the lure of huckleberry ribs is a reason to go, don’t forget that this is the longest gondola in the U.S. at 3.1 miles, offering some stunning mountain views on the way up and down. For more adventurous guests, there’s a ticket option to bring your mountain bike to ride back down on mountainside trails after the meal. — CHEY SCOTT Ride & Dine • June 28-Aug. 30, Fridays from 2-8 pm • $25.95$50.95 • Silver Mountain Resort • 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg • • 866-344-2675

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Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your Fourth of July festivities, whether a backyard barbecue with friends and family, an escape to the lake for a long weekend or catching GET LISTED! one of the region’s many fireworks shows. New this year, Riverfront Park Submit events online at is hosting a weekend-long carnival or starting on Thursday, July 4, and email relevant details to We continuing through the weekend. There’ll be classic carnival rides, a need the details one week prior to our publication date. beer garden, live music and a grand fireworks show on Independence Day at 10 pm. To further ease your holiday planning, here’s a roundup of local event highlights to consider. — CHEY SCOTT


LIBERTY LAKE’S FOURTH FAMILY FEST in Pavillion Park features music, food vendors and activities leading up to the 10 pm fireworks show. Details at

Summer Workout Series, Tribal Gathering Place, Presented by Numerica Credit Union, Monday – Thursday Starting 7/8

Brain Freeze with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream; Brain Food with Mobius Children’s Museum and Science Center, Downtown Spokane

For the first time in nearly two decades, NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO is bringing back its fireworks show (10 pm), which is preceded by a free family festival starting at 4:30 pm in its outdoor concert venue. Details at

Food Truck Fridays, Downtown on Wall Street, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

Free Horse & Carriage Rides, Friday – Sunday presented by Wheatland Bank

THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT offers plenty of ways to celebrate America’s independence with a fireworks show (9:30 pm), lake cruises, a VIP grand dinner and the Steaks n’ Sparklers dinner. Find all the details and event tickets at

Sunday Night Music, Ridler Piano Bar, Downtown on Riverside

Don’t miss the next First Friday: July 5th, 2019

Up north in SANDPOINT, festivities kick off with two morning parades, the children’s and grand parades, followed by performances and more at City Beach, and a fireworks show at dusk. Details at On the Palouse, the city of PULLMAN is celebrating with evening activities in Sunnyside Park; live music, inflatables for the kids and a community barbecue, all heading into the fireworks show at dusk. Details at pullmanchamber. com.

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saw you at the Target up North this Saturday — even if you seemed tired and amazed by your shopping buddy just mowing down on an apple in the produce section, you managed to keep a smile on your face and I was impressed by your effortless cool. We both spotted the PopTart Bites and commented about needing a margarita. Margaritas on me, instead, sometime? I’M A HOPELESS RAMEN-TIC Saw you at King of Ramen during thier anniversary special Thursday night. They are awesome, right? I didn’t want to interrupt your noodle experience and you seemed busy with that local celebrity. Just wanted to say that you caught my eye.

I SAW YOU HEAVEN IN A TAXI Given my vagabond lifestyle, getting a chance to see you while far away fulfilled a dream of mine. Even though the moment was brief, the memories created while sharing the wine will always hold a special place in my heart. I can still see your orange shoes as we shared our taxi, it seems like a dream. Your beautiful smile fills my heart. HOVER BOARD HOTTIE I saw you on your hover board in Kendall Yards on June 18th... tall and handsome with your hair blowing in the wind. I passed by you on the sidewalk across from My Fresh Basket and our eyes locked for one hot moment. Time stood still and I cannot forget you. I found myself hoping there is not a Mrs. Hover Board hottie. You look like you would be a lot of fun. I know I felt a spark. Maybe you did too? I am in the area quite a bit and really hope we run into each other. PIZZA DATE - YES! If you’re the blond with the cute smile and great legs, then yeah, I saw you, too! I regret not introducing myself as I passed you on the way out. I’m not sure I’m the guy in question, so I’ll be at Mod Pizza on Newport Highway near that WinCo t 6 pm, Friday evening. If we recognize each other, we’ll start off easy and let them build our pizzas for us. MARGARITAS AND APPLENAPPING I

thought it was OK, I’m glad I was there with you guys. Those of us who hail to the King of the Monsters! THANK YOU FOR THE DUTCH BROS I wanted to thank you for buying my iced

CHEERS THANKS FOR THE CONSIDERATION! Looking for a friend just like me: Physically in their 20s, emotionally about 8 years old, humor of a 5 year old, laughs like a 2 year old, relates to the nonphysical world, inspired by every color shape sound, strong will and desire to be alive and play all day, must enjoy other cultures of humanity, long conversations about how to empower others, and is a fan of drinking tea on floorcusions in my garden porch in the trees near the river. Contact me by astral travel. MONSTER FANS May 30th at the downtown AMC. One of the first showings of GODZILLA. I’m “a kid on Christmas” excited for the movie, as I drag a group of friends to the showing. Movie plays, and I’m in awe, it’s good, it’s great. The movie I’ve craved since 1998 is finally here. End credits play and I’ve got a high on life vibe. Only to be immediately disheartened by my friends “meh” response to it. A wave of isolation hits me. Then to my rescue, a beautiful fan in a King Kong suit jumps up from the crowd ahead of me. And one in a Godzilla suit (but had minor issues getting it to work) stands as well. And I see the joy in others at the showing. I see the love for the King of the Monsters. Like Big G himself feeding on radiation, I’m repowered and ready for action. On the way out following (King Kong) people compliment each other’s shirts. And even if my friends only

to make you sound compassionate and knowledgeable. You are neither. Go to church, and go to the polls, but don’t confuse them. Understand the separation of church and state.

and garage. Kept asking if they can have this and that for free. WTF!!! UNNECESSARY COPS AT HOOPFEST The Hoopfest security budget could safely be cut in half by cutting the number of

Looking for a friend just like me: Physically in their 20s, emotionally about 8 years old, humor of a 5 year old, laughs like a 2 year old, relates to the nonphysical world, inspired by every color shape sound...” — THANKS FOR THE CONSIDERATION

coffee at the Freya Dutch brothers on the morning of Tuesday June 18. That was very nice of you. I will pay it forward and smile and share.

