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ext year, should she run again, Cathy McMorris Rodgers will more than likely be re-elected. Given her record, my question is, why does she win so easily? To review: The Republican sea change began during the 1994 midterms. No race was more symbolic and important to Republicans than defeating our own Speaker of the House, Tom Foley. To do this, they poured in money and talent from outside, and took advantage of an oddly lackluster campaign run by the Foley camp. About her record: McMorris Rodgers represents one of the poorest districts in the state, yet she opposes (or supports budget cuts, which is another way of saying “opposes”) every policy designed to help out — Planned Parenthood, Community Development Block Grants, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, early childhood development, equal pay for women, SNAP, minimum wage, gun control… you name it. CDBG money, keep in mind, was essential to the renaissance of the Browne’s Addition and South Perry neighborhoods. She plays off her leadership role as Chair of the House Republican Conference, but then ducks out on taking responsibility for her caucus’ disastrously incompetent conduct. Why is it that Democrats have allowed her to escape taking some responsibility for the mess?

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cMorris Rodgers’ Congress recently scored the lowest public approval rating in Gallup polling history. President Obama’s approval rating, while not impressive, is still three times higher than the rating of the Congress that McMorris Rodgers claims to lead. The suspicion is that she isn’t a real leader. A real leader would make a difference. A real leader would be making the case that, the caucus aside, the incoming (assuming that they ever find an “incoming”) Speaker should end the fraudulent Benghazi investigation, and do it before Hillary Clinton testifies again and makes Republican members look like bigger fools than she did the previous time she testified. And with a national election in mind, a real leader would be working to take the Planned Parenthood non-issue issue off the table — it works for the far right of the Republican base, but it’s disastrous for everyone else, including their eventual presidential nominee, as public opinion polls show. A real leader also would be working to take the prospect of a government shutdown off the table — this is a national issue with huge local impacts. As things stand, her House caucus might well force the issue again, within a month or so. This time, however, President Obama has, for good reason, thrown down the gauntlet. He has said that he will no longer go along with the

gag; no more stopgap decisions to avoid shutting down the government. The next time McMorris Rodgers’ dysfunctional House tries to shut down the government — this time in an election year — the president says that he won’t blink. Nor should he. She might at least be making the case that threatening to shut the government down is a really dumb thing to do — as Newt Gingrich found, it was the quickest way to lose the Speaker job. In other words, she seems to want it both ways — claim to be a leader, but when push comes to shove, diminish her own role. Aided by voter suppression and gerrymandering, Republicans can control the House at least through the next census, and possibly the Senate as well. But they can’t win a national campaign on their preferred agenda: social Darwinism; pietistic, anti-women’s rights; antiminorities; anti-labor; anti-city; pro-big money; xenophobic, knee-jerk opposition to even the most modest, common-sense gun regulations.


or Democrats to win, they must frame local concerns with reference to national needs and vice versa — that’s their strength. In our system of government, sometimes that’s a real trick. But today, even more than in 1994, serious national problems are begging to be addressed constructively. We’re facing all kinds of profound issues — the threat of rising health costs, infrastructure deterioration, the highest level of income inequality since the late 19th century, global warming, nagging unemployment of the younger generation, the future of national security during a time of great global change, trade policies and much more. Given the dismal state of affairs, especially in the House — which, again, has all taken place on her watch — you would think that McMorris Rodgers could be challenged more effectively than Foley was in 1994. But this will happen only if Democrats get their act together and the national party recognizes the symbolic importance of defeating a House leader. The reality is that the Republican Party, at one time a right-of-center party, has been ideologically motivated since 1994, ideologically defined since 2008, increasingly inept since 2010 and a national embarrassment since 2014. It is indeed painful to recall that just over 20 years ago, Tom Foley represented the 5th District. How far we have fallen. Yet we seem not to care, nor demand better. n


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olitical campaigns are often won by whoever can define the candidates. John Kerry was defined as a windsurfing flipflopper and was never able to recover. As soon as Mitt Romney became known as an out-of-touch millionaire, equally heartless in firing workers and tying his own dog to the roof of his car, he never had a chance. This week an ugly robocall in Sandpoint, my adopted hometown, effectively defined the candidates in the race for mayor — although perhaps not in the way the caller

hoped. The call attacked city council president and mayoral candidate Shelby Rognstad, questioning his sexual orientation and implying in only slightly coded language that his policies would bring violent black gangsters to town, replacing country tunes with rap music. The caller specifically suggested that Rognstad’s support for affordable housing would turn Sandpoint into Ferguson, Missouri. Before I go on, I have to note that the implication that what is wrong with Ferguson is the concentration of communities of color who live there is pretty damn offensive — and not supported by the facts. When police

officers kill black teenagers under circumstances that are questionable at best, it’s not those teenagers’ families who are to blame. Nearly as upsetting is the classist proposition advanced by the caller that having affordable places for people to live is bad for Sandpoint — that somehow by creating space for people of all incomes, we are harming rather than enriching our community. I could continue to go through the call point by racist, homophobic, classist point. However, you can just go and listen to the call yourself (there’s a link on Inlander. com). If you’re not as offended as I am, then first, there is something deeply wrong with you, and second, nothing I have to say about that call is going to change your mind. Here’s what really matters: Despite its failings or perhaps because of them, the call has successfully defined the race for the next mayor of Sandpoint. The question for Sandpoint voters: Are you going to vote for Rognstad or with the racists who oppose him? Rognstad has been elevated from a mild, centrist civic leader into a community hero fighting against racism and homophobia. In Sandpoint, this is possibly the best position a candidate could find themselves in. Because if there is one thing Sandpoint desperately doesn’t want to be, it’s racist. People there overwhelmingly despise the stereotypes of North Idaho as a haven for white supremacists and are proud of having created institutions like the Bonner County Human Rights Board. Recently deceased former Sandpoint Mayor Gretchen Hellar was well-respected for her part, prior to being elected, in largely driving white supremacists out of town. I know Rognstad’s opponent and don’t believe he is even a little bit racist or had anything to do with this robocall, which is part of why I am not tarnishing him by using his name here. In this election, Rognstad is most vocally opposed by the out-of-town supporters of State Rep. Heather Scott, who earlier this year was photographed proudly displaying a Confederate flag in a local parade. Scott has also been a consistent critic of Sandpoint, including its ordinance protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Next month, Sandpoint will get to again declare their support for everyone who lives within their community, and I have little doubt that they will again tell those who attempt to spread racism in their town to get lost. n John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, studied at the College of Idaho and currently resides in Seattle. He has been active in protecting the environment, expanding LGBT rights and Idaho’s Republican Party politics.

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HOLLY ROBERTSON: Four MILLION dollars of taxpayers’ money that could be better used somewhere else. Like roads, schools and helping the homeless. DUANE COULTER: They hired him to come in and clean house. Then fire him for pissing people off? Write the check and fire the frickin’ mayor next election. PAT DRISCOLL: Once more a Spokane cop sues the city after being fired. If history is any indicator, he’ll win, get the money, and get his job back. Someday the city will read its own policy guidelines to find out the appropriate way to fire someone. BLAIN GOODING: But when they wrongfully terminate someone’s life, it’s an “Apology” and they expect you to chalk it up to the game. GARY WALTON: Why does no one remember Mayor Condon forced this man on the city when everyone else was against hiring him? Mayor Condon owns this mistake. ANDY JENSEN JR.: Technically the state of Washington is an at-will state, meaning they can excuse him for any reason they deem worthy. Unless it states otherwise in the police union. 

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Dissenter vs. Newbie Councilman Mike Fagan is often the only “no” vote on an issue. But is that a reason to say “yes” to challenger Randy Ramos? BY JAKE THOMAS


pokane City Councilman Mike Fagan has a tendency to use the phrase “I’ll tell you something,” and refer to his audience as “folks.” Tonight, those folks are approximately 300 students at North Central High School gathered for the Chase Youth Commission candidates forum, and his voice fills the room as he explains his controversial stances on vaccines, equal pay and other topics. When it’s time for Randy Ramos, a first-time candidate challenging Fagan, to respond, he admits he’s “especially nervous” about this event and speaks softly into the microphone, expressing near disbelief at his opponent’s positions. As the forum wraps up, Fagan says District 1, regarded as the poorest in the city, is about to experience explosive growth, and he hopes he’ll be on the council when it happens. “Through my first term on the council, I’ve gained knowledge, I’ve gained experience and I’ve forged wonderful relationships, and I want to be there to help people navigate through it all,” says Fagan.

But his relationships on the council haven’t always been wonderful. As the most conservative member of a left-leaning city council, Fagan has frequently cast “no” votes, sparked controversy and sparred with other councilmembers, all while touting his constituent outreach efforts. His opponents say his approach isn’t helping his district, and they’re hoping that Ramos, a respected community leader and political newbie who has had campaign missteps, can unseat him.


agan was elected to Spokane City Council in 2011, a year after he unsuccessfully spearheaded an initiative on behalf of Spokane Patriots, a Tea Party of Spokane splinter group, that would have undone city sustainability programs. Since being elected, he’s staked out positions further to the right than the council’s business-oriented conservatives, often casting the sole “no” vote. He’s opposed bonds and levies for schools, roads and the revitalization of Riverfront Park. He’s voted against extending hours at a library in his district and has been the only “no” vote


on ordinances ranging from a popular pilot program for mini parks to another targeting wage theft. “I still believe government is by, for and of the people,” says Fagan. “And if the people are not supportive, I am going to vote their wishes.” During his time on the council, he’s continued his work with Tim Eyman, an anti-tax initiative crusader who has come under scrutiny recently after a state investigation concluded he illicitly pocketed campaign money. In 2013, Fagan faced an ethics complaint after he called Gov. Jay Inslee a “lying whore” in a fundraising letter for his initiative group Voters Want More Choices, which was later dismissed. Fagan says he regrets the word choice but defends the sentiment. Councilman Jon Snyder says it was one of the many “bizarre” incidents he’s experienced with Fagan. Snyder says Fagan is out of touch with his district, citing his voting record and his remarks on immigrants. “District 1 has a lot of immigrants. Rogers [High School] has a lot,” says Snyder. “And when someone starts railing against crime and disease and connecting it to immigrants, it’s a slap in their face.” In February, Fagan made national news and was nearly removed from the health board after questioning the safety of vaccines and linking measles outbreaks to immigrants. Ramos, meanwhile, takes issue with Fagan’s opposition to efforts to address gender- and race-based pay disparities among city workers. He also faults Fagan for supporting an initiative petition that would reverse an ordinance preventing city employees from inquiring into people’s immigration status. “His words and his record speak for itself,” says Ramos. “I’ll leave it at that.” ...continued on next page




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ince graduating from Spokane Tribal College in 2012, Ramos worked as a life skills coach at a drug treatment center and as a recruiter for the college. As a recruiter, Ramos spent time at homeless shelters and community courts, looking for unconventional students to attend the college. The experience, he says, gave him a close look at Spokane’s social problems. When his contract with the college ended in July, Ramos intended to continue his education. But a friend suggested he’d have a greater platform on city council to address the lack of jobs, inadequate mental health services and need for affordable housing. “I was seeing that there’s a lot more in this community that needs to be addressed before you can get to higher education, which is something I feel strongly about,” he says. Shelly Wynecoop, director of the college, describes Ramos, a 2014 Peirone Prize winner for community service, as passionate about helping the underprivileged, and it seems natural to her that he would run. But Ramos has had some stumbles. The 36-year-old had never registered to vote until February of this year. He nearly lost the primary to Ben Krauss, who effectively quit campaigning, and it was revealed that Ramos has a DUI conviction from 2009. Neither Council President Ben Stuckart nor Mayor David Condon has been as involved in this race as they are in others. Stuckart says he’d vote for Ramos if he was in his district, but hasn’t

formally endorsed him. Fagan says Condon has endorsed him, but not as publicly as he has other candidates. Although Ramos has broad support from organized labor, the union representing municipal workers declined to endorse anyone in the race. “We’re not sure what’s going on with Randy’s campaign,” says Jim Tieken, the union’s political action coordinator. “We just haven’t seen much of Randy, unfortunately.” Noting that Spokane has a large population of urban Indians, Snyder says Ramos, a descendant of the Colville Tribe, would bring a valuable perspective, among other qualities. However, Snyder has concerns, saying Ramos should have disclosed his DUI early on. Running in a poor district, Ramos has had his own struggles with money. According to his financial disclosure forms filed in July, Ramos, a single father of four, had $600 in his bank account and made $12 an hour from his recruiter job. Currently, Ramos renovates houses when not campaigning. “It is tough at times, extremely tough,” he says. “But that’s why I’m running. I want to make sure that people with similar experiences have a better quality life.”


n the council, Fagan has tried unsuccessfully to regulate bikini baristas, and his biggest legislative accomplishment is placing a proposition changing how the mayor’s salary is determined on the August ballot, a


Randy Ramos, a first-time candidate, out on the campaign trail. measure that was approved by voters. He’s content with his few legislative victories. “You don’t always affect change in the city by changing policy and law because what you can do as an alternative is be an advocate,” says Fagan, 55, who describes himself as a “servant leader.” Some in his district say they disagree with Fagan, but when it comes to constituent services, he sets his politics aside. They say he attends neighborhood council and business association meetings, explains what’s going on at City Hall, returns phone calls and helps citizens navigate municipal government. Luke Tolley lost to Fagan in the 2011 race. But now as chair of the Hillyard neighborhood council, he calls Fagan a “model councilman” for how well he communicates with constituents. Fagan also has been praised by the local taxi association, and the Guardians Foundation, a veteran’s support nonprofit, plans to name a new housing facility after Fagan for helping them obtain a fundraising permit in Spokane that bolstered their finances. “Politically, he and I are kind of on the opposite spectrum,” Colleen Gardner, co-chair of the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood Council, says of Fagan. “But I don’t worry about that, because a neighborhood couldn’t ask for a better person.” n

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LAWYERED UP In its campaign against the Worker Bill of Rights — a ballot proposition that’s expected to impact the local economy if voters pass it in November — the Alliance to Protect Local Jobs argues that it’s not only a bad idea, but it’s being driven by an “EAST COAST LAW FIRM” that wants to make Spokane part of its broader agenda. That law firm is the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which its supporters and critics both say has been involved with efforts to steadily uproot entrenched legal precedents starting at the local level. The campaign for the Worker Bill of Rights says that the law firm has had limited involvement. (JAKE THOMAS)

GONE PHISHING The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office sniffed out two PHONE SCAMS asking for money and personal information. The first is a call claiming to be from the Kootenai County Jail and asking for a credit card number to put money on an inmate’s phone account. The second asks family members of recently deceased veterans for money to bring a life insurance policy up to date. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says his office sees a new jail-related scam about once a month, but no arrests have been made in connection with either of the two scams. (MITCH RYALS)


‘A Loaded Financial Gun’ Torture architects Mitchell and Jessen get sued; plus, the Spokane City Council gets feisty


When the CIA wanted psychologists to help them create an “enhanced interrogation” program after 9/11, they turned to two psychologists in Spokane. James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen have since become infamous — blamed by human rights activists for assisting the government in developing a slew of different torture techniques. On Tuesday, the ACLU announced it was suing the pair in a U.S. district court in the Eastern District of Washington on behalf of “TORTURE SURVIVORS” Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and on behalf of the family of Gul Rahman. Subjected to CIA interrogation at a “black site” in Afghanistan, Rahman died of hypothermia, the ACLU claims, in part because he was forced to sit on a bare concrete floor without pants. In the suit, the ACLU asked for more than $75,000 in compensatory damages, additional punitive and exemplary damages, and a jury trial. “The terrible torture I suffered at the hands of the CIA still haunts me,” Salim says in a press release. “This lawsuit is about achieving justice. No person should ever have to endure the horrors that these two men inflicted.” Mitchell, who allegedly waterboarded Al-Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, pushed back against his critics in a 2014 Guardian interview. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and

make a decision without the benefit of hindsight, and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later,” Mitchell said. (DANIEL WALTERS)


Things got a little awkward at Monday night’s Spokane City Council meeting when the council took a stand against a statewide ballot initiative being co-sponsored by one of its own members. Councilman Mike Fagan is a co-sponsor, along with initiative guru Tim Eyman, of INITIATIVE 1366, which will appear on the November ballot. If it passes, it will cut the state sales tax from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent, resulting in $8 billion less in revenue over the next six years. That scenario, under the initiative, can be avoided if lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Councilwoman Amber Waldref sponsored the resolution opposing the initiative, which she said could jeopardize Spokane’s expected medical school, result in tuition hikes at colleges and cause reductions to social services and health programs. “[Initiative] 1366 is like a loaded financial gun at the head of the average Washingtonian,” said Councilman Jon Snyder.

Fagan responded by saying that there is broad support in the state for the idea that it should be harder for the legislature to raise taxes. As a citizen activist for the past 16 years, Fagan says he was convinced that this was the only way to stop future tax increases. “I’ve seen how Olympia works,” he said. But despite his protests, the council passed the resolution 5-0; Fagan abstained and Councilman Mike Allen was absent. (JAKE THOMAS)


When the Spokane County Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Board met last month, they agreed to examine the investigation that cleared a deputy of criminal charges in the death of Spokane Valley teen RYAN HOLYK. The 19-member group also promised increased transparency after a petition called for independent oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. The advisory board, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has said, already provides that. But when the group gathered for its monthly meeting earlier this week, the media and citizen observers were met with an agenda that indicated the Holyk case would be discussed in executive session. “My biggest problem is this is being made out to be a transparent thing when it isn’t,” says Rob Lee, who created the petition for more oversight. Lee has been critical of the Sheriff’s Office ever since his son sat in solitary confinement in the county jail without his medication. Knezovich says the board went into executive session because its members were receiving materials and instructions regarding the Holyk investigation, which is currently in the middle of a lawsuit. Members were given two binders full of material that included reports by Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team. (MITCH RYALS)

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FROM LEFT: Mayor David Condon, City Attorney Nancy Isserlis and City Administrator Theresa Sanders are named in a $4 million claim filed by ousted Police Chief Frank Straub.

