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Get What You Pay For Idaho’s low minimum wage is keeping too many citizens in poverty — and it’s holding the state back



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n old Frank Sinatra song puts the American Dream to music: “You could be better off than you are, you could be swinging on a star.” But stars to swing on are not in the skies of the 31,000 Idaho workers who eke out a living on jobs paying the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage here. At that rate, one employee working full time will only pull in $15,080 a year. The result is a borderline poverty-level existence and eligibility for food stamps — that is, if the U.S. Senate restores the food stamps that the House of Representatives just voted away. Idaho, along with several other states, raises the minimum wage only when Congress chooses to do so. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the first minimum wage in 1938, at a mere 25 cents an hour. The $7.25-an-hour rate, set by Congress in 2009, has rapidly become outdated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that adjusted for inflation, FDR’s two-bit minimum would now translate into $10.56 an hour. In his 2013 State of the Union speech, President Obama announced support for bringing the national minimum wage up to at least $9 an hour. In March of this year, House Republicans unanimously shot down a measure to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. It’s still a political football to be tossed around.


ere in Idaho, community activist Anne Nesse is leading the charge to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to raise the Idaho minimum wage to $8.10 by 2015 — scarcely a radical request. The initiative campaign is striving to collect 84,000 Idaho voter signatures by April of next year to assure the measure is on the November 2014 ballot. That goal presents an enormous challenge, but petition carriers are encountering very few refusals. Polls show strong support nationwide for raising the minimum wage to at least $10. If the signatures are gathered and the measure is passed by voters, this Idaho initiative would give a healthy boost to our local economy and stimulate job creation. I’m in total support of the initiative. But Idaho’s economic problems stretch beyond the minimum wage. Idaho reflects the growing disparity between the very wealthy and the working poor. Sinatra also sang, ”If you hate to go to school, you may turn out to be a mule.” In today’s world, going to school and playing by the rules doesn’t guarantee a stroll up the ladder of success. Any person, anywhere, can be caught mulishly working two or three jobs just to fend off debts and keep food on the table. Closer to home, we have to ponder why

Idaho has the highest percentage of minimum-wage jobs in the country. How can Washington state, with a minimum wage of $9.19 and more than four times the population of Idaho, have fewer actual minimum wage jobs than Idaho? And Washington’s number of minimum-wage jobs fell by 6.5 percent last year. Idaho shares a temperate climate with our neighboring state, Washington. Here in the Idaho Panhandle we even share all forms of weather — rain, snow, sunshine and wind. But we don’t share policies. The most alarming statistic shows that Idaho is No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of increasing minimum-wage jobs. In 2012, Idaho saw a 63 percent increase in the number of minimum-wage jobs over 2011. No other state was even close. We can surmise that lots of senior citizens are moving to the state and low-paying service jobs are expanding to meet their needs. At the same time, many young couples are moving out of the state to find better jobs and a more predictable future education for their kids. Mike Ferguson, director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and longtime Idaho budget director, notes that Idaho barely registers with many occupations, and wages paid for them. And he notes that Idaho is not attracting high-tech or cutting-edge companies to locate in the state. “Idaho is winning the race to the bottom,” Ferguson says. Ferguson has written that Idaho lawmakers should put aside ideology and strive for excellence in taking care of the public’s interest. I say public education tops the list of neglected priorities. Health care is a close second.


his all reminds me of a prediction by business professor and social scientist Richard Florida that future economic prosperity will be won by communities that welcome “the creative class,” made up of diverse individuals and vigorous innovators. Corporations are drawn to communities that nourish colleges and universities, strong public schools and libraries, music, theater and the arts. Thankfully, Idaho’s cities lead in programs with a cultural bent that build a sense of community. Unfortunately, Idaho’s leaders are trapped in an ideological stalemate. Policymakers need a tall glass of vision juice. And a goal to “take moonbeams home in a jar.” While we wait for them to get with it, let’s boost Idaho’s minimum wage. n

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Silver’s Playbook by ted s. mcGregor jr.


ost people loved following Nate Silver during the most recent presidential election cycle — in fact, 20 percent of the New York Times’ online traffic came from his FiveThirtyEight blog. I say “most” because pundits, pollsters and Mitt Romney didn’t care for him, since he accurately predicted an Obama blowout. Now Silver’s been hired by ESPN — a bit odd, unless you recall that he started his statistical career by parsing baseball down to its subatomic particles. I remember when I was a reporter in Boston, everybody always said the city’s two addictions were politics and sports. I’ve thought about that intersection a lot over the years when I’ve wished there was a decent way to size up our politicians. Of course, in sports we have an extremely accurate system for that — statistics. In baseball alone, we have RBI, on-base percentage, ERA and strikeout percentage. If a player is truly great, it jumps right off the stat sheet. Keep in mind, this is all for entertainment — so why don’t we have anything similar for our elected officials? There’s no clear way to judge them, and we’re paying the price — wars, sequesters, subprime mortgage bubbles, [fill in your own favorite epic Congressional fail here]. Imagine your least favorite politician as a baseball player. He steps into the on-deck circle, poses and preens for the cameras. Once in the batter’s box, he adjusts his glove, tips his helmet just right and stares blankly as three pitches travel right over the middle of the plate. “Yer out!” He cluelessly waves to the crowd as he walks back to the dugout. The problem is, we don’t know which of our leaders are connecting on legislation that helps Americans, versus those who just keep striking out. If somebody could create a system of statistics to allow everyday Americans to judge the players we’ve fielded for our most important game, we’d know who deserves a seat on the bench. What’s John Boehner’s RWI? That’s the Right/Wrong Index, showing how often he has been wrong about the most important issues of our time. (There’s complexity to work out, to be sure, as judging right and wrong will take something like an umpire to call balls and strikes — perhaps an impartial panel of judges.) How’s Patty Murray’s BQ? That’s the Bipartisan Quotient, reflecting how often she does or does not work with members of the opposing party. Or the BAPF (Bought And Paid For rating, telling how often a politician does his donors’ bidding), or the PF (like a political home run, it denotes a Problem Fixed). We know to the tenth of a percent how good a job A-Rod is doing, but we just kind of guess at Barack Obama’s efficiency. That’s messed up. Hey, Nate Silver, we need your help! n

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Withdrawing Consent Why can’t Spokane vote for clean and fair elections? BY TED HENSOLD


ur group, Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution (SMAC), was formed in November 2011 to build grassroots support for an amendment to the United States Constitution to reform our electoral processes around two simple principles: Money is not speech, and corporations are not people. These principles, simple and obvious as they are to most folks, have been undermined by a series of corporatist Supreme Court decisions that have left us with campaigns awash with money, elected officials beholden to moneyed interests and a system the Founding Fathers would doubtless find unrecognizable. SMAC immediately began organizing rallies and marches, holding forums and issuing press releases. We lobbied the City Council and State Legislature to pass resolutions calling for the constitutional amendment. Sixteen states and more than 300 municipalities have passed similar resolutions to date; those passed by initiative have received 60 to 70 percent of the vote. However, the Spokane and Washington resolutions have failed. On April 12, we delivered a petition to the City of Spokane with 3,600 signatures to place a clean and fair elections ordinance on the November ballot. Since then, we have received much press attention. Last month we were sued by a group including three city councilmembers, the county commissioners, associations of realtors and developers, plus Avista and other business and corporate interests. A lot of the fuss concerns whether citizens should be allowed to vote on an issue that the Supreme Court appears to have settled. It is

wise to recall issues in the past that the Court once “settled.” Slavery, women’s right to the vote and racial inequality were all subject to the societal norms of the time, norms upheld by the courts. And then after decades of struggle, the country changed. Sometimes change came by Constitutional amendment, in other cases the Supreme Court changed its mind. But it always started with the people refusing to accept the status quo and resisting. There are other examples of this currently playing out in the country. The states of North Dakota and Texas have just passed laws restricting abortion, which, like our initiative, fly in the face of Supreme Court precedent. Those lawmakers do not accept that abortion rights were settled forever by Roe v. Wade. Should they be prevented from testing that belief? Well-funded powerbrokers now seek to prevent our initiative from being placed on the ballot. If they succeed, it will be a denial of the sovereign rights of the citizens to express a desire as to how they shall be governed. By… for… and of the People? Or the Money? We do understand that this ordinance, if passed, may be struck down — for now. Then what is the purpose? The Declaration of Independence states: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Passage of this ordinance would signal a withdrawal of consent by the governed to a system that they have concluded is corrupt and does not serve them. n Ted Hensold is chairman of Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution.

Brittany Sands: GOOD! If I wanted someone who was practically naked to make my coffee, I’d just make it at home my damn self! Steve Kelly: For a conservative, Fagan truly believes government has every right to tell us what to do, where to go and how to dress. Just do your job, Councilman, and leave us alone. Alisha Reinbolt: I think this is important because our children should not be exposed to this kind of crap. It’s not OK and you can’t be with them when they are driving. Even if you have wonderful and moral kids, sometimes it just takes a “sliming” to pervert their minds. Lucas McIntyre: I live near the XXXtreme Espresso on Northwest Blvd. and drive by often. You can’t see anything just driving by. I would think with all of the businesses closing in downtown there are more pressing issues for the Council to take up. Lisa Hamilton Madden: Public decay. I would be so heartbroken to see one of my daughters try to pay their way through college at one of these places. And totally grossed out thinking about someone’s husband in a minivan gawking at them. Sad. I wish these things would go away. Jason Clerget: I can think of 10 things I would rather our City Council people addressed. Why does Fagan seem to always address issues that anyone can simply just avoid on their own? Are they tasteful? No? So don’t go. n

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pponents of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law are attempting to mobilize support for a new law called Don’t Shoot Me for Absolutely No Reason. The proposed law, which faces major opposition in the Florida legislature, would make it illegal for people in the state to shoot each other for no reason whatsoever. “Under the provisions of Don’t Shoot Me for Absolutely No Reason, you will be required to have an actual reason for shooting someone,” said a spokesman for the measure, Harland Dorrinson. “This will be a first in Florida.” The controversial bill has already drawn the ire of the National Rifle Association, which issued a statement today saying that requiring someone to have a reason to shoot another person would violate the Second Amendment. “If you force someone to have

a reason to shoot someone, soon you will be taking away his right to shoot that person altogether,” the NRA said. “We are not in principle against the idea of having a reason to shoot someone,” the NRA continued. “But we believe you should be allowed to shoot the person first and have the reason second.” Even if Don’t Shoot Me for Absolutely No Reason somehow passes in the legislature, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said today that he would veto it, telling reporters, “Making people in Florida have a reason to shoot each other would fundamentally change our way of life.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit

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A Rare Bit of Consensus by jim hightower


ost of America’s corporate, political and media cognoscenti are street-preaching proselytizers of the holy virtues of NAFTA-style trade deals. “Believe!” they shout, with the fervor of corporatized Elmer Gantrys. But the people (damn them) are not buying the hokum, because… well, because it’s hokum. Most Americans have felt (or at least seen) the destructive impact of these trade scams — thousands of factories closed and millions of jobs gone south. They now consider NAFTA to be a five-letter profanity. Last year, the Angus Reid polling firm found that only one in four Americans thinks that NAFTA has benefited workers, and more than half of those polled believe the trade deal is so bad that the U.S. should either “renegotiate” or simply “leave” NAFTA. Likewise, just before 2010’s volatile congressional elections, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed that 69 percent of voters believed that “free trade agreements… cost the U.S. jobs,” and even 61 percent of self-identified Tea Party adherents shared that

opinion. A whopping 86 percent said corporate outsourcing of our jobs to low-wage countries was the top cause of America’s economic woes. In an especially interesting finding, the link between trade and outsourcing was one issue on which people of different classes, occupations and political views all agreed. On the other hand, polls also show that the public now sees the deceit in the cognoscenti’s constant claim that Americans believe in “free trade.” Well, yes, people can support the theory of free trade, but they’ve learned from experience that trade theory is far different than the reality of the deals hung around our necks. While the cognoscenti insist that the U.S. should “continue to be a member” of NAFTA, that sermon gets an amen from only 15 percent of Americans. No more NAFTAs! n For more from America’s populist, check out

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Tipping the Scales Neither the Spokane mayor nor the council president is up for election this year, but their visions for the city are BY HEIDI GROOVER


n a cramped press conference this spring, Mayor David Condon used an anecdote from a community meeting to sum up his budgeting philosophy. As he told it to reporters: A few weeks back, Condon asked the meeting attendees if they thought Spokane needed more cops. “Nearly all the hands raised,” Condon said. Then, he asked, did they think the city “is [the] most efficient it possibly can be today?” Fewer hands went up. And should the city raise taxes to pay for those new cops?

Even fewer hands. When Michael Cannon, a 35-year-old manager at a Bank of America subsidiary who’s running for City Council, sums up his vision for the city, he uses the exact same story. “All we’ve heard to date is ‘We need more money,’” Cannon says. “I want to make sure what we have is being used effectively.” In a nonpartisan council primary race, Cannon falls clearly on the mayor’s side of a proxy battle between

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Condon and liberal Council President Ben Stuckart. At stake: the future balance of the council. Cannon, who served on Condon’s transition team and now chairs the city’s Housing and Human Services Board, is backed by the mayor and City Administrator Theresa Sanders. The 3rd District seat up for grabs, being vacated by Nancy McLaughlin because of term limits, represents northwest Spokane from the river north and west of Division. Cannon says the current council isn’t focusing enough on getting “good value for taxpayer dollars.” He points to “complete streets,” a strategy some council members have supported to improve sidewalks and landscaping alongside roads themselves. Cannon says it’s spending on “unnecessary amenities” at a time when dollars are tight. And it’s that view, he says, that separates him from his best-funded opponent, Candace Mumm. “At the end of the day,” he says, “she likes to spend money. She’s a liberal Democrat. What’s at stake is fiscal restraint.” Mumm, 52, is his antithesis. She worked for Democrat Rich Cowan on his campaign against Rep. Cathy ...continued on next page

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“tipping the scales,” continued... McMorris Rodgers and for Mary Verner in her re-election bid against Condon. Mumm is backed by Stuckart, local labor unions and prominent regional Democrats. When it comes to paying for cops, she likens the city’s situation to a family looking to “clip coupons.” “But we can’t clip coupons anymore to pay for police and fire,” she says. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to find efficiencies, but we also have a responsibility to the citizens to put all the options out there.” She says she’ll look to the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission, tasked with analyzing the local criminal justice system, for money-saving recommendations. She’s open to a levy. When asked for specifics, she says she’s waiting to see revenue forecasts in the mayor’s budget, expected Aug. 1. (The administration has warned council members to expect a budget shortfall, but is so far avoiding specifics.) Two other candidates in the race have fewer high-profile supporters and less cash on hand, but say they’re better for the job for precisely those reasons: They don’t owe anyone anything. Kelly Cruz, 53, former chair of the West Central Neighborhood Council and a founding member of the West Central Association of Business, says he’d support cutting fire department manager positions and City Hall salaries of $100,000 or more to pay for more officers. “Don’t expect to come to the taxpayers and small business folks asking them to pay 100 percent,” Cruz says. “City Hall has got to share a little bit of the pain with the rest of us.” He’s critical of a $16 million pedestrian bridge planned for the University District. While funding for the project would come in part

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from state and federal sources, Cruz says future maintenance costs could come at the expense of public safety. Curt Fackler, 57, former chair of the Spokane County Republican Party, agrees public safety is a top priority, but focuses his talking points on statewide issues. He pushes for more transparency in government, like public negotiations between the city and the police guild, and says changes to state sales tax laws could bring new income to the city. He proposes a two-tiered pay scale for cops and firefighters to pay new hires less in order to save money. “We made these agreements when the economy was good,” he says of current contracts. “We’re in a different world now.”


he other council primary could also tip the scales. Jon Snyder, 44, is a pedestrian, bike and public transportation-focused first-term council member representing the South Hill and downtown, and he has drawn two challengers for his seat. Another in the block of three liberal council members, Snyder says decisions about how Spokane is developed in the future will soon come before the council, and his focus on smart, mixed-use development makes him the best candidate. Public safety is a major concern, but Snyder says it’s naive to think more Send comments to officers can be paid with existing city funds. “That’s a really easy thing to say when you’re outside the council,” he says. “It’s an easy thing to say until they actually try to come up with specifics.” Snyder sits on council committees, including


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finance and public safety, and has been outspoken about national issues, which some have challenged as a poor use of council time. In 2011, Snyder sponsored a resolution urging national legislators not to cut community development funds. Last year, he introduced a resolution in support of same-sex marriage and campaigned for Referendum 74. “As long as an issue has serious impacts on folks who are in the city of Spokane, I’m going to fight for it,” he says. “I’m going to speak out. … What we have among some folks is an aversion to having to take a stand.” Snyder’s best known opponent, 78-year-old John Ahern, has raised less than half of Snyder’s $33,000, but has a decade of work as a staunch Republican in the state House of Representatives to his name. Hunched over in a dark suit jacket with an American flag pin, Ahern touts his family values and says he believes further privatizing government — as Condon has supported — will save enough money to pay for new police. Focused on creating a business-friendly environment, Ahern says he would convene a group of business owners to hear their input and decrease taxes and regulations he believes hamper development. “The last thing in the world I want to do is to impede the developers and stand in their way,” Ahern told a League of Women Voters forum when asked about representing an area of town that’s faced neighborhood-versus-developer standoffs. Snyder’s other challenger is 60-year-old businesswoman LaVerne Biel, who says she also hears about streets and public safety when she’s out knocking on doors. She says she’s open to another street bond, but thinks there are savings to find in police overtime spending. She says by rescheduling officers to the busiest times of the day, the department can keep people safer and use savings to hire more officers. Biel also wants to see some city and state codes relaxed for better “customer service” for businesses. Biel has little political experience other than a stint as chair of the East Central Business Association and sounds frazzled when pressed for specifics. “I’m not looking at a side,” she says. “I’m starting at the middle, trying to figure out how to best serve our citizens.” n


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Two mobile home fires are being investigated as homicides. Last Wednesday, an explosion at a Chattaroy home killed a couple who were in the middle of a divorce. Monday, a soon-to-be-married couple was found inside a mobile home on West 16th Avenue after a fire, and police say they also retrieved a gun from the home.


A Spokane Police officer faces a 60-day unpaid suspension after an internal investigation found he knowingly associated with a woman who had been involved in prostitution, burglary and methamphetamine possession. The department says the officer also conducted an unauthorized inquiry to check the status of an investigation involving the woman.


A pharmacy technician is facing criminal charges after allegedly stealing 100,000 pain pills from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s outpatient pharmacy.


State Sen. John Smith responds to a question at last week’s debate where he faced off with Mike Brunson (left) and Brian Dansel (right).

t a debate last Wednesday among candidates vying for northeast Washington’s red-blooded 7th District Senate seat, Spokane County Republican Party vice chair Jill Stephenson’s introductory remarks were punctuated by a man seated in the pew at Covenant United Methodist Church: “No Democrats!” he shouted, quite accurately, drawing spurts of laughter and applause. The appointed incumbent, John Smith, a Colville farmer who led legislative efforts to control the state’s gray wolf population, faces two Republican challengers in the Aug. 6 primary race: Brian Dansel, 30, a Ferry County com-

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missioner, and Mike Brunson, 57, a private investigator from Springdale. The candidates’ views hardly diverged: All extolled small government, American cars and gun rights, and railed against Common Core standards, tax hikes and state-funded bike paths. Nevertheless, two clear front-runners emerged in the post-debate straw poll. Smith edged out Dansel, with 26 votes to the commissioner’s 22. Brunson lagged behind with four. The two candidates with the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election on Nov. 5. — DEANNA PAN

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Detroit filed for bankruptcy, becoming the largest American city to do so.

A new heir to the British throne was born Tuesday, sending the international media into a frenzy. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

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Amount for which Yvonne A.K. Johnson is suing the Civic Theatre after she was fired as its executive artistic director earlier this month. Her complaint also calls for a halt to the upcoming production of Les Misérables.

MUSIC: The Inlander has a new music editor, and she’s doing her best to soak up the city’s scene. Read some of her first impressions (“There are panties on the ceiling”) on the blog. DO-GOODERS: We’re looking for nominations of people making our community a better place through their work in the nonprofit sector. Send names to giveguide@inlander. com. More details on the blog.



Moving Target Less than a year in, Mobius contemplates moving; plus, Idaho’s Mike Simpson wants to slash the EPA Mobius on the Move?