JEERS HONKING A$$HOLES To both of the cars that were blaring their horns at me... Are you really that ignorant and stupid? You might want to read the rules to the Lime bike/scooter program. Riders are allowed to ride in the street and will be ticketed if caught riding on the sidewalk. You could have seriously caused me to crash, then I would have sued you for ever penny your ass ever made. I really wish you would have pulled over and we could have settled your issue with me riding legally in the street. Woman to woman. Get at me. POLITICAL PROSELYTES  To the Americans who forgot one significant reason why our country moved from a theocracy to a free democracy (Salem Witch Trials of 1692): STOP inserting your religious beliefs into political policy. Instead, seek the comfortable support of your church to stroke your ego, fueled by recited and selective biblical verses

JUST LEAVE, BRITTANY I read your Letter to the Editor. I’m glad most folks in Spokane are not as judgmental as you. You claim to be making some kind of point about poor driving. But you spend your entire rant generalizing Spokane’s citizens and misusing your Thesaurus. Some people in Spokane occasionally drive too slow, and sometimes too fast!?!? Truly, this must be the only place on Earth where such things occur!! You’ve been to both Germany and Arizona, so clearly you are on expert on global driving experiences. And advising unsafe driving around pedestrians is a classy touch on your part. Bravo! Do us a favor. Take your own advice and, the next time your panties are in a twist about “Spokane drivers,” shop for a new place to live. Every community could use one less small-minded asshole. CRAIGSLIST  Selling things on Craigslist sure brings out the stupid people. Read the ad, seriously please read it. The ad clearly states they weigh 165 pounds. Bring help. Yet, stupid shows up and says they can’t lift. The ad clearly says cash only. Yet stupid shows up and says I only have PayPal. Twelve people called with lots of questions. I gave them my name and address. Made an appointment, yet they never showed. Are they waiting for me to leave so they can steal them? Stupid people looked around my yard


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cops in half. As it is, they stand around in groups of 3 of 4 evidently to roll out the yellow “Do Not Cross” tape AFTER an incident has occurred. Since these peace officers are making time and half, and probably double time on Sunday, I would expect them to at least look busy by continuously walking about; singly to make their police presence known. Actually, anyone in uniform could accomplish about the same thing armed with just a radio. Idea: All the court marshals are armed with a radio so we really don’t need any cops. And, for some reason, we like our officer’s armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons inside a crowd of 100,000 people. I fear “death by cop” more than I do the few crazy Hoop-daddies out there.n


















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YAPPY HOUR Co-hosted by the Hub Tavern and Path of Hope Rescue, with puppy snuggles and cold brews. Cash only. June 27, 6-8 pm. The Hub Tavern, 2926 N. Monroe St. (509-326-7447) PAW-LOUSE 5K The annual race benefits the Humane Society of the Palouse. Check-in at 8 am, race starts at 9. Meet on the lawn in front of the Moscow Intermodal Transit Center (1006 Railroad St.) Leashed dogs are welcome to attend. June 29, 8 am-1 pm. $20. NEW HOPE RESOURCE CENTER BENEFIT CONCERT Enjoy classic rock and roll, concessions, baked goods, a raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds support the work of NHRC, which serves the population of north Spokane County. June 30, 6-8 pm. Free. Colbert Presbyterian, 4211 E. Colbert Rd. (467-2900) BEN STEIN’S DAY OFF Presented by the Director’s Chair, an evening of stories with actor, author, speechwriter and lawyer, Ben Stein. All proceeds benefit the Panida Theater and TAPS. July 3, 7-9 pm. $20. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801)


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave.

(509-847-1234) COMEDY OPEN MIC Tell some jokes, share some laughs. Signups at 6, starts at 6:30. Third Friday of the month from 6-8 pm. Free. Calypsos Coffee Roasters, 116 E. Lakeside Ave. STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. YOU NEED A HERO! The BDT Players create an all-new superhero show based on audience suggestions. Rated for general audiences. Fridays at 7:30 pm through July 26. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. SAFARI The BDT’s version of “Whose Line,” a fast-paced short-form improv show with a few twists added. Rated for mature audiences. Fridays at 7:30 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside Ave. (509-822-7938) IMPROV JAM SESSIONS Each session is led by a BDT troupe member. This is an informal Improv meetup and is not considered a class. No cost, but all attendees must participate. Ages 18+. Mondays, 7-9 pm through Aug. 26. Free. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) MONDAY NIGHT COMEDY Hosted by Jared Chastain, with local acts followed by open mic. Mondays at 8 pm. 21+. Free.