The Terminators

Why some say the city of Spokane doesn’t know how to fire people correctly BY MITCH RYALS


drian Dominguez can empathize with Frank Straub. Dominguez says that like Spokane’s ousted police chief, he too was forced from his position — in his case, a seat on the volunteer ombudsman commission — after what he characterizes as a sham investigation by the city administration. Dominguez says investigators interviewed him for less than 15 minutes, didn’t take any notes and asked less than a dozen questions. “The process... was anything but fair,” he says. “They never told us what we were being investigated for and never told us what the complaints were. They already made up their minds that they wanted the three of us out of there.” Straub, who says he received similar treatment when he was forced out three weeks ago, has filed a $4 million claim (a precursor to a lawsuit) against the city, naming Mayor David Condon, City Attorney Nancy Isserlis and City Administrator Theresa Sanders. He accuses the city of violating his federal due process rights by releasing two letters from top-ranking police officials without conducting a “name-clearing hearing.” The letters allege that officers were frustrated with Straub’s profanity-laced emotional outbursts, degradation of officers’ character, personal attacks and untruthfulness. In the claim, Straub’s attorney Mary Schultz suggests that the mayor’s decision to release the letters was politically motivated, referring to his re-election campaign. City leaders declined, through spokesman Brian Coddington, to comment on Straub’s claim, the investigation into the ombudsman commission and two other personnel decisions. Isserlis and Sanders also did not return repeated calls seeking comment. The city of Spokane’s history of bungling termina-


tions, however, is well established, says Bob Dunn, a local trial lawyer who’s won millions of dollars for several former city employees. Dunn says the blame lies with the mayor, the city attorney and city administrator. “It’s not hard to fire employees, you just have to do it the right way,” Dunn says. “That seems to be the issue with the city. They haven’t figured out how to do it correctly.”


cott Chesney, the city’s former planning director, was forced from his position by Jan Quintrall, the former division director of business and development services. Their spat was over developer negotiations, department spending and communication clashes within the department. His dismissal took many people by surprise, including Chesney himself. Condon backed Quintrall’s decision despite pushback from prominent developers and city councilmembers, who wrote a letter to the mayor in support saying Chesney “turned a culture of ‘no’ into a culture of ‘yes, we can do better.’” Although Chesney doesn’t hold any ill will against the city or the mayor, he regrets what he thinks was lost. “We serve at the pleasure of the mayor, and when something changes you have to accept those terms,” he says. “I’m disappointed to have left. I thought there was work we started that was good, but I chose to leave and get on with my life.” In the case of Scott Stephens, a former assistant chief and 27-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, the consequences for taxpayers were costlier. Stephens served as interim police chief until Condon appointed Straub in 2012. Soon after taking the job,

Straub demoted Stephens from assistant chief to captain, and the next day he was put on paid administrative leave. Condon promised that the public would be given an explanation within a few weeks. But more than two months after Stephens was put on paid leave, Condon hired a retired U.S. District judge to oversee the investigation into allegations of comments Stephens made to a co-worker. As the Inlander reported, after hearing of his demotion, in an emotional conversation with a co-worker, Stephens allegedly said he was “going to go home and get a rifle.” Stephens has denied that he made those comments through Dunn, his attorney, and filed a damage claim against the city to the tune of $750,000 for violation of his First Amendment rights, invasion of privacy, wrongful termination and emotional distress. The city settled with Stephens, and taxpayers were on the hook for $190,000 — about a year’s salary and benefits for an assistant chief — in a deal that Condon called “fair for all.” “As we’ve noticed in the past, if you don’t do things with a deliberate approach, with a purposeful method, these cases can be much worse,” Condon said after announcing terms of the settlement.


ominguez, for his part, was one of the original five members of the volunteer Office of Police Ombudsman Commission. A whistleblower complaint by the office staffer claimed that three of its commissioners, including Dominguez, disrespected her. The city launched an investigation, and Dominguez and Kevin Berkompas, who was also named, resigned. The third commissioner, Rachel Dolezal, was forced out. Their departure crippled the commission and further delayed the hiring of a police ombudsman. “They just wanted us out because the three of us were really vocal and frustrated with the whole process,” Dominguez says. “I feel [the investigation] was something by the mayor’s office to look like they were doing something, but they weren’t doing anything. I’m a volunteer and trying to affect change, but the city was the roadblock in this whole thing.” For Deb Conklin, the current commission chair and a former attorney, what should have been an objective factfinding investigation into accusations of workplace tension

ended up in a one-sided report that didn’t follow due process. First, the investigating agency, Winston & Cashatt, is where Isserlis worked before Condon made her the city attorney. Isserlis is also the chair of the ombudsman selection committee, one source of the commissioners’ frustrations. “It was totally inappropriate to hire the law firm with her former colleagues,” Conklin says of Isserlis’ decision. Conklin says the final report also lacks objectivity. “The report was presented as an objective investigation, and it wasn’t,” she says. “It was a writing that defended one specific position and presented all the evidence in support of that position.” She points to examples where the report cites accusations made by the complainant as fact without reporting that they were contested in interviews.


or his part, Straub is not trying to sue the city for wrongful termination. He is an at-will employee, which means, like Chesney, the mayor can fire him whenever he wants. The issue, as Straub sees it, is that the city didn’t give him a chance to respond to the accusations in the letters. By On the heels of Frank Straub’s $4 million releasing them, the city claim, mayoral challenger Shar Lichty filed damaged his reputaethics complaints against two of Mayor tion and future job Condon’s cabinet members — one against prospects. city spokesman Brian Coddington, the other The big question against City Administrator Theresa Sanders. for Dunn is whether The complaints stem from shifting explanaStraub was actually tions for personnel moves within the police fired or if he resigned. department. In a letter accompanySanders originally told the Spokesmaning the claim for damReview that former police spokeswoman ages, Schultz, Straub’s Monique Cotton’s $9,000 pay bump was an attorney, empha“enticement” to move to the Parks Departsizes that he was fired. ment, and that she had no knowledge of However, Condon’s issues between Cotton and Straub. Sanders emailed statement later admitted that she was aware of the immediately following problem. Mayor Condon has said the pay news of the claim said increase was not an “enticement.” in part: “We received Coddington denied knowledge of a signed resignation letStraub’s departure the day after the former ter Tuesday morning.” chief says he was told he was being forced One factor the from his job. When asked by Spokesman claim considers is the reporter Nick Deshais a few hours before public records law the city made the official announcement, that determines when Coddington denied knowledge of the ouster, a complaint against a saying: “I have not heard that. I don’t believe public employee can be that’s accurate.” released. According to “I provided the most current information local attorney Breean available when I was asked,” Coddington told Beggs, complaints, the Inlander, declining to comment further such as the ones in the citing the pending complaint. (MITCH RYALS) letters, are generally releasable. The only question is how much redacting is necessary. If a complaint is made but not substantiated, for example, it is still a releasable public document, in general, but the names must be redacted. Complaints found to be true are releasable without redactions. Schultz argues that Straub had a right to a “name-clearing hearing” before any accusations were released to the public. “The unnecessary publication of those letters is not allowable because they are completely untested and uninvestigated,” she says. “He had no opportunity to address those and try to clear his name before they were released to the public. That’s a violation of due process.” She suspects the situation will have ramifications for the city’s ability to hire quality employees in the future. “Any other potential police chief coming into this community is going to look at the way we’ve treated them,” she says. “That’s going to be a serious problem for the city.” n



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Bowe’s Aim As a military officer recommends against jail for former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl, more information about why he left has been revealed BY DANIEL WALTERS


ven in Spokane Valley, 320 miles away from his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, the image of Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl hung from a billboard on Sprague Avenue. Bring Bowe Bergdahl home, the billboard pleaded. But when Bergdahl was finally released in a prisoner swap on May 31, 2014, after nearly five years in captivity, not everyone gave him a hero’s welcome. As reports about the reason for his capture began circulating — he walked off base intentionally — outrage flowed from conservative quarters. There are those, like Donald Trump, who say Bergdahl should be hanged for treason. In March, the military charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy — actions that could leave him sentenced to life in prison. The charge raised the grim possibility that five Taliban prisoners had been released so a deserter could be freed from captivity in Afghanistan, only to be sent to captivity in America. But on Saturday, Bergdahl’s lawyer announced that Lt. Col. Mark Visger, in charge of Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing last month, had recommended that Bergdahl not face jail time or a punitive discharge. In a revelatory transcript from last month’s hearing, Kenneth Dahl, deputy commanding general at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, spoke about how he’d been tasked to investigate Bergdahl’s disappearance. His investigation took nearly 60 days. He and his team interviewed 57 people. Just speaking with Bergdahl himself, Dahl says, lasted a day and half. “Frankly, at the end of that, I had no more questions to ask him and he had [no] more story to tell me,” Dahl says. “So we exhausted each other, and we were done.” Dahl describes what he learned about Bergdahl’s past and personality, about his weak interpersonal skills, his idealism and his “outsized impressions of his own capabilities.” Bergdahl’s intense sense of morality, Dahl argues, was shaped by works like Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and in particular its hero John Galt, a genius individualist willing to risk arrest and torture to strike a blow against a merciless bureaucratic machine. Even before he landed in Afghanistan, Bergdahl began developing contempt for the military leadership. While still in Alaska, Dahl recounts the battalion command sergeant major telling Bergdahl’s unit that they all had joined the Army to “rape, kill, pillage, plunder.” “You know, so did I,” the sergeant major said, according to Dahl. But that’s not what they were going over to Afghanistan for, he continued. They were there to help the Afghans. Bergdahl, unlike the rest of his unit, interpreted it literally — that the sergeant major had actually joined the army to be a thieving racist. As wildly wrong as Bergdahl’s interpretation was,

Dahl said, Bergdahl truly seemed to believe it. In Afghanistan, his concerns about leadership only intensified. “He felt that it was his responsibility to do something to intervene before something dangerous or something negative Bowe Bergdahl is from happened, you know, to his platoon,” Dahl said. Hailey, Idaho Since Bergdahl didn’t trust his immediate command, Dahl said, his plan was to sneak off base and run to Forward Operating Base Sharana, then demand to speak to a general about his concerns. Instead, hours after leaving the base, he was captured by the Taliban. Terrence Russell, with the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, testified that he had debriefed Bergdahl extensively about Taliban captivity. Bergdahl told Russell he was starved, tied to a bed frame to let his muscles atrophy, and beaten with copper cable. For more than three years, Bergdahl had “uncontrollable diarrhea,” lived in filth and had to use his own urine to clean his muddy hands. “The children, one of them Mullah Sangeen’s son, has a chain, and he beats Sergeant Bergdahl with the chain on the way to the toilet and back,” Russell said. “Sergeant Bergdahl was held in conditions that if it were a dog, you’d be thrown in jail for pet abuse.” Russell said Bergdahl never gave up trying to escape. During one attempt, he managed to last for more than eight days, eating grass to survive, before being recaptured. Military prosecutor Margaret Kurz stressed that the hearing was not just about Bergdahl’s experience. “[It’s about] the unit, the soldiers, the task force who searched for him for months in the heat, and dirt, and sweat, and misery of Afghanistan in July and August 2009,” she said. Despite claims to the contrary in the media, Dahl said he did not find any evidence that the search for Bergdahl had resulted in a soldier being killed. “I think he recognizes he was young and naïve and inexperienced,” Dahl said. Prison, Dahl said, would be an “inappropriate” punishment. Bergdahl’s ordeal isn’t quite over yet. Visger’s recommendation against jailing Bergdahl will be reviewed by a four-star general before the final decision is made. But among those who’ve spoken with him, there’s no question that Bergdahl is no longer the naïve idealist he once was. “His experience ranks at the same echelon of the most horrible conditions of captivity that we’ve seen in the last 60 years,” Russell said. n

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Ignored some of the biggest news of the past year never got to most of the public

By Tim Redmond


When Sonoma State University professor Carl Jensen started looking into the news media’s practice of self-censorship in 1976, the Internet was only a dream and most computers were still big mainframes with whirling tape reels and vacuum tubes. Back then, the vast majority of Americans got all of their news from one daily newspaper and one of the three big TV networks. If a story wasn’t on ABC, NBC or CBS, it might as well not have happened. Nearly 40 years later, the media world is a radically different place. Today, Americans are more likely to get their news from several different sources through Facebook than they would from the CBS Evening News. Daily newspapers all over the country are struggling and, in some cases, dying. A story that appears on one obscure outlet can suddenly become a viral sensation, reaching millions of readers at the speed of light. And yet, as Jensen’s Project Censored group found, there are still numerous big, important news stories that receive very little exposure. As Project Censored staffers Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth note, 90 percent of U.S. news media — the traditional outlets that employ full-time reporters — are controlled by six corporations. “The corporate media hardly represent the mainstream,” the staffers write in the current edition’s introduction. “By contrast, the independent journalists that Project Censored has celebrated since its inception are now understood as vital components of what experts have identified as the newly developing ‘networked fourth estate.’” Jensen set out to frame a new definition of censorship. He put out an annual list of the 10 biggest stories that the mainstream media ignored, arguing that it was a failure of the corporate press to pursue and promote these stories that represented censorship. Not by the government, but by the media itself. “My definition starts with the other end,

with the failure of information to reach people,” he writes. “For the purposes of this project, censorship is defined as the suppression of information, whether purposeful or not, by any method — including bias, omission, underreporting, or self-censorship, which prevents the public from fully knowing what is happening in the world.” Jensen died at 85 in April 2015, but his project was inherited and carried on by Sonoma State sociology professor Peter Phillips and Huff, who teaches social science and history at Diablo Valley College. Under their leadership, the Project has at times veered off into the loony world of conspiracies and 9/11 “truther” territory. A handful of stories included in the annual publication — to be kind — were difficult to verify. That’s caused a lot of us in the alternative press to question the validity of the annual list. But Huff, who is now project director, and Roth, the associate director, have expanded and tightened up the process of selecting stories. Project staffers and volunteers first fact-check nominations to make sure they are valid news reports. Then a panel of 28 judges, mostly academics, with a few journalists and media critics, finalize the top 10. The results are published in a book that this year was released Oct. 6 by Seven Stories Press. I’ve been writing about Project Censored for more than 20 years, and I think it’s safe to say that the stories on this year’s list are credible, valid and critically important. And even in an era when most of us are drunk with information, overloaded by buzzing social media telling us things we didn’t think we needed to know, these stories haven’t gotten anywhere near the attention they deserve.

1. Half of global wealth owned by the 1 percent We hear plenty of talk about the wealth and power of the top 1 percent of Americans, but the global wealth gap is, if anything, even worse. And it has profound human consequences. Oxfam International, which has worked for decades to fight global poverty, released a January 2015 report showing that if current trends continue, the wealthiest 1 percent, by the end of this year, will control more wealth than everyone else in the world put together. As reported by Project Censored, “The Oxfam report provided evidence that extreme inequality is not inevitable, but is, in fact, the result of political choices and economic policies established and maintained by the power elite, wealthy individuals whose strong influence keeps the status quo rigged in their own favor.” Another stunning fact: The wealth of the 85 richest people in the world combined is equal to the wealth of half the world’s poor combined. The mainstream news media coverage of the report and the associated issues was spotty at best, Project Censored notes: A few corporate television networks, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, FOX and C-SPAN, covered Oxfam’s January report, according to the Televison News Archive. CNN had the most coverage, with seven broadcast segments from Jan. 19 to 25, 2015. However, these stories aired between 2 and 3 am, far from prime time. ...continued on next page


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2. Oil industry illegally dumps fracking wastewater Fracking, which involves pumping high-pressure water and chemicals into rock formations to free up oil and natural gas, has been a huge issue nationwide. But there’s been little discussion of one of the side effects: The contamination of aquifers. The Center for Biological Diversity reported in 2014 that oil companies had dumped almost 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into California’s underground water supply. Since the companies refuse to say what chemicals they use in the process, nobody knows exactly what the level of contamination is. But wells that supply drinking water near where the fracking waste was dumped tested high in arsenic, thallium and nitrates. According to Project Censored, “Although corporate media have covered debate over fracking regulations, the Center for Biological Diversity study regarding the dumping of wastewater into California’s aquifers went all but ignored at first.” There appears to have been a lag of more than three months between the initial independent news coverage of the Center for Biological Diversity revelations and corporate coverage. In May 2015, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page feature on Central Valley crops irrigated with treated oilfield water; however, the Times report made no mention of the Center for Biological Diversity’s findings regarding fracking wastewater contamination.


3. 89 percent of Pakistani drone victims not identifiFiable as militants The U.S. military sends drone aircraft into combat on a regular basis, particularly in Pakistan. The Obama administration says the drones fire missiles only when there is clear evidence that the targets are Al Qaeda bases. Secretary of State John Kerry insists that “the only people we fire a drone at are confirmed terrorist targets at the highest levels.” But the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which keeps track of all the strikes, reported that only 4 percent of those killed by drones were Al Qaeda members, and only 11 percent were confirmed militants of any sort. That means that 89 percent of the 2,464 people killed by U.S. drones could not be identified as terrorists. In fact, 30 percent of the dead could not be identified at all. The New York Times has covered the fact that, as one story noted, “most individuals killed are not on a kill list, and the government does not know their names.” But overall, the mainstream news media ignored the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reporting.

4. Popular resistance to corporate water-grabbing

5. Fukushima nuclear disaster deepens

For decades, private companies have been trying to take over and control water supplies, particularly in the developing world. Now, as journalist Ellen Brown reported in March 2015, corporate water barons, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, the Carlyle Group and other investment firms “are purchasing water rights from around the world at an unprecedented pace.” However, over the past 15 years, more than 180 communities have fought back and re-municipalized their water systems. “From Spain to Buenos Aires, Cochabamba to Kazakhstan, Berlin to Malaysia, water privatization is being aggressively rejected,” Victoria Collier reported in CounterPunch. Meanwhile, in the U.S., some cities — in what may be a move toward privatization — are radically raising water rates and cutting off service to low-income communities. The mainstream media response to the privatization of water largely has been silence.

More than four years after a tsunami destroyed Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, causing one of the worst nuclear accidents in human history, radiation from the plant continues to leak into the ocean. But the story has largely disappeared from the news. As Project Censored notes: “The continued dumping of extremely radioactive cooling water into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed nuclear plant, already being detected along the Japanese coastline, has the potential to impact entire portions of the Pacific Ocean and North America’s western shoreline. Aside from the potential release of plutonium into the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) recently admitted that the facility is releasing large quantities of water contaminated with tritium, cesium and strontium into the ocean every day.” We’re talking large amounts of highly contaminated water being dumped into the ocean. The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company, “admitted that the facility is releasing a whopping 150 billion becquerels of tritium and seven billion becquerels of cesium- and strontium-contaminated water into the ocean every day.” The potential for long-term problems all over the world is huge — and the situation hasn’t been contained. ...continued on page 26

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6. Methane and Arctic warming’s global impacts

We all know that carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a huge threat to climate stability. But there’s another giant threat out there that hasn’t made much news. The Arctic ice sheets, which are rapidly melting in some areas, contain massive amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that’s far worse than carbon dioxide. As the ice recedes, that methane is being released into the atmosphere. Dahr Jamail, writing in Truthout, notes that all of our predictions about the pace of global warming and its impacts might have to be re-evaluated in the wake of revelations about methane releases: “A 2013 study, published in Nature, reported that a 50-gigaton ‘burp’ of methane is ‘highly possible at any time.’ As Jamail clarified, ‘That would be the equivalent of at least 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide,’ noting that, since 1850, humans have released a total of about 1,475 gigatons in carbon dioxide. A massive, sudden change in methane levels could, in turn, lead to temperature increases of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius in just one or two decades — a rapid rate of climate change to which human agriculture, and ecosystems more generally, could not readily adapt.” Jamail quoted Paul Beckwith, a professor of climatology and meteorology at the University of Ottawa: “Our climate system is in early stages of abrupt climate change that, unchecked, will lead to a temperature rise of 5 to 6 degrees Celsius within a decade or two.” Such changes would have “unprecedented effects” for life on Earth. A huge story? Apparently not. The major news media have written at length about the geopolitics of the Arctic region, but there’s been very little mention of the methane monster.


8. Who dies at the hands of police - and how often

7. Fear of government spying is chilling writers’ freedom of expression Writers in Western liberal democracies may not face the type of censorship seen in some parts of the world, but their fear of government surveillance is still causing many to think twice about what they can say. Lauren McCauley, writing on the Common Dreams website, quoted one of the conclusions from a report by the writers’ group PEN American Center: “If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers — particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today — may be greatly impoverished.” According to Project Censored, a PEN American Center survey showed that “34 percent of writers in liberal democracies reported some degree of self-censorship (compared with 61 percent of writers living in authoritarian countries, and 44 percent in semidemocratic countries). Almost 60 percent of the writers from Western Europe, the United States … indicated that U.S. credibility ‘has been significantly damaged for the long term’ by revelations of the U.S. government surveillance programs.” Other than the Common Dreams reporting, the PEN report attracted almost no major media attention.

