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t was about four years ago exactly, David Condon and I stood together and looked out the window of my office, then up on the fourth floor of the Hutton Building. Framed by the curtain of ponderosas that mark the South Hill where we both grew up, we were actually focused just a few blocks up at the old Sanders Market on Washington, just across from Arby’s. My grandfather Archie owned that store for years after the war; my dad, Ted Sr., always says he learned the value of hard work there. There’s a lot of McGregor family history stowed in that dilapidated little storefront. Condon’s dad also worked for my grandpa, earning money while he was at Gonzaga University; Jack Condon often told his kids stories of working at Sanders, too. Spokane can be that way sometimes, with connections seemingly on every street. I was asking him about his plans if elected. I knew David’s brothers, but I didn’t know him, as he’s a bit younger than me. Yet in many ways, I knew exactly who he was. We both went to Gonzaga Prep, and there’s a kind of unspoken understanding among those taught by Jesuits. I knew his family, a hardworking bunch, and I could tell he was sharp by his sense of humor. I believed he wanted to make a difference in his city. Ever since we switched to the strong mayor system, I’ve mostly been disappointed. We created the potential for better leadership and more dynamic government, but delivering that has been difficult. Part of that I blame on the mayors we have elected, for not always quite being up to the job; an equal part, however, I blame on Spokane, for so easily turning on them. We have kind of a Groundhog Day thing going, and it’s holding us back. I was a bit suspicious of Condon that day. He was almost a complete neophyte — no elected experience, young, brash and with the kind of right-wing pedigree that can be divisive. Despite Mary Verner being an aggravatingly inept mayor at times, I saw enough promise to recommend not turning the page like we usually do. Even our personal connections weren’t enough to convince me to hand over the keys to our fragile city to David Condon. Of course he won.


Condon overcame zero name recognition and a dismal showing in the primary to move into the mayor’s office. It was an impressive performance, made possible by an opponent who had been so remote that she had little political capital in the bank to draw on when she needed it. Being mayor is two jobs, really — the symbolic and the conventional. You’re toast if you can’t run the city competently; Verner started

down that path when the city failed to deploy snowplows quickly enough during an early storm, and she lectured citizens that “It’s only snow, people.” But really, you have a staff — a city administrator, department heads — to do all that conventional stuff. To me, the more important job is as the leader of the city — reaching out to business owners to grow jobs, highlighting charities that need a boost and helping citizens make sense out of tricky issues. You need to draw on your inner cheerleader to be successful — championing things nobody else can tackle and nudging them closer to reality. Condon had snowplows at the ready his first winter in office, and he carries around that giant pair of scissors from the World’s Fair to cut ribbons. From the start, he understood the job. The strong, active nature of our city council and council president have helped Condon, although he may not see it. With a variety of viewpoints represented in city hall, and sparks often flying, citizens can feel the democracy. The council also protects us from any ideology he may have brought along with him from his days with Cathy McMorris Rodgers; thankfully he has chosen to focus on governing, not to push conservative social issues. Condon and other leaders have also ushered in a refreshing youth movement. Entering office while in his thirties, Condon is energetic and focused on livability in both the little details, like fixing up the entrances to the city, and in the massive undertakings, like securing $65 million for Riverfront Park renovations. (Full disclosure: Condon asked me to volunteer to lead the committee that helped detail those renovations; he also nominated me to the Park Board, where I serve independently.) Spokane has been wandering in the wilderness for decades, a civic orphan that can’t find a mayor to call its own. The short, unhappy tenure of Jim West was the first glimpse of what a strong mayor could and should be; Condon has proven himself our most effective strong mayor since we switched to the new system in 2000. Then the past month happened.


Over the past 30 days or so, Condon has felt Verner’s pain, as his shoo-in re-election seems to have run off the rails. Even Doug Clark has started picking on him, the mayoral equivalent of seeing the vultures circle overhead. How he has handled the scrutiny after the departure of Police Chief Frank Straub says a lot; it’s been clumsy.

What really happened remains a mystery, a lawsuit’s lined up, and now Condon seems to be laying low until the election. He surely has lawyers telling him not to say anything as litigation is pending, but that never inspires confidence. To truly connect, Condon needs to be as honest and open with the public as possible — and instruct his staff to do the same. There’s been far too much secrecy and obscuring of the real story over the past month. This is 100 percent our business. National headlines tell us that police effectiveness is one of the toughest issues any American mayor will face. In Spokane, we’ve been at this for a decade now. In Condon’s first term, we’ve seen reforms that are making a big difference. However, the ugly end to Straub’s tenure is a reminder that this isn’t over; the next mayor is going to be dealing with these same issues. Condon also needs to re-engage on the ombudsman process. He ran for office in 2011 on police accountability and was elected in part for that stand; subsequently, voters called for strong oversight. Yet since being elected, Condon has effectively put the process out on an ice floe to die. If he was trying to placate the police, guess what? They still threw him under the bus a month before the election. Police accountability is a Condon promise and a legal mandate that needs to be delivered. The strong mayor gets to hire and fire department heads. This allows the mayor to enact an agenda, but it’s also the surest way to land in controversy. Iffy hires have a higher likelihood of blowing up, prompting hasty decisions that also can blow up. For Condon, it’s been no different; ironically, the strongest planks of his re-election campaign — making city hall more business-friendly and reducing crime — are the two things that were delivered by two managers who were run out of the building, Scott Chesney and Straub. Mayors can take credit for the good work of their managers, but they also get blamed when the stumbling starts. The lesson? Hire — and fire — carefully. Finally, Condon limits himself by viewing the world through the warped lens of politics. This is not D.C., where a state of perpetual campaigning requires that every moment be massaged and back-channeled. As a result, Condon has been oddly neutral on major city issues. When Condon would not endorse the ombudsman proposal that voters passed, it felt calculated. Not saying anything about the STA funding proposal, again, was puzzling. And when the WSU medical school — some say the biggest thing since Expo ’74 — became a bit of a scrum, he stayed safely on the sidelines. As mayor, you are hired to lead, not hold up your finger to see which way the political winds are blowing. Perhaps Condon has treaded so lightly because of that date on the calendar — Nov. 3, 2015. It’s true that you’re not much of a strong mayor if you can’t even get re-elected. But here’s hoping that if he does win another four years — his last, as the Spokane mayor is term-limited at two — he can become as bold as he was when he decided to run for the office in the first place.


When I watch Condon working a room, I often think of that old Roman proverb, “Fortune favors the bold.” He put himself out there, took a risk, and it paid off. That impresses me, and should impress anyone who cares about our future: Bold is pretty much what we need around here. But that only takes us so far. I still think my initial read on Condon holds — he was green and probably has been in over his head. As we judge him here on the eve of Election Day, we should recognize that we took a chance on him four years ago. Mayor of Spokane is a complicated, challenging job, and Condon has been learning every step of the way. Every mayor, in fact, learns a lot in that first term; we just never have the patience to let them build on that experience. The past four years of experience give him a clear advantage over his opponent, Shar Lichty. On police reform alone, having gone through that particular wringer prepares him better than anyone for the reckoning that needs to come. And on creating a more dynamic, entrepreneurial city, he’s the clear choice: Condon gets Spokane and what it needs. Yes, Condon has been a work in progress, but so is our city. Lately, however, things have been going our way, and Spokane is on a roll, with pent-up progress coming in surprising ways. Instead of starting all over again, we need to build on this moment. I’m personally voting for David Condon. 

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ublic education is the sacred cow of Washington state politics. Most people agree that investing in the success of the next generation is an imperative duty of our state, yet for years our legislature has failed to do just that. In spite of the dastardly economy and polarizing struggle for control of the Washington State Senate, the real reason for the chronic underfunding of education is a bipartisan lack of political will to pursue state tax reform. The idea of providing the “ample” money required by our state constitution for education is so popular that

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ew people knew exactly where Robert Parkinson camped, and he liked it that way. Tucked into the woods on Potlatch Hill in Coeur d’Alene, not far off Interstate 90, a green tarp shielded his tent from rain and passersby. The 56-year-old military veteran was a very private person. He spent most of his time at his campsite, preferring to be surrounded by a thicket of trees, with a good novel, to the company of most people. He came into town every once in a while to work as a day laborer, to get supplies, to eat at one of the soup kitchens or to check out a new book from the library. But he would only stay a little while. Because of his lifestyle, not many people knew about Parkinson’s personal life. He was a good man, those who knew him say. He was quiet, respectful and humble. He was a loner, but the nearly 70 people who showed up for a memorial service in his honor this past Sunday afternoon suggest that his impact was much greater than one might expect from a reclusive homeless man. “He always felt there were people worse off than he was,” says Matt Gardner, who met Parkinson years ago while they were both homeless. Gardner has since found housing and steady work. “He was such a marvelous guy. He was my friend, and I’m going to miss him.” ...continued on next page




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his wasn’t the first time that Parkinson’s tent had caught fire. During the cold Idaho winters, he used candles or a propane-powered stove to keep warm. Three tealight candles in a zipped-up tent and he’d be comfortable through some of the harshest temperatures, he once told Darla Trinkaus, a member of the board of directors of Cherished Ones Ministries, a nonprofit organization that runs a local soup kitchen. Trinkaus says that Parkinson’s campsite had caught fire a few times before. Once, he almost didn’t make it out, he told her. Another time, he stumbled down the hillside and a chunk of bark became lodged in his leg — both incidents likely fueled by alcohol. Recently, Trinkaus says, he had cut back. He was so much more than that anyway, she says. For Trinkaus, Parkinson was a beacon of humility and someone she trusted with her life. Cherished Ones used to stock portable propane canisters specifically to give to Parkinson. They knew he used them to cook and keep warm.

The cans came in packs of two, and whenever Trinkaus tried to give them both to Parkinson, he’d whip out his knife and cut the second one loose. “I’ll be alright with just this one,” he would tell her. “Give that other one to somebody else who needs it.” “He would never take more than he needed,” says Kevin Kram, the director of Cherished Ones. “He was always concerned that others were taken care of.” Only once in the more than 20 years that Trinkaus had known Parkinson did he accept an offer to stay in her living room. That was during a weeklong stretch when the temperature dipped below freezing. Trinkaus says she had several other homeless men sleeping on her living room floor that winter, but wasn’t worried because Parkinson was there. To his family — he had three sisters — Parkinson was the mischievous brother. Paula Hubeek, his youngest sister, remembers him as a practical joker. He used to put her hand in warm water while she was sleeping. She looks at an old family photo after the memorial service. “Can’t you just see it in those eyes?” she says to her older sister, Sherry Taylor. “He’s just got that look like, ‘I’m going to get into some trouble.’” They both laugh, remembering the time he shot an arrow straight up into the air and

waited for it to come down. That’s where the scar just below his eye came from. For Taylor, who was much closer in age to her brother, Parkinson was a rebel who refused to conform to the rules of society. He went into the Army when he was 18 years old. After serving, he worked sporadically in construction, maintenance and landscaping — whatever work he could get — but struggled to hold a steady job. “He had a hard time putting down roots and staying in one place,” Taylor says of her brother. “He just always wanted to be on the move, seeing new places and meeting new people. He wanted to be doing things his own way, and on his own time.” Parkinson grew up in Auburn, Washington, but lived with his father in Montana for a few years after his parents divorced. They went camping a lot, Taylor says, which is probably where he learned how to survive in the woods. Over the years, he popped in and out of her life, but always seemed to show up when she needed him most. She recalls the time she’d just filed for bankruptcy and had to move. Out of the blue, Parkinson showed up with a pickup truck to help. Though he didn’t have much money, he always made sure to bring her kids Christmas presents when he could afford to.

“He just always wanted to be on the move, seeing new places and meeting new people. He wanted to be doing things his own way.”


atty McGruder always knew where to look to find Parkinson. He used to sit on a bench outside the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and read, his glasses halfway down his pointed nose. She has requested that the city install a plaque with Parkinson’s name and designate the bench as a safe zone for homeless people — a place they can sleep and won’t be arrested. Mayor Steve Widmyer has told her the safe zone probably will not be possible. For McGruder, Parkinson represents the plight of homeless people in Coeur d’Alene, an area she says has too few places for the homeless to stay at night. According to the 2015 Point-in-Time Count, a nationwide measurement that counts the number of homeless people in each state, the region that includes Kootenai County has the second largest percentage of Idaho’s homeless population — 21.8 percent. Yet only 55 percent are sheltered. Comparatively, Ada County, which includes Boise, has 38.4 percent of the state’s homeless population, and 89 percent are sheltered. “In other cities they don’t arrest them, because they recognize they don’t have adequate shelter,” McGruder says. “But we still do it here. All I’m asking for is one place where they can go and not be arrested.” Just a few years ago, after the frost set in and the wind made it dangerous for people to sleep outside, Parkinson and other homeless veterans helped McGruder build snow caves around the city to help other homeless people keep warm. He did it again the following winter, passing along his knowledge of how to survive harsh North Idaho winters. It’s difficult to say how life will change after Parkinson’s death. He mostly kept to himself and stayed out of the spotlight. What’s easy to see is what he left behind. If his take-only-whatyou-need philosophy and genuine generosity live on through people like Darla Trinkaus, Matt Gardner and Kevin Kram, then his flame will always burn bright. “This was a great man,” fellow homeless veteran Freeman Buckhanan said during Sunday’s memorial service. “No life is ever lost as long as it remains in the memory of your heart.” n


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HIGHS AND LOWS Spokane City Council President candidate John Ahern sat down with the Inlander to talk about his ATTITUDES REGARDING POT. Earlier in the campaign, the 80-year-old former Republican state representative had stated that, if elected, he’d pass a moratorium on marijuana businesses. As his campaign to unseat Council President Ben Stuckart has unfolded, his calls for a moratorium have become less frequent. The Inlander asked Ahern if he’d ever tried pot, whether it has medicinal qualities, if it’s as bad as other drugs and if he still supports that moratorium on marijuana businesses. Go to to see all his answers. (JAKE THOMAS)

BEHIND BARS A recent study by University of Washington political science professor Rebecca Thorpe found that lawmakers who represent rural districts with prisons are more likely to vote against measures that would REDUCE PRISON POPULATIONS. Thorpe’s data included votes from state legislators on proposals to strengthen or reform sentencing laws for nonviolent offenses from 2000-2010. The results are interesting considering the ongoing effort to reform sentencing at the federal level. A recently proposed U.S. Senate bill with bipartisan support addresses mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenders, recidivism reduction programs, solitary confinement for juveniles and more. In addition, 6,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders will be released by the end of November thanks to a 2014 decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. (MITCH RYALS)


Get in the Zone

A vote from the people divided by the Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts; plus, a proposal to alleviate crowding at the Spokane County Jail LANDINGS ZONE