Etsi Bravo, 215 E. Main, Pullman. (715-1037) OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. GARY OWEN Gary has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. June 27-29 at 7:30 pm, June 29 at 10:30 pm. $25-$35. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. THE PUNDERGROUND June’s installment of Spokane’s improvised punning competition. Sign ups open at 7, puns start at 7:30. Open to all ages . June 27, 7-9:30 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5336) LATE LAUGHS An improvised comedy show featuring a mix of experiments in improv, duos, teams, sketch and more. First/last Friday of the month at 9:30 pm. Mature audiences. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. AFTER DARK Catch a late-night mature audience version of the BDT’s long-form improv show. First/last Saturday of the month at 9:30 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. COMEDY NIGHT WITH JESSA REED & SAM MILLER Join the Hive in welcoming Jessa Reed and Sam Miller, hosted by Morgan Preston, for some down-toearth, in-your-face comedy. June 29, 7 pm. $15. The Hive, 207 N. First St. (208-457-2392) THE CONFESSION SESSIONS WITH CAT & NAT A 90 minute show in which the ladies tell all about their kids, part-

ners, business and momlife. With seven kids between the two of them, Cat & Nat know how lonely and isolating motherhood can be. So they set out on a mission to bring women and moms together by hosting dinner parties and events, with wine and without babies. June 29, 7 pm. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. (244-3279) THE DOPE SHOW! A comedy showcase where comedians joke, then toke, the joke some more! Presented by Tyler Smith, featuring nationally touring comedians with various tolerances to marijuana. Last Sunday of the month at 8 pm. $8-$14. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague.


NORTHWEST LEGENDS The creatures in this exhibition are thought to be myths or legends by some, while others say they are real. Visitors explore the world of Northwest Legends including Sasquatch and Coyote to make their own decision. This engaging family-oriented MACcurated exhibition provides interactive opportunities including designing mythical creatures, a fairy wing selfie, stepping into Sasquatch tracks and more. Through Sept. 2. Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER PARKS PROGRAM Free youth recreation, activities, meals and more is offered to kids ages 18 and younger at three Spokane Valley Parks (Terrace View, Valley Mission and Edgecliff). No registration required; not meant for kids to be left without

parental supervision. June 17-Aug. 1, Mon-Thu (times vary by location.) Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave. THURSDAY EVENING SWING Weekly swing dance classes and dances, with a lesson at 7 pm followed by dancing from 8-10 pm. Thursdays at 7 pm. $8$12. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. HISTORIC WALKING TOURS Learn the rich history of the Spokane Falls, Expo ’74 U.S. Pavilion, Clocktower, Looff Carrousel, Centennial Trail and more. Tours depart at the Rotary Fountain Saturday at 10 am and noon, through Aug. 31. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. (625-6600) KERNEL AT SPARK Come to Spark Central during the Kendall Yards’ Night Market for free kids’ activities and vouchers for kids to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Wednesdays from 5-7 pm, through Aug. 21. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. EXPLORE HAYSTACK HEIGHTS COHOUSING Looking for a supportive environment to raise your family? Come to an information session to learn more about Spokane’s current cohousing project, Haystack Heights. June 27, 7-8:30 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. FRIENDS OF THE ARGONNE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Proceeds from book sales support library programs, activities, and services. For additional book sale dates and locations, visit June 27, 10 am-3 pm. Free. Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne.

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EVENTS | CALENDAR LAKE NIGHT MARKETS A community market with live music, a no-host bar and local vendors, growers and artisans. June 27, 5-8 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. (208-765-4000) STRANGER THINGS GATHERING Celebrate Stranger Things, the ’80s, Hawkins, Indiana, and all things paranormal and supernatural with crafts, decorations, and snacks. Discuss past and current seasons, share your favorite moments on the show, even wear a costume of your favorite character. Grades 6+ June 27, 2-4 pm. Free. Cheney Library, 610 First St. CECIL THE MAGICIAN Join Cecil the Magician for an out of this world magic show! Ages 5-13; young children must be accompanied by a caretaker. June 28, 1010:45 am. Free. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. DROP IN & RPG If you’ve ever been curious about role-playing games, join us to experience this unique form of game-playing, and build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination, and rich social interaction. Second/fourth Friday of the month, from 4-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. ESCAPE ROOM: TRAPPED ON HYDRUS STATION You and your crew-mates are trapped aboard a lunar space station. Can you solve the puzzles and escape before time runs out? Registration required; ages 12-18. June 28, at 2:30, 3:15, 4:15 & 4:45 pm. Free. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd. (509-444-5300) FIDO FETE DOG FESTIVAL The fourth annual festival celebrate dogs and the people who love them and includes

vendors, agility demos, dog obedience, rescue groups, raffle baskets, dogs on parade, food and refreshments and much more. June 29, 10 am-3 pm. Free. Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (509-535-0803) FINDING ANCESTORS: TRAVELING FOR GENEALOGY C​ ome away from this class with reliable resources and tips to capture valuable genealogy data. June 29, 10:30 am-1 pm. Free. Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane St. (208-773-1506) WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC BROWNE’S ADDITION Take a two-hour walking tour of the historic neighborhood and hear about high society living, hidden treasure and mischievous ghosts. Proceeds support the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition. Meet at Pacific and Cannon. Tours on June 29 at 1 pm, July 10 at 6 pm, July 23 at 6 pm and Aug. 10 at 9:30 am. $15. squareup. com/store/friendsofCDApark WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR The B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” bombers and P-40 Warhawk “Jaws” and P-51 Mustang “Betty Jane” fighters fly into the Spokane International Airport offering a rare opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. July 1-3; Mon 12-5 pm, Tue 9:30 am-5 pm; Wed 9:30-noon. $5/kids; $15/ adults. Spokane International Airport, 9000 W. Airport Drive. (509-455-6455) DOLLARS & SENSE: NAVIGATING YOUR CREDIT Explore ways to improve your score, establish good credit, and deal with collection agencies. July 2, 6-8 pm