When the Mobius Science Center finally opened last fall, it was a victory after numerous setbacks. The dream of a science center in Spokane had undergone three different iterations over 17 years. The 27,000-square-foot downtown building, located across from the River Park Square mall, cost about $12 million to retrofit and open. But now, after only about nine months, Mobius Executive Director Marty Gonzales confirmed the center has been in discussions about moving. “It’s kind of like with jobs,” Gonzales says. “You’re saying this is great for now, but where do I go long term?” While the current location has advantages — Mobius Kids, the science center aimed at younger tykes, is just across the street — the location lacks free parking and is difficult to customize. Gonzales wouldn’t elaborate on which locations, if any, Mobius was looking at. “There’s nothing concrete,” he says. While Gonzales is proud of the success Mobius has had, the center has also faced several hurdles. “As opposed to the big splash Day One, it’s taken time to grow,” Gonzales says. And a plan to get federal funding to help purchase the building “isn’t coming to fruition,” Gonzales

Mobius’s space cost $12 million to retrofit. Nicholas Grauert photo says. “Ideally, you own the building. That’s how these things thrive.” The Mobius building, formerly a J.C. Penney store, is owned by the Cowles Co., which also owns the Spokesman-Review and River Park Square. A representative from the Cowles Co. could not be reached for comment on the building. The Mobius lease has a number of contingencies, for both landlord and tenant, Gonzales says, though he wouldn’t elaborate on the details. “We’re looking at the best interests of both sides, long term,” he says. “You have to look at all your options constantly.” — DANIEL WALTERS

A U.S. House appropriations subcommittee approved Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s budget proposal on Tuesday to slash spending on environmental agencies and the arts in order to provide funding for “higher priority” services under the second year of sequestration. The Interior and Environment Bill would cut $2.8 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency next year, or 34 percent of its current budget, reducing funding to pre-1978 levels. It would gut the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities budgets by nearly 50 percent. The Department of the Interior and the Forest Service, on the other hand, would receive an additional $559 million, a 16 percent increase, to fight wildfires. Simpson, a Republican, who chairs the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, said budget writers were forced to make “some very difficult choices … in an extraordinarily, extremely tough budget environment.” “Funding reductions and yes, even terminations of some programs are necessary,” Simpson said in his opening statement before the subcommittee, “in order to provide critical funding for higher priority human health and public safety and treaty obligations and responsibilities.” The bill includes a 27 percent cut to Fish and Wildlife, a 9 percent cut to the U.S. Geological Survey, and 19 percent cuts to both the Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art. It also prohibits future spending on President Obama’s National Ocean Policy, the administration’s plan allowing federal agencies to collaboratively manage, protect and restore marine resources. It’s unlikely, however, that the president and Democratic-controlled Senate would agree to enact the House appropriations bill. The next fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. — DEANNA PAN

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steady beeping sounds as Spokane Police ithin the past few years, hundreds of Officer Dan Cole cruises down Monroe local, state and federal agencies have Street. Equipped with an automatic liadopted plate reader technology. The cense plate reader, his patrol car snaps a photo of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County every vehicle he passes, recording plate numbers, Sheriff’s Office now run three mobile plate times and GPS locations. readers mounted to patrol cars. The scanned Each beep signals a new license plate being plate data feeds into a joint server, which both scanned and instantly checked against a statedepartments can search for driver and location wide database of “flagged” stolen or suspect information. vehicles. Idaho law enforcement agencies for Post “I drive around all day with the beep,” Cole Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County also says, logging several thousand scans in a shift. “I operate a joint system made up of three mobile don’t even notice anymore.” units, as well as nine stationary plate readers Any suspicious license plates trigger an alert fixed along Interstate 90 and other high-traffic for the officer, but all vehicles — flagged or not — streets. get logged into an extensive SPD database. As “It’s a very beneficial program to have,” SpoCole patrols his beat, his reader compiles kane Police Cmdr. Joe Walker says. a sweeping snapshot of local drivers and “There’s a lot of uses for it. … That’s parked vehicles along his route. why we’re trying to do more.” Send comments to With Spokane’s infamous auto theft Much of the criticism against problems, police officials consider the readers stems from the broad dragnet plate readers an invaluable tool for recovcast as they scan vehicles. For every ering stolen vehicles, finding wanted suspects or worthwhile “hit” on a suspicious plate, the gathering intelligence on criminal comings and readers scan and record thousands of other lawgoings. abiding drivers. But while local law enforcement agencies Every license plate scanned — hit or not — hope to expand their use of plate reader technolgets logged into a searchable database with a ogy, the American Civil Liberties Union last record of the time, location, plate number and week voiced new concerns about the rapid proa photo of the vehicle. Chances are, if you’ve liferation of such systems. In a new study called driven Interstate 90 by Post Falls or passed a “You Are Being Tracked,” the ACLU warns plate mobile reader in downtown Spokane, your data readers give police an unprecedented and overly is in the system. broad record of who goes where. In April, a single Spokane Police plate reader “Ordinary people,” the ACLU states, “going scanned more than 46,900 vehicles. Records about their daily lives have every right to expect show just 310 plates registered a hit, a success that their movements will not be logged into masrate of .66 percent. But most were false hits on sive government databases.” bad scans or out-of-state plates with the same


numbers as Washington plates on the watch list. During a recent three-month period, Spokane Police readers scanned more than 123,400 plates, the department reports, resulting in 30 recovered stolen vehicles and three sets of stolen license plates. Despite the minuscule hit rate, police say plate readers have accelerated stolen vehicle recovery, located dangerous suspects and cracked important cases. Patrolling officers can flag plates for vehicles of interest in local crimes. Investigators can also position readers near a crime scene to track who moves in and out of the area, gathering potentially vital intelligence. Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug says the readers often provide other important community searching functions — finding missing persons, scanning for Amber Alert vehicles or locating drivers with outstanding warrants. “The technology is saving lives,” Haug says. “We have literally dozens and dozens and dozens of cases that I think would not have been solved [otherwise].”


amela Debelak, technology director for the ACLU of Washington, says license plate readers can serve as a legitimate law enforcement tool, but they primarily track law-abiding drivers without their knowledge. Many citizens remain unaware of the technology or its implications. “With any type of surveillance technology, part of the problem is we don’t know about it,” she says. “If you don’t have knowledge of what the government is collecting and tracking, you’re not going to be upset.” Debelak says massive police databases open the door for institutional abuses. Police could monitor the movements of local activists, officials or journalists, piecing together their driving routines from various reader scans. In New York City, officers reportedly patrolled around mosques to make a record of people attending services. “Information about all of our driving habits is being stored,” she says. “If there’s no hit, there’s no reason to be storing this information on innocent drivers.” Few states have regulations on how plate readers can be used, Debelak says. Individual agencies set policy on who can access the collected data and how long the information is kept. Spokane agencies keep plate data for 90 days unless a specific plate is deemed significant to an ongoing case. Meanwhile, local Idaho agencies keep all plate reader data going back to the start of the program in 2007. “We retain data indefinitely,” Haug says. “We’ve found that the data is very valuable even a year or two down the road.” Debelak argues driver data should only be kept as long as necessary to be useful — days or weeks instead of years. Many drivers may shrug off the surveillance, thinking they have nothing to hide, but she says that doesn’t mean the information couldn’t be used against them in unforeseen ways in the future. “In our society,” the ACLU states, “it is a core principle that the government does not invade its citizens’ privacy and store information about their innocent activities just in case they do something wrong.”

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obile plate readers, which cost about $21,000 each, have operated locally with little complaint in recent years. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has praised their successes, suggesting the department may soon look to install stationary units around the city. In Post Falls, Haug calls plate readers the most important law enforcement tool since DNA testing. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart says he has ridden with an SPD mobile plate reader and witnessed firsthand how effective can be. “They’re very functional,” he says. “They provide a very good service.” Stuckart recently introduced an ordinance to require extra council review of any new police surveillance technology such as drones. He says new stationary readers would require review, but he has no problem with the current units. Spokane Police Ombudsman Tim Burns also reported his office had not received any complaints or concerns about the local use of plate readers. He called them “amazing technology” that should be used with care. “The big question is how is it used,” he says. “Not everybody is a criminal.” n


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mong a sea of motorhomes and travel trailers in lots along I-90, Candy McAndrews has a corner cubicle that smells like cinnamon. A saleswoman at RVs Northwest in Spokane Valley, McAndrews, 42, is too short to reach a big motorhome’s pedals without adjusting the seat first. She says things like “hubby” and “holy buckets.” Each morning, she clicks on a wax warmer on the corner of her L-shaped desk. (The cinnamon scent is called “Welcome Home.”) But beneath her motherly nature is a competitive edge. On a big whiteboard in her boss’ office next door, tally marks count the month’s sales. The marks next to her name stretch twice as far as anyone else’s. At a time when the nation’s economic recovery is still sluggish, McAndrews is selling massive, expensive, want-not-need items. And business is good. Even in a nation where older people have returned to the workforce to make ends meet and young people are disinterested in cars and nuclear families, this industry is thriving. To sell RVs is to put a price tag on nostalgia, to sell the importance of making today good not just for today, but for the memories you’ll have of it tomorrow. People come here to envision themselves at secluded camp spots on riverbanks or in the RV lot of a massive water park. They see their belongings inside the coach and their kids on the bunk beds. Here, despite talk of financing and credit scores, there are no worries, only possibilities. McAndrews can see possibility every morning, when she circles the lot to see any new inventory. She can see it in everyone who comes in “just looking.” And under a hot, late-June sun with five minutes to closing time, she can see it in the eyes of her next customer. The young mother, who clutches a white iPhone, her short hair tucked under a hat, is in town for Hoopfest looking at Class C, van-like motorhomes. She’d like to pay cash, she says. Every “yeah, OK” sounds like she’s

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ready to sign for the $65,000 RV today. But as she lingers without committing to buy, running her hands over the couch’s upholstery, McAndrews still looks hopeful. The woman snaps pictures of her young daughter, with tiny sandals and blonde bangs, lying on the top bunk. The “kiddos” can watch the flat-screen TV from up there, McAndrews says, even “while you’re driving down the road.”

Popularized during a time when America led the world in manufacturing, higher education and wealth, RVs range from compact campers for pickup beds and tow-behind trailers to multimillion-dollar, 44-foot-long motorhomes with leather couches and mirrored ceilings. Many have slide-out sections for more space and amenities: dining tables and chairs, washer/dryers, recliners. Even the brand and model names make promises: Wildwood, Creek Side, Discovery, Expedition. One that’s since been discontinued is called the American Dream. Last year, RV shipments rose 13 percent above the year before, and they continue to climb in 2013. Nearly 9 million households — 8.5 percent of people who own a vehicle — own an RV, with the highest rates of ownership here in the West. Most people tell the RV Industry Association they use their trailers or motorhomes for about three weeks each year. The first versions of travel trailers were born in the early 1900s, as the invention of the car brought not only the freedom to travel faster but the possibility of massproducing Americans’ toys of choice. Entrepreneurs who built campers for their own families became leaders of some of the industry’s biggest companies. ...continued on page 22

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“america is back, baby!,” continued... Rationing during World War II temporarily halted production, but the soldiers who returned home to young families and an expanding interstate system drove the industry to new heights. By the 1960s, as the first wave of baby boomers reached their 20s, Winnebago introduced “America’s first family of motor homes,” with refrigeration in every unit. “For people who love to live,” boasts a brochure for Winnebago’s 1969 line of motorhomes, complete with shag carpet and floral upholstery. “Winnebago Puts Motor Home Leisure Living Within Every Family’s Reach.” The image — of affordability, of freedom, of memories you’ll hold onto — has pushed on, through recessions, wars and gas shortages. Innovation in the ’80s and ’90s drove a boom


“AWAY is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.” In the RV industry, these are the ideas on which people like McAndrews stake their sales pitches. “We sell fun,” they like to say.

When Candy McAndrews was 2 and her family moved to Alaska so her dad could take a new job, they got there in a camper mounted on an old GMC pickup truck. The kids would peer out the window above the cab of the truck on the Alcan Highway, 1,000 miles of beat-up gravel road with few roadside comforts.

