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he tall and stately Norway spruce, right in the middle of the Coeur d’Alene city parking lot, posed for pictures with friends last Thursday, just before its execution the very next day. A chain-link fence has now been erected around the entire McEuen Park construction area. But the contractor thoughtfully opened the Fourth Street barrier for a few hours to let cameras catch a last glimpse of the local landmark. For 54 years, the spruce has guarded local and visiting cars, radiated shimmering lights at Christmas and spewed its cones down upon the surrounding asphalt. In 1972, when the plane carrying local Air Force navigator Fred McMurray was shot down over North Vietnam, the tree was enlisted to carry yellow ribbons and bring-him-home messages. The sturdy spruce was renamed the Freedom Tree in Fred’s honor. Fred McMurray came home to a hero’s welcome after his time spent on the Missing in Action rolls, which included his solitary confinement as a prisoner of war in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Other veterans offered their dog tags to be placed on the tree’s light globes. Over time, the tree became a shrine to the community’s hopes and fears about the Vietnam War. This month, the Freedom Tree, considered too big to move and too old to last, was removed to make way for underground parking and other features of the total makeover of McEuen Park.





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t’s hard to let go of a living emblem loaded with so many memories. “Goodbye to the Freedom Tree” has dislodged many a tear. But our historic spruce is going to the Great Forest in the Sky, leaving behind a wide swath of appreciation. A smaller 30-foot Norway spruce in the Freedom Tree’s honor will be planted as part of a newly designed Veterans’ Memorial section of McEuen Park. The new tree will stand as an ongoing symbol of support for men and women who serve in the country’s armed services. Future veterans will not be forgotten. Forty feet of the Freedom Tree’s remains are being saved to produce appropriate mementos. Coeur d’Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood has put out a request to the public for ideas on how to memorialize wood from the Freedom Tree. Suggestions have rolled in. Everyone agrees that Fred McMurray and family should receive a goodly portion of the tree, in recognition of its sturdy symbolism of hope during the painful months of Fred’s captivity in the Vietnam War. The Forest Service has taken approximately

50 cuttings, which, if they thrive, will become “offspring” of the Freedom Tree, to be given as mementos to veterans or awards to community volunteers. Other suggestions for using wood from the Freedom Tree include public benches, wood sculptures and chainsaw art for McEuen Park. We are also told spruce wood is an excellent base for hand-carved guitars and violins.


his dearly departed spruce carried an unwritten message when it first took root in the city-owned dirt. My husband Scott Reed was part of the crew who planted the tree in its very conspicuous spot in 1959. A Spokane developer had proposed buying the waterfront property from the city to build a shopping mall on the spot. Scott joined the group who called themselves the Lakeshore Development Committee because they were opposed to the sale of the public land and wanted it to be used for something else — perhaps even a park. After successfully defeating the proposal in a citywide election, the Lakeshore Development Committee, which included Orrin Lee, first president of North Idaho College, former Senator Art Manley and County Surveyor Ray Kindler, got a permit from the city to plant an eight-foot tree. Probably unspoken in the request was the real motive — to block the extension of Fourth Street into the waterfront area and discourage any schemes to develop Tubbs Hill. Just as Fred McMurray returned safe and sound from the Vietnam War, Fourth Street was never extended past the Freedom Tree. Tubbs Hill has been saved from Tony Tubbs’ scheme to subdivide it, and no condominium has been built on the crest of the scenic hillside. The tree has successfully reached its main goals and can now go in peace. A few years ago, at a meeting of the Committee of Nine, one of several groups assembled over time to advise on plans for the waterfront area, a proposal to remove the tree was on the agenda. Scott Reed remembers saying out loud, “That tree will go over my dead body.” Scott has been busily eating his words, after being wowed by the plans for the new McEuen Park. Just as Fred McMurray attests, the sadness that is felt in seeing this trusty tree go is completely overshadowed by anticipation of a beautiful park that will have space for many memory-making times for thousands of local children and adults. n

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wasn’t sure what a flying staircase looks like, but that’s what the crew over at Kendall Yards said would be happening Monday morning. As you may have heard, we’re in the home stretch of construction on our new Inlander HQ (right up on the north ridge of the gorge, between Maple and Monroe), and Monday was the day our steel staircase was coming. When I showed up, the guys from Kilgore and Mandere all had their game faces on. There it was — a 4,000-pound monster dangling from a loader crane parked where our lobby is going to be. One of the guys told me they roped off the basement just in case. “If we drop that thing, he said, “it’s going right through the floor.” Well OK then. I went to work and hoped for the best. It’s so cool to watch it all come together, the various experts all doing their part to make something amazing — Jason Lathrop, the superintendent on our site for Kilgore Construction; Joe Frank pulling all the threads together at Greenstone; and our architect Chris Olson of Nystom + Olson. It reminds me of our newspaper — that spirit of teamwork, competence and innovation is something we definitely have in common with the crew at Kendall Yards. I came back at lunchtime Monday, pulled on my “Inlander” hard hat and stepped inside. There it was, the steel staircase installed and bolted onto the structural beams; the floor beneath it, fully intact. Beautiful. The time to appreciate it is short, however, as it starts again. Do we want dimmers on those lights over there, and what kind of door did I have in mind for here? Oh, and get ready because they’re coming to pour the sidewalk. And I thought making a newspaper was crazy! n

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ost of what I’ve read lately about food in America makes me lose my appetite. Outbreaks of deadly pathogens that sicken or even kill people. Chemical spray and dead zones. Exploited workers. “Hollywood Food” that looks great but lacks taste and nutrition. It’s enough to make me want to sell my vegetable farm. That is why I am so eager to tell a story about how a few vegetable farmers in one small community are collaborating with a food co-op to realize one big idea: Providing locally grown food all year-round. The Community Food Co-op in Bozeman is surrounded by mountains, ranches, farms and hayfields, and for its entire 34-year history, it has bought only locally produced fresh food grown within 100 miles of Bozeman. This year, it’s planning to buy more — a lot more. Already, in 2012, the Co-op doubled the amount of local produce it purchased. This was partly a result of increased demand, encouraged by some of the Co-op’s organizational decisions. The Co-op maintains a central kitchen, where almost all the food is prepared for delivery to its two retail stores. The management is made up of complete and utter foodies, who, to a person, understand the ethics of eating locally and the environmental and economic benefits involved. They also understand budgets. The Co-op uses produce daily in its salad bars and prepares hot meals to sell in both food stores. One major change involves how it’s using local produce in the processed foods that can be stored for sale throughout the year, with pumpkin pies a great example. Right before Thanksgiving in 2011, the Co-op sold roughly $5,000 worth of pies, using canned, locally

grown, pre-made pumpkin for filling. That was amazing enough. Last year, though, using local pumpkins that had been processed a month earlier, the Co-op sold nearly $12,000 in pies in the same time period. The local pumpkin surge was a success. But that was only the beginning. In 2013, the Co-op wants to significantly increase the amount of local food it uses, mostly by canning, freezing and pickling. Of course, this requires investment — around $50,000 in equipment and 60 more hours a week in additional staffing during the harvest months. The costs are not paltry, but between grants and increased sales, the Co-op anticipates recouping this money within two years. This is a revolutionary change for selling local food. Processing removes the significant barrier of seasonality, which has historically limited the availability of produce in places like Montana, North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Now, I can sell more food than I could in years past, when I could only sell the Co-op what it could use immediately. It was still a lot, but the seasons limited my sales. With processing, I can grow more food in the summer, keep my prices down for the Coop, and in return the Co-op can buy more food and sell it for months. Everyone wins. And this proves that communities can take control of their own food supplies while also helping farmers who use ethical, sustainable, no-spray practices to forge a stronger relationship with a local food organization. n Dean Williamson is a farmer in Bozeman and a contributor to High Country News (, where this column first appeared.

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s the Supreme Court prepared to hear two cases involving same-sex marriage this week, Justice Antonin Scalia said he would not allow his votes to be influenced “in any way” by his lifelong fear of gays. “As Justices of the Supreme Court, we have a sacred duty to check our personal feelings at the door,” he told FOX News. “In my case, that means putting aside my longstanding and profound fear of homosexuals.” Justice Scalia added that he was committed “to safeguarding the rights of all Americans — even those I personally find terrifying.” The Justice said that when it came to the issue of same-sex marriage he would rely on the Constitution, “which makes no mention of gays whatsoever.” “Remember, when the framers wrote the Constitution, there were no gays in America,” he said. “They didn’t come here until the 1960s.”

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The Sound of Fracking by jim hightower


t’s one thing for Big Oil frackers to bust into our Earth, our communities and our economic well-being — but the fracking fad is also busting the free speech rights of locals who speak out against it. Welcome to Sanford, N.Y., a pleasant place of 2,800 citizens on the New York-Pennsylvania border. Unfortunately, the pleasantness has been interrupted by a major squabble over whether corporate drillers should be allowed to extract natural gas by fracturing the huge Marcellus Shale formation that underlies the region. Hydraulic fracturing is rampant on the Pennsylvania side, but New York imposed a moratorium on the inherently dangerous process in order to assess the health and safety issues involved. However, as OnEarth magazine reports, Sanford’s town board is eager to allow oil and gas outfits to frack away — the board even leased land to one corporation that wants to drill inside the town. But last fall, Sanford officials went further, imperiously imposing a gag order on their own citizens. It seems that opponents of the profiteering rush

were using the board’s public comment session to… well, to comment publicly. Irritated, the board decreed that any topic could be discussed at its meetings — except fracking. They rationalized this autocratic restriction on people’s democratic rights by saying that the ongoing discussion on whether to frack or not got in the way of other board business. But, gosh, that’s the way it is in a democracy — the people themselves can dare to set the agenda by insisting on discussing the Big Issues that matter most to their families and communities. The gagged townspeople have now sued the Sanford board for fracking their free speech rights and making a mockery of democracy. For more information, contact Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy at n For more from America’s populist, check out

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Carrying the Wayward The Emergency Services Patrol van sweeps downtown Spokane, picking up alcoholics and addicts lost on the streets BY JACOB JONES


iscreet save for an orange light bar across the roof, the green passenger van patrols the dark streets of downtown Spokane. As the van pulls into a gas station parking lot on a recent Friday, a large woman in a hooded jacket flashes a drunken grin and waves her arms wildly. “Hey!” she shouts, rushing up to the driver-side window. “We missed you, Barry!” Behind the wheel, Barry asks the woman how she has been. She beams a gap-toothed smile. She’s doing good, she slurs. He will be proud. She bets him she blows less than a .2 percent blood alcohol level on the breathalyzer.

Her skinny companion smokes a cigarette nearby, shuffling his feet on the pavement. He calls into the darkness. “We’re going to the sobering unit!” he yells across the lot. “You coming?” Another man staggers out of the shadows. He looks around, eyes narrowed. He drags a grimy backpack. All three wobble as they walk. They smell of alcohol and speak with a slippery rhythm. For more than 30 years, the City of Spokane has contracted with local groups to operate a roving detox van, patrolling the city streets each night for wayward addicts and alcoholics. Once located, the intoxicated individuals

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can recover overnight in a sobering unit — like a jailhouse drunk tank, but voluntary. Barry, who asked to be identified by first name only, has driven a van for Community Detox Services of Spokane for nearly three years. The nonprofit organization offers a variety of chemical dependency and support services, but they also run the city’s only patrolling detox van. Proponents say the van program keeps endangered people off the streets without tying up expensive medical or law enforcement resources. With strong support from local emergency responders, the Spokane City Council voted last week to extend the detox van’s patrol hours and reserve an extra bed in the sobering unit for late weekend nights. On the first night of the extended schedule, Barry prepares to work until 3 am. Latex gloves over his hands and a chirping police radio on his hip, he patiently helps all three of his new passengers into the green van, dispatched as “Car 50.” They slump comfortably into their seats. “I don’t even know where I’m at right yet,” one admits. Don’t worry, the woman answers with a laugh: “This is the party van.” ...continued on next page

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ituated near the hospitals and doctor’s offices along Eighth Avenue on the lower South Hill, Community Detox Services of Spokane has contracted with the city for nearly 20 years. Executive Director Karen BourgetOrosco says the detox service operates 10 chemical dependency treatment programs overall on an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million. The van service runs on about $145,000 a year. “It certainly helps the fire department and the city at large,” Bourget-Orosco says of the van program. “We’re considered the safety net.” Don Bissinger, who has 17 years as a driver and supervisor with the van service, says the program was created to close the gap between public intoxication and medical emergency. A drunk person out on the street does not always need expensive medical attention, but they do need a safe place to rest and recover. Van drivers work closely with the Spokane Police Department and Spokane Fire Department to respond to “man down” calls involving a person collapsed or slumped in a public space. Each driver carries a police radio and fire pager. They must be able to respond within 10 minutes of a call. If the person is found to be intoxicated, but otherwise medically sound, paramedics or police officers can pass the person off to the detox van for a ride to the sobering unit. Bissinger says the van responds to an average of 300 “man down” calls a month. “We go down and pick ‘em up, bring ‘em up here,” Bissinger says. “We just try to get them out of the situation that they’re in at the time.” By relieving medical crews from having to take the person to a hospital, the van program typically saves taxpayers about $600 for each avoided ambulance transport as well as a potential $2,000 emergency room bill. Bissinger stresses that the van program is completely voluntary, but sometimes the choice is between the detox van or jail. People often choose the van to the sobering unit. He points to the caged wire around the van windows, saying some safety measures have to be taken against unruly passengers. “We’re all normal people until we get some alcohol or drugs in us,” he says. Once back at the sobering unit, a client can stay for about 12 hours. The program is staffed by emergency medical technicians who check blood pressure and vitals every two hours. The sobering unit patients can rest, rehydrate and get something to eat. Staff can also refer guests to detox and chemical dependency programs located upstairs in the building. The service provides involuntary treatment programs, mental health therapy, veterans programs and youth therapy. Bissinger says the van service racks up another 400 transports a month driving clients to and from chemical dependency appointments or taking people to local missions for help. When not responding to specific calls, van drivers are expected to conduct “sweeps” of the

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growing problem,” Schaeffer says. “We’re busier now than we ever have been. It’s sort of ridiculous.” Schaeffer recently wrote a recommendation to the City Council asking them to renew and expand the city’s contract with the van program for the next two years. The new contract extends weekend hours from midnight to 3 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It also requires the sobering unit to hold an open bed for the fire department. “It’s kind of a big deal,” Schaeffer says. “The additional hours is huge.” The Spokane Fire Department has long supported the van program. The department licenses the van, certifies the EMTs on staff and tracks response times. Every transport that can be passed to the detox van frees up a fire engine or ambulance crew to handle other emergencies. Schaeffer says a recent review of “man down” calls found significant increases in late-night hours. Fire crews still had to respond to calls after midnight and crews often had to decide whether to commit to a transport or leave the person where they were. “It was putting the paramedics in a really bad spot,” he says. “It was adding up to a lot of ‘out of service’ time because they were trying to be a social worker.” The new contract costs the city an extra $1,000 a month for the longer hours and spare bed. Officials say the van contract now costs about $8,300 a month, adding up to just under $100,000 a year. Beyond saving money, Schaeffer argues the van program actually provides a proactive approach to helping people. The van independently searches the dark corners of the city, sometimes finding people sick and cold, in need of serious medical attention. “They’ll be responsible for saving that person’s life just because they had the compassion to stop and check on them,” he says. “Bureaucratically, so often we get focused on numbers and


transports and costs. This is one of those programs that’s compassionate. It demonstrates the social responsibility that I think we all have as people.”


issinger says many of the people the van drivers encounter on the street feel misunderstood. They’re not looking for sympathy, he says, but they are looking for a way to break the cycle of homelessness or addiction. “We’re trying to offer something positive,” he says. “After all, they’re human beings too. Not any of us were born a drunk or an addict. … It’s somebody’s son, daughter, mom, dad, sister, brother. It’s somebody. They’re human beings with feelings. You’ve got to be empathetic.” As Barry drives the streets on a recent Friday, he stops to talk to people he recognizes from detox, the hard-core alcoholics he calls “professionals.” He wonders if the new extended hours will mean picking up more “amateur” drunks, normal revelers who drink too hard one night and pass out on the street. Rolling north toward the sobering unit, the large woman sits in back and explains how the program works to her companions. She says they can stay until about 8 am the next day. It will be warm. There will be food. “It’s better than sleeping on the street,” she says. Barry soon pulls into the detox center parking lot. All three passengers must take a breathalyzer test before they can be admitted. The woman brags when she does in fact blow lower than a .2 percent blood alcohol level. “Told you,” she says. Under a streetlight, Barry helps them unload their bags. They light cigarettes as Barry heads inside to start their intake forms. In the evening quiet, it’s a short break for everyone, a chance to rest before going back out on the dark streets. “You guys come on in when you’re ready,” he says. n

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Mayor David Condon is proposing new rules that would loosen civil service requirements, which test applicants for most city jobs, to give more flexibility to police and fire chiefs who hire in their departments. Critics worry the change will allow nepotism.


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Gov. Jay Inslee is celebrating this week as a CLIMATE CHANGE BILL he championed makes its way to his desk. The measure, which passed the state House and Senate, will create a bipartisan working group to hire an outside consulting group, which will review Washington’s efforts to cut carbon emissions and compare them with similar efforts around the world. By October, the consultants will report to the working group, which will then create a report for the full Legislature. House Republicans wanted to include some analysis of the viability of solar and wind power and whether hydroelectricity should be considered green under state rules, which it currently isn’t, but both attempts failed. “We’ve seen the impacts of climate change already affecting some of Washington’s key industries with shellfish growers moving operations due to ocean acidification and the farmers in Eastern Washington seeing reduced water supplies as a result of reduced snowpack,” Inslee said in a statement. “This is our opportunity to not only make sure we protect those important industries, but also grow new jobs in the design and manufacturing of clean energy.” Inslee, along with Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, also sent letters this week urging the White House and the

state Department of Ecology to examine the climate and air quality impacts of proposed coal terminals through western states for exports to Asia. — HEIDI GROOVER

Strong Words

Criticizing the state’s overall approach to public defense, the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has strongly condemned the Kootenai County Board of Commissioner’s firing of long-standing Chief Public Defender John Adams. Adams, the county’s top public defender with 17 years at the office, recently received notification he would be fired. The decision comes just weeks after Adams filed a harassment claim against a commissioner and announced he would need time off for cancer treatment. Commissioners announced Adams’ firing was the first step in a broad review of the county’s public defense system. In an open letter, the ACLU Idaho argues the sudden termination of Adams’ contract undermines the essential independence of his office with “undue political influence.” The civil rights group cited public defense shortfalls throughout the state and urged the commissioners to reconsider.

