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t either side of the Fourth Street pedestrian entrance, you’ll see two white concrete pillars shaped like giant tuning forks. Connected by a halo of electric LED lights, the installation forms a welcoming Rainbow Arch. The arch inspires an endless stream of comments. A group of teenage boys were clustered at the base of the arch, and one voice was heard shouting, “Hey, they’re signaling to aliens!” Another time, a wag was overheard to comment: “It will be great when it’s finished.” Yet another: “It’s interesting. We need more interesting art.” I confess to being a member of the selection committee that picked the Rainbow Arch out of 90-some entries. My words to the skeptical: Just wait until you’ve seen the arch lit in the dark of night. It’s spectacular. The new park is loaded with up-to-date features. The entire park is wheelchair-friendly. At the same time, the multiple ramps attract skateboarders like moths to bright lights. To dampen their enthusiasm, designers built in yards and yards of raised seating blocks, each set in alternative directions every few feet. This pattern creates an attractive design, establishes endless seating, yet provides no elevated thoroughfares for highflying boarders. It’s a hefty hike from one end of the park to the other, so Brazilian hardwood benches are strategically placed along the paths for visitors to pause, rest and reflect. Another innovation, solar trash compactors, are spaced throughout the park. Some rest on containers 10 feet down into the soil, with telephones that will call the maintenance office when they are filled up, leaving a “dump me” message. The jaw-dropping features are at the Splash Pad, where imitation beavers, bears, even a
Stonehenge replica, spout water at the touch of a child’s palm. The good ship Kiwanis dumps buckets of water on the heads of eager kids of all ages every few minutes. A threearmed tree sprinkles, while a painted hoop sprays. The Splash Pad draws hundreds of kids every day. In fact, the Splash Pad has attracted much more love and attention than expected, and uses much more water than engineers anticipated. The engineers continue to make adjustments in the timing of the spouts and the participation of the spouting animals. Underground pipes that run the length of the park carry the clean tap water from the sprinkling creatures of the Splash Pad all the way to a 65,000-gallon storage tank underneath a new structure called the Harbor House at the edge of the lake. Here, storm and irrigation water join the clean water of the playful Splash Pad to be recycled through the park’s intricate irrigation system. I’ve only touched on some of the innovative features of McEuen Park as it begins what we hope is a long and beloved history.
hat are the morals to this tale of the renovation of Coeur d’Alene’s waterfront? 1) We’ve learned that vision-making can work. Dream big, then work hard to make it come true. 2) It’s been proven that leadership matters. Former Mayor Sandi Bloem and longtime Parks Director Doug Eastwood are two of many examples of elected and staff officials who have led the way. City Council members were crucial, too. 3) Years and years of community involvement in planning and dreaming can make a big difference in the outcome. 4) We are reminded that the Lake City Development Corporation, the city’s urban redevelopment agency, was an essential player in the success of McEuen Park. The project could not have been carried out without LCDC funds. (Beware of politicians who would undercut and destroy urban renewal efforts.) 5) Blessings should rain down on the workers who endured the snow, cold and mud while sculpting the park; blessings, too, for the patient businesses disrupted by the frenetic activity. 6) We should never forget the importance of keeping public land in public use. The value of the commons, set aside for all to enjoy, is still very much alive here in our city by the lake.
Daydream Believer BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.
was thinking about public service Monday night. From the third row of the Spokane City Council meeting, as citizens shared their views during the open forum on everything from riding the bus to the new world order, a mind can wander. Earlier, Fire Chief Bobby Williams had asked us to keep the victims of our state’s fires in our prayers — along with the many men and women fighting the fires. Lots of those are volunteer firefighters; some were fighting to save their own homes. Then, one of the Park Board members testifying about Riverfront Park mentioned how his board runs entirely on volunteers. I have seen how much time they put in. Mayor David Condon presented his plans for a Streets and Parks Bond to Council President Ben Stuckart, and I was struck by how young they all are. We’ve had a wave of new energy roll through our city. It’s a breath of fresh air. They were also getting things done. Careful readers know I haven’t always agreed with what’s been decided around here, and some of our leaders’ individual political perspectives seem crazy to me, but during that meeting, I just felt grateful that so strong a spirit of public service is alive here. Here on the eve of the primary election, we profile Al French, who, I would argue, has become our most powerful local leader, so he has earned a closer look. I’m sure some of you will think we’re being too hard on him; others will think we’re letting him off easy. Somewhere in between, that’s what we’re shooting for — kind of like a civic referee. We recognize the responsibility to get it right and fair; in fact, some still blame our “Invisible Mayor” cover story for Mary Verner’s defeat. People remember that headline, and we do try to put some punch into our newspaper, but beyond the headline, that story, I think, represented reality just about right. So read the whole story this week, not just the headline, and you’ll learn about the local issues we all face. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to participate in our local version of democracy. Really, we share plenty of common ground. No matter who the volunteer or elected official, they all start from the same place: They want to serve. They want to help, to be a part of the future. Even former governmentbasher Mike Fagan is up there on the City Council now, working hard to make our lives better. So as another election season unfolds, make room for some admiration for any and everyone who puts him or herself out there to make this a better place.
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he printed sign reads “Return to Sender” and is held aloft by a middle-aged white man in sunglasses and a red, white and blue T-shirt. The object of his outrage isn’t misplaced mail, it’s children at the U.S.-Mexico border trying to escape poverty and the dangers that it courts. As the story of these tens of thousands of children attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America has become known, the xenophobic backlash has escalated. The message that’s been reinforced over these months is a disturbing one that echoes across the globe and through time: Some lives matter more than others. Between the drug war, the 2009 U.S.-backed
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Consider Ayelet Shaked, a member of the far-right Jewish Home party in Israel’s Knesset, who stated publicly that mothers in Gaza should be intentionally targeted, referring to Palestinian children living there as “little snakes.” She said, “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists.” Back in Southern California, a smiling, pretty woman holds a sign with a carefully colored peace sign in the center, its negative space containing bubble letters that say “USA!” and “#1!” The main text of the sign reads “It’s not about hate, it’s about love for our own!” Next to the white Americans suggesting land mines as a solution to the supposed crisis of children at the border, her philosophy seems almost warm. Do Americans love their children in a different way that Honduran or Guatemalan parents love theirs? Do Jewish Israeli children deserve to live more than Palestinian kids in Gaza or the West Bank? Albert Einstein once said, “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” These two prominent examples of violent nationalism support his label of nationalism as “measles” — but can it also be called infantile? While the adults wring their hands, wave signs and drop bombs, the children just exist in the way that kids do. Until they’re taught, children don’t have a concept of nationality. They just know who is kind to them and who isn’t. So much energy gets spent forming children into duplicates of the dysfunctional adults in our world. What if we reversed those roles and expended just a fraction of that energy into remembering what being a kid felt like? In one generation, we could do away with borders, war and systems of oppression. Instead of punishing children who are the victims of adult error, let’s do the adult thing and learn from our mistakes, change our behavior and repair what we’ve broken. The children will surpass our skills in no time. n Taylor Weech, who hosts the weekly public affairs program Praxis on KYRSFM, is a Spokane writer and activist. She shares writing, photography and her podcast at truthscout.net.
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The challengers running against Cathy McMorris Rodgers are hoping to finish second in the 5th Congressional District primary BY DEANNA PAN
t’s pronounced Pa-koh-tas, like “Dakotas.” The “o” sound is long, like the “o” sound in “Joe.” The moderator from the League of Women Voters of Pullman asks about half a dozen questions at the League’s primary forum on Monday night before she finally gets it right. “Maybe I’ll just call you Joe,” she says, after the candidate corrects her, to laughter in the room. It’s the first time she’s heard his name pronounced correctly out loud. Name recognition — that, Joe Pakootas admits, is his biggest challenge heading into the Aug. 5 primary election. For the 20-some people — mostly white-haired retirees and a handful of college students — who have gathered at the Neill Public Library to meet Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District candidates, this is likely the first time they’re hearing him say his name aloud, too. This evening, only Pakootas, the Democratic candidate, and Dave Wilson, the independent, have showed up to debate. Missing from the panel are five-term incumbent Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Tom Horne, a retired ...continued on next page
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engineer running to the right of the congresswoman. (McMorris Rodgers, who was campaigning in Spokane on Monday, never responded to the League’s invitation. Horne missed the forum in order to crash a Republican shindig and confront McMorris Rodgers in person.) “I am very impressed with [Pakootas] myself,” says lifelong Democratic voter Carolyn Cress, 72, during a short break in the forum. “Joe has — from what I’ve heard and seen — has really been able to work with all sorts of people and in federal government, state government, tribal council.” Pakootas, 56, is the current CEO of the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation. He’s credited with turning a $10 million profit at the enterprise, which was on the brink of bankruptcy when he took over in 2010. He served a total of 16 years on the Colville tribal council. He and his wife also run a convenience store on the Colville reservation. He grew up on the reservation in Inchelium. He had a hard childhood: His family was forced to relocate to California for a few years when the federal government adopted a “termination policy” to mainstream American Indians into urban society. Later, he and his six siblings were put into foster care for three years due to dysfunction at home. When he first started campaigning last spring, supporters told him he was “too tribal.” Now he tones down stories from his past and his culture. Tonight, he wears a tribute to his family on his tie — a gold guardian angel pin, a gift from his mother, symbolizing three of his brothers who died — one in a motorcycle crash, one to suicide and another claimed by drug and alcohol abuse. He says he’s running because he’s dismayed about the future of younger generations. He rattles off statistics: “Twenty percent of our people live on food stamps, and a great number of that is children and young people,” he says. “One in six people in the 5th Congressional District live below the federal poverty level, and our unemployment rates are 30 percent higher than the federal unemployment rate. … Something drastically has to change.” The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will face off in the general election in November. Pakootas’ greatest threat to finishing second behind McMorris Rodgers is Wilson, the independent. Wilson, 59, founded Interface College, a local vocational school specializing in computer training, in the 1980s. He’s running as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. His top priorities are reducing the deficit — before passing jobs and stimulus bills — and ending partisan gridlock by creating a centrist caucus of moderate Republicans and Democrats in Congress. At Monday’s forum, he frequently invokes the Simpson-Bowles plan, a
proposal created in 2010 to reduce the federal deficit. “I believe Congress is very dysfunctional right now, and gridlocked,” he says. “We should be setting an example for the rest of the world for how democracy should work.”
t a time when the public’s faith in the legislative branch has reached new historic lows, McMorris Rodgers pushes back against criticism that she’s part of the partisan warfare crippling Congress. In a phone interview with the Inlander, she touted two bipartisan bills she sponsored that were signed into law last year, one promoting the development of hydropower and the other supporting pediatric research. “I would encourage them to look at my record, and it’s one where I look for opportunities to work across the aisle,” she says. “That’s always been my approach, building those relationships.” All of the challengers, of course, face long odds in the general election. The 5th Congressional District hasn’t elected a Democrat in more than 20 years, ever since George Nethercutt unseated former Speaker of the House Tom Foley. McMorris Rodgers has handily won her five electoral bids, carrying roughly 60 percent or more of the vote each time. Her war chest dwarfs all of her challengers’ combined: She’s raised $1.82 million this cycle — nearly 90 percent of which has come from political action committees and large donors — while her opponents campaign on shoestring budgets. Pakootas has raised $82,000 with significant support from tribal governments, and Wilson $25,000 — almost half from his own pocket. Horne hasn’t yet reported any contributions to the Federal Election Commission. McMorris Rodgers’ opponents have urged voters that money isn’t an issue; they say they’ll all earn votes the old-fashioned way by making phone calls, knocking on doors and handing out campaign literature. In fact, part of Wilson’s campaign pledge is not to take any individual contributions larger than $500. His strategy is to beat Pakootas and finish second in the primary. “If I beat him, that’s pretty newsworthy,” he says. “I think we can get a bounce, and I think people are fed up enough that we can make it a horse race in the general election based on our message versus Cathy’s.” So Wilson likes his odds against Pakootas. He makes a tantalizing case for some voters who don’t think any Democrat stands a chance against McMorris Rodgers in the 5th District. “I really came to see Pakootas; I was more impressed with Wilson,” says Judy Stone, 70, a retired nurse from Palouse, after Monday night’s forum. “I’ve never seriously considered an independent, but I was pretty impressed with a lot of the specifics he was saying. He influenced me a lot.” n
ON THE ISSUES We asked the candidates questions about issues making headlines today. Here’s a sampling of what they said. To read more of the candidates’ responses, visit Inlander.com. What solution should the U.S. encourage in response to the escalating violence and bloodshed on the Gaza strip? McMorris Rodgers (R): I was encouraged to see that Egypt was stepping up and trying to foster some kind of cease-fire agreement between Israel and Gaza. I was disappointed when Gaza did not agree to the cease-fire. I would continue to support those efforts. Horne (R): The Obama administration should shut the hell up. This is an Israeli problem. Wars brought to a logical conclusion end. Wars brought to some silly negotiated end that don’t make sense on the ground — they don’t end; they go into recess. The Israelis have to beat the Palestinians into the ground in order for this to quit. What should we do about the surge of unaccompanied children who’ve crossed the border into the U.S. from Central America ? Pakootas (D): The reason they’re leaving those other countries is because they’re endangered. George Bush had signed legislation in 2008 where we would work with these refugees and give them an opportunity to stay in this country, and that’s what we need to do. … We need to be more compassionate. Wilson (I): We need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I support the bill that passed in the Senate in 2013. Secondly, these are kids and I’m concerned about their safety, but the first thing we have to do is stop the flow, or it’s only going to get worse. I hate to say this, but I see no other way to send that message other than to start deporting them back. Should Congress reauthorize the Export-Import Bank? McMorris Rodgers (R): I voted for the reauthorization two years ago for the Ex-Im bank and there were some reforms attached to them: increased transparency, making sure that the loans and guarantees are going to those intended. Other concerns have been raised related to some of the deals. I think we need that transparency and accountability being part of that reauthorization. Wilson (I): We need to reauthorize it as it is. We’re one of the leading exporting states in the country. We’d be foolish to let that go away. — DEANNA PAN
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NEWS | DIGEST
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The Big News of the Past Week
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Wildfires raged across the state during the past week. The Carlton Complex fire in north-central Washington spread across more than 370 square miles and destroyed more than 200 homes.
Gail Gerlach, who killed a fleeing car thief in March 2013, racked up $332,000 in legal fees — to be paid by taxpayers — from the three lawyers who successfully argued that he had acted in selfdefense. But Judge Annette Plese found that amount excessive, and cut more than $100,000 from the bill.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in a separatistcontrolled area of the Ukraine last Thursday, killing all 298 onboard. Many observers suspect the plane was shot down by Ukrainian separatists using a Russian-provided missile.
Conservative rocker Ted Nugent was officially disinvited from performing an Aug. 4 concert at the Coeur d’Alene Casino on Monday, after Bill Morlin, a former Spokesman-Review investigative reporter, informed the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Nugent’s history of racist, sexist and profane statements. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
Rob Brewer pedals his bicycle as his 1-year-old daughter Winnie rides along and his wife Lorna follows. The family was participating in Friday’s Spokane Summer Parkways event near Corbin Park. The gatherings are modeled after similar efforts around the world, during which streets are temporary closed to automobiles and opened to bikes, pedestrians and other “human-powered transportation.” This was the second Spokane Summer Parkways event of the summer and drew about 200 people.
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Microsoft laid off 18,000 employees — a full 14 percent of its workforce — last week, the vast majority related to the Redmond, Wash., company’s Nokia phone business. It’s the fourth-biggest layoff in the U.S. tech industry since 1989.