Depending on how voters vote in November, the boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene School District may grow and the boundaries of the Post Falls School District may shrink. But that’s not because either of the two districts suggested the idea: Instead, it’s on the ballot at the request of of a number of neighbors in a development in northwest Coeur d’Alene called THE LANDINGS. Currently, the boundaries between the two districts split the development in two. That fact has flummoxed residents of the Landings like Jon Froderberg. His house is more than 6 miles away from the nearest elementary school in the Post Falls School District, but is only a little over a mile and a half away from the nearest elementary school in the Coeur d’Alene School District. Residents in similar situations have had to get special permissions to

allow their children to attend Coeur d’Alene schools. As a result, he and other residents gathered signatures to propose moving the boundary west and put the entire subdivision within Coeur d’Alene School District boundaries. When Froderberg brought the idea up to the Coeur d’Alene school board, the trustees were very supportive. That was not the case with the Post Falls District. He says the superintendent was clearly opposed to the change. “It affects their tax base,” Froderberg says. “All of the homes in the west half of The Landings will shift from providing revenues from the Post Falls School District to the Coeur d’Alene School District.” That means taxes for residents in the Post Falls School District will increase slightly, while taxes in the Coeur d’Alene School District will decrease slightly. But on election day, most Post Falls or Coeur d’Alene residents won’t get a chance to weigh in. Only the Landings residents who would change districts will have a chance to vote on it. (DANIEL WALTERS)


Two Spokane City Council candidates are criticizing their opponents for not being more vocal in their opposition to a CONTROVERSIAL BALLOT INITIATIVE. Candidates Evan Verduin and LaVerne Biel, small business owners with the backing of Mayor David Condon, are faulting their respective opponents Lori Kinnear and Councilwoman Karen Stratton for not taking more public stances against the Worker Bill of Rights, a controversial ballot initiative that would give sweeping rights and protections to workers. Specifically, Biel sent out a campaign mailer stating she “publically [sic] opposes all aspects of the initiative” while stating that Kinnear, a city council legislative aide, does not. Similarly, Verduin has taken to Facebook to criticize Stratton for not “publicly endorsing” the cam-

paign against the initiative. “I’m not actively campaigning against it, because I have enough to do with my campaign,” says Stratton, who calls the initiative a “legal nightmare” that would be “very hard on businesses.” Kinnear says that the claim that she hasn’t publicly opposed the entirety of the initiative is “blatantly false,” citing television appearances and candidate forums where she has stated her position. (JAKE THOMAS)


The regional criminal justice council is considering two ways to ALLEVIATE JAIL OVERCROWDING and streamline the first court appearances of inmates. The proposal by Detention Lt. Michael Sparber, County Clerk Timothy Fitzgerald and City Prosecutor Justin Bingham includes construction of a courtroom inside the Spokane County Jail and a “portability judge” who could hear cases from all three jurisdictions. The proposed courtroom, estimated to cost nearly $380,000, would replace a recreation area and would reduce the number of times jail transport officers escort defendants from the jail to the Public Safety Building next door for first appearance hearings. According to the proposal, the courtroom would allow judges to make release or bail decisions after-hours and on weekends, a process that’s been used in other cities to alleviate jail population build-up on weekends. As of now, people arrested Friday don’t see a judge until Monday morning at the earliest, pushing the jail into emergency or critical status. Tom Krzyminski, director of the Spokane County Public Defenders Office, says it’s a good idea in theory, but one that would require buy-in from all parties. “Anything would be an improvement over what we have now,” he says. “But let’s make sure it’s as functional as a normal courtroom should be.” (MITCH RYALS)



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David Byrnes, of the West Central Community Center, uses a Leatherman to pick up a syringe at A.M. Cannon Park.

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avid Byrnes snaps on blue medical gloves as he prepares to perform a grim part of his daily routine at the West Central Community Center. “This is kind of a morning tradition, unfortunately,” says Byrnes, the center’s maintenance supervisor and security specialist. Every morning, Byrnes, along with Ben Baird, the center’s youth development coordinator, scours A.M. Cannon Park for byproducts of a problem that transcends the neighborhood: drug addiction. On a typical day, says Byrnes, staff will find two to five syringes, blood-stained disinfectant wipes and other remnants of drug use in the park. Using a pick stick, a rod with a grasping claw at the end, Byrnes collects syringes in a metal biohazard box that will be sent to a medical supplies disposal company. This year, they’ve filled three containers with 70 syringes that are stored in

a cardboard box, along with what appears to be a pot pipe and a realistic fake gun also found in the park. The problem is particularly acute during the summer months and continues well into the fall. This year, both Byrnes and Baird say it’s gotten significantly worse. Staff at the center do this job every morning because several daycares use the playground, as well as kids enrolled in youth programs offered at the center. No child has ever been stuck with a syringe, and the center’s staff intends to keep it that way. Residents of West Central are taking notice of the syringes left at A.M. Cannon Park and similar problems at nearby Dutch Jake’s Park, says Mike Brakel, chair of the neighborhood council. He’s not sure what the solution is, but says that having a greater community presence in the parks will help. “Lately, we’ve been trying to take back the parks,



and have been having community events there in the evening,” says Brakel. “But, honestly, I think we are going to have to have a different mindset with the parks, because ours are a hotbed for drugs and homelessness.” Last month, the neighborhood council held its monthly meeting in Dutch Jake’s Park, and also hosted a barbeque there. Brakel says the neighborhood is working on getting funding for more lighting in the parks, and he’s encouraged that younger families who have shown an interest in the issue have moved in. But he says there needs to be a greater police presence, especially at night. Northeast Precinct Captain Craig Meidl explains that the police have limited tools to address the problem. He says that drug users in the park can see police coming and hide any contraband. Parks Department staff, he says, can cite people for trespassing, but they typically aren’t on duty late at night while unsavory activities might be occurring. “It’s almost impossible to catch them in the act,” says Meidl. “They can see you from a mile away.” Lynn Everson, the Spokane Regional Health District’s needle exchange coordinator, says that many drug users dispose of syringes responsibly using the district’s confidential service. Over the past three years, her program has exchanged a million syringes annually. But, she says, not everyone uses the service. Matt Layton, medical director for the Spokane

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Behind Ben Stuckart’s rise as city council president, his latest challenger and what comes next BY JAKE THOMAS


en Stuckart’s first foray into electoral politics ended with “a punch in the gut” from Spokane voters on a November night five years ago. At the time, Stuckart was executive director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, a nonprofit focused on reducing dropout rates. He was also campaign spokesman for a ballot initiative for a tax levy that would’ve created the Children’s Investment Fund. The fund would have been used to prop up youth-oriented programs, and educa-


tion advocates argued that it would cut the city’s dropout rate while producing graduates less likely to end up in jail or on public assistance. On election night, supporters crowded into a downtown bar. Excitement bubbled up when a reporter erroneously said the initiative had passed. But the hope in the room soured to disappointment when a closer reading of the results revealed an electorate, recovering from the recession, refusing new taxes. Until that night, Stuckart had succeeded at nearly everything he’d taken

on. He earned accolades on the debate team at Gonzaga and had a successful career selling tickets before helping build a Spokane County affiliate of Communities in Schools. “I thought I could win because I work hard,” says Stuckart. “If I put my mind to things, I can win.” Just a year after that defeat, Stuckart would re-enter electoral politics, beating two established politicians and being elected city council president. During his time on the council, he has applied lessons learned from that defeat

to promote his vision of Spokane as a place that people opt to stay in, rather than leave. That vision, steeped in social-justice Catholicism, includes protections for workers and the poor. In pursuit of that vision, Stuckart has won over would-be opponents and passed ordinances over the objections of a more conservative mayor. “He’s changed the focus of the city


council president position and the city council,” says Kerry Lynch, the president of public relations firm Alliance Pacific, who’s become a regular adviser to Stuckart. His detractors say that change is for the worse, scaring away businesses and stretching the scope of municipal government. Mike Fagan, his biggest critic on city council, says that with Stuckart and his allies on the ballot, this







election is a crossroads for Spokane. “His vision, the way I look at… is he wants to make Spokane another Seattle,” says John Ahern, a former Republican state representative who’s running to replace Stuckart. “We are more conservative over here, so that’s why Stuckart needs to retire.”


t’s mid-morning on a Saturday, and Stuckart, who has ditched his suit and tie for a long-sleeve Gonzaga T-shirt, is beaming that 22 people have shown up at an Albertsons parking lot on the South Hill to doorbell for him and fellow city council candidate Lori Kinnear. “Does everyone have literature and addresses?” shouts a volunteer. In the background, Stuckart’s mother, Mary Anne, jokes that she could tell stories from high school about why not to vote for him.

Someone asks: “What if they say, ‘Ben is going to win anyways?’” “Just tell them that it’s very important,” Stuckart replies. “If only I win, and the people down-ticket don’t, we are going to be in a world of hurt.” Volunteers disperse and Stuckart steps into his 2001 Toyota Corolla. There’s an Obama ’08 sticker on the bumper. On the floor are maps, empty Gatorade bottles and old newspapers. In the backseat is a cooler full of booze, left over from a campaign fundraiser hosted by Terrain, an arts nonprofit on whose board he serves. Stuckart only has 15 minutes to doorbell before he’s supposed to speak at the quarterly county Democratic Party meeting. After parking in a nearby neighborhood, he walks briskly, explaining that he’s been the primary sponsor of more than 70 ordinances or resolutions, making him more productive than any of his predecessors. City government, says Stuckart, is

about roads, garbage pickup, 911 and utilities. After that, he says, “it becomes how do we create a tax base — and that goes to things like planning — and how to attract business. “You don’t just say we are going to cut taxes and deregulate, and the companies will come,” says Stuckart. Stuckart left Spokane for the Bay Area the day after Gonzaga’s graduation ceremony in 1995. Spokane, he says, needs to become a place where young, educated people will want to live. This demographic, he says, will attract businesses or start their own. Under Stuckart, the council has implemented a strategy of “targeted and concentrated investments,” pouring city funds into housing, streets, utility infrastructure and public safety in neglected parts of town, like East Sprague, in hopes of making them attractive to private investment. He’s also supported an ordinance removing parking require...continued on next page




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“POWER PLAYER,” CONTINUED... ments for businesses to make neighborhoods more walkable, and has pushed for a pedestrian bridge connecting the University District to East Sprague. The investment strategy won him an endorsement from the Spokane Association of Realtors for its potential to increase property values. “We are joining the rest of Washington state,” says Councilman Jon Snyder of Stuckart’s leadership, specifically his support for investments in transit and labor protections. “We are not just isolated out here on our own.” In between doors, Stuckart explains that he’s had a few negative interactions while campaigning. One volunteer told Stuckart that a voter shouted: “That socialist! That communist! I’m not voting for him!” “I think people call names when they don’t understand a policy,” says Stuckart. “What have I done that’s so horrible?” Plenty, says Ahern, the five-term Republican state representative who is challenging Stuckart. Although Stuckart has publicly denied it, Ahern insists that Stuckart will pursue a $15-an-hour minimum wage, like Seattle, if re-elected. Ahern highlights his state legislative work getting funding for an Eastern Washington veterans’ home and a bill allowing felony charges for chronic drunk drivers. He says he’d improve the city’s business climate by removing regulations on business, though he’s not sure which ones. “I haven’t examined all the different types of regulations,” he says. “I’d have to check with the business community to find out what regulations they want to get rid of.” An energetic and cheery 80-year-old, Ahern says he’s not worried that Stuckart has a longer list of endorsements and, according to the most recent campaign finance filings, nearly a $100,000 war chest compared to his $7,600. He’s adamant that he will win by knocking on more doors. Stuckart says he learned, from his failed Children’s Investment Fund campaign, the political importance of having buy-in from other elected officials and the business community. Calling the $15 minimum wage proposal a “made-up issue,” Stuckart highlights endorsements from Avista, Gallatin Public Affairs and the Spokane Home Builders Association that he says prove he’s pro-business. Ahern — routed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in a bid for Snyder’s seat two years ago — has the endorsement of Spo-


Despite having more endorsements and campaign money than his opponent, Council President Ben Stuckart isn’t taking his re-election for granted and spends his Saturdays knocking on doors. KRISTEN BLACK PHOTO kane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell and County Treasurer Rob Chase, who describes Ahern as a “gentleman” who would bring experience and political balance to a council that leans to the left. The entire council endorsed Stuckart, with the exception of Fagan. “As much as I hate to say it, no disrespect to John Ahern, I think a lot of people would rather see John Ahern on the sidelines mentoring young people rather than running,” says Fagan.


tuckart was born in Spokane in 1971. His father, Larry Stuckart, was an advocate for the city’s poor who led the nonprofit social services organization SNAP. His mother, Mary Anne, was an educator and one-time chair of the Spokane County Democratic Party. He became politically aware at a young age attending St. Ann’s Catholic Church. The church was providing sanctuary to a Salvadoran family, fleeing death squads in their homeland, and Stuckart remembers hearing homilies about what to do if federal agents were to ever conduct a raid.

“They gave homilies about why nuclear weapons are wrong, and then people from our church would get arrested at Fairchild Air Force Base [where nuclear weapons were stored] and we would pray for them next week,” he says. Stuckart spent one year at George Washington University, where he joined a frat and was more focused on drinking than studying, before transferring to Gonzaga. He remembers once coming home to visit and seeing his father deeply distraught over SNAP losing half of its federal funding. “It was the second time I’d ever seen him having a drink [of liquor], and he was so upset that he was crying,” recalls Stuckart. His father passed away last year, but one guiding principle has remained with Stuckart. “Capitalism has a certain percentage of people who are unemployed,” he says. “And if we ever went to zero percent unemployment, the way the labor market works, capitalism would collapse. So it’s necessary to have a certain number of people at the bottom of this system.”

Stuckart says he has an upper-middleclass life because of capitalism: “And if I’m living in a system that requires there to be some people at the bottom, then it’s our moral responsibility as people who live in that system to take care of those at the bottom.” Under Stuckart, the city council has passed ordinances directed at those at the bottom. It has passed ordinances targeting wage theft, requiring contractors working on public works projects to include apprentice labor, and codifying a police policy that limits when city employees can ask about people’s immigration status. Stuckart also has proposed an ordinance mandating that some employers give workers paid days off to deal with illness or domestic violence, which has been shelved. The Spokane Home Builders Association has opposed some of these measures, as well as others. But Michael Cathcart, the association’s lobbyist, says Stuckart has listened and tried to find common ground, which is why they endorsed him. Others take greater issue with Stuckart’s goals and approach.

“I’ve been very fervent on focusing on city and not national issues, unless there was an absolute, direct impact,” says Mayor David Condon of his central difference with Stuckart. For instance, Condon opposed the apprenticeship ordinance. After it was passed over his objection, Condon said it required substantial revision. Ahern has made the immigration status ordinance a key issue in his campaign, saying it makes Spokane a “sanctuary city” and invites criminals and terrorists. “I think [Stuckart] has a socialistic agenda,” says former Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. Both McLaughlin and Fagan say that the current council has taken on too many misguided social initiatives that detract from the city’s core mission. Karen Stratton’s appointment to the council last year, which created a 5-2 liberal majority that could overcome mayoral vetoes, has also raised concerns that Stuckart is getting his way too often. Tom Keefe, former chair of the Spokane County Democrats who supports both Condon and Stuckart, suspects that Stuckart eventually Former Republican state Rep. John Ahern will run for mayor. In the says that Ben Stuckart is hurting the business meantime, having such climate and has made Spokane a “sanctuary a strong majority on the council, says Keefe, has city” that will attract crime and even terrorism. given Stuckart quasiexecutive powers. Keefe points to how Stuckart passed an emergency ordinance this past summer, over Condon’s objections, that required two firefighters to be on emergency calls. That situation, says Keefe, was a “misuse of the legislative branch.” As his term has gone on, Stuckart has been criticized for being increasingly prickly, and Keefe says that Stuckart is becoming more like his predecessor, the infamously brash Joe Shogan. “I think Ben has developed some of that imperial impatience,” says Keefe. “And maybe that’s an occupational hazard of the job.” During a hearing this past winter on a ballot initiative seeking to undo the immigration-status ordinance, supporters and opponents packed the council chambers, cheering and clapping in violation of council rules. While Ahern was speaking, Stuckart decided he’d had enough and angrily slammed down the gavel, ending the meeting. Ahern says he’ll be more patient during public comment period. “I would start the meeting with a prayer,” he says.