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Libertarian Coeur d’Alene City Council member Steve Adams and City Attorney Mike Gridley don’t like each other very much — that has been wellestablished. At March 5 meeting, Adams announced that Gridley had called him an “ignorant shit” in an argument about the city’s legal strategy for a wastewater treatment facility upgrade. In response, Adams threatened to file an ethics complaint. But last Tuesday, the feud got even worse. Adams walked over to the nearby library after the council meeting and called 911, asking an officer to respond and asking permission to place Gridley under “citizen’s arrest” because he felt threatened. “He got within a foot of my face. He called me a moron,” Adams told the 911 dispatcher. “I’m 5-foot-8, He’s probably 6-3. He was shaking. He was leaning in towards me.” The police responded but determined no crime had been committed. Asked by KREM on Monday if he thought calling 911 was necessary, Adams said, in retrospect, it wasn’t. “I was a little bit scared thinking about it afterwards,” Adams said. “It was probably a little excessive.” Gridley doesn’t want to stir the pot more, but remains unapologetic. “I’d like to move on, but I am not backing down,” Gridley says. “If he makes public attacks on me, I’ll give it right back to him.” — DANIEL WALTERS

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ew things sound like worse news than the phrase “leaking radioactive waste.” But on Feb. 22, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office used those words in a press release to describe Hanford, the world’s first full-scale plutonium production facility that later became the country’s most contaminated nuclear waste site. The Department of Energy confirmed that at least six underground tanks full of nuclear sludge were leaking at the southeastern Washington site — and even more may be failing. If the contamination were to make it to the aquifer or Columbia River, it could cause serious ecological damage. The news spurred Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to call the leaks “unacceptable threats.” Both he and the environmental organization Columbia Riverkeeper have called for a governmental investigation into the cleanup efforts. But many in the three nearby cities, Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, aren’t as worried about the nuclear waste as the more immediate bad news: Layoffs and furloughs poised to slow down the cleanup and wallop the region’s economy.


anford helped create the Tri-Cities. And Hanford helped create John Fox, the mayor of Richland. As a nuclear engineer, he started working at Hanford all the

way back in 1951. If it hadn’t been for Hanford, Fox suspects the Tri-Cities would have remained a sleepy agricultural community like Wenatchee. WSU probably wouldn’t have a branch campus in Richland. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory never would have been built. Even the wine industry, which at first glance has nothing to do with nuclear power, has relied on the money, jobs and investment Hanford generated. “We might not have had the money to finance them,” Fox said. “A number of people that started wineries were chemists and chemical engineers.” Hanford has seeped deep into the local culture. Businesses have names like Atomic Laundry, Atomic Foods, Atomic Health Center, and the Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery. Richland High School’s logo is a mushroom cloud, and “Proud of the Cloud” is a bumper sticker slogan. Hanford has meant wide swings between booms and busts. For the past half-century, the Tri-Cities economy gradually has been moving away from the nuclear industry, branching out into industries like wine and agriculture. But Hanford has remained a key driver of economic prosperity and economic downturn. The reactors at Hanford that fueled atom

bombs were shut down in 1960s and ’70s, leaving a gaping hole in the regional economy. The ambitions of nuclear power catalyzed a flurry of economic activity for another decade, but that dream fizzled as well. Only a fraction of the planned nuclear power plants ever came online. Toward the end of the 1980s, however, Hanford’s contamination became a sort of economic advantage. The nuclear cleanup industry arose, bringing with it a steady stream of federal money. The latest boom came courtesy of the financial meltdown. When the recession hit, much of the country’s economy skidded to a halt, but not in the Tri-Cities. Instead, the shovel-ready Hanford cleanup efforts received $2 billion in stimulus spending. “The past two and a half years, this area has grown dramatically, while the rest of the nation had the big setback,” Fox says. Gary Petersen, vice president of Hanford Programs for the Tri-City Development Council, says few areas were able to make the stimulus count like Hanford. “It moved cleanup ahead a couple of years. The $2 billion brought about 2,000 new jobs,” Petersen says. “Almost all the physical landmass is almost clean.” But when the stimulus ended two years later, nearly 3,000 jobs went with it. Local economic experts began to predict slower growth in the region. Now, thanks to budget cuts from the sequester, jobs are disappearing even faster. Starting this week, almost 240 workers were laid off, and an additional 2,600 were warned of potential furloughs. Cleanup will begin to slow. Local subcontractors will start to see their contracts eliminated. And there will be secondary effects, rippling outward. “People are tightening their belts,” Fox says. “The retail shops and restaurants will feel an impact from that.”


y contrast, the leaking tanks represent a long-range engineering problem, not an immediate threat. Years ago, Tim Connor, an investigative journalist with the Center for Justice, was instrumental in the movement to shut down plutonium production and start cleaning up Hanford. He says the leaks are “really, really minor in terms of their environmental effect,” compared to the larger contamination. The leaking nuclear waste has the consistency of peanut butter or wet cement, not water. It’s 300 feet above the aquifer, Connor says, and several miles away from the Columbia River. “I want people to get it right technically,” Connor says. “We don’t have to exaggerate the threat to Hanford. The truth is bad.” But even from a physical health perspective, the sequester has had more impact. Conversations with local contractors have led Connor to believe that furlough fears have worn down some employees. “The garden-variety accident rate has gone up because of the stress,” Connor says.


ixing those leaks represents another economic opportunity. The question is, for whom? More than a decade ago, construction began on a vitrification plant that could encase radioactive waste in solid glass logs. Bechtel Construction spokesman Todd Nelson says his company already has spent $995 million in the Tri-Cities and $6.1 million in Spokane. But the vitrification plant is only two-thirds complete and has been plagued by numerous delays and technical setbacks. Nelson says the plant may not even be completed by 2019. Gov. Inslee has suggested shipping some of the waste to New Mexico and constructing new double-walled tanks instead, proposals that could stimulate entirely different industries. “It’s going to be another shadow in the desert,” Mark Keffeler, business manager for the local chapter of the boilermakers union, says about the vitrification plant. “I doubt it will ever get done.” He says Washington state needs to fast-track the construction of double-walled tanks, and not just because his industry would benefit. “It is the only viable known solution to store that waste at the present time,” Keffeler says. But any solution, however practical, requires money. “We can scream and yell and pound the table” but it won’t do much good, Petersen says. “I deal with Congress all the time. I will just say right at the moment there is no extra money.” n







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John Waite is moving Merlyn’s to the next-door building, so it connects with a second building he owns. Young Kwak photo the block that houses ROOST Antiques, is in the midst of a building swap with Jim Sheehan, who’s led renovations of the Saranac and Community Buildings next door, for the space at 17 W. Main, which now houses ROW Adventures. “It’ll be a big improvement for the whole experience,” Waite says. Sheehan’s buildings, registered under Saranac Building LLC and Community Building LLC, are consolidated except for the one where ROW is located. The same goes for Waite’s two spaces. The switch will mean each owner’s properties are consolidated instead of split by a building someone else owns. That makes things like cleaning and securing the buildings easier, and ups the value if either party decided to sell.

(For such trades, the IRS requires that the buildings be equal in value and of the same nature and character, which the spaces are.) “It’s a no-brainer,” Waite says. “Having my spaces together is infinitely more valuable than having them separate.” ROW founder and president Peter Grubb says his organization has struggled to find a new location in downtown with enough garage-like space for their bus and rafts. He’s looking to buy one building within the next few months, but won’t elaborate on where until the deal is closed. Regardless, any new space likely won’t provide the seasonal rent ROW was getting from its current building, so Grubb says he’s looking at new ways to bring in revenue year-round, like downtown wine and brewery tours. Along with the castle project, Waite plans to update some of his inventory — getting rid of the things that aren’t selling well and highlighting those that are — and build a movie-viewing room in the back. In his decade at the current location of Merlyn’s, he’s learned some lessons. He wants to light and heat the new shop more efficiently, and better display iconic comics from the ‘60s and ‘70s. “I’ll get to do a little more artsy stuff,” Waite says. “Business is OK, but business without art isn’t worth it.” In the space Waite will be vacating, entrepreneur Sheehan has his own big ideas. While he’s careful to say no decisions are yet set in stone, Sheehan says one idea for the spot is something similar to Seattle’s Melrose Market: a high-ceilinged indoor public market with plenty of sunlight streaming in. Inside are small shops: everything from a meat market to a bakery or a wine shop. “It would be really neat to be able to renovate it into a place that’s really people-friendly, a real community builder,” Sheehan says. “We want to bring people together and into businesses that are trying to do justice in their business plan.” The market is an idea Sheehan — whose vision and money created a nonprofit hub in the Community Building and the LEED-certified Saranac Building, with a rooftop garden, silos and solar paneling — has toyed with, but worried the current space wouldn’t be right for. While Sheehan wouldn’t elaborate on any of his other ideas, he says he plans to decide within the next month. And whatever ends up in the building will “continue to develop Main in a communal, connected way.” n


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One L ve As 16-year-old Lorissa Green lay dying, her grieving mother started a letter to the people whose lives Lorissa would forever change Story by Heidi Groover Photos by Young Kwak

Debi Hammel, with her daughter’s photo in the background, says: “It’s crazy to think about the amount of lives she’s touched.”

itting at the foot of a hospital bed at Sacred Heart, the sky cold and black outside, Debi Hammel looked at her 16-year-old daughter and the machines and monitors that surrounded her. Under a pink fleece blanket the family had brought from home, Lorissa’s bruises were starting to fade. Her swelling was going down, and the cut under her left eye was healing. Hammel had taped a photo from the homecoming dance to Lorissa’s IV pole and painted her fingernails and toenails bubblegum pink. She didn’t look dead. But Hammel knew without all these machines, Lorissa would be gone. Hammel thought of all the things she wanted to say. She thought about who Lorissa had been and who she was now — her brain dead, the rest of her body in waiting. So many people would never know her. They would never see her smile. With a blue pen, Hammel scribbled a note, but crumpled it up. Then another. When the words finally came, they were simple. “My name is Debi,” she wrote, “and I want to tell you about my daughter and how lucky I feel about her helping so many people.” Hammel knew her life wouldn’t be the same without Lorissa. A part of herself was dying in that hospital bed. But she couldn’t have imagined the journey she was about to take. In death, Lorissa saved or improved the lives of at least 17 people — some through live organs, like the heart and lungs, others through tissue and bone — and in the four years since, Hammel has tried to track down those touched by her daughter. She’s also lobbied lawmakers to fix the intersection where Lorissa was killed, given speeches about her daughter’s impact and comforted people on both sides of organ donation. To find the good in the bad, Hammel says, is the only way to heal. “Love my daughter as I have and know she is in a peaceful place,” she wrote in that letter from Lorissa’s hospital room. “Dream for her, laugh for her, live.” ...continued on next page

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Lorissa Green did well at Cheney High School, just missing straight A’s. In the afternoons she worked at her mother’s childcare center.

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Lorissa was a 16-year-old fully immersed in

being 16. Pretty and popular, she loved shopping and driving. She was learning to snowboard with her older sister Lexie. Lorissa never went anywhere without her cellphone, which she used to take hundreds of photos, mostly of herself. She made sure her pale blue eyes were lined with dark eyeliner, her blonde hair was straight and smooth and her nails were painted — usually pink. Sometimes she wore a pair of hot-pink plastic glasses, even though she didn’t need a prescription. She called them “attitude glasses.” She snuck out her bedroom window at night to meet up with boys and hid Victoria’s Secret lingerie in the back of her closet. When she was having a bad day, she’d sit on the floor in front of her mom and ask her to brush her hair while they watched American Idol. In school, Lorissa did well, barely missing the

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straight-A goal her mom set, promising Lorissa $100 if she reached it. In the afternoons, she worked at the childcare center Hammel owns, spending time with special-needs kids. She made snow angels with her younger brothers and sisters and borrowed her older sisters’ clothes without asking. She taught her brother all the moves to the “Soulja Boy Dance.” “She loved life,” Hammel wrote in that first letter to the people receiving Lorissa’s organs, “and really was a very sassy, spunky, fun kid.”


ave Blyton knows this stretch of Highway 195. He’s driven it every day for years. A short, round man with a soft voice, Blyton and his wife built a home in the ’70s on quiet acreage off the four-lane highway, just south of Spokane. On a clear night in January 2009, Blyton was on his

way home, returning with a new trailer he’d just bought. His daughter and her boyfriend were coming over for dinner, when the boyfriend was planning to propose. The night was quiet and so was Blyton’s silver GMC pickup. He had his Bluetooth in his right ear, but no one on the line. There was nothing on the radio. He looked into the black night, eyeing the trailer in his mirrors and traffic ahead. At one intersection, a car pulled out in front of him turning right. He swerved into the left lane, narrowly missing a collision, and stayed there. That was close, he thought. As he approached the T-shaped intersection of the highway and Cheney-Spokane Road, Blyton saw a white Plymouth Breeze at the corner, waiting to turn left. As he got closer, the car didn’t budge. Suddenly, the car jerked forward into the intersection, Lorissa’s profile lit up by Blyton’s headlights. She was looking straight ahead, he says. She never saw him. Blyton slammed on his brakes, but it was too late. Lorissa’s car crumpled like a paper ball under the three-







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Lorissa Green was driving from her mother’s daycare to her aunt’s house to babysit on the night of Jan. 16, 2009, when she was T-boned while turning left onto Highway 195 from Spokane-Cheney Road. The vehicles spun into the snowy median.


ton impact. Tangled together, the two spun into the median, the trailer careening south toward a snowbank. “She’s dead,” Blyton thought. “I just killed a girl.” As Blyton stepped out of his truck, dazed, there were people everywhere and a horn that wouldn’t stop. His wife, Helen, would be close behind, and he was worried she would come upon the accident. He couldn’t find his Bluetooth. He couldn’t focus. Someone lent him a phone. Go home over the South Hill, he told his wife. Don’t take the highway. A completely sober Blyton took a a sobriety test on the edge of the highway. It would clear his name, the officer told him. It would also set local media ablaze with rumors. People speculated about whether he was drinking, or that Lorissa had been using drugs or texting. But none of that would turn out to be true. Sometimes an accident is just that. In a car stopped near the intersection, a stone-faced former cop and retired Marine, Dave McCann, told his wife to call 911 and then ran toward the wreck. Now a sales director for a medical equipment company, McCann thought there must be something he could do to help. At first, the white car looked empty, but as McCann approached, he saw Lorissa’s thin body lying across the front seat. The doors were locked. McCann borrowed a crowbar to try to smash the side window out. No luck. He climbed through the shattered back window above the trunk and opened a side door. Lorissa was breathing. She had a pulse. She wasn’t bleeding much, but she wasn’t responding either. Another passerby was an off-duty EMT. The pair tried to stabilize her head in case she had any neck or spine injuries, but they didn’t have a collar small enough to fit her. So, McCann cupped his hands under the base of her skull, gently straightening her spine, and held her there. “If you can hear me, just open your eyes,” he recalls saying. “Move your fingers.”

Five minutes passed, then 10. “We’ve got help on the way,” he told her. “You’re going to be OK.” Lorissa wasn’t OK. She spent most of the night under operatingroom lights. By 3 am, the monitors measuring pressure in her brain dropped to zero. At 7, a female doctor with a calm, gentle voice told Hammel her daughter was brain dead. I’m sorry, she told the family, there’s nothing I can do. Lorissa will never wake up. “How do you know she can’t survive?” Hammel asked angrily. “Why is she still warm? Why doesn’t she look like she’s dying?” Hammel cried, but she didn’t collapse the way the mothers do in movies. She just wondered: “Now what do we do?” When a representative from LifeCenter Northwest — which oversees organ donation in the region — approached, Hammel didn’t have to think long. She remembered a brief chat she’d had with Lorissa and knew the answer. Lorissa’s dad had been killed in an ATV accident in North Idaho just four months earlier.

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“If you can hear me, just open your eyes. ... Move your fingers.” He was a donor, doctors told his daughters, and his cornea would help a child with vision problems see again. On the drive home from the hospital, her dad having just died, Lorissa told her mother she wanted to be a donor, too. “I said, ‘That’s good to know,’ “ Hammel says, thinking little of it at the time. “I just kind of brushed it off.” But when Lorissa got her driver’s license the next month, she went through with the decision and registered as a donor. Hammel has a strong faith in God and in the idea that everything happens for a reason. It’s helped her cope with loss and with the fact that there is no one to blame for Lorissa’s death. So now, when she thinks back to that moment, she believes that’s part of the reason Lorissa’s dad died before she did. “I think he led that path for her,” she says. ...continued on next page

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Most of Lorissa’s vital organs

had been crushed by the accident. Her spleen and colon were ruptured, her left lung collapsed. Brain death worsened her condition, cutting off her body’s ability to regulate blood and oxygen flow to her organs and leaving her condition unstable. So LifeCenter’s medical personnel were left with a choice: Take the organs they could see were OK now — the pancreas and one kidney — or ramp up efforts to heal her other organs, a young heart, liver and set of lungs. Angela Brooks remembers Lorissa’s doctor’s advice: “Get what you can before you lose everything.” But nurses like Brooks look at things differently than doc-

hit Hammel like a sucker punch. She collapsed. Her husband and a male nurse she calls “Big John” carried her from Lorissa’s bedside, her sobs echoing through the empty hallway as a pair of metal doors slammed behind her. “You have to let go,” nurses told her. Inside the OR, teams of surgeons stood around Lorissa’s open chest, surveying what they’d come for. The liver team takes the longest to prepare for removal, but the heart is taken first because it lasts the shortest amount of time outside the body. The lungs came second, then the liver and pancreas. Later, another team took her tissues, corneas and a part of her shoulder blade, a special donation for a boy who’d been crushed in an accident. Lorissa’s kidneys were unsalvageable. In a series of tests at Spokane’s Inland Northwest Blood Center, lab technicians determined which recipients would best accept Lorissa’s organs. Then LifeCenter coordinators called surgeons around the region, looking for those who would accept her organs for their patients. “The biggest thing I’m grateful for is that Debi gave us the time to turn her around. … She was so clear from the beginning to save lives of others because she knew Lorissa’s life could not be saved. That, to me, is heroic,” says Brooks, who this year presented Lorissa’s story to a national conference as a case study about the progress that can be made even on severely damaged organs. Organ damage is a common problem and part of why few deaths actually result in donation. But new research is testing ways to help damaged organs heal without having to keep a person’s body alive. A recent major advance places donor lungs in a plastic dome attached to a ventilator, pump and filters. There, kept at normal body temperature and conditions for three to four hours, the lungs can begin to heal with the hopes they’ll become suitable for transplantation. Progress comes from a change in philosophy, too, Brooks says. When she first started this work nine years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to rule an organ out

LORISSA’S DONATIONS Lorissa Green, 16, was killed in a car accident in January 2009 and became an organ donor after her death. Her mother wrote letters to the recipients of Lorissa’s organs and received responses from some but not all of them. Because of privacy issues, LifeCenter Northwest, an organ procurement organization, was able to provide only limited information about those recipients.