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NEWS | BRIEFS
More parking meters coming to Spokane; plus, new data on Obamacare PAY UP
Parking is increasingly coming with a price tag in the city of Spokane. City crews are now in the process of installing 225 PARKING METERS in currently unmetered areas of the city. The new installations will begin near Lewis and Clark High School, as well as on the southern edge of downtown near Browne Street and Second and Third Avenues. In the next phase, another 185 will be installed on the lower South Hill on McClellan and Bernard Streets near Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The city already has added new meters near Sacred Heart — sparking some complaints from residents who say they weren’t warned of the plans — and offered parking passes to residents in the area for free for the next year. Residents in the newly metered areas will be offered the same free passes for one year. “We want to soften the blow,” says Julie Happy, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business and Developer Services Division. The meters are the coin-operated ones the city removed to install its credit-card-friendly meters in the downtown core, and they’ve been out of use since. Happy says the 225 meters are expected to yield between $30,000 and $50,000 a year. — HEIDI GROOVER
YOUNG AND SOLITARY
Eldon Samuel III turned 15 years old only recently, but he’s already been held in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in Kootenai County Jail for 70 days. And he hasn’t even had a trial or been convicted yet. On Friday, the ACLU of Idaho filed documents supporting the attempt of the Kootenai County Public Defender to end Samuel’s solitary confinement. “Solitary confinement is well known to cause grave psychological harm to adults, and youth are even more vulnerable to prolonged isolation,” says Leo Morales, interim executive director of the ACLU of Idaho, in a statement. According to the ACLU’s brief, Samuel’s guardian called the cell “worse than the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. He only has a steel bed and steel toilet-sink as amenities. Meals are slid in through a slot in the door. He is let out of his cell only for legal or religious visits, or to exercise on a bare cement slab.” The ACLU argues that, since he hasn’t been convicted, the confinement works as “undeserved punishment before trial, resulting in violation of his constitutional rights to due process.” Samuel is accused of gunning down his father and killing his mentally disabled younger brother with a machete. For a time, he was placed in the Juvenile Detention
Center, until District Judge Benjamin Simpson, citing a “small risk but a very grave danger” of keeping Samuel with other adolescents, ordered him to be moved to the adult Kootenai County Jail. Because he is the only child in the jail, letting him out of isolation requires a full lockdown of the facility. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices could not be reached for comment. — DANIEL WALTERS
MORE INSURED AND MORE HEADACHES
The ranks of the UNINSURED in Washington state have decreased by nearly 40 percent, thanks largely to the Affordable Care Act, according to new data from the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The OIC estimates that roughly 600,000 people are uninsured — down from 970,000 last year — dropping the uninsured rate in Washington from 14 percent to 8.65 percent of the population. Officials credit sign-ups for Medicaid and private insurance plans during the health care law’s open enrollment period. The individual health insurance market also grew 30 percent, the OIC reports, to more than 327,000 in Washington. That number includes approximately 156,000 people who bought private plans inside the health insurance exchange and 171,000 who enrolled outside of the exchange. Meanwhile, software glitches on the state’s insurance exchange website, Washington Healthplanfinder, have prevented up to 6,000 customers from making their payments. Exchange officials say they’re working closely with Deloitte, the contractor primarily responsible for building the site, to resolve the problems. — DEANNA PAN
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NEWS | ELECTION 2014
Republican Rumble Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District sees seasoned candidates face off in a primary BY JACOB JONES
Bob McCaslin Jr.
ith the Aug. 5 primary rapidly approaching, the three Republican candidates vying for the state’s open 4th Legislative District seat have just a couple of weeks to convince voters that their differences are significant enough to bother with the democratic tedium of mailing in a ballot — saving the top two from elimination. Unlike many races, the 4th District actually packs some bona fides worth weighing. State Rep. Leonard Christian, who county commissioners appointed to replace longtime Rep. Larry Crouse in January, says officials expect low turnout for the race between himself and the two other Spokane Valley-area challengers: Central Valley teacher Bob McCaslin Jr. and former Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite. “Every vote is probably going to count more than normal,” says Christian, who was planning to spend the rest of the day doorbelling area neighborhoods. Christian, 48, a realtor and former Air Force mechanic, says his time in this year’s legislative session quickly taught him the importance of working across the aisle to advocate for Eastern Washington. He says he was proud
to sponsor a bill requiring the destruction of annexation survey data, and plans to pursue other privacy bills. “I believe that I’ve done a pretty good job,” he says of his first several months. McCaslin, 56, a longtime kindergarten teacher and religious counselor, has sought to differentiate himself from his late father, a 30-year state senator with the same name. The younger McCaslin says his greatest achievements have involved working with others toward common solutions. With a small-government message, he has gained support from the two other 4th District representatives, Sen. Mike Padden and Rep. Matt Shea. “We’ll be a solid, unified team heading to Olympia,” he argues, adding, “If you do that, you can get a lot farther.” Wilhite, 68, worked as a campaign organizer before joining Spokane Valley’s first City Council and later serving as mayor. She cites longstanding relationships with regional legislators of both parties, arguing that she can effectively champion Spokane against the westside interests that typically take precedence. “Spokane’s priority needs to be higher on the list,”
she says. “It’s a matter of fairness and balance.” All three candidates expressed frustration with Spokane’s long wait for some kind of north-south freeway, citing the westside’s tendency to burn up transportation money and gas-tax funds. They all listed public safety and education as high priorities as well, arguing that the state should pass funding and control to local agencies. Here are three other issues the Inlander asked them about: SMART JUSTICE: Many local advocates have called for the criminal justice system to shift toward rehabilitation, offering increased access to drug treatment or education programs as alternatives to lengthy jail terms. Christian praises the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for its efforts to adopt such programs, but he warns alternatives only work if punishment remains a viable threat. He says the constant overcrowding at the jail can undermine the county’s ability to safely reintegrate offenders. Wilhite agrees that violent criminals should still face prison, but says nonviolent criminals should get funneled into job training or life skills counseling, giving them a chance to contribute to society upon release. McCaslin
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says he remains skeptical, arguing he hasn’t seen or heard of much success with Smart Justice programs. “There are criminals out there where really the best thing you can do is put them behind bars,” he says. MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT: Candidates offered disclaimers that they were not experts, but unanimously acknowlLeonard Christian edged a need for expanded preventative treatment and support programs. Each called for increased state funding for mental health services, saying families, police and community agencies all struggle with the current system. “We need some major help funding-wise to be able to deal with that,” McCaslin says. Christian noted that mental illness also ties back into public safety when the mentally ill end up in handcuffs instead of hospitals. “We’re seeing our jails filled with folks who don’t belong there,” he says, noting that one benefit of the Affordable Care Act may be increased federal funding for mental health. MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: With recreational marijuana retail stores opening earlier this month, all three candidates voiced some concern over the untested market and the potential for conflicts with federal law. Wilhite says she recognizes the broad medical benefits of marijuana, but recreational sales may risk increased use by minors or public safety issues. “The state needs to be cautious as it moves forward,” she says. Christian and McCaslin say the state needs to direct funding to local law enforcement to combat any new public safety problems. They should also support strong resource officers in schools to head off increasing teenage marijuana use, McCaslin says: “We need to get a handle on that.”
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NEWS | BIKING
‘Thinking About His Future’ A life cut short on the Centennial Trail sparks questions about safety BY HEIDI GROOVER
he darkness comes suddenly. Just past the first curve of the S, a gray ceiling of concrete closes in. The falls roar and traffic grinds overhead. For a moment, it’s as if you’ve shut out the whole world. Then, as quickly as it came, it’s gone. A bath of bright light and greenery takes its place. Heading east on the Centennial Trail beneath the Monroe Street Bridge, just where the darkness turns to light, what’s left now is a set of tire marks and a dark spot on the gravel. Earlier this month it was a gruesome scene, where 18-year-old Quintin Horseman was biking to work when he slammed into a bridge support, crushing his skull and cutting short a hard life in which hope was finally beginning to peek through the cracks. Horseman had been biking to Spokane Valley with his mentor, Eric, who has asked the Inlander not to publish his last name. When Eric heard the crumpling of metal behind him and turned back, the severity of what had happened was unmistakable. He called an ambulance, and less than three days later Horseman’s family had removed him from life support. “It was pretty clear from the get-go that he wasn’t coming back,” Eric says. The accident has left Eric calling on the city to make that portion of the trail safer, as a web of family and friends navigate the loss of a young man who was working to improve himself.
t 2½ years old, Quintin Horseman walked through BJ Horseman’s front door with two broken front teeth, the nerves so exposed he could barely eat. She says police had taken him and his two brothers from their parents’ care when neighbors saw two of the boys playing in the snow in nothing but their underwear as their mother lay passed out inside. They’d called BJ, a licensed foster parent, because she and her husband shared the boys’ last name and authorities wondered if they might be related. They weren’t, but the Horsemans took the shy boys in anyway. BJ would learn in “bits and pieces” over the coming years about their parents and the violent home they’d come from, balancing her efforts to shield them from more turmoil with a desire to preserve some sort of connection between them and their biological family in case they could ever be reunited. At one point, they returned to living with their mother before the state removed them from her care again. Then, in 2006, as BJ’s husband grew ill, the couple transferred the kids to a different foster home. That, BJ
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After a deadly cycling accident this month, some say new safety measures are needed on this stretch of the Centennial Trail beneath the Monroe Street Bridge. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO
says, is when everything changed. BJ says the home was abusive and drove the boys to leave. Quintin landed on the streets and dropped out of 9th grade. His criminal record is a pattern of assaults, theft and trespassing, all concentrated in 2010 and 2011, including an incident where he and others were tagging a downtown building and got into a fight with witnesses who tried to stop them. According to BJ and court records, Quintin had fetal alcohol exposure and developmental delays, and had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Tourette’s syndrome. BJ says he also had post-traumatic stress disorder and “nonspecific mood disorders,” putting him on edge. One court document arguing against saddling him with more than $24,000 in restitution fees reads: “[Quintin’s] history being abused and neglected, fetal alcohol exposure, ADHD, communication issues, drinking history which is resistant to treatment, and emotional/behavior issues that were totally unmanageable in the most restrictive placement available all point to a high likelihood that [Quintin] will experience moderate or severe instability in the next 10 years.”
But since coming home last year, BJ says Quintin had been trying to become more independent and stay away from bad influences. He’d completed a welding certification program and found work thinning wooded areas with Northwest Youth Corps, a program designed to give at-risk young adults work experience. Quintin’s crew leader in the program, Grey Pickett, remembers him as guarded and wary of authority. In time, Pickett says he also proved to be a “goofball” who made friends with coworkers and was “really committed to personal growth.” “The deck was stacked against him, and he drew lot of bad cards throughout his time, but he was pushing so hard to improve himself,” Pickett says, “[His story] is about going against what you’re given and fighting for what you want.”
fter the accident, Eric met with staff from the city and Greenstone, the development company that created Kendall Yards and paid to pave the portion of the trail under the bridge, hoping to inspire new safety measures in the area. While Eric and Greenstone CEO Jim Frank say bike speeds need to be slowed in the area, Parks Department Director Leroy Eadie says his de-
partment hasn’t yet decided whether extra measures are needed. (The city is currently renovating Veterans Court just east of the bridge, adding new paths and lighting to the area.) “The trail is all built to code,” Eadie says as cyclists pedal by him on the trail. “[But] we’re constantly looking at is there anything else we can do. … Everyone is open-minded and listening.” Yet for Greenstone’s Frank, there’s little uncertainty. Frank says he rides the trail himself and has seen riders take the Sshaped curve under the bridge too fast. “We jointly agree that we have to do something to slow down bike speeds [in that area],” he says, suggesting bollards, which are posts on the trail that slow bike traffic and prevent larger vehicle access.
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Quintin Horseman, 18, had been turning around his life before the accident. The discussion also brings up a bigger philosophical argument about the trail, Frank says: Is it for recreational users or commuters? Can it be for both? “I don’t feel responsible for the accident … I do feel responsible to make sure it doesn’t happen again, to make sure we’re not creating the potential for anyone else to get hurt,” Frank says. “Ultimately that means you’re going to make it less desirable as a commuting facility.” “Look at this street,” he says, pointing toward Summit Parkway, the main thoroughfare through Kendall Yards, lined with lights and wide sidewalks. This, he says, is a safe place for cyclists speeding to work or pedestrians traveling after dark, when the Centennial Trail is unlit. Friends of the Centennial Trail Director Loreen McFaul says her group encourages both commuting and recreation on the trail. While the accident was “tragic,” McFaul emphasizes the importance of riders’ own safety measures, like wearing helmets (Quintin was not wearing one), as much as trail improvements. Today, nearly two weeks after the accident, Frank says he keeps a photo of Quintin on his desk. “He is a real person,” Frank says. “This isn’t just some accident, an anonymous thing that happened and you forget.”
fter an argument about a month ago, Quintin left BJ’s, planning to stay with friends until he could move out for good. On the night before the accident, he’d been unable to get into the house where he was staying and called Eric for a place to crash. They spent the evening playing Frisbee golf and talking around the dinner table. Eric says Quintin told him about his hopes to mend his relationship with BJ and continue the welding education he’d started. He talked about moving to Seattle or following the oil-and-gas boom to the Dakotas; maybe getting trained to be a wildfire-fighter. “Quintin wasn’t an angel or anything, but he was making good choices,” Eric says. “He was a kid who was thinking about his future.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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TO HIS SUPPORTERS,
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“ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE POLITICIANS I’VE EVER WORKED WITH,” says a current city councilman. “HE LIKES TO BULLY PEOPLE,” says the mayor of Airway Heights. “THAT’S THE IMPRESSION I GET.” “HE IS ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST POLITICAL BRAINS WE’VE EVER HAD IN THE CITY OF SPOKANE,” a former Spokane city councilwoman says. “HE’S THE WORST INDIVIDUAL I EVER MET,” a former Spokane City Council president says. “THIS SON OF A BITCH CAUSED ME SIX YEARS OF MISERY.”
pokane County Commissioner Al French has been called a lot of things. Visionary. Sneaky. Honest. Liar. Tenacious. Stubborn. Passionate. Backstabber. Darth Vader. But there’s one thing no one disputes: French is among the most powerful figures in the Inland Northwest. Sitting in a noisy diner in the new Kendall Yards neighborhood, just north of downtown Spokane, French rarely hems or haws or stutters when fielding a reporter’s questions. Whether right or wrong, he speaks with the same unwavering confidence. Facts, financial figures and quotes unspool effortlessly from his mouth. Seven years ago, French had desperately wanted to be mayor of Spokane — and never made it past the primary. Today, he scoffs at ever running for mayor again. “Put that in bold print,” French says over breakfast. “For me, that’s a step backwards.” Asked if he has more influence as commissioner than he would as mayor, he doesn’t hesitate: “Yes.” After all, in Spokane County, power is concentrated in the hands of only three commissioners, acting as both legislators and executives. French’s district alone includes the Spokane airport, the Air Force base, two universities and all of downtown. He works 14-hour days, he’s on at least 24 different committees — chairing five of them — never drinks coffee, and loves it. It’s a great job, if he can keep it. In the Aug. 5 primary, he faces two challengers: attorney Mary Lou Johnson, a member of Spokane’s Smart Justice Campaign, running as a Democrat; and Bonnie Mager, the liberal county commissioner French narrowly defeated in a bitter campaign in 2010, now running as an independent. Beyond his policies, French himself will be central to the election. Where admirers see French as a diligent and driven leader who accomplishes big things quickly, critics see a bully, prone to petty retaliation, who pushes his agenda through at any cost. In many ways, French is a human bulldozer: able to move people, knock down walls and swiftly reshape entire landscapes. But a bulldozer can be
destructive, too. It can run over anyone unlucky enough to be in its path.
Ambition is nothing new for French. He’s always wanted to create and build. As a child, he constructed a tiny four-hutch “condo” for his rabbits. At age 12, French already was taking architecture classes through the mail. While others were being drafted, he volunteered for the Marine Corps — though he never ended up in Vietnam. At boot camp, he became a platoon leader. Today, French says, it takes six or seven years to rise to the ranks of Sergeant E-5. He did it in two. “Treat everybody with respect,” French says he learned in the military. “Give it until they don’t earn it anymore. If somebody violates a trust, or shows they’re not worthy of the trust, then you change how you deal with them.” French, now 63, has been a property manager, a real-estate broker in two states, a partner in a construction company and, finally, an architect. French worked on the Eagle Ridge development, Fairview Retirement Village and the NorthTown Mall. His political career began in 1995, as president of the Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood council. Six years later, he was elected to Spokane City Council. There, French negotiated over the complicated River Park Square issue, modified development regulations and pushed for planning money for neighborhoods. He mentored Republican Nancy McLaughlin on land-use issues. His work ethic and character won him the respect of Steve Corker, a Democrat. But over his eight years on the council, the love was not universal. “You should find records of numerous instances of his unilateral action and inconsistent positions,” says Mary Verner, former mayor of Spokane. “I have forgiven and moved on, so I’ll simply say that he is shrewd.” Perhaps nobody hates French more than former City Council President Joe Shogan, who, like French, is a strong-willed military veteran. (He’s also the one who called French a “son of a bitch”
in the beginning of this article.) On the council, the two were in a constant power struggle, fighting over land-use decisions and the role of council assistants. French wanted to appoint Shogan as a municipal court judge. Shogan believes it was an attempt to push him off the council. Their feud boiled over on a Thursday in October 2009. French had called a meeting concerning the council president’s powers while Shogan was on vacation. Shogan saw it as retaliation. “You’ve lied to me,” Shogan, on speakerphone from his vacation, raged at French. “You’ve prevaricated, acted behind my back, stabbed me in the back.” When French was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2010, however, he found none of that animosity. That may be because the other two commissioners share a near-identical Republican ideology. With French on the board, neither longtime Commissioner Todd Mielke nor newcomer Shelly O’Quinn have ever cast a single dissenting vote. And in nearly four years as commissioner, French has only voted no twice — once over raceway expenditures during his second month in office and again, three years later, on an ordinance regulating events at Green Bluff. By contrast, Mager voted “no” at least 38 times during her four-year term. The current commissioners, however, say there is far more disagreement and compromise going on behind the scenes. “If you just watch the last touchdown scored in the football game, it doesn’t show the struggle to get down the field before you can score,” French says. “The drama is in the process itself.” Yet the biggest difference between the three commissioners, Mielke says, isn’t politics. It’s personality. “I tease Al a little bit,” Mielke says. “When he was first elected, he was very excited that he won and wanted to fix the world in a week.” In other words, French is not the sort of conservative to simply stand athwart history and ...continued on next page
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Al French says his development background helped in answering Caterpillar’s concerns before the company opened a facility on the West Plains. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO
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yell “Stop!” He wants to get stuff done, and he wants to get it done now. French says he knows this can sometimes irritate people and he must force himself to slow down. “Maybe that’s one of the reasons I work on so many different things,” French says. “So I have something to work on while I’m waiting for other people to get where I’m already at.” When everyone is aligned, Mielke says — like when the community focused on bringing a new Caterpillar plant to Spokane — French’s leadership style can be incredibly effective. Yet even French’s biggest fans say that his speed and intensity can be overwhelming. “The trick for all of us is not to burn bridges,” Mielke says. “There are times where people are less certain about the right direction to go in, and sometimes they feel like they got ran over, if you push unnecessarily.”