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Later, as McAndrews waited to start her senior year of high school, her parents took to the open road in a 1978 Southwind motorhome they paid cash for. It was a “party model” with a big U-shaped dinette in the back and avocado-green appliances. It had a fridge and an oven. Her parents — retired from the Army and the U.S. Postal Service — knew she’d be moving out soon, and they wanted something to remember. They listened to “On The Road Again” and Chuck Berry. They drove from Salem, Ore., through a blizzard in Wyoming and all the way to Louisville, Ky. They saw Graceland and the Southfork Ranch in Texas where the TV show Dallas was set. On a one-lane road high above a canyon near Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, McAndrews’ dad teased her as she sat on the floor, too afraid of heights to look out the windows. “I see families wanting to recapture what they grew up with,” she says today. “There are not very many bad RV memories.”

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After high school, McAndrews trained to be a travel agent, but she hated sitting behind a desk. She worked as a waitress, but wanted to make better money. She did paperwork in the admissions office of what’s now Western Oregon University. Then, in her 20s, when she haggled over and bought her first travel trailer, the salesman asked her if she’d ever thought about selling them. She hadn’t. When the same thing happened the next year, as she traded the trailer in for a motorhome, she took the gamble. Since, she’s met her husband selling highend diesel motorhomes, co-owned a dealership and is on track to make $100,000 this year. She’s sold to wealthy full-time RVers with yacht club memberships and to couples with just a few hundred dollars in savings, who had to borrow everything, including the licensing fees, for their brand-new travel trailer. McAndrews has seen both booms and busts in the industry, with RVs being held up as symbols of both American strength and weakness. In 2009, as the economy and the certainty of the American promise crumbled, freshly minted President Barack Obama crisscrossed the country touting his $840 billion stimulus package, designed to bring the nation back from the brink. One piece of the spending would provide grants to clean energy and electric vehicle companies or schools teaching those skills. To announce those funds, Obama found a place that would acknowledge the struggles of today and embody the promise of tomorrow: Elkhart County, Ind., the “RV capital of the world.” The county is home to manufacturers who make more than 60 percent of the nation’s RVs, but by the summer Obama visited, the jobless rate was 16.8 percent, 10 points higher than it had been a year before. Obama stood in a shuttered Monaco Coach factory to announce stimulus grants, telling the crowd electric cars and other new technologies would be America’s next economy, rising from the ashes of its last. “The battle for America’s future will be fought and won in places like Elkhart,” Obama said. “It will be won by making places like Elkhart what they once were and can be again, and that’s centers of innovation and entrepreneurship and ingenuity and opportunity.” He mentioned Monaco only once, instead meditating on today’s broken political and economic system and promising that if we all just looked forward far enough, we would see hope. “This is a rare opportunity where we’re called ...continued on next page

rv evolution The first RVs were created in the early 1900s, when people renovated their cars for camping. By the 1930s, pull-behind travel trailers were gaining popularity, including the iconic Airstream. Winnebago introduced affordable motorhomes in the late ’60s and continued developing models through the ’80s and into modern day with more amenities. Today, rock stars and retirees travel the nation in extravagant coaches stretching longer than 40 feet. — Heidi Groover


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Still, the obstacles of tomorrow are hard to ignore. The biggest segment of RV owners are between 35 and 54, but today’s 20-somethings — the 40-year-olds of tomorrow — aren’t necessarily following the trends that have driven the RV in the past. They’re buying fewer houses — half as many in 2010 as in 2000, according to the Federal Reserve. They’re putting off marriage and children in favor of getting more education, cohabiting or just saving cash. In a particularly troubling trend to sellers of the American tradition, young people seem to care less about cars. The percentage of people

19 or younger with driver’s licenses has dropped about 20 percent since the ’90s, according to the Federal Highway Administration, and research from industry trackers shows new car sales to young people falling off. “[Millennials] think of the car as a giant bummer,” Ross Martin, who runs a marketing arm of MTV, told the New York Times last year in a story about a partnership between the media company and General Motors to target young people. “Think about your dashboard. It’s filled with nothing but bad news.” Some blame a cocktail of economic and environmental worries that have created a time when the woes of a big purchase like a car outweigh the convenience. Others say there’s more at play. In today’s world where texting and Facebook chat are common ways to stay in touch, the theory goes, the Americana imagery of a driver’s license as a ticket to freedom and exploration doesn’t ring as true as it once did. But if you can’t sell young people cars, still seen by many as a cornerstone of the American way of life, how will you ever sell them a luxury motorhome, a travel trailer or the truck they need to pull one? The RV is a traditional product in a traditional market. The average RV owner is 48, and 40 percent of them have kids still living at home, according to the RV Industry Association’s most recent demographic survey in 2011. Ownership rates are rising among people 35 and older and shrinking among those younger than 35. In a nation where the median income is about $52,000, the average RV owner’s income is $75,000. Among motorhome owners it’s $91,000. In one breath, Hesselbart, the RV historian, is complaining about the way kids have changed: “They’re not gonna get more than 3 feet away from their iPad or their computer or their television.” In the next he denies those changes will ever hurt business. “The [RV] philosophy has been around since Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett,” he says. “I don’t think we’ve done anything to change that.”

When McAndrews is asked about the challenges of the next generation, she says she has no answer. She’s never even thought about it. She still meets people every day who do want to buy, and she won’t worry until that changes.

At RVs Northwest, among all the sales tactics, one gets repeated often: Don’t ignore the wife. She makes 98 percent of the buying decisions, the salespeople insist. Floor plans are important; don’t talk too much about the engine. McAndrews’ colleagues, almost exclusively men, credit her sales to more than just her customer service or RV expertise. She’s so good, they say, because she’s a woman. She points out good counter space and interior design. But McAndrews is also successful because she’s restless. She makes sure she’s always busy, always working harder than the salesmen. She’s checking emails between answering phone calls and meeting the “fresh” customers who come through the door looking to shop. She’s one of the only salespeople willing to chase down leads from the dealership’s website. (Last month, she sold a $100,000 motorhome, all over email.) She files every potential customer’s wants in her mind, hoping to sell them on something delivered new to the lot or someone else’s trade-in. At home, she just remodeled her kitchen. She’s sewing throw pillows and transforming the basement into a movie room with theater seats and a big screen — all paid for by her job selling RVs. On a Friday night, McAndrews picks up Kentucky Fried Chicken and sodas on her way home. In a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood, the house isn’t modest, but it’s not extravagant either. The family’s boat and new travel trailer are parked out front; there’s a trampoline out back. McAndrews’ 13-year-old son is out at a friend’s house, and her 10-year-old daughter Send comments to has a friend over for dinner. The girls erupt in a giggle fit before they leave the table to listen to music and check Instagram. They’re all growing up too fast, McAndrews says. At least when they’re out camping, she can set a “no-texting” rule. Her husband Dave, an experienced RV salesman himself, praises his wife for working hard at home and on the lot. Then he boils sales down to a simple lesson. “God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason,” he says. “Just listen.” It helps to be genuinely excited about the RV lifestyle. The McAndrews started raising their son living in an RV park full time, pitching a playpen for him under the motorhome’s awning. She uses her latest purchase as a conversation point with potential customers. “These bunks are great for the kiddos,” she’ll say. “The trailer I just bought has bunk beds too.”


As McAndrews chats on the phone with a customer one sunny afternoon, a young salesman across the showroom talks to his own customer about a bad experience she had with a previous RV. His smile never fades. “Well, that’s the past,” he tells the woman. “We’re talking about the future — the American dream!” Here, under the showroom lights and on the gravel lot full of travel trailers and motorhomes, salespeople aren’t thinking about changes in taste or culture or all the reasons Americans won’t want to buy RVs in the future. They’re thinking about today, and basing their careers on the same ideas their country was built on: hope, optimism, a certainty that tomorrow will always be better than today. When a balding, retired military pilot comes in to look at small motorhomes, he doesn’t buy. But as he’s leaving, he tells McAndrews he’s looking because his sister has an RV, and she’s always teasing him about being too frugal. “Why don’t you spend some of that money?” she asks him. McAndrews’ eyes light up. She tells the man his sister is right. He deserves it. “I tell my parents, ‘I don’t want an inheritance,’ ” she says. “ ‘I didn’t work for your money. You did. You should spend it.’ ” n

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After six years of two-wheeled fun, the FBC is coming to an end. nick gast photo


The F---ing End The FBC takes its final ride this weekend BY HEIDI GROOVER


s night falls over the The Swamp, a neighborhood bar on the west fringe of downtown Spokane, about 200 people are ready to pedal. They stand over fixies and cruisers, BMX and mountain bikes. A family with four small children waits alongside people with cycling jerseys and flashy messenger bags. This is the F---ing Bike Club, probably the closest thing to a convergence of all of Spokane’s biking community, a gathering that’s as much about biking as a your

neighborhood book group is about reading. The group has spent the past two hours pouring beer from pitchers and sipping red wine on the bar’s patio. Now, they’ll spill across the highway into Browne’s Addition on their way to another bar. They wind their way through downtown, circle the fountain at Riverfront Park and ride through the Gonzaga neighborhood to Litz’s. There, they’ll lock their bikes to racks, signs and fences, and promptly deplete the bar’s stock of PBR and Rolling

Rock. This Saturday, the club simultaneously celebrates both its sixth birthday and its death. Organizer Jeff Everett, who brought the idea from St. Louis, says he’s no longer able to dedicate the time it takes to organize the ride, find bars to serve as starting and ending locations and design and print the customized spoke cards for each ride. He’s a full-time graphic designer, a husband and the father of a one-year-old, and says the FBC has become a “part-time job.” Everett isn’t handing the club over to anyone — he wants people to feel free to create their own project, and he doesn’t want to be connected to something that fails. “Everybody sort of associates me with FBC,” he says, with the hint of a southern drawl. “If somebody were to take over and mess it up somehow, it would still kind of fall on me.” His advice to a would-be successor: “stick with it.” ...continued on next page