“She was so clear from the beginning to save lives of others because she knew Lorissa’s life could not be saved.” tors for the living do. They’re able to use medicines that would shock a body with a living brain, but can help restore organs in the brain dead. The process takes time, though, and that can take a toll on families. Every day Lorissa’s body lay hooked up to machines and monitors was another day her family couldn’t quite say good-bye. “It was just taking so long,” says Jason Hammel, Lorissa’s stepdad. Some families change their minds because the waiting is too hard, Brooks says. Lorissa’s older sister Kayla resisted becoming an organ donor for the first year after Lorissa’s death because she worried about her family going through that wait again, Hammel says. As days passed, doctors worked to try to strengthen Lorissa’s lungs, at first just to get better oxygen flow to the rest of her organs, but ultimately to prepare for donation. By the time they took her to the operating room, they had recipients around the country waiting for her heart, liver, pancreas and both lungs. As nurses rolled Lorissa’s bed toward the OR, the weight of the final good-bye


Hamid Wahid of Lacey, Wash., received one of Lorissa's corneas when he was 21. The second one was given to a woman in her 70s.


An 18-year-old California woman got Lorissa’s heart, but died 10 months later.


A 21-year-old Seattle woman named Mandie received Lorissa’s liver.


Jolene Evans, who lives in North Seattle, was dependent on oxygen tanks until she received both of Lorissa's lungs when she was 55.


A 61-year-old Minnesota man got her pancreas, but it didn’t function once transplanted.


The family authorized a special donation of part of Lorissa's shoulder blade to a child who'd been crushed in an accident, but never learned any more about him. Tissue donation works like a blood bank — skin and tissue have a "shelf life" — so multiple people can benefit in the months after a donor's death, but the family doesn't know exactly who got what.

with first tests. An imperfect cardiac echo? The heart must be no good. Now, because of success stories like Lorissa’s, “we don’t just walk in, look at a patient and start ruling things out,” she says. Now, everything has potential. “Knowing 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant,” Brooks says, “I can’t in good conscience rush a patient to the OR knowing I could fix one more organ and save one more life.”


understand after talking with LifeCenter that families feel guilty because of my loss,” Hammel wrote from Lorissa’s

bedside. “Please don’t feel guilty, my daughter chose to save you and as much as I miss her I am OK with knowing that someday I may be able to meet you and share in your joy.” Months passed, and no one responded. Hammel planned Lorissa’s funeral like a wedding because she knew she’d never see her daughter get married. She made sure Lorissa was cremated in her favorite $100 jeans and flip-flops. She looked up Lorissa’s cellphone records to see if she was talking or texting when she crossed the intersection. She called wit...continued on page 28

THE HISTORY OF DONATION Early 1900s: As blood-typing technology emerges, doctors in France start experimenting with organ and tissue transplants. In 1905, a laborer blinded in an accident while working with lime receives the first cornea transplant in what is now the Czech Republic.

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Dec. 23, 1954: The first successful living organ transplant is performed in Boston, where doctors transplant a kidney from Ronald Herrick to his identical twin, Richard, who lived another eight years until his original disease destroyed the new kidney.

1967: The first successful heart transplant is performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

1983: The FDA approves Cyclosporine, the most successful anti-rejection medicine to date, helping transplant recipients live longer.

1984: In a major medical milestone, two thirds of all heart transplant patients survive for five years or more. That year also marks the development of the United Network for Organ Sharing database, which doctors use to prioritize those waiting for transplants.

2010: The first full face transplant is performed in Spain for a man injured in a shooting accident.

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Jolene Evans, 59, received Lorissa’s lungs. Hamid Wahid, 25, got one of her corneas. Both have kept in touch with Lorissa’s mother. nick gast photos

“one love,” continued... nesses and tried to find the EMTs who responded. A few weeks after the accident, she met Dave Blyton, the man who hit Lorissa, for the first time at a community meeting about how to improve the intersection — one of the county’s most dangerous. Blyton and Hammel soon started to help each other heal. He suffered his own trauma and guilt from Lorissa’s death, and Ham-

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mel wanted him to know she didn’t blame him. Since the accident, they’ve built a friendship, even spending Christmas together. Hammel, meanwhile, fought with her husband and drifted from her other children. Between their dad’s death and Lorissa’s, Hammel’s oldest daughters had trouble coping. Lexie, then a high school senior, skipped

school and slept all day for months. She resented how much time Hammel spent trying to find the people involved in the accident and the ones who’d received Lorissa’s organs. She just wanted Hammel to move on. During the days, Hammel wandered. She couldn’t return to work, where she’d last seen Lorissa. One day she bought a $1,200 toy Yorkie at a mall pet store; Lorissa

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had always wanted a dog she could carry around in her purse. “You have to learn to kind of relive life,” Hammel says now. Hammel still couldn’t get her mind off the people who’d gotten Lorissa’s organs. Were they grateful? Were they taking care of themselves? She sent another letter. “I am writing in hopes that you’ll let me know how you are doing,” she typed. “All the organ, tissue and sight centers have told me that many people don’t know how to respond to a donor family. I want you to know that I have no expectations. I am wishing you only the best and am thankful that Lorissa was able to hopefully enhance your life quality.” She told them she is “a mom who tries to make the best of every situation,” and that she was pushing for changes at the intersection and thinking of starting a support group for people who’ve lost a loved one. “I believe everything happens for a reason,” she wrote. “With that being said I do believe you are supposed to have a part of Lorissa. … I hope to hear from you someday in the hopes she has enhanced your life. Breathe for her, dance with energy, sing and see life as she would.”


can’t begin to express in words my gratitude,” were the first words Hammel heard back, scrawled in black ink on a piece of jagged notebook paper. Jolene Evans is a short, plump 59-year-old woman who’s not afraid to talk about her lengthy list of health issues, her bitterness at losing her job because of them, or the feelings she had during her nine months on the transplant waiting list. “You go through guilt because you know somebody has to die for you to get a lung transplant,” she says. “But then as you get worse — this is awful — as you’re going down and you see traffic accidents on the TV and you’re [thinking] ‘Oh, are they

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available?’” Evans faced her first serious health issues in 2004, when doctors began to worry that what had previously been diagnosed as asthma was something far more serious. She went on and off oxygen tanks over the next few years, feeling her condition deteriorate and then get better, only to slip again. By 2008 she was using more than 20 liters of oxygen a day for a life of minimal physical exertion — she’d spend most of her time knitting or going on drives just to get out of the house. Her lungs weren’t holding as much air as they should have and weren’t properly distributing the oxygen throughout her body. As winter approached, she was carrying two-foot-tall metal tanks with her wherever she went. Her legs ached, and she’d be short of breath after a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom. Doctors believed she would die within a year. Nearby, Evans’ two sons were building their adult lives — jobs, fiancées, plans for children. Her nieces and nephews were growing up too. She worried she’d miss graduations, weddings and births of grandchildren. Even when hospital staff called her to tell her they’d found a set of lungs — Lorissa’s — Evans was skeptical. They’d warned her the bad car accident her donor had suffered meant the lungs might not work, and a winter storm might mean trouble for the surgeons on their way to Spokane. “It’s not going to happen,” Evans thought as she waited. “It’s fine. I’m fine.” Six hours of surgery and two Oxycodone-hazed days later, Evans awoke to new lungs, but not the new start she’d imagined. Her first breath was good, but it wasn’t the deep relief she was expecting. Doctors told her the new lungs didn’t fit quite right in her small chest cavity. Her diaphragm was too high to allow them to work at full capacity. “I thought I got shortchanged,” Evans says. “I was frustrated and angry because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do.” ...continued on next page

MYTHS AND STIGMAS Organ donation enrollment is on a steady climb, with a 7 percent national increase from 2010 to 2011. But more than half of Americans are still not registered organ donors. Pro-donation agencies blame that on common questions and misconceptions. Some people fear they’re not healthy enough to donate, but very few medical conditions actually disqualify someone from donation completely. Some wonder about religious beliefs. While not every religion’s view is clear, all major faiths in America approve of donation. Others worry doctors won’t do as much to save them if they’re a known organ donor or wonder whether people can come back from brain death. In fact, the doctors who try to save injured patients are not the same ones who could later prepare their organs for donation. A patient’s doctors are required to do everything they can to save the patient’s life and don’t know the patient’s donor status. Some families worry donation may add to their medical costs or prevent them from having an open-casket funeral. Donor families bear no costs for donation, and organ recovery surgery does not prevent an open casket. (HEIDI GROOVER)

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Cover Story | health “one love,” continued... She spent four more months on oxygen. But slowly, as she started to accept the lungs, they began to breathe better. By the fall she didn’t need oxygen tanks. She took road trips around Washington and Oregon to see waterfalls and beaches. Evans got her first letter from Hammel in April 2009 — her case worker at the hospital wanted to give her time to recover from the January surgery and complications that followed. She hung Lorissa’s picture in her kitchen and talked to it every day, but she didn’t know what to write back. Five months later, she wrote the only things she could think of. She was sorry for the family’s loss and grateful for their gift. She would never forget it. She’d even like to meet them. “In July I went on vacation with two of my sisters and their husbands,” she wrote. “We went to the beach and I saw a T-shirt there that reminded me of Lorissa. It said ‘live, love, and laugh.’ I remembered a sentence you had written earlier about living for her, laughing for her and dream for her. I thought this was appropriate. “I am taking care of myself and striving to live a meaningful life. Thank you again.”

Soon after Hammel opened Evans’

FROM LEFT: Debi Hammel recently attended a groundbreaking on a new overpass with Thomas Grieb, who was paralyzed at the intersection; Kathleen Grieb; Dave Blyton, who T-boned Lorissa’s car; and former Washington State Rep. John Driscoll. letter, she got another response. A woman called her at work. She said Hammel should be sitting down. “I know this isn’t the way to do this,” the voice said, “but in my heart I need to

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tell you who I am.” Hammel was confused, but she listened, gazing at the sunny day outside. The woman on the line said her 21-year-old son needed a cornea trans-

plant after he started losing vision in his left eye. It was Lorissa’s cornea he received. The emotions overwhelmed Hammel. The communication process is usually

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regulated by LifeCenter, allowing introductory letters back and forth first before any identifying information, let alone an unexpected phone call. But the woman had Googled Lorissa’s name in Spokane and read the media coverage. She saw Hammel’s name and that she owned the daycare. “This is not how it’s supposed to go,” Hammel thought. Crying, the two mothers ended up talking for more than an hour. They told stories about their own kids, but were really more interested in the other’s.

even a few feet away. It took only a few minutes at a clinic in Olympia for doctors to tell him his cornea was damaged, and he’d need to see a specialist. There, he learned he’d need a transplant and went home with an eyepatch. Underneath, the eye watered and ached, bulging outward into a cone shape. As weeks passed, he worried about the uncertainty of waiting for a transplant. If he never got a donor, he might never play basketball or drive again. He wouldn’t enjoy running outside in the same way. A new acquaintance told him she’d seen him walking in town the other day. She remembered him because of the patch. It wasn’t about life or death, but normality. amid Wahid is an athletic junior at “I’m only 21 and I might have to wear an Evergreen State College with a toothy smile and eyepatch for the rest of my life,” he thought. a habit of rarely being on time. “People are going to think I’m a freak.” His parents immigrated from the small But on a cold, gray Monday — as Lorissa’s South American country of Guyana. His brothers and sisters dressed in their best clothes grandparents, aunt and uncle all live in the same for her funeral — Wahid watched surgeons sew neighborhood in Lacey, a sleepy green sutures around his new cornea. Corsuburb of Olympia, where he lives with nea transplant recipients receive pain his mom and stepdad. medication and a sedative, but can Send comments to On Jan. 1, 2009, Wahid woke up remain awake throughout the with a sore left eye. He had spent New dure. With “awful music like Michael Year’s Eve drinking with a small group Bolton” in the air, Wahid stared of friends — one of them was home on leave forward at the clock as the surgery progressed. from the Army and was leaving the next day. Doctors cut off the faulty cornea — a thin transHe thought he must be hungover as he made parent piece that covers the front of each eye his way home, squinting into the bright day, his and helps it focus — and sewed in a new one. head pounding. “It looked like how you would stitch cloth,” But as evening approached, the soreness in Wahid says. his eye was getting worse, and his vision was Slowly, the pain from the surgery faded, and starting to blur. He couldn’t make out things ...continued on next page



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who goes first? Today, there are more than 117,000 people waiting for lifesaving transplants — a new name is added every 10 minutes — but many of them will never get the help they need. On average, 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant. That’s because a huge majority of people who die never become organ donors. Even those who register to donate often die of causes or accidents that make their organs unacceptable for transplant. Of the 2.5 million people who die every year in America, only about 8,000 become organ donors, according to LifeCenter. So those waiting for transplants are registered in a national database to prioritize who will get the very few organs that will become available. The United Network for Organ Sharing connects doctors whose patients need transplants with organ procurement agencies, which work with donors and their families. Patients are prioritized based on time spent on the list and level of sickness. Once a donor dies (or a living donor is approved for donation), doctors and lab technicians test donor and recipient blood type and antibodies — which our bodies create to fight off foreign objects or infections — to determine which recipients will accept which organs. Those factors narrow down the hierarchy of recipients for each donor: Who’s the sickest person whose body will accept this organ, and is he or she close enough for a team of doctors to retrieve the organ and transplant it in a reasonable time? Doctors for those at the top of the waiting list can accept or reject the available organ, based on how well they think their patient will accept it. It’s a process that never gets easier, says Dr. Timothy Icenogle, who oversees Sacred Heart’s heart transplant program. “The judgment call comes down to did you make the right judgment call or didn’t you?” Icenogle says. “If you didn’t, well then the patient’s life is on the line and that hangs on your shoulders.” (HEIDI GROOVER)

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“one love,” continued...

HOW TO REGISTER While registration isn’t the only way to end up an organ donor — families can give consent — it’s the most likely. Uncertainty and the shock of an unexpected death can cause families who don’t know their loved one’s wishes to shy away from donation. If you want to be a donor, say “yes” the next time you’re asked at the DMV or use these methods: In Washington: Go to (here, you can even specify which organs you want to donate) or mail a letter with your name and address to: Donate Life Today Registry, 11245 SE 6th St., Ste. 100, Bellevue, WA 98004 In Idaho: Visit You can register on the site or download an application and mail it to: The Idaho Donor Registry, 230 South 500 East #290, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Or call: (866) 9378824 (HEIDI GROOVER)

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Debi Hammel visits local high schools and talks about the importance of organ donation several times a year.

his vision came back. He watched the Super Bowl and saw Mall Cop from the back row of the theater. He started going to class again, getting rides to meetings for group projects, and nearly a year later felt the last stitches loosening in the corner of his eye, ready to come out. He wondered whose cornea he’d been given, but assumed it would be impossible to ever know. He figured it was probably an older person, someone who’d died of natural causes, but never asked. “To me it was like receiving a gift from an anonymous person, like Santa had wrapped up this and gave it to me without a name,” he says. “I started feeling guilty because not only did I have this cornea, but I didn’t know who to thank or whom to appreciate.” When his mom told him she’d found the mother of his donor, that she’d called her at work and that they were going to meet within the week, his head spun. He’d finally get to thank the mother of the person who saved his eye, but that meant facing the fact that Lorissa’s life was cut short at 16. “She was just beginning her life,” Wahid says. “I’m 25

and I feel like I’m just beginning my life. Here’s this little, sweet, young girl.” In a sports bar, he and Hammel talked for hours without ever ordering food. Hammel looked into his eyes and saw nothing of Lorissa. She’d expected them to look familiar. But, she reminded herself, the cornea is just the outer lens. It doesn’t change the way the eye looks. As she listened to Wahid tell her about himself, she started to see Lorissa. He’s energetic and friendly, feeding off others’ attention. “He is so my daughter,” Hammel says. Later that night, over red velvet cheesecake in a Bellevue Cheesecake Factory, Hammel found herself feeling something very different: disappointment. There, she had arranged to meet Evans, Lorissa’s lung recipient. She looked older than Hammel had expected. Old and tired. “I thought she should be younger — Lorissa was young — somebody who would have all these years left in life,” Hammel says. As Hammel got to know Evans better, in the restaurant and other visits in the months and years to come,

those feelings began to soften. The transplant brought Evans closer to some of her family and bought her more time with her sons. She’s since seen one of them become a father and the other get engaged. Hammel knows Lorissa would have been happy to give that opportunity to someone like Evans, no matter her age. At those first meetings, Hammel told stories about Lorissa, the things she loved and why she became a donor. She sent Wahid and Evans home with photo albums: Lorissa snowboarding in a pink headband; smiling in her black-and-white, floor-length homecoming dress; and flashing a peace sign at the garbage-eating goat in Riverfront Park. Evans keeps the album handy. She asks Lorissa how she’s doing and thanks her for her gift. Wahid keeps his on a shelf, but says it’s hard to look at. It reminds him of the family’s pain. “I really think of the family. When my eye is irritating, I think of how the mom is feeling losing a daughter,” he says. “When I see [Hammel’s] Facebook post of something happy, I’m happy as well. I’m happy to see her smiling because I just can’t imagine what she has to go through on a daily basis.”