French was eating lunch by the Southern California coast, in the middle of a motorcycle ride across the country, when the call came. French hadn’t applied for the American Public Transportation Association’s 2008 “Outstanding Board Member of the Year” award: Yet here was E. Susan Meyer, the CEO of the Spokane Transit Authority, calling to tell him he’d won. STA staff and his fellow board members had nominated him without his knowledge. “And that’s the… ” French begins, sitting at the diner in Spokane years later. He composes himself as his eyes well up. “That’s what made the award so special — that my peers knew that I wouldn’t go after it. I wasn’t in it for the award, but they did it for me.”
He’s brought the brochure from the conference with him to the diner. He flips through it and points to his picture. “It’s the greatest compliment I’ve ever had about my leadership,” French says. French was once, like many Republicans, a staunch critic of the local transit system. “Folks had a very low opinion of STA,” French says. “Rightfully so. It was a horrible organization.” That was, until French remade it. He was appointed to the Spokane Transit Board in 2002, the same year a bond issue failed. As board chair, he cleaned house. He brought in a new director to turn things around. A task force led by French polled the community and made a list of long-term promises to give riders what they wanted. STA fulfilled those promises ahead of schedule, and its reputation and ridership skyrocketed, Meyer says. Today, Meyer says, it’s the most cost-effective transit system in the state. “He’s referred to as the ‘architect of change,’” Meyer says of French. “He is one of my trusted advisors. He’s very politically astute.” She says French sometimes counsels her in how to deal with different local leaders — how to vary her approach depending on their personalities. Even French’s critics, like City Councilwoman Amber Waldref and City Council President Ben Stuckart, praise him for his work on STA and the Airport Board. “I know that [primary opponent] Mary Lou [Johnson] wants to say, you know, ‘He just doesn’t play well with others,’” French says. “That’s just not supported by the facts.” Meyer says the secret to unifying such a varied group of board members behind transit was that, instead of portraying ...continued on page 26
ot everyone who’s run against Al French dislikes him. Former city councilmen Steve Corker and Steve Salvatori both faced off against French, and both heap praises upon him today. That isn’t the case with Bonnie Mager, the county commissioner French defeated four years ago. If anything, her opinion of him has only gotten worse. “He used to be a little slippery and be able to slide out of the ethics complaints … but now I think basically, based on his increased power, that there is more of a darkness to it,” Mager says. Last time, the race between the two was ugly: On his campaign site, French listed fans of Mager who’d friended him on Facebook as his own supporters, even after they asked him to take their names down. For her part, Mager highlighted the ethics complaints against French. French also dug through records regarding Mager’s personal property, using them to argue that she was “apparently abusing a program designed to assist legitimate members of the agricultural community.” Mager says she was just required to show she qualified for a tax exemption for selling hay on her property — and later did. (French says he had nothing to do with an anonymous email and signs inaccurately accusing Mager of falsifying records and owing taxes.) Mager, a longtime activist for neighborhood and environmental rights, lost by little more than a percentage point. Afterward, she didn’t think she’d run again. But had she been in office, she says now, she would have been able to stop the controversial Urban Growth Area expansion. “I waited for a long time to see if somebody else was going to step up. The more I saw, the more I recognized how valuable having some balance on the commission was,” Mager says. “Even if it’s a 2-1 vote, you can stop a lot of bad things from happening.”
Mary Lou Johnson There’s no question that Mager’s ideology is more anti-corporate and skeptical of developers than French’s. She was part of a campaign pushing for a constitutional amendment to limit corporations’ political power in America.
oon after Mager announced she was running, attorney Mary Lou Johnson announced she’d be the Democratic candidate for county commissioner. (This time, Mager is running as an independent.) Mager and Johnson share many views. They both ding French for his solid waste coalition negotiations and developer-friendly philosophy. For her part, Johnson, a former nurse practitioner and federal court clerk, spent years working with the Federal District Court’s drug court program
Bonnie Mager and volunteering as an attorney with the Center for Justice. She has been a key figure in the Smart Justice coalition, a group advocating that the local justice system focus more on rehabilitation instead of prison. She says she’d be far better than her opponents at enacting criminal justice reform. Law enforcement and the jail are by far the county’s largest expenditures. “What kind of background do they have in the area where 74 percent of our budget is exposed?” Johnson asks of her opponents. “If I had been county commissioner, I would have looked at ‘Were those dollars being well spent? Were we doing evidence-based approaches?’” These days, the county is generally receptive to Smart Justice reforms. French, though, still
Two candidates — a former commissioner and a Smart Justice advocate — take on Al French in the primary BY DANIEL WALTERS
believes the possibility of a new jail is a necessary motivator to make rehabilitation programs work. “There is verbal support for reform. That’s encouraging, but I want to make sure these things happen,” Johnson says. “Verbal support doesn’t get you very far.” Johnson says she’ll be able to bring together disparate groups better than either of her opponents. “I don’t think either of them has mediation experience,” Johnson says. “I haven’t been aware of [them using] a collaborative, successful, problem-solving approach where you move beyond your differences.” But Mager emphasizes that she was able to get things done as a commissioner, even when she disagreed with the rest of the board. She opposed the purchase of the Spokane County Raceway, but says she saved the county $1 million on the purchase by trading land they didn’t need for sewer and water connections with Airway Heights. “I made lemonade out of those lemons,” Mager says. And she disagrees with developers who accuse her of being anti-growth. “I’m not against development at all,” Mager says. “I’m against suburban sprawl.” Where Mager and French make confident pronouncements, Johnson’s rhetoric takes a more cautious middle ground, stressing the need to have all the facts. She disagrees with Mager’s vote for the county to not express an opinion on the Spokane Tribal casino project, for example, but she’s critical of the roughly $400,000 of taxpayer money that’s been used to oppose it. Still, Mager and Johnson have a fight ahead of them: Not only is French a Republican incumbent in a Republican-dominated county, he’s also raised over $17,000 more than both Mager and Johnson combined. n email@example.com
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“THE BULLDOZER,” CONTINUED... STA as a social service, French sold transit to the community as an economic development tool. After Meyer and French persuaded bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries to consider building a new trolleybus model for Spokane, Meyer says French suggested to them “a hundred local manufacturers associated with the aerospace industry that could help” with the parts. And when Caterpillar, a Fortune 50 company, considered Spokane County as a place to locate a larger plant, French says that his developer and investor experience prepared him to answer every one of their questions. “Instead of putting up roadblocks, Al is somebody who works hard to tear them down,” says Michael Cathcart, lobbyist for the pro-growth Spokane Home Builders Association. “If you look at what Al’s done, he has been very outspoken about property rights issues, small business issues. He’s never been one to back down.”
On one side of a chain-link fence in the West Plains, a yellow farmhouse, surrounded by towering trees and bushes, sits in the same spot it has for more than a century. On the other, the skeletal framework of a halfcompleted, blocky, gray WEMCO warehouse, surrounded by construction equipment, rises up from the dirt. It defines the divide between French and his critics. Last year, the city-county Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission raised concerns that the construction of the warehouse could harm the historic farmhouse and called for additional environmental review. WEMCO vice-president Juston Rouse praises French for speaking in defense of the business at hearings. “He was the only one who was willing to step up, saying that buildings and industry were a good thing for the economy, that we should be congratulated for trying to add jobs,” says Rouse. But French went further than just disagreeing with the Landmarks Commission’s arguments. Intent on showing how displeased he was with their actions, and the performance of the city’s historic preservation officer, French, acting on his own, refused to fill the commission’s vacancies. It left the commission without a voting quorum, unable to operate for two months. His tactic underscores what critics see as a theme of retaliation: Act against whatever French believes is good for economic development, and he’ll punish you. “When you hold up a committee so that they can’t function, and you boast about it,” Mager says, “that looks a lot like just a way for someone to exert his power.” City Councilman Jon Snyder describes French’s career this way: “When [French] first got into public life, his constituency was everybody, and now it’s narrowed, narrowed and narrowed to just those big land-owning
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Al French, as a councilman in 2009, was cleared twice by the city’s ethics committee of any wrongdoing. developers.” As a councilman, French regularly abstained from voting on issues because of how they’d affect his architectural clients. Yet he still faced two sets of ethics complaints accusing him of giving sweetheart deals to friends or clients. In 2009, French was accused of using his power to help Thomas Hamilton, a man well known to him. In that case, French fought to keep advertising on Spokane’s bus benches, a move that directly benefited Hamilton and his bus-bench ad company — which had previously donated ads for French’s 2003 council president’s race. Their business connections went further: Hamilton had also hired French as architect on a project in 2004 that resulted in the illegal dredging of a 150-foot boat canal in Post Falls. “All agencies had consented to the application and the project,” French insisted at the time. He was wrong. Multiple government agencies testified they had warned Hamilton’s team not to proceed and that the permits wouldn’t be granted. A decade later, French is unapologetic. “I had bad information,” he says. Like every other councilmember ever investigated by
the city’s ethics committee, French was cleared in the busbench controversy, as well as the time he was accused of proposing an amendment to expand the multifamily tax credit boundaries to benefit another former client. “I knew for a fact that I hadn’t done anything that violated the ethics ordinance, because I helped write that ordinance,” French says. The controversy hasn’t stopped French from working with Hamilton. Today, French smiles down on drivers along Maple Street from an election billboard owned by Hamilton’s company.
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Swallows scatter into the air as a front-end loader scrapes across the concrete floor, pushing piles of debris — a mattress, a Samsung TV box, a flimsy bookshelf — into a larger heap. A long white semi-truck pulls in, carting mountains of garbage from Colbert or Spokane Valley. For 23 years, the entire region has been part of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, sending their waste here, to be burned into energy and ash. At the Waste to Energy Facility, trash is treasure: The more residents send their waste here, the lower the cost per resident.
Divided by a fence: a century-old farmhouse and a WEMCO warehouse. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO But last month, Spokane Valley voted to ditch the countywide system and hire Sunshine Disposal and Recycling to truck their garbage to landfills. So did Medical Lake. “Whether or not the cities are electing to join the county, I think it’s become emotional and political, rather than financial and environmental,” says Ken Gimpel, assistant utilities division director for the city of Spokane. It means an estimated loss of 50,000 tons of garbage a year — not to mention an unknown amount of grant funding. “He’s costing the city of Spokane. It’s costing our citizens. That’s costing the county money, too,” says Stuckart, the council president, about French. “The county commissioners totally dropped the ball. This was supposed to be the big win.” Both of French’s primary challengers have used the Solid Waste negotiations as a political bludgeon against French. “People just don’t trust him, because he’s not trustworthy,” Mager says. After all, French was leading the effort to restructure the regional waste system. He’d campaigned on his ability to work with other municipalities. Almost immediately upon taking office, he held a summit to discuss shifting control of the Solid Waste System from the city of Spokane to a more regional governance structure. But French’s early attempts to form a nonprofit municipal corporation to run the system fell through, and control of the system fell to the county. In council meetings, Spokane Valley councilmembers decried the Valley’s lack of voice in the new system’s governing structure and the lack of specific rate details. One disparaged the negotiations as a “Kabuki dance,” while another condemned tactics of “threats and intimidation.” “The city of the Valley very much wants to be in as much control of their own destiny as possible,” French says. “But I clearly see them making short-term decisions. We’ll see if it pans out.” The Valley’s mayor and deputy mayor both stress that their decision was about finances and governance, not personalities. “Al French put his heart and soul into trying to put together a consortium from Day One,” says Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard. “I think Al really gets it, with what’s going on the Valley.” Nevertheless, the mayors of Medical Lake, Deer Park, Airway Heights and Millwood all say they were bothered at times by the ...continued on next page
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“THE BULLDOZER,” CONTINUED... county’s negotiation tactics. casino’s proximity to the base’s flight path could “Having a meeting with the county commiscause it to close. Rushing is absolutely certain it sioners was like pulling teeth,” Airway Heights wouldn’t. Mayor Patrick Rushing says. “We spent hours For French, it’s a war worth waging. and hours and hours with the county commis“We’re protecting $1.3 billion of economic sioners, and they ignored anything we said.” activity a year,” French says of Fairchild. “That French, by contrast, says the county spent seems like a good investment.” years seeking input. “We’ve sent letters, we’ve gone out to meetings, we’ve done a whole series T H E L A N D WA R R I O R of outreach endeavors,” he says. French splays his hands across either side of the He believes many of the smaller cities were Spokane City Council lectern, kicking off a call frustrated over the county spending $9.9 million for county-city collaboration with an insult. to purchase two transfer stations from the city “Here’s maybe a mystery to you: Your of Spokane — but he says it was the best deal the citizens are our citizens,” he tells the councilmemcity would offer. bers about their land-use ordinance. “As we hurt Negotiating with 13 other jurisdictions, Comone, we hurt all of us. This is old thinking, this is missioner Mielke adds, is tough, especially when antiquated. This is winners and losers. … This elections bring in a whole new slate of elected will place a cold chill on the business recruitment officials with entirely different views. and expansion in this region.” French is still negotiating. Millwood, Liberty French pauses and lets out a long Lake and Airway Heights haven’t desigh. cided yet whether to exit the county’s “You can only be the ‘city of coalition. French faces big hurdles, Send comments to especially with Airway Heights. “I’m firstname.lastname@example.org. choice’ if you have options,” he says. The biggest philosophical conflict not a fan of Mr. French, and he knows the past few years between the Spoit,” Rushing says. “He’s completely kane City Council and the county commissionbackwards on the direction of the county.” ers hasn’t been over military bases or garbage: The animosity between French and Rushing, It’s been about sprawl. Mielke says, means that he or O’Quinn usually French argues that, because the city of Sponegotiate with Rushing instead. kane hasn’t achieved the growth and density it’s “Mayor Rushing has what appears to be a wanted, the region should allow more growth on very personal difficulty with Al,” Mielke says. the outskirts. “But I also think that Al has been brutally honest But Councilman Snyder argues the opposite: over where [the county and Airway Heights] dif“There’s no accident we still have dirt lots downfer on Fairchild.” town, when they keep green-lighting their borBoth French and Rushing are former military ders,” he says. He also blames the legacy French men, yet both fervently hold opposing beliefs on left at the city, where development incentives, the impact that the Spokane Tribe’s proposed “including these weird gerrymanders where his hotel and casino could have on Fairchild Air friends own property,” were so widespread that Force Base. French is absolutely certain that the
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they became nearly useless for directing growth. Last year, over the objection of the city, the county expanded the region’s Urban Growth Area, allowing for denser development on the outskirts. A state growth management board swiftly ruled the expansion invalid for procedural reasons, but by that time, 640 lots in the expanded area already had been apCouncilman Jon Snyder says Al French and proved to go forward. The Spokane City Council the other commissioners aren’t open to compromise when it comes to growth. fought back, passing an ordinance to bar extending certain utilities to properties in new UGA expansions until legal questions have been resolved. The commissioners were furious. Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed the ordinance and announced a truce: Any annexations or UGA expansion plans were frozen, while the city and the commissioners discussed land-use, growth strategy and revenue sharing. But just a little more than a week after the olive branch was extended, French lit the branch on fire — shooting off a snarky, 36-part public records request asking the council to back up numerous statements. It was written entirely by French. “Please provide a copy of the Oath of Office wherein Mr. Snyder swore to uphold the laws of the State of Washington,” one line said. Another line requested examples of neighborhoods who wanted to have pieces of their territory “demolished” to meet the city’s desired density. “It’s like something out of a David Mamet play,” Snyder says. “It confirmed what we already thought: We’re not dealing with someone who wants to truly collaborate.” (Recently, French allowed that asking for the oath of office may have been “illadvised.”) Two weeks later, French suspended the public records request — but only after more than 475 pages of documents had been provided, including Snyder’s oath of office. Snyder doesn’t have much faith that the ongoing city-county growth planning talks will produce meaningful progress. “I haven’t seen any willingness on their part to budge on their key issues,” Snyder says. “Until I see that, I think the talks are a delaying tactic.” But French, who unsuccessfully tried joint planning with the county back when he was a city councilman, says he’s extremely optimistic. He sees these discussions as a way to educate the public. “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” he says. That’s another central element to French, which has been crucial to his drive, his successes and his failures: optimism. He loses a race for council president, loses a race for mayor, and still runs for the most powerful position in the county. He truly believes he can lead every coalition, convince every politician, woo every business or win every election, no matter who stands in his way. “I don’t think leadership is about avoiding risk instead of about achieving a vision,” French says. “Don’t be afraid of the obstacles. Go ahead and deal with the obstacles, but don’t let fear drive you. Let the vision drive you.” email@example.com
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Tribal Knowledge Spokane’s Hazen Audel has spent a lot of his life wandering — now he has his own TV show BY CARRIE SCOZZARO
azen Audel has escaped charging elephants while tracking game with the Kalahari Desert’s San bushmen, fished for great white shark from a canoe in the Solomon Islands and used golden eagles to hunt via horseback with Mongolian Kazakhs. All in a day’s work for Audel, who since 1998 has filled three passports with stamps from around the world. His first trip was at age 19 when, dissatisfied with college, he flew to Ecuador, rode a bus into the Amazon jungle and realized it was where he was meant to be. He’d return every summer for 10 years thereafter to run a guiding business. Now, Audel does all of this on his own television show, a new National Geographic Channel production called Survive the Tribe in which he attempts to adapt to the way of life and culture of a remote tribe of people. In between trips he studied — earning an undergraduate degree in biology and graduate degrees in both ethnobotany and teaching, and also
studying mathematics and Native American art — resulting in more trips to places like Costa Rica and southeast Asia. He also worked with Outward Bound, founded the Wisconsin-based Native Ways Association, launched his own custom fabrication and architectural artwork company, Hazen Audel Artworks, and taught art and science at Ferris High School up until last year. He created The Wild Classroom (now called Untamed Science) in 2003 with several fellow grad students and self-proclaimed “ecogeeks,” producing science education videos and an online portal used by teachers nationwide. That led to his being tapped as consultant on the “Ecuador” episode for Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild series in 2007. His big break came when he caught the attention of Icon Films, a British producer of mostly travel, history and science shows like Animal Planet’s River Monsters. Icon’s Harry and Laura Marshall visited Audel in Ecuador last year, traveling three days downriver via ...continued on next page
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dugout canoe to speak with and ultimately film him with the Hoaurani, the first tribe he’d lived with in 1998. “[The Marshalls] really believed in me when everyone else wouldn’t give a long-haired kid from some little town called Spokane the time of day,” says Audel. National Geographic picked up the pilot, “Rainforest Masters,” which premieres as the first of six episodes of Survive the Tribe, Thursday, July 24 at 9 pm. The premise is straightforward. With seven to 10 days to learn about each culture, Audel travels to each location accompanied by the film crew and “fixers,” as he calls them: translators, a cook, navigators. Once there, his job is to be himself among his tribal family in their native environment: interact with elephants, sharks and the aforementioned eagles, as well as learn to use a blowgun and poisonous darts with the Ecuadorian Hoaurani, build an igloo with the Canadian Inuit and survive on blood and milk with the Kenyan Samburu. “They follow my journey as I succeed or fail,” says Audel of the camera crew, which doesn’t engage or assist him. Not even during a hunting scene in the pilot, in which Audel is separated from the film crew and his tribe mates.