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When Everett started the club, he spent the first four rides showing up to an empty bar. “I would ride around the neighborhood, have a drink, go home and call it a fiasco,” he says. On the fifth ride, when a handful of people actually showed up, Everett didn’t even have a destination in mind because he expected to be on his own again. These days, the “Full Moon Fiasco” rides often attract more than 100 riders. Today, looking back on the club’s six-year run, Everett and regular riders credit it with something bigger than creating a social scene. It’s made cycling more accessible, they say, showing people “you can be a bike rider” instead of a “cyclist” and use two wheels as often as four on a daily basis. It’s also, they hope, changed the way drivers see bikes. “I think it’s brought to light cycling in a positive way,” Everett says. “We can prove to those people in cars that we’re not really in your way. We’re not a big problem for you. … If 100 people are not in your way, one guy is not in your way.” The whole premise of the group — a swarm of cyclists, many who are already close friends, getting together for beers — can seem cliquish, but FBC veterans are eager to prove the opposite. Anyone is welcome on the ride, and experienced riders stop along the route to make sure no one’s lost, having bike trouble or breaking the club’s only rule (“don’t be an asshole”). Spokane native Will Zobrist, who met Everett

at a South Hill bakery, says he barely rode before he started going to FBC rides back in 2009. Once he got a car in high school, he says, he just didn’t think about biking. But when he could use riding as a way to meet new people — and have a beer — he started going to almost every ride and inviting his friends. “It’s a lot of fun; it’s low pressure,” he says. “During the summer you see a lot of people out for the first time. They just got a bike or their friend got them into biking.” Moreover, FBC was at the root of a rise in bike culture in Spokane over the last decade, says Ken Paulman, who rode in some of the earliest FBC rides and has since moved to Minneapolis. When it started, nothing else like it existed, he says, so it drew a diverse group of people who kept coming back. For the people who’ll miss FBC when it’s gone next month, that’s what they’re losing: the chance to get together with a group of like-minded people, have drinks and happen to ride a bike along the way. “That’s the really unique thing about a city of Spokane’s size,” Paulman says. “You can convene your whole cycling community once a month.” n FBC Final Fiasco • Sat, July 27, meeting at 7 pm, ride at 9 pm • Swamp Tavern • 1904 W. 5th Ave. •





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ancy Bartley, a veteran Seattle Times reporter, was digging through state records a few years ago, trying to find the youngest person ever put to death in the state of Washington. Along the way, someone asked if she’d ever heard of Herbert Niccolls Jr., who in 1931 at age 12 was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting the sheriff of Asotin, a rural area south of Clarkston, after breaking into a store. “I was fascinated, especially when you see the picture of this kid. Then I found he was only 60 pounds and he went to Walla Walla State Penitentiary. The more I dug, the more I found it interesting that he got out and redeemed himself,” says Bartley, who masterfully tells Niccolls’ story in her new book The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff. The exhaustively researched book reads like a novel as we watch Niccolls, who grew up the son of a homicidal father living in a mental institution, and a mother who couldn’t care for her children and left them to their religiously delirious paternal grandmother, go from a delinquent ne’er-do-well to a well-read model prisoner. “A plain biography would bore the socks off of me. I like to set places. I’m a feature writer by trade and I love narrative style, but I’m invested in truth,” says Bartley, who leaves her attributions and sources for the 20-plus pages of notes at the back of the book. Bartley tells a story that, for a brief time before being lost to history, made its way across the country. The people fighting for the boy’s freedom included famed Boys Town founder Father Edward J. Flanagan. He battled with Washington governor Roland Hartley, who Bartley

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to spend. But Stover — with orange hair and black glasses — smiled and talked to each of them as their little hands fingered the racks of dresses, and as they placed her custom-made flower wreaths on their heads. And when a girl with long pigtails and plaid shorts hopped out of Stover’s shop — housed in an adorable pistachio-

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green mini trailer — holding a cream-and-orange dress, a look of excitement spreads across both of their faces. “Are you getting that?” Stover, 34, asks her. “It’s so cute.” The girl nods and her dad forks over the money for the dress. “People get so excited when they see me,” Stover says. “They want to talk about what I’m doing.” What she is doing is selling vintage and new clothing out of a trailer-turned-shop — one she takes on the road to festivals and street fairs around the region. Stover’s is also the first mobile clothing store in Spokane, a trend that’s swept the vintage fashion world in recent years. Many clothing vendors around the country are choosing the pop-up store route, thumbing their noses at brick-and-mortar shops and expensive rents and instead renovating vintage teardrop trailers and old motorhomes in order to take their business directly to their customers. It’s an idea that’s proving fruitful: in Seattle, a collective of trailer vendors gather each weekend to form the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall. In Portland, Lodekka peddles “everything a girl needs to put together a smashing outfit” from a double-decker bus parked near a busy shopping district and has gotten attention from the New York Times and the Today show. Trailers are popping up in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Cleveland. And in some cases, like Portland’s Wanderlust, the trailer was the intermediary solution between simply being an online seller and opening a fixed location shop. Stover sold vintage clothing on for years. “I got really tired of that, but I wanted a store,” she says. After seeing a trailer shop on a trip to the East Coast, she knew it was the perfect solution for her own business. She’d recently purchased a mini trailer — and when she got back home to Spokane, she started gutting it. When it came time to set up at her first event, she hooked her store up to her dad’s pickup truck. “I’ve had to learn to hitch up and pull and all that,” she says, smiling. Today, it’s hard to believe there was once space for a bed and a kitchen inside her shop. That’s all been replaced with clothing racks and a tiny fitting room. “I have no overhead, except gas money,” she says. “And it’s fun for me to do. It’s not like I’m clocking in and out of a job.” And, she can keep prices reasonable. “I don’t have to mark things up so high, because I don’t have a power bill and a high rent to worry about.” At festivals and street fairs, Stover just has to worry about doing what she does best: selling beautiful clothes and making even the tiniest of customers happy. Stover’s 13-year-old daughter comes with her to most events. She’s thinking of going into business for herself. “She wants to build a little lemonade stand and have it off to the side,” Stover says. They both know those young customers would just love it. n






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Cold-Brewed Chemistry Because coffee doesn’t always have to be brewed hot By Jo Miller


t’s morning. You put on the coffeepot and it’s ready in four minutes. An espresso? That baby brews in about 30 seconds. But say you want cold-brew coffee. Well, that will take up to 24 hours. The result, many coffee fans are finding, is worth it. It might sound complicated, but many baristas, roasters and coffee drinkers find cold-brew coffee worth the extra effort, and it turns out using the cold method isn’t as much of a hassle as it seems. Out in Hangman Valley, 52-year coffee veteran Tom Sawyer makes his cold-brew using a Toddy maker. The Toddy company launched its cold-brewing system in 1964, and its popularity has made the word “Toddy” nearly synonymous with cold-brew in casual conversation, especially as of late. First, Sawyer runs the beans (he favors a Sumatra blend for cold-brew) through a coarse grind so as not to clog the filter. Room-temperature water is then poured over the grounds in the brewing container. After letting it expand for an hour or two, more water is added and everything is left to steep for 24 hours. After the wait, Sawyer pulls the cork at the bottom of the container and lets the brewed coffee filter into a glass decanter. “It takes a little bit of time and effort to make the Toddy, but it’s fantastic when it’s done,” Sawyer says. Whenever he gets the chance, Sawyer preaches the coldbrew good news to his neighbors and customers at his roasting and wholesale business, Tom Sawyer Country Coffee. He points out some distinctive advantages of cold-brew: Since it’s actually a concentrate, you can refrigerate a batch for a few weeks. When you’re ready to drink it, just add water, milk or ice to your liking. So if you happen to have ...continued on next page

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a partner who’s nitpicky about how strong the coffee is, you can make two cups diluted to different strengths. And just because it was cold-brewed doesn’t mean you have to drink it like iced coffee. Add hot water for a steaming cup or create dessert by pouring it over vanilla ice cream. Another lure of cold-brew is that it comes out with less acidity — making it easier on the stomach — and has a smoother taste than conventionally brewed coffee, which tends to have more of a bite. The reason for that is found at the molecular level. Cold-brew has 67 percent less acid than conventionally brewed coffee, according to a pH test conducted by the Toddy company, says Ronnie Pelton, a Toddy customer advocacy direc-

Deborah Di Bernardo of Roast House making a batch of cold-brew coffee.


tor who was also a barista for six years and owned his own roasting business. The cold water extracts less of the soluble acid from the beans, but draws out more sweetness, resulting in chocolaty notes, Pelton says. “The reason why people enjoy the taste and say it tastes smooth is because it has less acid, and because it has a good amount of those sweet compounds that help to make it taste smooth,” Pelton says. “That’s the one-two punch.” But the Toddy way of making cold-brew isn’t the only way. Other commercial cold-brew methods are out there, such as Filtron and Oji, the Japanese drip system (which looks like an artistically arranged chemistry set). Those products just make cold-brewing easier. Deborah Di Bernardo, owner of Roast House, teaches free monthly coffee classes and sometimes covers cold-brew methods. She teaches Toddy (which she uses to make Roast House coldbrew baby growlers), as well as bare-bones approaches. At home you can make cold-brew in a French press, or even in a gallon Mason jar or a pitcher. “Some way or another they have to strain it,” Di Bernardo says. The Toddy maker has a wool filter that makes the brew almost sediment-free, she says, but beyond that you’ll have to be creative. She suggests cheesecloth, a spaghetti strainer or coffee strainer. Di Bernardo first encountered cold-brew about 12 years ago when she worked for a local roaster who had just lost his biggest account; the account holder was making cold-brew and the roaster expressed his opinion that cold-brew wasn’t real coffee. Di Bernardo went to the account holder to find out from her what cold-brew was all about. “She shared, and I tasted, and I was like, ‘Whoa,’ ” Di Bernardo says. Since then, Di Bernardo has been promoting cold-brew, but she says it wasn’t until the past three years that it really took off locally and nationally, especially corresponding with the growler trend. She even did a blind taste test at Roast House — an espresso shot versus cold-brew faceoff. “Every one of us chose cold-brew every time,” Di Bernardo says. n

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Buzzed Catching up on the Inland Northwest’s brewery news BY INLANDER STAFF


n the three months since we published our first-ever Beer Issue, there has been no shortage of news on the Inland Northwest craft brewing scene. Here are a few highlights:


The Belgian-focused Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company in Post Falls, Idaho, is celebrating a successful first year and two gold medals at the North American Brewers Association competition with big plans for growth: A new brewing system arrives this fall, doubling the amount of beer the brewery can make at one time, and distribution is expanding from the Inland Northwest to include western Washington and parts of Canada. And they’re not just sending out kegs — the first Selkirk Abbey bottles hit shelves this month, including the flagship Infidel Belgian-style IPA, the anniversary-edition St. Joseph imperial saison and 10° quadruple. “It’s my intention to bottle everything — that’s just what I’ve gotten to,” owner Jeff Whitman says. (LISA WAANANEN)

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Also In Post Falls, BiPlane Brewing is back open after a Sign up for our Entrèe late-spring hiatus. Owner Doug newsletter at Inlander. Martindale is brewing up the com/newsletter. standard lineup of beers named for World War I planes, along with some specialties like the Apricot Cream Ale and Vanilla Porter. (LW)



Though it technically opened last fall, Green Bluff-based Big Barn Brewing Co. is slowly but steadily attracting a following of customers who head up to the hills to visit the brewery and its connected berry farm, Bodacious Berries & Fruit. Staying on-trend with the craft brewing philosophy of sourcing ingredients locally, Big Barn’s beers are often infused with syrups made from berries grown on the farm, says owner Craig Deitz. Its seasonal