ammel knows Lorissa’s pancreas was transplanted into a 61-year-old Minnesota man, but that it didn’t function. She knows Lorissa’s other cornea went to a woman in her 70s who never wrote back. And she knows about Mandie, the 21-year-old Seattle woman whose skin and eyes yellowed more every day she waited for a liver transplant. Within 24 hours of receiving Lorissa’s liver, Mandie started to feel and look normal again, she told Hammel in the first letter she sent. On small cream-colored stationery, Mandie shares condolences and gratitude. She says she loves hair, makeup and shopping, and that she has a picture of Lorissa framed in her room. She includes a Bible verse about finding love in times of grief. “Lorissa is like a hero to me, she saved my life!” Mandie writes near the end of her letter. “I promise to never forget her and I will take care of what she has given me.” Hammel still hopes to meet Mandie someday. She heard from LifeCenter that she’s moved out on her own, and it reminded her of watching her own daughters experience those milestones. From the beginning, Hammel has wondered specifically about one recipient: the person who would feel Lorissa’s heartbeat. She wrote in that first letter that she looked forward to meeting the person someday — “to listen to her heart and have you see me or know you have been able to live on, maybe see how you look at life now.” Hammel learned that Lorissa’s heart was transplanted into an 18-year-old California woman who liked to sing and dance, though the recipient never wrote. In December 2009, as the oneyear anniversary of Lorissa’s death approached, Hammel sent the woman a small Christmas tree ornament — an angel holding a heart in her outstretched hands. But in January, LifeCenter told her the young woman had died. They waited until after the holidays, they told her, because they didn’t want more sorrow to dominate the family’s first Christmas without Lorissa. Hammel grieved for a woman she’d never known. “It was kind of like losing Lorissa all over again for that day,” she says. “You feel responsible and you wonder — you just wonder.” She wondered if the family blamed her or regretted taking Lorissa’s heart. But, she adds, “that family had 10 months with their daughter — 10 months I would kill to have.”

she saw Lorissa’s pink cheeks for the last time, she sat before the Washington House Transportation Committee with a group of supporters behind her. She fought back tears to tell legislators why they should support a bill funding first an exit and eventually an overpass at the intersection. She told them how she and Lorissa had practiced driving through that intersection, and how since the accident she had trouble going to the daycare where she’d last seen Lorissa smiling. Blyton spoke too, as did Thomas Grieb, a man who was paralyzed in a collision at the same intersection. There had been 80 accidents there in the past decade, they told lawmakers. It was time to do something. “If after hearing this your mind is still not made up, look at the people sitting behind me,” Hammel said, her voice cracking. “Look at my children, who have more understanding than they should about death and how easy things change. “In the end, be a part of making something good come out of something so bad.” It was the first in a long string of times Hammel would tell Lorissa’s story in hopes of effecting some change and keeping her memory alive. Hammel speaks to other parents who’ve lost children and to groups on all sides of the organ donation process, from nurses to other donor families to recipients. As progress continues on the intersection — an overpass is the works — she rarely

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s Lorissa’s accident faded from the headlines, Hammel was trying to figure out how many vans she’d need to rent to get her friends and family to Olympia. She was scheduling meetings with lawmakers who would decide whether the intersection deserved new money, and scribbling down the things she wanted them to know. And just 56 days after

turns down a TV interview, often on site near an “In memory of Lorissa Green” sign. Alongside lawmakers and construction workers at a groundbreaking on the overpass earlier this month, she smiled as she watched dirt fly off the front of her gold shovel.


n a sunny Wednesday morning, Hammel keys up a PowerPoint presentation as teenage chatter fills a small auditorium at Cheney High School. Freshmen, just a year younger than Lorissa when she went there, file in looking for seats near their friends. In jeans and white Nikes, Hammel grips a microphone and looks into the sea of faces. She says she’s there to talk about organ donation — not to convince them to become donors, but to at least start thinking about it. “No one in this room is invincible,” she says. She asks them to go home tonight and tell their parents what they want if something happens to them. “What do you mean, like, when something happens to you?” one girl in the audience asks. “Like if you die or something?” Hammel tells them about her daughter’s accident and the four hellish days she spent in the hospital. “I’m not going to lie to you, this is the worst thing I’ve ever done,” she says bluntly. “Losing a daughter makes you not want to get out of bed some days. But … I’m not the type of person that would just not get out of bed, so I focus on the positive things and where we’ve gone with this.” The two-second conversation Hammel and Lorissa had about organ donation after Lorissa’s dad died made things easier, even amidst the pain, she tells them. That’s why the few seconds you’ll spend with your parents tonight are so important. “They will never think about it again,” she says, “unless something happens to you.” Hammel’s given this talk more times than she can remember. She used to cry, but now some of the emotional sting is gone. By the end, the kids will be anxious and chatty. But for a few moments, as she flashes through images of Lorissa as a smiling 16-year-old, with life ahead of her, the room is quiet. n

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Ms. Chiff is one of Spokane’s modeling dogs. young kwak photo

Canines in Clothes One Garland shop owner is bringing dog fashion to Spokane — whether it’s ready or not By Jo Miller


ameras snap as the hot sun shines down on a Seattle beach occupied by an array of clothes and camera equipment. A tiny Yorkshire terrier wearing a seashell-embellished swimsuit poses on top of driftwood. A passerby stops and asks, “Oh! Is that

Carly?” Kendra Cunningham says that she was too shocked to answer. She still isn’t used to the fact that Carly, one of her four Yorkies, is a recognizable fashion model. Cunningham recalls that moment, an on-location

photo shoot for her new line of summer wear, while sitting in her shop on Garland Avenue. She’s a fashion designer — a canine fashion designer — and opened Diva Dog Pet Boutique three years ago as Spokane’s first spot for upscale dog apparel and accessories. “These stores are commonplace in fashionforward cities,” Cunningham says. “They’re not common around here. So we took a chance.”

All dressed up

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A few of the stars that will hit the runway on Saturday night at the Lincoln Center. young kwak photo

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eccentric dog, satin flower dresses for the princess, a Haight-Ashbury coat for the reminiscent hippie pup, and a pink sparkle gown with a gold waistband for the goddess. Diva Dog carries dog fashion lines from across the country, but Cunningham spends the bulk of her time creating for her own line, Harlow and Grace Canine Couture. Outfits ranging from $30 to $300 can be altered to fit or ordered custom-made. Some might find the idea of a dog in fancy clothing ridiculous. But to Cunningham and her customers, it all makes sense. “It’s true haute couture,” says Cunningham, a former a social worker who got into sewing after making clothes for her daughters when they were younger. Her four Yorkies got outfits, too, before Cunningham opened her shop. And they love wearing clothes. “If my dogs start to squabble, all I do is hold up the comb or say, ‘Let’s get pretty.’ They will stop what they’re doing and push to be first,” she says. All of her dogs started modeling as puppies. Carly — being small, packable, and the friendliest of the four — became Cunningham’s runway dog, walking with human models in local fashion shows, including Spokane’s Top Model. For a dog to reach model status as Carly has, Cunningham says you just need to start dressing them and taking their picture from the time you get them. They eventually learn to perk up their heads for an over-the-shoulder pose whenever they see a camera. “They know what they’re doing,” Cunningham says. “They’re professional models.”

Mission dog-possible

Pamela Clark moved to Spokane last summer from southern California with Zoey Bear, her Pomeranian-Yorkie (“Porkie”) mix. Realizing Spokane wasn’t exactly the Mecca of dog clothing, she immediately gravitated toward Cunningham’s shop.

“We came up here and were thinking, ‘Oh this is a quite different culture up here,’” Clark says. “So I really appreciate and admire that [Cunningham] is being a forerunner in this particular city for doggy fashion, because it actually is very big in many other states.” Carly, wearing a pink spotted vest, lays in Cunningham’s lap with her head resting on her knee, as Cunningham’s eyes get a bit misty. “I cry after every fashion show that Carly is in because I believe, and cannot prove, she came from, let’s say, less than ideal beginnings. It could’ve been a puppy mill,” she says. “And I look at this little dog and I wonder — she’s so sweet and so loving — and here she is this local star. What would have happened to you if we hadn’t have found each other?” Cunningham says she wants to use her shop to make Spokane more pet-friendly, and show people pets are companions, not accessories. “When you get a dog, you love it forever,” she says. “And every one of my dogs — we’ve had dogs ever since I was a child — has always died of old age in my arms. We don’t give them away. We don’t dump them because they become a pain in the butt. And I’ve had a few pain-in-the-butt dogs. But you hang in there. It’s a commitment.” Cunningham’s next big step in accomplishing her mission is heading up Spokane’s first dog fashion show, Canines on the Catwalk, a benefit for SpokAnimal. She’s hard at work making the 40-plus outfits Carly, Zoey Bear, and other models will strut in all their doggy diva-dom. And even if while they’re walking swanky one of them poops on the runway, that’s OK, Cunningham acknowledges. They’re still just dogs. n Canines on the Catwalk and Divino Fashion Show • Sat, March 30; doors at 5 pm, show at 6 pm • $20 • The Lincoln Center • 1316 N. Lincoln St. • • 327-8000



he wild three-pointer from Wichita State’s Fred Van Vleet hadn’t even passed entirely through the net when a collective groan emanated from every living room and bar in Spokane. Seconds later, it was followed by a smug snicker from the naysayers-at-large who doubted Gonzaga’s No. 1 seed all along. Told you so, they were saying. About a minute and a half of game time later it was all over. In the fleeting style that makes the NCAA basketball tournament the last great thing in sports, the Zags’ season had been put to bed early. And without dessert. Gonzaga fans were as dumbfounded as their team’s players, who walked slowly toward the locker room, staring blankly ahead as they untucked their jerseys, some of them for the last time in their careers, acknowledging defeat. This was supposed to have been the best squad ever assembled in Spokane, but now it was all over.

There hasn’t been much talk about the Zags around the water coolers and watering holes since Saturday night — the same day the Lady Zags’ season also came to an end. No one is talking about how these guys won 32 games, more than any other team in school history, or that they earned a No. 1 ranking and a No. 1 seed. That’s because their season — just like that of every other team in this tournament but one — ended with a loss. Thus begins a time to mourn what could have been. But the tournament isn’t over and schools like Florida Gulf Coast and La Salle are busy “pulling a Gonzaga” of their own, hoping to make the sort of deep run the Zags did in 1999 and maybe building something like Mark Few has done here in Spokane. GU fans should be cheering for those teams, because GU used to be an underdog and they should still champion the unexpected. After all, the unexpected is exactly what makes college basketball great, even if sometimes it’s hard to accept, especially when you’re still in mourning. — MIKE BOOKEY

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SONG | There’s another amazing band getting ready to release a new album after a 2½-year hiatus. Long Beach, Calif., rockers Cold War Kids will release their fourth studio album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts next month, (maybe even this week, rumors hint) but to hold fans over until then, the band already released the album’s first single “MIRACLE MILE,” which you can stream on Spotify and SoundCloud on repeat for the next week or so until the record is out. It’s a fast-paced, loud-chorused song with plenty of pounding drums and catchy guitar hooks that will make you want to stomp your foot and shake your head.

ALBUM | It’s been almost three years since fans of Syracuse, N.Y.based pop rockers Ra Ra Riot had any new ear candy to enjoy, but fans were generously rewarded for their patience when the upbeat, dance-y BETA LOVE was released in mid-January. The group’s third studio album showcases more of a synth-pop sound than the baroque pop the band was known for on past records. The overall sound is laden with heavy synth drops and dance-worthy bass beats. Songs like “Dance with Me” and “Binary Mind” will have you getting out of your chair to shake it. Catch your breath during slower-paced songs interspersed among faster-tempo tracks.

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Does He or Doesn’t He? It’s hard to know what Tracy Morgan really thinks. And that’s why comedy fans love him By Kevin Stewart-Panko

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t’s a safe bet to guess that, while growing up in a BedfordStuyvesant housing project in 1970s Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan didn’t even know Spokane existed. Mention the Lilac City to a younger, less worldly, streetwise Morgan and chances are he’d think you were speaking in phonetic code about heading off on the sly for a hit off a crack pipe. Hell, if you take into account that his Tracy Jordan character on the recently-wrapped-up-forever-and-ever sitcom 30 Rock was based largely on his own foibles, f---ups, ignorance (like ignoring preventative measures after being diagnosed with diabetes in 1996) and the act-first-think-second part of his personality, you might wonder. When you’re the product of a home broken by drug addiction and a parent succumbing to the ravages of HIV and you’re selling drugs and performing comedy bits on the street as a means to an end — that end being survival — would you be worrying about anything going on on the other side of the country? There’s probably a patronizing “picked himself up by his bootstraps” tale involving talent, luck and overcoming the odds that we could spin for you here. Suffice it to say, Morgan has since


The Last Letter A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From A Dying Veteran To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From: Tomas Young I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care. I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all-the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief. I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans-my fellow veterans-whose future you stole.

spread his wings and reach. His career started in the early-tomid-1990s with a successful run at NYC’s comedy clubs, then blossomed with his “Hustle Man” character on Martin Lawrence’s Martin sitcom and his spot as a Saturday Night Live cast member. The interesting thing is whether Morgan sometimes still suffers from a limited worldview, despite the broader range of experience that has followed his stand-up and screen successes. This is the dude who appeared on a TV show with the idea of wanting to build a Jaws-themed replica shark tank in his house. His Twitter account is loaded with bipolarity: he splits tweets about discovering he’s the biological son of Richard “Shaft” Roundtree and not being able to “get Beyonce” while hanging at the Super Bowl with the usual harmless musings and ennui about life and career. He’s a man who doesn’t pull a single punch in the battle of the sexes (“You goin’ to the store, bitch? You better leave your vagina on the dresser. What the f--- you need a vagina for to go shopping?”) and is currently on a secondary-market tour of the Midwest dubbed Excuse My French. So does he or doesn’t he have his finger on the pulse of broader society? His balancing act of two polar opposites — brilliant comedic tactician and bumbling stooge — make the more risqué things that tumble from his yap seem inauthentic. Or maybe they’re twice as funny and three times more offensive than if they came from another comic. So when he rattled off something about how he would “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he came out as gay (like he did at a 2011 performance in Nashville) or made derogatory comments about disabled children — despite claims that he went “too far” in Nashville — an evening with Morgan’s stand-up becomes an anticipatory event. Responsive laughter will be as much a part of the show as the pins and needles you’ll be waiting on to see what cringe-inducing one-liner might come flying out of his holster. And it’s just that — that audiences can’t tell if he is serious or just gutsy as hell — that make Tracy Morgan legendary. n Tracy Morgan • Fri, March 29, at 7:30 pm • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • $45 • • 624-1200

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage. I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil reserves. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level-moral, strategic, military and economic-Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences. I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire. I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul. My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

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Matt Dolan, the wine steward at the Rocket Market, leads ongoing wine classes. young kwak photo

School of Booze New state laws and growth in craft brewing and winemaking mean there’s a lot to learn By Chey Scott


he room looks just like a college lecture hall that’s been set up for an exam, except for the sets of empty wine glasses placed at each seat, along with pens, bottled water and class workbooks. Long, narrow tables are set up in rows of six with a wide aisle down the middle, and an overhead projection screen at the front of the room glows white with the title of the class: “What’s Your Beer Style?” It’s an undergrad’s dream course, but this isn’t a university. It’s a room at Total Wine & More, a warehouse-style adultbeverage purveyor. It’s been almost a year since the voter-approved changes on the sales of spirits were enacted in Washington. While those changes didn’t turn out the way many people expected,

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(additional taxes made spirits pricier overall) most noticeably, hard liquor became easier to buy, popping up on the shelves of grocery stores and some local beer and wine specialty stores. Big-box retailers also rushed in to take advantage of the new rules, Maryland-based Total Wine & More among them. When the national company opened its new booze megastore in North Spokane last November, the ability to become better educated about what’s in your stemmed glass or beer stein also grew. Leading up to Washington’s privatization of spirits sales, and continuing still, has also been a growing interest in the craft beer brewing movement, as the number of breweries both nationally and statewide has dramatically increased in the past

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five years. Washington also continues to hold strong as one of the top U.S. wine-producing states, with big jumps in the number of wineries across the state in the same number of years. It’s not just an increase in things to drink. There’s also more interest from drinkers who want to know more about what they imbibe.


his past Thursday evening, students attending Total Wine’s monthly beer education class ($15) filed in and were mostly quiet as they waited for it to begin. But by the end of the class — and 12 samples of beer in — these pupils began to mingle; sharing whether this was their first time coming to a class, or their second or third. As the class-goers fanned out across the store to more confidently peruse the beer section, many also mentioned their intent to come to future classes. “You can try a lot of beers for a low cost and you might buy something you normally wouldn’t have,” says Damon Carlson, who came to the beer class with his dad Rick. Both had been to a few other sessions on beer before that night. Total Wine’s beer manager Jeff Jordan, who led the interactive Thursday-night beer session covering the basic characteristics of different styles of beer, says the store’s monthly two-hour wine ($25) and beer workshops focus on a different topic each month so customers can learn something new at each session. Before Washington voters approved the privatization of liquor sales back in 2011, a completely unrelated measure was approved

A measure to allow licensed spirits retailers to give out small samples was presented to the state Legislature during the current session. by the state Legislature to allow grocery stores to host beer and wine tastings under strict specifications. This rule is why, for example, during a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s, you can snag a sip of wine from a free sample area. Specialty wine, beer and spirits retailers — like Total Wine & More and Good Spirits, a Wenatchee-based company with stores here — are also allowed to offer similar tastings, though not any of spirits just yet. A measure to allow licensed spirits retailers to give out small samples (a half-ounce or less at a time; not totaling more than 1½ ounces per person) was presented to the state Legislature during the current session and as of press time was still under consideration. Samples at a grocery store with a promotional intent can be a quick way to try something new, but a class could be a better option for those looking for a more detailed overview on beer or wine. The chance to broaden one’s background and palate for beer and wine is one of the main reasons people sign up for the beer and wine classes ($20-$25) taught by Rocket Market’s wine steward Matt Dolan. The South Hill neighborhood market and specialty beer/wine shop, tucked off the corner of 43rd Avenue where High Drive veers west and turns into Hatch Road, has been offering beer and wine education events for what Dolan believes has been nearly a decade. Mostly, Dolan wants people to have fun and enjoy themselves in a casual setting, while hopefully discovering a new beer or wine selection that maybe they’d never try under other circumstances. Rocket Market’s educational events differ from a traditional wine tasting, because Dolan offers guests a varied selection of wine or beer that’s usually selected for how it ties into a class theme, like “South African Wine Safari” or “Global Bubbly.” On the other hand, tastings at or hosted by a specific winery or brewery typically would only include selections from that maker. Sometimes, though, Dolan invites a winemaker to present at a class. He prefers to call Rocket Market’s weekly classes “an experience.” “Classes imply learning, but I always say that learning is optional,” says Dolan. n

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ilo Salois started out his 34 years of restaurant experience working at McDonald’s, but has since made his way up the food chain of command. He fed 3,000 people a day for 10 years while cooking for the Army in Fort Lewis, Wash., and Germany. Then he worked as general manager at Denny’s and Olive Garden. After retiring recently, Salois opened a place of his own, Four Sal’s Bistro, something he says has always wanted. Salois bought the spot on North Nevada Street that was formerly Revive Coffee shortly after it closed in December. Along with his wife and son, Salois swapped out the coffee-shop feel for a bistro theme and opened at the end of January. The menu mostly revolves around sandwiches, salads and soups. Sal’s New York Style sandwich ($9.45) has pastrami, salami, ham, provolone, pepperoncinis, tomatoes and onions piled between a housemade hoagie. The antipasto salad ($9.25) is just as laden, with ham, salami, artichokes, mozzarella, kalamata olives, mushrooms and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing Salois makes. A daily special gets you a half sandwich and soup for $5.95.