Contrast that with shows like Man vs. Wild, which suffered amid allegations of faked scenes (host Edward “Bear” Grylls reportedly slept in a hotel during filming in California’s Sierra Nevadas). The more important distinction between Survive the Tribe and similar shows is how they depict the “outdoors as something you have to fight to get out of,” says Audel. “I love being out in the wild, and the wilder the better.” “Hazen pushes himself to the edge of every challenge, mastering new quests with remarkable natural instinct, high threshold for adventure and exceptional ability to connect that global audiences will love,” says Hamish Mykura, executive vice president for National Geographic. On-screen (and off), Audel is equal parts intelligence, sincerity and boyish charm, joking with a 70-year-old Hoaurani elder about his incredibly youthful appearance and hearty physique. It doesn’t hurt that Audel is unassumingly handsome — the story on the series in the UK’s Daily Mail calls him “hunky.” Tall, tan and athletic, his long, dark hair in a ponytail, his moss-green eyes light up as he narrates some new discovery. Tell Audel he is the show, and he defers. “The real stars are the indigenous people,” he says.
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TV | Food has become a sport unto itself — with countless competition shows like Iron Chef America, Top Chef and Chopped. But where those shows pit experts against each other, one show — MASTERCHEF — puts America’s best home cooks through a series of challenges before finally crowning the season’s MasterChef. Sure, like all reality TV, it can be corny and overwrought, with silly rituals and ham-handed product placement. But to MasterChef’s credit, its emphasis on home cooking allows the novice chef to follow along and find some inspiration. FOX, Mondays at 8 pm.
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From Sesame Street to Skid Row For its offbeat preseason show, Lake City Playhouse is reexamining the puppet-taught life lessons of childhood BY E.J. IANNELLI
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ones to several generations of parents and their children. There are the educational variety, such as phonetics, spelling and basic math; and then there are the moral variety, which stress acceptance, self-esteem, empathy and altruism. Trouble is, once you leave the tame world of Sesame Street, where even the urban air is noticeably sweet,
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Fruits of Labor
Spokane Edible Tree Project collects unwanted fruit to feed the community BY CHEY SCOTT
aturday’s harvest total: 813 pounds of fruit. Even so, it hardly looks like the two dozen volunteers in matching red T-shirts made that much progress harvesting the 50-tree orchard. Many branches are still heavy with the ruby-red cherries. But stacked in the back of a Second Harvest food bank van, boxes packed with cherries are the yield of the biggest fruit glean thus far for the Spokane Edible Tree Project, a nonprofit in its first active year. Earlier that morning, as the group begins filling bags and buckets and boxes with the juicy cherries, Edible Tree cofounder and board president Kate
Burke moves from tree to tree, making sure everyone has what they need, and that they all know the correct way to pick cherries. “You have to twist them off at the stem, because if you leave the part that attaches the stem to the tree, a cherry won’t grow there next year,” she explains. The volunteer “gleaning mob,” as Burke, 25, has dubbed her fruit pickers, laugh and chat as they perch atop ladders, their hands moving quickly through the fruit-laden branches of Lambert, Bing and Rainier cherry trees. Gesturing at the orchard around him, board member Jonny Whitmore says: “This is hundreds and hundreds of pounds of fruit that can really benefit people who want or need fresh fruit. We can do so much with this.” Orchard owner Joanne Smatlan says her family decided not to sell the fruit to the public as they’d done in previous years, but didn’t want it all wasted. “We want someone to use this fruit,” Smatlan says. “We decided that this would be a good way to go.” Over the past several weeks, small volunteer groups have harvested other cherry trees around the area whose owners have offered them to the nonprofit. Cherries are both the first fruit of the season and the first harvest for the fledgling gleaning group. Fruit, or nuts, harvested by the nonprofit are then donated to Second Harvest, which distributes the fresh produce to its clients and to food banks it supports across the region. Aside from the apparent aim to feed the hungry by providing healthy, fresh, local produce, Burke says Spokane Edible Tree Project’s mission is also education. “We want to educate people on underutilized resources in the community,” she says. “We’re not building things — we’re taking things that are already here and figuring out how to use them for good. It’s also to show people where they can get food other than the store, or
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nspired by her past service work with AmeriCorps VISTA and similar efforts in other metropolitan areas, like the Portland Fruit Tree Project, Burke founded the Spokane Edible Tree Project late last year. This past winter and spring she’s worked to establish an eight-person board of directors, canvass neighborhoods to log harvestable trees in a database, and recruit volunteers. The board also has worked to organize community partnerships and to set up fruit tree care classes through Washington State University’s Spokane County Extension. For any organization, year one can be a trial of spirits. While it’s successfully meeting many Register trees at goals for its first active year — spokaneedibletreeproject.org/ including a warm reception from scout the community — challenges aren’t absent for the Spokane EdTypes of trees to register: ible Tree Project. cherry, plum, peach, apricot, Cherry season is now starting apple, pear, walnut, hazelnut, to wane, but Burke says there serviceberry, nectarine have already been a few trees the group hasn’t been able to Follow Spokane Edible Tree get out and harvest because of Project on Facebook for uptiming and not having enough dates about upcoming gleans volunteers to pick the fruit when and classes it’s ready. There’s also a need for equipment, which the nonprofit — the board plans to apply for 501(c)(3) designation later this year — doesn’t have a budget to acquire. So far it’s been borrowing ladders and buckets from Second Harvest, or the owners of trees it’s harvested. Still, Spokane Edible Tree Project’s volunteer pool is steadily building as word spreads, along with its database of trees. Property owners can upload photos and information about their edible trees through a newly launched mobile registry, so the organization knows where and roughly when, based on typical harvest times, the fruit is ready to glean. “People want to donate their fruit, and to me, it fits into the community really well,” Burke says. “People are looking for what we’re doing, so I think we can really ramp it up.” n
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A Home of Their Own After five years as a food cart, Veraci Pizza moves into a permanent space BY CHEY SCOTT
dd another entry to the list of new restaurants you’ve got to try in Kendall Yards. Last week marked the opening of the fifth restaurant to call the blossoming north-of-the-river neighborhood home — Veraci Pizza. You might recognize the name. The full-service restaurant is run by the same folks behind the domed pizza cart with a regular farmers market rotation, serving up hot, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza by the pie or the slice. Owners Seth and Laura Carey say their decision to open a storefront location was largely driven by their customers. “People always asked us where our permanent location was,” says Laura. “We needed a place to call home.” After five years with a seasonal, transient business model, Veraci has indeed come home. Over those years, the couple made connections with Greenstone Homes
CEO Jim Frank during their visits to the Liberty Lake Farmers Market. Frank helped them see the potential for locating in Kendall Yards, which Greenstone is developing. Established devotees of the pizza cart shouldn’t fret — the mobile unit is still making its regular rounds to the Kootenai, South Perry and Liberty Lake farmers markets, and the Careys have no intent to change that. If anything, they’d like to eventually add another cart. Less than a week into business at the new spot, there are still a few finishing touches to be completed — installing cabinets in the bar, a permanent railing on the deck overlooking Peaceful Valley, and a shade covering the outdoor seating. When customers walk into the restaurant, the first thing greeting them is the massive, ceramic clay pizza oven, sitting under an industrial range hood that sucks up the 800-to-1,000-degree air emitting
Konstantin Kushner and Jillian McCann cooking with the new restaurant’s wood-fire oven. from the oven’s mouth. Seth hand-built the stone oven, which is fed with apple wood and cooks a pie in less than two minutes. On the front counter, behind a halfwall of glass, is a display of the alwayschanging lineup of pies sold by the slice ($4.75) — slice meaning a quarter of a full-sized pizza. With a full kitchen now, Veraci’s menu extends beyond the artisan-style pizzas it’s known for, offering a lineup of traditional Italian appetizers — caprese, a foccacia platter, antipasti — and several sal-
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ads. Housemade tiramisu and cheesecake round out any meal, and the restaurant’s bar is stocked with local and regional craft beers and wine. The other big benefit of having a kitchen? Now, Veraci can always offer its full lineup of pizzas ($17-$20) without having to worry about running out of toppings and ingredients, a common issue with any mobile food business that’s limited on space. Veraci Pizza • 1333 W. Summit Pkwy. • Open daily at 11 am • veracipizza.com/ spokane • 389-0029
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Street Royalty King of Tacos likes things simple and on the move BY MIKE BOOKEY
hen Tyler Bennett was growing up in Las Vegas, he took a liking to the tacos he’d find from street vendors. Such a liking, in fact, that he taught himself some basic Spanish so he could learn how to make them himself. More than a decade later, Bennett is making those tacos and selling them out of his King of Tacos truck. He keeps them simple and true to the Southwest or Mexico — meat, onions, cilantro, lime and a little verde sauce — and serves them up all around the Inland Northwest. “I keep my tacos about as authentic as they get,” says Bennett, adding that he doesn’t include cheese. Unless you ask for it, of course. Bennett and his wife, Kim, took the business mobile after several years vending at local events. About four years ago, Bennett found a truck and spent two years gutting it and getting it into shape. During that time, though, things changed in the region’s culinary scene. “When I got the truck, I thought I’d be the
only mobile [taco] guy around. By the time I got it finished, that wasn’t the case,” says Bennett, who nevertheless is collegial with other food trucks, working with other vendors to keep the culture and laws in the region supportive of mobile eateries. In addition to street tacos (two for $5 or $7 with chips and salsa), King of Tacos also serves burritos, nachos and quesadillas, but overall it’s pretty basic, and intentionally so, he says. Bennett doesn’t keep a regimented schedule of where he’ll be on any given day, but he’s made a habit of appearing at local breweries that don’t serve their own food, like Perry Street Brewing, Iron Goat and 12 String. It’s a natural team effort, he says. “They are just like I am — trying to keep it simple. They can just eliminate the kitchen and have a food truck. It’s a win-win for all of us,” says Bennett. n For King of Tacos’ location and hours, catch them on Twitter @1kingoftacos
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erving up sweet and savory morning and afternoon options since 2009, Jane Heber and her daughter Hannah strive to keep the menu at Taste Cafe healthy, yet delicious. Though more than half of their profit comes from catering, especially hospital events, this corner café stays busy, but never feels too hectic. Some of their most popular dishes, including their asian chicken wrap, lentil salad and cookies, have remained favorites for a while now. “Our kale salad has been especially popular lately
with this recent kale fad,” Jane says. Currently covered in art by Melinda Melvin, the café’s walls are ever-changing, providing a platform for local artists to display their work. Other than offering glutenfree pastries on Thursdays, that seems to be the only aspect of the café that has changed significantly in the past five years. The goal has been to stick with what works. “We really are health nuts,” Jane says. “That definitely has not changed.” — FRANNY WRIGHT
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They’re also the foundation of a food dynasty, winning their 19th Best Sandwich Shop award in the Inlander’s annual Best Of readers poll. GARLAND SANDWICH SHOPPE 3903 N. Madison I 326-2405 Located just off Garland Avenue, this little sandwich place should not be underestimated. Its menu is replete with sandwiches, ranging from gourmet paninis to wellexecuted classics like the BLT. Really hungry? Special order the Dagwood, which weighs more than a pound. A rotation of soups and a salad menu round out the offerings. MELTZ EXTREME GRILLED CHEESE 1735 W. Kathleen Ave. Coeur d’Alene | (208) 664-1717 The name says it all. Everything at Meltz in Coeur d’Alene is extreme. Even the simple grilled cheese sandwich. That’s right, the masterminds of this venue have found a way to reinvent the classic into a five-star delicacy. To start your finger-licking experience, you get the choice of sourdough, wheat or gluten-free bread. Next comes the
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esque but is still appealing, while Oren is a total dick. Though, lest we forget, a dick who watched his beloved wife slowly die of cancer. And So It Goes plays out with machine-tooled, ingratiating precision, directed by Reiner with the same twinkly absence of anything recognizably human that has characterized his movies for most of the past 20 years. It’s designed to satisfy a weekday matinee crowd that doesn’t really want to wrestle with anything unpleasant; when Oren tries to track down Sarah’s heroin-addict mother, our filmmaker-endorsed insight. Oren — a veteran realtor he finds her in a backlot version of The Wrong Side of in coastal Connecticut — just looks like a plain old a-hole Town, where she can collapse in a sad heap right in front to the residents of one of the small apartment complexes of the poor girl, as heroin-addicted mothers are wont to he owns, and where he’s living himself while trying to do. sell his house. Among those residents is Leah But the main reason And So It Goes AND SO IT GOES (Diane Keaton), herself recently widowed and is so deeply irritating revolves around Rated PG-13 still prone to bursting into tears while singing Oren, and the way Reiner and Andrus Directed by Rob Reiner standards at a local restaurant. All she sees hold our collective hand through the proStarring Michael Douglas, Diane cess of making sure we realize he’s only in Oren is the guy who seems incapable of dealing with his son, Luke (Scott Shepherd), a Keaton, Sterling Jerins terrible enough a person to be comically recovering addict who is about to serve a short terrible. Douglas has played plenty of jail sentence. And Leah thinks even worse of Oren once stiff, entitled guys over the years — he practically became he seems completely incapable — or at least unwilling the personification of the Angry White Male in the early — when Luke drops Oren’s 10-year-old granddaughter, ‘90s — and he knows exactly when to switch from his Sarah (Sterling Jerins), on his doorstep to take care of gravelly growl to his crooked smile so he can provide while Luke is serving his time. some veteran chemistry with Keaton. That doesn’t make Naturally, Leah becomes the primary caretaker for the pile of audience-stroking nonsense around him any Sarah, forging such a bond that Sarah asks to call her easier to take. If it wasn’t immediately obvious, when And Grandma, while Oren is only able to make Sarah baloney So It Goes introduces a very pregnant character, that Oren sandwiches and plop her down in front of Duck Dynasty. will somehow play a hilarious role in delivering the baby, But from such awkward initial connections are nascent you haven’t been paying attention to how much this romances born, and Oren and Leah become chummy movie wants us to adore the old rascal. despite the fact that Leah is awkwardly charming and Did we mention that his wife died? Of cancer? Very insecure in a way that may be traditionally Diane Keatonsad.