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fter doorbelling, Stuckart takes a few drags off a Camel cigarette before heading to the Bethany Presbyterian Church for the county Democratic Party meeting. He chats with state Rep. Marcus Riccelli and thumbs through Facebook on his iPhone until it’s his turn to speak. During the campaign for the Children’s Investment Fund, Stuckart says there was a quiet effort to link it with Envision Spokane, a group that has perennially qualified progressive ballot measures. This year, Envision’s Worker Bill of Rights is on the ballot; Stuckart makes it clear that he thinks it will be a disaster if passed. “It’s not being run for worker rights,” he tells the 30 people in attendance. “I want to get everyone to a $25-an-hour wage, but there are right ways and wrong ways.” Lynch, who worked on the Children’s Investment Fund campaign, says she’s seen Stuckart grow into the position of council president — a relatively new position, first elected in 2000 — that she says is also growing. Since the Children’s Investment Fund was voted down, she says that Stuckart has seen the potential for city government to address issues seemingly outside of its scope. Stuckart says he’s learned many lessons from that campaign. Now, five years later, his belief in the potential for municipal government has remained steady. “It’s the closest government to the people,” he says. 

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Spokane Public Schools board member Rocky Treppiedi told the local teachers union it harmed the trust of the community, and the union endorsed his opponent. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

RO C KY RE L AT I O NS H I P S Amid the aftermath of an averted teachers strike, the most veteran Spokane school board member seeks another term BY DANIEL WALTERS


ore than a month has passed since Spokane Public Schools barely averted a strike, but the fallout from the settlement still lingers as the school board election approaches. Last Wednesday, the school board struggled to fix a $5.6 million budget gap created after the district agreed to an expensive deal with the Spokane Education Association. The administration offered a plan that, among dozens of different cuts and fee increases, would delay by another year the addition of fourth-grade classes to the Odyssey Program, a magnet school for gifted students. Several board members objected to the delay, but none so strenuously as Rocky Treppiedi. He warned that if there’s another delay, students would go elsewhere. “I’m not interested in driving students out of HAYNES our district over this issue,” Treppiedi says. Treppiedi’s complaints fit his philosophy. As a board member, Treppiedi doesn’t just want the district to focus on helping struggling students. “We should be raising a bar for every kid


in every class,” he says. So he’s pushed for all-day kindergarten in every school, instead of just low-income schools. He fought to add an extra half-hour for the elementary school day. He supported weighted grading to push students toward honors classes. And if he’s re-elected, he wants to pursue ability-based grouping in younger grades, so kids who learn faster can learn more. Treppiedi was a central figure in the election four years ago, but not on the school board. His highly criticized role as assistant city attorney advising the Spokane Police Department in the death of mentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm had become a flashpoint. Mayor David Condon campaigned on firing Treppiedi; when Condon was elected, he kept his KIENHOLZ promise. “He had never met me, he had never spoken to me,” Treppiedi says. “I had been doing my job as an attorney and I had been doing it well.” While Treppiedi’s role on the school

board has been comparatively nonkane Falls Community College. controversial, the Spokane Education There’s a clear divide between Association has endorsed Treppiedi’s Haynes and Treppiedi over how they opponent, Jerrall Haynes, arguing that he view the local union. Treppiedi wants the brings a fresh, young viewpoint. legislature to clarify state law to penalize Haynes is so young that when Trepillegal teacher strikes. He agrees with the piedi first joined the school board in union’s complaints about the lawmakers 1996, Haynes was a third-grader. While underfunding schools, but calls the teachserving on the local NAACP’s political ers’ one-day walkout back in the spring to action committee in Spokane, he said he protest the legislature “unlawful.” was encouraged to run for office. The “If you’re going to take unlawful acschool board position stood out. tions and breach contracts, you’re breachWhile Haynes is currently an aircraft ing trust with the board and breaching maintenance craftsman in the Air Force, trust with the community,” Treppiedi says. he does not have a college degree. That Haynes, by contrast, was there during detail sticks out amid the district’s the walkout, shaking hands and suppush to send more graduporting the teachers who showed ates to two-year, up. “They felt their voices four-year or weren’t being heard,” Haynes technical says. “Sometimes you have colleges. to do something drastic.” But that’s But Haynes says his an asset, not biggest disagreement with a weakness, the current board comes SCHNEIDER Haynes says. down to charter schools. “I would definiteSpokane was the only district ly be able to relate to the to become a charter school authostudents pursuing a technical certificate or rizer, guiding local charter school efforts an associate’s degree,” Haynes says. After like Spokane International Academy and the campaign is over, he says he’ll return PRIDE Prep. As existing charter schools to pursuing his associate’s degree at Sposeek ways to stay open after the state

Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional, relying on local districts like Spokane to authorize them remains a possibility. “To be honest with you, I’m typically against charter schools,” Haynes says. “Bottom line, I basically feel as though, if you want to be run by the public’s money, you need to answer to the public.” Charter schools also provide a clear distinction in the second school board race, where University High School teacher Paul Schneider takes on Patricia Kienholz, president of an education-focused nonprofit called the Citizens Law and Safety Research Center. Schneider says he’ll support the charter schools if the rest of the board does, but he’s personally opposed to them. “They’re unaccountable to the taxpayers,” Schneider says. “My opponent supports charter schools and my opponent supports voucher programs.” Kienholz lists a number of things she wants to change in the district: She wants more resources directed toward special ed. She wants math teachers to be better trained. And she wants mandatory notification for parents when their kids are bullied. But the biggest difference between her and her opponent comes down to the union. “There’s an ethical question as to why the union is supporting putting a candidate in the school board,” Kienholz says. As a teacher in the Central Valley School District, Schneider pays dues to the Washington Education Association. As a school board member, he’d be involved with bargaining with the local chapter of the Washington Education Association, and Kienholz sees this as a conflict of interest. But Schneider doesn’t always go along with every union position. He supports giving younger, underpaid employees larger raises than highly paid veteran employees, an idea the union has opposed. “I’ve told everybody — union supporters, non-union supporters — there will be times I disappoint you,” Schneider says. 

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THE VALLEY AND TOWEY Two years ago, Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey left the City Council — now he wants back on BY DANIEL WALTERS


wo years ago, the mayor of Spokane Valley announced he wasn’t going to run for another term. “I haven’t taken a vacation in four years, so I’m going to take a couple weeks off,” Tom Towey told the Spokesman-Review in 2013. “At least.” But taking a vacation wasn’t his reason for leaving. “My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012,” Towey says today. “She went through treatment for chemo and radiation in 2013. I decided my place was at home.” Now he’s returned, asking voters to WOODARD put him back in the game. Towey will face off against the deputy mayor, Arne Woodard, for a spot on the council. “My wife is completely cured,” Towey says. “I think it’s about time I rolled up my sleeves and did more work.” In 2009, Towey was part of the original “Positive Change” group which overthrew a council that had put into place an ambitious zoning plan intended to transform the Valley. A few resignations and appointments later, the group had almost complete control. WICK So two years later, when Councilman Ben Wick was elected, he was an outlier for a few reasons. He was by far the youngest on a very old council. And he was far more moderate than his deeply conservative colleagues. “I was the odd man out for a while there,” Wick says. But lately, he says, the larger coalition of conservatives has fallen apart. “The mayor and deputy mayor don’t see eye-to-eye anymore,” he says. “This last week there was a major conflict over the budget.” WOOD Woodard supported lowering property taxes in the Valley, but Mayor Dean Grafos opposed the idea, noting that it would create a budget deficit next year. The motion didn’t pass. “At one time I thought [everyone on] the council had about the same principles,” Woodard lamented. “I’m not sure that’s true anymore. I vote for freedom and liberty whenever [they] come up.” As a libertarian, Woodard wants fewer regulations, whether you’re talking about signs, landscaping or the environment. He worries that the city TOWEY budget has been growing too fast. “Just because we can grow at that amount doesn’t mean we should,” he says. “It’s not the city’s money. It’s the taxpayer’s money.” Woodard casts himself as a councilmember

bringing deep scrutiny to bear on financial and policy decisions. He doesn’t just want to follow staff recommendations, he says, but wants to do his own research and analysis. Towey casts Woodard in a less flattering role. “I worked with Mr. Woodard for four years. He’s kind of a loose cannon,” Towey says. “He brings up things that are questionable.” Like what kind of things? “He doesn’t like deer in the neighborhood,” Towey says. “He brought up the question, ‘Why shouldn’t we have deer hunts in the neighborhood?’” Woodard chuckles at the memory. “I suggested we have a limited hunt every so often,” he says, noting that “the game department is not interested in that at all.” Woodard also brought up a citizen’s idea of the changing the name of Spokane Valley. He thought it deserved at least some discussion. Towey scoffs. “The cost to the taxpayer of changing the name is just tremendous,” he says. The race between Wick and real-estate appraiser Sam Wood, meanwhile, is less about the past and more about perspective on the future. Philosophically, Wood is very close to Woodard. He cares a lot about low taxes and a lot about property rights. Who knows the importance of property rights better, he suggests, than a property appraiser? “I bring that practical, commonsense, everyday experience to the council,” Wood says. As the city updates its large-scale comprehensive plan, he says his expertise will be vital. “I don’t think anybody will deny that the Valley is a small-business community,” Wood says. “I think they need a strong voice.” Wick says his perspective is more vital. In his day job, he’s an IT manager. “I led the initiative to get us into the digital world,” he says. “Some of us can handle technology and some of us can’t.” He wants to look long-term. For example, just by bridging a few railroad tracks, he says that entire sections of the Valley could be opened to new development, leading to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic impact. “I try to think 50 years down the road,” Wick says. As the only young guy on the council, he has to. n

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GOOD OLD BOYS Meet the five candidates for vying for two Coeur d’Alene City Council seats BY MITCH RYALS



oby Schindelbeck, the challenger for seat 1 on giving rent money to the proposed Coeur d’Alene Coeur d’Alene’s City Council, has a very Tech Market, an idea that fell by the wayside at specific idea for one of his top priorities if the end of September. he is able to knock off veteran incumbent Ron Edinger. Incumbent Steve Adams is facing two Schindelbeck, a local businessman who opponents for his city council seat. The first, owns a health and wellness store in Coeur Dan English, served on the council in the d’Alene, has expressed his frustration with early ’90s before being appointed the Koothe fact that ignite cda (formerly the Lake MACNEIL tenai County Clerk. English is also a retired City Development Corporation), an indepenpolice officer and a former volunteer firefighter in dent development agency with a focus on urban Coeur d’Alene. He has started two nonprofits, one renewal, is allowed to spend taxpayer money with a home for delinquent boys, and is currently the no input from elected officials or the public. executive director of Habitat for Humanity of “It’s un-American and bad policy to have North Idaho. He touts his people skills and taxation without representation,” Schindelexperience as a counselor as good qualities beck said during a forum in mid-October. for a candidate for local government. “At this point the voters have no say in what “I’m a pretty open-minded person, and the urban renewal district does.” I’m running because I enjoy the decisionIf elected, Schindelbeck says he would ENGLISH making process and taking a deeper look at like the city council to have control of those issues as they come up,” he says. “I don’t have a funds and eventually disband the program. preset agenda.” He would rather see those tax dollars put toward The second challenger, Bruce MacNeil, uses hiring more police officers and improving the roads images of fried chicken, mashed potatoes instead of raising taxes to do those things. and gravy for Sunday dinner and a golden When asked what the city council’s role is retriever at his side to evoke the warm, famin promoting urban renewal and business deily feeling he wants to bring back to Coeur velopment, he says, “getting out of the way.” d’Alene. He says his reason for running is “Freezing property taxes for 10 years, to rebuild effective communication between waiving impact fees, having a single point citizens and local elected officials. of contact in City Hall where somebody can EDINGER “The things I’m hearing are a love for the get all their permits organized, these types of place we live, concern for our children and how things are what the government can do to bring we spend the money we collect in the commuin economic development,” Schindelbeck says. “We nity,” MacNeil says. don’t have to subsidize them with tax dollars.” For his part, Adams’ priorities, if re-elected, Asked what he thought about Schindelwould be to reduce property taxes and get rid beck’s idea to freeze property taxes, Edinger, of ignite cda. He also says he wouldn’t supwho has served as a councilmember on and port raising taxes to add more police officers off since 1968, says: “To be very honest with and generally wasn’t in favor of accepting you, I haven’t thought a whole helluva lot federal grant dollars to fund local projects. about it.” Of the three candidates, English is the Edinger was elected mayor of Coeur ADAMS only one who believes shutting down ignite d’Alene in 1973 and served in that capacity cda completely would be a mistake. until 1977. Two years later, he was elected back As of mid-October, English leads all city council onto the city council. He pointed to his experience candidates in campaign funds with $7,042, in City Hall as his main advantage over Schindelaccording to his 30-day pre-election finance beck, who in turn has said it’s that longevity disclosure statement. Next in line is Adams that makes Edinger part of a “good old boys with $5,901 and Edinger with $5,729. Schinclub.” delbeck has raised $1,620 and MacNeil $20. “I’m not a part of the good old boys “I’m not accepting, nor am I seeking, club,” Edinger says. “I’m friends with our endorsements or in-kind contributions from city employees, but they’re good, hardworkSHINDELBECK any group,” MacNeil says. “That’s to show ing people.” voters that I’m in nobody’s pocket, and I will He added that he disagreed with some make decisions based on the merits of the issue, decisions made by ignite cda, but he thinks that not the interests of a particular group.”  its members have Coeur d’Alene’s interests at heart. Specifically, Edinger says he was not in favor of ignite cda






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A City Hall insider and a local businesswoman vie for outgoing Councilman Mike Allen’s District 2 seat. Lori Kinnear brings six years of experience as a legislative aide to councilmembers Richard Rush and, most recently, Amber Waldref. Kinnear touts her experience researching and drafting dozens of ordinances and establishing Spokane’s Community Garden Program in 2010. LaVerne Biel, the CEO and co-owner of Access Unified Networks, a small business that installs voice and data services, says her perspective as a business owner is lacking among current councilmembers. One issue that divides the two is the city’s proposed sickleave ordinance. Biel says the law would put up a barrier for small businesses; Kinnear says she supports the idea, but would have to do more research before pledging support for the current proposal. (MITCH RYALS)


CONDON VS. LICHTY David Condon is trying to do something no Spokane mayor has done since David Rodgers in 1973 — win a second consecutive term. He took 66 percent of the vote in the primary and has raised more than $370,000 as of mid-October, far more than any other mayoral candidate in the state this year. His challenger, Shar Lichty, an organizer with the Peace and Action Justice League of Spokane, has hammered Condon ever since Police Chief Frank Straub was forced to resign. Most recently, she’s filed ethics complaints against two of Condon’s staff members for allegedly lying to the public. Condon has defended those statements from his administration, saying the City Hall staffers provided the most accurate information at the time. During a recent debate, Condon and Lichty took opposite stances on the Worker Bill of Rights — a local initiative that would guarantee a living wage for most employees of larger companies and protect workers against wrongful termination. Lichty’s for it, Condon’s against it. (MITCH RYALS)