It’d be a mistake, though, to think the menu ends there. For breakfast, options such as Builda-Bagel ($4.50-$5.50) let you choose your own variations of meats and cheeses. Salois also bakes his own coffeecake, pound cake and turnovers. Beyond drip coffee, Salois’ son mixes up combo beverages ($3 for 16 ounces) such as Sal’s Sweet Sensation with caramel, white chocolate and vanilla. He doesn’t miss the opportunity to make themed drinks for each holiday. He combined Irish cream and crème de menthe for St. Patrick’s Day and says he wants to figure out a way to incorporate Peeps for an Easter-themed drink. Wine and beer were recently added to the menu, a repertoire that includes Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Angry Orchard hard cider. Salois has plans to expand the menu in the future. He says he has thousands of recipes in his back pocket he’s just waiting to use. “I’ve got a menu to take over the world with,” Salois says. n Four Sal’s Bistro • 6704 N. Nevada St. • Open Mon-Fri, 7 am-6 pm; Sat, 8 am-3 pm • 3689746

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tir Eatery and Lounge is located on that stretch of Division north of Francis, next to the Golden Corral and across from Northwest Pet and Seed — in other words, not the kind of place where a person would expect to find an upscale martini bar. But Stir’s location isn’t the only surprise here. There’s the Reuben sandwiches ($10.99), flat iron steaks ($13.99), barely seared ahi stacked high atop a bed of rice ($13.99/$22.99), and a layout that creates the illusion of three establishments in one. I sampled the basil Rangpur gimlet, a choice well worth making, and the artichoke and lobster dip. When was the last time you dipped into an artichoke and lobster terrine that was heavy on the lobster and light on the artichoke? Or sipped at a basil gimlet that was heavy on the gin and light on the basil? At an establishment that was on the same strip as a Golden Corral? And what about pairings? A gimlet and … a reuben sandwich? Or how about a Key lime pie martini with gumbo? The incongruities were starting to hurt my head. New owner Ryan Lieuallen eased the pain.

When asked what kind of martini one should pair with a Reuben sandwich, he grinned and pointed to the rustic wooden wine bar, an area offset from the martini bar’s bistro seating and metallic piping. Then he offered up the wine list, one that is still in progress but currently features 10 reds and five whites, including 14 Hands, the house wine. Lieuallan also pointed out the centrally located restaurant-style dining area and spoke about the ambiance he wished to create at his Northside establishment. He kept the menu and drinks of the old Stir Eatery and Lounge, praising the talents of chef Nick Kesler and mixologist Robert Dixon, but wanted to replace Stir’s club atmosphere with a more upscale ambiance — one that Northsiders don’t have to head downtown to experience. And Northsiders are crowding the place. “Fridays are unbelievable,” says Lieuallen, “almost nerve-wracking scary.” n









Stir Eatery and Lounge • 7115 N. Division St. • Open Mon-Thu, 11:30 am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11:30 am-2 am • • 466-5999


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The staff at Ivano’s — ready for your order since 1984. mike mccall photo

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recent Saturday night visit to Ivano’s Ristorante, the Italian stalwart of the Sandpoint culinary scene, revealed a restaurant that provides fine dining without pretension and a family-friendly vibe without too much noise. It’s a happy balance that owner Jim Lippi has been bringing to North Idaho locals and visitors alike since 1984. After moving to First Avenue in 2001, Ivano’s has continued to pump out Italian favorites, like the Tortellini Ivano ($17/full order, $12/half), a rich — but not too rich — cheese pasta served with prosciutto, mushrooms and a

garlic cream sauce. “It’s been a staple dish since I’ve been here. It is made from simple ingredients and the light sauce isn’t too overwhelming,” says floor manager Nolan Smith, who’s been with the restaurant since the mid-’90s. Ivano’s also operates the La Rosa Club, a wine bar located across just across the street, and beginning Memorial Day weekend, they’ll open up Ivano’s del Lago in nearby Hope for the summer. Call it a mini Ivano’s empire, if you will. — MIKE BOOKEY

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SANDWICHES CALYPSOS 116 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene 208- 665-0591 Known for their in-house roasted coffee, Calypsos is often overlooked as an eatery. But the truth is that the coffeehouse serves an awesome sandwich alongside your Americano. A veggie-friendly favorite combines hummus and a pile of fresh sprouts, green peppers, and tomatoes. Meat lovers will enjoy a number of grilled paninis. Try a salad, sample the soup of the day, and make sure to finish your meal off with a scoop of Calypsos’ soft-serve ice cream (another often-forgotten facet of the coffee shop’s menu). SANDWICH GARDENS 808 W. Main Ave. | 838-3376 A veritable garden of sandwiches awaits Spokanites, who mourned when Sandwich Gardens closed its doors several years ago. When Sandwich Gardens reopened after a decade, Spokane swooned. Now that they’ve been at it a while, the crush has stuck. The sandwiches are big, tasty and best of all affordable. Plus, the tables are smack-dab in a

great place to people-watch at the mall. Call in for delivery as well or have your event catered with some of the most heavenly sandwiches in the area. MOSCOW BAGEL AND DELI 310 S. Main St., Moscow 208-882-5242 This bagel shop is set on “changing the world one bagel at a time,” and with more than 100 different bagel sandwiches, they certainly have the arsenal of flavors to get them started on this ambitious pledge. Stop in for breakfast before class or stumble in after midnight for bagel sandwich cuisine ranging from traditional to downright funky. Since they’re open until 3 am, you’re bound to see some intoxicated college students wandering in to refuel. GARLAND SANDWICH SHOPPE 3903 N. Madison St. | 326-2405 Located just off Garland Avenue, this little sandwich place should not be underestimated. Its menu is replete with sandwiches ranging from panini to classics like the BLT and roast beef. The menu is rounded out by a

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PORKY G’S 1527 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene 208-665-0044 Eliminating the overhead means lower-priced lunch specials, like Porky G’s authentic, Southern-style pulled-pork sandwich and a drink for $5. All smoking is done in a closed barbecue pit, and the meats take on a special flavor thanks to the seasoned woods used in the smoking process, which takes as long as 14 hours. The restaurant features a bevy of beef, pork, chicken and sausage options, ranging from sandwiches to big ol’ racks of ribs. n

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no one catch on that the “president” is actually another dude entirely who’s secretly wearing a Jonathan Pryce disguise and is working with Cobra Commander to try to take over the world? Again, I’m making this sound far more entertaining and logically consistent than it is. Retaliation purports to have been “written,” but that seems unlikely. It’s almost as if no one — up to and including the cast — actually read the “script” before they started shooting, or even while they were shooting. In one bit, nominal hero the Rock intones ominously that there’s only one person whom he and the other two remaining Joes (D.J. Cotrona and AdriForgive me. I’m making G.I. Joe: Retaliation sound anne Palicki) can trust, now that the Joes as a fighting like a helluva lot more fun than it is. force have been betrayed and wiped out, which could It’s nowhere near this coherent, either. Probonly have been ordered at the highest level. Half an ably the most coherent moment, in fact, is when hour later, the Rock is mumbling Jonathan Pryce, as the president of the United States, is required to say — withG.I. JOE: RETALIATION portentously about the “one person I trust,” and it’s someone else enout snickering — “Get me the G.I. Joes.” Rated PG-13 tirely. (One of them turns out to be We talk about “live-action carDirected by Jon M. Chu Bruce Willis, who looks pained to be toons,” but perhaps no movie has ever Starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing here. As well he should.) come nearer to such a state than RetaliTatum, Bruce Willis It occurs to me that all this ation because no one else laughs when “someone else entirely” stuff infectPryce delivers that line. Although to ing the film may be evidence of attempts at mass be fair, this is a world in which everyone lives in fear exodus on the part of the cast, who when they finally of a supervillain who calls himself “Cobra Comdid read the script saw fit to make a quick escape. It mander,” and yet when the president of the United could explain why Channing Tatum makes an early States later announces that his new elite fighting force exit from the film, in which case we must be thankful (replacing the Joes, who are on the outs) is called for small favors. Retaliation may be powerfully stupid, Cobra, no one finds this suspicious. Oh, and his Sebut it could have been worse: Tatum could have been cret Service detail are all wearing Cobra lapel pins that in all of it. n are plainly apparent on national television. How did

Real American Zeros G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a lot less fun than playing with plastic dolls By MaryAnn Johanson


ou get the G.I. Joes for Christmas. Hooray! You make them cross the demilitarized zone near the china cabinet to rescue Barbie. pawft pawft pawft — enemy fire. Wheeeeeee boom barrrrummmmmph — you throw rocket grenades at the bad guys. You win! New toys! Ninja Joes! You infiltrate Pakistan, right over that ridge in the backyard, and steal back the nuclear weapons from the bad guys (played by your sister’s Lord of the Rings elf dolls). Rata tata tata tata tat — machine-gun fire. Bang pow wham whoof — you make the Joes punch the elves. You win! It’s your birthday — you get the G.I. Joe airboats. New toys! You make the Joes chase the bad guys across the puddle in that pothole in the street. Oh no! You knock over the juice boxes on the curb: Cobra Commander just destroyed London! You win this time, Cobra Commander! “Get me the G.I. Joes,” you say, but you’re totally doing the voice of the president of the United States...

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When Stephenie Meyer got tired of writing about sparkling vampires, she dipped her little pinky toe into the pool of sci-fi with her novel, The Host. Now, the movie adaptation combines everything Meyer is famous for (love triangles, inter-species romance, hot men) with director Andrew Niccol’s science fiction film career. The results? Humans must fight for survival against an alien race that hosts itself inside the human body, obliterating the human soul with their parasitic existence. Yes, this sounds very “body-snatchers” in both plot and science fiction mechanics, but this time, we have the added benefit of a love story. (SM) Rated PG-13


He’s at it again! But this time, Tyler Perry is getting dramatic with a story about love, betrayal, seduction and lies. Affairs! Forbidden love! Marriage counseling! Kim Kardashian’s flowing brunette locks! Adapted from Perry’s play, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, this drama digs deep into the psyche of the

cheater and the cheated, mapping the psychological heartbreak and deception that comes along with an affair of pure passion. As “one of the most provocative movies that Tyler Perry’s ever made,” Temptation’s thesis appears to revolve around the concept that “big kids have to deal with the consequences of their big kid actions.” (SM) Rated PG-13


The last G.I. Joe movie meant different things to different people. For some, it was a revitalization of childhood heroes. For others, it was a two-hour-long Channing Tatum fest. Now, the G.I. Joes are it again. They have to fight the Cobra. They have to save their paychecks from a President who has attempted to disband them. They have to fly through the air. They have to impart subliminal messages of patriotism and a pro-military agenda. But this time, we have Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock, and Bruce Willis, the Die Hard, to make the movie that much cooler. (SM) Rated PG-13

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Sometimes a movie just veers too far from its source material, in this case the popular 2009 novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, about a Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) who gets emotionally caught up in the application of a student who might just might be ... well, all those years ago she did give up a baby for adoption. The whole story is about parent-child relationships — the one between Fey’s character and her feisty mom (Lily Tomlin), another between the head of an alternative high school (Paul Rudd) and his adopted son. It’s sort of a comedy; there’s some funny stuff. But most of it falls flat and sinks into blandness. (ES) Rated PG-13


This documentary is a punch to the gut of your conscience, a reminder that while you’re bitching about the kale in your salad not being organically farmed, there are millions of people in this country who don’t have enough to eat. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, the film dives into the complicated that is the food crisis in his country, including farm subsidies, school lunches, federal funding for hunger and nutrition. Jeff Bridges, who in addition to being The Dude, is also the founder of the End Hunger Network, is just one of the insightful interviews pieced between scenes following hungry children in different places around the country. The film isn’t, however, without its faults — it’s disjointed at times and tries to simplify an issue that’s almost impossible to simplify. But hey, the soundtrack by T. Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars just about makes up for that. At Magic Lantern. (MB) Rated PG.

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Girls getting thrown into trunks. Girls kidnapped and killed in their homes. Every time, they call 911. Every time, that 911 call costs them their lives. “It’s already done,” an enraged serial killer whispers as he finished off his next victim. Unfortunately, this particular serial killer underestimates how much of a badass Halle Berry, the 911 dispatcher who takes these calls, turns out to be. (SM) Rated R.

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We kinda have a feeling that The Croods, DreamWorks’ latest animated flick, which chronicles the adventures of a prehistoric cave-people family, will draw attention from all demographics. The plot is simple: a family (did they really have families then?) is forced to leave the only home they’ve known when it’s destroyed during a big natural disaster — the end of the world, maybe? Their journey to a safer place is basically the first road trip of all time, and as you can guess there are lots of unexpected twists and some semi-forced family bonding moments along the way. (CS) Rated PG

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Emperor, set in post-WWII Japan, tells the story of General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) and his investigation of Emperor Shōwa. In charge of making the decision of whether or not the leader should be hanged is General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), who is involved in an affair with a Japanese exchange student (Eriko Hatsune). You may tell your bros that you liked this movie because it was an intense war flick, but deep down, you know it was the love story that stole your heart. (KS) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page

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When Scorch Supernova, the galaxy’s most heroic alien warrior, gets caught on planet Earth, his nerdy brother must travel across the universe to save him. Humans have been imprisoning and researching a variety of alien species for years and now a cute little group of imprisoned aliens must escape our lovely planet in order to survive… and save all life in the galaxy. Your kids will love the antics of a mob of wily extraterrestrials, while you’ll appreciate a cast of star voice actors (Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker) and two hours of captivated and mostly quiet children. At Magic Lantern (SM) Rated PG


You never suspect the quiet ones. So when Sandy (Jason Bateman) discovers his identity has been stolen, the seemingly harmless Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is a surprising suspect. But Sandy’s trip to Miami to confront the criminal takes a twist when he discovers that Diana isn’t as innocent as she appears. The loud, annoying woman will do anything she can to avoid losing the luxurious lifestyle she has accrued at Sandy’s expense. Through many a car chase, fistfight and argument, Sandy must pull his identity and credit score out of the gutter. (SM) Rated R


Perhaps you haven’t been offended enough lately. Buy yourself a ticket to see Vince Offer’s InAPPropriate Comedy, then feel your jaw drop. This is a film about an app (like, on an iPad) that creates social mayhem. Yes, you are right: It very well may be the stupidest premise for a movie ever. But with a cast of Rob Schneider, Adrian Brody and Lindsay Lohan, it very well could be the next Idiocracy. No, probably not. (LS) Rated R


It’s a sweet and funny all ages movie... with an edge. Both the title character (Steve Carell), and his similarly nom de plumed pal Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) were loners as kids, but were fascinated by magic. A proposed partnership in the craft has led to them being huge old-style stars in Vegas, where after a couple of decades, they’re kinda tired of each other. The edge enters with outrageous Criss Angel-like Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) coming to town and stealing away their crowds. The film features an amazing one-take shot of an illusion called “The Hangman,” designed by David Copperfield. (ES) Rated PG-13


Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) this time goes the family-friendly fairy tale route in a story that uses most of the ingredients from Jack and the Beanstalk and adds a few choice new ones. Nicholas Hoult is the poor farm boy who ascends that stalk, trying to rescue a wild child princess (Eleanor Tomlinson), and meets up with a gaggle of terrifically realized giants. Lots of adventure, some good chuckles, a bit of distant violence, some villainous scenery chewing from dastardly Stanley Tucci

and giant Bill Nighy. (ES) Rated PG-13


Olympus Has Fallen — about an assault by North Korean terrorists on the White House — had me muttering to myself: “Why couldn’t this have been the latest Die Hard movie?” Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is a Secret Service agent shipped from a presidential protection detail to a desk job after tragically failing to save the life of the First Lady. Eighteen months later, as tensions escalate in the DMZ, those nasty North Koreans — led by the ruthless Kang (Rick Yune) — storm 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, ultimately taking the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage. Can Banning save the day? (SR) Rated R


Despite being a CGI-heavy affair, Sam Raimi’s Oz feels incredibly alive. Fueled by the same gleeful energy that drove Raimi’s earliest work, it not only serves as a worthy tribute to the wonderland conceived by L. Frank Baum but also a celebration of moviemaking itself. This prequel to the 1939 classic fittingly opens with a circus sideshow circa 1905 where the ramshackle wooden structures instantly recall Evil Dead’s shoddy sets. This black-and-white chapter introduces Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco), a lowrung magician/first-rate Lothario, who ends up in a tornado that lands him in a familiar Technicolor landscape where he encounters Theodora (Mila Kunis) and a couple of witches, played by Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. (CW) Rated PG.