and Sep. 24, 6-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld. org (509-893-8350) DROP IN & READ Read great books from Spark’s collection and play games based on what you’ve read. Repeat participants can earn prizes and have their picture displayed at Spark Central with their favorite books. Grades 1-8. First/third Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) HENNY PENNY CHICKEN BINGO & POTLUCK Buy a bingo number(s) and hope a chicken poops on yours to win. Event includes a community potluck. July 2, 5:30 pm. Green Bluff Grange, 9809 Green Bluff Rd. (979-2607) OUTDOOR FAMILY YOGA Try out basic yoga postures, mindfulness, and meditation in a class for the whole family focusing on balance, coordination and stress reduction. Bring a yoga mat or towel. July 2, 7-8 pm. Free. Millwood Park, 9205 E. Frederick Ave. IDAHO STATEHOOD DAY PARADE Celebrate Idaho’s 129th birthday with a parade through downtown Wallace’s streets. July 3, 5 pm. Wallace, Idaho. 4TH OF JULY FAMILY FIREWORKS CRUISE This two-hour cruise boasts front row seating for one of the biggest fireworks shows in the Northwest. July 4, 8:30 pm. $31.25-$35.25. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. COEUR D’ALENE 4TH OF JULY PARADE The annual community parade begins at 10 am and is open to local groups who’ve registered to participate in a variety

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of categories. July 4, 10 am. $75-$175. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Sherman Ave. (208-415-0116) FOURTH FAMILY FEST Pack a picnic and come listen to music by Twenty Dollar Bill, the Rub and Tuxedo Junction in the park before the grand fireworks at 10 pm. July 4, 12-11 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION Includes an afternoon family festival with a kids zone, music, concessions, a beer garden and more. The fireworks, the first after almost two decades, show starts at 10 pm. July 4, 4:30-10 pm. Free. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. HARRISON 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Activities throughout the day include live music by JamShack, vendors, food, activities and more, with a fireworks show at dusk. July 4. Harrison City Park, 251 Harrison St. PULLMAN’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Activities include music by the Community Band of the Palouse, Dan Maher and the Fabulous Kingpins, along with inflatables for kids, a barbecue and concessions, followed by fireworks at dusk. July 4, 5 pm. Sunnyside Park, 147 SW Cedar. SANDPOINT FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION The Sandpoint Lions Club sponsors parades through downtown in the morning; stage performances and a raffle follow at City Beach in the afternoon, plus a fireworks show at dusk. July 4. Free. SILVER VALLEY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Head to Kellogg City Park for an

afternoon of fun with live music by John Kelley and Hawthorne Roots, a farmers market and craft fair, and brews from Silver Valley breweries. July 4, 2-8 pm. Kellogg, Idaho.


FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION + WEEKEND CARNIVAL Celebrate the Fourth of July all weekend in Riverfront Park, offering carnival rides, a beer garden, games, food and more. The July 4 fireworks show is at 10 pm; carnival open noon-10 pm July 4-7. July 4-7. Free admission. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. GLOW FEST NORTHWEST Rage Rabbit Productions presents a three-day celebration of music, art and trade over 4th of July weekend, July 5-7. All ages show and parking/camping included with entry purchase. See link for details. Happy Meadows Venu, 5470 Hwy. 231, Ford, Wash. $30. U-PICK LAVENDER FESTIVAL The annual event features food, including lavender-infused items, along with live music, family activities, a charity benefit for Blessings Under the Bridge and more. July 6 from 9 am-5 pm and July 7 from 10 am-5 pm. $5. Evening Light Lavender Farm, 5552 S. Wallbridge Rd. (939-0313)


SUMMER MATINEE MOVIE SERIES The Kenworthy’s 18th annual Summer Matinee Movie Series. offers young fans and their families a summer filled with 10

of their favorite films (Rated G or PG). Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm, June 12-Aug. 15. See complete schedule online. $3. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. CLASSIC CARTOONS Free Saturday morning classic cartoons return to the Kenworthy every Saturday from 9 amnoon through Sep. 28. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. MADAGASCAR Screening as part of the Garland’s annual Free Summer Movies series. Doors open at 9 am; movies at 9:30 am. Weekdays only from June 17Aug. 23. Complete schedule online. June 24-28, 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (509-327-1050) SCREEN ON THE GREEN: SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE U of I’s Dept. of Student Involvement hosts free outdoor movies, starting at approx. 8:45 pm, on the Theophilus Tower Lawn. Blankets and chairs welcome; free popcorn is served on a first-come, first-served basis. June 27. Free. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St. (208-885-6111) SUMMER MOONLIGHT MOVIES: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Movies begin at dusk. June 28. Free. Sunset Park, 924 S. Lawson St. (244-4845) SANDPOINT RADIUS FILM FESTIVAL The 2nd annual festival hosts three screening blocks of short films made in the Northwest. The fest was founded by a group of filmmakers, producers, directors, artists and actors. June 29 at 1, 4 and 7 pm. $8-$15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. SWIM & A MOVIE: MOANA Includes a free two-hour swim, concessions and outdoor movie. At the Northside and Southside Family Aquatics Facilities.