And So It Goes is pathologically concerned with making sure we like its irascible hero BY SCOTT RENSHAW
n the opening moments of And So It Goes, Oren Little (Michael Douglas) visits the grave of his beloved wife. It’s a scene that provides a humanizing context for Oren, since he’s generally horrible to most of the people with whom he interacts — kinda casually (but vaguely adorably) racist, kinda casually (but vaguely adorably) self-absorbed, etc. And heaven forbid, in a movie revolving around a character of that sort, that we should spend more than 30 seconds worrying if we might ultimately fall in love with him. There have been times when movies were OK with letting us gradually warm up to irascible, abrasive main characters who might require a little on-screen growing up before they’re deserving of our — and by extension, the romantic co-lead’s — affections. Such was the case with Billy Crystal’s Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally... (also directed by And So It Goes director Rob Reiner); such was the case with Jack Nicholson’s Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets (also written by And So It Goes screenwriter Mark Andrus). But in And So It Goes, we get to spend 95 minutes on the brutally tedious business of figuring out what the movie can’t wait to let us figure out: that deep down, Oren’s really a sad guy, not a bad guy. Of course, all the movie’s characters aren’t privy to
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Oren (Michael Douglas) — a veteran realtor in coastal Connecticut — owns a small apartment complex where he’s living while trying to sell his house after the death of his wife. Among those residents is Leah (Diane Keaton), herself recently widowed and still prone to bursting into tears while singing standards at a local restaurant. The two meet and Leah begins caring for Oren’s granddaughter, who is left at the apartment when her father heads to prison, leading to a story of redemption and moving on in the wake of tragedy. (SR) Rated PG-13
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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy) tours hard. Now with The Fluffy Movie he’s finally getting his own concert film. But it’s more than just that, it’s a backstage look at how the funnyman — known for using the phrase “Oh, I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” — rose from humble beginnings in California to become a breakout standup star. And at a PG-13 rating, the comedy/inspirational tellall is actually pretty family-friendly. (LJ) PG-13
Oh wow, The Rock grew a beard! Or had someone in makeup put a beard on him. Either way, that beard for some reason means that he’s Hercules, the mythological strong man who endured 12 labors and came out clean on the other side. In this take, Hercules, post labors, is essentially a mercenary and is hired to take down an evil warlord played by John Hurt. (MB) Rated PG-13
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working as a drug mule in Taiwan when a drug accidentally leaks into her system, somehow giving her access to 100 percent of her brain. Now in possession of otherworldly powers, Lucy goes on a rampage to take vengeance against those who’ve wronged her. Morgan Freeman stars, naturally, as the brainy professor who explains all the scientific stuff. (MB) Rated R
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It’s tough to see these posthumously released Phillip Seymour Hoffman films and realize the talent that was lost, but here we go again with A Most Wanted Man. Hoffman plays a German intelligence officer who is trying to ferret out terrorists in Hamburg, the city where the Sept. 11 attacks were planned and where paranoia runs high. Adapted from the novel by John le Carre, the film also stars Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. (MB) Rated R
WISH I WAS HERE
Zach Braff’s starring and directing and co-writing follow-up project to his decade-old art house hit Garden State feels too much like a retread of that film, with different characters hovering around a similar protagonist. Yup, Braff again plays a struggling actor who’s struggling with the hardballs thrown at him by, you know, life. The main story is about trying to keep a family together, but there’s no one in particular to care much about. Mandy Patinkin, as Braff’s wretch of a dad, is quite good. The other performances are competent. This is a small dramatic comedy. Too bad that Braff and his coscripter brother try to make a bigger deal out of it. (ES) Rated R
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The last time we saw officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill), they were posing as high school students to bust a teenage drug ring. In 22 Jump Street (they moved across the street), the duo is back, but what could they possibly do to top their last assignment? Duh. Enroll in college. Again, the assignment is to stop a drug ring, but now at a college, while keeping their focus on fighting crime. (MB) Not yet rated
Gretta (Keira Knightley) has been dragged onstage at a bar open-mic night by a friend (James Corden) to perform an original composition; in the crowd is Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a once-hot music industry executive whose only discoveries of late have been how quick it takes to get to the bottom of a bottle. But Dan hears something in Gretta’s song — we see what he hears in a cutesy bit where instruments float in the air, playing the arrangement in his head — and he becomes determined to record her work and get her a distribu-
tion deal. If it sounds a lot like Once, it should. It’s from the same writer/director. (SR) Rated R
Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu MbathaRaw) has always lived her life between two worlds. The illegitimate child of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), Belle is of a higher rank than the servants, but cannot eat with her own family because of her mixed-race status. Strangled by class systems and prejudice, Belle begins to find her voice only when she falls in love with a man who wants to change the world for the better, but does not have the rank her family requires. At Magic Lantern (ER) Rated PG
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Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans. Kevin Costner stars as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13
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Tom Cruise has picked his science-fiction films wisely (Minority Report) and less so (Oblivion). But he made the right choice on this full-blown action movie about an attack on Earth by creepy, bloodthirsty aliens, and the war waged on them by our international military. It’s also a trapped-in-a-time-loop story, similar to Groundhog Day (but more violent and funnier) in which Cruise is an unwilling soldier who keeps getting killed in battle, then waking up to fight again. (ES) Rated PG-13
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
The girl has cancer, the boy is in remission from cancer; this story can only end badly. As far as teenage cancer love stories go, John Green’s recent young adult novel of the same name isn’t half bad — not nearly as sappy as A Walk to Remember. With Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent) as the lead for this film adaption, many lovesick teenage girls and their boyfriends will show up for this one. (LJ) Rated PG-13
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Hiccup’s father Stoick, the isle’s Viking chieftain, is ready to cede power to his dragon-master heir, Hiccup’s focus lies elsewhere, as he and his dragon best friend Toothless chart the previously unexplored world beyond Berk. Unfortunately, these travels lead to some unwanted discoveries, including the existence of dragon poachers and the tyrant Drago, who controls a dragon army. (SS) Rated PG
Taking place in Poland in 1962, Ida is the story of an aspiring nun, Anna. The graceful 18-year-old hopes to take her vows in the same convent she has lived in since being orphaned. But before her vows are complete, she is required to meet with an unknown family member that will change her perspective on life. Family secrets from the dark Nazi occupation are revealed and this sends Anna on a journey in hope of finding clarity. At Magic Lantern (MAB) Rated PG-13
This documentary, intimately detailing the last years of Roger Ebert’s life, not only inspires and entertains, but also presents a more fully realized portrait of him than I’ve ever encountered. It is in love with its subject; it’s hard not to be. Being a study of Ebert, it is, by necessity, also a film about movies. Eloquent, it is surprisingly moving and beautifully structured. Directed by Steve James. At Magic Lantern. (MB) Rated R
As one of the most terrifying and iconic Disney villains, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has had many questions surrounding the origins of her background. This newly re-imagined flick seeks to explain exactly how the fallen fairy became so evil, and why she chose to act out against innocent Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). (ER) PG
THE PURGE: ANARCHY
This is the sequel to last year’s sneaker hit about a future in which all crime (including murder) is legal in the U.S. for a single 12-hour period each year. This time around, the Purge is still very much happening and five people find themselves stranded on the streets of Los Angeles as night falls, making them prey for all the wacko’s on the prowl in search of something to kill. (MB) Rated R
Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz star as a couple who has found things a little boring in the bed as of late. To spice it up, they get out the video camera and film themselves, ya know, doin’ it. Then, wouldn’t ya know, the damn video gets uploaded and sent out to all their
friends and they have to go on a wild escapade to keep the documentation of their coital session from going before even more eyeballs. (MB) Rated R
It’s the future and everything is super screwed up thanks to a weather control experiment gone wrong, leaving the world completely frozen. The only remaining humans live on a train that circles the globe, never stopping. On that train, there’s a strict divide between the haves and have-nots, overseen by a fierce administrator played by Tilda Swinton. When a rebellion rises, things go way, way off the tracks. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
The titular Tammy is a perpetual screwup, and when she loses her job, her car and her husband in one day, she decides to take the radical step of leaving her Illinois hometown. So it’s time for a road trip, requiring the car — and the accompanying presence — of her alcoholic, diabetic grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon). At the outset, Tammy feels like familiar territory for McCarthy, especially as she fumbles her way through that initial crappy day. (SR) Rated R
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Time for the Autobots to roll out again as Michael Bay brings us the fourth installment in his Transformers franchise. This time, Mark Wahlberg and his daughter have discovered something that could threaten both forces of shape-shifting robots, and even the entire world. (PS) Rated PG-13
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
We open on a nasty future: dark, postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) has a plan to stop the Sentinel war decades in the past, before it even begins. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender. (MJ) Rated PG-13
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LIVING IN THE PRESENT Breakout indie folk artist Angel Olsen won’t stress about what she’s done before or what she’ll do next BY BRIAN PALMER
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ngel Olsen doesn’t think about the future when making her art. It’s not so much that the past is prologue, as the old saying goes, but it’s more that life is always changing and evolving for her, and so she rarely dwells on the past. Even when it comes to talking about the genesis of some of her songs, it’s as though some catharsis has been achieved by simply writing them; she doesn’t want to remember what inspired them in the first place. “Something autobiographical is often happening [when I start writing] my songs, but then when I go back and listen to them, I can’t say, ‘This song is about this,’” says Olsen, who was a member of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s backing band by age 23 before breaking out on her own. “I’ve found that when I go back, I don’t really remember what it is I wrote about, that moment that initially felt so important to me that I needed to write about it.” Even if she doesn’t like to revel in the past, it’s certainly defined her now-hauntingly angelic, retro-’60s sound. To be sure, it’s rare that the St. Louis native, who recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina, goes back and listens to her past work. It’s been five months ...continued on next page
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since her latest album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, came out, but she hasn’t gone back and listened to it since its release. “Maybe I’ll spend some time away from it and then listen to it in a few years,” she says, laughing. She released an EP in 2011 called Strange Cacti, and it took her a while before she listened to it again, but when she finally did, it felt like she was unearthing some bizarre time capsule of an unknown twin of hers, or perhaps an impersonator. “I listened to it about a year ago and was just like, ‘Wow, my voice has changed so much. It’s like a completely different person,’” says Olsen, now 27. “I was a different person then, but it’s like it’s not even me. That’s not who I am, but it’s saved in a recording, and it has my name on it.”
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“If I get a song stuck in my head and feel it’s important enough to share, then I’ll share it, but I never know how accessible it will be to anybody.” Some artists write with an eye toward wondering how listeners will respond to the music, others are mindful of what they’ve done before, but neither of these apply to Olsen. “I try not to stress over what I’ve done, or look myself up on the Internet,” says Olsen, who made her Letterman debut last month. “But at the same time, I’m not really focused on the audience at all. I’m not writing my songs so that people will feel things. If I get a song stuck in my head and feel it’s important enough to share, then I’ll share it, but I never know how accessible it will be to anybody.” Part of being able to live in the present comes from understanding the past, and knowing where she came from artistically. Despite the evolution she has undergone in the years since Strange Cacti was released — vocally, or even the fact that she’s gone from performing solo to now having a band — there is something magical about that experience, that time in her career, which she hangs onto with all her might. “When I listened to Strange Cacti, I thought it was an interesting recording because it was at a time where I didn’t give a shit, and didn’t expect anything or want anything,” she says. “I always wondered why people love those rare, badly recorded recordings of artists’ early work, and I think it’s not necessarily for the songs, but it’s more about the purity of the situation.” Angel Olsen with Cedar & Boyer • Wed, July 30, at 8 pm • $12/$14 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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For Portland’s Rags & Ribbons, it’s all about balance BY AZARIA PODPLESKY
ortland melodic rock trio Rags & Ribbons takes a measured approach to everything it does. From incorporating darker elements into its piano-heavy sound to finding the right people to add to its team, the band strives to find middle ground between heavy and light, emotion and business, excitement and intimidation. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Weyerhaeuser, 29, formed Rags & Ribbons with pianist/vocalist Jon Hicks after they graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. A mix of Sufjan Stevens and synth-pop marked the band’s early years, which Weyerhaeuser calls the “weird, figuring-out stage.” “Jon really wasn’t too much into harder rock music at the time,” Weyerhaeuser says. “And I was just trying to balance out whoever I was working with at that point.” The addition of drummer/vocalist Chris Neff, who has a background in hard rock, added a heavier aspect to R&R’s piano-driven music. “We started writing and the three pieces came together to make the current sound,” Weyerhaeuser says. Most recently showcased on last October’s release Magnesium Dreams, the band’s current sound is a mix between massive guitar riffs and drumbeats, classically inspired piano melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. The EP’s title comes from a balance Weyerhaeuser attempted to find while taking a magnesium supplement that caused him odd dreams. “It’s this healthy thing that’s good for your
body,” Weyerhaeuser says. “But it also brings strange, darker, edgy dreams at times, too.” That juxtaposition inspired the band to explore the duality of good and bad on the EP. Opening track “Magnesium Dream” begins with a rich three-part vocal harmony — in which Weyerhaeuser and Hicks’ choir background really shines — over Hicks’ soft piano before Weyerhaeuser and Neff burst in, bringing the chorus with them: “We followed the law that you gave us… /We never thought that you’d run for cover and leave us here all alone.” Lead single “Rubikon,” which features a brighter sound and lyrics like “I’m gonna brave this storm if it’s with you now/You can do all you never knew you could,” follows. This balance between good and bad, heavy and light, is attracting attention, and the band has recently hired a booking agent and is fielding management offers, something the trio finds both exciting and intimidating. “We would love to grow the project as far as we can,” Weyerhaeuser says. “But there’s only so much we can do, and it would be very helpful to have a bigger team working with us… It’s inevitably this weird middleman game.” A game Rags & Ribbons will no doubt win with its signature move: careful consideration. firstname.lastname@example.org Rags & Ribbons with Flying Spiders • Sat, July 26, at 7:30 pm • $7 • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • biggdipperevents.com • 624-4319
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MUSIC | SOUND ADVICE