Councilwoman Karen Stratton and challenger Evan Verduin accuse each other of being proxies for the council president and mayor, respectively. Both deny it. After working a decade in city government, including for two mayors, Stratton was appointed to the council to finish out the term of Steve Salvatori, who resigned early. Verduin, the owner of an architectural design firm, says Stratton, who co-owns a recreational marijuana farm, has voted in near-lockstep with Council President Ben Stuckart. He says he’ll be independent. Mayor David Condon has endorsed him, saying his perspective as a small business owner raising a young family is sorely needed on the council. Stratton, who has the backing of unions, including those representing firefighters and municipal workers, says the mayor’s involvement in the race is unprecedented and defends her votes for jobs, human services and other measures that she says have helped her district. She’s been reluctant to support the proposed sick-leave ordinance, a priority for Stuckart and progressive groups. (JAKE THOMAS)

Mike Fagan has been a consistent “no” vote on city council, which is why his opponents think it’s time to say “yes” to first-time candidate Randy Ramos. Fagan, the most conservative and controversial councilmember, has voted “no” on a pilot program for parklets, or miniparks. He’s voted “no” on the bond for the revitalization of Riverfront Park. He’s also made controversial comments regarding vaccines and immigrants, but is known for being especially responsive to constituents, even if they don’t always share his politics. His opponents, including fellow councilmembers, say it’s time to give a chance to Ramos, who has been praised for his work as a recruiter for the Spokane Tribal College and life skills coach at a drug treatment center. But the untested Ramos, who wants to help the city’s vulnerable, made early stumbles; he voted for the first time only this year and failed to disclose a 2009 DUI. (JAKE THOMAS)





The Worker Bill of Rights, the fourth initiative from Envision Spokane to qualify for the ballot, will either be a leg up for workers or a kick in the ribs to the local economy. If it passes, depending on who you ask, it’ll give much-deserved pay raises and protections to workers in Spokane or will just create higher unemployment. The initiative would require employers with 150 or more employees to pay a “family wage.” Neither side is quite sure how that’ll pencil out. Envision says it’ll be $17 an hour; opponents say it’ll be about $23 an hour. The initiative, if passed, would guarantee equal pay for equal work regardless of age, gender, race and 12 other factors and require bosses to give a “just cause” for firing workers. The fourth provision would restrict corporations’ ability to challenge any other part of it, which opponents suspect is designed to invite litigation in order to make Spokane a test case opposing the idea of corporate personhood. Supporters include a dozen labor organizations and mayoral candidate Shar Lichty. Opponents include business groups, as well as both Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart. (JAKE THOMAS)

Two of the three Spokane County commissioners think there should be five Spokane County commissioners. Todd Mielke and Shelly O’Quinn say the commissioners are stretched too thin. “People walk away feeling slighted when we can’t get to their meeting,” Mielke says. But Al French, vehemently opposed to his fellow commissioners, doesn’t buy it. He says the county can’t afford the change, and warns that Mielke and O’Quinn could redraw the boundaries to benefit themselves politically. Many prominent local Democrats who support the idea of five commissioners don’t support the initiative either. They say the county must also begin electing commissioners by district, rather than countywide, to ensure more diversity on the commission. “If we decide to take this bend in the road, we are stuck with the status quo but have two more commissioners,” says Mary Lou Johnson, a Democrat who ran for county commissioner last year. (DANIEL WALTERS)


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here are two statewide initiatives before Washington voters in the November election. The first is a Tim Eyman-backed measure that would decrease state retail sales taxes by a penny for every dollar, resulting in $8 billion in revenue taken out of the state budget over the next six years. If Initiative 1366 passes, the state legislature would have two options: Lawmakers could allow taxes to decrease, or they could send a constitutional amendment to voters in November 2016 requiring two-thirds approval in both chambers or voter approval to raise taxes. Currently, the legislature needs a simple majority vote to raise taxes, according to the state constitution; this initiative would make it more difficult to do that. Voters have approved initiatives requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes several times before, beginning in 1993 and most recently in 2012. However, in 2013, the state Supreme Court ruled that a two-thirds vote to raise taxes is unconstitutional. The Spokane City Council recently passed a resolution opposing the initiative. State Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, voiced his support for the council’s concerns. “This is potentially $8 billion in cuts to our state’s budget and one of the primary revenue sources for institutions of higher learning,” he said. “It would be a roadblock to making government fair for local families and businesses.” He also pointed out that the initiative would cut money needed for the state to comply with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision calling for adequate public education funding. Councilman Mike Fagan spoke out in favor of the initiative at last week’s council meeting, saying it would rein in unnecessary state spending. He added that one of his proudest achievements as a councilmember was promoting a tougher-to-raise-taxes city charter amendment in 2012, which passed. The amendment raised the number of council votes required to levy or increase taxes, but has had little impact due in part to the council’s strong liberal majority. “I firmly believe that all taxpayers will benefit if the entire state adopts the same permanent protection Spokane already has,” says Fagan, who abstained from the city council’s resolution vote because his political action committee helped collect signatures for the initiative.


Initiative 1401 would outlaw the sale or trade of items

made from certain endangered or nearly extinct animal species and stiffen penalties on the state level. The initiative specifically names tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceroses, marine turtles, sharks, rays and pangolin (more commonly known as scaly anteaters), all of which are threatened with extinction in part because of the demand for their body parts. Those caught trafficking endangered animal parts could face a maximum penalty of $10,000 and up to five years in prison, depending on the value of the item. Bona fide antiques or musical instruments made of less than 15 percent of endangered animal parts are exempt. Opponents of the initiative, which include the National Rifle Association and antique collectors, say it goes too far in penalizing people who have purchased items legally and provides no indication that it will have any impact on curbing illegal poaching in other countries. According to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s website, the initiative is another attempt by “anti-gun elitists” to take away arms with ivory built into the handles. Stuart Halsan, a former Democratic state legislator and antique collector, opposes the initiative in part because of the narrowly defined exemptions. Halsan’s collection of Civil War relics with ivory elements, for example, would become illegal to sell unless he could prove they were at least 100 years old, which he says he can’t do. “This initiative makes illegal the buying and selling of ivory brought into this country legally and owned legally,” he says. “This is overboard.” Supporters of the initiative, including animal rights groups and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, say the penalties are a necessary stand that the state with two of the 10 busiest ports in the U.S. must take against illegal animal poaching. “The illegal wildlife trade has become the fourth or fifth largest transnational trade in the world, and it’s gotten extremely sophisticated,” says Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington. “Many of the species that are addressed in Initiative 1401 are the ones in serious trouble. It sends a very important message to the rest of the country.” If I-1401 passes, it would be the first voter-approved law of its kind in the country, according to the Seattle Times. n There are no statewide initiatives on the ballot in Idaho.

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Best of Humanity The Spokane is Reading program treats readers to a new future with its recent selection Station Eleven BY LAURA JOHNSON


n the end, Beethoven and Shakespeare are left to entertain us. Or that’s what author Emily St. John Mandel supposes in her novel Station Eleven — about a traveling troupe of classical actors and musicians who put on shows for what’s left of humanity after a super flu bug takes out nearly all of the world’s population. “Ultimately, it came down to my subjective opinion,” says Mandel, on a book tour in Minneapolis last week. “There were many directions that one could go. It was a preference for the things that I like best.” In another writer’s hands, the Travelling Symphony could have performed old Simpsons episodes or selections from musicals. In Mandel’s leftover landscape, people want what’s best of humanity, the classics. Her writing Seating is open and free for is so compelling both reading events, but arrive that the Spokane is as early as 45 minutes prior to Reading commiteach event’s start time to get the tee, which includes best seat possible. Emily St. John members from the Mandel will sign books following Spokane County each presentation. Check library and Spokane Public websites for Station Eleven-related libraries as well as programming. Auntie’s Bookstore, chose the decadesspanning novel for its 2015 selection. Now in its 14th year, the Spokane is Reading event has continued to help boost interest in the local public library systems. Eva Silverstone, Spokane Public Library communications specialist and chair of the Spokane is Reading committee, says that while participation in the event varies year to year, this year could be its largest. All 120-plus copies of Station Eleven are currently checked out. “That’s part of the goal of the project, rekindle a love of reading for adults,” Silverstone says. “We ...continued on next page

Emily St. John Mandel arrives in Spokane this week to discuss her novel Station Eleven.


CULTURE | LITERATURE “BEST OF HUMANITY,” CONTINUED... do a lot of work in the schools with kids, but adults get really busy. We sometimes lose time for reading. So if we can get people to read one book a year, then that’s huge.” Every year, the selection committee looks for a book that will excite the casual reader, a book that’s not too long or complicated, but also well-written. Most important, the author must be willing to travel to Spokane for readings. This Friday, Mandel will do just that in two locations. While the book finally was published in 2014, Mandel had been working on it for a few years. She took an entire year and a half to self-edit before even sending it in to the publisher. She says that with the deluge of post-apocalyptic literature, film and television recently, it’s unlikely she’d choose to write the book now. “By the time I had finished I was really worried the book wouldn’t sell,” Mandel admits. “With all of the competition, I was surprised when it did.” Mandel has many theories as to why we’re so preoccupied with this notion of end-of-times survival stories. Perhaps we like the redemptive idea that humanity can be remade. For Mandel, the most compelling came from a librarian she met on tour in Europe. “She suggested we’re drawn to this fiction because there are no more frontiers; we can’t just pull up stakes and be like the pioneers anymore. It’s a restlessness in our society,” Mandel says. Mandel’s three other books had been more mystery stories, and while Station Eleven certainly is a yarn to unravel, it can’t be categorized as science fiction or mystery or romance. It’s literary fiction, and was even a National Book Award finalist this year. But she says that she

“With criticism and praise, you just become less affected by it,” Mandel says. “This is my fourth book, so it’s easier. You begin to think that your book is not a part of yourself. You become aware of how subjective it is.” Mandel is more than pleased to be a part of these one-book, one-community-type efforts, and Spokane is the third city to select Station Eleven. Growing up on British Columbia’s Denman Island (which MORE EVENTS readers will recognize Visit for as the hometown complete listings of of two Station Eleven local events. characters), the public library meant so much to her. Now as a New Yorker, Mandel says she still takes trips to the library. It’s a place that houses so many things she holds dear, such as classic plays, Calvin and Hobbes comic books and Star Trek DVDs — all featured in the novel. Mandel says she’s always fascinated by the dynamics of the group coming to see her during tours. “It depends on the age group — the older audience members are drawn in by the classical aspect and the younger people are there because it’s about the apocalypse,” she says.  tries to stay levelheaded. Some critics have complained that the ending stopped short, while others have noted that her post-apocalyptic world relies too highly in the decency of our race.

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he camera pans over a backstage dressing room. Suddenly, two dancers glide into the frame, twirling into the hallway. Following through the backstage maze of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, incredibly flexible and energetic members of the Shaping Sound dance company lead us out to the set where DeGeneres is waiting. “I got to do a tilt move behind Ellen’s chair. I was so close, I could smell her hair,” says Ricky Ubeda, the show’s newest male cast member, taking a break from rehearsal in Los Angeles. Last week on daytime television, the contemporary dance company showed just a glimmer of the moves they’re bringing on tour — including a stop in Spokane on Friday. Of course, the company is used to being on TV. Oxygen’s All the Right Moves showcased the inception of the talented crew following the lives of its four founders: Travis Wall (who won a choreography Emmy this year), Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson. Ubeda, the 2014 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, fresh from a run of On the Town on Broadway, says he was more than excited to join the group when Wall asked. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a little intimidated. “Every member, these are people I’ve been inspired by,” says Ubeda, originally from Miami. “I’ve taken classes from some of them since I was 12. I’m constantly inspired. Every time I watch the show, I fall in love with them.” At just 19, Ubeda is the baby of the crew, but there are many other SYTYCD alums to keep him company. Wall was a runner-up in Season 2 of the show and Lazzarini won the whole thing in the first season. This run of the tour features Kathryn McCormick, who took third place on Season 6, as the show’s female lead. The last few weeks have been packed with all-day rehearsals, perfecting choreography for the road show. Ubeda describes the

BOOK If you consider yourself a TED talk connoisseur, chances are you’ve already heard of Brené Brown and her 2010 video “The Power of Vulnerability,” among the five most-viewed TED talks in the world. In her latest book RISING STRONG, published in August, Brown invites readers to own their stories of struggle, insecurity and disappointment, recognizing that we can come to embrace our failures if we have the courage to rise again. She shares stories of wisdom from her 13 years as a professor of social work and extensive research into vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.

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Connecting Point The Round at the Bartlett brings artists, poets and musicians together on stage BY HILARY KORABIK


earing white coveralls, the image of an airplane embellishing the back, Isaac Grambo grabs the microphone. Known in Spokane for his role in reviving the spoken word poetry scene, Grambo hasn’t painted since 2008 and is so nervous that he keeps dropping his brush. “When Mark Anderson contacted me, my one condition was that I got to talk,” says Grambo. Last October, Karli Ingersoll, who owns the Bartlett with her husband, teamed up with Anderson, a local poet, to bring the Round to Spokane. The monthly multimedia performance has its roots in Seattle and now has incarnations in a number of cities, including Portland; Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas, and now, Spokane. Three songwriters and a spoken word poet alternate performing while a visual artist creates a piece of art live in front of the audience. The songwriters banter onstage and collaborate by adding harmonies, guitar, harmonica to other performers’ pieces. The spoken word artist introduces her poems with humble charm. But until


tonight, the visual artist has never taken the mic. It’s just like Grambo to be the first painter to do so, says Anderson. He had never thought to ask the visual artist to let the audience into his process, but imagines that the custom will continue, a tangible example of the mark each artist leaves on the Round. This Saturday, Oct. 24, marks the beginning of the Bartlett’s second year hosting the Round. Both Anderson and Ingersoll will be performing, along with featured musician Courtney Marie Andrews as well as Kent Ueland and John Merrell. “One of my favorite things is to be someone’s first experience with a medium,” says Anderson. “[The Round] challenges you to be engaging in a different way, because your audience isn’t just there for poetry.” For Ingersoll, that’s what makes the Round worth mentioning. Audience members may be poetry enthusiasts or music fanatics, but they all come together at the Round to experience different art forms. “It’s a really communal event; it feels like you’re in a living room,” says Ingersoll.

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When choosing artists for the Round, Ingersoll tries to get one performer confirmed, then brainstorms ideas for second and third musicians, based on that performer. “Sometimes I think about contrast. If the artist is kind of folky or has a pretty or sweet type of aesthetic to their music, I think of what would complement or contrast that, because you could go either way,” she says. “Sometimes I like to throw in someone with an opposite personality, just to see what happens.” For both Ingersoll and Anderson, the interaction between the artists is the best part of the Round; as Ingersoll says, it’s the only time that interaction will ever exist. Anderson recalls a moment of collaboration between songwriter Cami Bradley and Portland poet Doc Luben. Bradley had finished a song that connected to a personal theme of Luben’s, which he hadn’t mentioned beforehand. He chose a poem MORE EVENTS inspired by her song, and at the Visit for end she improvised by playing complete listings of the chords of her song to aclocal events. company his poem. “It’s definitely a show for the curious, because you get a little taste of a lot of things,” says Anderson. As the Round continues into its second year, Ingersoll hopes to see the audience continue to grow in order to pay the artists more, and be able to bring in bigger artists: “I think if it continues to be well supported, it just shows that people are searching out art experiences. Each time we put the lineup out, several of the artists are not super well-known. They have to come in trusting that it’s going to be something worth their time, and it already shows that people are open and trusting of that.” 