Gates at 6 pm; movie at dusk. June 29, 6 pm. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Panida Theater presents the classic 80’s comedy. PG-13. June 30 at 3:30 pm; July 5 at 5:30 and July 6 at 3:30. $5. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. KUNG FU PANDA Screening as part of the Garland’s annual Free Summer Movies series. Doors at 9; movie at 9:30 am. Weekdays only from June 17-Aug. 23. Complete schedule online. July 1-5, 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: WHISPER OF THE HEART Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, embarks on a life-changing adventure to discover her true talent after a chance encounter with a mysterious cat called The Baron. July 1 (dubbed) and July 2 (subtitles) at 7 pm. At AMC 20 and Regal Northtown and Riverstone. $13. JAWS Screening as part of the Garland’s annual Summer Camp summer movie series; every Tuesday at 7:15 pm, June 4-Aug. 27. See complete schedule online. July 2, 7:15 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD All movies start at dusk. Outside food/drink (no alcohol) welcome. July 3, 8:30 pm. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. SCREEN ON THE GREEN: SPACE JAM U of I’s Dept. of Student Involvement hosts free outdoor movies, starting at approx. 8:45 pm, on the Theophilus Tower Lawn. Blankets/chairs welcome; free popcorn served on a first-come, first-served basis. July 3. Free. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St.


COEUR D’ALENE SUNSET DINNER CRUISE Dine at sunset on this 2-hour cruise featuring culinary creations from the Coeur d’Alene Resort with a full dinner buffet. Reservations required. Daily at 7:30 pm through Aug. 31; Sept. 1-9 at 6:30 pm. $33.25-$57. CdA Resort, 115 S. Second. SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the outdoor patio. Thursdays, 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. THURSDAY WINE SOCIAL The weekly complimentary wine tasting event features different themes and samples of the shop’s gourmet goods. Thursdays, from 4-6 pm. Free. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Gov’t Way. SIP & SAMPLE The market’s weekly afternoon tasting, featuring 1-2 wines and something to munch on. Saturdays from noon-4 pm. Petunias Marketplace, 2010 N. Madison St. SUNDAY BRUNCH CRUISE A 90-minute cruise featuring a full breakfast buffet. Sundays at 11 am, June 9-Sept. 1. $30.75$50.75. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. PRESSURE CANNING BASICS Learn the safe and simple process of pressure canning veggies and meats. June 29 at 10 am. $21.69-$32.04. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana. WINE WEDNESDAY Stop in for wine tastings and light appetizers every Wednesday from 4:30-6 pm. The Culinary Stone, 2129 N. Main St.

CIDER & SAVASANA A 60-minute alllevels guided yoga class inside Twilight Cider Works’ repurposed greenhouse on Greenbluff. Includes a free tasting or glass of cider. 21+. Pre-registration required. June 27 from 6-7:30 pm. $20. Twilight Cider Works, 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. EAT MORE RAINBOWS: VEGAN COOKING SERIES Chef Charmaine walks participants through vegan cooking techniques to increase awareness of healthy choices and preparations. June 27, July 10, Aug. 15 from 6-7:30 pm. $22/class. My Fresh Basket, 1030 W. Summit Pkwy. FRAME TO TABLE An evening of cinema through the lens of cuisine from around the world in the form of creative foods inspired by great films. June 27, 6 pm. $60/ person; $400/table. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. GETTIN’ SOUR IN THE SUMMER A celebration of refreshing sour beers from pFriem, Almanac Beer Co., Modern Times and more. June 27-30. June 27-30. Community Pint, 120 E. Sprague. facebook. com/communitypint IDAHO CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL Eight Idaho craft distilleries showcase smallbatch spirits at bars and restaurants in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Tickets include commemorative glass and spirit tastings at all eight locations. June 27, 5 pm. $20. (208-415-0116) SUMMER SAMPLER The 14th annual event brings together Sandpoint restaurants and caterers to offer small bites, wine and more. Includes live music with Devon Wade, giveaways and more. June 27, 5-8 pm. Free admission. Farmin Park, Third and Main.

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Advice Goddess BAPTISM BY LIAR


I was talking with this guy whom I’ve known for over six years who lives a plane ride away. It was late at night on a weekend, and he was saying all this mushy sexy stuff and how he wanted to fly me out to his city, blah, blah, blah. Afterward, he never called or texted again. It’s been weeks now. He’s done this before -- come on really hot and heavy and then disappeared. And he doesn’t drink or do drugs, so that isn’t an explanation. Why do men do this?  –Feeling Dumb For Believing...Again

Well, on the upside, he isn’t afraid to express his feelings. On the downside, if you’re like many women, you prefer your relationships long-form -- more Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” than 3M’s “The Post-it Note.” You aren’t the only one on these calls who buys into everything the guy says he has in store for you (and no, I’m not suggesting there’s an FBI agent listening in from a “cable company” van). While this guy is on the phone with you, chances are he believes what he’s telling you -- which is to say, deception has a brother, and it’s self-deception. Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers defines self-deception as “the active misrepresentation of reality to the conscious mind.” As for how the self can end up being “both the deceiver and the deceived,” Trivers and fellow evolutionary researcher William von Hippel explain that our mind seems to have “informationprocessing biases” that “favor welcome over unwelcome information” in a way that reflects our goals. (Think rose-colored horse blinders.) Trivers and von Hippel note that believing our own hooey helps us sell it to other people: If you aren’t conscious that you’re lying, you won’t be burdened by the mental costs of maintaining “two separate representations of reality” or show physical signs of nervousness at possibly getting caught, such as a higher-pitched voice. Understanding all of this, you should probably go easy on yourself for being a bit of a slow learner on the “fool me twice” thing. If this guy was also putting one over on himself in these phone conversations, that probably made it much more believable to you. Mark him as emotionally toxic and come up with a plan in case he calls again. Options include blocking his number, not picking up, or figuring out how to control the conversation if he veers off into Sweetnothingsville. On a positive note, it does seem he’s accidentally telling the truth in one area: You do seem to be the woman of his dreams -- as you always vanish from his consciousness as soon as he wakes up.