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the brewery — owned by husband and wife Steve and Sue Ewan — serves eight beers in its tasting room, ranging from an IPA and an imperial amber that live up to the brewery’s name to a two stouts and a porter. Steve Ewan says Hopped Up has been a long time in the making. More than 10 years ago, he bought the brewing equipment from the former Northern Lights (before it was No-Li) location in Airway Heights. The 10-barrel system sat in storage until recently when Steve, a longtime homebrewer, decided to jump into the burgeoning Inland Northwest brewing boom. (MIKE BOOKEY)

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brews include a strawberry cream ale, blackberry porter, raspberry Wit, and in the fall, a golden pumpkin ale. This year the farm started growing its own hops and malting barley. Both Deitz and his wife Jane teach in the Mead School District — the couple’s business partners Brad and Mardi Paulson also work in other occupations — and thus haven’t been able to focus their efforts full-time on the brewery operations. Still, Big Barn regularly offers between four and six beers, each produced in 20-gallon quantities, on tap during the growing season. Deitz says the goal is to eventually ramp up Big Barn’s production to bottling and distribution. The taphouse, located inside a converted barn on the farm, is open Friday-Sunday from noon to 6 pm. (CHEY SCOTT)

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While it’ll be a few more months before we’re imbibing pints at this South Perry Street location, ground has been broken on the new building that will house brewer Ben Lukes’ new facility. Lukes, a former brewer at Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing, hopes to have the brewery up and running this fall, adding to what has become an increasingly popular dining neighborhood. (MB) n

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Mild Mutant Jackman tones it down in The Wolverine, and that works perfectly By MaryAnn Johanson


’m not a comic-book devotee. I only know man contact at all. He’s living like a hermit in the X-Men from the movies. So I could be the snowy mountains of (I presume) his native wrong about this, but I wonder if The Wolverine Canada. Not even in an actual cave — he’s just will be a comic-book movie that appeals more to sort of clinging to a snowy ledge. But he gives in, X-Men readers than to blockbuster audiences who in that gloriously cranky way Hugh Jackman has aren’t already deeply invested in the mythology of making Logan simultaneously a mountain of and just want a pile-on of mutant action. muscle tied up in misanthropy and kinda soft and Because that’s not what we have here. This mushy at the same time. Yukio sees it. But she’s a is a smaller kind of movie than summer tentpoles mutant, too, and sees more than we normals do have tended to be of late. It’s big in terms of ac— and she’s a woman, and doesn’t need mutant tion — I love the freshness and vitality of the set powers to see right through Logan. pieces — but at its heart, this is all about Logan, as Then we’re in Japan, and no movie has ever a mutant and a man. made me want to go to Tokyo more than this It’s almost a bit of soap opera — science fiction one. Director James Mangold stages a foot chase soap opera, but still — that Logan is drawn into through the city streets that’s thrilling, like if here, a multigenerational family drama revolvThe Bourne Identity was about mutants. And then ing around dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), a comes the battle atop the bullet train. I could alJapanese industrialist. Logan knew him when most see the motion lines that this bit would have Yashida was a soldier during had on the page. It’s got that same World War II and Logan was a THE WOLVERINE kind of whooshy energy, and not just prisoner of war in Nagasaki on because the train is moving at bullet Rated PG-13 the day the Americans dropped Directed by James Mangold speeds. Later there’s a secret society the second atomic bomb. of medieval ninjas with poisoned arStarring Hugh Jackman, Now, Yashida’s dying wish rows. It’s all extremely cool. Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee is to see Logan again, for And all very soap opera, too. Loreasons I won’t spoil, gan is a roiling bundle of angst, emoand he sends his granddaughter tional torment and aching vulnerability, which Yukio (Rila Fukushima) to fetch makes him even more attractive when he takes his him. (Well, she’s not actually shirt off all those times. He’s haunted by the ghost his granddaughter. It’s comof Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who keeps begging plicated. Like I said: soap him to just figure out how to die already and join opera.) her in the afterlife. This is a genuine possibility, But Logan (Hugh because Yashida had discovered a way that Logan Jackman) is could transfer his healing ability, giving an old reluctant to man new life, and finally enabling Logan to bebe drawn come a real boy. No way, Logan says... but then, in. He’s after the bullet train and the foot chase and the reluctant ninjas, he’s got wounds that aren’t healing. What to have the hell? Wolverine has found his kryptonite... but much where? And how? huI don’t want to make this sound gloomy. It’s good summer popcorn fun. Hugh Jackman continues to clearly enjoy the hell out of playing this character — even after, what, six outings now? A low-key turn for Logan is precisely what was called for. Well, he might not see it as low-key, but as bombastic action movies go, this is downright relaxing. n

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We know names like Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Mick Jagger. Names like Merry Clayton, Darlene Love and Claudia Lennear aren’t so familiar. We know the stars, but we don’t know the backup singers. This moving documentary puts the women who have supported these stars in the spotlight. One story looks at singer Judith Hill, recent contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and her partnership with Michael Jackson. At Magic Lantern. (JR) PG-13


You often hear of film: “It was in some festivals.” This film from young director Ryan Cooger did more than just appear at some festivals. It debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. Produced by Forrest Whitaker and based on a true story, the film gives an intimate look at the final day in the life of a man named Oscar Grant, who was shot dead in 2009. (JR) R


In this critically acclaimed Danish film, the crew of a cargo ship is held hostage as tense negotiations escalate with officials on land. The film is a ripped-from-theheadlines story that will seem familiar to anyone who was following the repeated pirate attacks off the coast of Africa a few years back. At Magic Lantern. (JR) R


The origin of these little blue dudes and dudettes goes all the way back to 1958. Originally appearing as comic strip, the Smurfs have been reincarnated over and over again. Neil Patrick Harris starred in the 2011 version, and he’s doing it again. This time around, the Smurfs team up

with Harris and other human friends to save Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) from the evil Gargamel (voiced by Hank Azaria). (JR) PG


What’s supposed to be the flip side of films like American Pie, in which boys enjoy all of the raunchy fun, turns into a flat, repetitive story in which girls are running around looking for sex, but forgetting to have any fun in the process. The one-dimensional Aubrey Plaza (April on Parks and Recreation) rolls her eyes a lot as her high school’s valedictorian virgin who’s convinced to make a list of sexual acts, then experience them. Bill Hader is funny as a pathetic swimming pool manager. Andy Samberg briefly shows off a raucous singing voice. Everything and everyone else is forgettable. (ES) Rated R


Fox Searchlight continues to establish itself as, perhaps, the premier indie film distributor. From them we’ve received films like Sideways, Juno and Slumdog Millionaire. Their newest film seems to contain the same charm they’ve become known for. This time around, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph and a young actor named Liam James look to deliver said charm with a tale about a forlorn kid who finds a new life with a summer job at a water park. (JR) PG-13


Logan, the Wolverine, is a roiling bundle of angst and emotional torment and aching vulnerability. He is haunted by the ghost of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who keeps begging him to just figure out how to die already and join her in the afterlife. Now, he has to head to Japan and face his inner demons. Rated PG-13 (MJ)

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This French film features seasoned actor Vincent Lindon and European pop star Soko. Based on a true story, it offers a look at the relationship between revolutionary French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and his frail teenage patient, Augustine. An Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, this stirring film explores ideas of controversial medicine, forbidden love, power and politics. At Magic Lantern (JR) Not Rated


In 1995, Before Sunrise introduced us to the pair as dreamy twenty-somethings whose chance meeting on a train led to a single wildly romantic night in Vienna; in 2004, Before Sunset found them reuniting in Paris as slightly more hardened adults, in a way that completely reframed the events that occurred nine years earlier. Now, the third installment in Richard Linklater’s story features our couple (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) now very much together raising twin daughters as they vacation in Greece. (SR) Rated R



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Yes, folks, there’s such thing as a really scary (and gripping) horror movie that isn’t punctuated by gore. Director James Wan (Saw) fills his based-on-fact haunted house tale with nervous cameras, dark rooms, loud noises and the stories of two families — one lives in that house, the other is trying to help them. This is really unnerving stuff, and a ball to watch in a big dark room with a bunch of strangers, most screaming as one. (ES) Rated R

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Gru is back with his minions and adopted daughters in the animated sequel, picking up as the Anti-Villain League cracks down on high-tech super-criminals. The agency calls on (or rather, kidnaps) Gru for his ex-villain expertise, but will he be able to juggle the mission on top of his paternal duties? Get ready to giggle for returning voice actors Steve Carell, Kristin Wigg, Miranda Cosgrove and the adorably clumsy minions. (PG) ...continued on next page

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Ready for another buddy cop film? Well, this time around we’ve got a bit of a twist as a tightly wound FBI agent played by Sandra Bullock goes on the hunt for a badass drug dealer. But the catch is that she has to team up with goofball Boston police officer, played with, we’ll assume, ample fart jokes by Melissa McCarthy in order to catch this evil doer. Hijinks ensue as this unlikely pair hits the mean streets. (MB) Rated R


Those guys from the glory days of ’90s comedy are back for another round. Happy Madison Productions brings you another Adam Sandler installment with the same pee jokes, physical humor and goofiness that have become his trademark. You get to watch him hang out with David Spade, Kevin James and the always-enjoyable Chris Rock. There are plenty of SNL cameos throughout. Also, Shaq makes an appearance. (JR) Rated PG-13


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The charming and adventure-filled Oscar-winning documentary of the same name, from 1950, gets a dramatic treatment that keeps the original’s mood and aura intact, but throws in a few fictional inventions. Still, the story of Thor Heyerdahl and a handful of sailors who recreate a centuries-old raft voyage, with only winds and currents guiding them, makes for a nice bit of comfort viewing. Plus, there’s subtle, perfectly done CGI work on some of the sea life they encounter. (ES) Rated PG-13


Johnny Depp dons another wig as Tonto, the Native American sidekick to the notso-lonesome Lone Ranger, John Reid (Armie Hammer). Tonto lays down the wisdom in fluent broken English to transform a man of law into a masked hero. Loaded with Pirates of the Caribbean special effects and quippy humor, Depp and Hammer gallop horseback through the dust in an adventure against the Western bad guys. (BN) PG-13


The reboot of the reboot of the Superman story is brimming with both fight and flight scenes, lots of self-doubt, a bit of humor, the problems of actually being a stranger in a strange land, and a moving, heartfelt look at father-son relationships. Henry Cavill is slightly earnest in the lead, Amy Adams gives Lois Lane the right amount of feisty toughness, Russell Crowe shows the stoic side of Jor-El, Kevin Costner is a wise and kindly Jonathan Kent, and Michael Shannon manages to mix malevolence with pride as General Zod. Visual effects are excessive, but writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder make everything balance out just right. (ES) Rated PG-13





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The gang from Monsters Inc. is back, and this time they’re back in school. We see Mike trying to get back into the Monsters University scaring department — after failing out — by winning a university-wide “Scare Games.” Here Monsters University takes advantage of a familiar college-

movie trope: an outcasts vs. elites competition straight out of Revenge of the Nerds. (SR) Rated PG


It seems that Joss Whedon (the man behind Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and generally known as the king of all nerds everywhere) can do whatever the hell he wants after raking in so much superhero cash last summer. Take on Shakespeare? Why not? He wrote and directed this modern telling of the classic tale, most of which he filmed at his own house — because he can do things like that. (MB) Rated PG-13.