Centered around four musically inclined retirees and starring everybody’s favorite Downton Abbey actress Maggie Smith, this movie melds together our love for music and old people. The drama that ensues at this retirement center threatens the success of the annual gala concert, leaving the audience with one question: will the show go on? (KS) Rated PG-13


Prepare yourself for the classic love story by Nicholas Sparks. Katie has daddy is-

sues, or a fear of commitment, or a history of abuse or something. Alex’s is a widower, can bench press 250 pounds, and is good with kids. They’re both pretty attractive. They run on the beach through the rain and conquer deep-seated emotional issues together. But when our heroine has to get out of town quickly, for some vague and slightly terrifying reason, their true love is tested. Or something emotional and gut-wrenching like that. (SM) Rated PG-13


The newest collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!) is their best. It’s a twisty-turny mystery-thriller about money, sex, (prescription) drugs, sleepwalking, and lots more. Great writing and direction, every actor is spot-on. At Magic Lantern (ES) Rated R


The premise seems simple: A quartet of hot college girls desperately want to head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine realize that their collected financial resources aren’t enough to get them to Florida. And that’s when director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) makes his mark: The girls rob a restaurant, get involved with a drug dealer (James Franco) and do anything they need to in order to live a little closer to their fantasy of having spring break last forever. (SR) Rated R


If you’re going to get creeped out by a movie, it might as well be pretty to look at, right? And Park Chan-wook’s latest, Stoker, looks to be pretty and substantial — we’re hoping, at least. This time around, Chan-wook — director of the lauded Vengeance Trilogy — follows India (Mia Wasikowska) after the sudden death of her father. When her creepy uncle (Matthew Goode) comes to her mother’s side (Nicole Kidman), India becomes suspicious of his motives. And that’s when things get weird: She gets more intrigued by him instead of more afraid of him. (LS) Rated R n





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By Ed Symkus ina Fey fans probably won’t be disapthat lets you feel his character’s exasperation. pointed in this lightweight film, even But this time he comes across as a shy dullard, a though Fey plays it more bland than guy who wants to do the right thing — help get funny, as is called for her character. But fans of this kid into college — but doesn’t know where to the novel it’s based on are going to have some begin. Fey appears to be the victim of a direcproblems, in that so many of the story’s elements tor who’s told her to hold back until it’s time to have been changed beyond recognition. unleash her inner self, which she does a couple of The basic plot is about Princeton admistimes in what amounts to nothing more than an sions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) emotional catfight with a coworker. having some difficulties concernYou want to feel for these two ADMISSION ing Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a bright nice, caring people, but it’s difficult Rated PG-13 but quirky high schooler who’s when they’re so uninteresting. Directed by Paul Weitz applying there. There’s also John On the positive side, there’s Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Pressman (Paul Rudd), who runs Tomlin, who lights up the screen as the developmental high school the feisty Susannah, an indepenthat Jeremiah goes to. And for any feminists out dent spirit who was no doubt up in the front lines there, don’t worry: Portia’s mom, Susannah (Lily when the women’s movement got its start and Tomlin), has some screen time. Book and film are has never backed off. One of the film’s best — similar on those points. and most meaningful — sight gags is the tattoo of But even though this still remains a study of Bella Abzug on her shoulder. (Those of you too parent-child relationships, book-to-film changes in young to get it should Google her.) plot development, message and eventual outcome Director Paul Weitz is a little too loose with are likely going to outrage certain readers. the film’s moods, as they change from way up to Too bad that’s not the only problem. The way down too quickly. But neither he nor scriptfilm stands on its own, but it doesn’t stand very writer Karen Croner can be blamed for the hardtall. Both Fey and Rudd really underplay their to-take, not-very-believable ending. That problem roles. Rudd is usually good at this kind of thing, rests solidly with novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz and letting a mischievous glance reveal what he’s the way she ended the book. Why couldn’t the planning to do, or putting on a blank expression filmmakers have changed that? n

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The members of Helms Alee have done their time. And in this band, they’ve found magic By Leah Sottile


ight at this moment, Ben Verellen is doing what he’s done since he was just a kid: he’s going to a hardcore

show. In the middle of the afternoon, the 33-year-old musician — a towering redheaded Viking of a man — is talking on the phone as fills his gas tank, readying himself for a trip to Olympia where he’ll catch a reunion show by ’90s hardcore band Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live. He’s excited as he talks, like a kid going to his first concert. By day, he’s an engineer by trade, hand-building custom amplifiers — some of the loudest in the business — for bands like Minus the Bear, Against Me and Sick of It All. And with the rest of his time, he plays in a band called Helms Alee: a confounding, skin-tingling heavy rock band which has wooed critics with their angular, out-ofnowhere tracks. They’ve toured with giants like Torche and Big Business, and were named Best Metal Band by Seattle Weekly in ...continued on next page

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The Cars • ZZ Top • Eurythmics

Bob Seger • Pearl Jam • Van Halen • Journey • U2 • Poison • Dave Matthews • Rolling Stones • Bon Jovi


Billy Idol • INXS • ACDC • REM • Joan Jett • Clash • Nirvana • Guns ‘N Roses • Prince • GoGo’s • Heart

Def Leppard • Police • Tom Petty

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MUSIC | rock “all guns blazing,” continued... 2011. At this point in time, Verellen is quite literally living a life of music. “I love my life, and I’m really happy I get to play in a bunch of bands and that the work I do is immersed in the music scene I grew up around,” he says cheerily. “When I was a kid I remember thinking, ‘I’m gonna have a warehouse with a skatepark and a record store and a stage for bands to play when I grow up.’ When I think about how it all turned out, it’s sort of a naive little kiddish kind of dream of how a grown-up can be.” But by believing in it and never letting up on his devotion to music, he’s made it work. Verellen has long been associated with Northwest rock. As a kid in Tacoma (Seattle’s “dirty little brother,” he laughs), Verellen watched his big brother Dave scream in beloved mathcore outfit Botch. Soon Ben would go on to form Harkonen — a band that was equally revered nationwide for their brand of hardcore. He dabbled in other projects — alt-country band Roy, post-hardcore band These Arms Are Snakes — before stumbling across something completely different. In Dana James (of L.A. band Your Enemies Friends) and Hozoji Matheson-Margullis (of Tacoma two-piece Lozen), Verellen arguably found his biggest challenge: insanely skilled musicians from prolific bands of their own and with histories as long as his. And, well, girls. Women in bands: that’s not a novelty. But it

would be missing the point to say that the presence of females isn’t part of what makes Helms Alee so interesting. On tracks like “8/16,” James is heavy-lidded and seductive as she sings before being joined by the brash, warrior-woman vocals of Matheson-Margullis. Around them drums are clattering, bass thundering, a guitar sounds like it’s about to rocket off into space — the band is firing on all cylinders. And still, in the middle of the madness, Verellen screams through the fog: a roaring lion in the middle of a riot. It’s impossible to ignore — a storm of sound that no other band can hold a candle to. But Helms Alee is hardly all melted faces. The band dabbles in beautiful harmonies and bafflingly complex guitar solos. Together, they’re hardly single-minded in their sound. Helms Alee is loud, quiet, off-kilter, danceable … Helms Alee is, just, everything. “It’s almost like the three of us don’t speak the same language at all, but then we just keep at it,” Verellen says, laughing at the question of how exactly the band’s patchwork songs come to be. “You have three people in the room that really know music. But we’re like ‘play the mushy thing and then that crunchy part.’ You can stumble onto some weird things that way.” And if you’re Verellen, it might mean you’ve stumbled on your best band yet. n Helms Alee with Aranya, Hooves and Mercy Brown • Fri, March 29, at 8 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570



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orn out of the two-tone British ska scene — the goods are on the way. that gave the world the Specials and MadWakeling’s taken on a new manager and has ness, the English Beat helped infuse radio written about 20 songs. The plan, he says, is to waves with manic, urgent songs about being record and release them via radio and Internet young in the early 1980s. The band enthralled three at a time over the space of a couple years. ska and pop fans with upbeat but gritty tunes like How has his writing changed from the songs “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Tenderness” and he penned in his 20s? Motown cover “Tears of a Clown.” “I’ve become the old man in But after making three albums the corner who says what everyin just over five years, the band split. body else is thinking,” Wakeling, And while guitarist and vocalist Dave Visit for complete now 57, says. “It’s like pleasant Wakeling has toured the past several listings of local events. but blunt.” years as the English Beat, there’s As for a full reunion of the been no new material to speak of. English Beat, with vocalist RankBut fans aren’t exactly complaining — they’ve ing Roger (who went on to form General Public been content to swing to the old standbys. And with Wakeling), drummer Everett Morton, sax Wakeling makes sure he gets the audience movplayer Saxa, and guitarist Andy Cox and bass ing. player David Steele (who formed Fine Young “I look into the crowd with my eyes kind of Cannibals when the Beat originally split in 1983), sideways, and I pick out about four or six people would that ever happen? who seem to be really dancing,” Wakeling says “Never,” says Wakeling. “Dave and Andy by phone just a few hours before going onstage won’t work with each other over some spat from in Colorado Springs. “I sing the first song, focusthe Fine Young Cannibals days. I’ve asked a ing on them, starting to develop a sense of mass dozen times.” n consciousness between us, and normally that starts to set a light like a campfire.” While fans may not get too much new mateThe English Beat • Fri, March 29, at 8 pm • rial in the live set — Wakeling says he and the The Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • $20 • band work on the new tunes during sound check All-ages • • 742-7879

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ersonal opinion here: aside from overt bands like Bongripper or Weedeater, I don’t think you can make your band sound any more like a stoner rock band than calling yourself Orange Goblin. And that’s probably what the Brit band was going for. Their sound rides the line between outright sludge and more of a bluesy-rock sound like Clutch — which headlines this show. In recent years, OG has strayed from the baked sound of its younger days, adding a little more death and thrash metal to the mix. Verdict: they are still awesome. — LEAH SOTTILE

alk about making lemons into lemonade: when local musician Tommy G was slapped with a minor driving infraction, he worked with the courts to allow him to throw a benefit concert for a local girl in lieu of penalties. The singer and his band, an acoustic pop outfit, are throwing a concert for Gabby LeDuc — a 6-year-old leukemia patient staying at the Ronald McDonald House here. Tommy G partners with Raze the City — the project of singer Chelsey Heidenreich and rock band Nuke Venus — and the soulful folk sounds of Wayward 2 to help this little girl out. — LEAH SOTTILE

Orange Goblin with Clutch, Lionize, Scorpion Child • Tues, April 2, at 7:30 pm • Knitting Factory • $20 • All-ages • • 244-3279

Concert for Gabby feat. Tommy G and the Nug Jug Band, Raze the City and Wayward 2 • Fri, March 29, at 8 pm • The Bing Crosby Theater • $12 • All-ages • • (800) 325-SEAT

J = the inlander RECOMMENDs this show J = All Ages Show

Thursday, 3/28

Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot, DJ Dave Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Fedora Pub, Coeur d’Alene Charter Acadamy Jazz Quartet Forty-One South (208-265-2000), Truck Mills Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, Loss Monstarz, Wei Entertainment, Whurlwind Entertainment J Knitting Factory, Ginuwine, John Hart Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, MCSQUARED J Mootsy’s, Citizen Arms, Radio Cavalier, The Static Tones, James Plane Wreck O’Shay’s, Open mic Phat House, The Tone Collaborative Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser, Jay Rawley, David Nordstrom Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac

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The Cellar, Riverboat Dave Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 3/29

315 Restaurant, Cris Lucas J Baby Bar, Dept. of Martyrs, Event Staph, Duck Duck Suckerpunch Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Inner Sanctum J Bing Crosby Theater, A Concert for Gabby feat. Tommy G and The Nug Jug Band (see story above), Raze the City, WayWard 2 Bluz at the Bend, Soul Proprietor Bolo’s (891-8995), Phoenix Boomer’s (368-9847), Dragonfly Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks Carr’s Corner, Dark Time Sunshine, Void Pedal, Moodie Black, Warn Away, MJ the Inhuman Beatbox, Nobe, Item 9 J the Center, The English Beat (see story on page 53) Coeur d’Alene Casino, Bill Bozly, Strictly Business Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208-

263-6971), Ron Kieper Jazz Trio Copa (208-635-5534), Truck Mills Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner Fedora Pub, Ron Greene Fizzie Mulligans, Scorpius Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, (early show) Prestige, Idols, Verbera, New Jack City, Sisyphean Conscience; (late show) Henchmen, Reason for Existence, Dank Submission Hot Rods (534-4061), DJ Dave Iron Horse, Whack A Mole Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy Knitting Factory, Dirtyphonics, Crizzly, Nerd Rage Laguna Café, Pamela Benton Library Lounge, Baboon Moon Lounge Fly (208-758-0603), The Jam Band J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox, Dirk Lind Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Joe Caruso Moose Lounge (208-664-7901), The Usual Suspects J Mootsy’s, Helms Alee (see story on page 51), Hooves, Aranya, Mercy Brown

Nectar (869-1572), Maxie Ray Mills nYne, DJ Mayhem O’Shay’s, Arvid Lundin and Friends Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Ruff Shod with Fiddlin’ Red and Desire Phat House, World Bandits Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Roadhouse, The Ryan Larsen Band Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band Splash (208-765-4000), Radioface SWAMP, The Horde and the Harem The Readery (208-597-7866), Butter, Cedar & Boyer The Shop, DJ Wax808 Ugly Bettie’s, Thunder and Lightening, Whurlwind Entertainment Vintage Vines (227-9463), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Zola, All Dull Star Band

Saturday, 3/30

315 Restaurant, Maxie Ray Mills BABY BAR, The Longnecks, Catholic Guilt Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Inner Sanctum

Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Bluz at the Bend, Soul Proprietor Bolo’s (891-8995), Phoenix Boomer’s (368-9847), Dragonfly Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks The Center, A Cure for Cat Masquerade Ball Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin with Tyler Coulston Coeur d’Alene Casino, Bill Bozly, Strictly Business Coeur d’Alene Cellars (208-6642336), Eric Neuhausser Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Scott Reid Curley’s (208-773-5816), Shiner Fedora Pub, Ron Greene Fizzie Mulligans, Scorpius Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, P.D.P., Aghori, Odyssey, Benign Iron Horse, Whack A Mole Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy Jones Radiator, English Gardens, Ampersand J Knitting Factory, Hell Yeah,

All That Remains, Nonpoint, Sunflower Dead La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Open mic Lariat (466-9918), The Bobby Bremer Band LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Library Lounge, Baboon Moon J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Moose Lounge (208-664-7901), The Usual Suspects Mootsy’s, Locke, Garlands, Tyler Aker nYne, Eric Himan, DJ Hype O’Shay’s, Moses Wiley J Phat House, Cracker Factory, Camaros

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Get your event listed in the paper and online by emailing getlisted@inlander. com. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. Prichard Art Gallery (208-3101231), Aranya, Mercy Brown Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Republic Brewing Co. (775-2700), Brandon Smith Roadhouse, The Ryan Larsen Band Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band Splash (208-765-4000), Radioface The Shop, Moksha Ugly Bettie’s, Dueling DJs Zola, The Bucket List

Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic Checkerboard, Derde Verde J THE Hop!, Tragedy Among the Stars, Until This Sunrise, Almost Home, A Cryptic Ending, Write the Riddle, Dead Eyes in the Dark Hot Rods (534-4061), DJ Dave J Knitting Factory, Clutch, Orange Goblin (see story on facing page), Lionize, Scorpion Child J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox Phat House, Chelsey Heidenreich Roadhouse, Luke Jaxon Swaxx (703-7474), Tragedy Among the Stars, Until This Sunrise Zola, Dan Conrad and Haley Young

Wednesday, 4/3

Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot, DJ Dave J Blue Spark, Writers Cup Emcee Competition feat. DJ Darkside Som THE Cellar, Eric Neuhausser Chateau Rive (795-2030), Steep Canyon Rangers Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh Geno’s (487-9541), Open mic Grail (208-665-5882), Derde Verde J THE Hop!, A Dead Man’s Party feat. DJs Doktor Reaktor, Wyrmwood, Killmore Iron Horse Bar (926-8411), Open mic Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy J Knitting Factory, Sleeping With Sirens, Conditions, Dangerkids, Lions Lions La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Truck Mills

J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dario Re Marquee, Likes Girls, DJ D3vin3 Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Julia Smith Phat House, Kenny B Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Roadhouse, Hollow Point Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic hosted by Son of Brad Sundown Saloon (208-765-6585), Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three Zola, Island Soul

Coming Up…

Phat House, Blackwater Prophet on April 5 The Porch (326-2385), Halftone feat. Matt Mitchell, BBBBandits, Bias, Octo on April 5

Ugly Bettie’s, Flying Spiders, The Staxx Brothers on April 5 Northern Quest Casino, REO Speedwagon on April 7 baby bar, White Mystery, Normal Babies on April 11 Mootsy’s, Duck Duck Suckerpunch, Organs on April 11 nYne, Elkfest Launch feat. The Real Life Rockaz on April 11 Hop!, Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Admirion, Zingaia on April 12 Knitting Factory, Ghostface Killah, on April 12 Boots Bakery & Lounge, Josh Hedlund, Chris Staples, Cedar & Boyer on April 19

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Sunday, 3/31

J the Center, Roger Clyne and The Peace Makers, Buffalo Jones Daley’s Cheap Shots, Open mic Geno’s (487-9541), Eddie Haskell Jazz Trio J THE Hop!, Serianna, North to the South, Onward to Olympas, My Heart to Fear, Among Theives, Raised by Wolves, The Persevering Promise Jones Radiator, Enter the Funkaphiliac with DJ Lydell Marquee, Likes Girls, DJ D3vin3 Ugly Bettie’s, DJ Dave

Monday, 4/1

Blue Spark, Open mic Bon Bon (413-1745), DJ Darkside Som J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills Red Room Lounge, Bakin’ Phat Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic with Casey Rogers Whiskey Dick’s (474-9387), DJ Dave Zola, Nate Ostrander

Tuesday, 4/2

Baby Bar, Natural Child, Normal Babies, Duck Duck Suckerpunch the Cellar, TC Tye J The Center, Chains of Love, Garlands, My Pinky Has a Name

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music | venues 315 MaRtini baR & taPas • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 baby baR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 the beLLtoWeR • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 bing CRosby theateR • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 big foot • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 bLue sPaRk • 15 S. Howard St. • 838-5787 bLuZ at the bend • 2721 N. Market • 483-7300 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • (208) 882-5216 CaRR’s CoRneR • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 the CeLLaR • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 the CenteR • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 742-7879 the CheCkeRboaRd • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 CoeuR d’aLene Casino • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 daLey’s CheaP shots • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 eiChaRdt’s • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 fedoRa Pub • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 fiZZie MuLLigan’s • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 fox theateR • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 gibLiano bRotheRs • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 the hoP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 iChiban • 202 W. Third Ave. • 747-8877 iRon hoRse • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 John’s aLLey • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 Jones RadiatoR • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 knitting faCtoRy • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 Laguna CafÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 LibRaRy Lounge • 110 E. Fourth Ave • 747-3371 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MaRquee • 522 W. Riverside Ave • 838-3332 MeZZo PaZZo Wine baR • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 Moon tiMe • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 noRtheRn quest Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 nyne • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 o’shay’s • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 Roadhouse CountRy RoCk baR • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 seasons of CoeuR d’aLene • 209 Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 seRgio’s • 825 W. Riverside Ave. • 7472085 the shoP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 souLfuL souPs & sPiRits • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 the sWaMP • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 ugLy bettie’s • 211 N. Division • 747-8940 ZoLa • 22 W. Main • 624-2416