High-profile police killings, particularly of African American men, have made big news over the past few years. But there’s been much less attention paid to the overall numbers — and to the difference between how many people are shot by cops in the U.S. and in other countries. In the January 2015 edition of Liberation, Richard Becker, relying on public records, concluded that the rate of U.S. police killing was 100 times that of England, 40 times that of Germany and 20 times the rate of Canada. In June 2015, a team of reporters from the Guardian concluded that 102 unarmed people were killed by U.S. police in the first five months of that year — twice the rate reported by the government. Furthermore, the Guardian wrote, “black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people.” The paper concluded that “Thirty-two percent of black people killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, as were 25 percent of Hispanic and Latino people, compared with 15 percent of white people killed.” And as far as accountability goes, the Washington Post noted that in 385 cases of police killings, only three officers faced charges.

9. Millions in poverty get less media coverage than billionaires do American news media doesn’t like to talk about poverty, but they love to report on the lives and glory of the super-rich. The advocacy group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting analyzed the three major television news networks and found that 482 billionaires got more attention than the 50 million Americans who live in poverty. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who follows the mainstream media, or pays much attention to the world of social media and the blogosphere. The top rung of society gets vast amounts of attention, for good and for ill — but the huge numbers of people who are homeless, hungry and often lacking in hope just aren’t news. “The notion that the wealthiest nation on Earth has one in every six of its citizens living at or below the poverty threshold reflects not a lack of resources, but a lack of policy focus and attention — and this is due to a lack of public awareness to the issue,” Frederick Reese of MintPress News wrote. From Project Censored: “The FAIR study showed that between January 2013 and February 2014, an average of only 2.7 seconds per every 22-minute episode discussed poverty in some format. During the 14-month study, FAIR found just 23 news segments that addressed poverty.”

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Artists of all levels collaborate and hone their skills at the monthly Social Sketch meetup BY CHEY SCOTT


Jasmine Bollar, 8, drew artistic inspiration from “The Jar of Random,” a word bank in a jar. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

olored pencils, markers and ink pens are strewn across a table in the back corner of Boots Bakery & Lounge. A plastic cup of murky, gray water sits near a miniature palette of watercolors, and in the center is a towering stack of paper — “the pile” — which grows taller during each Social Sketch meetup. Attendance at September’s event is lower than usual, but the three artists sticking out the last hour of the afternoon gathering say a smaller group is just as conducive to artistic collaboration as a session with up to 30

participants. Held monthly on the last Sunday, anyone is welcome to bring their art supplies and spend an afternoon working on individual projects or collaborating with others during the casual, drop-in sessions. With its first gathering in January, Spokane became the second city in the U.S. to host a Social Sketch event — now, it’s one of many. The local meetups are organized by prolific local artist Tiffany Patterson, and offer a welcoming space for artists of all ages and skills to come together and draw, paint, talk and learn. Spokane’s version is modeled after a similar

initiative in the Bay Area that Patterson heard about online. “It’s nice to come here and not think about my own projects or sticking to my specific style. I’ve seen my work change a little bit,” Patterson says. “It’s a way for me to experiment, because I’m not as committed to these pieces. You’re drawing things you’d never draw on your own because someone else started it for you,” she adds. Spokane artist Daniel Scully has been coming to the monthly creative gatherings regularly since the first meetup, when Patterson invited ...continued on next page


CULTURE | VISUAL ARTS “SHARING INSPIRATION,” CONTINUED... him. At the end of the table opposite him sits another regular, Derrick Freeland, a Spokane transplant from Portland who currently works as a social worker and has a background in illustration. Freeland leans over a line drawing of a long-necked dinosaur, adding shadows and detail work with a fine-point pen to the simplistic sketch he didn’t draw. Rather, it came from “the pile” — a communal resource of collaborative sketches and doodles from this day and previous months. Patterson brings the evolving collection with her to each session. “The whole idea is that we’re collaborating on pieces, so the pile serves as a place to sort of take from and start drawing, and then toss back into the pile,” Patterson explains. That afternoon, she puts the finishing touches on a cheery, colorful mash-up of smiling houses, flowers, foliage, geometric shapes and repeating patterns. The completed piece then goes back into the pile, and anyone who worked on it, or simply admires any piece, is welcome to keep it, she says. Next to “the pile” is a Mason jar filled with folded slips of pink paper, each printed with a single noun or verb — like a game of charades, but for creative inspiration. Dubbed the “Jar of Random,” a pair of children who’d dropped in with a parent earlier explored its contents for ideas, including words like parrot, cactus, enchant, bumblebee, donut, ghost, poison, parrot and myth. Evidence of the children’s creative efforts has since joined the communal stack of sketches. Perhaps next month another artist will pick up where the kids left off. Beyond the collaborative art process and camaraderie, a highlight of Social Sketch for Scully is to “talk shop with other artists.” “It’s a good creative exercise… when you’re with other artists, you see different ways to do things that you wouldn’t have thought of,” he explains. “We definitely like to feed off each other as far as creativity goes,” Patterson chimes in. “And sharing art supplies and learning about other people’s supplies has been really fun — just nerding out about art supplies.” Ten years ago, or maybe less, Patterson believes Spokane’s arts community wouldn’t have been able to support an event like Social Sketch. “I think there’s been a lot of momentum as far as artists being here, and being social and

Artist Tiffany Patterson founded Spokane’s Social Sketch in January. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO networking… there’s more of a community than there ever was, and seeing what other people can do, I think we’re all inspiring each other to reach out and include more in the art scene and make it more community based,” she reflects. This notion of community is a top priority at Social Sketch. Although it was started by a widely recognized young artist and is regularly attended by others with formal arts backgrounds, anyone can come create and learn alongside them. And for many of these professionals, the sessions are a way to relieve stress and escape expectations of their regular work. “As an illustrator, everything is so narrow and goal-oriented, and then I come here and you know, I’m going to draw scales and spots,” Freeland says over his dinosaur. “I get to have fun with the pen, and just do whatever and not think about it.” n Spokane Social Sketch • Every last Sunday of the month (next is Oct. 25), from 2-5 pm • Free • All-ages • Boots Bakery & Lounge • 24 W. Main •

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GAME Everyone loves Mario Kart. But how about Mario Kart, in 2-D and on foot? SPEEDRUNNERS (Steam Early Access) somehow pulls it off with skill. Superhero-inspired characters (a chubby man in a chicken costume is my favorite) run, burst, slide, double jump and grapple their way across a treacherous course filled with spikes, lasers and pits. As an Incredibles-style soundtrack pumps in the background, the players grab power-ups, drop blocks, and fire boulders, ice beams and grappling hooks at each other, thwarting the progress of their opponents. Fall too far behind, as I always do, and the edge of the screen swallows you up. As competitors are winnowed away, the screen narrows and the room for error gets even smaller.



ollege football fans around the Inland Northwest probably found their fingernails a bit shorter by Saturday evening. Both Washington State and Eastern Washington used insane last-minute drives in the fourth quarter to take their respective games to overtime. In the end, WSU topped Oregon 45-38, their first win over the Ducks since 2006, while EWU pulled out a 42-41 win in Cheney against Cal Poly. Here’s a quick look into a few of the numbers from those games. 1 SECOND That’s how much time remained in the game when Cougars quarterback Luke Falk found Dom Williams in the end zone; the extra point tied the game at 38.

33 MPH The highest wind gust recorded during the game at EWU, which hampered the Eagles’ passing attack. Still, West managed to complete 27 of 35 passes for 224 yards.

1 PLAY That’s all the Eagles needed on offense in overtime. Quarterback Jordan West tossed a 25-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne on the first play of the bonus period. Cal Poly also scored quickly, but failed to convert a two-point conversion, giving EWU the win.

8 GAMES Losing streak to the Ducks the Cougars snapped with their big win down in Eugene.

505 YARDS The season-high passing total for WSU quarterback Luke Falk on 74 passing attempts, also a season high.

57,775 The number of stunned Duck fans left with their jaws on the ground after WSU safety Shalom Luani intercepted Oregon in the end zone to seal the double-overtime win. — MIKE BOOKEY

TV What’s more impressive than somehow managing to capture the Coen Brothers’ quirky spirit, without feeling derivative, across a near-perfect season of television? Doing the whole thing, with an entirely new cast and story, a second time. Somehow FARGO (FX, Mondays, 10 pm) has done it again. This time the story is set in 1979, and focuses on a butcher and his wife caught between feuding mob families. Once again, everyday Minnesotans find themselves ground up by their own moral lapses. And once again, showrunner Noah Hawley finds a serene beauty amid the violence. The series’ contrast and paradox is summed up by its color palette: A splash of bright-red blood against the pure white snow. BOOK A follow-up to The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow’s THE CARTEL once again takes DEA agent Art Keller to face down drug kingpin Adán Barrera in Mexico. The Cartel has all the machismo, fire and violence you’d expect from a bloody and gripping thriller, but it’s also shot through with a kind of acidic cynicism. Keller, Barrera and numerous other cartels mostly just succeed in plunging Mexico into a civil war, with countless innocents brutalized, beheaded and tortured. At times, Winslow shows flashes of genuine brilliance, packing profound clarity into starkly short sentences. n

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ans don’t need much time to see that Spokane natives Kailer and Keanu Yamamoto are skilled hockey players. They need even less time to see that the Spokane Chiefs employed imaginative fiction writers when listing sizes for the diminutive brothers on the team roster. “They may be giving us a couple inches,” Kailer admits with a laugh. “I think I’m 5-(foot-)7¾. Maybe. I’m close to 5-8, but I don’t know if I’m there yet. They gave me a couple extra pounds, too.” Kailer (pronounced KY-lrr) is listed at 5-9, 160 pounds, Keanu (KEE-nu) at 5-10, 165. Kailer already stands tall in the eyes of National Hockey League scouts, even though he can’t be drafted until 2017. “Kailer’s getting a lot of looks from some of the NHL people, because he’s very, very talented for a young guy,” Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur says. Kailer played on U.S. national teams at under-17 and -18 international tournaments the past two summers. He ranked second among Western Hockey League rookies last season, with 23 goals and 57 points in 68


games. Keanu had 12 goals and 29 points in 71 games last season, his second with the Chiefs. Kailer says his older brother “teaches me so much during the season. I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without him guiding me along.” “He’s playing really good right now,” Keanu says. “This is the best I’ve seen him play.” Kailer, who just turned 17, leads the Chiefs (3-3-1) with nine assists and 10 points in seven games. Keanu, 19, is tied for fifth with five points (including two goals). Both players are right wingers. The WHL is a rough-and-tumble amateur league for 20-and-under players, almost all of whom have NHL ambitions. Nachbaur, a big, physical player during his days in the NHL, says the Yamamotos succeed at their size because they possess plenty of heart and smarts. “Both guys have done a tremendous job of being aware of where they’re at on the ice, using their assets of quickness and change of pace, whether it’s laterally or

outright speed,” Nachbaur says. Kailer adds, “You’ve definitely got to keep your head up. If it’s down in this league, you’ll definitely be regretting it in a couple seconds.” The brothers learned to play hockey at Eagles Ice-A-Rena but eventually left town to advance their hockey careers in other cities, including two years in Los Angeles immediately prior to joining the Chiefs. The Yamamotos say they enjoyed playing in L.A. and living with a family in the suburbs, but it wasn’t Spokane. “It’s really nice being at home,” Keanu says, “being able to go back to my own bed at the end of the day.” Kailer agrees: “I love coming home from a road trip and having my mom’s home-cooked meals, and I get to sleep in my own bed.” Keanu, a graduate of Mead High School (where Kailer is a junior), considered playing college hockey before he joined the Chiefs in 2013-14. “I decided it would be stupid not to play in my hometown,” he says. Keanu shares Kailer’s dream of playing in the NHL. Both worked out over the summer with Tyler Johnson, another undersized, homegrown Chief who has blossomed into an NHL star with Tampa Bay. n Spokane Chiefs vs. Prince Albert Raiders • Fri, Oct. 15, at 7:05 pm • Chiefs vs. Kamloops Blazers • Sat, Oct. 16, at 7:05 • Spokane Arena • Tickets $10-$22, $2 discounts for students, military and seniors • • 535-PUCK

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an you believe it’s that time of year again? It felt like fall would never get going after a long, hot summer. But the temperatures are starting to drop and so is the much-needed rain. November is right around the corner — which means opening days are within a reasonable countdown. The most asked question by ski and snowboard enthusiasts thus far: What will El Niño do this year? Regional resorts are confident that the predicted snow pattern will be more favorable for this winter, with many stating, “It can’t be any worse than last year.” Agreed. Although even in a bad snow year, there’s plenty of fun to be had, events worth driving to the mountains for. Many Inland














Northwest skiers and riders proved that last season, keeping positive through a dry winter. Let’s put last season behind us and, in preparation for this winter, start doing our snow dances now to show Mother Nature and Ullr — the god of snow — that we’re serious about wanting our winter back. Over the next month, we’ll be tying up all the loose ends in the preparation process for the Snowlander Expo, PowderKeg Brewfest and Washington Trust Rail Jam. We’ve moved the weekend back a couple of weeks, to Nov. 20-21. We’re excited this year to offer seminars from our vendors that will help you be better prepared for the falling snow and your time on the mountain. Again this year, the show will feature regional resorts and a huge sale by area retailers, as well as many other industry-related vendors. We’re looking forward to hosting one of the region’s biggest celebrations of the winter season. Check out our website and social media outlets for more information and event announcements. Think snow! — JEN FORSYTH Snowlander Editor

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to construct a new chairlift and clear the way for seven new trails. The decision came over the objections of the Save Mt. Spokane Coalition, an alliance of environmental groups that has argued that the expansion will hurt old growth and wildlife habitat. “We believe that it would severely fragment what is right now a native pristine forest,” says Mike Petersen, executive director of the Lands Council, one of the groups opposing the expansion. In October, the coalition filed a petition in Thurston

County Superior Court arguing that the commission made a bad call on the expansion. The petition argues that the commission ignored its own research finding that the northwest side of the mountain “represents the highest level of natural resource value in the state park system.” Developing it, the petition argues, would harm endangered species and would have “irreversible impacts” on the parks. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for November, and Petersen says a ruling could come shortly

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environmentally sensitive way, and it’s moving forward. He says that work will be complete either next year or the year after. If everything goes smoothly with the permitting, he says, some runs could be ready by opening day this year. “It was a long process,” he says. “We’re hoping to have some new runs this winter.”— JAKE THOMAS





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SNOWLANDER EXPO + POWDERKEG 2015 There could be snow on the ground by Nov. 21. And whether you plan to head up to the mountains this winter to recreate or not, we should all be hoping for some white stuff after this year’s wildfire-filled summer. That snowpack does much more than keep our regional ski resorts thriving. Either way, the Spokane Convention Center’s breezeway will be a wintry sight of sorts the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as mounds of man-made snow are trucked in for the Snowlander Expo’s Washington Trust Rail Jam. One of the major highlights of last year’s winter sports expo, the rail jam competition is a thrilling spectator event as 25 seasoned local skiers, along with 25 snowboarders, take to the rail to show off some sweet tricks. All the snow geeks in attendance will get itching to get out on the slopes to shred themselves.

This year’s Expo — the fourth annual winter season kickoff organized by the Inlander — is a few weeks later than usual, happening the weekend before Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-21), which makes it a perfect time to get an early start on your holiday shopping for the powder lovers on your list. As in previous years, local sports and recreation retailers are setting up pop-up stores on the Expo floor, offering their deepest discounts of the season on new gear: skis, boots, boards, coats, accessories — everything to stay warm, dry and comfortable in the cold. Regional stores Wintersport and Tri-State Outfitters are both on site, along with other retailers and product manufacturer reps from widely known brands. New to 2015’s Expo, local expert seminars held throughout Saturday will educate attendees on avalanche awareness and safety, and how to make sure

you’re wearing properly fitting boots. More seminar topics are being added as the event approaches, with details to be announced soon. Perhaps the most popular Expo feature of all — because who needs to like snow to enjoy winter’s tasty seasonal beers? — is the third annual PowderKeg Brew Fest. So far it’s shaping up to be the largest ever, offering samples from more than two dozen craft breweries, cideries and even one meadery: Green Bluff’s Hierophant Meadery. A glance at the keg list so far is enticing, so let us share: Lemon Basil cider from One Tree Hard Cider; Orlison Brewing’s Cardamom Vanilla Winter Warmer and the Pray for Snow winter ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co., coming up from Bend, Oregon. For more details, head to — CHEY SCOTT

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SNOW BUILDER John Eminger used to laugh at the business school students at Eastern Washington University, where he earned degrees in philosophy and history. But now he thinks an economics class could have come in handy. After almost 20 years, Eminger’s vision for his ski resort an hour north of Spokane has evolved into the 320-acre development known as Sunrise Basin. Eminger bought Chewelah-based 49 Degrees North in 1996 and has been planning for what could amount to a $500 million resort community ever since. “The idea just kind of grows, and then you realize that you’re really the caretaker of the mountain for a generation,” he says. “It’s going to be here long after I go away.” In August, the public could start reserving lots in the first

phase of the 50-acre development. They start at $175,000 for a studio and range all the way up to half a million bucks for a 2,600-square-foot three-bedroom unit. Phase one, which he’s calling Alpine Glades, will include single-family units, duplexes, townhomes and condominiums. The entire resort community, which Eminger says could be 20, even 40 years down the road, will include 2,200 residential units, 800 hotel rooms and up to 300,000 square feet of commercial space. “I’m not a developer by trade. I’m a ski bum by trade,” Eminger says. “So the first thing we look at is the skiing. That’s what I’m after.” — MITCH RYALS


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Sports Creel’s Micah Genteman explains what differentiates them from other boots: “In the boot business, they call it a mold breaker. They don’t start from something and adjust it. They built it from the ground up.” The boot is lightweight and comes in three different men’s and women’s models, depending on the preferred stiffness. All of the models feature Intuition liners — full wraparound for the two upper-end versions and a traditional tongue on the more intermediate pair. “These boots have a really good fit,” says Genteman. “They’re some of the best custom liners that we’ve ever worked with. This boot dispels the myth that you need to be a freestyle park rider to have a pair of Full Tilt boots.”