Two teenagers stumble across a ruggedly handsome fugitive (Matthew McConaughey)  hiding in the  Deep South  from bounty hunters and the law. The boys decide to take matters into their own hands, making a pact to keep the dashing criminal hidden from hungry killers and help reunite him with his long lost love. It’s nice to see McConaughey continue his habit of appearing in movies that aren’t, by and large, romantic comedies. Let’s hope he keeps it up. (SM) Rated PG-13


Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) pays homage to the Japanese monsters movies of his youth with this big, loud, exciting tale of gigantic creatures rising from the ocean’s depths, and being met by man-made, equally gigantic robots that attempt to beat the tar out of the invaders. The film pauses briefly to share personal, usually tragic, stories of the folks in charge of fighting back, but the insane action is never far away, and it keeps on getting crazier. One great idea was to fill the film with B actors instead of stars. The only really recognizable face is that of del Toro regular Ron Perlman, who plays a darkly comic, 24-carat-gold-shoe-wearing war profiteer. (ES) Rated PG-13


At 58, Bruce Willis is still atop most Hollywood call sheets for the big-budget

cop movie. In this one, he’s supported by three Academy Award winners: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Reuniting his old team, Willis plays a retired CIA agent on a mission to track down a nuclear device. Giving the movie extra flavor is the eccentric John Malkovich. (JR) Rated PG-13


Jeff Bridges plays a defender of justice kind of like he did in the Coen brother’s True Grit in 2010. There’s one major difference in this one: He’s dead. Bridges and Ryan Reynolds play deceased cops that fight colossal bad guys on Earth. It’s part buddy-cop movie, part monster movie, and part action movie with a dash of Kevin Bacon. (JR) PG-131


Who would’ve thought that a party at James Franco’s house could lead to catastrophe? Playing themselves, the all-star cast includes Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill, among others, all of whom are trapped in Franco’s house as the Apocalypse unfolds. As supplies dwindle, they must take on the outside world, dodging sinkholes and blue lights that snatch people away. (AC) Rated R


Ryan Reynolds is the star of this latest film from DreamWorks Animation. Yes, that means you don’t get to look at him. It’s a cartoon snail version of Reynolds that wants nothing more than to go fast and win the Indy 500. The voices of Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, and trademark delivery from the voice of Samuel L. Jackson accompany Reynolds in this family flick. (JR) PG


Former UN worker Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are stuck in an apocalyptic traffic jam as Philadelphia falls to fastmoving, rabid zombies. Then, Gerry is tasked by the government to travel around the world looking for the source of this global pandemic, all the while trying to get back to his family. (MJ) Rated PG-13 n





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America’s pastime Phish isn’t a baseball team, but their fans sure act like they are By Mike Bookey


y friend is paying more attention to his cellphone than the conversation around the table or his full beer on top of it, and he’s not the sort of guy to do either of those things on a perfect July day. “They opened with ‘Crowd Control,’ and then ‘Chalk Dust Torture,’” he tells me. Most people wouldn’t know what the hell he was talking about. Thanks to my hippie youth, I’m aware that these are the titles of songs by Phish, the band that at this very moment on this July day are kicking off a show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was following a Twitter feed listing the song titles as the band played them. While I confess to enjoying the occasional Phish concert and at one time was all but obsessed with

this seminal jam band, I didn’t especially care when he added that “the boys,” as he calls them, don’t usually play “Chalk Dust Torture” that early in the show. Then again, he probably didn’t care an hour earlier when I’d flipped through my wife’s phone, then lamented to no one in particular that the Seattle Mariners had just been thumped 13-4 by the Cincinnati Reds. Phish fans and baseball fans, oddly, are very much alike. Both are obsessed with statistics. At times, both are hypercritical. And both are deeply concerned with tradition, idiosyncrasies and inane nuances and share a habit of annoying the shit out of people who don’t share in their devotion. If you don’t know, Phish fans are among the most hard-core in all of rock music because the

quartet — celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with a tour that hits the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend — is highly improvisational and has a few hundred songs in their catalogue, meaning every show is a little, or a lot, different. And despite their terrible lyrics, Phish is probably one of the most talented assemblages of rock musicians ever, which doesn’t hurt. Rob Mitchum is a 34-year-old science writer and freelance music journalist from Chicago who saw his first Phish shows in the late 1990s. Other than the fact he’s on a mission to listen to, and review, every live Phish recording since 1993 on his blog and Twitter feed, he’s a well-adjusted husband and father. ...continued on next page

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He’s one day removed from a three-day binge of Phish shows (which brought his total up to 50) in his hometown; one of the shows was rained out, another featured a storm delay. It’s not lost on him that this sounds very much like a baseball recap. He’s made the connection before. In his younger days, he’d bring a notebook to Phish shows and write down the set list. When he goes to baseball games — he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan — he keeps his own scorebook. Beyond the stats and things, the exciting thing about Phish that’s like baseball is that you can get a bad show. In a weird way, that makes the good shows better. “If they were the same thing every night, it wasn’t the sort of show I’d go to,” says Mitchum. “It’s a lot like going to the ballpark, and you’re hanging out and drinking beers when your team is getting blown out. But you’ll come back the next day because it’s a whole new game.” Especially during the early 2000s after their first hiatus, Phish has played some pretty bad shows. I saw one of them in Las Vegas in 2004 and was disappointed as hell, because Trey Anastasio was either messed up or didn’t give a damn. But it didn’t stop me from trying to find tickets to the next night’s show. Other bands have hard-core followers who aren’t satisfied with seeing merely one show per tour. The Grateful Dead had the most storied and sizable group of devotees. To a lesser degree, Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic have cultivated the sort of statistic-tracking superfans found in the Phish community. But

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there’s something about the sustained fandom of the Phish universe, and its ingrained culture, that warrants a comparison to those who love America’s pastime. Both baseball and Phish embraced technology ahead of their peers, enabling the addictions of their followers. Baseball was tracking wonky things like slugging percentage before football even thought to record quarterback stats. Similarly, Phish fans were among the first rock communities to harness the Internet, posting set lists online the morning after shows so fans like Mitchum could rush to their computers and see them, like a baseball junkie would rush to check box scores. Baseball teams long ago began televising all their games to hook fans, and now several Phish concerts on each tour are webcast — for a fee, of course — live for fans who can’t cross the country for a show. On this July night, my friend has decided that the band is killing it out there in upstate New York. He’s debating going home and shelling out some cash for the webcast. It seems ridiculous and his wife tells him so. But I know how he feels. I might not care about Phish these days, but if the Mariners were in a tight game and Felix Hernandez was on the mound throwing smoke, I’d want to go home, too. n Phish • Fri and Sat, July 26 and 27; both shows at 7:30 pm • Gorge Amphitheatre • Quincy, Wash. • $60 plus fees •

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Singing Double The Shook Twins head home to Sandpoint, back to where it all began By Laura Johnson


ast weekend, identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook, leaders of folk group the Shook Twins, went off the grid. Playing the Northwest String Summit in North Plains, Ore., just outside Portland — now the girls’ home — connection to the outside world was scarce. “We sometimes prefer to be without cell or Internet service — it helps us be here now,” the sisters jointly explain in a just-under-the-deadline email interview.  Dashing off to Canada this week (for more off-the-beaten-path dealings), the sisters are set to hit their hometown Aug. 1 for the Festival at Sandpoint, opening for the Indigo Girls. The Shooks, who have played together since high school, fully own up to their eclectic sound. “We want to try new things within the folk realm,” they say. “We love folk music and we love weird things. Our favorite compliment is ‘Your music is so different, so unique.’ We are inspired to embrace the weird.” Here are a few other things we wanted to know: INLANDER: Are you ladies excited to be coming home for this show? SHOOK TWINS: We are very excited to be playing at the Festival at Sandpoint. This time we get to play with our whole band, where other times we were only a duo. The Festival always has such a great crowd, one of our biggest. We definitely feel the love and support when we play home-court shows.

What have you learned from having a golden egg in your arsenal of musical instruments? We’ve learned that it intrigues others as much as it does us. We’ve learned that it grants wishes and heals people. It’s a beautiful egg and we love it so. Why the move to Portland (in 2009) and not L.A. or Seattle? We need green mountainous forest, conscious people and a small-town big city. We found all that in Portland. Also the music scene is collaborative and supportive versus competitive and separated. L.A. and Seattle are a little scary to us small-town gals. What can we expect from this upcoming show? Will there be interpretive dancers (see YouTube)? Ah. We wish there were going to be interpretive dancers. Of course we love to watch people dance to our music; it’s very fulfilling. We will have a full six-piece band, with Russ Kleiner on drums, Chris Lynch on violin, Niko Slice on mandolin [and] electric guitar and Kyle Volkman on bass. We are so excited. n Festival at Sandpoint featuring the Indigo Girls, the Shook Twins • Thu, Aug. 1 at 7:30 pm • War Memorial Field • 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint, Idaho • $36.95 • All-ages •

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Thursday, 7/25

Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), Spare Parts Trio J Audubon Park, 6 Foot Swing Bag O Nails Pub (242-3360), Kenny James Miller Band, Robb Boatsman Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn The Buckhorn (244-3991), Texas Twister The Cellar, Eric Neuhausser Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny J Coeur d’Alene Park (Spokane), Table Top Joe Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Dave Walsh Fizzie Mulligans, Kicho Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J Hayden City Park (208-6673162), The Ryan Larsen Band John’s Alley, Too Slim & The Tail Draggers Laguna Cafe, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar, Nick Grow J Luxe Coffehouse, Dirk Lind Moon Time, Truck Mills J Mootsy’s, Primal Shakes, McDougall, Tom V O’Shay’s, Open mic Rico’s (332-6566), Palouse Subterranean Blues Band J Riverstone Park, Carlos Alden The Rock Bar, Armed and Dangerous Splash, Steve Denny The Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Templin’s (208-773-1611), Sammy Eubanks Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 7/26

Baby Bar, DJs Case and Logic Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Sky’s Tavern (489-2073), PJ Destiny

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Bolo’s (891-8995), Kozmik Dreamzz Boomers (368-9847), The Chill Cats Carlin Bay (208-667-7314), The Hitmen The Cellar, Donny Emerson Band Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mike Morris Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Larry Myer Conkling Marina (208-686-1151), Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips The Country Club (208-6762582), Down South Curley’s, Sucker Punch Elkins Resort (208-443-2432), The Usual Suspects Fedora Pub, Flying Mammals First Street Bar (276-2320), The Cronkites Fizzie Mulligans, Karmas Circle Gateway Marina (208-689-3902), YESTERDAYSCAKE Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J Gorge Amphitheater (7856262), Phish (see story on page