ELECTRONIC THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974
ive years ago, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohager was playing bass in the electronic band 3OH!3, but there was more he had to share with the world. Adopting the moniker The Chain Gang of 1974, he released the 2010 collection Fantastic Nostalgic: The Early Recordings. Over the past few years, Mohager’s music has meandered through the lands of disco, Euro house and even a bit of punk. His latest album, the February release Daydream Forever, could easily have been released in the late 1980s and no one would have batted an eyelash. The electro-power-pop choruses, the synthesizer beats, and of course that breathy, high voice — it’s all there. — LAURA JOHNSON The Chain Gang of 1974 with Empires • Fri, July 25, at 8 pm • $10/$12 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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ArBor CrEST WiNE CEllArS, Performers on the Patio feat. Karrie O’Neill J ThE BArTlETT, BIAS, NTNT BEVErly’S, Robert Vaughn J ThE BiG DiPPEr, Kevin Woods Quartet CD Release Party J BiNG CroSBy ThEATEr, Tommy Emmanuel J BuCEr’S CoFFEEhouSE PuB, Open Jazz Jam ThE CEllAr, Laura Meyer CoEur D’AlENE CASiNo, PJ Destiny J CoEur D’AlENE PArk, Browne’s Addition Summer Concerts feat. Chutzpah CruiSErS (624-1495), Usual Suspects CurlEy’S, Phoenix JohN’S AllEy, Tim Snider JoNES rADiATor, Tiger Lily, Oh Snap J lAGuNA CAFé, Just Plain Darin lEFTBANk WiNE BAr, Chris Reiser & Jay Rawley J luxE CoFFEEhouSE, Particlehead J MEzzo PAzzo WiNE BAr, Ron Criscione o’ShAy’S, Open mic J ThE PhAT houSE, World Banditis Q’EMilN PArk, Misfit Toys J rED rooM louNGE, Bubba Sparxxx J riVErSToNE PArk, Summer Concerts feat. Best of Broadway TEMPliN’S rED lioN (208-773-1611), Rockin’ on the River feat. Sammy Eubanks ThE VikiNG BAr AND Grill, Jeremy Serwer WEBSTEr’S rANCh houSE SAlooN, Pacific Suns zolA, Troubadour
J ThE BArTlETT, The Chain Gang of 1974 (See story above), Empires
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POP ROCK NIGHT ARGENT
his Pasco-based five-piece makes the kind of commanding sound designed to fill arenas. After opening for Imagine Dragons and having just played the Warped Tour in Auburn, Washington, last month, they’ve had opportunity to unleash their electro-pop rock ‘n’ roll on some big stages. Frontman Chase Manhattan sounds like a mashup of Justin Timberlake and Adam Levine without all the falsetto crap, and that’s a good thing. Saturday night, they’ll fill a much more intimate space at the Viking, unleashing their catchy, exuberant tunes. — LAURA JOHNSON Night Argent with Sea Giant, Midnight Parkade • Sat, July 26, at 8 pm • Free • 21+ • Viking Bar and Grill • 1221 N. Stevens • vikingbarandgrill.com • 315-4547
BEVErly’S, Robert Vaughn J ThE BiG DiPPEr, Dustin Kensrue (vocalist of Thrice), William Alan BlACk DiAMoND, Nick Grow Bolo’S, FM BooMErS ClASSiC roCk BAr & Grill, Johnny & the Moondogs J BuCEr’S CoFFEEhouSE PuB, Dustin Sipes CArliN BAy rESorT, Whack A Mole ThE CEllAr, Roberson & BZ Duo ChECkErBoArD BAr, JT Stenbeck, Oh Snap and more CoEur D’AlENE CASiNo, Nova CoNkliNG MAriNA & rESorT, The Cronkites CruiSErS (624-1495), Road to Sturgis feat. The Sidemen, Tynkerbell from Hell CurlEy’S, Dragonfly J Di luNA’S CAFE (208-263-0846), Josh Harty FEDorA PuB, Jan Harrison Trio
FizziE MulliGANS, YESTERDAYSCAKE ForTy-oNE SouTh (208-265-2000), Truck Mills GATEWAy MAriNA AND rESorT, Phoenix J ThE hoP!, Eternal North, Turned to Stone and more iDAho Pour AuThoriTy (208-2902280), Charley Packard iroN horSE BAr, Chairmen of Rock JoNES rADiATor, Switchin’ to Whiskey, Sorority J kNiTTiNG FACTory, GA’s Too Broke to Rock feat. Stars in Stereo, Helldorado, Thirion X, H2NY J lAGuNA CAFé, Pamela Benton lEFTBANk WiNE BAr, Carey Brazil and Jay Condiotti NyNE, DJ The Divine Jewels o’ShAy’S, Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots J PArk BENCh CAFE (456-4349),
Brad Keeler PEND D’orEillE WiNEry, NinJazz J ThE PhAT houSE, Chelsey Heidenriech Acoustic Tour rED rooM louNGE, DJ D3VIN3 rEPuBliC BrEWiNG Co., Bradford Loomis roCkEr rooM, Torino Drive J ThE ShoP, Oracles Kitchen SoulFul SouPS AND SPiriTS, Likes Girls SPikE’S PhillyS AND MorE (4893647), Banish The Echo ThE VikiNG BAr AND Grill, Stepbrothers WEBSTEr’S rANCh houSE SAlooN, Echo Elysium zolA, The Fat Tones
Saturday, 07/26 J BABy BAr, Rexx, BBBBandits, Phlegm Fatale J ThE BArTlETT, Songs for Kids
Foundation Benefit feat. Bandit Train, Water Monster, Hannah Reader, Cathedral Pearls and more BEVErly’S, Robert Vaughn J ThE BiG DiPPEr, Rags & Ribbons (See story on page 49), Flying Spiders BlACk DiAMoND, Carli Osika Bolo’S, FM BooMErS ClASSiC roCk BAr & Grill, Johnny & the Moondogs BoWl’z BiTEz AND SPiriTz, Likes Girls J BuCEr’S CoFFEEhouSE PuB, Brasil a Dois, Bossa Nova CArliN BAy rESorT, Whack A Mole ThE CEllAr, Kosh & the Jazz Cats J ChAPS, Just Plain Darin CoEur D’AlENE CASiNo, Nova, Mark Holt CoNkliNG MAriNA & rESorT, The Cronkites CruiSErS (624-1495), Road to
Sturgis feat. Flat Bastard, Invasive CURLEY’S, Dragonfly DOWNTOWN SANDPOINT, Summer Sounds: Crazy Days Edition EMPIRE THEATRE (284-5173), Eric E. FIZZIE MULLIGANS, YESTERDAYSCAKE GATEWAY MARINA AND RESORT (208-582-3883), Phoenix THE HOP!, C-B0, Luni Coleone IRON HORSE BAR, Chairmen of Rock JOHN’S ALLEY, Pacific Haze JONES RADIATOR, Dru Heller THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE (3159531), South Perry Street Fair feat. Marshall McLean Band, The Camaros, Prairie War, Cedar & Boyer and more THE LARIAT (466-9918), Coyote Country Band LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Kari Marguerite NYNE, DJ C-Mad PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Ron Criscione THE PHAT HOUSE, Evan Egerer and the Tribe PICNIC PINES (299-3223), Six Strings N Pearls RED ROOM LOUNGE, DJ D3VIN3 ROCKER ROOM, Torino Drive ROCKET MARKET, Kari Marguerite SPIRIT LAKE, Monarch Mountain Band TEMPLIN’S RED LION (208-773-1611), Cary Fly & Chris Rieser UNDERGROUND 15, Every Last One, Eyes Like Time Machines,
Jimmy Nuge THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Night Argent (See story on facing page), Sea Giant, Midnight Parkade WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON, Pacific Suns ZOLA, The Fat Tones
219 LOUNGE (208-263-9934), Truck Mills ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Concerts on the Cliff feat. High Street Band BIG BARN BREWING CO. (238-2489), Music on the Lawn feat. Alyse Black THE CELLAR, Traveling Keys Dueling Piano Show, Pat Coast CLEARWATER RIVER CASINO (208-298-1400), The Swon Brothers COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Bill Bozly, Echo Elysium, Kosh CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Bob Sletner CRUISERS (624-1495), Road to Sturgis feat. Riverboat Dave & the Furtraders CURLEY’S, Dragonfly DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church JONES RADIATOR, The Nehemiah Show KELLY’S IRISH PUB, Songwriter Sundays with the Flying Mammals LATAH VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Kallie Foot & Mellad Abeid
MOOTSY’S, Feeding Frenzy, Pine League, Wescott WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON, Chris Lucas ZOLA, Son of Brad
CALYPSOS, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills THE HOP!, Saus, Jedediah the Pilot, Faus, BlackTracks JOHN’S ALLEY, Moonshine Mountain RICO’S (332-6566), Open Mic SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, DJ Q ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio
315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub THE BARTLETT, Jolie Holland BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BORRACHO (822-7789), DJ D3VIN3 THE CELLAR, Eric Neuhausser CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN (208-292-4813), Kosh FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills JOHN’S ALLEY, John Wayne & the Pain JONES RADIATOR, Space Movies, Religious Girls, Haunted Horses ROCKET MARKET, Been There Done That ZOLA, The Bucket List
Wednesday, 07/30 THE BARTLETT, Angel Olsen (See story on page 47) BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BIG DIPPER, Hilary Scott
BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Likes Girls THE CELLAR, Pat Coast CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, We Be Jammin’ with Cronkite Bob EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho FOUNTAIN CAFE (625-6656), Liz Rognes THE HOP!, Rings of Saturn, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Mobile Deathcamp and more JOHN’S ALLEY, Leah Turner JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz LA ROSA CLUB, Robert Beadling THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE (3159531), DJ Lydell LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Evan Denlinger THE NEST AT KENDALL YARDS, Rock the Nest feat. The Camaros NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic REPUBLIC BREWING CO., The Black Lillies and El Rusto WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON, Nate Ostrander ZOLA, The Boss of Me
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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 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 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division • 290-6229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BOWL’Z BITEZ & SPIRITZ• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARLIN BAY RESORT • 14691 Idaho 97, Harrison, • 208-689-3295 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 20 W. Jerry Ln., Worley • 208-263-6971 CONKLING MARINA • 20 W. Jerry Ln, Worley • 208-686-1151 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LIBRARY LOUNGE • 110 E. 4th Ave. •747-3371 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 456-5678 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 ROCKER ROOM • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 ROCKET MARKET • 726 E. 43rd Ave. • 343-2253 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 UNDERGROUND 15 • 15 S. Howard St. • 290-2122 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON • 1914 N. Monroe St. • 474-9040 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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MUSIC FOR THE KIDS
Enjoy local music while helping give special-needs children music to enjoy. The Bartlett is helping launch a program through the Songs For Kids Foundation, which brings live interactive concerts, bedside performances and songwriting and recording programs to children’s hospitals and specialneeds camps across the country. Last year, the Songs for Kids Tour traveled 32,000 miles and made it to almost every children’s hospital in the country. The bands at the Spokane chapter kickoff fundraiser include nine local favorites: Bandit Train, Water Monster, Hannah Reader, Scott Ryan, Cathedral Pearls, Josh Rifkind, the Holy Broke, Dead Serious Lovers and Von the Baptist. — FRANNY WRIGHT Benefit for the Spokane launch of Songs for Kids Foundation • Sat, July 26, at 8 pm • Entry by donation • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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FESTIVAL SIMPLY SOUTH PERRY
EXCURSION RIDE THE RAILS
South Perry Street Fair • Sat, July 26, from 10 am-9 pm • Grant Park • 1015 S. Arthur • Free • facebook.com/southperry
Lions Club Train Rides • July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3; departure times vary • $10/kids and seniors; $15/adults • Ione, Wash. Train Depot • lionstrainrides.com • 877-525-5226
For 15 years, the South Perry Street Fair has been a summertime tradition of local food, music and fun. A couple days before the neighborhood celebration, a bike, wagon and stroller decorating contest is planned at Thursday’s South Perry Farmers Market (July 24, from 3-5 pm). All decorated “wheels” can then join the parade on Saturday morning (10 am). Following the parade kickoff are the usual street fair events, crafts and food vendors. The fair also boasts a great lineup of local music throughout the day, including the Marshall McLean Band, The Camaros, Prairie War and more. — MADISON BENNETT
Enjoy the Inland Northwest’s summer beauty from a vintage rail car during one of the weekend train rides hosted by the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club. The 90-minute journey takes riders across tracks built through the mountains back in 1910 and offers breathtaking views from atop several trestles. It’s a day trip that any family should enjoy, and one I fondly remember from my own childhood, leaning out an open car windows to take in the world from a vantage point more scenic than most road trips. — CHEY SCOTT
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July 26th Perry Street Fair Tent Event
CULTURE TO JAPAN
Get a taste of Japanese culture during Spokane Buddhist Temple’s annual Obon celebration, a 500-year-old Japanese tradition originated to honor ancestors’ spirits. Now, Obon is celebrated more like a family reunion, and this weekend’s celebration aims to share the event’s many traditions — and tasty Japanese food — with the local community. Featured performances and demonstrations include the Spokane Taiko drummers, Spokane Kendo’s fencing and swordplay, martial arts demos, a vocal performance by Narong Norasakkunkit and traditional Sumi-e ink painting by local artist Keiko Von Holt, among others. Don’t miss the traditional Bon Odori dance, at 6 pm both days. — CHEY SCOTT
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COMMUNITY CYCLE CELEBRATION
Check your brakes and get ready to experience Spokane Valley from behind the handlebars in this weekend’s lead-up event to September’s Valleyfest celebration. Choose between three routes: the 50-mile “Hills Around the Valley,” 25-mile “Adventure Ride” and 10-mile “Family Friendly Ride.” All routes are patrolled by first-aid teams and several comfort stations provide toilets, food and water, but make sure to save some room for David’s Pizza by the slice ($3) in Mirabeau Meadows Park once you’re done pedaling. Thanks to community volunteers, the registration fees for this 2nd annual event are kept low, and all proceeds go directly to the costs of the ride, and the finishers’ polyester riding T-shirt. — FRANNY WRIGHT Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration • Sun, July 27, starting at 8 am • $15/ person; $30/family of four • Mirabeau Meadows Park • 13500 E. Mirabeau Pkwy. • cyclecelebration.com • 922-3299
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HORSE ‘N’ AROUND POKER RIDE 5th annual poker ride hosted by and benefiting the Latah County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, at White Pine Flats, off the Troy highway, between Troy and Deary, Idaho. Proceeds benefit training and equipment for the all-volunteer posse that aids in search and rescue missions and equine safety education. July 26. $10. latahcountymountedposse.org ETHIOPIAN EDUCATION FUND DINNER A traditional Ethiopian dinner, auction and a travelogue presentation of Ethiopian students sponsored by EEF. Donations sponsors a student for one month; students are primarily female and from tribal areas where education is sparse. July 27, 2-4 pm. $30. Queen of Sheba, 621 W. Mallon Ave. queenofshe-
baspokane.com (456-7785) ZAK! CHARITY OPEN The annual dinner, auction and golf tournament benefits the Rypien Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. July 27 at Northern Quest; July 28 at the Spokane Country Club or Manito Golf & Country Club. zakcharityopen.org (244-8656) UP ON THE ROOF: A TASTE OF UNITY 6th annual benefit event for Unity in the Community. Proceeds support the purchase of school supplies given out to local kids in need. Aug. 1, 5:30-10 pm. Free. Community Building, 35 W. Main. nwunity.org (209-2625) FOOD WITH BENEFITS An event benefiting Communities in Schools of Spokane County. Aug. 4, 5-7:30 pm. Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry. (413-1436)
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My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday). He knows I usually don’t care about my birthday, and I confess that I also judge people who care about theirs. Still, I can’t help but feel that my 30th is a bit of a milestone, and I wanted to spend my birthday weekend AMY ALKON together somewhere with my boyfriend. I understand that he doesn’t want to seem ungrateful for his sister’s gift, and he’s courteously told me about this conflict well in advance. Do I need to just get over myself? Or should I raise my concerns? —Neglected As a child, I was not one to turn down birthday loot, but around age 8, I developed a sort of jadedness about birthdays that continues to this day. The way I see it, if you are over 12 and not a cancer patient, do we really need to throw you a party and give you prizes for surviving another year? It seems you communicated some similar thinking to your boyfriend. Bizarrely, he believed you. Yet, apparently out of love and consideration (and perhaps the suspicion men have that all women are at least a little nuts), he let you know a year in advance that hockey or auto racing or whatever’s special day coincides with your usually-not-so-special day. What more was he supposed to do — well, other than travel back in time and ask your mom, “Hey, can you hold the baby in one more week? There’ll be a scheduling conflict in 30 years.” Wait…were you expecting him to turn down the ticket? If so, what’s that really about? Maybe a recent public service announcement from your ovaries? “Hi, we’re also turning 30, as in, it won’t be long before we retire, move to the countryside, and take up scrapbooking.” You may also be looking for what evolutionary psychologists call a “costly signal” — some show of commitment requiring such a big outlay of money, effort, or forgone opportunity that it’s likely to be sincere. (In the absence of a proposal and a diamond, maybe it seems the least he could do is light that ticket on fire.) If you do want more from the relationship, you may be able to get it, but expecting a man to read your thoughts is like expecting your dog to understand algebra. Tell your boyfriend you’re feeling sensitive about your birthday, your future, or whatever else, and you’ll at least find out where you stand. Assuming you get the reassurance you need, maybe you can do the loving thing and put your partner’s interests up there in importance with your own, perhaps by celebrating your birthday the weekend before the actual day. You might also try to get in the habit of using spoken-word communication — fun as it can be to surprise a man with a game of naked charades, aka “Guess what I’m thinking when I weep inconsolably during sex!”