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When Sherman Alexie says something, people listen. For his wit, for his writing, for the way he speaks his mind, he’s been called “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.” Quite the title, eh? Alexie’s career is a long, storied one: his books have been, at their worst, national best sellers. He has a trophy case filled with National Book Awards, PEN/Faulkner Awards and New York Times picks. Alexie — who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation before attending WSU — was recognized as a standout by a WSU prof, who saw his “intensity of language, passion and energy.” — LEAH SOTTILE Sherman Alexie presents “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World” • Thurs, April 4, at 7:30 pm • WSU Beasley Coliseum • 225 N. Grand Ave, Pullman • $20; $16, seniors; $12, nonWSU students • • (800) 325-SEAT

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Scotch Social • Fri, March 29 from 6-10 pm • $55 • The Lincoln Center • 1316 N. Lincoln St. • • 327-8000

Hotel Spokane • Exhibition runs April 2-July 1 • Artist Reception on April 5 from 5-8 pm; Reading on April 9 at 6 pm • Free • Chase Gallery at City Hall • 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • spokanearts. org • 321-9614

Get your best tweed jacket out of the closet because The Lincoln Center’s Connoisseur’s Club is hosting a Scotch Social, complete with a heady appreciation for hard liquor and elevated tastes in alcohol. After all, nothing says “fancy pants” quite like socializing over the 13 of the best scotches in the universe. Heavy appetizers will be served along with a selection of Washington wines. As a bonus, enjoy the musical styling of the MasterClass Jazz Orchestra. — SARAH MUNDS

Art and literature unite in “Hotel Spokane: Hope in the Midst of Despair,” an exhibition of artist-writer collaborations in conjunction with upcoming Get Lit! Festival (April 8-14). This show is a reprise of the popular “Get Lit: Telling the American Story” exhibition in 2011, but with new contributors. Each work surrounds a theme of the artist’s choice, with the poets, writers and artists approaching differing social problems using mediums unusual for City Hall. — KATE DINNISON

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Considered one of the premier events in Olympic-style boxing, the USA Boxing National Championships commences next week at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino with more than 475 boxers facing off in the ring. Boxers undergo an official weigh-in Sunday afternoon with fights scheduled throughout the following week, progressing through preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal and final bouts. USA Boxing reports 184 male boxers have registered alongside more than 60 female boxers. Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields and bronze medalist Marlen Esparza will compete. About 140 young boxers will also fight in a debut youth division. — JACOB JONES 2013 USA Boxing National Championships • April 1-6 • HUB Sports Center and Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights • $5-$40 • • (877) 871-6772.

Join us for a celebration of reading, writing, and storytelling! Tickets may be purchased from TicketsWest at 1.800.325.SEAT, or


Both the Gonzaga men’s and women’s teams may be out of the tournament this year, but the madness marches on here in Spokane with the women’s third round and quarterfinals. The bracket is shrinking — 16 teams get whittled down to the Elite Eight, and by Monday night only one team playing in Spokane will be moving on to the Final Four in New Orleans. Will there be more upsets? Will the Pac-12 teams live up to expectations? To sweeten the deal, ticket purchasers get first dibs on tickets to next year’s games, when the men play in Spokane. — LISA WAANANEN NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional • Sat, March 30 at 6:30 and 8:30 pm; Mon, April 1 at 6 pm • $35 and $45 for all three games • Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena • 720 West Mallon Ave. • 800-325-7328 •

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events | calendar


Where to sing your heart out this weekend


Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Cruiser’s, 6105 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Government Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Litz’s, 204 E. Ermina Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe Studio K, 2810 E. 29th The Star Bar, 1329 N. Hamilton The Wave, 523 W. First Ave. Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market

Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Club Rio, 106 Hwy. 2, Oldtown, ID Cruisers, 6105 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Government Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney The Flame, 2401 E. Sprague Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Mulz’z Shed, 37011 N. Newport Hwy. Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe Studio K, 2810 E. 29th The Star Bar, 1329 N. Hamilton Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market


Visit for complete listings of venues hosting karaoke, trivia, bar games and open mics.

Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Big Sky Tavern, 5510 N. Market Charley’s, 801 N. Monroe

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Coeur d’Alene Comedy FestLive comedy show benefiting athletes of North Idaho College and featuring Ron G, Matt Fulchiron, Kelsey Cook and Alvin Williams, Jr. March 28 at 7 pm. $10.75$20.75. Schuler Performing Arts Center at NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., CdA. (208-769-7780) Living RoomImprovised live comedy based on audience suggestions. Fridays through March 29 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Tracy Morgan“Excuse my French” live comedy show by the star of “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live.” March 29 at 7:30 pm. $45-$55. Mature audiences. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Tom McTigueLive comedy show. March 29-30 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. Safari Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays through March 30 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045)


Host Families NeededVolunteer host families needed for Face the World’s fall 2013 semester home-stay programs for international high school students from more than 15 countries. Deadline is June 15. (888-389-1006) Girl Scout LuncheonAnnual Girl Scout Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon event featuring keynote

speaker retired NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar. March 26 from noon-1:15 pm. No cost, but donations will be requested for the fundraiser event. Reservation-only event. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (991-9151) Date NightReconnect with a loved one during a date night while The Kroc Center provides programming and entertainment for your kids, ages 3 months to 11 years. March 30 from 6-9 pm. $8-$12. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-1865) Easter Egg HuntArea children ages 0-12 are invited to scout for eggs, with some containing prizes. March 30 at 11 am. U of Idaho Administration Building lawn, 851 Campus Dr., Moscow. Uidaho. edu (208-885-7521) Canines on the CatwalkFashion show fundraiser featuring local models, clothing designs and adoptable pets to benefit SpokAnimal animal shelter. March 30 at 6 pm. $20-$50. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (534-8133) Treasure Hunt Walking treasure hunt/tour of participating downtown Spokane businesses as part of the Civic’s upcoming production “Treasure Island,” (April 5-21) with chances to win prizes and more. Free. Downtown Spokane. (668-7960) Spring FlingEaster egg hunt, face paintings, snacks, bouncy castle and more open to area children. March 30 from 10 am-noon. Free. First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 Country Homes Blvd. (467-8986) Game DayPlay board games and other tabletop games with family and friends.

All experience levels welcome. March 30. Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. Zumba-thon Fundraiser Fitness event to benefit the East Central Senior Center. March 30 from 11 am-1 pm. $10$12. East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. (868-0856) Sweet Hearts BallFundraiser event featuring dinner, live music, auction and more, benefiting Camp Goodtimes East and Camp Rainbow Gold, programs of the American Cancer Society for children with cancer. March 30. Doors open at 5:30 pm. $55+. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second Ave. (208-661-2324) Hip Hop RodeoChildren age 12 and under are invited to get moving with the Easter Bunny in an event hosted by local fitness instructors from Oz Fitness and Mobius Kids. March 30 from 9:30-10 am. River Park Square atrium, 808 W. Main Ave. (456-3413) Easter Egg HuntEaster egg hunt for children featuring prizes and more; hosted by Sozo Church. March 31 at 10 am. Shadle Park High School football field, 4327 N. Ash St. (590-8381) Connect with the ElectConnect with Inland Northwest mayors David Condon (Spokane), Tom Towey (Spokane Valley) and Steve Peterson (Liberty Lake). April 4 from 7-9:15 am. Free. GSI, 801 W. Riverside Ave. (321-3632)


A Course in MiraclesTheological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Love Your Life Center, 1111 E. Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene. (208-777-1996)

Country Swing LessonsLearn country-style swing dancing with The Swinging Boots. Thursdays from 7-9 pm. $5. The Roadhouse Country Rock Bar, 20 N. Raymond Rd. (413-1894) Argentine Tango LessonsLessons for newcomers are free on Monday and Thursdays at 6 pm. Club Corazon, 2117 E. 37th Ave. (688-4587) Reconnection WorkshopsSupport and skills for post-deployment military members and their families. “Identifying Depression” on March 28 from 6-7:30 pm. Free, registration requested. American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora Ave. Messaging to ConservativesWorkshop with Aquene Freechild from Public Citizen, hosted by Spokane Moves

to Amend the Constitution. March 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave. (926-9906) Spokane Beard & Mustache Club Monthly club meeting. March 28 at 6:30 pm. No-Li Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave. Wild Idaho Rising TideSecond annual celebration by the climate-change activist group, featuring live music, food, prizes and more. March 29 from 7 pm-midnight. $5. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Moscow. (208-301-8039) Tutxinmepu Pow Wow14th annual cultural event celebrating Native American heritage, traditional dances and more. March 30 from 1 pm and 7 pm and

March 31 at 1 pm. Free and open to the public. Moscow Junior High School, 1410 E. D St., Moscow. (208-885-4237) Making KimchiLearn how to make vegetarian Kimchi in a fermentation workshop with Wakan Burrows. March 30 from 11 am-1 pm. $20, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Soapmaking WorkshopSoapmaking 201: Cold-processed “beer” soap with Gayle Kruger of White Moon Soaps. March 30 from 2-5 pm and March 31 from noon-1:30 pm. $55, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) College Info NightLearn about applying to and attending college at a CCS

Campus in Spokane. April 3 from 6-8 pm. Free. SFCC SUB, Bldg. 17, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3500) Cowboy BallDinner, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions, live music and more benefiting the North Idaho Fair Foundation. April 5 at 5 pm. Ages 21+. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, CdA. (208-772-5471)


Native American Film FestivalThe Sapatq’ayn Cinema festival features special guest actors and directors each evening. March 27-30 from 7-9:30 pm each night. Free and open to the public. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-885-7521)

Amour Screening of the Oscar-nominated film. March 28-29 at 7:30 pm. $6-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) A Deeper Shade of BlueFilm on the evolution of modern surf culture. March 28 at 7:30 pm. $12.50. Regal Cinemas at Northtown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., and Riverstone, 2416 N. Old Mill Loop, CdA. The Future of FoodScreening of the documentary hosted by GMO-Free Idaho, followed by a Q&A session and more. March 30 at 1 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-660-9169)




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I can’t talk to really pretty girls. If I’m talking to a girl I’m not that interested in or a dude, I’m golden. But if I’m attracted to a girl, my thoughts get totally scrambled. After a party, I walked this sweet, gorgeous girl to her car. She said some funny or cute thing about me, and I meant to say something witty back. Instead, I just said, “Huh.” Somehow, it was all I had at that moment. It felt too awkward to keep standing there, so I just mumbled goodbye and walked to my car. Pathetic, huh?  —Kicking Myself

It’s good to keep a woman guessing — but not as to whether you want her to go out with you or give you the Heimlich maneuver. A Dutch study confirmed what you and most of us already know — that talking to a hot woman can turn a man’s brain into a pudding cup. The researchers — a team led by Dr. Johan C. Karremans — did the study after one of them was chatting up a “very attractive girl” he’d just met, intent on impressing her, but when she asked him where he lived, he suddenly couldn’t remember his street address. University of Chicago researcher Dr. Sian Beilock, author of “Choke” — a book about overcoming performance anxiety in sports, business, and the arts — explains that we have different types of memory. The type crapping out on you every time your head says “Well, hello, beautiful!” is “working memory,” the cognitive horsepower that allows you to hold relevant information in mind (and protect that information from disappearing) while you’re trying to do something else. Stressing about what a woman might think of you and overthinking things you normally do without much thought, like tossing around witty banter, depletes working memory resources that would otherwise be available — maybe to the point where you find yourself glancing around the bar for help recalling the simplest facts about yourself: “My name? Uh…Bud. Bud Light.” You stop the pretty ladies from pulling the fire alarm in your head and evacuating your every thought the same way you, haw-haw, get to Carnegie Hall — practice. Beilock lays out numerous examples that suggest that the more you practice under pressure the less likely you’ll be to choke when the stress is on. For example, golfers who had their putting practice sessions videotaped and judged by coaches did much better in competition than those who practiced without scrutiny. You, likewise, would probably be helped by going out and practicing hitting on hot women with your friends watching in the wings or — better yet, to raise the stakes — with them watching and placing bets with you on how you’ll do. To avoid self-conscious overthink, shift your focus from fretting about what a woman thinks of you to having a good time saying things you find interesting and fun. With practice, words should stop deserting you and you should have fewer grammatical accidents, making you far less likely to compliment a beautiful woman on how smashing she looks with, “Drop dead, gorgeous.”

Speed Mating

This guy and I ended up having sex on the first date. I asked him whether he’d done this before and still had a relationship, and he said yes, but it didn’t last. He said that for our next date, we should do something not involving sex and said we should meet for coffee on Friday. He texted to say the sex was great, and I told him I hope he doesn’t feel different about me, and he said he doesn’t. But, now he’s texting me much less, and Friday came and went with no mention of getting together.  —Huge Mistake? There are two surefire ways to see that a guy sticks around after sex on the first date: handcuffing him to the headboard or developing magical powers to control men and small appliances with your hair. Otherwise, you should assume that sex on the first date will be sex on the last date. This isn’t to say it necessarily will be. But no matter how good a man’s intentions, he can’t reprogram male psychology, which evolved to push him to seek sex without commitment with as many women as he can. (All the better to leave lots of offspring to pass on his genes.) What keeps a man coming back aren’t good intentions; it takes an emotional connection that overwhelms his urge to be on to the next. So, whenever it’s possible you’ll want a particular guy in your life for more than an afternoon, see that you take things slowly enough for an emotional bond to develop. In other words, if you wind up on your back on the first date, he’d better be standing over you asking, “Oh, my gosh…you OK?” n ©2013, 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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events | calendar Intro to Final Cut ProLearn how to edit video with Final Cut Pro during a two-hour class. April 2 from 5-7 pm. $20/class session. CommunityMinded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632) STUCK Screening of the documentary on the international adoption process. April 5 at 7 pm. $16; RSVP required. Village Center Cinemas, 12622 N. Division St. (212843-9355)


Vegan CookingLearn how to make vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, and how to veganize non-vegan cookies. March 28 from 3-5 pm. $10, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Easter Dinner ClassicsSample a lineup of wines that would pair well with traditional Easter dinner dishes. March 29 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 37th Ave. (343-2253) Scotch SocialTaste 13 aged scotches with heavy appetizers, a full bar and live jazz by the MasterClass Jazz Orchestra. March 29 from 6-10 pm. $55. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Easter BrunchBrunch buffet featuring an omelette station, baron of beef, baked ham, smoked salmon and more. March 31 from 10 am-3 pm. $10.95-$21.95. Kids under 5 free. Reservations recommended. Remington’s at The Airport Ramada, 8909 W. Airport Dr. (838-5211) Artisan BreadsLearn to make baguettes, foccacia and more. April 2 from 6-8 pm. $50. Inland NW Culinary Academy at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) Spring CookingLearn new gourmet recipes for spring from Chef Bob Black including a rack of lamb and salmon dish. April 4 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Eat Healthy on a BugetLearn how to prepare a shopping list, navigate the store and cook simple, nutritious meals and how to get the most for your dollar. April 4 from 6:15-8:45 pm. $17. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Rd. (279-6027)


A Concert for GabbyBenefit concert to raise money for Gabby DeLuc, a

local girl who’s undergoing treatments for leukemia, featuring music by Tommy G & The Nug Jug Band, Raze the City and WayWard 2. Band March 29 at 8 pm. $12. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Guitar ConcertKick-off event as part of the Spring-Summer guitar concert series, featuring newly commissioned work, classical favorites and more with wine tasting and food preceding the concert. March 30 at 7 pm. $7-$12. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516) Coeur d’Alene Blues FestivalAnnual blues music festival and “blues cruises” featuring performances by national and local musicians and more. April 5-7. $15-$37. Times and locations vary throughout Coeur d’Alene and at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. (208-765-4000) Halftone A night of art, music and design, featuring live music by Matt Mitchell (Folkinception), BBBBandits, Bias, Octo and more, plus the sale of art and design pieces by students of EWU. April 5 from 5-9 pm. $8. Allages. The Porch, 1804 W. Broadway Ave. (326-2385) Benefit ConcertConcert featuring performances by Whitworth students to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. April 5 from 7-8:30 pm. Admission is a canned food donation. WhitworthyUniversity HUB, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (290-9094) REO SpeedwagonRock concert. April 7 at 7:30 pm. $60-$80. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6700)


Lord of The DanceCeltic music and dance show. April 6 at 8 pm. $25-$65. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) An Dochas and the Haran Irish Dancers Celtic music with traditional Irish dancers. April 7 at 3 pm. $18-$30; WSU students free. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. (208-883-3267)


The Flying Irish RunWeekly 3-mile run. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. flyingirish. org Pacific Northwest Volleyball Qualifier Volleyball team tourna-

ment. March 22-24 and 29-31. Times vary. $13-$26/admission. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Some events also at EWU and HUB Sports Center) (993-3482) Spokane Table Tennis ClubPingpong club meets Saturdays from 1-4 pm. $2/visit. Northeast Youth Center, 3004 E. Queen Ave. (456-3581) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780) NCAA Women’s Division IRegional basketball tournament. Mar. 30 and April 1 at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Tickets and teams TBA. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Cure to Cabin FeverFifth monthly table tennis tournament hosted by the Spokane Table Tennis Club. March 30 from noon-5 pm; doors open at 11:30 am. $10. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. (768-1780) USA Boxing National Championships Preliminary rounds April 1-4 at HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. Semifinal and final rounds April 5-6 at Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. $5-$40 or $100/ event pass. (4816700) Backpack SchoolLearn to be confident and comfortable in the backcountry during a seven-week course on gear, clothing, navigation, safety, first aid and more. Class starts April 5 at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration required. $35 plus membership dues. Spokane Mountaineers, (939-2644)

Spring Break Minecraft All-NighterKick off spring break with a night playing on Tincan’s modified Minecraft server all night with challenges and snacks provided. March 29 at 7 pm to March 30 at 7 am. $35; limited space. Tincan Media Lab, 1317 W. Second Ave. tincan. org (744-0972) Mobius Spring Break CampsTwoday, hands-on science classes during spring break, for grades 3-5 (2 classes) and grade 6 and up (1 class). April 1-5; class dates and times vary. $70-$80. For more information visit Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669)