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Drinking With My Daughter How do you do it? BY KRIS DINNISON


here are lots of parenting moing late-stage parenting moment, just like I ments I expected to have. I had with most of the others. Now I’m not figured I’d help my kid learn to talking about doing anything illegal, or walk and talk and read, how to go in the teaching my daughter how to party. But potty and play well with others. Later I’d there are some rules that apply to the art help her navigate puberty and prom and of drinking, and some painful experiences college applications. And it seemed like that go along with breaking those rules, there was always some book or article that I hoped I could save my daughter that would help me through whatever from. This required a certain amount of frequent gap of knowledge or skill that lay honesty about my own mistakes. between me and successBut as my daughter ful, or at least acceptable, left her teens behind, D I S T I L L E D I found myself faced parenting. A SHOT OF LIFE I even understood that with one last frontier the time would come when of parenting that never I would need to coach my daughter on occurred to me. How do I drink with my how to drink. I mean, most people do daughter? drink at some point in their lives. I had no Most of the other parenting mileillusions that Kate would be the excepstones have involved me passing on wistion. And I actually found several solid redom or leading the way. But this was new sources to help me through this challengterritory, territory I was forced to cross


early when my daughter chose to attend college in Europe. Although she still can’t legally drink in the U.S., she’s considered an actual adult in Europe, which sure takes the wind out of the sails of the American tradition of the 21-run. But this moving target of her adulthood felt pretty theoretical until last spring, when we visited her in London. We wanted a “proper” pub experience, so Kate and her boyfriend took us to one of their “locals.” The place was old, and full, and at first it seemed not that different from an American bar. People were playing pool, the music was loud (and mostly predated the customers in the pub) and the TV over the bar was playing sports. But here’s what was different: Kate bought the first round. She walked up to


the bar, ordered pints for everyone, and brought them back to the table. We raised our glasses, toasting our time together, and took a sip. And as I looked over the rim of my glass, I had a sort of surreal moment: I was drinking with my daughter. In public. Legally. My daughter is 20, and if she was in the U.S., I would still have one last rite of passage to see her through; I’d still have one more year before she was officially and irrevocably an adult. I thought I still had that time. But while I was clinging to Kate’s last moments of being a kid, she was miles ahead of me in her new life as an adult. And while I’m not inclined to get verklempt in a bar, and while the moment was slightly mitigated by Kate’s boyfriend’s vocal, and unwarranted, enthusiasm for the vending-machine pork crisps he insisted we try with our beer, it was, for me, a moment that tugged at my unprepared heart. Even though I was aware I was in the midst of crossing a sort of final threshold of parenting, I didn’t let on. I sang along with the ’80s music, and tried the disgusting pork skins, and just enjoyed the newfound pleasure of drinking a pint with my daughter. 

COMMUNITY SUDS Bellwether Brewing Co. gets creative with its concept and its beers BY MIKE BOOKEY


avid Musser and Thomas Croskrey were not likely candidates to start a craft brewery. First off, both grew up in strictly religious families that looked down on drinking beer, or any alcohol. Neither of them had even really started drinking beer until well into their 20s. Add the fact that Musser is the pastor of his church, and it seems all the less probable that the two childhood friends would be the proprietors of Bellwether Brewing Co. Nevertheless, on a recent Thursday afternoon, Musser has rolled up the garage-style door to the shop to let the freakishly warm mid-October air into the recently remodeled space on Monroe Street in the EmersonGarfield neighborhood. Musser pours beers for the postwork crowd trickling in, while Croskey hustles in and out of the brewing space on the other side of the wall. It’s essentially been a two-man show since they opened at the end of September. The two, both fathers to young children, are fully realizing what it means to run a brewery. There are, however, little things that make the long days and subsequent long weeks worthwhile, they say. “It’s been fun to be at the bar and two different people will come in, and I’ll be talking with them. But then I’ll leave, and then those two people are talking to each other when I come back,” says Musser, sipping on the brewery’s first public batch of Fibber McGee’s IPA. “We don’t have TVs in here,” adds Croskrey. “We want people to have fellowship here. To come in and get to know each other.” Bellwether Brewing, in some ways, happened almost without the pair fully realizing what they were getting ...continued on next page

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into. They’d known each other since elementary school, but didn’t start hanging out frequently until a couple years ago, when Croskrey, brewing up to eight batches of his own beer at home by then, had floated the idea of a brewery. The seed of an idea germinated more quickly than expected. “I told my wife we were just researching what it would take to get the building, and what it would take to partner with Thomas,” says Musser. “The next thing we knew, we had a business license,” interjects Croskrey. “And I was just like, well, I guess we’re doing this,” says Musser. Musser’s wife, Brianna, is an interior designer. She was able to draw up the plans, design and create the lighting, and do everything else that turned the brick building into the modern taproom it is today. Her father and Musser did a lot of the labor in building out the taproom, relying on only a little hired help. The result is a sleek yet warm environment that Bellwether has made welcoming to big groups. Considering their own family life, it’s all kid-friendly. The friendly, community spirit is key for the two, particularly for Musser, who helped found and continues to organize the Emerson Garfield Farmers’ Market, just a few blocks from the brewery. The friendly vibe was part of the plan from day one, he says, especially considering that Musser uses the brewery as a meeting space for his church, Altar, and its 30-some members. He’s quick to point out that the brewery is not a church — they just happen to use the space — but it’s a chance, nevertheless, to correct some misconceptions along the way. “We’re breaking a lot of those stereotypes about Christians. You know, Jesus made great wine,” says Musser. The beer at Bellwether — made on a tiny 1.5-barrel system with five 5-barrel fermenters — breaks from its contemporaries in the region, in that about half of the roster could be called “old-world” beers. This typically means mead variations, braggot, heather and other styles that originated in Europe. These brews shy away from hops in favor of maltier flavors that often employ honey in the process. “I’m kind of a history dork, especially with British, Celtic, Viking history. I was reading into some of that, and I realized that a lot of people hadn’t had braggot or heather,” says Croskrey. The other half of the lineup consists of what you could call Northwest-style beers, including three stouts, pales and IPAs. The crisp yet full-bodied Stargazer’s Rye ale stands out on the Northwest side, but visitors would be remiss to not at least take a sip of the Seawolf braggot. It’s different, especially on the back end, but the subtle sweetness balances out the bold flavors. “There’s a historic angle to it, but we’re also a Northwest-style brewery,” says Croskrey. n Bellwether Brewing Co. • 2019 N. Monroe • Open Tue-Sat, 3-9 pm • • 280-8345


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After a record-setting giveaway, Blaze Pizza has found a groove near Gonzaga BY FRANNY WRIGHT


undreds of people standing in line near Gonzaga is fairly commonplace during basketball season, but on Sept. 25, Blaze Pizza gave people a new reason to stand outside for hours — free pizza.

That day, 2,750 free pizzas were given away — breaking the company record — and Blaze Pizza Manager Greg Bade believes that the craziness and excitement of that long line showed Spokane the kind of vibe Blaze creates.

Originating in California and now operating more than 85 restaurants across the country, this is the first Blaze Pizza location to open in the Inland Northwest. “We’re fast casual. We have quality ingredients without nitrates or preservatives, and we’ll make sure to make you a thin, crisp pizza quickly,” Bade says. Blaze’s menu offers signature pizzas and salads, or the option to build your own. Each pie is cooked for about 180 seconds in an open-flame oven and costs around $8, the reasoning behind the pricing being that people can order a full pizza and drink for under $10. “Some people may be thinking ‘Did Spokane really need another pizza joint?’ And I say no, not if it’s just a pizza joint, but if it’s a Blaze Pizza though, then yes. There’s plenty of space for the kind of product we offer,” Bade says. The employees at Blaze aim to proactively engage guests, asking for their names when they first step up to order. Each Blaze employee continues to address guests by their names while creating their pies in an assembly-line style. “We value our customers and we also value the people behind the pizza,” says Bade. Blaze mostly hires people around 23 or younger, hoping to provide entry-level positions to train employees on how to treat people well, and work in an environment where they are also treated well. “I’ve really loved seeing first-time guests coming back again and again,” says Bade. “So we’re going to give a free pizza to anyone who brings this article into Blaze this Friday.” n Blaze Pizza • 926 N. Division • Open Mon-Sun, 11 am-10 pm • • 326-0800

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Revved and Retro Wendi’s Hot Rod Cafe keeps it simple in Spokane Valley BY DAN NAILEN


endi Mayberry saw the potential 10 years ago, when she was working at the spot called Little Benny’s, but she couldn’t afford to take over the diminutive restaurant and expansive grassy surroundings when it went up for sale back then. It went through some different iterations in the intervening years — Grandma’s Kitchen, Chattee’s — but a year ago Mayberry was able to step in make it the drive-in “burger joint” she wanted. Entering Wendi’s Hot Rod Cafe is a step back in time. On a recent afternoon, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard supplied the music in the dining room decorated with James Dean posters and models of classic cars. Outside, picnic tables sit in a small adjacent park under trees ringing ample parking for visiting car clubs. “You’ve got to go old school if you’re going to have a park,” Mayberry says of the vibe of her space. “We have the baskets, the shakes with the tin on the side. Kind of

old-school service, real food. You get your money’s worth, and we take you back a minute.” Burgers are a specialty, made with fresh toppings and larger than the minuscule meat wafers served up by the chains. You can get a cheeseburger, fries and drink for $6.99, but consider splurging on the blue cheese and bacon burger, or the popular Barn Burner — two burger patties topped with ham, bacon and cheese. Mayberry says pork chop sandwiches and buffalo burgers are among the most popular items so far, along with towering milkshakes that come in myriad flavors, from the traditional to unusual like peanut butter or apple pie, and include the “extra” milkshake tin for refills. “We’re just a burger joint where you can get your fish and chips and chicken, too, but we also have salads and sandwiches because you have to break it up a bit,” Mayberry says. “We’re going to start doing breakfast five or six days a week starting

Wendi’s massive milkshake. DAN NAILEN PHOTO Nov. 1.” Ham and eggs with a little Elvis on the side? Sounds good.  Wendi’s Hot Rod Cafe • 11923 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • Mon-Sat, 6 am-3 pm • Facebook: Wendi’s Hotrod Cafe • 8797981

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SUSHI BONSAI BISTRO 101 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208-765-4321 With its elegant koi pond and impeccable service, this pan-Asian eatery offers a delightful blend of Chinese, Japanese and Thai foods. The TW roll (freshwater eel, avocado and cucumber) and Rainbow roll (California roll topped with chef’s choice of seafood) are two excellent sushi choices. SUSHI.COM 430 W. Main | 838-0630 Don’t bother going to online. It doesn’t exist. Just go to the downtown joint that rolls some of the finest sushi around. recently upped its game with an interior redesign, but it didn’t impact its rolls; they were always awesome. Go there at lunch for bento-style combos. SUSHI MARU 808 W. Main, #105 | 455-3900 Sushi Maru, located in River Park Square across the hall from Rock City Grill, is perfect for the nervous

sushi eater who doesn’t know what to order. A conveyor belt carries little multicolored plates of sushi right past your table, ideal if you like to see your food before you order it. Each plate is a different color, which corresponds with a set price. SUSHI SAKAI 829 E. Boone, Suite B | 340-9743 Family-owned Sushi Sakai , which recently moved from its original Spokane Valley location, lays out a variety of sushi suited for all kinds of people, whether you like to stay safe with your food and order the simple California roll, or go bold and try the Octopus, Rattlesnake or Caterpillar rolls. GINGER ASIAN BISTRO 1228 S. Grand Blvd. | 315-5201 Come here if you want to feel classy. Ginger Asian Bistro, which is located on the South Hill and first opened in 2009, provides fresh, delicious sushi. They say their most popular roll is the Las Vegas roll, containing shrimp tempura, asparagus and avocado, topped with fresh, spicy tuna,

sprinkled bread crumbs, mayo and eel sauce and finished with masago (fish eggs) and scallions. AT KENDALL YARDS

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WASABI ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR 10208 N. Division | 290-5573 This spotless and welcoming sushi place on the corner of Division and Hawthorne, just across the street from Whitworth University, provides fresh fish for decent prices. The Las Vegas roll is the most popular dish from the sushi bar, they say. The Spider roll is a favorite, as well as the Spicy Tuna roll for only $5. 


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A Bite of the Apple

The uneven Steve Jobs would work better as a stage play than a movie BY PAUL CONSTANT 42 INLANDER OCTOBER 22, 2015

ven the most ardent Bill Gates fanatic or Android fanboy, deep down in some dark little corner of their hearts, must admit that Steve Jobs changed the culture in a profound way. He promoted the idea of technology as something friendly and approachable and, yes, touchable. He sold simplicity by controlling every aspect of the user experience, refuting specialized hacker culture in favor of a mass-market experience. And he introduced the idea of personality to the field of personal computing. It’s his fault that every damn tech company holds an adjectivestuffed keynote to announce the newest iteration of its array of devices, even though no other CEO can claim the raw charisma and blatant hucksterism of Jobs. Steve Jobs touches on all these aspects of Jobs’ legacy. Framed as three distinct scenes, it follows Jobs in the minutes before three major product launches: the Macintosh announcement in 1984 that led to his firing from Apple; the introduction of Jobs’s first and only post-Apple project, the NeXT Computer, in 1988; and his triumphant return to Apple with the announcement of the first iMac. Aaron Sorkin’s script keeps the story short and limited in scope and propulsion, a mix of his walkingand-talking West Wing sequences, his technological commentary from The Social Network and a little STEVE JOBS bit of bloviating from The Rated R Newsroom. It never quite Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate feels as sharply focused and essential as some of Winslet, Seth Rogen Sorkin’s best work — the film seems overly interested in a redemptive arc that it doesn’t fully earn, and all the enthusiastic chatter about Apple products lend an unfortunate air of product placement. It’s quite possible that Steve Jobs would work better as a stage play than it does as a film, focused as it is on the smaller moments before the bombast of Jobs’s onstage announcements. The dense, clever, rewarding script would likely pack even more meaning into a room full of a few dozen people focused intently on the facial expressions of a handful of actors. Jobs is such a colossal asshole that the intimacy of the stage would add a tension to the script that film simply couldn’t supply. Which is not to say the actors don’t acquit themselves well. Michael Fassbender is excellent at Jobs — he evokes the man’s character without resorting to caricature or emulation. Jeff Daniels, fresh off his witty turn as the head of NASA in The Martian, plays John Sculley, the former Pepsi CEO who Jobs recruited. Even though he eventually betrays Jobs, one might be forgiven for identifying Sculley as the conscience of the film, except pretty much every character besides Jobs is a conscience of the film: Seth Rogen is all rumpled Muppet-y dignity as Apple co-creator Steve Wozniak. Kate Winslet is strangely subdued as Jobs’ assistant Joanna Hoffman. Michael Stuhlbarg, the bit actor with a face you’d most definitely recognize, almost walks away with several scenes as Apple OS programmer Andy Hertzfeld. But Steve Jobs is a highly uneven movie, and most of that blame falls on director Danny Boyle, who has the frustrating tendency to create scenes of fabulous tension, immediately followed by hammy moments of phony portentousness. Boyle makes some clunky decisions that betray the intelligence of the script. As Jobs talks about Skylab, for instance, the camera pulls back and images of the Skylab launch are superimposed over the scene; a climactic song choice weighs final scenes down with a thick sappiness. Of all the sins of film direction, Boyle falls victim to perhaps the most tragic biopic flaw: he’s not enough of a genius to properly capture the genius of his subject. n