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backcountry boots, such as Dynafit, are passing the test for backcountry travelers as a solid all-around boot — one that can easily be used inbounds — manufacturers are jumping at the chance to offer bindings compatible with both standard downhill and AT boots. Salomon is introducing the Warden 13 this season, which fits that niche perfectly. Rick Chatham at the Alpine Shop describes them as “an inbound, everyday, bulletproof binding. This binding is Multi Norm Certified and features an antifriction system that slides to aid lateral release of the binding when necessary.” The Warden also features a power toe piece for precise steering and automatic wing adjustments to match the width of your boots. “In years past, most skiers would need two pairs of skis and two pairs of boots for inbounds and touring,” says

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t’s not too often that your expectations are exceeded, but on one of our recent powder trips to Northern Escape Heli, we were blessed with that outcome. The Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area is the gateway to the powder-laden interior of British Columbia, and for the past 25 years I’ve been taking full advantage of that proximity. Within an eight-hour drive from our area, you can reach more than two dozen backcountry ski and boarding powder operations. Last season, I thought I would change it up a bit and venture further north into British Columbia, to the town of Terrace, home to Northern Escape Heli. Terrace is parallel to the southern tip of Alaska, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. With a long history in the logging industry, it once was known the cedar pole capital of the world. More than 50,000 telephone and power poles were manufactured annually from this



community’s forests; over the past few years, it has become well known in the summer and fall for its salmon fishing and during the winter for its powder skiing. What makes Northern Escape so inviting is its location, which brings in storms from the Aleutians and the Pacific coast. It’s not uncommon to have 20 feet of settled snow by season’s end. It’s no wonder that Northern Escape Heli chose “It’s Deeper Up Here” as their tag line. Getting to Terrace is fairly easy, with short nonstop flights from Vancouver International Airport. Upon our arrival at Northwest Regional Airport, servicing Terrace and Kitimat, we were greeted by Whistler, B.C., native Amy Ross, who moved to Terrace to work at NEH. All of our gear made it, and a short 15 minute drive later, we were at the Yellow Cedar Lodge. This massive lodge, built from the area’s abundant yellow cedars, sits on the banks of the Skeena

River. During the summer and fall months, it doubles as a first-class salmon fishing lodge. It was here we were introduced to our NEH guide Yvan Gaston Sabourin, who brought us up to speed on current conditions and where we would be skiing the next few days. For some of our trip, we would be focusing on an area that NEH has named Cat Land, formerly used mainly as a backup plan when flying could be be difficult due to stormy weather. NEH now offers cat skiing as an option for its guests, with the opportunity to upgrade and fly up to the alpine peaks if the weather turns bluebird or guests are looking for a heli experience on a tighter budget. Cat Land utilizes nearly 17,300 acres in the Nelson drainage for cat skiing terrain. According to Yvan, “our cat skiing terrain is situated in a mature, old-growth western hemlock forest which is really playful — we have nice open

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etting to and from Cat Land happens by helicopter. On the first day of our adventure, we were greeted by gray, cloudy skies, creating some flat light in the big, open areas; this day really showed us how much of an advantage those big hemlocks are during a flat light day. John Witt, former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and world mogul champion, traveled all the way from Saratoga Springs, New York, for this experience. He was happy with the Cat Land terrain: “The lines off the cat are tremendous — fun pillow sections and the gladed skiing is like none other; the terrain is second to none.” The snowcats NEH utilizes are big and comfortable, and they seat 12 riders. The cat rides are short, typically between 10 and 20 minutes, just enough to time to refuel and talk about the last run — or if you’re like us, to tease Spokane’s Desiree’ Leipham about her choice of music. ...continued on next page

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With each cat run, we were treated to some new topography, as unique features made for an exciting day in the old growth forest. There’s definitely something magical, almost mystical, about the old growth hemlocks draped with moss. At day’s end, we flew back to the Yellow Cedar Lodge (pictured above), where we were treated to a fun après scene at ther outdoor Ullr Bar. An impressive spread of appetizers was laid out, as well as the world-famous Shotzski. For me, there’s nothing better than a celebratory shot of Jägermeister with good friends after an epic day in the powder. Dinner is served at 7 pm in the large dining room, ONLINE and it is not to be missed. On this day trip we were treated to duck confit, fresh salmon and rack of lamb; according to Hayden Lake’s Tommy Frey, the latter was one of the better meals he’s ever had. “Rack of lamb is my favorite dinner of all time, and this one was done to perfection,” he said. “You would swear it came from a five-star restaurant.” On day two, we were scheduled to do a half-day of heli skiing, the other half cat skiing. This turned out to be a great decision, as we were treated to fairly clear skies and a memorable, breathtaking flight into the zone. As we popped out of the lower cloud cover, we were welcomed by one of the most spectacular sights anyone could witness — high, snow-covered peaks under bluebird skies. This was going to be a memorable day for all in our group. “The morning flight in was absolutely gorgeous,” said Desiree’. “The sun was coming up, the light was orange and the mountains — you can’t imagine how big and spectacular they really are. I won’t forget it for the rest of my life.” Our bird dropped us off on what seemed to be the top of the world. It’s one of their iconic runs, wide-open steeps with plenty of features as you ski to the valley floor. As the clouds moved up through the day, we skied a mixed bag of bluebird and clouded, dark forest. Each spot had its own advantages — bluebird steeps with incredible scenery, and old growth forest with plenty of playful features. This was a day to be remembered. Day three saw us exclusively in the Koala Bell 407 heli, which seats six. Quick, smooth and agile, this powerful bird reminds you of riding in a Ferrari. Seasoned pilot Jacques Auger shuttled us into some incredible terrain all day long. We did a little exploring as our guide Yvan took us into some of the northern terrain, only a fraction of the 1.7 million acres NEH covers. With this much terrain, you have numerous choices to accommodate a variety of abilities.


hether heli skiing or cat skiing, NEH has an incredible adventure in store for you. Trust me, you won’t get bored! Frey was impressed with the operation: “The heli skiing was magical; it’s what dreams are made of. And the cat skiing’s incredible for a couple of reasons: One, you get to see and ski in old growth virgin timber, and two, nice, really long runs that have consistent pitch, great snow, great tree skiing. It’s everything you look for in a cat skiing operation.” Northern Escape Heli is definitely worth the travel time. As they say, “It’s Deeper Up Here.” You can bet we’ll be back. 

WINTER EVENTS women, REI staff go over appropriate gear selection, where to go and how to get started in this popular winter activity. Nov. 3, at 7 pm. Free; register to save spot. REI Spokane. 1125 N. Monroe. (3289900)



f there’s one winter activity, aside from sledding and building snowmen, that just about everyone can do, it’s snowshoeing. Before the white flakes fall, learn about what you’ll need to get started during one of REI Spokane’s (usually) monthly snowshoeing basics classes. REI’s outdoors experts share their insight on the increasingly popular activity, including what to wear, where to find trails to hike and even how to get up if you fall, which can be tricky. “People are really interested in snowshoeing,” says REI’s outdoor program manager Carol Christensen. “It’s fairly easy to get involved in; it’s a matter of getting a good pair of shoes and a pair of poles, and you’re set.” Those attending the intro session also will learn where to attend local snowshoeing classes


INSPIRED SKI MOVIE TOUR Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the winter sports film screening, at an event co-headlined by a concert from Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan. Oct. 16; doors at 6 pm, film at 8 pm, concert at 10 pm. $15. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. NORTHERN ROCKIES AVALANCHE SAFETY WORKSHOP Brush up on your backcountry safety skills before the season kicks off at a special one-day workshop in Whitefish, Montana. Oct. 17, from 8 am-4:30 pm. $20-$25. More info at and 49 DEGREES NORTH SKI SWAP Shoppers can purchase new and used ski and snowboard gear, winter clothing, accessories and more. Also sign up for

and how to rent gear if they’re not ready to buy their own shoes and poles, which can cost around $200. A woman-specific snowshoeing class in November also is scheduled. “Women are more comfortable doing a class together. It’s a different energy and feeling, and it’s a good opportunity to make connections with other women,” Christensen says. — CHEY SCOTT Snowshoeing Basics • Wed, Oct. 28, from 7-8:30 pm • Snowshoeing Basics for Women • Tue, Nov. 3, from 7-8:30 pm • Both sessions free; register to save a spot • REI Spokane • 1125 N. Monroe • • 328-9900

and pick up your season pass. Proceeds benefit the 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol. Oct. 24, from 9:30 am-3 pm; register to sell Oct. 23, 6-8:30 pm or Oct. 24, 8-9 am. $2 admission. Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, Ag Building, 317 W. Astor Ave., Colville.

WARREN MILLER’S CHASING SHADOWS A screening of the 66th winter sports film by the legendary filmmaker, paying homage to mountain culture and adventure filmmaking. Oct. 30, at 6:30 and 9:30 pm. $20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.

SILVER MOUNTAIN JOB FAIR Find out what winter job opportunities await and meet members of the Silver Mountain staff. Oct. 24, from 9 am-noon. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (208-3442675)

MT. SPOKANE SKI PATROL SWAP The 51st annual swap offers new and used winter sports gear from local shops and individuals. Friday evening of the event also includes a screening of Fade to Winter by Matchstick Films (5:30 pm; $6). Oct. 30-Nov. 1; Fri from 8-11 pm (VIPs only; $50); Sat from 9 am-5 pm, Sun from 9 am-noon. $5-$12/admission. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. (535-0102)

SNOWSHOEING BASICS REI staff host an informational class on the basics of this winter activity, covering gear selection and how to find local spots to snowshoe. Oct. 28, at 7 pm. Free; register to save spot. REI Spokane. 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900)


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SKI AND SNOWBOARD WAXING BASICS Learn how to properly care for your gear to improve your experiences on the slopes. REI technicians go over how waxes work and more. You don’t need to bring your gear to this demonstration session. Nov. 4, at 7 pm. Free; register to save spot. REI Spokane. 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900)

SNOWLANDER EXPO The Inlander’s annual expo hosts local winter sports vendors offering season-low sale prices. Also includes the Washington Trust Rail Jam in the Convention Center breezeway and informational seminars throughout Saturday on avalanche safety and other topics. Nov. 20-21, Fri from 4-9 pm, Sat from 10 am-7 pm. Expo admission $8 (good both days; kids under 12 free); Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

PRAY FOR SNOW EVENT Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge resort hosts its inaugural preseason party, with live bands, food, a beer garden and activities to encourage positive outlooks on the coming season. Nov. 7, from 7 pm-midnight. Arlberg Sports, 25 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, Wash. (663-3200)

POWDERKEG INLANDER BREW FEST Snowlander’s winter beer festival returns for its third year, featuring 24 local and regional breweries, cideries and one meadery. Nov. 20-21, Fri from 4-9 pm, Sat from 11 am-7 pm. $8 expo admission; tasting packages from $15-$25. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

WINTER SWAP Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain’s volunteer ski patrols host their 17th annual ski swap event, offering new and used ski/snowboard equipment, accessories and clothing. Nov. 7, from 9 am-3 pm. $5 admission. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, CdA.

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR The annual nine-day festival kicks off in Banff, Alberta at the beginning of November; the year’s featured mountain films then tour the U.S. and the world. Spokane screenings Nov. 20-22, at 7 pm, and Nov. 22, at 6 pm. $20/screening. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.

MT. SPOKANE JOB FAIR Bring your résumé and be prepared to interview on the spot for seasonal positions on the mountain this winter, as almost all positions are filled during this annual hiring event. Nov. 7, at 8 am, in Lodge 2. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) HANDS-ON ALPINE SKI & SNOWBOARD WAXING BASICS Prep your equipment for the start of the winter sports season, with access to REI’s waxing benches, irons, wax and brushes. Technicians share best practices and provide assistance. Bring your gear with you. Nov. 11, from 6:30-8:30 pm. $35$55/person; register to save a spot. REI Spokane. 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900)

FADE TO WINTER The latest film from Matchstick Productions muses on the changing of the seasons and the return of the winter sports peak, and captures the personalities of nine skiers who go to great lengths to get out into the powder. Nov. 27, at 7 pm. Price TBA. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. panida. org (208-255-7801) SNOW DANCE 2015 The 17th annual black-tie affair benefits the 49 Degrees North Winter Sports Foundation and the Forty-Nine Alpine Ski Team (FAST). Nov. 14, starting at 6 pm. Ticket price TBA. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside.

U OF IDAHO OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT SALE & SWAP The University of Idaho’s annual gear swap offers new and used gear for sale, or bring yours to sell or barter ($5 fee). Nov. 12, from 6-8 pm. Free admission. Student Recreation Center Multi-Activity Court, Moscow campus. (208-885-6810)

TRI-CITIES GEAR SWAP Snow sport lovers in the southeastern region of Washington shouldn’t miss this annual outdoor gear and clothing sale. Nov. 27-29, Fri 5-9 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm. Free admission. Holiday Inn at TRAC, 4525 Convention Pl. Pasco, Wash. (509-522-1443)

FADE TO WINTER The latest film from Matchstick Productions muses on the changing of the seasons and the return of the winter sports peak, and captures the personalities of nine skiers who go to great lengths to get out into the powder. Nov. 12, at 7:30 pm. Price TBA. Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Center, 702 E. Desmet. (313-6924)

WHITE FRIDAY Stay tuned to local ski reports to see if there’s enough white stuff on the top of Mt. Spokane for the season to kick off along with the holidays. (The season’s scheduled opening day is Dec. 5) Nov. 27. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220)

SARS SKI SWAP The Schweitzer Alpine Racing School hosts its annual ski swap, offering thousands of pieces of new and used equipment for sale, and professionals on site for buying assistance. Also sign up for your Schweitzer Mountain Resort season pass at the event. Sellers can register Friday, Nov. 13, from noon-7 pm. Sale on Nov. 14, from 9 am-2 pm. $2/person; $5/ family. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203

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SKI INSTRUCTOR CLINIC Lookout Pass hosts its annual preseason professional clinic for aspiring ski instructors. Nov. 27-29. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. skilookout. com (208-744-1301)




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BONFIRE & HOT CHOCOLATE Close out a day on the slopes with some warmth on the inside and outside, sipping hot chocolate by the fire outside the skating rink in Happy Valley. Wednesdays, Dec. 2-March 20, from 5-6:30 pm. Big White Ski Resort, 5315 Big White Rd., Kelowna, B.C. (250-765-3101) CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING BASICS Learn how to get started with crosscountry skiing, and learn about the differences between backcountry, telemarking and touring ski styles. Dec. 3, from 7-8:30 pm. Free; register to save spot. REI Spokane. 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900) WSU UNIVERSITY RECREATION GEAR SWAP The 41st annual gear swap hosts vendors of new and used gear from across the Northwest. Dec. 4 from 6-9 pm and Dec. 5, from 9 am-noon. $3 Friday admission; $1 on Saturday. WSU Hollingbery Fieldhouse, Pullman, Wash. (509-3357856) MT. SPOKANE SCHEDULED OPENING DAY Stay tuned to the snow report to see if this Saturday will mark the opening of the mountain’s 2015-16 season. Dec. 5. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) SILVER STAR CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP The mountain hosts its official kickoff event of the holiday season, offering family craft activities and games, sleigh rides and fireside snacks. Also includes the “Trail of Lights” snowshoe tour at 6 pm. Dec. 5, from 5-8 pm. Silver Star Mountain Resort, 123 Shortt St., Silver Star Mountain, B.C. (800-663-4431)


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SCHWEITZER COMMUNITY DAY A special fundraising event offering $10 lift tickets to the community, to support the efforts of the Community Cancer Services and the Bonner Partners in Care Clinic. All revenue from the ticket sales supports these organizations. Dec. 10, lifts open from 9 am-3:30 pm. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) WOMEN’S SNOWSHOE DAY The mountain offers two-for-one trail passes and snowshoe rentals; bring a friend or meet one in the parking lot. Dec. 12. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (935-6649) NIGHT SKIING KICKOFF PARTY The first night skiing event of the season starts with a bang, as the snowy runs will glow under the night lights. Also includes the first live band performance of the season in the Lodge. Dec. 18, from 3:30-9:30 pm. $20 lift tickets. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) WHITEOUT PARTY The mountain hosts its “pray for snow”


event — wear white and send up good thoughts that this year won’t be a repeat of last year! Dec. 19. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301) CHRISTMAS ON THE MOUNTAIN An evening of holiday-themed festivities for the family; details TBA. Dec. 19. Mission Ridge Resort, 7500 Mission Ridge Rd., Wenatchee, Wash. AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSE Know the indicators of an avalanche and learn survival and digging methods in this one-day introductory classroom course. Dec. 19, at 9 am. Whitewater Ski Resort, 602 Lake St., Nelson, B.C. (250354-4944) RENEGADES AND HANDRAILS PT. 1 Part one of the 49º rail jam trilogy, with contests and more. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (9356649) BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Santa starts his day before heading out to his sleigh with breakfast at Big White’s Happy Valley Lodge, of course enjoying pancakes with maple syrup. Dec. 22 and 23, from 8-10 am. Big White Ski Resort, 5315 Big White Rd., Kelowna, B.C. (250-7653101) SKI WITH SANTA The Big Man in Red takes a break before the big day to fit in a few runs, with a Balloon Parade on Christmas Eve and carolers in the Village. Dec. 23-24. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) CHRISTMAS AT MT. SPOKANE The mountain runs are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9 am-4 pm, along with two tube hill sessions on Dec. 24, from 11:30 am-1 pm and 1-2:30 pm. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (238-2220) NIGHT SKIING CANNED FOOD DRIVE Right the mountain at night for just $4 if you bring two nonperishable food items; otherwise, lift tickets are $15. Dec. 26, from 4-8 pm. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (9356649) UGLY SWEATER CONTEST Don the most terrible piece of clothing in your winter wardrobe on this day for a chance to win prizes, and of course, for the impress factor. Dec. 27. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301) NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES Ring in 2016 on the mountain with live music and entertainment for the whole family, with a big celebration party in Taps. Dec. 31; tickets go on sale for activities on Dec. 1 Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) 

THE LAST RUN rear-entry vintage, don’t go to your boot fitter hoping to prolong their life. It’s only a matter of days before that plastic self-destructs, and you’re shopping for the next pair of boots that you hope will last you another 20 years.


A skier walks into a shop (not the one he rented the boots from) and complains that his boots are uncomfortable. He wonders if there are any suggestions that the boot fitter can help him with. The boot fitter asks, “So, were you born with two left feet? Because you’re wearing two left boots.” Oops! On to another shop.


Boot fitters have the potential to make mistakes, so remember to always check your boots for leftover tools before leaving the shop. A customer returned to their boot fitter, complaining of foot pain in one of their boots. The boot fitter was a little skeptical, as they had taken the time and effort to make these boots perfect for their customer. Upon pulling the liner out of the boot, a wrench that belonged to the shop fell out from between the liner and the plastic shell. Oops!


If you say this while describing your love/hate relationship to your boot fitter, it’s time to break up with your boots.


BOOTING UP Experienced boot fitters are invaluable, and they’ve seen and heard it all BY JEN FORSYTH If the boot fits...



n the ski industry, there are people we just can’t do without, boot fitters being on the top of that list. Once you have had a boot fitter in your life, you’ll never again wear boots the same way, including countless hours of tweaking different aspects to attain the perfect fit, complemented by the numerous beers purchased for them at the local pub. Each profession within the industry offers many opportunities for humor; boot fitting

quite possibly tops that list. Here are several scenarios boot fitters see more than they should:


Each boot has a lifespan. Like most things in life, ski boots have a certain life built into them. There have been dramatic technological advances in the boot world, so if you’re still rockin’ boots of the

Unlike Fashion Week in New York, no one will judge you if your boots don’t match your jacket. They will judge you if you buy the wrong boots because you wanted them to match your skis. If you really must have matching gear, buy the boots that fit you best, then match everything to them. Not the other way around.


If you’ve ever had your boots worked on by someone who really knows what they are doing, you’ll be able to scope out the ones who don’t. If they say, “Trust me, I’m a boot fitter,” don’t just walk out the door. Run. n




Irish dance teacher Caitlin Trusler (left, in blue) instructs her championship dancers at her South Perry District studio.