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After reading a magazine article about movie stars with “pixie cuts,” my girlfriend got her hair cut really short, and I absolutely hate it. She’s very pretty, and short hair doesn’t change that, but I love how she looks with long hair. Is it controlling to ask her to grow it back? —Worried The good thing about bad haircuts is that they are fixable with time. (You can’t tell your girlfriend, “Hey, I’m not a big fan of your personality; can you grow it out a little?”) When you first saw her new do, you probably squeezed out something positive like “Looks great!” — while thinking, “Did your stylist go blind in the middle of cutting your hair or pretty much right when she started?” It’s good to be kind, but because staying happy with somebody takes staying attracted to them, it’s best for your relationship to be kind in a verging-on-honest way. Wait a few weeks and say, “You know, you’d be beautiful even if you shaved your head, but I love your hair long. Would you grow your hair out for me?” (You aren’t asking her to bolt on a new set of boobs; you’re just requesting more of what’s already on her head.) And yes, you do have to tell her what you need, because if you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ll get resentful and act like a jerk about things that aren’t really the thing. It might even lead to a breakup. The bottom line: You’re all for her having movie-star hair — as long as the movie star it’s modeled on isn’t Chuck Norris. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews.com (483-7300) AFTER DARK A adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday night show. On the last Friday of the month (July 25) at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) EXPEDITION A fast-paced improvised comedy show, rated for all ages. Fridays all summer, through Aug. 29, at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy, open to newcomers and experienced comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. (475-6209) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) TEEN IMPROV CLASSES Workshops on various aspects of improv comedy performing. Meets Monday nights through Aug. 25, from 6:30-8 pm. Ages 11-18. $125. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Wednesdays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. brooklyndelispokane.com (835-4177)
U. OF IDAHO’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY CRUISE The University of Idaho is celebrating 125 years with a cruise on Lake CdA. Boats depart promptly at 6 pm, with hearty hors d’oeuvres and a nohost bar on board. July 24, 5:30-10 pm. $25/person. University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, 1031 N. Academic Way. uidaho. edu/cda (208-667-2588) SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to local emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary, sign up at inland.volunteerhub. com/events. Second Harvest, 1234 E. Front Ave. 2-harvest.org (252-6267) SPOKANE’S FAMILY FARM TOUR Learn about a working dairy farm, including the modern technology and safety skills to milk cows. July 24, 27 and Aug. 4 and 13, from 3:30-5 pm. $3/ person. Spokane Family Farm, 21715 W. Coulee Hite Rd. exploringfamilies.com BATMAN DAY The library celebrates the character’s 75th birthday, offering games and activities for kids, trivia for adults, drawings for Batman prizes, treats, and a screening of a Batman movie (5 pm). July 25. Free. CdA Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) FOURTH FRIDAY PUB PEDDLERS Group cycling ride, making a few stops along the way to a final destination. Meets at 7 pm, departs at 8 pm. Free. The Swamp, 1904 W. Fifth. (251-2107) TEEN POOL PARTIES Offering music, basketball and volleyball with food and beverages for purchase. Open to all teens, ages 13-18. July 25 and Aug. 1, 15 and 18, from 7-9 pm. $2. Hillyard
Aquatic Center, 3000 E. Columbia. beta. spokanecity.org/recreation/aquatics (363-5415) AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT CELEBRATION Celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the ADA, learn why it’s important and connect with resources in the community. Also includes arts and craft booths, a barbecue and entertainment. July 26, 11 am-3 pm. Free. Mountain View Park, 2052 W. Mountain View Rd. dacnw.org (208-883-0523) COMMUNITY FAMILY PICNIC The Arc of Spokane’s annual community picnic for families of children and adults with special needs or developmental delays. Bring a salad or dessert to share. Reservations requested. July 26, 11 am-1 pm. Thornton-Murphy Park, 3101 E. 27th Ave. (328-6326) DANCE PARTY AT CITY BEACH Sandpoint’s chapter of USA Dance hosts a community potluck (6 pm) followed by free dance lessons and dancing until 9:30 pm. July 26, 6 pm. Free. City Beach, Sandpoint. (208-699-0421) DISHMAN HILLS NATURAL AREA OPEN HOUSE The Dishman Hills Conservancy (DHC) hosts guided hikes and the chance to become part of a film being made about the DHC. Bring a picnic lunch; chips and drinks are provided. July 26, 12-5 pm. Free. Dishman Hills, 625 S. Sargent Rd. dishmanhills.org (747-8147) GET YOUR BLOOD FLOWING & DROP RED Fundraiser and blood drive to support the Lilac City Roller Girls and the Inland Northwest Blood Center with a scrimmage followed by an open public skate. July 26, 5 pm. $10. Pattison’s, 11309 N. Mayfair. lilaccityrollergirls.com LIONS CLUB TRAIN RIDES The North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club hosts its annual scenic train rides along the Pend Orielle River from Ione to Metaline Falls, Wash. Offered July 26-27 and Aug. 3031. $15/adults, $10 seniors and children. Ione, Wash. lionstrainrides.com PLAY IT AGAIN, PANIDA The Panida Theater’s 22nd annual Crazy Days sale, offering music and videos for sale, with proceeds benefiting a local arts scholarship fund. Donated items accepted through July 24. July 26, 8 am-2 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. panida.org (208-255-7801) SPOKANE VALLEY CYCLE CELEBRATION Second annual event hosted by Valleyfest, offering a 10-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile bike ride. $15/person (includes riding t-shirt) or $30/families of up to four riders. July 27, 8 am. Mirabeau Park Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Pkwy. cyclecelebration.com (922-3299) ASK WITHOUT FEAR A free training event hosted by RiteCare of Washington, open to volunteers and staff from civic, religious and other nonprofit organizations to help individuals expand fundraising skills while also increasing their comfort level during fundraising. July 31, 2-6 pm. Free. Riverside Place, 1108 W. Riverside. ritecarewa.org (838-2310) KURONEKOCON 6th annual anime and Japanese culture convention. August 2-3. $20-$30. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. kuronekocon.com (279-7000) SPOKANE HIGHLAND GAMES The annual Scottish culture celebration features live entertainment, heavy athletics, dancing, kids’ games, clan tents, cultural demos and more. Aug. 2, 9 am5:30 pm. $5-$10. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. spokanehighlandgames.org (927-0023)
CANYON COUNTY FAIR Hosted in Caldwell, Idaho, the county fair features traditional fair attractions, including ag demos/displays, entertainment, food and more. July 24-27. $2-$5. canyoncountyfair.org RIVERSTONE STREET FAIR Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Village hosts a weekly outdoor market and street fair, hosting 200+ vendors of arts and crafts, food, live music, a farmers market and more. Thursdays from 4-9 pm, Through Aug. 28. Free. riverstonestreetfair.com JULYAMSH POWWOW The annual 3-day outdoor powwow is hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and celebrates regional Native American culture through dance, song, games and spirituality. Events include hand drum exhibitions, horse parades, an art show and auction, performances, and daily grand entries. July 25-27. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. julyamsh.com (800-523-2467) DOWN RIVER DAYS The annual community celebration includes a snowmobile water cross at Ione Park across the Pend Oreille River and other events. July 26-27. Ione, Wash. pendoreilleriver.com GLASS ON THE GRASS The 22nd annual show-n-shine hosted by the Spokane Corvette Club. July 26, 12-4 pm, registration from 8:30-11:30 am. Free to the public. Riverfront Park. spokanecorvetteclub.com (208-968-9226) NORTHWEST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL The annual festival celebrate its 20th anniversary with its 1500s-era festival featuring stage shows, food and drink, music, sword fighting and a competitive jousting tournament. July 26-27, from 11 am-7 pm. $10. Northwest Renaissance Festival, 6493 Hwy. 291. nwrf.net (276-7728) OAKESDALE OLD MILL DAYS The Oakesdale community hosts a pancake breakfast, parade, car and tractor show, local vendors, kid games, bingo, music, beer/wine garden, street dance, and more. July 26. Oakesdale, Wash. oakesdalemuseum.com SOUTH PERRY STREET FAIR The 15th annual community celebration includes a parade, food, live music, local arts and crafts merchants, kids’ activities and more. Decorate your bike or wagon at the South Perry market on July 24th to participate in the parade. July 26, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Grant Park, 1015 S. Arthur St. facebook.com/southperry JAPANESE OBON FESTIVAL An annual cultural celebration including traditional Bon Odori dancing, Spokane Taiko drumming, traditional Japanese crafts, martial arts demos, food, manga and anime demos and more. July 26-27 from noon-7 pm. Free admission. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry. spokanebuddhisttemple.org (534-7954) COEUR D’ALENE STREET FAIR The annual community festival features 250+ vendors of arts, crafts, food and live entertainment, held during Art on the Green and Taste of the CdA weekend. Aug 1-3; Fri-Sat from 10 am-8 pm, Sun from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Downtown CdA. cdadowntown.com (208-415-0116) COLVILLE RENDEZVOUS DAYS: The NE Wash. town’s annual community celebration features live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, an encampment, Battle of the Bands and more. Aug. 1-3. Free. Colville, Wash. colvillerendezvous.org
FREE KSPS MOVIES Riverfront Park and KSPS host a screening series of locally-produced documentaries about the region. Screenings offered MonThur, at 10 am. Films include: “Silver Linings” (Mon); “Remembering Spokane” (Tue); “Reflections by the River” (Wed); and “Sculpted by Floods” (Thur). Free. Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre, 507 N. Howard St. (625-6623) KIDS’ SUMMER MOVIES The Kenworthy hosts summer movie screenings every Wed-Thur at 1 pm. $3/film; $20/ summer pass. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-4127) MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) Comedy legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite on stage for a special, live broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, screening July 23-24 at 7:30 pm. $18. Regal Cinemas, 4750 N. Division. fathomevents.com HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Outdoor film screening in the park at dusk. July 25. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd, Liberty Lake. (755-6726) MOONLIGHT MOVIE SERIES Screenings start at dusk in the outfield of Martella Ball Field. July 25. Free. Sunset Park, S. King, Airway Heights. cawh.org MOVIES IN THE PARK: DESPICABLE ME 2 Outdoor screening at dusk, with free crafts and activities in the park an hour before the show at dusk. July 25. Free. Mirabeau Park Meadows. spokanevalley.org (688-0300) FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Screening of the classic (rated R) as part of the Garland’s 2014 Summer Movie series. July 26 at midnight, July 29 at 7 pm and July 31 at 9 pm. $1. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. garlandtheater.com SOUTH PERRY SUMMER THEATER: THE LEGO MOVIE Outdoor movie screening, starts at dusk. July 26. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647) TURBO Outdoor film screening in the park at dusk. July 26. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd, Liberty Lake. pavillionpark.org (755-6726) WASHINGTON FILMWORKS TOWN HALL Washington Filmworks has appointed James Keblas and Lance Rosen as co-chairs of the organization’s Advocacy Committee. At a Town Hall event Keblas, Rosen and Exec. Director Amy Lillard outline the action items for the committee over the next six months and talk specifically about how the film industry can be involved. Lillard also presents the results for the Second Annual Jobs and Vendor Survey. July 27, 6-7 pm. Free. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. blog.washingtonfilmworks.org KUNG FU PANDA Screening as part of the theater’s Summer Family Movies series. (Rated PG) July 28-Aug. 1, daily at 9:30 am. $1. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (327-1050) WE WILL NOT CONFORM Screening of the anti-Common Core documentary directed by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck. July 29 at 8 pm, at Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone (CdA). fathomevents.com SELKIRK INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST The fifth annual festival screens 10 short films from the US and Canada with connections to the local or regional area, including comedy, drama, documentary and experimental films. Filmmakers also on hand to answer questions.
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CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS Learn how chocolate is grown and how it becomes the chocolate we consume and how to eat chocolate using all five senses. July 24, 7-8 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon. (324-2424) PAINTS & PINTS An evening of guided painting and beer with Inland Northwest Girl’s Pint Out. July 24, 7-9 pm. $35. Pinot’s Palette, 32 W. Second. (208-991-0040) STONE BREWING CO. PARTY Stone Brewing from Escondido, Calif., is on site serving flights or draft brews, giving away prizes and more. July 24, 5-9 pm. Free. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Ste. C. corkjoy.com (208-457-9885) NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how NoLi’s beer is made. Fridays at 4:30 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. nolibrewhouse.com (242-2739) SMALL VINEYARD ITALIAN WINES Tasting class featuring small-production, high-quality wines from Italy. July 25, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT A cooking class on favorite appetizers, with Chef Laurie Faloon. July 25, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) VINO WINE TASTING Friday’s tasting (July 25 from 3-6:30 pm; $15) features Fontanafredda Estate & Winery of Piedmont, Italy. Saturday (July 25, from 2-4:30 pm) highlights AntoLin Cellars of Yakima. Vino!, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) MONROE STREET PUB CRAWL An evening pub crawl to 10+ bars on North Monroe Street, offering food/drink specials and with admission proceeds benefiting Great Shape, a humanitarian nonprofit aiding families in rural Jamaica. July 26, 5-11:45 pm. $25. Starts at Stella’s Cafe, 917 W. Broadway. monroestreetpubcrawl.com (970-275-3210) NEIGHBORHOOD BBQ SERIES Central Lutheran Church hosts weekly neighborhood barbecues every Wednesday at 6 pm, through Aug. 27. Includes games for all ages after the meal and the chance to get to know your neighbors. Free. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-9233) SPROUTING AT HOME Discover the ins and outs of sprouting at home and get recipe ideas for a variety of sprouts. July 31, 6:30-8 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. pilgrimsmarket.com (208-676-9730) FIRST FRIDAY DINNER WITH SANTÉ The downtown restaurant hosts a 6-course dinner in the park, benefitting the Salvation Army. Includes live music by Floating Crowbar, wine pairings by Overbluff and Treveri Cellars. Seating is along the Spokane River. $100/person; with a limited number of premium tickets at $150. Aug. 1, 5:30-8:30 pm. Riverfront Park. (625-6601)
KEVIN WOODS QUARTET CD RELEASE Release party for the Spokane band’s “No More Waiting.” The quartet features Brian Ward, Scott Steed and Dru Heller. July 24, 7:30-10 pm. $5 or $10 entry with CD. The Big Dipper, 171 S.
Washington. bigdipperevents.com NOBODY FAMOUS Outdoor concert in the park, hosted by the Northwest Neighborhood Association. July 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Audubon Park, 3908 N. Driscoll Bvld. nwspokane.org TOMMY EMMANUEL Concert by the 2-time, Australian Grammy nominee, performing with Antsy McClain. July 24, 7:30 pm. $35-$50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) HOT SUMMER NIGHTS GATSBY PARTY Great Gatsby-themed social event featuring music by Peter Rivera, prizes and giveaways, costume contest and more. Hosted by Spokane CdA Living Magazine. July 25, 5-8 pm. $25. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. bozzimedia.com (230-6033) JAMES MCMURTY & JONNY BURKE Concert presented by KPND radio. July 25, 8 pm. $19/$22. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave, Sandpoint. panida.org PALOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL Festival lineup: Paul Smith, John Elwood, Bart Budwig, Floating Crowbar, Dan Maher, Shiloh Sharrard, Palouse Subterranean Blues Band, Simba & the Exceptional Afrikans. Also includes a beer garden and food vendors. July 26, 11 am-8 pm. $5/kids 6-15, $10/adults. Palouse, Wash. visitpalouse.com (595-1650) PEPPER-PALOOZA Third annual fundraiser concert and barbecue to help sent Spokane’s Sweet Adeline’s NW Champions to the International competition in Baltimore. Includes food, a raffle, and revival show performance. July 26, 3-8 pm. $10. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (953-1231) ROCK CUT BLUES FEST The 16th annual blues festival near Orient, Wash. features performances by local and regional blues bands. July 26-27. $40$50. rockcutblues.com SONGS FOR KIDS FOUNDATION BENEFIT A fundraiser concert to help launch a local chapter of the Songs for Kids Foundation nonprofit, to bring live music to special needs camps and children’s hospitals through concerts, workshops and other programs. The benefit show features 9+ local bands and musicians. July 26, 8 pm. Entry by donation. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. thebartlettspokane.com SUMMER SOUNDS: CRAZY DAYS EDITION Performances held all day: Northern Exposure (10 am), Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots (noon), Selkirk Society Band (2 pm) and Doug Bond (4 pm). At the Park Place Stage, corner of First and Cedar. July 26, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Downtown Sandpoint. (208-255-1876) YOUTH ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP Hosted by the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, the week-long (July 28Aug. 1) workshop offers instruction for advanced ensembles. Open to ages 8-21 and all instruments. $25. Sandpoint Middle School, 310 S. Division. (208-265-4444) ALEX & THE KALEIDOSCOPE BAND Family/world music concert. Aug. 1, 7:30 pm. $5/kids, $10/seniors, $15/ adults. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St, Post Falls. thejacklincenter.org (208-457-8950)
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ALOHA RACE SERIES Mountain Gear hosts 5 stand-up paddleboard races on Liberty Lake; race all five for the event’s Hawaiian shirt. Held July 24, 31 and Aug. 7 and 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15. Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Rd. tinyurl.com/mekaedl (340-1151) BACKPACKING CAMP COOKING Class covering equipment, planning and preparation along with some tips and tricks to make your meals the hit of the trip. July 24, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. rei.com/spokane (328-9900) PACIFIC NORTHWEST HOG RALLY More than 1,000 Harley-Davidson riders travel to the Pacific Northwest for the first tri-state H.O.G. rally from July 24-27. $50. Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson, 19011 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. (208699-3051) THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLES The Coeur d’Alene Canoe & Kayak club hosts weekly paddles, open to the public, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. See website for details. Free. cdacanoekayakclub.com 14TH ANNUAL MOTO X Extreme endurance motocross racing event featuring local pros and amateurs, with high-flying stunts by Metal Mulisha. Also includes local vendors, food, beer garden and more. July 25-26, events start at 7 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. $10-$15. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. northidahofair.com (208-667-8515) CLAYTON RODEO The annual Clayton Pro West Rodeo also features a performance by the Skagit Rein Riders drill team. New this year is the ranch bronco event. July 25-26, at 7:30 pm. $5/ ages 6-12, $10/ages 13+. Clayton Fairgrounds. claytonprowestrodeo.webs. com (276-2408) FARMGIRLFIT GLOW MOB Wear you glow gear, grab a friend and get ready for a fun workout. Farmgirlfit leads the workout, Glow in the Park brings prizes. July 25, 8-9:30 pm. Free!. Farmgirlfit, 128 S. Sherman. tinyurl.com/odjlos9 (747-2330) CLARK FORK DELTA KAYAKING Take a kayak tour of the scenic Clark Fork River Delta for views of the surrounding mountains and the chance to see a number of wildlife that call this area home. July 26, 9 am-4 pm. Free. Sandpoint. idahoconservation.org/events (208-265-9565) MOUNTAIN BIKE SKILLS CLINICS Coaches help you build skills and confidence with basic, intermediate, free-ride and women’s classes. Full description and schedule online. July 26. $30-$65. Camp Sekani, 67070 E. Upriver Dr. evergreeneast.org (979-5916) RILEY CREEK FUN DAY An afternoon/ evening of outdoor family activities, including park ranger presentations, an animal tracks activity, nature walk, and star gazing. July 26, 4-10 pm. Free. At the Riley Creek Recreation Area campground, Riley Creek Park Rd, Laclede, Idaho. exploringfamilies.com RACE THE RIVER The 7th annual sprint-distance triathlon includes a half-mile swim with the current of the Spokane River, a 10.7-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. Also includes a kids race ($20). $60-$90/individual, $150-$210/ relay team of 2-3 members. July 27. Riverstone Park, CdA. racetheriver.com
SPOKANE INDIANS VS. VANCOUVER CANADIANS Games held daily July 27-29 at 6:30 pm. $5-$11/single game. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. spokaneindians.com (535-2922) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. HILLSBORO HOPS Games held daily July 30-Aug. 3, Wed-Sat at 6:30 pm, Sun at 3:30 pm. $5-$11/single game. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. spokaneindians.com BACKPACKING BASICS II REI hosts a small group session on how to cut weight and tailor your gear to best suit your needs for a backpacking trip. July 31, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei.com/spokane (328-9900) EIGHT LAKES LEGS ACHE 16th annual bike ride, offering routes of 15, 30, 45 or 75-miles, with the longest routes passing by eight area lakes. Proceeds benefit the Sexual Assault Family Trauma (SAFeT) Response Center of Lutheran Community Services NW. Aug. 2. $45$55. Start/finish at Group Health, 5615 Sunset Hwy. lcsnw.org (343-5020) GEOCACHING ON THE PACK RIVER DELTA This family-oriented activity introduces hikers to the popular sport of geocaching. Using a GPS, you search to find hidden containers of treasures on the Trout Creek segment of the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area. Meet at the East Bonner County Library in Sandpoint. Aug. 2, 10:30 am-3 pm. Free. idahoconservation.org/events (208-265-9565)
DIRTY DEEDS IN DALLAS Summer season production of an original, locally-written Western-themed melodrama. Through July 27, Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $16-$18. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth, Wallace. sixthstreetmelodrama.com (208-752-8871) LET’S MURDER MARSHA A dinner theater event performed by the Empire Theatre Co., telling the comedy of Marsha Gilmore as she tries to stop what she believes to be her own murder. July 23-Aug. 1, Wed-Sat at 6:30 pm. $25. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. etcspokane.com (327-8000) CDA SUMMER THEATRE: MY FAIR LADY Lerner and Loewe’s masterpiece is the centerpiece of CST’s 2014 season. Through July 27, Thurs-Sun at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Thurs.-7:30 pm and 2 pm through July 27. $27-$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cdasummertheatre.com (208-660-2958) TOMATO PLANT GIRL Outdoor theater performance on the Hartung lawn geared toward young audiences. Picnics welcome. July 24-26 and July 31-Aug. 2, all shows at 7 pm. $5/youth, $15/adults. U. of Idaho Hartung Theater, 709 Deakin, Moscow. uidaho.edu/class/ irt (208-885-6465) AVENUE Q Performance of the hit musical comedy. July 25-Aug 9, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) MUSICAL CABARET An evening of food, wine and song performed by the Idaho Reparatory Theater. Pre-show wine reception at 7 pm. July 25, 7:30 pm. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. uidaho. edu/class/irt (208-885-6465) OLIVER THE MUSICAL The classic Charles Dickens tale performed as a musical by a local cast of children and adults. Through July 27, Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 3 pm and 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $8-$14. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd
Ave. cytnorthidaho.org (208-277-5727) SYLVIA Performance of the play about a dog, written by A.R. Gurney, and performed by the Unknown Locals. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. panida.org (208-255-7801) THE EMPIRE SINGS FLAT Summer season production of an original, locallywritten Western-themed melodrama. July 30-Aug. 24, Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $16-$18. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth, Wallace. sixthstreetmelodrama.com (208-752-8871)
TINMAN’S GREATEST HITS A special sale featuring work by local professional artists who have exhibited at the gallery in the past 11 years, as owner Susan Bradley enters her retirement. Through July 26. Gallery hours Tues-Fri from 10 am-6 pm and Sat from 10 am-4 pm. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. tinmanartworks.com (325-1500) ART ON THE GREEN The 46th annual arts festival hosted by the Citizens’ Council for the Arts features more than 135 professional artists selling their work, along with local performers, hands-on art activities, food and more. Aug 1-3, Fri noon-7:30 pm, Sat 10 am-7:30 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. artonthegreencda.com (208-667-9346) DROP IN & DRAW: Drop into INK for 2 hrs. of creativity, with paper, crayons, pencils, and a creative challenge provided for inspiration. Grades K-12. Aug. 2, 10 am-noon. Free, registration required. Spokane INK Art Space, 224 W. Sprague Ave. inkspokane.org
ANNETTE DRAKE Reading and discussion with the author of “Bone Girl,” her second novel. July 24, 7 pm. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) MEET THE ARTIST: ERIN PRINGLETOUNGATE The 2012 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient reads from her work, hosts a Q&A and a writing activity. July 25, 2-3 pm. Free. Touchmark on South Hill, 2929 S. Waterford Dr. (536-2929) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM SHOWCASE Presentation by the team representing Spokane in the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland. July 25, 7-9 pm. Free; donations accepted. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) CLAIRE DAVIS & SHANN RAY A workshop, reading, and book signing (4:30 pm), themed “Writing from Mystery: The Inner Life of Characters in Poetry/ Fiction.” July 26, 1-4 pm. Free, registration required. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (208-255-4410) ROBERT WEST The retired Kootenai County coroner reads from and talks about his book “It Can (and Does) Happen Here” about his experiences on the job. July 30, 7 pm. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)
LOUIS DAVENPORT MONUMENT DEDICATION Public dedication of a new momument commemorating early Spokane businessman Louis Davenport, who built the famed downtown hotel of the same name. July 28, 2 pm. Free. Riverside Memorial Park, 211 N. Government Way. (838-1405) n
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Blonde In A Red Car I saw you at 2 pm July 11th, you beautiful blonde in a red car. We stared at each other at the light, 2 smiles and a wave goodbye. I was in a grey Denali. I hope you see this. E-mail me@ 28ayankeeschamp@ gmail.com Anthony’s I saw you at Anthony’s in Spokane. Beautiful blonde. You were serving. I think we made eye contact and shared a smile. I was havin a huckleberry lemonade at the bar. I’d sure like to meet you. I’ll be there in a plaid shirt. Psychedelic, Baby. Hot Spokane downtown evening on Saturday July 19th. Lincoln and 1st. My music blaring from my topless red jeep. You smiling in a white car. As I turned on 1st you yelled “what kind of music is that?” I could not answer due to the directional velocity and vector issues. But I can now. NeoPsychedelic genre. A British band nobody’s heard of: Dead Rabbits. Song: “Should have Known Better.” Change your life and listen to neopsychedelic music. It is the conduit for how happy born on the wings of electric angels fills the world around and inside you. Thanks for asking because you might dig it. Dig it. Kootenai Coffee You bought me coffee at Kootenai Coffee. I was so shocked and you were so beautiful I did not know how to respond. I would like to meet you again. Hopefully you will respond via inlander. Garage Sale Ann, met you at the garage sale, enjoyed meeting you. What a nice lady! I gave you my business card but too shy to ask for your phone number. How about lunch some time?