Over the River and Through the Woods Comedy. Through April 7. Thurs-Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $11$17. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. (208-667-1323) Sirens Comedy. April 4-20. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm and select special showings on April 10 and 17 at 7:30 pm and April 13 and 20 at 2 pm. $15-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) Treasure Island Benefit Performance Perfomance of the adventure play to benefit the Liberty Park Child Development Center. April 4 at 7 pm. $25. All-ages. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (534-0957)

Spring Break Arts ClassesTake an art class during spring break and learn basic techniques in clay, painting, cartooning, drawing, paper art, collage and more. Classes offered April 1-5; times and days vary. Cost ranges from $10$80. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Video Game Development CampDesign and build a videogame on a serious topic using animated characters, sounds and more. April 1-4 from 9 am-4 pm daily. $75. Tincan Media Lab, 1317 W. Second Ave. (744-0972) Violin CampCamp on the history of the instrument, famous composers and violinists, technique, performance practices and more. April 1-5 from 9 am-3 pm each day. $150. Registration deadline March 29. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516) Spring Break Acting CampsInterACT program classes offered during spring break include acting technique camps for grades 4-8 (April 1-5 from 9 am-3 pm; $115, with a performance at end of class) and grades 9-12 (April 1-5 from 1-4 pm; $95). Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) Spring Break MoviesKid-friendly movies will be screened during Spring Break. April 1-5. Times and movies being show vary. Free. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) See for more details or visit School’s Out Day CampsDuring Spring Break head to a day camp to make friends, learn new activities and skills and more. April 1-5 from 9 am-4 pm daily. Ages 3-16. $30-$44 per day; includes lunch and a snack. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. kroccda. org (208-667-1865) Fire and Ice Day CampScience activities on both ends of the temperature scale for grades 6 and up. April. 2 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669) Edible Engineering Day CampUse edible building materials to create a structure; for grades 3-5. April 3 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669)

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Clark Whittington & the Art-OMat Clark Whittington, the creator of the Art-O-Mat, a refurbished cigarette machine, will give a lecture on his craft and unveil a new Art-O-Mat. March 26 at 6 pm. Free. Washington State University CUB, Pullman. (206-310-8023) Artist ShowcaseArt will by on display by artists Elizabeth Sloan, Wil Smiley and Nick Beymer. Through May 31. Bookpeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) Hilda BradshawThe artist will demonstrate her techniques in raku pottery. March 29 from 5-7 pm. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 Dishman-Mica Rd. (747-0812) Hotel Spokane“Hope in the Midst of Despair” artist-writer collaboration group show, a reprise of a similar 2011 exhibition, and held in collaboration with the Get Lit! Festival. April 1-June 28. Artist reception April 4 from 5-8 pm. Chase Gallery at City Hall, 808 W. Main Ave. (321-9614) ARTfull RepurposingExhibition featuring repurposed pieces turned into art by local artists Kathy Lieggi, Jane Perrigo, Dee Van Lieu and Madeleine Bessette. April 1-30. Artist reception April 12 from 5-8 pm. Free. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave, CdA. (208-6675700)



Amy HatvanyThe nationally touring author will present and sign her latest novel, “Heart Like Mine.” March 28 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)

On Golden PondDrama. Through April 14. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $21. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507)

David GatesThe Missoula-based author will read selections from his fiction novels. March 28 at 7:30 pm. Free. Bookpeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) “My Message is C.L.E.A.R.”Presentation by mother and son Gabe and Gigi Murfitt of Seattle, and book signing of Gabe’s book. March 30 at 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Mark PorterThe local author will sign copies of his first book in a new sci-fi/ fantasy series, The Phenderians. March 30. Shadle Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. (327-6008) Borah SymposiumThe spring symposium will focus on the theme “Beyond the Battlefield: Sports, War and Peace” and features speakers, film screenings and more. April 1-3. University of Idaho Campus, Moscow. (208-885-7251) Robert WrigleyLaunch party celebrating the local poet’s newest collection “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems.” April 1 at 7:30 pm. Free. Bookpeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) International DebateWhitworth’s award-winning forensics team will host the national debate champions of Ireland in a debate exhibition. April 2 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4703) History LecturePresentation by Sarah Stroup titled “Between the Coast and the Carmel: Hellenization and Acculturation at Tel Dor.” April 3 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (359-2235) NW Heritage Alliance Forum Speaker series on the topic “Accessing History Electronically” on how to use technology in your personal history search with EWU history professor Larry Cebula. April 3 from 6-8 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (922-4570) Sherman Alexie“Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World.” April 4 at 7:30 pm. $12-$20; free for WSU students. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave. Pullman. (335-3525) n

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1. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers, Jeers). 2. Provide basic info about you: name, address, phone. 3. Email it to by 3 pm Monday.

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Four Sal’s BistroYou come in every once in a while. You order an iced mocha. We always talk about your classes at SFCC. Last time you were in I bought your drink. I tried giving you my number but didn’t because I wasn’t sure how you would respond. I don’t know if you’re single or not, but if so maybe we could do something sometime. I hope you read this.

I was the redheaded cashier singing The Piano Man, with a face that probably turned the same shade of my hair when we talked. You told me it was your favorite song. If you’re free, maybe we could get a coffee sometime?

there will probably be people that email me pretending to be you. Talk to you soon!

there is no benefit in fighting the old but rather to focus on building the new, and to check my tone, of course. I can say with certainty that you are loved by both of us. Our family is perfect and I can’t wait till we are all under one roof. Here is to the lessons we have learned from our past and to our future where we will continue to be students of life and of love. Thank You my sweet woman.

Viking TavernTuesday. You: curly hair and a tattoo on your foot. Me: Maroon hoodie and mustache. We made eye contact; you waved at me on the way to the bathroom. It was only after you had passed by I realized it was for me. I was going to chat you up but then you left. Let’s go back and have a do-over. At least how about I buy you a drink? Valley WincoWe were in adjacent lines on Wednesday, March 20 around 5:10pm. I was wearing a black jacket and glasses, you were wearing a white shirt and glasses. Your long red hair caught my eye, and for some reason my initial reaction to your beauty was to look away when our eyes met. Then I felt like an idiot and wanted to at least exchange a smile, but I don’t think you looked back. Anyhoo, you are gorgeous GU Law School I see you every morning walking to school. You are tall, blonde and beautiful, but always look a little sad. I really want to talk to you but I’m afraid you will think I’m a creep! My heart is aching. I will wait until the time is right, and maybe we can meet, until then, I am hoping to see a smile on that beautiful face! Rocket BakeryYou asked me if I had a good ride at the Rocket Bakery Friday around noon. I was in black capris and a black jacket, you wore glasses and had a Ron Swanson mustache. You were really friendly and I was a douche who couldn’t make a conversation. In my defense I just got off my bike and my mind was still catching up with my body. Went back to try to redeem myself, but you must have left. Thanks for being a welcoming face to a new Spokane resident. Cd’A Casino 3/24/2013, Sunday. You: tan early 20’s girl named Cassie we talked some, about the machine we were playing. I wanted to get your number but you walked while I wasn’t paying attention. If ya want to chat, email me at Cdaguy1234@ and either send me a pic of yourself or tell me the machine we were playing


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Piano ManMarch 22nd. To the super handsome fellow, cleanly scruffy, and wonderful smile buying a “vintage” leather jacket.

CFT ClassForbidden love - I saw you in class every day in Winter. You, the beautiful blonde with the wavy hair that you like to straighten, me the creepy old guy. I always wanted to talk to you and tell you how I felt but never could and probably will never get the chance to. Northern Quest On Saturday morning about 3 am you and I had a conversation. You were wearing a pink hoodie and sweater. You told me your name was Ally, I apologize if I misspelled your name. We had

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” quite the conversation as I lit your cigarette. I would like to continue where we left off. Possibly over a drink or two? Manito ParkI saw you Saturday, Mach 23rd. You: blonde, wearing workout clothes walking your golden lab. Me: tall, muscular built, wearing sweats, walking my German Shephard. Out dogs greeted each other and we talked about the weather. Would you like to grab a bite to eat and shop for doggie treats? A drink with you would be my treat. Centennial TrailTo the cute girl who jogs on the trail. We always smile and wave, but I don’t even know your name. Are you traiing for Bloomsday? Would you like to run the race together? Northern Quest Casino I saw you Saturday, March 23rd. You a beautiful middle-aged lady with red hair. We talked about basketball and Gonzaga. You were there with friends from work. Ever since that night I haven’t been able to stop thinking of you. Would like meet for drinks and dinner and discuss next year’s basketball playoffs.

You Saw Me Re: Re: SFCC Cute Red Head. Yes a movie sounds awesome! Since we may not see each other on campus due to the new quarter, you should email me at thenewfabio@yahoo. com! You should send a pic of yourself so that I know it’s you since

Cheers Re: I Am Truly SorryI’m not the driver you were apologizing to, but I wanted to let you know that, as an Inlander reader, I was very impressed with your apology to her. So many of us (me included) get annoyed with other people’s behavior way too easily and are quick to get angry. It was so great that you were able to examine your response and decide you were out of line, and issue your apology publicly. Maybe you can be a role model for the rest of us. I really hope the woman in the silver car sees your ad. An AngelYou would easily see how much I love you if you could truly see how amazing you are. You’re an angel who can’t see her own wings. Thank You!Cheers to the woman that picked up all that garbage along Glenrose up on the South Hill near 57th! It is so wonderful to see someone show a little pride in their surroundings! I hope you see this and know that there are people that appreciate what you did. Jeers to the filthy slobs that tossed all that trash out for her to pick up! Happy Birthday?If you were born March 11, 1965 your birth record silver spoon was found on the north side street curb at Jack and Dan’s, Saturday, March 9th, about 1:30 pm. Hummingbird You: Beautiful busy hummingbird. Me: Lost lonely soul. It’s been two years! Thanks for stopping your busy little wings and taking the time to bless me! I luv ya Nizhoni! Spokane Hip HopCheers to the Red Room Lounge and the Knitting Factory for booking some heavy hitting hip hop acts this year. Rakim, Murs, and Ghosface Killah all coming to my city within a 2 month period has renewed my faith in the rap scene here. Cheers to the Flying Spiders and Bad Penmanship for making great hip hop music right here at home and keeping Spokane on the map. Finally, a big cheers to all my fellow Spokanites who are willing to come out and support real hip hop on a weekday night. Keep them coming and we’ll keep attending.

I Love You To my wonderful girlfriend, how I love to be around you. We may be distracted from “us” due to the little sea monkey in your belly, but I trust that after all said and done, I will always be standing next to you smiling... mmm bacon My Go-Froyo GirlIt warms my heart that you’ve been such a devoted friend, constant consort and trusted confidant these past years to my Bella; many times your shoulder has been a safe haven. I’ve watched you blossom into a beartiful young woman full of strength, determination, spunk and attitude. Wishing you continued success in your future endeavors. Happy Birthday to my de facto daughter Emmaline, and remember, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” ps:Thanks for all the morning meets at the, “Little G.” Good Samaritan Cheers to the person who turned in my red clutch purse containing my debit card, drivers license, and photos, at Target last Sunday! Thank you so much! You are a lifesaver and I won’t soon forget your good deed! My Best FriendDave, it has been a amazing 2 years and it’s just going to get even more amazing. Just about all of our problems have been solved, and I’m finally starting to get it together. Thank you for being such a supporter, who has stayed by my side. I hope you know that I’ll never e v e r stop

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loving you. You’re more than my soul mate, you’re my best friend. Sue

blah. But that was last week. Funny how one meeting with you and a conversation with somebody else that knows you well changed all that! Instead, I’ll tell what ‘Im not going to miss. I won’t miss your lies, which I have discovered you did the entire time I knew you! You told me I was your first?! That isn’t even close to the truth! I won’t miss you hanging up on me regularly. I won’t miss your temper tantrums. I won’t miss you always calling the shots. Yeah I know I’ve acted crazy, but I loved you! With all my heart! But you lied, you used me! You are the most selfish, conceited person that I know! Yet somehow I will always still love you....but you lost me! Amongst your other lies that I have recently discovered, you got around! And somebody told me all about you before I was in the picture! I want my 5 months back! I want Christmas back! Best thing that ever happened to you? That is what you said. Selfish little liar. I would have treated you like royalty. But you blew it. I loved you so much that I shielded you from the fact that I have cancer. Found out around Christmas. Did you really say the other night that everybody at your job wanted you? Haha! Trust me when I say this: They all know about you! And then you sat across from me and lied to my face about why you wanted that number! I moving on...and I do mean moving on! Have a great XC season next year my beautiful little liar, and break a leg! No- I mean it - break a leg!

stuff OUT of the car before leaving it in the parking lot for upwards of 8 hours, right? I hope karma catches up to you and you get a $100 dollar bill for your vehicle over a few meaningless items.

To My SpokaneCheers to the midsize city by the river, my home. To all of its grittiness and subtle beauties, to its modest residents and unexpectedly varied urban scene, to its self-consciousness and self-deprecating sense of humor, to its neighborhoods, and to the shared experience of belonging someplace completely average and loving it and hating it all at once. Cheers to the river that cuts so vigorously through the center of town and to the many spots along it to feed marmots, eat blackberries, and to sleep undisturbed. Cheers to the not-overly-quaint park that borders the river and cheers to the large servings of ice-cream at the carousel always under repair and to the garbage-eating goat also frequently clogged. Cheers to aging architecture that softens the skyline and reminds us of the booming city it once was and cheers to cheap apartments with vaulted ceilings that now occupy them. Cheers to conveniently located watering holes centering on a main arterial and cheers to their non-west-coast-like oevres. Cheers to the taco trucks open till three and cheers to the drag queens that pour out of the local establishments at that time and call you honey. Cheers to the potholes and to the unplowed streets in winter. Cheers to the cougars in the bus plaza and to the dead-end skywalks and to the mysterious unoccupied, art deco food court. Cheers to the flute player in the king hat who serenades my neighborhood every morning. Cheers to the unassuming. Cheers to the resilient, hard-working residents who make time to pig out at the park every summer. Though not glamorous or worldly, no city can hold a torch, or a light, or a parade to my workingclass, lilac-fragranced city by the river. You and your ground squirrelloving residents will be greatly missed. Cheers to my family and friends, and friends of friends, and acquaintances. Cheers to eight years well-spent, my love. I’m Moving OnSo, when I first thought to write this it was originally going to be in the Cheers. Telling you how much I missed you, express regret, express my love and tell you how much I’m gonna miss the little things, like how you do that weird shake when you get cold in a restaurant, how you do that weird thing with your jaw when you don’t know what else to say, how much I’ll miss your head on my chest and blah blah

Jeers Rude Bicyclist Jeers to the rude bicyclist racing on the Fish Lake Trail around noon on Sunday, March 17. My friend and I were walking, you came up fast behind us and passed with no warning, making us both jump. When we saw you again, coming back, I asked you to slow down because there were walkers on the trail. Your response, as you sped past again, was a hollered “Eat sh*t!” Nice mouth and nice attitude, a**hole. Best wishes for getting your comeuppance soon. Petty ThiefYou cased the wrong car a$$hole! Hope you enjoy the hot yellow sports bra, various tank tops and yoga pants you thief! My work caught you casing my car at 6:38 and then breaking into my car at 7:08 pm on Tuesday the 19th. If you had any decency you’d bring the clothing back seeing as how there was no IPod or expensive shoes. You realize all the employees in that parking lot know that there are thiefs and take the valuable







Shame On Youto the managment company who makes empty promises, lead people on and discriminate against people with disabilities. You don’t even follow the fair housing laws. Karma is sure to come your way for the way you treat people. Stop showing favoritism to people who don’t live with disabilities everyday.

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Stop! Stop signs are not optional! Jeers to all of the drivers who blow through the intersection of 26th and Arthur, ignoring the four-way stop signs there. The intersection is less than a block away from Hutton Elementary School and incredibly, most of the offenders are parents in a hurry to drop their kids off. You are putting all of us, including yourselves and your own children, at risk. Please slow down and STOP!


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Lost or Stolen3/20 from Bridgeport and Perry area. Female blue nose pit bull 2 years old. Very stocky with a very beautiful face and sweet and friendly personality. She is grey with a white chest. She needs medical attention very badly for her ears which are very itchy and uncomfortable and also for her leaky bladder. If you know anything about this missing dog please contact cameron at cambo6911@ a family and her male counterpart miss her very very much Worst Service EverMarch 10, we came for a birthday party. Bearded waiter rolled eyes as we came in, told us to sit any where. When I was going over the wine list, my wife tried to help and he cut her off, saying “We got this honey.” And when his selection was not up to my standards, it tasted old and moldy with a hint of rind. I asked for a different selection, he said, “Whatever Sir” tossed my drink in the sink and slammed the glass on the counter spilling it on my hand. Hope you realize the tip we left was deserved. We hoped you would be our new regular stop, but now we will never ever go there. Not only was the service horrid, it also ruined a great evening. I sent a note to you telling about it, no response. I don’t know why I am surprised. I thought maybe you would want to stay in business, but word will spread fast. Bathroom AccessLast Saturday, March 23rd at the STA Plaza, the handicap stall in the bathroom was occupied. So I asked security if I could use the Family bathroom. The security guard said no, it’s for families only. I’ve been allowed by other security, janitors, building maintenance to use the family bathroom with no problem. I usually get the key from the Bus Shop, but is was 9:00 am and they don’t open ‘till noon on Saturdays. Another guard let me in when I asked. This guard said that it was wrong not to let me in. I think it’s a shame when a person who is handicapped and in a mobility chair to be denied access to the bathroom.

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The Best of the Best Highlights from the party celebrating The Inlander’s 20th Best Of issue photos by young kwak and stephen schlange


he Best Thing about the Best Of Party might have been the giant, glowing ice sculpture of a victory cup. It might have been the fiery make-your-own s’mores bar. Or, most likely, it was Scout the dancing border collie — and his humans, Karen and Megan — of the Ruff Revue. We invited the winners our readers selected to a celebration at the Lincoln Center. Twenty years of Best Of covers were hung around the room; down below, first-time winners mingled with Hall of Famers. The beer and wine — local, of course — flowed freely, and fortunately there were no marshmallow-roasting mishaps to report. (Best Type of Chocolate for S’mores goes to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Outstanding idea.) Best Non-Canine Dancer award goes to all the kids who got to tag along. If that’s where Spokane is headed, we should all have very high hopes for the 40th annual Best of the Inland Northwest. — LISA WAANANEN

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