The Beat Goes On Riverdance changed everything; 20 years later, Spokane’s Haran School of Irish Dance continues to inspire BY LAURA JOHNSON


heir breathing falls heavily over the hard beats their shoes are making. Legs and feet are starting to fail them; every muscle is on fire. Still, their teacher yells, just inches from the two dancers’ faces. “Keep it up! I want to hear everything perfectly!” Caitlin Trusler says over the blasting, traditional accordion and fiddle music. Her words will the girls on, pushing them to dance quickly across the studio floor to the opposite corner. All the while, their arms stay glued to their sides. In preparation for an upcoming competition, the championship-level dancers run routines twice in a row, building endurance. As soon as the marathon is finished, the teens retreat to the carpeted end of the room and drop to the floor, splayed out like sweaty starfish gasping for air. Located in the South Perry District, the Haran School of Irish Dance’s Spokane studio goes easily unnoticed. Tonight, with its doors open for optimal breeze, cars whiz by and people sip beer at the Lantern Tap House next door. Here, Trusler has created her own little universe, one passed down to her and her sister from their mother.


iverdance burst onto the world stage in 1995, not only raising truckloads of money for PBS pledge drives, but also arming seemingly every American with their own shuffling leprechaun/Michael Flatley impression. Some — Spokanites included — wanted more

than the impression; they wanted to learn how to make all those rhythms with the fiberglass tap shoes known as hard shoes. No longer did the Irish have this traditional art form to themselves. Twenty years later, after many “final” tours, Riverdance continues to prove that public interest in Irish dance still exists. This weekend, the troupe dances at the INB Performing Arts Center for a multi-show run, and Trusler says she plans to be there. “What I know is it’s still lovely to watch; everyone who sees it, loves it,” says Trusler, 33, between teaching classes last week. “I’m excited to see it this time. I even have a student who studied here for a few years who is actually in it.”


couple of years before Riverdance would enlighten the world to Irish dance, Trusler’s mother, Deirdre Abeid, began the Haran school just outside of Kettle Falls. At that point, she hadn’t taken lessons since living in San Francisco as a 9-year-old. Brushing up on steps with teachers in Seattle and Portland, Abeid soon took the TCRG exam, a teaching certification from the Dublin-based Irish Dance Commission that qualifies a teacher’s school to participate in Irish dance competitions, which continue to grow in popularity and expense. Passing meant the Haran School of Irish Dance was the first certified school in the Inland Northwest. Trusler was 8 when all of this started. She claims


she was a terrible dancer at first. It took multiple dance competitions to get her first medal. “I always tell my students that there is hope,” she says with a laugh. “Look at me.” Now when she’s teaching, Trusler’s intricate beats sing sure and strong from the floor. Beginning steps are easy to pick up, but the further one climbs in classes and competition, the more complex the steps become. As co-owners of the school, Trusler and her younger sister Claire Worley choreograph together and apart. While Worley still runs the Kettle Falls branch of the school, Trusler opened up the Spokane branch in 2002, straight out of high school.


eirdre Abeid was 48 when the cancer took her. “It was May 2004 when my mom died, then my sister and I took our TCRG in September or October,” Trusler recalls. “I got engaged, I went to the World Championships in Ireland, I got shingles on my face and then I got married. That time, it was all so much, I can’t even remember everything.” Abeid, who taught her daughters to love dance, never got to see Trusler on the world stage, or Trusler’s young son win his first dance trophy last year. But the school lives on, performing all around the region at events like First Night and the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Trusler and Worley have cultivated an environment for their around 150 students where family, friendship and performance take precedence over a competitive edge. “I just think the community people have through Irish dance is so inspiring,” Trusler says. “We have all kinds of family backgrounds and religions; you don’t have to be Irish. It’s really satisfying to have the kids feel great about what they’re doing. Whenever we perform, everyone is just moved by it.” n Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour • Oct. 2225, various times • $32.50-$72.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • inbpac. com • 279-7000



Comeback Chef

After the pressures of culinary success nearly cost him his life, Ian Wingate delivers Table 13 BY MIKE BOOKEY


t was Memorial Day weekend of 2012 and Ian Wingate was feeling slow. Something wasn’t right. The past few days, he’d been exhausted at work. By 11 am, his breathing would be labored and he’d be tired enough to need a nap. He was supposed to get on a plane for Los Angeles, but his ailments kept him in Spokane. Soon he was in the emergency room. Doctors said his heart was working at about 18 percent. It was the stress, they said, of working more than 70 hours a week. The work ethic that led Wingate to open Moxie, Agave Bistro, Blue Fish, the Inn at Sand Creek in Sandpoint, and also work with the Davenport Hotel to bring their Palm Court Grill to life, had been his downfall. He spent two weeks in the hospital. During that time, his sister made the decision to shutter Moxie, his popular downtown Spokane restaurant where he was the chef and owner. He didn’t blame her, and still doesn’t to this day. It was the right thing to do. He needed, for the first time in almost a decade, to take his focus out of the kitchen and work on something more important — his health. “They basically told me I had a year to live if I didn’t change,” recalls Wingate, 44, last week, sitting in the dining room before dinner service at the newly opened Table 13 tapas restaurant at the Davenport Grand Hotel. The note on Moxie’s door not long after Wingate was hospitalized read: “With sadness, Chef Ian Wingate has closed Moxie Restaurant permanently due to health reasons. We would truly like to thank our loyal customers over the years.” Since then, most food lovers in Spokane haven’t heard much about Wingate, leaving some to wonder if one of the region’s most respected chefs had retired or moved out of town. It was as if he’d disappeared. But Wingate never thought his culinary career was over. “I didn’t look at it as a failure. If you go through a hurricane and you lose your house, you rebuild and you move on,” he says. “It sucks that it happens, but what are you going to do?”


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FOOD | OPENING “COMEBACK CHEF,” CONTINUED... Now Wingate is again a Spokane culinary personality with Table 13, doing what he knows how to do best — opening a restaurant.


ingate grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, with his dad and his brother. He never got arrested or into drugs, but did the sort of dumb things creative kids without much direction tend to do. He landed in California at Chico State to study art, but that didn’t last. Instead, he worked his way up the line at a Sicilian restaurant, an experience that inspired him to enroll in a San Francisco culinary school. From there, he worked in fine dining kitchens in the Bay Area before coming to Spokane in 1994 to help with his ailing father, who soon thereafter passed away. In those days, Spokane lacked the sort of culinary scene he’d worked in, and his skills didn’t necessarily translate to what local restaurant owners were looking for. He landed a spot at the restaurant inside of Harry O’s, a now-defunct boutique market, then opened Moxie in a tiny location in Liberty Lake before moving it to the heart of downtown Spokane, where he attracted a loyal following and myriad of honors, including some from the Inlander’s reader polls. Wingate laughs when he realizes a certain trend in his career. “I basically had to buy myself a job to do the food I wanted to do,” he says. The exception was when Walt and Karen Worthy, the owners of the Davenport Hotel collection, tapped Wingate to get their Palm Court Grill off the ground in 2004. It was that relationship with the Worthy family that got him back on his feet after his health scare. “They’ve always been family to me. They were there for me, and Walt just told me whatever you’d like to do, you can do, even if it’s valet parking or whatever,” Wingate says. But he couldn’t stay out of the kitchen. Instead, he took a low-stress job working on banquets. Eventually, he became the banquet chef, learning how to cook restaurant-quality food for a couple of hundred people. So when the Davenport Grand’s opening date neared, the Worthys knew who they’d pick to launch its restaurants.


hen you make the left turn at the end of the lobby into Table 13, you forget you’re in the hotel. The restaurant has an independent, rustic-meets-modern feel created by Coeur d’Alene designer Eric Hedlund. It’s a welltempered hipness that stops short of pretension. In the rear of the space, behind rolling, barn-style doors, there’s a sleek but spartan whiskey bar; its lack of windows and tall chairs make it feel appropriate for a place that specializes in whiskey. The menu is populated by an extensive list of small plates, ranging from street tacos and stir-fried quinoa to a charcuterie board and ceviche, with nothing surpassing the $13 mark. There’s also a collection of Asian fusion dishes, like the poke and Korean short ribs, which Wingate fans may recognize from his other restaurants. It’s a subconscious influence from his island upbringing, he says. Wingate says that Table 13, now in its second month, is humming along smoothly. It’s a busy kitchen, because the small plates mean that customers are ordering more food — making his crew work about three times as hard as a traditional restaurant. Still, the stress is low. Wingate is taking care of himself and soon will no longer need medication for his heart. Part of taking care of himself, it seems, is giving the people of Spokane a new restaurant. “I like the excitement of opening a restaurant,” he says. “I think I take more ownership that way. It’s something I need and feed off of.” n Table 13 • 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., inside the Davenport Grand Hotel • Open Tue-Sat, 5 pm to close • 598-4300 • davenporthotelcollection




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North Idaho Libraries promote reading by relating to wine BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


all it the perfect date: you, your comfy chair, soft light, a good book and a glass of wine. Lapwarming cat or dog optional. In fact, wine is optional, as long as you have a good book. That’s what North Idaho Reads has been promoting for five years. North Idaho Reads is a collaborative effort by libraries in Kootenai, Bonner and Shoshone counties. Partially funded through statewide grants, its R E S TA U R A N T mission is to encourFINDER age reading by partnering Looking for a new place to with local organizations, eat? Search the region’s schools, businesses, etc., most comprehensive bar with a range of programs and restaurant guide at centered on a theme. This year, the theme is near and dear to our palates: wine! That’s meant pairing with local artists, wineries and especially authors to present workshops, demonstrations, presentations, and book discussions throughout October. There

are craft classes, for example, and pop-up art exhibits. Harrison-based Sheppard Wines is making the rounds with winemaking demonstrations — libraries are a great place for books on winemaking — while Pend d’Oreille Winery is one of several hosts for a book discussion by Idaho Wine Country author Alan Minskoff. Idaho Wine Country was the result of Minskoff’s 2008 road trip with former New York Times photographer Paul Hosefros. It profiled the growing list of Idaho wineries, including the first-ever Gem State appellation in the Snake River Valley. In addition to Minskoff, look for other experts weighing in. Dr. Virginia Johnson, humanities scholar and North Idaho College professor of English literature, emeritus, will give a book talk about Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris, best known for the book Chocolat. Various wineries will participate in discussions and wine tastings, including Colter’s Creek (Juliaetta), Beauty Bay (Harrison), and Clearwater Canyon and Lindsay Creek (both Lewiston). For those who prefer watching to reading, Coeur d’Alene Library is screening Bottle Shock, based on the true story of how an upstart California wine beat a revered French label in blind taste tests. Many events are free, although any involving wine require that you be 21 or over. 

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ith a bright orange bike hanging from the ceiling, what appears to be grass surrounding their sign and stacked rows of potted herbs built into the back wall, walking into River Park Square’s newest bar and restaurant feels a little like stepping out onto your backyard patio — except probably a bit hipper. Gaslamp is now open right outside the AMC movie theater ticket counter on the shopping center’s third floor, and the eatery’s operations manager, Jason Martinez, says it’s been fun figuring out how to transform this fairly small space into what they were envisioning. Wanting to provide an option for a fast bite or cocktail, Gaslamp’s menu was created with moviegoers in mind. “The word is quick,” Martinez says. “We want to provide a good product with good — but also quick — service.” Gaslamp’s cocktails incorporate higher-end liqueurs and spirits, hoping to remind folks of the

variety of food, drink, shopping and entertainment the mall offers. “We talked about how we wanted to do higher-end cocktails, but we didn’t want them to be pretentious or the kind that would take 10 minutes to make,” says Martinez. Their cocktail list features many classic drinks with new twists, quite a few martinis, and yes, the herbs growing in the back wall are incorporated into their cocktails. Each drink requires three to five steps to create and costs between $8 and $12. Their most popular cocktail so far has been the Manhattan Smoke Show ($12) — Woodford Reserve, vermouth and applewood smoke served over an ice ball. Martinez describes this drink as one that incorporates the guest into its creation. The bartender asks each guest how smoky they would like the cocktail, then smokes the whiskey right there in front of them.

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Their food offerings include appetizers, soups, salads, paninis and a few entrées, all made from scratch. There’s a separate section for their slider options—portobello, meatball, pulled pork and chipotle chicken ($3 each). “We’re trying to do something new here,” says Martinez. “And now that we’re open, we’ll get to find out what people enjoy and where we can improve.”  Gaslamp • 808 W. Main, Suite FC-1 • Open MonSun, 11 am-11 pm • Facebook: Gaslamp Spokane • 999-6834

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TWIGS BISTRO & MARTINI BAR Third Floor | River Park Square 232-3376


fter an extensive renovation, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar in River Park Square has reopened, boasting a 1,200-square-foot “landing” that overlooks Post Street and the mall atrium. Interestingly, the far end of the landing leads to the part of the food court where Twigs was originally located in River Park Square. According to Director of Operations Casey Curtis, the new landing provides guests with a fantastic dining experience and great views of the mall and the city of Spokane. “The biggest change is the different sight lines and the views,” Curtis said. “There are things that we’re not used to seeing at Twigs, and now there are plenty of different spots

you can sit in, not just on the landing. You can view into the mall, you can view out into downtown Spokane, and then as the holidays roll around, the tree ENTRÉE will be right here as Get the scoop on local well.” food news with our weekly The restaurant Entrée newsletter. Sign up is now open and at fully operational, and the landing is available for seating on a first-come, first-served basis. — MAX CARTER

BROOKLYN DELI 122 S. Monroe | 835-4177 This cozy, East Coast-style joint is nestled between train tracks and a bedrock foundation, just below street level. By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, and artisan soups (the tomato is famous around town) and sandwiches. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar. DOMINI SANDWICHES 703 W. Sprague | 747-2324 The sandwiches are huge and untainted by anything remotely green or grown from soil. Ham, corned beef, salami, liverwurst and turkey are all sold by the sandwich, the basket and even the pound. Hot

mustard, sweet mustard, horseradish, popcorn, RC Cola. Does it get any better? Service is quick, but these behemoths are built to last. They’re also the foundation of a food dynasty and a perennial winner of the Best Sandwich Shop award in the Inlander’s Best Of reader’s poll. 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 most important aspect of your meal: the cheese. Cheddar, fontina, provolone, mozzarella and more are offered at Meltz. Whether you go the simple route, build your own or try your hand at one of the Uncommon sandwiches, your heart will melt and your taste buds will be satisfied.

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A SmackAttak Club from Smacky’s on Broadway. PICABU BISTRO 901 W. 14th | 624-2464 Picabu attributes its longstanding success to its menu’s flexibility. Rather than offering a segregated section for vegetarians or the gluten-intolerant, it simply tweaks its dishes to cater to customers’ needs. Try anything with fire sauce on it. Creamy and garlicky with a spicy kick, this housemade condiment is served on everything, from prawns to pasta, or tofu if you so desire. They have chocolate peanut butter pie, too.


SMACKY’S ON BROADWAY 6415 E. Broadway | 535-4230 “You could eat here twice a week for a year and never have the same thing twice,” says owner Mike Ackermann, who named Smacky’s after the pet monkey he owned when he was growing up in the Philippines. The shop has earned a passionate following for its array of deli sandwiches, French dips, panini, wraps, and a few Smack Attack sandwiches, including the massive Napoleon — and each sandwich always comes with pretzels and a pickle. n


By the Book In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks makes moral clarity compelling BY SCOTT RENSHAW


he first time we see Tom Hanks as insurdemonstrating the American principles we want to ance attorney Jim Donovan in Steven protect from The Other aren’t just as threatened Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, he doesn’t seem by our own desire for security. like the kind of Tom Hanks character we’ve come Hanks’ ability to make fundamental moral to know and love. He’s wrangling with an opposclarity and decency interesting is essential here, as ing attorney about the disposition of a case he’s Bridge of Spies eventually turns to focus on Donoworking on, a car accident in which Donovan’s van’s role in negotiating the exchange of Abel to client — the insurance company — has argued that the Soviets for downed U2 spy plane pilot Francis it’s on the hook only for one specific accident in Gary Powers (Austin Stowell). The film spends a which five separate motorcyclists were injured, surprising amount of time on Powers’ training and limiting the monetary compensation. This feels preparations for his mission — up to and including like weaselly lawyer-speak, except that it’s not; an extended CGI-enhanced sequence re-creating Donovan is absolutely committed to a concept of Powers being shot down — and while it’s thematifairness that he thinks is essential in order for the cally important to emphasize that both sides were system — any system — to function. doing the same thing that Americans were so That’s the Tom Hanks we know, our modernenraged about Abel doing, the story starts to lose day Jimmy Stewart, and that sensibility is crucial focus whenever it drifts from Donovan’s mission. as Bridge of Spies unfolds. Set in 1957, it’s the factThere are more than a few places where based story of how Donovan came to be assigned Bridge of Spies feels clunky, inefficient or formulaic. as the public defender for Rudolf Abel (Mark Donovan’s defense of the vilified Abel naturally Rylance), a Russian spy facing results in people threatening him and possible execution for espionage. his family, leading to the inevitable BRIDGE OF SPIES domestic conflicts as Donovan’s wife The prosecution and judge want the appearance of a fair trial that Rated PG-13 (Amy Ryan) tries to dissuade him holds up America’s ideals during Directed by Steven Spielberg from his dogged pursuit of the case. Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, the peak of the Cold War, but And as Donovan’s negotiations with Amy Ryan they don’t really care about both the Russians and East Germans whether it’s actually fair. Unfortutake over the story — Donovan atnately for everyone, except perhaps Abel himself, tempts to secure not just Powers’ release, but that Donovan cares. of a jailed American student — the sheer number Bridge of Spies — as scripted by Matt Charman of players in this diplomatic game of chicken with a polish by Joel and Ethan Coen — plays becomes a challenge to navigate. out fairly baldly as an allegory for our contemYet there’s still an edge to this story of stickporary approach to the War on Terror, as fear ing to a by-the-book sense of justice, as Spielberg of an opposing ideology leads both government shows us Russian snipers killing Germans trying and private citizens to abandon principles when to flee over the newly erected Berlin Wall in 1961. they prove inconvenient. We see Donovan’s son There’s no attempt to whitewash the idea that indoctrinated in school into patriotism — Spielberg totalitarian Communism was a genuine threat makes a sly cut from the courtroom at Abel’s trial to freedom; the only question is how we react to being instructed to “all rise” to the school classthat knowledge. When passengers on a commuter room standing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance — train stare holes through Donovan because they and the seemingly imminent threat of nuclear war. recognize him as Abel’s attorney, then later look Donovan pushes repeatedly for a representation at him as a hero for his actions brokering the prisof his client that’s not merely perfunctory, even oner exchange, Donovan himself is the same guy. though there’s not really any doubt regarding Through Hanks’ performance we understand that Abel’s guilt. We don’t win, Donovan insists, by whether it’s hard or easy, doing the right thing is putting Abel away during a show trial; we win by still doing the right thing. 