I went on three or four dates with this dude, and he said it wasn’t really working for him and stopped calling. I’m kind of confused about what went wrong or what put him off. My friends tell me to leave it alone. Doesn’t he owe me more of an explanation for why he isn’t interested anymore, considering we went on multiple dates? –Baffled You are owed: 1. The correct change. 2. The news that a guy you’ve been dating is no longer interested. Period. It is not his job to tell you that you are, say, bad in bed or have all the table manners of a coyote on recent roadkill. Still, it’s understandable that you’re pining for an explanation. Research by psychologist Daniel Kahneman suggests that being in a state of uncertainty -- not knowing what’s what -- makes us very uncomfortable. It makes sense that we evolved to feel this way, as going through the world in a state of ignorance would not exactly increase our chances of survival, mating, and passing on our genes: “Oh, what a pretty berry! Here’s hoping it won’t cause violent convulsions and death!” However, there is a way to alleviate the mental itchiness from not knowing, even in cases where there’s no way to know what really happened. You could say that we believe what we think -- and especially what we repeatedly think. Studies by memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus find that every time we recall a story (or even something we’re told might have happened to us) it encodes it more deeply in our minds, often to the point where it starts to seem like it actually happened. In line with this, come up with a story for why the guy bailed -- ideally one that’s easy on your ego -- and tell it to yourself repeatedly. For example, imagine him saying, “I just remembered that I’m emotionally unavailable” or, if that seems a little boring, “Your slight nose whistle is actually endearing, but it seems to have a thing for Dave Matthews covers, and I just can’t stand that band.” n

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EVENTS | CALENDAR COFFEE CUPPING DOMA’s coffee educator leads guests through the sampling of different roasts and answers questions. June 28, noon. DOMA Coffee, 6240 E. Seltice Way. (208-6671267) RIDE & DINE SERIES Enjoy a scenic gondola ride, live music, and a savory mountaintop barbecue dinner. Lift ticket and meal included; dessert, beer wine, mixed drinks available for an additional charge. Mountain bike options also available ($43-$51). Fridays from 2-8 pm, June 28-Aug. 30. $7-$34. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. (208-783-1111) SPOKANE BREWERY WALKING TOUR Visit three downtown breweries to sample beers, get a behind the scenes look and more. Tour is approx. three hours and will cover 1-3 miles. June 28, 1 pm. $45. Downtown Spokane. A NIGHT IN BALI Chef Lesa Lebeau hosts a flavor-bursting class featuring Indonesian food from Bali, including jukut urab, a salad made with toasted coconut, and a fried coconut sambal. June 29, 2-4 pm. $40. Culinary Stone, 2129 N. Main St. NORTH IDAHO BREWERY OLYMPICS Enjoy local brews from Slate Creek and Radio Brewing, food from local food trucks and live music. Games during this second annual event include bucket beer pong, a putting green, antler ring toss, ladder toss, cornhole and more. Proceeds support charitable causes in North Idaho. June 29, 5:30 pm. $20. Slate Creek Brewing, 1710 N. 4th St., Ste. 115. (208-664-7727) OPTIMIZE YOUR PANTRY: SAVE MONEY, TIME & REDUCE FOOD WASTE Learn three steps to help prevent stress over meal planning, throwing away good food and keeping your pantry organized. June 29, 2-3 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5331) TOUR OF AMERICAN WHISKEY A history of American whiskey through a presentation, eight premium spirits and a charcuterie plate. June 29, 3 pm. $50. Up North Distillery, 846 N. Boulder Ct. (208-773-4445) PFRIEM BEER DINNER Smoke & Mirrors’ first beer dinner, featuring five courses paired with pFriem beers, including a Belgian dark ale, IPA, lager and more. July 1, 6 pm. $65. Smoke & Mirrors Saloon, 404 W. Main Ave. (315-4613) STEAKS N’ SPARKLERS A steak dinner served picnic-style on the Resort’s front lawn with front row seats to the firework shows. Buffet from 7-9 pm with no-host bar and live music from 8-10 pm. July 4, 6 pm. $35/ages 3-12; $85/ adults. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second.


MUSIC ON MAIN A summer music series held each Thursday from 6-8 pm, through Sept. at the High St. Plaza. Some events include a beer garden and food vendors. Free. Pullman. ZODIAC: A DANCE SHOWCASE Northwest Bellydance presents a zodiacthemed performance, featuring storytelling through cultural and fusion dances. June 29, 7 pm. $16.52-$21.69. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (509-327-1584)

POP SUMMER CONCERT SERIES FT. LILAC CITY COMMUNITY BAND Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets and friends. Food and snack vendors may be on site for some concerts. June 30, 6:30 pm. Free. Prince of Peace, 8441 N. Indian Trail Rd. (465-0779) COEURIMBA Concerts are held outside the library on the McEuen side of the library. July 1, 6 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) SINGING NUNS COURTYARD CARNIVAL & CONCERT The Singing Nuns’ annual Independence Day concert with a courtyard carnival as a fundraiser for their Portico Restoration Project. Includes food booths, balloon animals a bouncy house, games, a photo booth, zip line and more. July 4, 4-11 pm. $5. Mt. St. Michael’s, 8500 North Saint Michaels Rd. JAPANESE BON ODORI DANCING The Bon Odori dancing ensemble demonstrates and teaches traditional Japanese festival folk dances. July 8, 22 and 28; Aug. 5 from 5-7 pm. Free. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (534-7954)