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Let’s see, who is best suited to play Kaulder, a witch hunter who centuries ago destroyed the Queen Witch with his enormous sword, rock hard abs and overall bad-assery? Duh, Vin Diesel. When the Queen Witch is resurrected in the modern world, Kaulder must take up his sword again alongside a brave priest Dolan 37th (Elijah Wood) to defeat the evil spirits. (MC) Rated PG-13


This documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), tells the story of young Malala Yousafzai, who many know as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with girls’ education in the Middle East. The film is inspiring, as it should be, considering its subject matter, but doesn’t offer much insight into Malala’s life or add a new perspective to her accomplishments. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13


If you remember this 1980s cartoon series, you’re probably not the target audience for this filmic remake, which is full of teeny-bop glitter explosions as young Jerrica becomes an Internet pop sensation overnight. Or maybe you are the audience, that’s up to you. There’s plenty of pop magic, Juliette Lewis as a ruthless band manager and even a Molly Ringwald sighting. Oh! There’s also a robot… for some reason. (MB) Rated PG


The mother of all ghost-activity horror series’ comes to an end with this coup

de gras from director Gregory Plotkin. When a family finds a wacky old camera in the attic along with some disturbing VHS tapes, the mysterious spirit world comes into view — including Toby, the evil, demonic toddler entity that has haunted the characters of the Paranormal Activity films. Boasting some impressive CGI’d ghosts, the trailer suggests that The Ghost Dimension will get a bit Psycho on us, with a motif of little girls uttering the phrase “Bloody Mary” — backward. (MC) Rated R


From director Barry Levinson, Rock the Kasbah is set in Kabul, Afghanistan, where an old, washed-up rock manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) meets a talented young Afghanistani woman named Salima Khan (Leem Lubany) who wants to be a star. With the help of several others, Lanz helps Salima rise to fame in a highly relevant story of rock n’ roll righteousness. Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Bruce Willis round out the stellar cast. (MC) Rated R


Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, touches on all these aspects of Jobs’ legacy. Framed as three distinct scenes, it follows Jobs in the minutes before three major product launches: the Macintosh announcement in 1984 that led to his firing from Apple; the introduction of Jobs’s first and only post-Apple project, the NeXT Computer, in 1988; and his triumphant return to Apple with the announcement of the first iMac. (PC) Rated R

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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


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 docu...continued on next page

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NOW PLAYING mentary 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


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


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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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


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


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 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


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


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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nspirational figures hardly come more heroic her mooning over handsome cricket stars and and ready-made than Malala Yousafzai, the practicing her hand at card tricks, while her two Pakistani teen who survived being shot in the brothers steal the screen whenever the camera head by the Taliban three years ago for espousing focuses on them. What is it like to be an inspiraeducation for girls. The youngest person to ever tional international figure at such a tender age? receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai is an And what of her relationship with her father, international icon who now makes her home in who named her Malala, itself a name taken from England with her family. ancient lore? Though devoted to his daughter Sadly, this documentary by Davis Gugand endlessly supportive, her father seems to genheim, director of be fulfilling some of his dreams. the Oscar-winning An HE NAMED ME MALALA Then there’s her mother, who Inconvenient Truth, is as seems more conservative than the Rated PG-13 superfluous as they come. Directed by Davis Guggenheim rest of the family and has a harder He Named Me Malala time adjusting to life in exile. How At Magic Lantern repeats the well-known does that female role model factor facts of Yousafzai’s history into her daughter’s life? and offers little insight into the now-18-year-old The inclusion of more unguarded moments teenager who exists behind the icon. Uplift is the would make He Named Me Malala appear to be film’s only goal. more of a documentary profile than a marketing Frustratingly, Guggenheim skirts numerous tool. Certainly, marketing the insidious idea of opportunities to dig more deeply into Yousafzai’s equal education for girls throughout the world life. The documentary is most interesting when is an essential and worthy objective, espewe see Yousafzai at home with her parents and cially when an emblematic, iconic figure such as brothers, rather than when she’s speaking to Yousafzai is at the ready. Just don’t come to this the dignitaries or traveling to other continents documentary expecting to learn more about the in support of girls’ education. At home, we see girl named Malala. n

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Here We Are Andy Rumsey is finally releasing his first solo album, nearly 15 years in the makin




Andy Rumsey plays the Big Dipper Friday. KRISTEN BLACK PHOTO

ndy Rumsey’s album Kickstarter campaign was nowhere near its $6,700 goal. In the final hour of the fundraiser, watching the clock count down, Rumsey felt relief. Now the local musician wouldn’t have to deal with the stress of recording. Then there was a computer glitch. It must have been a mistake, he thought: $3,000 had just rolled in from an anonymous donor. “I couldn’t believe it,” Rumsey says one year later, sipping coffee at Rain Lounge in downtown Spokane last week. No one in his family or friend group will fess up to the donation. Rumsey still doesn’t know who fronted the money. But someone, somewhere wanted him to make the record, so Rumsey had no other choice. Enlisting Steve Gamberoni, a professor at Spokane Falls Community College where Rumsey also got his degree in audio engineering, Rumsey took to the studio over the school’s winter, spring and summer breaks. He ...continued on next page


MUSIC | SINGER-SONGWRITER “HERE WE ARE,” CONTINUED... didn’t want a rush job. Finally being released this weekend at the Big Dipper, Rumsey’s album Here We Are runs between classic acoustic singer-songwriter and psychedelic rock. The 12-track disc features songs written recently, as well as a decade ago. It’s been five years since Rumsey’s previous album came out, and that was with a band back in Seattle. “Fear is a dream killer,” says the 29-year-old. “I can’t even express how it feels to finally get this thing out there.” Even a few months ago, the musician with a mass of blond, frizzy curls says he wasn’t sure he’d finish. A woodland experience on mushrooms helped clarify life. He says through the opening of his mind, he could visualize the album’s completion. Now the discs, with bright yellow-and-red packaging, are in hand. He’s eager to share them with the folks who helped his Kickstarter campaign, today including a dishwasher at Rain, a place Rumsey has played frequently. The album consists of incredibly personal songs that profess an optimistic outlook, a viewpoint that doesn’t come naturally. Rumsey struggles with depression, and his parents divorced when he was a teen. A few years ago, his fiancé left him. Often, he doesn’t believe things will get better. But in music, he’s always been confident. The album’s title track, GET LISTED! “People Upstairs” and “ChasSubmit events online at ing the Sun” offer the most or memorable lines. The songs email related details to all sound joyful, but below the surface there’s deeper meaning. Lyrics push listeners to question values, perspective and political leaders and pursue a better life together. Rumsey comes from a close-knit musical family of five kids. His older sister Tracy even accompanies him during the interview. Together, a family holiday dinner cleanup session often turns into a multilayered sing-along. Even with differing beliefs — about half of the family has fallen away from the Mormon faith they were raised in, including Rumsey — they still cling to one another. Currently, Rumsey lives in his childhood home with his father on the South Hill. To get by, he plays music around town, often sharing lineups with like-minded socially conscious musicians. When he was just 15, Tracy used to drag Rumsey to play and sing at her high school parties. Back then, he was more interested in sounding like Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and doing the punk thing. Today the voice that floats out so purely, sometimes hitting high-flying notes, is entirely his. “It took a long time to accept how I sound, to have the confidence to show people who I really am,” Rumsey says. That voice even impressed enough people at an American Idol audition back in 2011; he made it through five rounds of the process. The recognition showed him he was on the right track. When it comes to his self-taught guitar playing, he says the instrument is more of a vehicle to help get the music out there. He doesn’t call himself a guitarist, but he gets by, and he’ll often employ a looping machine onstage. For the upcoming show, he’ll have a three-piece backing band. He’s already thinking of the future. “I want to play music for lots of people, and I don’t know if you can do it from here,” Rumsey says. Perhaps he’ll move to Austin or maybe Portland, where his sister lives. Right now, he’s sticking to Spokane, a place where he says people have huge hearts. “This Kickstarter gave me something to do,” Rumsey says. “People don’t know what they gave me: they gave me something to strive for when I really needed it. When that many people say ‘You have these dreams and we think you should do those,’ that means a lot.” n Andy Rumsey CD release party with B Radicals, Flannel Math Animal and the 3H Band • Fri, Oct. 23, at 7 pm • $5/$8 day of; w/CD, $10/$18 day of • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • • 863-8098



Flying Solo

At 64, Joan Armatrading is by no means ready to retire.


Joan Armatrading is going it alone on her last major tour BY DAN NAILEN


hen Joan Armatrading landed her first record deal, she got a lot of advice from industry insiders. Change your name, they said, because no one will ever remember a name like Armatrading. Sing other people’s songs, they said, since no one knew her original compositions. Dress in sexy gowns and sing soul and blues like the other black women, they said. “You’ll notice,” Armatrading says in her British accent in an interview from her current U.S. tour, “none of those things happened.” Fiercely independent and unbending when it came to her musical vision right from the start, Armatrading credits producer Gus Dudgeon — best known for his work with Elton John — for letting the young unknown artist take charge of the direction on her first album, 1972’s Whatever’s For Us. From that moment forward, she’s steered a career that’s led to critical acclaim, more than 40 years of world tours and a songwriting style that’s allowed her to delve into everything from rock to

jazz, folk to blues; her 2007 Into The Blues album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, and three years later This Charming Life peaked at No. 4 on the Folk chart. Her current tour is unlike any other she’s undertaken, her first solo trip playing arrangements of her tunes accompanied by only her guitar or piano. It’s her last major tour, Armatrading says, since she’ll be 65 when it winds up. Just don’t call it retirement. “That’s just never going to happen,” Armatrading says. “I’ll never retire. I’m a songwriter. Why would I retire?” She doesn’t seem anywhere close to slowing down. Since she started this tour in April 2014, she’s played more than 200 gigs. At the onset, she was a little nervous about playing piano on stage for the first time since 1976, but she’s gotten used to taking a seat once in awhile instead of standing front and center with her guitar. The audiences’ reactions to the new arrangements of old favorites like “Me Myself I” and “Love and Affection” have been rewarding, and Armatrading notes that

while the solo versions are new to audiences, they’re not new to her. “They were all written on guitar or piano, and then I’ve done the [full band] arrangements afterward, so the initial version of every song I’ve ever written was just like this,” she says. Those songs have been coming to her since she was 14, and part of the reason she seamlessly moves between genres is that she’s always been more focused on expressing what’s in her heart than paying attention to other musicians. “As a teenager, I didn’t listen to lots of music. I started writing and that’s all I wanted to do,” Armatrading says. “I didn’t start by learning other people’s songs. I just did my own stuff. I just have gone my own way.” That’s worked out just fine. n Joan Armatrading with Bobby Lee Rodgers • Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8 pm • $29/$49 • All-ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638





hen a band loses its lead singer after 30 years, fans have good reason to be skeptical of anyone who steps in to fill the void. With Seattle prog-metal dudes Queensrÿche, the change is even more dramatic because former frontman Geoff Tate is renowned for having one of best voices in metal. Lucky for the rest of Queensrÿche — founding members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, as well as guitarist Parker Lundgren — they found Todd La Torre, a Florida howler with pipes capable of matching Tate’s on the band’s classic material from platinum-selling albums like Operation: Mindcrime and Empire. Since the nasty split with Tate, this version of Queensrÿche has released two albums of original material, and both the self-titled 2013 set and newly released Condition Hüman are throwbacks to the hardest-hitting era of the band, the mid-’80s to mid-’90s, before they spun out into sonic experimentation that turned off many fans. — DAN NAILEN Queensrÿche • Sunday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 pm • $35/$45/$55 • Allages • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • 481-6700


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rom just the first seconds of Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River,” you’re transported to some sort of Southern chain-gang choir rehearsal. The song’s powerful gospel-tinged vocals and sparse instrumentation just never let go. Back in 2012, the song helped catapult the North Carolina-based Delta Rae to notoriety, but now they’re back at it. Their spring release After It All continues in that same vein, mixing in county, gospel and folk to make one sweeping and cinematic album. Siblings Brittany, Eric and Ian Hölljes formed the core of the group, which later grew to a six-piece that pitted male and female vocals against one another. Their new record focuses on everything from blazing their own trail to facing inner demons. It is by far their most personal work yet. — LAURA JOHNSON Delta Rae with Jillette Johnson • mon, Oct. 26, at 8 pm • $20/$25 day of • All-ages • the bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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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



Two great things: Girl Scout cookies and beer. They can even go together, in case you didn’t know. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are celebrating their thirdannual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest in which the delectable treats made popular by the organization are paired with local craft beers. Breweries on hand include Iron Goat, River City, English Setter, Lagunitas, Black Label, Alaskan, Waddell’s and New Boundary. We don’t need to tell you about the cookies — we’re guessing you’re perfectly familiar with the lineup. — MIKE BOOKEY Craft Beer & Cookie Fest • Sat, Oct. 24, from 4-7 pm • $15/$20 at the door; includes three 4-ounce beer pours, cookies and a brat • Girl Scout Program Center • 1404 N. Ash •


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Bedtime Stories Spokane • Fri, Oct. 23, at 6 pm • $75/person • Spokane Club • 1001 W. Riverside •

A Night of Edgar Allan Poe • Sat, Oct. 24, at 7:30 pm • $20; $10 for students • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638

Many new works have debuted, and many honors have been bestowed upon our region’s writers as of late. Humanities Washington’s annual gala in Spokane celebrates this creative swell as it raises funds to support humanities-centric programs across the state. This year’s theme is “A Hard Day’s Night,” and four notable local authors — Kris Dinnison, Sam Ligon, Sharma Shields and Jess Walter — are set to debut new short works inspired by the Beatlesinspired phrase. Gonzaga professor and poet Tod Marshall also will be honored with a 2015 Humanities Washington Award — this follows his recent 2015 Washington State Book Award win. — CHEY SCOTT

If you’re looking for more of an intellectually stimulating way to celebrate the Halloween season, consider curling up by the cauldron this weekend with some Edgar Allan Poe. Friends of the Bing and The Modern Theater have teamed up to present an original musical performance combined with readings from Poe’s classic poems and prose. This year’s rendition of the annual event is under the direction of the Modern Theater’s Zachariah Baker and will include a number of original musical compositions and poetry, inspired by the man of mystery and macabre himself. — MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT


Local & Regional

The Lands Council is teaming up with hundreds of local volunteers to make possible the fifth annual Reforest Spokane Day, a movement all about protecting and restoring the environment in the Spokane area. Volunteers have the option to help plant saplings in five locations in north, south or central Spokane. Grab your shovels, grab your gloves, grab some water and grab your friends, and head out for three hours of planting and strengthening our local environment. Help the Lands Council achieve its long-term goal of surrounding future residents with 1 million trees, creating wildlife habitats, providing shade and cleaning the watersheds. — KAILEE HAONG


Reforest Spokane Day • Sat, Oct. 24, from 9 am-noon • Free; register online • Various locations • • 999-3313






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Once again, top intellectuals in the Inland Northwest will gather to discuss and connect over relevant topics at TEDxSpokane. On this year’s slate of presenters is 15-year-old inventor Brooke Martin, who speaks about her invention iCPooch, which allows pet owners to videochat with their animals and deliver treats from anywhere. Jonathan Wisor, a researcher from WSU’s sleep lab, discusses the secrets to better sleep and why we all need more. Other appearances include musical guest Tim Gales, a classically trained cellist and rock vocalist/drummer, and Kent Hoffman, who will talk about infinite worth and the interconnectedness of people through relationships. — MAX CARTER TEDxSpokane: Knowing it Again • Sat, Oct. 24, from 10 am-4 pm • $20-$35 • Saint George’s School • 2929 W. Waikiki •



BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISING PAINT CLASS Paint the “Pink Ribbon Tree” for breast cancer awareness month, with $10 from every seat supporting the local nonprofit Beyond Pink. Oct. 22, 6-8 pm. $35. Paint & Pints, 718 W. Riverside. (893-5444) SOUP FOR THE SOUL Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s annual, 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. Through Oct. 31. (474-3008)

HARVEST FEST ’15 The Grove Community, a local nonprofit, presents its first fundraiser, a celebration of local agriculture, food production and other delights of the Sharing Economy in Spokane. Includes dinner, music, dessert auction and more. Oct. 23, 5:30-8 pm. $10-$25 suggested donation. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway. (703-0683) CORAZON NIA/YOGA COMBO Help support a Guatemalan women’s cooperative and learning center. Also includes a sale featuring handwoven Guatemalan scarves made on backstrap looms. Session co-lead by Debbie DuPey and Annie Mckinlay. Oct. 24, 10-11:30 am. $20 suggested donation. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (714-8928)






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I SAW YOU STEAMY IN CELADON BLUE You were at Indaba. I've seen you there a handful of times. You typically like to enjoy your latte and read a book. This last time you gave me a prolonged smile over your latte; your eyes were red and it looks like you had been crying. I noticed that you had a wad of makeshift Kleenex in your hand (I would liken it to a roll of Cottonelle)... Hopefully this means you are single now?! You have just about the best dimples and derrière I've ever seen! Maybe I'll see you there next Saturday afternoon. I take sugar with my coffee, so gimme some sugar, baby ;) Y A PLEA TO MY SWEET SOULMATE I have loved you for 24 years. I have never stopped thinking of the life we never had. Now you have found me and professed your undying love for me. It was a dream come true seeing you again after all these years. No matter what happens, no one; no one, will love you as I have. Be with me my love, before we really do grow old. Let's share that, together. Do not marry him. You will never be happy. End it, and I will have your hand. We were brought back together for a reason, and I'm not letting go. Respond on here 'regarding: A Plea to My Soulmate'. I love you, always.

YOU SAW ME WELCOME TO SUBWAY I was making your sandwich and it was during the

lunch rush. You saw me and I noticed you a little bit. You left something there and a fellow customer caught my attention about the item you left behind. I'm sorry I didn't get your name. Please come back to Subway.

CHEERS LOUISIANA COUPLE To the military couple moving to Louisiana, I served you Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the South Perry restaurant where I work. I wish I could explain to you how much your kindness, humor, and generosity meant to me. I want to wish you the best of luck in the next phase of your lives and safe travels South to Louisiana. It was an absolute joy to meet you both. If this message finds you before you leave town I would love to buy you both a beer and thank you in person. Stay blessed! Sincerely, Chris H. SHE'S AN ADULT NOW! 18 years, 216 months, 939 weeks, 6574 days, 157,776 hours, 9,466,560 minutes, and 567,993,600 seconds is how long you have been in my life. Have I told you how proud of you I am, how beautiful you are, how much I love being your Nana? Aubree Ann-Marie Glotfelty, 18 now, job, car, apartment! Good for you! Don't forget to call the old Nana & Papa once in awhile....Appyhay Irthdaybay, Overlay Ouyay!!! THE KEY TO MY PROBLEM Wandermere Fred Meyer: Cheers to the girl who works in the Fred Meyer key section. After getting 2 keys made at Home Depot that didnt work, and 2 keys at The north point Walmart that again didn't work. You made me the working key! Thank you! Thank you! You saved me from having to climb threw my window everyday. I was the girl who was looking at the light up keys and you were showing me all the different color lights you had. We decided on blue. PS. Your customer service was wonderful and you should be managing that place soon! :) SAVING THE DRUNKEN DAY! You found my purse somewhere near the Ruby Hotel! Words cannot describe my appreciation for turning it in with nothing missing! Wonderful people like you are why I love living in Spokane. Thank you so so so much! Would love to buy you a drink and chat about where you found this thing:) Cheers!

CHARITY I would like to give a cheer to the family that owns and works at Pueblo Amigo Mexican Restaurant on N. Division. My wife and I were eating dinner there last week when a man in a wheelchair came in. He looked the part of an old vet, but not begging. He ordered nachos to go and as he waited they moved chairs so he could pull up to

not pay to be nice to you, but it will not keep me from being nice to others in my future. So go front my good man and try to remember there are people out there you do care. (and thanks to the Lady in the other lane that made me feel so good about helping U and then you sir would not even drive up after I more my car and Pump for you. Have a good day man.

boyfriend ever told me to stop doing something I wanted to do that wasn't hurting anyone else because he didn't like it I would tell him to kiss my a**. Y IS A GUY STEELING MY MAKEUP @ H&R BLOCK N DIVISION... You broke out the window in my car, not to steel my impact drill or the dewalt or the 2

You found my purse somewhere near the Ruby Hotel! Words cannot describe my appreciation for turning it in with nothing missing! —SAVING THE DRUNKEN DAY

a table and brought him water, and chips and salsa. When the server brought him his order and he asked where to pay she asked him, "Can we just give it to you"? And said it was a gift from them. He accepted and she told him to come back anytime. It's nice to see there is still some generosity in the world. Thank you, you have customers for life. DEAR BATGIRL Of all the Batmen in this town, I am not sure if I am the Batman you are referring to. I have an idea to see if we are on the same page. Arrange a TOTO concert at the Arena, with suggested warmup music, an Allstar Band, with the Best of the Best Singers and Musicians from 70's-80's90's local music scene. I wanted to sing the National Anthem at the Northern Quest concert. I did not have time to ride up the Sunset hill in rush hour traffic.

JEERS COSTCO PUMP (REMEMBER) It was the beginning of this month at Costco up north Spokane. Me ahead of you in gas line and you well what were you thinking. I was just trying to be nice and move my car ahead for you, (even signal you) > In trying to be really nice for you I forgot to take the pump out of my car. You just sit there and did not even try to help me. Now it will cost me 77.73 to fix. It may

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 “”

COME ON 12'S! Rivalry gone wrong: A heartfelt apology from those of us Seahawks fans intelligent enough to understand that it is a game, and that rivalries just make it more fun. Come on 12's, this guy has enough problems, he's a SF fan for Christ's sake! I challenge a more technically savvy 12 to set up a fund to reimburse this unfortunate fellow football fan! Come on you guys, 12 dollars apiece until the window is replaiced! GO HAWKS! RE:MAN'S BEST SECURITY BLANKET Just because a person doesn't look or sound impaired doesn't mean that they don't need a service animal. A lot of people have serious mental disorders such as anxiety or depression and they can't actually function in normal human society without a companion animal to keep them grounded. Don't make broad assumptions about people you know nothing about. WOMAN SHAMER Jeers to your "advice" columnist Amy. I am grossed out by your plastic surgery shaming in the latest issue. Who are you to say that only insecure women and Kardashian followers get plastic surgery? if you have the ability to fix something that you don't like about yourself then that's your own business. And really we should be encouraging her to do what makes her feel good, not what her boyfriend prefers. If my

Craftsman bags full of tools in stead you went for my open bag of makeup... who the @#$@^ does that.. i got you on video... but mostly just know your an idiot KNOW YOUR PLACE! I was shocked last week when a local news broadcast did a story on the pu loc health department suggested that local employers create no smoking policies for employees at their places of business. They even went as far as suggesting not hiring smokers. First off maybe you should focus on flu strains and whooping cough instead of witch hunting smokers. Or you could be fare and suggest employers don't hire people who eat fast food or use Facebook too much We rely on you to work on things unseen that we can't control not mess with our employment. 


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EVENTS | CALENDAR PUMPKIN BALL The 11th annual fundraiser gala supports children cared for by the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Event highlights include a three-course meal, dessert, live music, competitive pumpkin carving, raffles, live/silent auctions and more. Oct. 24, 5:30 pm. $150/person. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. SHARING OUR WORLD Refugee Connections Spokane advocates for refugees’ and immigrants’ self-empowerment, fosters community bonds, and celebrates talents and traditions across cultures. The nonprofit’s annual benefit offers food, wine, and a silent and live auction. Oct. 24, 5-9 pm. $25. Community Building, 35 W. Main. SKATING WITH THE STARS Spokane’s Cherry Bomb Brawlers host a fundraiser roller derby bout to benefit the Wishing Star Foundation, with each skater representing a child who is unable to play due to health complications, or whose parents would like them to be represented in memoriam. Oct. 29, 6 pm. $10-$15. Pattison’s, 11309 N. Mayfair St. on.fb. me/1KTVXPY (688-7718)


ADAM RAY The rising comedian brings his hilarious antics live to the Bing’s stage. Oct. 23, 8 pm. $15-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. NO CLUE An all-improvised murdermystery comedy. Fridays in October, at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) NUTHOUSE IMPROV COMEDY WSU’s student comedy improv group performs. Upcoming shows: Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 (Jones Theatre), Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 (11 pm). Shows begin at 8 pm. $5. Wadleigh Theatre at Daggy Hall, College Ave., Pullman. VIENCE VALENZUELA + PHILLIP KOPSENSKY Live comedy show. Ages 21+. Oct. 2324, at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) 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) BLUE DOOR OPEN AUDITIONS Try out to become a member of the Blue Door Theater’s improv comedy troupe. Applicants must be 18+. Oct. 25, 3-6 pm. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) STAND-UP OPEN MIC Mondays; sign-up at 9:30 pm, show at 10 pm. Ages 21+. No cover. The Foxhole, 829 E. Boone. (315-5327) 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; SatSun, 11 am-8 pm, through Oct. 31. $5$7. Colville Corn Maze, 73 Oakshott Rd. (509-684-6751) HORROR ON HOPPER HAYRIDES Features a pumpkin patch, corn cannons, food vendors, hot chocolate and cider. Thursday Oct. 22 is family night with special discounts. Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 30-31, from 6:30-10:30 pm. $15/person. At 14208

Hopper Rd, Spokane. OPEN YOUR MIND Three films by Seattle filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston are featured at NAMI Spokane’s annual fall event in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. All follow Dr. Ruston’s journey to understand and reconcile with her father, who lived with schizophrenia, and the crisis of mental illness throughout the world’s cultures. Oct. 22, 6-9 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (838-5515) ROSE GARDEN GAZEBO DEDICATION The Friends of Manito dedicates 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. (838-8038) 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. (208-683-3400) CREEPY HALLOW The Northwest Renaissance Festival grounds convert from medieval history to creepy. Oct. 2-31; FriSat from 7 pm to midnight. $5/person. Northwest Renaissance Festival, 6493 Hwy 291. THE KING FAMILY HAUNTED HOUSE The Spokane family’s annual haunted house runs eight nights, Oct. 23-30, from 7-9 pm. E-Z passes to avoid long line waits available. Free; donations accepted and will support local charitable organizations. Located at 15604 N. Freya. Free; donations accepted. LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends of the Spokane Valley Library host a used book sale fundraiser, with a pre-sale Fri, Oct. 24 ($10), from 3-5 pm. Sat, Oct. 24, is the $3 bag sale from 9 am-3 pm. Offering books, CD’s, videos, DVDs and more. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. (893-8400) POST FALLS LIONS HAUNTED HOUSE The annual haunted house is open Fri-Sat, Oct. 2-31, from 6 pm-midnight and Oct. 27-29, from 6-10 pm. Discounted admission with two donated food items. At Fourth and Post Street, Post Falls. $5-$7. VALLEY MISSION HAUNTED POOL Spokane Valley Parks & Rec trasforms 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. BECK’S HARVEST HOUSE MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH Festival events include the cow train, jumping pad, activities 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) FATIMA FALL FESTIVAL A festival of fall at the South Hill pumpkin patch, with kids’ games and more. Oct. 24, 9 am-7 pm, Oct. 25, 10 am-5 pm. At Our Lady of Fatima & Garden for the Poor, 34th and Perry. LIGHT UP THE PARK CHEWELAH A community event and a Guinness World Record attempt for the most lighted jack o’lanterns with eyebrows, eyes, nose and a mouth in one long line. Bring your pumpkins and experience the excitement. Oct. 24, 5-8 pm. Free. City Park, First St. and Calispel Ave.

LightUptheParkChewelah REFOREST SPOKANE DAY Join the biggest community tree planting day of the year as the Lands Council is hosts the 5th annual event. The goal is to plant 1,000 native trees throughout Spokane. Sign up online. Oct. 24, 9 am-noon. SCRAPS “PITIES PARTY” October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month and to celebrate, SCRAPS hosts a “Pities Party.” Pit Bull owners and others are invited to find out about the history of the breed, their traits and how to become an ambassador for their dog. Oct. 24, 1:30 pm. Free. SCRAPS Regional Animal Shelter, 6815 E. Trent. TEDXSPOKANE Spokane’s annual version of the TED Talks features speakers from around the Northwest, presenting under the theme “Knowing it Again.” Through their talks, ideas are re-examined and current understandings are challenged. Oct. 24, 10 am-4 pm. $20$35. Saint George’s School, 2929 W. Waikiki Rd. VOLUNTEER WITH WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOCIATION 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. 24-25, from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr. ZOMBIE HIKE The half-mile hike through the park, teeming with zombies, returns. Oct. 24, 6-9 pm. $5-$10. At the 7 Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Rd., Nine Mile Falls. (465-5066) THE REFUGEE JOURNEY: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION In partnership with World Relief and the Center for Justice, the Gonzaga Thomas More Scholars and the Gonzaga Journal of International Law host an event to share the refugee experience, as told by those who have resettled in Spokane. Includes live music. Oct. 27, 6:45-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St. TRICK OR TREATING AT GU Gonzaga’s RHA hosts its annual event; all kids and families are welcome to attend. Students lead groups to trick or treat throughout the residence halls. Meet at 6 pm; event runs until 8 pm. Oct. 28, 6-8 pm. Free. Knights of Columbus, 302 E. Boone. (328-5603) ACCESS SPOKANE EXPO A disability job fair and resource center, hosting booths with local employers and disability service providers. Dress for an interview and bring your resume. Oct. 29, 9 am-noon. Free. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (532-3133)


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 award-winning Chef Jeremy Hansen (Thu-Sat, 5-10 pm) and nightly live performances by Chinese artists. The festival runs through Nov. 15 (now extended), and is open daily: Sun-Thu, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11 pm. $12-$60. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard.


ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW The Kenworthy’s annual showing of The

Rocky Horror Picture Show as the film celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Oct. 2324, at 9 pm and midnight both days. $12 (includes prop bag). The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. MOVIE NIGHT: RATATOUILLE Spark Center’s October Family Movie night, in HD on the big screen. Oct. 24, 1-3 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. PRIVATE VIOLENCE A screening of the documentary which focuses on the complex realities of intimate partner violence in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Discussion to follow. In the Barbieri Courtroom. Oct. 28, 7-9 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St. (879-9388) WHITE GOD When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed ‘unfit’ by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. (Rated: R) Oct. 29-Nov. 1, show times vary. $6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW The Garland’s tradition of screening the cult classic includes a special “Rocky Horror Wedding” on Oct. 31. Shows also include performances by the Absolute Pleasure shadow cast and full audience participation activities. Oct. 30-31, at midnight. $7. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave.


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EVENTS | CALENDAR SUPERHERO DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT Come dressed as a favorite superhero (costumes required!) or villain and compete against others as you clash to become the grand champion of dodgeball. Open to coed teams of 6-8. Oct. 24. $75/team. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo. MONSTER DASH A 5K costumed run and kids’ fun run, hosted by the Spokane Swifts Running Team. Proceeds benefit Active 4 Youth, a local nonprofit supporting kids’ health. Oct. 25, 8:30 am. $10-$20. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. INLAND NW SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY A presentation honoring 2015’s inductees for their contributions to Northwest athletics: John Blanchette, Lanny Davidson, Annette Hand Peters, Mike Price and Mitch Santos. Oct. 27, 4 pm. $30. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (456-5812)


CHS THEATRE: THE GIVER The 3-time Idaho State Drama champions of CdA High School present a staged production based on the award-winning book by Lois Lowry. Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 2830, at 7 pm. $5-$7. Coeur d’Alene High School, 5530 N. 4th St. (208-769-2999) EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL Based on Sam Raimi’s ‘80s cult classic films. Through Nov. 15, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. GODSPELL A musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, which was immensely popular in the 1970s and 80’s, and was revived on Broadway in 2012. Oct. 22-31, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; also Oct. 25 at 2 pm. Free admission. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-769-3220) NT LIVE PRESENTS: HAMLET Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in a production broadcast from the National Theatre. Oct. 22, 7-11 pm. $12. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) “PROOF” BY DAVID AUBURN The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play explores themes of trust, love and loss. Through Oct. 25; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Free/UI students; $5-$15/public. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 6th & Stadium Way. (208-885-6465) ALEXANDER & THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY A stage adaptation of the popular childnre’s book. Through Oct. 25, Friday at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. $8-$12. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. HANSEL & GRETEL TAFC presents the classic children’s tale based on the Brothers Grimm story. Through Oct. 25, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat at 3 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8-$12. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines. HAYMARKET EIGHT An abstract drama set in Chicago in 1886: Eight labor leaders are falsely convicted of a murderous act and a young journalist risks his own happiness and safety in an effort to clear their names. Through Nov. 1; FriSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. (838-9727) WHITWORTH THEATRE: RICHARD III The university theatre department’s fall production of the Shakespeare classic.

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DANCE OF THE REDBAND DEDICATION A public dedication of artist Ken Spiering’s sculpture in the newly constructed Division Street triangle at Division and Spokane Falls Bvd. Reception to follow at Fast Eddie’s (ages 21+). Oct. 22, 4 pm. Free. MUKOGAWA FT. WRIGHT HISTORICAL PHOTO EXHIBIT A special exhibition of historical photos chronicling the development of Fort George Wright as the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute celebrates its 25th year in Spokane. Oct. 19-24, Mon-Fri, noon-5 pm and Sat, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. ART ON THE PRAIRIE The second annual arts show features high quality, local art and fine-craft, including handmade jewelry, glass, original painting, photography, block-printing, handcrafted woodwork, hand-poured artisan candles, textiles and more. Oct. 23, 4-8 pm and Oct. 24, 10 am-5 pm. $4/ admission, good both days. Moran Prairie Grange, 6006 S. Palouse Hwy. (951-0523) ELANA WESTPHAL: COLLATERAL DAMAGE A reception for a show featuring artwork by the Sandpoint artist, honoring soldiers and their families. Proceeds from art sales to benefit area veterans. Show runs through Nov. 21, gallery open Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Shibusa Studios, 525 Oak St. (208-696-0596) THE ART OF THE RENASSAINCE Explore some of the most influential artists and their famous works of art from the Renaissance, with College Professor and Art Historian Dr. Meredith Shimizu. Sessions held Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Feb. 21 and March 13, at 2 pm. $10 suggested donation per lecture. The MAC, 2316 W. First. SPOKANE SOCIAL SKETCH Spend an afternoon drawing, sketching, collaborating, and socializing with other creatives. Social Sketch happens every last Sunday of the month, from 2-5 pm, and is open to all (and any skill level). Bring your art supplies. Free. Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main. DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA Emerge’s benefit event featuring a chef cook-off with local restaurants, entertainment from Spokane Ariel Acrobats and Tangledroots, a live auction and music. Oct. 29, 6-10 pm. $40/person; $75/couple. The Cellar, 317 E. Sherman Ave. (208-664-9463)


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NORTH IDAHO READS: ALAN MINSKOFF The joint reading and discussion project sponsored by regional libraries focuses on wine stories with a collection of suggested books and a series of programs. $25 ticketed wine tasting will follow. Oct. 23, 6 pm. Free. CdA, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) DAN GEMEINHART BookPeople hosts the Washington state author of the new YA novel “The Honest Truth,” an Indies Next List selection and New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection. Oct. 24, 4 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) A NIGHT OF EDGAR ALLEN POE Local artists celebrate all things Poe during an evening of music and poetry, hosted by Friends of the Bing and the Modern Theater. Oct. 24, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) CONVERSATIONS ON FIRE & WATER EWU Conservation Biology and the Northeast Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society present an evening with naturalist and writer, Jack Nisbet, and EWU Professor of English and fellow writer, Paul Lindholdt. Oct. 27, 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (359-2331) HONORS DISTINGUISHED FACULTY SERIES: MATT SUTTON The associate professor of history, and 2015-16 Humanities Fellow, presents “Wild Bill’s Army of Faith: Religion and American Espionage in World War II.” Oct. 27, 5:30-8 pm. Free. WSU Pullman. honors. (509-335-4505) JEWISH LITERATURE: THE FLOOD: Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, for an introduction to the fascinating world of ancient Jewish history. Oct. 27, 6-7 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (747-7394) JENA LEE NARDELLA: ONE THOUSAND WELLS The 2004 graduate, presents a lecture based on her book, “One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal of Bringing Water to Africa Taught Me to Love the World Instead of Save It.” Oct. 27, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-1000) ECO-POETRY PANEL & READING Includes the “What is Eco-Poetry?” panel (2:10 pm) in the Foley Library Writing Center, moderated by Paul Lindholdt, EWU. That evening (7:30) an eco-poetry reading takes place in the Cataldo Globe Room. Oct. 28. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (328-4220) SPOKANE IS READING: EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL Ms. Mandel makes two appearances for the community reading program. Following each presentation, she signs books and Auntie’s Bookstore will have copies of her titles available to purchase. Oct. 29, 7-9 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. Also at CenterPlace Event Center, Spokane Valley, at 1 pm.


RIVERDANCE The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand. Oct. 22-24 at 7:30 pm; also Oct. 24 at 2 pm and Oct. 26 at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. $32.80-$72.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) n

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Two friends of mine are in “love at first sight” relationships. (One went from chills at seeing the guy to moving in with him weeks later.) Each has said to me, “When it’s right, you just know.” Well, as I get to know this new guy I’m seeing, I like him more and more. It’s just not the instant love of the century like they have, and that makes me feel a little bad. — Lacking Thunderbolts


Getting the chills the moment you set eyes on a person may be a sign that you have love at first sight — or an incipient case of malaria. (In time, you’ll find out whether you have lasting love or lasting liver damage, seizures, and death.) Love at first sight is made out to be the rare, limited-edition Prada purse of relationships — that extra-special luvvier kind of love that we romantic commoners don’t get access to. However, what the “first-sighters” actually have is not the enduring love poets write about but the kind animal behaviorists do — when the boy baboon spots the girl baboon’s big red booty. People in this fleeting first phase of love are basically on a biochemical bender, high off their asses from raging hormones and neurotransmitters, and shouldn’t be operating heavy machinery or making plans any heavier than where to show up for dinner on Tuesday. Those who end up staying together will often sniff, “We just knew!” — which sounds better than “We are idiots who got hitched 20 minutes after meeting and got lucky we turned out to be well-matched.” Their initial belief that they’re perfect for each other is probably driven by a cognitive bias — an error in reasoning — that psychologists call “the halo effect.” Like the glow cast by a halo, the glow from “Wow, she’s hot!” spills over, leading to an unsupportedly positive view of a person’s as-yet-unseen qualities. But, early in a relationship, you can only guess how someone will behave — say, at 3 a.m., when you’re awakened by period cramps that feel as if some big Vegas boxing match accidentally got scheduled in your uterus. Will he mumble “feel better” and roll over or go to the drugstore and roll you home a barrel of hippo-strength Midol? Maybe real romance is finding out all the ways somebody’s disturbingly human and loving them anyway. This happens about a year in, after the party manners have fallen off and after you see — for example — whether your partner fights ugly or like someone who loves you but thinks you’ve temporarily fallen into the idiot bin. In other words, you’re wise to get to know this guy instead of immediately drawing little sparkly hearts in your head about your magical future together. Keep unpacking who you both are and see whether you keep wanting more — or whether one of you goes out for a smoke and, a month later, sends a postcard from the Netherlands.


I’m in my early 40s and newly divorced. I fooled around with this guy — my first time with somebody besides my husband in 12 years. We had weekend plans, but two days passed with no texts from him. I texted him angrily, repeatedly telling him he’d hurt my feelings, and he cut off contact. Now, months later, he has resurfaced, saying I’ve been in his thoughts. What could he want? — Puzzled Men you’ve dated briefly will sometimes resurface — much like bloated dead bodies in New York’s East River. As for why this one’s coming around again, chances are, the paint on “she’s crazy” dried and he remembered that you are also pretty and do that crazy thing with your tongue. Okay, so you were short on nonchalance in your first post-divorce dating situation. After a long sex-and-affection famine, a newly divorced woman, like any starving refugee, is unlikely to simply nudge a hot piece of meat around on her plate like one of those skeletal “ladies who lunch” (but do not eat). The truth is you probably weren’t going off on him merely because he failed to meet your text-pectations. Your behavior most likely stemmed from what psychologists call a “priming effect,” describing how exposure to one situation colors how you react to another. Being mindful of this can help you tell a guy what you need and give him a chance to come through — instead of immediately texting him with all the casual cool of a kidnapper demanding a bag of unmarked small bills. Should you give this guy another chance, see that you’re only asking questions he’s prepared to answer, like where he went to elementary school and why his previous relationship ended — not “Will I be alone forever?” and “Wanna come over and try to fill the vast void I have inside?” n ©2015, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


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Volunteer Karen Chipley walks West Central kids to school once a week.

Off to School A volunteer program at West Central’s Holmes Elementary gets kids moving and motivated before class starts BY CHEY SCOTT


aren Chipley calls out with enthusiasm: “Good morning, James!” “Oh, you’ve got animal crackers — my favorite! Would you like a sticker this morning?” Chipley leans down and asks the tiny kindergartner, bundled up in a puffy blue jacket and clutching a sandwich baggie filled with pink and white frosted cookies. James smiles and nods, so she flips past the pages on her clipboard of the morning’s route to a sheet of superhero stickers. “Good morning, Lola! How are you this morning? Did you find your jacket? If your hands get cold, I have gloves,” she says to James’ big sister, a second grader at Holmes Elementary in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. With the two children in tow — their mother waving at the front door — Chipley heads down the sidewalk along Bridge Avenue, and then around the corner up Nettleton to the Walking School Bus’ second stop. A lively game of “I Spy” is in progress, and Lola, who spies something white (the clouds), has Chipley stumped. This fall marks Chipley’s second school year volunteering as a route leader for the Walking School Bus program. One morning each week, the retired resident of the Kendall Yards development dons a neon orange safety vest over her jacket and leads a shuffling caravan of children from their front doors through the neighborhood to Holmes. It’s her mission that these dozen or so kids on the “blue route” start the day off as positively as


possible; playing games, getting exercise and arriving at school on time and ready to learn. “Today I left elated, thinking this was a good day — they were all smiling and pretty happy to be there, and it’s not always that way,” Chipley, 66, says after she’s dropped all the kids off at the corner entrance to Holmes’ playground and field.


he Walking School Bus began as a pilot program at Holmes this past spring, and has since expanded to Spokane Public Schools’ Logan Elementary, West Valley’s Seth Woodard Elementary and Cheney’s Sunset Elementary in Airway Heights. It’s run as part of the Spokane Regional Health District’s Safe Routes to School program, funded by a nearly $100,000 annual grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program. Safe Routes to Schools coordinator (and Inlander guest columnist) Mariah McKay says similar initiatives are trending across the U.S., with a twofold intent: to combat childhood obesity and ensure kids get to school safely each day. Through a phased implementation schedule over the next several years, eventually all schools in Spokane County will host the program with support from SRHD for at least two semesters, McKay says. Schools are then encouraged to maintain the program independently with the help of volunteers, which the program can’t exist without. At Holmes, early benefits of the program go beyond safety and exercise. During the spring pilot, attendance


increased for 80 percent of students who participated in the Walking School Bus. That’s important for the lowincome neighborhood’s school, whose students underperform in academic measures compared to other schools in the district and state. Most children enrolled there are also eligible for free and reduced lunch programs. “Yep, there are some challenges in the neighborhood, and this is a way to get them to school safely,” remarks Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg. “But having volunteers be a part and see that ‘Hey, there’s a lot of amazing things happening at Holmes’... getting that word out is really critical that it’s not a bad school.”


s the group grows larger with every stop, Chipley places check marks on the route list next to each child’s name. She also tracks if the kids are on time, ready for the weather and behaving appropriately. To keep on schedule and make sure everyone arrives on time, the Walking School Bus — just like its yellow counterpart on wheels — can’t wait long. At the second stop on the corner of Mallon and Nettleton, only one of two boys marked for pickup shows up on time. Chipley observes that he’s new to the school this year. “So are you making some friends? Not yet? You will. It just takes time,” she says cheerfully to the sulky boy, a sixth grader who transferred from the Cheney district. Chipley doesn’t give up when she encounters a grumpy or unyielding child. She knows many of these kids may have less-than-stable lives at home, and building up that trust takes time. She recalls a fourth-grade girl on her spring route who wouldn’t open up, no matter what Chipley tried during the first few weeks of the walk. “I thought, ‘How would I get through to this girl?’ You couldn’t break that hard shell. So when we got to school, I put my hands on her shoulder and said ‘You know, I hope you have a great day at school today, and I love you,’” Chipley recalls. “Then the fourth week she brought me a little present in a bag. It was cherries she picked for me.” n



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