This thoughtful documentary from director Stanley Nelson brings to big screens the accounts of the Black Panther party, which took up efforts across the United States in the 1960s to put an end to inequality and oppression of African American people. The documentary chronicles the Black Panthers’ rise, from the political victories, to the rally marches, and even attacks from the FBI. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution engages in a valuable, powerful dialogue with an issue that is still as relevant as ever. At Magic Lantern (MC) Not Rated


Set in 1957, it’s the fact-based story of how Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks) came to be assigned as the public defender for Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Russian spy facing possible execution for espionage. The prosecution and judge want the appearance of a fair trial that holds up America’s ideals during the peak of the Cold War, but they don’t really care about whether it’s actually fair. (SR) Rated PG-13


Legendary director Guillermo del Toro leaves it all on the table with this chilling film about a wealthy brother and sister with a secret to hide. After marrying Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself settling in at Crimson Peak, Sharpe’s family mansion. There she meets Thomas’ sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain), who is coldly mysterious. Crimson Peak highlights del Toro’s visual skills, filled with shocking gore, relentless ghost sightings and enough oozing red liquid to leave your skin feeling wet. (MC) Rated R


Sean Astin makes his triumphant return to the gridiron in this groundbreaking true story that carefully treads the boundary between sports and religion. When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, is facing closure due to violence caused by integration, the school’s football team finds a way to overcome hatred. The unlikely hero, soft-spoken junior running back Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), becomes the catalyst for the team’s movement for racial equality, and the first African American superstar to come out of Birmingham. (MC) Rated PG

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This documentary takes us back to the precise moment when campaign coverage turned into entertainment as it recounts ABC News’ dramatic ratings gamble in 1968 to skip gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions in favor of a new, untested feature — a series of 10 debates between the arch-conservative magazine editor William F. Buckley, Jr. and ultra-liberal author and iconoclast Gore Vidal. (DN) Rated R


Black Mass tells the story of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, played here by Johnny Depp. The cast struggles with their Boston accents and Depp’s performance is lacking in energy, even if there are some menacingly exciting scenes. As a gangster flick it’s OK, but doesn’t do justice to the insanity that was Bulger’s life. (MB) Rated R


In their final ascent to reach the highest point on Earth, a group of climbers are engulfed by one of the fiercest blizzards ever experienced by man. The mountaineers are pushed to their limits as they face freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and dangerous terrain. Based on a true story, Everest shares the inspiring tale of survival against all odds. (MW) Rated PG-13


Originally titled in German Ich seh, Ich

seh (translated to “I spy with my little eye”), this Austrian horror film is as dark as they come. When the mother of two twin boys returns home after facial reconstruction surgery, her face covered in bandages, the boys (Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwartz Thorsteinsson) begin to feel that something is wrong. With their mother’s actions becoming stranger and stranger, the boys’ suspicions become very real as they begin to try to figure out what is going on. Using a stark contrast of a modern house and its beautiful countryside location, directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz create a deep sense of dread and discomfort from start to finish with this mother of all mom-related nightmares. At Magic LAntern (MC) Rated R


Lily Tomlin, riding her hot streak from killing it in Grace and Frankie, is an acerbic loner whose 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up at her door with news that she’s pregnant. That sets off a hilarious day-long trip around the city in which she has to come to terms with the choices she’s made in life while Sage does the same. Also stars Sam Elliott, Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R


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the Amazon. Upon their arrival, the wide eyed activists are shocked to find the native people they intended to protect have other plans for them instead. Director Eli Roth will make you think twice about wanting to save the rainforest in this suspenseful horror. (MW) Rated R


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Gamers will recognize Hitman Agent 47 for the video game series it is based on. Action film fans will see it as the reboot of the 2007 film Hitman, which has a similar structure — a bald white man is a genetically modified killer with superhuman abilities and, in the next 90ish minutes, there’s lots of action and conspiracy. However, the 2015 reboot is more about that main character, known as Agent 47. (MS) Rated R


The all-star monster cast returns in this family-friendly comedy from Sony Pictures Animation. When Mavis pays a visit to her human in-laws, Dracula enlists his grandson Dennis in a “monster-in-training” boot camp since he has yet to show proper signs of a blossoming young vampire. Things get a little scary when great-grandpa Vlad pays a visit to the hotel and finds things aren’t quite how they used to be. (MW) Rated PG


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Pixar’s newest film (following 2013’s Monsters University) is a major “emotion” picture — it’s about how choices between conflicting emotions drive the life of a Minnesota family. Young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) struggle with joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust — that’s Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, respectively — and the personified emotions create their own problems inside Riley’s head. (MS) Rated PG


Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in this feel-good comedy about second chances and unlikely heroes. De Niro plays a 70-year-old widower who, through the dull days of retirement, finds himself eager to get back in the game. When an opportunity arises for him to become a senior intern at an online fashion company led by his daughter, he jumps right in and helps his younger colleagues navigate life with wisdom and wit in the process. (MW) Rated PG-13


From the director of epics like Alien, Gladiator and most recently Prometheus comes this chilling, definitive film about survival and the ongoing mission of life on Mars. When a devastating storm forces a NASA crew on Mars to head home, Mark Watney (Matt










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Damon) is lost in the chaos and presumed dead. But when Watney wakes up, alone and 140 million miles from home, he is faced with a decision; live or die. (MC) Rated PG-13


Meru gets its audience emotionally invested in what’s happening on screen with the efforts of three mountain climbers to scale a 21,000-foot peak known as the Shark’s Fin on India’s Mount Meru. And it does it by some simple additions to the tried-and-true tropes of lesser films in the genre; namely, by giving viewers each of the climbers’ personal backstories, exploring their respective motivations for such a death-defying lifestyle, and illustrating the importance of the team’s interpersonal relationships in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. At Magic Lantern (DN) Rated R


Minions opens with a grand history of the race, starting with their evolution from tiny one-yellow-celled creatures from the Despicable Me movies floating in the primordial seas through the form we see them in now. The film is overly thick with backstory about the cute little buggers and distracts from the charm they brought to the original films. (MJ) Rated PG


The film opens with a child being left on an orphanage doorstep in London by his mother (Amanda Seyfried). Twelve years later, in the middle of the World War II blitz of London, young Peter (Levi Miller) lives with the other orphans, getting into adventurous shenanigans that vex the greedy, cruel nun who runs the place. Soon, most of the orphans have been kidnapped by the bungee-jumping crew of a flying pirate ship, and spirited away to the airborne island of Neverland. Here they are turned into slave laborers for the pirate Blackbeard (a pleasantly campy Hugh Jackman), mining the rare mineral that provides the fairies with their fairy dust, which includes among its powers the ability to bestow eternal youth. Rated PG (SR)


From writer and director Aviva Kempner comes this moving docu-



mentary about Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish immigrant who rose to become the president of Sears and change civil rights in American. Partnering with Booker T. Washington and driven by the Jewish belief in Tzedakah (justice and righteousness through charity), Rosenwald used his immense wealth to create the Julius Rosenwald Foundation in 1917, opening over 5,400 schools for African-American communities in the South. At Magic Lantern (MC) Unrated


FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is the lead on a hostage-finding and -rescuing team, and as the film begins, we see just how brutal this work can be. And yet, Kate’s experience here is nothing compared to what she will encounter when she joins an interagency task force with a much larger purview. She’s not sure why the task force needs her, and she’s not even sure she’s gotten a clear answer as to who these guys are: Is flip-flop- and Hawaiian-shirt-wearing badass Matt (Josh Brolin) DEA? CIA? It’s all a brutal look at the war on drugs. (MJ) Rated R


Pioneering gangsta-rap crew N.W.A. gets the movie treatment their story has long deserved in this docu-drama tracing the ’80s rise of the group led by now-icons Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and EazyE. Arriving from the dangerous streets overrun by L.A.’s gang culture, the group sold millions of albums thanks to songs full of violent and misogynist fantasies, inspiring a generation of West Coast rappers to follow suit — and the F.B.I. and President George H.W. Bush to label them domestic terrorists. (DN) Rated R


Robert Zemeckis takes viewers into the death-defying world of Frenchman Philippe Petit, who in 1974 walked a high-wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Kingsley, this film will bring audiences to the edge of their seats, with stomach-churning visuals from the man often referred to as one of the greatest visual storytellers of all-time. (Max Carter) Rated PG 





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BY MIKE BOOKEY ext week, we will arrive at October 21, 2015, which may seem like just another Wednesday to some of you. But for those of us who sat in wonder at a movie theater back in 1989, it’s more than just a day — it’s the future. Well, at least the future as envisioned by writer/director Robert Zemeckis in Back to the Future Part II, a reality in which you don’t need roads (yet there are still roads) and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. More than a year ago, we at the Inlander had Oct. 21 of this year circled on our calendar, knowing we’d bring the future to our Suds and Cinema series. We’re excited for some good times, but you have to be at least a little let down when you look at the future Zemeckis promised us and the disappointment we have today. Let’s see how the film did in envisioning 2015, shall we?


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WRONG! Fax machines are not in every room of your home, because fax machines are only found at thrift stores next to the laserdiscs. CORRECT! When Marty’s hoverboard escaped from the murderous offspring of Biff Tannen, sending the young Tannen through a glass building, a floating robot came in and took a picture for USA Today. This is basically a drone and we have those. We also still have USA Today. WRONG! We don’t have flying cars, and thus we still need roads where we’re going. Also, aren’t flying cars just really small airplanes?


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The battle to be most terrifying


erhaps your parents were right when they told you that heavy metal music is of the devil — sometimes it can be downright frightening, especially when played terribly. In the case of the metal acts GWAR and Slipknot, both coming through Spo-

kane in the coming days, masks and outfits only add to their horrifying mystique. To decide which band is ultimately the most scream-inducing, Inlander culture writers (Chey Scott, Dan Nailen, Mike Bookey and Max Carter; denoted by initials below) took a (not)


No. Just say “no” to clowns. If I saw this in a haunted house, I would be gone. (CS) There’s a dash of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in there — very scary. This could definitely cause me nightmares. (DN) Imagine a clown nightmare, and then imagine if the clown started melting your face with rock. Yes, I could very possibly have a nightmare from this. (MC) The inside of that thing has to be sweatier than Patrick Ewing’s armpit. (MB) Total scary ranking: 37


very scientific look at how these costumes might affect our night’s sleep. Here are some of the choice observations from that analysis. Each photo was scored on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being so scary you just peed a little. (LAURA JOHNSON)


This outfit is very prehistoric, almost cute and cuddly. (DN) Honestly, this outfit makes me laugh a little. (MC) It reminds me of the 1980s He-Man movie, the live action one. I won’t have any bad dreams because that movie is f---ing boss. (MIKE BOOKEY) I imagine this outfit impedes his ability to headbang well. (LJ) Total scary ranking: 18


I find this confusing. How does he hug any of his loved ones? Does he have any loved ones? (DN) The real worry is not how he can see in this mask, but how long his bandmates have eyes. (CS) OK. That’s pretty terrifying. I’m experiencing some repressed childhood memories. (MB) I hope his friends call him Spike. (LJ) Total scary ranking: 37

I wouldn’t want to get caught in those Jaws of Death, in dreams or reality. (LJ) The GWAR guys look like a set of Dungeons & Dragons characters. I think they may have been scary in the 1980s, but then again, so was Iron Maiden. (MC) I’m, like, 80 percent sure those aren’t his real abs. (MB) Nice hooves? (CS) Total scary ranking: 12



That mask looks made of human skin. I’m disturbed. I do not want to meet that guy and end up part of his next mask. (DN) Taylor’s mask is the most realistic of the six masks/ outfits, which I think is the reason I find it to be the most scary. (MC) He looks like one of the War Boys from Mad Max! (CS) Total scary ranking: 35

He’s scary mostly because of those man udders. Take those away, and he might just be a friendly Jägermeister dealer. (DN) I worry very much about the mental health of all of these musicians. I would call my emotions when I saw those udders “maximum discomfort.” (MC) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! (LJ) Total scary ranking: 35 AINT TELLIN PHOTOGRAPHY/CRYPTICROCK.COM PHOTO

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ven in a genre like metal, where (almost) anything goes, the meteoric rise of Slipknot was a shock when the band blew up at the turn of the millennium. They were from Iowa, of all places, the members wore horrorinspired masks, and they had nine guys on stage bashing away between dives into mosh pits or climbs to the rafters. Slipknot’s manic style of thrash metal and chaotic live performances made them instant favorites at festivals like Ozzfest, and 20 years after their formation and 16 years after releasing their self-titled debut, which went double platinum, the band is still going strong. In 2014, they released their fifth album, .5: The Gray Chapter, and were nominated for a Grammy for the eighth time. Things seem as scary offstage as on, as guitarist Mick Thomson was injured in a knife fight with his brother earlier this year. Clearly, Slipknot’s guys take everything to the extreme. — DAN NAILEN Slipknot with Suicidal Tendencies and Beartooth • Tue, Oct. 20, at 7 pm • $35/$45 • All-ages • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • • 279-7000


• Formed in 1995 in Des Moines, Iowa • 9 current members • 5 studio albums, 1 live album • 18 million-plus Facebook fans • 8 Grammy nominations, 1 win for “Best Metal Performance” in 2006 for the song “Before I Forget” • Previous Spokane appearance: Oct. 2009, Star Theatre • Number of band deaths: 1, by apparently accidental overdose; bass player Paul Gray in 2010 • Number of times the band has tried to take over the world: 0, unless you count numerous world tours



t takes real guts to attend a GWAR show. Fans never know what they’ll be sprayed with from the stage (fake blood, sweat, barf, slime and tears). Things like crazy ball/ udders and beheadings cannot be unseen and may haunt dreams forever. But for those willing to wander into the unknown, this shock rock band has continued to put on riotous shows for the past 30 years — even in the wake of their fearless leader Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie’s death in 2014. Remember, though, everything with GWAR is tongue in cheek, if not a joke. They claim to be aliens, trying to take over the human race with their extreme metal music. They refer to themselves as the scumdogs of the universe. And they’re not wrong. — LAURA JOHNSON GWAR, Born of Osiris, Battlecross and Helldorado • Sat, Oct. 17, at 8 pm • $20 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279


• Formed in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia (although they claim to live in Antarctica) • 7 current members • 13 studio albums • More than 370,000 Facebook fans • 2 Grammy nominations • Previous Spokane appearance: Nov. 2014, Knitting Factory • Number of band deaths: 2. Guitarist Cory “Flattus Maximus” Smoot was found dead on the band’s tour bus in 2012; frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie died of a heroin overdose in 2014 • Number of times the band has tried to take over the world: Every single day


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Calgary, Alberta, post-punk band Viet Cong recently announced they plan to change their controversial name.

What’s In a Name? The future of Viet Cong: same music, different moniker By Ben Salmon


he first sentence of Viet Cong’s Sept. 19 Facebook update: “Our band lives to play music.” If you’ve seen a Viet Cong concert, that statement rings true. The Calgary, Alberta, psych/post-punk quartet is a snarling beast of a live band that buzzes with energy and bludgeons with sound. A bundle of sweaty brows and straightened spines, the band clearly throws everything it has into its ferocious and demanding shows. Which is why it’s a bummer — not

unfair, but a bummer — that Viet Cong’s music has had to compete for attention with controversy. For the past year or so — since releasing its self-titled debut back in January, at least, the band has faced a steady stream of criticism for its name, which carries its share of racial, social and historical implications surrounding the Vietnam War. “To see a phrase… loaded with a history of violence and trauma ripped by a rock group… and emptied of its meaning, is unacceptable no matter (the reasoning),” Sang Nguyen wrote last

March in Impose magazine. To say the criticism has overshadowed Viet Cong’s art is probably an overstatement. After all, the album has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews and the band was nominated for Canada’s most prestigious music award, the Polaris Prize. If anything, the opposite is true: Legitimate criticisms of the name have struggled to gain traction in the face of an excellent band with a fascinating backstory (half of Viet Cong was in the fabled and ill-fated Calgary band Women) and ever-climbing popularity. And that, of course, is a problem of race and privilege and cultural appropriation and the lofty status that white-guy indie-rock enjoys on the Internet. Until last month, Viet Cong did not handle criticisms of its name well, offering only careless explanations of its origin and non-apologies. That changed on Sept. 19 — three days after the publication of a thoughtful and pointed open letter on the

topic by Hooded Fang’s April Aliermo -— when the band announced it will change its name, citing “lots of valuable conversations” with members of the Vietnamese community. “Art and music are about creative expression,” the band wrote. “However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.” And later: “We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.” Viet Cong hasn’t announced its new name, and it seems unlikely they will by the time they play Spokane next week. But whenever they do, and whatever that new name is, here’s hoping we can move forward with the focus where it should be: on the band’s music. n Viet Cong • Wed, Oct. 21, at 8 pm • $10/$12 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane. com • 747-2174

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he entire Wu-Tang Clan rarely seems to show up in one place, so the promoters of the Inspired Ski Movie Tour were probably smart to grab just one Wu. And in Raekwon, performing after a couple of hours of ski-movie screenings and autograph sessions with snow pros (Tanner Hall, Henrik Harlaut and more), they got themselves a truly legendary MC with some serious skills on the mic. A member of the Wu-Tang Clan since their inception, Raekwon was also one of the first members to find solo success with the release of the epic drug-dealing narrative Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… in 1995, a sprawling 18-song masterpiece that showed he was capable of crafting killer tracks on his own as well as part of the Clan. He’s released six solo albums since, including this year’s Fly International Luxurious Art, in addition to continuing work with Wu-Tang Clan. — DAN NAILEN Raekwon Live from The Inspired Ski Movie Tour • Fri, Oct. 16, at 8 pm • $15 • All-ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638

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J The Bartlett, Civil Twilight J The Big Dipper, 1 Tribe Boomers Classic Rock Bar & Grill, Randy Campbell acoustic show J Boots Bakery & Lounge, The Song Project Buckhorn Inn, The Spokane River Band J Chaps, Spare Parts Checkerboard Bar, Antonette Goroch Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Crave, DoobieBros, Stoney Hawk Fizzie Mulligans, Kicho The Flame, DJ WesOne J Knitting Factory, Lil Boosie, Bonaphied, Kae One, Certified Outfit J Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar, Nick Grow J Monarch Mountain Coffee (208-265-9382), Open Mic hosted by Scott Reid J Pinnacle Northwest, Hemlock, Dysfunktynal Kaos, Heart of an Awl, Armed and Dangerous Red Room Lounge, Latin Tursdays feat. DJ Wax808 Swaxx, Zomboy, Deathstar, Freaky Fred, Felon XXL Tamarack Public House, Sol Seed, Jus Wright and the River City Roots Timber Gastro Pub (208-2629593), Echo Elysim The Viking Bar & Grill, Kellen Rowe Zola, Boomshack

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n the late 1990s a rapper named Krizz Kaliko offered another rapper known as Tech N9ne a hook for his song “Who You Came To See.” When the song became an underground hit on Tech N9ne’s 2001 album Anghellic, fueling his rise to stardom, Tech N9ne kept Krizz Kaliko right beside him. With hard-hitting flow backed by prevalent electric guitar riffs and driving bass, Krizz has become one of the key members of Tech N9ne’s record label Strange Music, releasing five albums and two EPs since signing to the label. Much like his good friend Tech N9ne — a Spokane favorite, especially among Juggalos — Krizz Kaliko’s lyrics are marked by violent, aggressive profanity, while still maintaining a level of intelligence and purpose. Krizz Kaliko travels with Tech N9ne’s Special Effects Tour 2.0, making its second stop in the Lilac City this year. — MAX CARTER Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Knothead and Tyler Denbeigh • Tue, Oct. 20, at 8 pm • $28 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • 244-3279 Party feat. Marshall Poole, Smackout Pack Bigfoot Pub, Bobby Bremer Band J Bing Crosby Theater, Raekwon from Wu Tang Clan (See story above) Bolo’s, Limousine Boomers Classic Rock Bar & Grill, Smokin’ Wheels J Calypsos Coffee & Creamery, The Backup The Cellar, New Mud Checkerboard Bar, Amoriginal, Itchy Kitty Coeur d’Alene Casino, Kicho, Strictly Business Crave, Stoney Hawk Curley’s, Slow Burn J Di Luna’s Cafe, Barbara Jean & Jack Klatt Fedora Pub & Grille, GRE3NE/Ron Greene Fizzie Mulligans, Dragonfly

J Forza Coffee Co. (Valley) (795-8194), Warren and his acoustic guitar Handlebars, Jordan Cole Iron Horse Bar, Tell the Boys The Jackson St., Ryan Dunn and Los Chingadores John’s Alley, Trio Subtronic Jones Radiator, The Knowle Roars, Boat Race Weekend, Griffey, Wild Pacific J Knitting Factory, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Skinny Lister, Beans On Toast Knockaderry (241-3738), The Inside Job LeftBank Wine Bar, Dan Conrad Nashville North, Steve Starkey with DJ Tom Pend d’Oreille Winery, You Knew Me When J Pinnacle Northwest, Smar-T Jones