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Phone Bill Savior To the lady who paid my phone bill at Sprint. Thank you so much for helping a fellow single mother out. Your generosity and kindness is something I will pay forward! Many blessing to you! I Love You Babe! I can’t believe that it has already been 4 years since we have been together and I still can remember the first day we started dating. I was in Vegas while you were at a wedding and I didn’t want you to be with anyone else but me, so I decided to make it official with us. Ever since that day I have known I met someone very special. As the years go by my love continues to grow stronger by the day for you. You still give me those butterfly
White Nissan on Riverside Thank you for making my morning commute easier! I really appreciated the way you hung back and gave me space, rather than crowding me on my bike. I sincerely hope you got the parking spot that my car would have otherwise occupied if I had driven-- Spokane needs more considerate drivers like you!
Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “email@example.com” — not “firstname.lastname@example.org.” RE: Life Chin up! You and I are in the same boat, although I just got a job, and I am a full time student. But I am 28, and live at home with my folks; it was a temporary thing that turned into a two year thing, but I’m going back out into the big bad world on my ownsies this fall. Some advice perhaps? When I get into funks and have a shortage of support to convince me that I’m not a loser, I pursue selfimprovement. I started jogging (free), and working out with a trainer, I volunteered, I switched jobs, started writing, and got back in school. You’ll make friends in the process, just don’t complain about your life ever, be positive. Don’t rely so much on others to find happiness. No one is ever as happy as they make it seem on Facebook (fact) and most people are a-holes anyway. I’m sending a big hug your way. Cheer up! Eastern Washington Geneological Society Cheers and a HUGE THANK YOU to the ladies of the Eastern Washington Geneological Society - Mary Holcomb, Pat Ayers, and the rest of you - for helping our team, the Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project, to track down family of fallen Fireman Thomas E. Sparrow! We unveiled his memorial plaque, at the corner of Garland & Howard, on Tuesday July 15th (the 75th anniversary of his death), with 9 family members present, thanks to your hard work and passion! They would not have been there, had you not helped us with the Sparrow family history. They were thrilled to be a part of it, and honored to
Eli’s blanket I just don’t know where to find your mommy....but I saw you at Pine River Park on Wednesday, July 16th....you were in the little gazebo, folded and hung on the railing, lost and all alone. Your patchworked cuteness caught my eye, and when I picked you up, all I saw was the words “Eli November 3, 2013. If you would like to cuddle Eli again, reply to this post as soon as possible. I’ll wait for you forever. ABC Storage off of Pines Thanks for making me laugh on my way to work every day with your very clever signs. It is a good way to start the day. Dot Hello my love, it has been too long since I wrote you a cheers. If I had words to tell you or show you how much love I have in my heart and soul for you I would but there are not words beautiful enough. I have this beautiful ache in my being for you, like I have finally found the missing piece to the puzzle of life. I know there are times when we don’t always get along but I always love you. You are the person I want to talk to first in all situations, good days and bad, you are always who I want to share it with. We will probably always have disagreements, some worse than others, but as long as we always come back together, I will always be happy. I won’t give up on us because what we have was sent from heaven and to waste a gift like that would be the worst mistake of a lifetime. You are my partner in everything, my love, you are the person who at the end of the day is still there holding my hand and being my friend. You will forever be my always. Love, Moo
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Jeers Inconsiderate When you park your land yacht in the no-parking zone in front of the store you are three feet out in the traffic lane. When those of us with little children in the shopping basket try to exit in front of you the shopping basket (with kids) is three feet further out in the traffic lane than you are. That means that the little ones are six feet into traffic before we can see if it is safe to be there. Dropping off someone with a disability, or really old, I get it, maybe. Just too lazy to park and wait for the wife for five minutes? Inconsiderate dangerous ass. Stolen Bike I post this, due to the fact that my sons bike was stolen. Sunday morning. I was awoken to the fact that my sons bike was gone. Some piece of crap, had taken his bike ( A.K.A. his daily fun, joy, and summer-time entertainment.) I know the person who actually did the act of stealing my sons bike, isn’t reading this or smart enough to understand. I still needed a way to vent my frustration and anger towards the piece of S*#T!!! Question For Bodybuilders OK, last April I started to eat right and
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get a tip it should be because you gave excellent customer service. If you want $20 for someone to grab your ass go walk the tracks...I can’t believe you are bitching that you “only” get $50 in tips a night...plus you get your paychecks... it makes me sick. And why do baristas get tips? All you do is your job...for you to say if we don’t want to tip your snobby ass we shouldn’t come in your establishment makes me realize that I don’t want to go to it so please give me the name... also waitresses...if it’s busy and you are constantly pressuring the cooks to get your orders up so the service is quicker you should really share tips with the cooks and dishwashers...I’m sick of greedy “servers” don’t expect a dime just be grateful if your client feels you deserve some of their hard earned money...especially in this economy.
Unhappy Iced Mocha You ordered an iced mocha blended. When asking for clarification and voicing concern on the consistency of the drink you told me I need to work on my customer service skills. The hundreds of positive comments I have under my belt prove otherwise. You were clearly not having a good day from the start and just chose to take it out on me today. I know you know my name because you told me “you would remember it.” Please don’t come visit my store again and take your aggression out on the person that caused your terrible life next time. Work There’s an old saying I learned in college. Do what you love, love what you do. The idea is that if you do what you naturally enjoy, you’ll succeed in your work and be happy in life. Are you happy, or is your job just a meaningless daily grind? If it’s the latter, it might be time to say goodbye. You deserve to be happy. Work for the sake of work is BS. Between welfare, food shelves, unemployment, and numerous other forms of aid, you can get by until you’re on your feet with a profession that you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s a meaningless office job that sucks the life and individuality from you, out a back
Thief So, someone stole my three foot Buddha statue off my porch last night. It is not lost on me that it is somewhat ironic to be be so upset over the loss of a material object, but I am not as enlightened as all that. No one in my neighborhood saw anything. On the off chance that anyone happens to overhear anyone talking about a sweet, recently acquired Buddha statue that some idiot was foolish enough to leave unsupervised on their front steps, please encourage them to give it back. Healthcare Workers I work in a large healthcare facility. So many women that work here are fat. It’s healthcare, ladies, so let’s present the image of health. That means stop ordering pizza for lunches, get rid of those two gallon fish bowls of candy at your work stations, maybe pick the healthy option in the cafeteria, and walk or buy a bike or treadmill. Don’t get me wrong, there are some hotties working here also, but 85% of these women are fat. Job Opening All I hear from people is that there are no jobs. I have ads in several places and full union benefits health, dental and life and a good pension. Very good hourly wage. Barely any application’s and when people hear this is not a 9 to 5 job and they will have to work some Saturday’s I never hear from them again. What a joke. Tips We probably should get away from tipping. It inconveniences and in some cases demeans everyone involved. Look at a lot of European countries as an reference example. They see it as rude if you try to tip, which is happy fun times to discover when you don’t know that ahead of time. Of course, to make that happen you’ll have to pay more for your meal since new wages will have to be built in, previously unpaid by the employer. RE: Learn How To Tip First of all tipping is not a requirement. If you
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To My Older Sister You know that I know. Now all my friends on facebook know what you and some others stole from your niece and me. All my friends on Facebook are waiting to see what you’ll be returning to your niece and me. A letter is coming to you in the mail. Respond to it quickly. As a sister, YOU FAIL! RE: Pajama Pants I was raised to believe in modesty. People who wear excessive makeup and jewelry and fancy clothes to everyday occasions are materialistic and judgmental. You are lucky people like me are not interested in your petty and bourgeois behavior. Don’t try to define others by your standards. Maybe its laundry day, or maybe I just don’t feel like getting dressed for a job interview to get a f-n gallon of milk at 7am! I am going to wear my pajama pants to the store every day and log all of your dirty looks just because I think it’s funny that you’re bothered by the clothes I wear... it’s not like my boobs and crotch are hanging out all over the place! People who are so preoccupied by harmless behavior are superficial at the least, and probably have a lot of other issues too. Seriously. Get a life. Dogs In The Back of Pickups Jeers to the owners of the German Shepherd splattered all over the freeway on 7-15-14. Please people be smarter than your animals and keep them safe. Do not put them in the back of your pickups. Sometimes they die and it is a horrible way to go.
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what survived and what burned. The saving color was green. The lower Methow Valley and towns along the Columbia and Okanogan rivers are driven by the tree fruit economy. In the burned landscape, the green of wet, irrigated apple orchards sticks out, unharmed by the fast-moving fire burning dry sagebrush, the dominant vegetation of the central Washington high desert. Houses adjacent to orchards, or with areas of green, cleared defensible space, were spared. Seemingly everything else in sight was charred black.
Putting Out Fire – and Rumors
The scene in Pateros on Friday.
Where There’s Smoke
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Recovery is coming slowly after fire blackens the Methow Valley By Scott A. Leadingham
n a normal July Sunday, Alta Lake State Park and the nearby golf course would be buzzing with tourists and recreational users. Three days after a wildfire swept through, the dominant sound is not of boats in water and golf carts humming across fairways, but of recovery and shock. People sift through the ashes of their lives, dozens of homes gone. Journalists click away with cameras. TV crews interview one displaced resident after another. A shed full of golf carts burned, leaving nothing but the twisted metal of wheels and flimsy frames. It’s one of many scenes once thought unimaginable, now painfully real, after the Carlton Complex Fire raged late Thursday, July 17 and early Friday, July 18. As of Monday, July 21, the fire, which had started as multiple lightning-sparked incidents a week before in the Methow Valley, had ballooned to nearly 300,000 acres. The number of homes and structures burned was still unknown, with reports estimating between 150 and 200. The final count won’t be known for some time. With a catastrophe this size and so spread out, the true scope is difficult to take in. A few short miles down Highway 153 from Alta Lake, the town of Pateros was reeling Friday from what had happened a few terrifying hours earlier. Carol Hamshaw stood overlooking the smoldering rubble of where the house of her daughter — the mayor
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of Pateros — once stood. Directly behind it, Hamshaw’s house also burned. “Pretty ugly, isn’t it?” Hamshaw says, embracing a friend who had just walked up. In the immediate area around her house, at least 15 — and likely more — houses burned down. Hamshaw says she had only a few minutes notice before the fire raced down the steep hillside that abuts Pateros. She knocked on the door of a neighbor, waking him, and they got out just in time. The fire burned south through town, jumped Highway 97, and ended its southern advance at the Columbia River. It continued to move westward toward Lake Chelan and eastward toward Brewster and Malott. By Friday morning, Hamshaw had learned that her brother had also lost his house, in the golf course community near Alta Lake. One point of luck: Her granddaughter’s playhouse somehow survived, standing eerily over a field of charred lives, suddenly the tallest structure in the immediate area — not counting the chimneys with no houses left around them.
Green and Black
From Pateros to Alta Lake, which are low in the Methow Valley at the confluence of the Methow and Columbia rivers, north to the higher terrain of Carlton and Twisp, one dominant theme emerges: the difference between
As quickly as wildfire spreads, or tornadoes obliterate towns, so does misinformation travel. With the ease of sharing allowed by social media, rumors and untruths about what had and had not burned were almost impossible to stop. Erroneous news media reports that the core of downtown Pateros — a gas station/restaurant/hotel on the waterfront — had burned were flying before the light of Friday morning. On Sunday, July 20, Jeanette Palmer sits in the very gas station that supposedly burned, greeting her fellow townspeople. As the owner of the Chevron and adjacent hotel, she’s responsible for 50 employees. She doesn’t know how those rumors started, but wished people — and news media — would stop spreading them. “If I don’t see it, I don’t believe it,” she says, glancing down at her cellphone and stopping to chat with a resident. The sense in the gas station is that it’s a place to meet, to say hi, to get information, to relax, to get a cold beverage and take a few minutes See more pictures and video away from the stress of recovfrom the Methow Valley and ering from a major disaster. Pateros at Inlander.com. It’s also one of the few places in the area on this day with power — because of “a called-in favor,” Palmer says — due to a generator. With the generator, gas pumps can run, and a limited amount of food and beverages stay chilled. Signs on the door say “Cash Only.” With no phone lines functional for the entire area from Pateros to Winthrop, there are no credit card transactions. It’s almost quaint.
Quaint also can describe the town of Twisp, 34 miles up the Methow Valley from Pateros. Among its many outdoor recreation and arts-themed stores is the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, a local must-go for breakfast and lunch. If this were an ordinary Sunday in the height of tourist season, a late-morning breakfast crowd would be lined up nearly out the door. Today, though, with no power in the valley, and tourists staying away due to the fire, the streets are relatively empty. That is, except for a table outside the bakery. Employee Dara Farmer is handing out coffee and fruit — for fire victims or anyone else stopping by to chat. “Coffee is somehow a magical connector for the sleep-deprived and the stressed,” Farmer says. “Coffee isn’t always just coffee.” A donation jar isn’t out to offset the costs, but to fund-raise for victims. One of the bakery’s 15 summer employees lost her house. More than a fund-raiser, though, it’s a place to lend an ear, or share information, a kind of local watering hole where everybody probably knows your name. People come not just for coffee, but to cope. “I give hugs 24/7,” Farmer says. n
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