LAKE COEUR D’ALENE CRUISES The cruise fleet departs daily from the Coeur d’Alene Resort all summer long at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 pm. $18.25$26.25. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. LEARN TO ROW CLASSES The Spokane Rowing Association hosts classes June 17-29 and July 8-20, meeting Mon-Thu and Sat, from 6-7:45 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. Ages 18+. Register online. Classes meet at the GU Boathouse. $175-$200. HOMETOWN TEAMS: HOW SPORTS SHAPE AMERICA Celebrate the connection of hometown teams in this free traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. Through Aug. 3; Mon-Sat during library hours (10 am-6 pm Mon, Thu-Sat; 10 am-8 pm Tue-Wed). Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. (509-444-5336) ROLLER DERBY 101 Skate with the Rolling Hills Derby Dames every Sunday in June, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Skates and protective gear provided; each session taught by experienced RHDD skaters. Gladish Community Center, 115 Northwest State St., Pullman. (509-332-8081) SUNDAY FUNDAY Enjoy free skate and scooter rentals at the Numerica Skate Ribbon. Sundays from 1-3 pm through Aug. 25. (Admission is always free during skate/scooter season). Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (625-6600) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. TRI CITY Game night promos during the threegame series include Bark in the Park, Taco Tuesday, Family Fest Night and Dollars in your Dog Night. June 27 at 6:30 pm. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. BEAR BAGS & BACKCOUNTRY FOOD STORAGE WORKSHOP Learn the basics of bear canisters and bear bags, and when and where to use them. June 27, 6-8 pm. $15-$35. REI, 1125 N. Monroe.

FULL DRAW FILM TOUR A celebration of bowhunting and adventure films on the big screen. June 27, 7 pm. $10-$17. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) GET OUT FEST A community-led outdoor recreation and culture festival in the heart of Northeast Washington. Outdoor activities include hiking, camping, live music and more. June 2730. $5-$10; kids free. Republic, Wash. GU LEGENDS Former Zag basketball stars Kelly Olynyk, Steven Gray, David Pendergraft and Heather Bowman headline share behind-the-scenes tales from the stars who helped put Gonzaga basketball on the national map. June 27, 7 pm. $6; $60/VIP. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. HARMONY YOGA COMMUNITY NIGHT This practice is open to all levels of yoga. Bring a mat, yoga props, water and clothing to stretch in. June 27, 6 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. REI. com/spokane (509-328-9900) HOOPFEST The largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth, bringing 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks across downtown Spokane. Beyond basketball, Hoopfest is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and entertainment. June 29-30. $128$188/team; free to spectators. IRONKIDS COEUR D’ALENE Kids can participate in this event offering distances based on age. Entry includes a race bib, shirt, medal and goodie bag. June 29, 9 am. $20. McEuen Park, 420 E. Front Ave. SPOKANE SHADOW MEN’S SOCCER The Men’s First Team plays Evergreen Premier League’s Oly-Pen Force team. June 29, 3 pm. $5-$7. Spokane Polo Club Fields, 7726 W. Sunset Highway. CANOE TOUR: PLESE FLATS Canoe this lazy stretch of flatwater through Riverside State Park and watch for wildlife. Equipment, guides and shuttle transportation provided. Meet at Spokane River Nine Mile Dam Take-Out. June 30, 2-5 pm. $27. IRONMAN 70.3 COEUR D’ALENE Athletes begin their day with 1.2-mile swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed by a 56-mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run that loops along the shores of the lake. June 30, 6 am. $300; free to spectators. Coeur d’Alene. FLAT TIRE REPAIR WORKSHOP Join expert bike techs in this hands-on workshop. Bring your own bike, a busted bike tire, or practice on some of ours. July 2, 6-8 pm. $25-$45. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St.


CDA SUMMER THEATRE: DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST: A stage musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature.Through June 30; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER THEATRE: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Through June 30; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20-$39. University High

School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. (926-6981) SAM SHOVEL, PRIVATE EYE, AND THE CASE OF THE MALTESE PIGEON An original melodrama written and directed by Brady and Eli Bourgard. July 3-28; Wed-Sat at 7 pm. $10. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth St.


ARTCHOWDER RELEASE PARTY Art Chowder and Spokane Gallery celebrate summer in the Northwest with a magazine release party with refreshments, art chance to mingle with artists, friends and neighbors. June 27, 5-8 pm. Free. Spokane Gallery and Framing, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) MAKERS DROP-IN Join fellow makers fon the fourth Thursday of the month from 5:30-8:30 pm. Bring an art or craft project. If you need a project, the store is open for purchasing supplies or pre-made kits. June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22. $5 suggested donation. Art Salvage Spokane, 1925 N. Ash St. facebook. com/artsalvagespokane FAMILY DINNER The RAC opens its doors for a quarterly potluck and open studio, allowing the public to see what resident artists are working on and to learn more about the RAC. Free; visitors are asked to bring something to share. June 29, 5-8 pm. Free. Richmond Art Collective, 228 W. Sprague. (805-895-1419) ORGANIC MATTER PANEL DISCUSSION A discussion to learn more about RAC’s outgoing member group exhibition, “Organic Matter.” June 29, 3-4:30 pm. Free. Richmond Art Collective, 228 W. Sprague. (805-895-1419) DROP IN & DRAW Beginning or experienced drawers (adults/teens), painters, crafters and artists can explore mediums, develop skill and cultivate imaginative thinking. Supplies and projects provided. Hosted by children’s book illustrator Pierr Morgan and artist Remelisa Cullitan. Wednesdays from 5:30-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.

WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO NAME DROP IN THIS AD. BUT YOU GET THE PICTURE. Saturday July 27 On the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

Walk the course with the players! Once again, we’re taking a nine iron to local cancer at the Showcase Celebrity Golf Exhibition. Since 2014, we’ve raised nearly $13 million for the fight against cancer, and this year promises to be the best one yet. From NHL greats to NFL Hall of Famers and Major League Baseball icons, you won't want to miss any of the action as they tee it up for an unforgettable day of friendly competition for a great cause.

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PUBLISHING 101 This session covers the basics of cover design, creating a title page, constructing a table of contents and placing images into the interior of your book. June 28, 6:30 pm. $15. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. SUMMER POETRY SERIES Monthly workshops and open mics readings are hosted by Cait Reynolds and Taylor D. Waring. Workshops on June 19, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 19; open mic June 28, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27; all events from 6-8 pm. $5 suggested donation. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 grand prize. Each poem is judged by five audience members, and after two rounds of poetry, the poet with the highest cumulative score is declared winner. Doors open at 7 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. n


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For What Ails You Topicals, balms, bath balms and other things to take the edge off of your pain BY WILL MAUPIN

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h, summer. The season of long days, glorious weather and an inescapable pull to go outside and be active, only to return home sore and miserable. Thankfully, there are countless cannabis products available to ease your seasonally induced pain and have you on the mend in no time. That’s right, we’re talking about topicals. From lotions and oils to balms and bath bombs, local stores carry an array of CBD and THC-infused ...continued on page 68

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ummer in Coeur d’Alene means lots to do and see, including several really big events you won’t want to miss. Have you noticed a lot more seriouslooking bicyclists on the road? They’re probably gearing up for IRONMAN 70.3 COEUR D’ALENE, which kicks off at the crack of dawn June 30 with a 1.2 mile swim. Considered a “half” Ironman, the annual race is a favorite with locals and athletes alike. In fact, much of the race involves the community, which comes out in force to help with the swim, 56mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run, from passing out water to directing the anticipated 3,000+ athletes.

In its third year, prior Ironman 70.3 events have brought more than 20,000 spectators downtown, so be prepared for road and facility closures. City Park, for example, is transformed into Ironman Village. Get there early Sunday and cheer on the swimmers, then return for local fave the Powers when they play a free concert from 1-3 pm followed by the athlete award ceremony. Check out the course maps online and plan accordingly: park midtown and walk downtown, for example, or stake out a spot along the race — Roger’s Ice Cream


or Michael D’s Eatery — to enjoy a bite to eat and cheer on the athletes. Independence Day in Coeur d’Alene is another huge event, starting in the morning with the ultra-charming FOURTH OF JULY PARADE running nearly the full length of Sherman Avenue. Get there well before the parade starts at 10 am, park your chairs, and go have coffee at Bakery by the Lake, Calypso’s, or Fine Brewed. Afterward, hang out in City Park for free music and entertainment from 10 am-7 pm. There are lots of ways to enjoy the fireworks. Enjoy STEAKS AND SPARKLERS, a buffet dinner starting at 6 pm, and featuring live entertainment on the front lawn of the Coeur d’Alene Resort (adults $85; ages 3-12 $35; ages 2-and-under free). Do the same thing at a little bit higher level with the VIP GRAND DINNER CELEBRATION on the Resort’s Lakeview Terrace (adults $105; ages 3-12 $45; ages 2-and-under free; call 855-7034648 and ask about overnight stay packages). View the light show from the lake aboard a cruise. The FIREWORKS CRUISE (adults $35.25; ages 3-12 $31.25; ages 2-andunder free) is shorter, while the two-hour

VIP CRUISE, includes appetizers and two beverages (adults 21-and-older-only, $61.25). Visit cdaresort. com/discover/cruises/tickets. The lake isn’t the only spectacular viewing place for fireworks. Head to the COEUR D’ALENE CASINO RESORT & HOTEL for a free, spectacular fireworks show on both Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, and ask about overnight stays starting at $150.


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Upcoming Events Summer Concerts at Riverstone JUNE 27

Riverstone’s free weekly summer concerts series is underway. This week features the silky jazz vocals of the Van Paepeghem Quartet. Free; 6-8 pm; Riverstone Park.

Lake Night Market JUNE 27

Celebrate summer and support local artisans at the Lake Night Market — an Instagram-worthy shopping experience that features exceptional artisan-made wares, live music, drinks and epic sunset views from a rooftop overlooking the lake. Free; 5-8 pm; Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Lakeview Terrace.

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Idaho Craft Spirits Festival JUNE 27

The best craft distilleries from Idaho will be showcasing their small batch spirits throughout downtown Coeur d’Alene bars and restaurants during the Idaho Craft Spirits Festival. Enjoy a grand selection of more than 24 handcrafted spirits from eight Idaho distilleries while experiencing the local food and bar scene. Idaho spirit industry professionals will be available at each location to share information about their spirits. Tickets $20; 5-8 pm; check-in will take place in the Plaza Shops at 210 E. Sherman Ave.

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