Red Lion Hotel River Inn, Gladhammer Classic Rock Band Republic Brewing Co., Pine Hearts J Rick Singer Photography Studio (838-3333), Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme The Ridler Piano Bar, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler The Rock Bar & Lounge, YESTERDAYSCAKE Shot Glass Bar & Grill (292-1166), Spokane River Band Feat. Alisha K Swaxx, Jahdan Blakkamore, Young Shanty, Bloodshot Riddims Tamarack Public House, Cattywomp The Roadhouse, Down South The Viking Bar & Grill, Shiner Zola, Sammy Eubanks

Saturday, 10/17

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Plain Darin 315 Martinis & Tapas, Truck Mills J The Bartlett, William Fitzsimmons Beverly’s, Robert Vaughn J The Big Dipper, Noah Guthrie (of “Glee”), Ron Greene, Grooveacre Bigfoot Pub, Bobby Bremer Band Bolo’s, Limousine Boomers Classic Rock Bar & Grill, Kosta’s Salty Dog The Cellar, New Mud J Chaps, Just Plain Darin Checkerboard Bar, Jon Emery Coeur d’Alene Casino, Kicho, Can You Sing? feat. Strictly Business Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Ron Greene Crave, Stoney Hawk Curley’s, Slow Burn Eastern Washington University (JFK Library), Oktoberfest feat. MokoJumbie and JD X

FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Dragonfly THE FLAME, DJ Big Mike, DJ WesOne HANDLEBARS, Jordan Cole HOGFISH, The Revision Scheme, Boat Race Weekend, Griffey J INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Third Day with Brandon Heath, Warren Barfield IRON HORSE BAR, Tell the Boys THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JOHN’S ALLEY, Asher Fulero Band J KNITTING FACTORY, GWAR (see story on page 47), Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Helldorado LA ROSA CLUB, Open Jam THE LARIAT INN, Texas Twister

BIG BARN BREWING CO., Scotia Road COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh J CUTTER THEATRE (446-4108), Men of Worth DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL, Steve Livingston JOHN’S ALLEY, Asher Fulero Band J KNITTING FACTORY, Tremonti and Trivium, Wilson J PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Icarus The Owl, Lions Beside Us, the Colourflies, Bad Hex, Aesh ZOLA, Soulful Max Trio


J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J KNITTING FACTORY, Escape the Fate, A Skylit Drive, Sworn In and more LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Monday Night Spotlight feat. Carey Brazil J PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Arkaik, Bermuda, Filth, Serpentspire, Withheld Judgement

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LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Nick Schauer LION’S LAIR (456-5678), Cattywomp NASHVILLE NORTH, Steve Starkey with DJ Tom NORTHERN RAIL PUB, The Usual Suspects J NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE (456-39310, Fall Folk Festival feat. Broken Whistle, Todd Milne, James Funke, Western Reunion J OVERBLUFF CELLARS, Overbluff Grand Opening feat. Folkinception, Von the Baptist, Hey! is for Horses, &mpers&nd, Michael and Kelleren, DJ Lydell PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Mike & Shanna RED LION HOTEL RIVER INN, Gladhammer Classic Rock Band THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE, YESTERDAYSCAKE J THE SHOP, Lyle Morse TAMARACK PUBLIC HOUSE, Fusbol THE ROADHOUSE, Down South J THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, Odyssey, Tsuga, Elephant Gun Riot ZOLA, Sammy Eubanks

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Tuesday, 10/20

315 MARTINIS & TAPAS, The Rub BROOKLYN DELI & LOUNGE, Open Mic J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Scott Law FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness KELLY’S IRISH PUB, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots J KNITTING FACTORY, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko (See story on facing page), Knothead, Tyler Denbeigh J SPOKANE ARENA, Slipknot (See story on page 47), Suicidal Tendencies, Beartoth SWAXX, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, The Bucket List

Wednesday, 10/21 J THE BARTLETT, Viet Cong (See story on page 49) EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard THE FLAME, DJ WesOne GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES, Open Mic with T & T

IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-5977096), Benefit for KRFY Community Radio feat. Truck Mills IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL (VALLEY), Michael Dixon JOHN’S ALLEY, Turkuaz with the Quick and Easy Boys J KNITTING FACTORY, Buckcherry, Sons of Texas, Trust Divided, Elephant Gun Riot THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, DJ Lydell LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Kevin Partridge LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Elektro Grave Halloween Party THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Jam with Steve Ridler SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open mic ZOLA, The Bossame

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PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Knocked Loose, No Victory, Lowered A.D., Deaf To, Oct. 22 KNITTING FACTORY, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, the Shrine, Oct. 22 NASHVILLE NORTH, Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, Robbie Walden Band, Oct. 22 THE BARTLETT, Gregory Alan Isakov, Laurie Shook, Oct. 22 NASHVILLE NORTH, 1 Year Anniversary party feat. Jeremy McComb, Steve Starkey, Luke Jaxon, Jake Barr and Kenny Sugar, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 THE BIG DIPPER, Andy Rumsey CD release, B Radicals, Flannel Math Animal, the 3H Band, Oct. 23 THE BARTLETT, Hillstomp, Oct. 23 CHATEAU RIVE, Peter Rivera, Oct. 23 JONES RADIATOR, Spokane’s First Northern Soul & Ska Night, Oct. 23 SWAXX, Getter, Fox Stevenson, Brainfunk, Oct. 23 JOHN’S ALLEY, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, Oct. 23 KNITTING FACTORY, The Next Big Thing: Chris Janson, Raelynn, LoCash, Mo Pitney, Waterloo Revival, Oct. 24 THE BARTLETT, The Round No. 11 feat. Courtney Marie Andrews, Kent Ueland, Karli Ingersoll, Mark Anderson, John Merrell, Oct. 24 PANIDA THEATER, Blaze & Kelly, Oct. 25 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO,

Queensrÿche, Oct. 25 PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Vital Remains, Necronomicon, The Kennedy Veil, Rutah, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm. THE BARTLETT, Delta Rae, Oct. 26 KNITTING FACTORY, Beats Antique, Moon Hooch, Pinky D’Ambrosia, Oct. 28 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Mini Kiss, Oct. 29 PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Madchild of Swollen Members, Oct. 29 KNITTING FACTORY, Seether, Saint Asonia, Shaman’s Harvest, Oct. 29 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Drunken Day of the Dead Celebration feat. Storme, Oct. 29 THE HIVE, Monster Mash Halloween show feat. Champagne Wolfgang, Head To Head, Oct. 30 PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Halloween Cover Show, Oct. 30 KNITTING FACTORY, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, You Blew It!, Oct. 30 THE BIG DIPPER, Marshall McLean, Wartime Blues, Oct. 30 BUCKHORN INN, NativeSun, Oct. 30-31 NASHVILLE NORTH, Halloween Party feat. Kelly Hughes Band, Oct. 30 PJ’S BAR & GRILL, Vultra, Framework, Armed & Dangerous, Oct. 30 THE CELLAR, Bakin’ Phat, Oct. 30-31 THE HIVE, Halloween Bash with Dumpstaphunk, Oct. 31 ONE 14 BAR & GRILL, Halloween Party feat. Bobby Bremer Band, Oct. 31 THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, Halloween show feat Voodoo Church, Oct. 31 ZOLA, Nightmare on Main Street feat. The Cronkites, Oct. 31 THE ROADHOUSE, Halloween bash feat. The Ryan Larsen Band, Oct. 31 KNITTING FACTORY, GA’s Too Broke to Trick or Treat feat. Trapt, September Mourning, Soblivious, Drone Epidemic, Oct. 31 MAX AT MIRABEAU, Mira-BOO Halloween Bash feat. DJ Dean Jaxon, Oct. 31 THE PALOMINO CLUB, Descend 3 Halloween Night feat. DJ JT Washington, DJ Perfechter, DJ Funk, DJ Kirby, Oct. 31, 8:30 pm. BABY BAR, Halloween party feat. Phlegm Fatale, Marriage + Cancer, Ouija Bored, Oct. 31


MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BIG BARN BREWING • 16004 N. Applewood Ln, Mead • 238-2489 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 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CALYPSOS • 116 E Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208665-0591 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • (208) 773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S • 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 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 THE FOXHOLE• 829 E. Boone • 315-5327 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 HANDLEBARS • 12005 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • 309-3715 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 THE JACKSON ST. • 2436 N. Astor • 315-8497 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 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 THE LARIAT • 11820 N Market St, Mead • 4669918 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN RAIL PUB • 5209 N. Market • 487-4269 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 PINNACLE NORTHWEST • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 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 RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside . • 822-7938 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 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 SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD • 205 N Sullivan Rd • 891-0880 SWAXX • 23 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 TAMARACK • 912 W Sprague • 315-4846 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416




At the Spokane Civic Theatre, shows in the intimate Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre often push creative boundaries in ways the upstairs main stage can’t, simply because of the studio’s smaller layout and in-the-round seating, with the audience around three sides of the center stage. This setup will make for an interesting, and — from what we’ve heard — messy scene when the campy musical version of Evil Dead opens this weekend. Audience members in the seats closest to the stage are forewarned of being in the “splatter zone” as the characters based on those in the 1980s cult classic take on demons and fight to survive. Don’t be apprehensive, though; this play is all about silliness and farce, rather than gore and horror. — CHEY SCOTT Evil Dead: The Musical • Oct. 16-Nov. 15; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $27 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • • 325-2507




Russian Grand Ballet: Swan Lake • Sat, Oct. 17, at 7 pm; Sun, Oct. 18, at 3 pm • $37-$57 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638

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If you’re going to see just one ballet this season, let it be Swan Lake performed by the Russian Grand Ballet. Because how often does one get the chance to see a classic, 19th-century Russian ballet from a traditional Russian company in Spokane? Not often. Swan Lake is a romantic fairy tale; a mingling of love and deception, and a story that mimics the German legend of Odette, the princess turned into a swan. Some of Russia’s brightest ballerinas take the stage for two shows this weekend, set to the mystical and whimsical music of Tchaikovsky. — MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT

It’s a damn good thing there are so many movies out there teaching us how to survive (and not to survive) the end of the world, because who can predict the future, right? A new film and discussion series hosted by the Spokane County Library District this fall features screenings of old and new apocalyptic films, from 1964’s The Last Man on Earth to 2013’s weirdly twisting Snowpiercer (Oct. 18) and this year’s epic reboot of Mad Max (Nov. 8). Local film buffs lead open discussions after each showing, fielding audience questions and perhaps even sharing their own apocalypse survival tips. — CHEY SCOTT


After becoming the first African American admitted into the once-segregated University of Mississippi, James Meredith dedicated his life to propagating civil rights and as such became one of the nation’s key figures in the movement for equality. Join Meredith and other activists in a discussion on promoting social change as part of the Walk the Talk conference, hosted by the Coeur d’Alene-based Human Rights Education Institute. The weekend conference kicks off Friday evening with a lively presentation on civil rights issues both past and present, a reading from Meredith’s memoir and a dynamic discussion with prominent civil rights figures. — KAILEE HAONG Walk the Talk: James Meredith • Fri, Oct. 16, at 7 pm • $5-$10 • North Idaho College, Schuler Performing Arts Center • 1000 W. Garden Ave., CdA • hrei. org • 208-292-2359


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No matter the era, worker rights issues never fade away. Current arguments over setting a mandatory, $15/hour minimum wage and requiring employers to offer maternity leave aren’t too unlike the demands of the late-1800s working class, who demanded an eight-hour cap to the workday in place of the 60-hour, six-day weeks most industrial workers of the times faced. The true-story topic of Stage Left’s opening season production, the Haymarket riot, takes audiences back to 1886 Chicago for the story of eight labor rights leaders who were wrongfully convicted of throwing a deadly bomb during a peaceful labor protest. As the play’s acts unfold, a young journalist risks it all in an attempt to clear the men’s names before it’s too late. — CHEY SCOTT Haymarket Eight • Oct. 16-Nov. 1; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $10 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third • • 838-9727



SOUP FOR THE SOUL Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s annual, month-long fundraiser to support the Arts in Healing program features local restaurants donating a portion of proceeds from the purchase of soup, including: Fieldhouse Pizza, Clinkerdagger, High Nooner, Huckleberry’s, Morty’s, Picabu Bistro, Steelhead Bar, Selkirk Pizza, Take Five Cafe at Holy Family, The Cafe at Sacred Heart and Waterfall Cafe at St. Luke’s. Event runs through Oct. 31. (474-3008) FRIENDS OF GARLAND PARTY & FUNDRAISER Learn about proposed plans for revitalization of the Garland District at an event with live music by Karrie O’Neill. Wine/beer and appetizers will be served. Event also includes a

silent auction. Oct. 16, 7-9:30 pm. $25. The Gathering House, 733 W. Garland. (939-8970) BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER The church’s MAD (Make a Difference) Women’s group holds a book/DVD/CD/VHS tape sale, with a third of funds raised supporting local charities. Oct. 17, 9:30 am3:30 pm. Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines. (926-3691) CSSC MASQUERADE BENEFIT The eighth annual gala and auction benefits Communities in Schools of Spokane County, which provides mentoring, resources and services to at-risk students at 20 regional schools. Oct. 17, 6-9:30 pm. $50-$75. Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 201 W. North River Dr. (413-1436)









I SAW YOU HELLO NURSE!!! I had an esophagogastroduodenoscopy recently. You make me hope the results are malignant, or inconclusive so I can see you again. You are strikingly gorgeous, witty and kind and I'm sure you're taken. If not I suspect I'm way outside the type of guy you would consider, but might I just say, I would love a chance to court you. Nurse C..... You said to make no life-altering decisions for 24 hours after my procedure. I said so no giving out my "numbas" to nurses? You said it wasn't recommended. Then insisted upon assisting me in getting dressed sense my equilibrium was inhibited from the "sedagib" you gave me. You are much bella. YOU STOLE MY PEN?!?! You were in a sundress at the courthouse. I was as fresh as i'll ever get. You sat down and asked me for a pen and we both chatted about our documents. You told me your name and i jokingly said I'd best avoid you just to be safe. We sat in awkwardness making idle chit chat while we filled out our forms and draphed up our lengthy dissertations... You have beautiful handwriting, but it doesn't compare to the light in your eyes. I would have loved sitting next to you making small talk all day. P.S.: You can keep the pen but only if you use it to give me your digits. If you're single that is. Tell me what was unique about my outfit if you think this is you. RUSSIAN DAN IN THE LONG GREY COAT Russian Dan in the Long Grey Coat,

that was a very interesting conversation we started. I would love to continue it. I know things were very hectic that night and I didn't have time to talk. I would love to make a new friend in Spokane, who is also new to Spokane. Let's continue our conversation over dinner. Maybe at Neva or Ararat, or it could be my treat at Deng Chu (the Chinese Lantern Kitchen) for something amazingly different :) You know where to find me. LAW OF ONE I saw you, or was it only a dream, you were in the park walking barefoot through Riverfront Park. You were picking some pretty fall leaves from an oak tree. You had the Law of One under your arm. I asked you what part of the book were you reading now. You said you were in a part where Ra was explaining the spiritual nature of sexual relations. I asked if you had gotten to the green ray energy exchange part, and you said you hadn't. But you said you would let me know if you needed any help with the hands-on part of the learning. Let me know when you need that help; DO YOU NEED A RIDE ALONG? Holy Hannah. To the really good looking lady with dog in the car (PS: you are a knockout). You were buying a couch, we offered to move it (North Maple/ Ash), pity the couch was sold. Do you hit yard sales often and would you like a ride along partner? There are probably three more weeks of yard sales :). Does the dog bite? 2 DIET PEPSI'S Hi, you were the one sitting w/ us loud & silly girls at PJ's on 10/9. You got me 2 Diet Pepsi's. I didn't get a chance to talk to you & say Thank You. Meet again & this time I'll buy? Email me at HAPPY BIRTHDAY From the first night I saw you seeing me you've become my everything and all I see. It;s now going on 15 years and I still love you so MUCH it almost brings me to tears I wrote this for all the world to read to say Happy Birthday my Love your all I'll ever need. Signed your wife SideBurn B!x?H

CHEERS THANK YOU I can't tell you this to your face so I will in here. Over the past few months we've been hanging out, it's been wonderful. You have really helped

me in many ways w/ my mental health. You are such a good guy & any gal would be lucky to have you. I hope we continue down this path & who knows where it may lead. Cheers to you! PURSE IN THE DOG FOOD AISLE After setting my purse down to herk a huge bag of dog food into my cart at Costco, I managed to leave it behind. The panic


HANDICAP PARKING I understand that you need a handicap parking spot. That is not a problem. BUT, when you sit in your car, with your grandchildren playing in the adjoining parking spot with the rest of your family, you are not being fair to another handicapped person. It

feel your pain/ anger, but don't hold your breath for the police. A friend had her car broken into/ ID stolen. She had the perp's fingerprints all over the car windows, and store video footage of them using her debit card to buy about $700 of groceries & gas at a local store. All this was given to the police & reports filed. Result: NOTHING, NADA, ZERO. I do hope that you get results, though.

Those dog owners that go everywhere with their ‘service animals’ don’t fool me. ... What exactly is the service your quivering rat of a dog provides? — MAN’S BEST SECURITY BLANKET

that set in when I realized it was missing was horrific! But you, whoever you are, found it and turned it in. Thank you! Please know you are greatly appreciated! IF YOU FOUND A CANE ..... Cheers to you if you found a "LEKI" collapsible cane somewhere in area of Sullivan road and Valley Y on 10/9 ... it has a Seahawks' dog tag on it that has my contact information .... and I'llbuy you a starbucks coffee or some other good drink if your allergic to caffeine ... CIRCUS GOOD SAMARITAN Thank you to the good samaritan at the circus this weekend who turned in the purple wallet! It contained most of my life in it and I was sure it was lost for good. But you turned it in, with all of the credit cards and cash still in it! I appreciate that there are still good people in the world who are willing to help each other out! I'll pass the good karma along! HELLO BATMAN Sometimes all you need is one person that shows it's okay to let your guard down, be yourself, and love with no regrets. A true love is when you can tell each other anything and everything. No regrets and no lies. I long for the day we will be together. I love you. Batgirl

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



is a violation to park in a handicap spot and leave someone in the car. This is not a joke. If an able bodied person parks in a handicap spot it is a $450 fine. No ifs, ands or buts. If you want to take a chance go right ahead. We all walk, or roll on the same planet, have some consideration for someone other than yourself, you inconsiderate fool. MAN'S BEST SECURITY BLANKET Those dog owners that go everywhere with their "service animals" don't fool me. You are not visually nor audibly impaired, yet you reserve the right to bring your small breed along into stores, public buildings, and other areas prohibiting animals. I like dogs. I have one myself. But I don't feel like I need to bring my dog everywhere I go. Especially disturbing is when your lap dog sits in the cart where my produce might be next time. What exactly is the service your quivering rat of a dog provides? I sense more abuse of a system easily manipulated for arbitrary personal comfort and equanimity.

HEARTLESS! To the person or persons that kicked mine and my friends mom's memorial down the cliff. It was the one place we could visit our mommies and someone So Heartless, Destroyed it. It was close to the edge of the cliff on the side of the road, just a little off the trail on Assembly/NW Blvd. We buried two little containers with their ashes and made them both a rock for their headstones, a bunch of small rocks that I wrote sayings that circled it and planted a flower in the middle with solar lights above each of our mothers. It was beautiful! I go their to talk to my mom and it's been kicked down the hill. Who does that? Why? Would you want someone to destroy your mother's memorial? I think Not.. This made me much more sadder that day... KARMA IS A REAL BITCH. 


YOU STOLE MY CAT Shame on YOU for stealing my cat. You did NOT have permission to rehome him without my consent. Return him immediately or face the consequences. RE: RIVALRY GONE WRONG I sincerely

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EVENTS | CALENDAR U-DISTRICT FOUNDATION’S OKTOBERFEST An outdoor event with drinks, sausages, music, and games celebrating October, beer, and the U-District Foundation’s programs. Includes dinner, two drink tickets and a glass mug. Ages 21+. Oct. 17, 5-10 pm. $30. U-District PT, 730 N. Hamilton St. (458-7686) GOLF FOR A CAUSE In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Circling Raven hosts a shotgun start tourney, at 11 am, with $30/entry donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Oct. 19, 11 am-7 pm. $50/person. CdACasino, 37914 S Hwy 95. (800-523-2464)


LAUGH FOR THE CURE The Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate presents the fourth evening of comedy to raise awareness and funding for breast health programs in our community. Features heavy appetizers, a raffle, auction, wine-pull and a PG-rated stand-up comedy show. Oct. 15, 5-10 pm. $75/person. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. PAULA POUNDSTONE [SOLD OUT] The comedian is as a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit current-events quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” $40-$42. Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague (227-7404) ERIC HAINES + LUCAS PRAHM Live comedy show. Ages 21+. Oct. 16-17 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews. com/comedians.html (483-7300)

NO CLUE An all-improvised murdermystery comedy. Fridays in October, at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. NUTHOUSE IMPROV COMEDY WSU’s student comedy improv group performs. Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 (Jones Theatre), Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 (11 pm). All shows begin at 8 pm. $5. Wadleigh Theatre at Daggy Hall, College Ave., Pullman. BILL MAHER [SOLD OUT] Live show by the master of political satire and sociopolitical commentary. $39-$69. Oct. 17, at 8 pm. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) BEFORE & AFTER COMEDY SHOW Two teams of three comics battle each other before throwing back a few shots, and then after. Includes drink specials and audience participation. Oct. 17, 8-10 pm. Free. Checkerboard Bar, 1716 E. Sprague Ave. (535-4007) COMEDIAN MIKE WILLIAMS: An evening of dessert and laughter, featuring the nationally-known comedian in a benefit for Northwest Christian Schools. Reservations required; free admission with donations accepted. Oct. 17, 7 pm. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (238-4005 x146) 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. (747-7045) IMPROV JAM SESSIONS Blue Door Theatre players lead sessions on improv comedy performance, every first and

third Monday of the month, from 7-9 pm. (Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 16). $5/session or $25/all eight. Ages 18+. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) TRIVIA + OPEN MIC COMEDY Trivia starts at 8 pm; stick around for open mic comedy afterward. Tuesdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. Checkerboard Bar, 1716 E. Sprague Ave.


COLVILLE CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH The annual 12-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and market is open daily: Mon-Thu, 4 pm-dusk; Fri, 4-8 pm; Sat-Sun, 11 am-8 pm, through Oct. 31. $5-$7. Colville Corn Maze, 73 Oakshott Rd. (684-6751) PJAL’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY Explore nonviolence as a strategy for change with a screening of “A Force More Powerful,” followed by discussion. Stay afterward and socialize with light refreshments while viewing displays representing PJAL’s work over the past four decades. Oct. 15, 7-9 pm. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. on.fb. me/1LuhP4J (509-209-2383) RANDOM FANDOM Whovians, Bronies, Otakus, Trekkies and more are invited to geek out on all things fandom-related. Make crafts, play games and check out the original materials that sparked your excitement. Oct. 15, 4-5:30 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. (893-8400)


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I’m a 29-year-old woman, and I’ve been dating a guy for two months. I was scrolling (okay, stalking him) on Instagram and saw a pic of him with this pretty girl with her arm draped around his neck. Does monogamy just happen, or should I initiate the “commitment talk”? —Nervous Welcome to the place relationship dreams go to die, also known as social media. One moment, you see your relaAMY ALKON tionship heading toward the town of OnlyYouville, and the next, it’s looking more like a “Ten Commandments” production still of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Understand why men commit: because they come to love a particular woman more than they love their freedom — not because they’ve decided it would be a bore to have sex with the Pilates-teaching twins. Getting to “only you” happens after a guy starts to feel attached to you, which comes out of a combination of sexual attraction, emotional compatibility, and the sense that you have a package of qualities that he’s unlikely to get from anyone else. Feeling this way takes time — time spent together, and sometimes, a little time spent comparison shopping. Trying to rush the process is like planting a pea in the morning, yelling “GROW! GROW! GROW!” and expecting to be climbing a beanstalk by noon. Also, even for a guy who’s starting to care about you, hearing “We need to have the commitment talk” can be like hearing the starting gun at the Olympics. There are couples who get serious without ever having this icky conversation. It just happens organically. But to avoid misunderstandings, right from the start, you should be indicating your interest in getting into a relationship. No, not with strategically strewn Brides magazines or messages magic-markered across your breasts: “MARRY ME!!!” You simply drop remarks about what you want and then ask questions to draw out what a guy’s up for. This allows you to get out fast if your goals aren’t a match — as opposed to getting to the four-month mark, holding him down and screaming in his face: “So what’s it gonna be, buddy? You looking to start a family — or a harem?!” As for the woman in this photo, she could be someone to your man — or someone standing near him when his friend was taking his picture. (People shooting photos rarely say, “Okay, you two, get as far apart as you can.”) You could ask him — and reveal that you’ve been going all Secret Squirrel on social media. But you could also ask yourself, simply by applying context. Look at the photo as one piece of information in the whole of your experiences with him: Is he increasingly sweet and attentive? Increasingly eager to see you? Are you starting to meet his friends? Chances are, you already have the information you need to figure out whether your relationship is going places — without trying to conduct it at a speed that suggests your ancestry is part French, part Italian, and part cheetah.

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EVENTS | CALENDAR SCARYWOOD HAUNTED NIGHTS Silverwood transforms into its scariest version, with five haunted attractions, seven “scare zones: and theme park rides in the dark. Not recommended for visitors under age 13. Oct. 8-29, Thu-Sat from 6:30-11 pm and Oct. 30, 7 pm-midnight. $21-$40. Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 U.S. 95. STARTUP SPOKANE CENTRAL OPEN HOUSE PARTY A celebration of the opening of the coworking community and entrepreneurial education and event center in downtown Spokane. Includes drinks and social hour, tours, opening remarks from community leaders and more. Oct. 15, 5-7 pm. Free. Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second. CREEPY HALLOW The Northwest Renaissance Festival grounds convert from medieval history to creepy. Oct. 2-31; Fri-Sat from 7 pm to midnight. $5/person. Northwest Renaissance Festival, 6493 Hwy 291. CreepyHallow (276-7728) MONTHLY SWING DANCE For dancers of all swing styles: Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast, West Coast, Balboa, or Country Swing. For men and women of all ages. Oct. 16, 7-11 pm. $5. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (838-5667) POST FALLS LIONS HAUNTED HOUSE The annual haunted house is open FriSat, Oct. 2-31, from 6 pm-midnight and Oct. 27-29, from 6-10 pm. Discounted admission with two cans of donated food for the Post Falls Food Bank. At Fourth and Post Street. $5-$7. VALLEY MISSION HAUNTED POOL Spokane Valley Parks & Rec tranforms the pool to a haunted house. For ages 12+. Discounted admission with canned food donation. Oct. 16-17 and 23-24, from 7:3010 pm. $3-$4. Valley Mission Pool, 11123 E. Mission. VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK IN LIBERTY LAKE Register online to help with the Split Creek trail as it undergoes some major improvements with the help of WTA volunteers. Work sessions planned for Oct. 16-17 and 24-25, from 8:30 am3:30 pm. Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Rd. east (921-8928) BECK’S HARVEST HOUSE MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH Events include the cow train, jumping pad and tasty fall treats, including pumpkin donuts. Giant Corn Maze open Sat-Sun, 10 am-5 pm through Oct. 25; Harvest House open daily, from 9 am-6 pm. $10/person. Harvest House, 9919 E. Greenbluff Rd. (238-6970) SCC OPEN HOUSE PARTY SCC opens campus for the public to visit and learn more about academic programs and services. Come and explore programs, participate in activities and watch student/faculty demonstrations. Oct. 17, 10 am-1 pm. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. on.fb. me/1Rrxukm (533-8227) SPOKANE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW) RECRUITMENT In coordination with the Spokane Feminist Forum and the Spokane Shrinking Violet Society, the new Spokane Area NOW chapter holds its first recruitment event, with a keynote presentation, games, community activity sign up, refreshments and more. Oct. 17, 2-4 pm. No cost. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. 9th. MURDER VICTIMS’ FAMILIES FOR

RECONCLIATION Join us to lift up the voices of murder victims’ families in the movement to end the death penalty with speaker Becky O’Neil McBrayer, who shares her powerful story of loss and healing. Oct. 20, 6-8 pm. Free. St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. (509-838-7870) FOOD FOR ALL HARVEST CELEBRATION A potluck-style community celebration, providing an opportunity for Catholic Charities employees, clients, and the community to learn more about Food for All and the projects the organization has going on. Oct. 21, 11 am-1 pm. Free. Catholic Charities Family Service, 12 E. Fifth St. (358-4270) SPOKANE PHILANTHROPIC AWARDS Acts of compassion and philanthropy in the Inland Northwest community are recognized in various categories, including outstanding philanthropic corporation, business, organization, philanthropist and young philanthropist of the year. Oct. 21, 11:30 am-1 pm. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (327-8000) ROSE GARDEN GAZEBO DEDICATION The Friends of Manito dedicate the new Rose Hill gazebo during a short ceremony. The gazebo is located in Manito’s Rose Garden, and is a gift from TFM in recognition of their 25 year anniversary. Oct. 22, 4 pm. Free and open to the public. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd.


WASHINGTON STATE CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL The inaugural event features 30 displays of more than 3,000 pieces of lit, Chinese Lanterns, built and installed by Chinese artisans throughout an expanse of Riverfront Park. Other events include five weeks of Chinese cuisine, each week featuring a culinary region of China, prepared by awardwinning Chef Jeremy Hansen (Thu-Sat, 5-10 pm) and live performances by Chinese artists nightly at 6 and 8 pm. The festival runs through Nov. 1, and is open daily: Sun-Thu, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11 pm. $12-$60. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. APPLE FEST The festival offers apple dumplings, pie, baked goods, arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment. Oct. 17-18; Sat, 10 am-5 pm and Sun, 12-5 pm. Green Bluff United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Greenbluff Rd. (979-2607)


AMY Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. (Rated: R) Oct. 16-17; show times vary. $6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVAL FILM SERIES Explore post-apocalyptic worlds through the film Snowpiercer (Rated R) and partake in a post-film discussion with a local film expert. Oct. 18, 2-4 pm. Free. Cheney Library, 610 First St. (893-8280) FAITH, FICTION & FILM: A CONVERSATION & READING WITH RON HANSEN A screening (Oct. 19, 6 pm) of the movie “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” based on Hansen’s novel of the same name, followed by an informal Q&A with Hansen. Also includes a reading (Oct. 20, 7 pm) by Hansen, who has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the National Book Award for Fic-

tion. Free and open to the public. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-3253) RUN FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF CABALLO BLANCO A feature documentary directed by Sterling Noren, chronicling the life of American ultra running legend Micah True (Caballo Blanco, or the White Horse) and his quest to create an ultra marathon in Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Oct. 19, 7-9 pm. $12-$15. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (603-209-5010) INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: TIMBUKTU Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, a proud cattle herder lives peacefully in the dunes with his family. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Rated: PG-13. Oct. 20, 7-10 pm. $5. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) SUDS & CINEMA: BACK TO THE FUTURE II We’re taking you back to the future... of Oct. 21, 2015. Event brewery is No-Li, pouring $4 pints. Doors open/beer flows at 6:30 pm, movie shows at 7:30 pm. Oct. 21, 6:30 pm. $4. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW The Kenworthy’s annual showing of the classic, which celebrates its 40th Anniveary. Oct. 23-24, at 9 pm and midnight both days. $12 (includes prop bag). The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) MOVIE NIGHT: RATATOUILLE Spark Center’s October Family Movie night, in HD on the big screen. Grab a chair or pillow and watch this delightful animated film about an ambitious mouse. Oct. 24, 1-3 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Parkway.


NORTHWEST TASTE The second consumer event samples products from across the region, such as coffee, oils, vinegars, sweet treats, meats, cheese and wine, beer, spirits and hard ciders. Also see chef demos, product demos, competitions and more. Oct. 16-18, Fri 4-8 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. $10$25. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. THE HISTORY OF YUM: CHOCOLATE, COFFEE & GINGERBREAD Food historian and educator Monica Stenzel teaches a three-session class about chocolate, coffee and gingerbread. Take one or all three. Each session features special treats to sample. Limited to 30 spots. Oct. 18, Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, from 2-3:30 pm. $31.50-$35. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) IT’S A (MOUSE) TRAP! After two years of testing, Darigold has perfected and released a naturally-white cheddar cheese. To celebrate, the local dairy co-op invites the public to taste free samples. Oct. 22, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. (624-3945)


CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT South Hill Guitars, featuring James Reid from the University of Idaho and John Paul Shield from SFCC, perform a free concert of classical guitar music. In the University Chapel, 3rd Floor of College Hall. Oct. 15, 7:30-8:30 pm. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (313-6733)

PAGES OF HARMONY DISTRICT CONVENTION The competition features 55 men’s barbershop style chorus chapters from across the Northwest, competing to advance to the International Championships. Oct. 16-18. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. INLAND NW BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE Live music performed by local and regional bluegrass bands and related acoustic music performers. Monthly on the third Saturday, from 7-9:30 pm. $5-$7; ages 12 and under free. Trent Elementary School, 3303 N. Pines Rd. NORTHWEST SACRED MUSIC CHORALE “Gimme That Old Time Religion,” a revival tent-style show, featuring the NWSMC ensemble. Oct. 17 at 7 pm and Oct. 18 at 3 pm. Free; donations accepted. CdA First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside Ave. (208-446-2333) MEN OF WORTH A concert by the Celtic folk duo, from Scotland and Ireland. Oct. 18, 6 pm. $15. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls. (509-446-4108) CVHS BAND DESSERT NIGHT PERFORMANCE See the award winning Central Valley Marching Band and Color Guard perform their 2015 production of “Once Upon a Dream.” After the performance, join us in the CVHS Commons for dessert. Oct. 20, 7:30-8:30 pm. Free. CVHS, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. (927-6848) HOWARD CROSBY’S TRIBUTE TO BING Howard Crosby, Bing’s nephew performs during an intimate evening celebrating the incomparable Bing Crosby. Howard sings from Bing’s catalogue of songs from the 1930s to the 70s. Oct. 20, 7 pm. $12-$18. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.


SPOKANNIBALS VS. MAGIC CITY ROLLERS The Spokannibals’ last home game of 2015 as they they take on Magic City from Billings, Mont. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the league, all tickets are $5. Oct. 17, 6:30-9 pm. $5. Roller Valley Skate Center, 9415 E. Fourth Ave. (924-7655) SEKANI TRAIL RUN 5K/10K The 7th annual run is an adventure run/hike/ walk with all dirt trails and course challenges. Oct. 18, 10 am-noon. $20. Camp Sekani, 67070 E. Upriver Dr. (625-6200)


CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE MUSICAL Spokane Civic Theatre’s season premier of the musical about a precocious teenager whose lies take him into roles as a pilot, doctor and a lawyer. Through Oct. 18; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. “PROOF” BY DAVID AUBURN The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play explores themes of trust, love and loss. Oct. 15-25; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $5-$15. Hartung Theater, 6th & Stadium Way, Moscow. (208-885-6465)

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BEACON HILL READING “An Evening of Poetry and Prose” with Authors Drew Dillhunt, Emily Johnston, and Kris Dinnison. In the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, on the second floor of SCC’s library. Oct. 15, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. SCC, 1810 N. Greene. JAMES MEREDITH: WALK THE TALK Civil Rights activist James Mereditshares his story during a series of lectures and break-out sessions sponsored by the Human Rights Education Institute. Oct. 16, 7 pm. $5-$10. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-292-2359) THOM CARAWAY: OUT LIKE A LAMB The last public reading by Caraway as Spokane’s first ever Poet Laureate, featuring him and other readers. Oct. 16, 7 pm. Free. Salem Lutheran, 1428 W. Broadway. EMILY VAN KLAY & JONATHAN JOHNSON The two poets read from recent works. Oct. 17, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) 



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Astronaut Launch Gonzaga Prep alum Anne McClain always dreamed of going to space, and now she can BY LAURA JOHNSON 62 INLANDER OCTOBER 15, 2015

he learned long ago how to function without sleep. That skill was learned at West Point, where cadets pushed through the week and made dates with their pillows on weekends. Last Friday, after just arriving home in Houston from a weeklong astronaut training in Alabama, Anne McClain admits she’s tired. She says she can sleep later. The 36-year-old Senior Army Aviator, who became a certified astronaut in July, comes back to her alma mater, Gonzaga Preparatory School (class of ’97), this week. It’s a place she remembers fondly, where she played softball and excelled in math. She’ll share her inspiring journey with students and talk about the importance of math and science as it applies in reality, not just equations on paper. (Unfortunately, the events aren’t open to the public.) McClain knows her story is out of this world. You have a better shot at making it to the NBA or New York Philharmonic than becoming an astronaut. As a plucky 3-year-old, McClain had figured out her career ambition. In kindergarten she wrote a short book about how one day she’d be an astronaut — a book her mother, Charlotte Lamp, who still lives in Spokane, has proudly held onto. She says that harboring such a lofty career goal means dedicating yourself to it over and over. “I’ve had to remake that decision about 100,000 times to get back on track,” McClain says. “I’m not the smartest or brightest. But I kept making the right decisions.” That meant staying home from parties to study and taking more classes. That meant never backing down, even if there were setbacks. McClain, whose entire LETTERS résumé and list of military Send comments to decorations could take up pages of this paper, graduated from West Point and also holds master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and international relations. She served in Iraq. She’s played on the USA Rugby Women’s National Team. She has a partner and 2-year-old son. She says the films The Martian and Gravity are highly entertaining, even if unrealistic. Nearly four years ago, she got the chance to apply for the 21st NASA astronaut class. Out of 6,300 qualified applicants (mostly scientists, engineers, pilots and doctors), she rose through the interview process. The final 100 were invited to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Meeting the other interviewees, there was an instant connection. “You’re the oddball with the childhood dreams still,” McClain says. “But here, there was a common dream. It was so cool to meet these people who were so like me.” Put through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests and team building exercises, McClain recalls looking around and thinking there was no way she could measure up in this group of impressive people. Yet in 2013, she was selected as one of eight astronaut candidates. She’ll never forget the moment her life changed forever. The call came after the 14-month interview process. NASA wanted her. Right then, her knees buckled. Tears streamed down her face from relief, disbelief and unbridled happiness. Her 3-year-old self leapt for joy. For the past two years, her team has trained underwater, high above ground and in zero gravity research facilities, mastering myriad skills. With her recent graduating class, McClain says there are now about 45 current American astronauts. She hopes to go to space soon. She says she’d jump at the chance to go to Mars. “It’s only a matter of when,” she says. The fear of the unknown keeps some people up at night — but that’s what excites McClain about her new job. She says NASA contributes to so much on Earth. “The thing I like about space exploration is that it’s people at their best, it’s international cooperation,” McClain says. “You read about people in different countries and it’s bad, and yet I work with these people from those countries every day. When you’re working with people at such distances, you’re more alike than you are different. That’s really powerful.” n


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