41) Grande Ronde Cellars (4558161), Joel Brantley Iron Horse, Chill Factor Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Vial 8 J Jones Radiator, The Blind Pets (see story above), 66beat J Knitting Factory, Crooked I, Neema, Wildcard Laguna Cafe, Diane Copeland LeftBank Wine Bar, Evan Michael J Luxe Coffehouse, Dave Macrae Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Martini Brothers J Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Kevin Gardner of Spare Parts J Mootsy’s, Wolves in the Woods, Strangled Darlings (see story above), Tyler Aker Northern Quest, Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus with Kenny Wayne Shepherd nYne, Hey! is for Horses, Jaeda and

Half Zodiac, Wax 808, Stone Tobey Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Monarch Mountain Band J Rathdrum City Park (208-6672162), Dragonfly Red Lion Hotel at the Park (326-8000), Chris Rieser and Jay Rawley Republic Brewing Co. (775-2700), Red Cloud Seasons of CdA (208-664-8008), Truck Mills J The Shop, DJ Soott Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Duece Splash, Steve Denny, The Coleman Underground Zola, Bruiser

Saturday, 7/27

Baby Bar, Kramer, Normal Babies Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Sky’s Tavern (489-2073), Cliff

he Blind Pets know a lot about sweat dripping out of every pore. The Austin-based threesome still practices in a storage facility — the kind one could potentially suffocate in if left inside too long. But the super-cheap practice conditions allow the group to be ready for anything (and have extra money for things like gas and drugs). The grunge/punk rockers bring the heat to Spokane once again (most recently, they performed at Carr’s Corner) on Friday, promoting their He Said She Said 7-inch, released in May. — LAURA JOHNSON The Blind Pets with 66beat • Fri, July 26 at 9 pm • Jones Radiator • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • Free • 21+ • 747-6005


es, another folk group out of Portland. But this one has a cello (which makes everything better) and mostly bypasses the banjo in favor of a mandolin to round out its instrumentation. Strangled Darlings, a duo consisting of George Veech and Jessica Anderly, are much better than most of the wannabe Mumford & Sons/Decemberists acts around. There are vague influences of country and scat running through their sound, but mostly it’s down-home groovin’ folk with a teaspoon of odd sexuality. Check out their songs “Circus” and “Sail Along” before heading to the show. — LAURA JOHNSON Wolves in the Woods, Strangled Darlings, Tyler Aker • Fri, July 26 at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Park Bolo’s (891-8995), Kozmik Dreamzz Boomers (368-9847), The Chill Cats Broadway Bar (326-5000), Dudley Do-Wrong Carlin Bay (208-667-7314), The Hitmen Carr’s Corner, December in Red, 5 Times Over, Helldorado, Headway The Cellar, Donny Emerson Band J The Center, Donna the Buffalo J Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin Clover (487-2937), Chelsey Heidenreich Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mike Morris Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Ben Baker Conkling Marina (208-686-1151), Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips The Country Club (208-6762582), Down South Cruisers, Dragonfly Curley’s, Sucker Punch

Elkins Resort (208-443-2432), The Usual Suspects First Street Bar (276-2320), The Cronkites Fizzie Mulligans, Karmas Circle Gateway Marina (208-689-3902), YESTERDAYSCAKE Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J Gorge Amphitheater (7856262), Phish (see story on page 41) J The Hop!, Raised by Wolves, I Hate This City, Concrete Grip Iron Horse, Chill Factor Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Turner Jones Connection Jones Radiator, The Working Spliffs La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Holly McGarry The Lariat (466-9918), Texas Twister LeftBank Wine Bar, Carey Brazil Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Martini Brothers Mootsy’s, Red Cloud, Encino Band nYne, DJ C-Mad Park Place, Truck Mills J Pend Oreille Playhouse

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Sunday, 7/28

Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), Sammy Eubanks Carr’s Corner, A Lien Nation The Cellar, Steve Ridler Coeur d’Alene Casino, Echo Elysium Coeur d’Alene Cellars (208-6642336), Bones, Bolan & Nelson J Coeur d’Alene City Park (208667-3162), Bram Bata Conkling Marina (208-686-1151), The Epic Band Curley’s (208-773-5816), YESTERDAYSCAKE Daley’s Cheap Shots, Jam Night with VooDoo Church John’s Alley, Marinade Saranac (747-3012), Primal Shakes, Duck Duck Suckerpunch, DJ Case Splash, Steve Denny Zola, The Bucket List

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Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Zola, Nate Ostrander

Tuesday, 7/30

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn J Downtown Coeur d’Alene (208-667-3162), Variety Pak J The Hop!, Aghori, Arsenic Addiction, Over Sea Under Stone John’s Alley, Skyfoot Kelly’s Irish Pub (208-667-1717), Powell Brothers J Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Turner Jones Connection J Red Rooster Coffee Co. (2029138), Open mic Splash, Steve Denny Zola, Dan Conrad and the Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 7/31

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn The Cellar, Barry Aiken J Downtown CdA, The Hitmen Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh Fizzie Mulligans, Kicho J The Hop!, Saint Dog, Big Hoss Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Douglas Cameron Jones Radiator, Hopeless Jack, The Wreckers J Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Evan Denlinger Mootsy’s, Flee the Century, Richard Dryfish, Normal Babies J The Nest at Kendall Yards, Cedar & Boyer Splash, Steve Denny Zola, Island Soul

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The grounds of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars are an ideal setting to make guests feel fancy and sophisticated as they unpack picnic meals onto a blanket on the lawn while the members of the Spokane Symphony tune their instruments before the evening’s performance. Pop open a bottle of Arbor Crest’s wine to enjoy during the show, the first of two outdoor concerts performed at the winery’s scenic, historic estate every summer. Then sit back and watch the evening sun set over the grounds as the Symphony entertains the audience with both contemporary and classic pieces. — CHEY SCOTT Soiree on the Edge: July Vistas • Wed, July 31 from 7-9 pm • $20-$40 • Ages 21+ • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • • 624-1200

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Monroe Street Pub Crawl • Sat, July 27 at 5 pm • $25 • Ages 21+ • Starts at the Sidebar and Grill • 1011 W. Broadway Ave. • (208) 521-0019

SuperBen! • Wed, July 31 at 2 pm • $5 child, $10 adult • Interplayers Theatre • 174 S. Howard St. • • 455-7529

Have you ever wished you could drink beer and be charitable at the same time? The chance to do so has arrived. In the course of a 3-mile trek to bars along Monroe Street from Broadway to Garland, hit up nine bars and see some of your dough go to Great Shape!, a nonprofit that provides health care and education opportunities in Jamaica. The entry fee serves more than a philanthropic purpose: Participants get a T-shirt, discounts and the chance to win prizes. Join up to show your love of beer and humanity. — JEFF RUTHERFORD

Interplayers Theatre is bringing this ongoing discussion about youth bullying to Spokane kids with the performance of SuperBen! as part of its summer performance series. The play was written for children ages 5 to 9 and follows the story of Ben and Lester, two creative buddies who must learn to deal with bullies through imaginative, superhero solutions. Afterward, the cast will guide a discussion with the audience to exchange ideas about friendship, acceptance and smart choices. — BETH NOTTURNO


Though titled Romance Romance, this musical isn’t all roses and candlelit dinners. In the first act of this performance, based on an Arthur Schnitzler short story, a wealthy man and woman find each other after ditching their upper-class digs for a weekend in the country under the assumed identities of a struggling poet and a working-class woman. The second act follows a completely separate story line and goes with the play-within-a-play route, with a 1980s interpretation of an 1890s play, as two couples flirt their way into a musical-chairs set of relationships during a vacation in the Hamptons. — ANNA CLAUSEN Romance Romance • July 25-Aug. 4, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm • $28-$42 • Schuler Performing Arts Center • 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene • • (208) 769-7780


The original performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” in 1749 didn’t go so smoothly: Carriage traffic caused a threehour traffic jam on the London Bridge and during the actual performance the specially designed wooden pavilion caught fire. Due to budget issues, this is the last year of the annual Royal Fireworks Concert in Riverfront Park, which has typically been a more enjoyable affair than that 1749 affair. Here, the 60-piece Royal Band performs Handel’s music from the floating stage as choreographed fireworks light up the sky overhead. — LISA WAANANEN 35th Annual Royal Fireworks Concert • Sun, July 28 at 8 pm • park seating, free; reserved rooftop seating, $60 per person or $420 for a table of eight • • 455-6865

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Stand-Up Comedy Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Comedy Open Mic Stand-up comedy open mic night. July 25 at 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (7037223) Music in Your Face Improv comedy show based on a Medieval Minstrel Show. Fridays at 8 pm through July 26. $7-$9. All-ages. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) The Latin Comedy Jam Live comedy show. July 26. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Safari Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) New York Comedy Live comedy show featuring the cast of “Gay Camp,” the upcoming performance at Interplayers. July 27 at 9 pm. Ages 21+. nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. (474-1621) Live Comedy Live stand-up comedy shows every Sunday at 9 pm. Free. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) Open Mic Comedy Fundraiser hosted by the CYT North Idaho Improv Team. July 29 at 7 pm. $25 to audition and compete, $10 to watch. All-ages. The JACC, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. (277-5727)

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A man my friend was crazy for just broke up with her. I kind of saw the breakup coming, as I thought they were too different, but she thinks he just falsely advertised who he really is. They met online, and he made himself out to be this guy who loves art and culture, which to her means going to museums, shows, and lectures and to him means staying home and making things. She now insists that the only way to meet people is in the amy alkon activity you want them to be doing. For example, if you want a guy who likes art museums and going to cultural events (which she does), you’d better hang out in an art museum to find a date. I think it’s a mistake for her not to keep online dating, because I think she’ll meet a lot more men. —Friend Of Stubborn Woman People try to put their best foot forward on dating sites, and rather often, it turns out it’s not actually their foot. Of course, deceptive self-marketing is not exclusive to online dating, and online dating does offer certain efficiencies that trying to meet a man at an art museum or cultural event does not. For example, people join a dating site specifically because they are looking for a partner. Some man you spot in a museum may also be looking for a partner — his wife, who was right behind him just a room ago. It sounds like your friend is blaming the Internet because a guy she liked didn’t like her back. They maybe both projected what they wanted on each other and needed to dig deeper to find out who the person they were dating really was. This is what dating is for. It’s supposed to be a process of finding out about a person, not “I baited the hook; I caught the fish; now let’s decide what’s for dinner at the wedding!” We often don’t need anybody to go to the trouble of deceiving us. We do that really well on our own, like by telling ourselves we’ve found the “perfect person” and ignoring any evidence to the contrary. Instead, there needs to be a vetting process, whether you meet a man online or at an artwalk. It involves asking questions and looking to see who he is and being willing to find out that he isn’t right for you. This vetting is essential because, wherever you meet men, there’s one thing many will have in common: insisting they’re interested in whatever you are if they think you’re hot. Try to help your friend see that holing up in the art museum isn’t the answer. Sure, it might be kismet that Mr. Dreamypants is standing in the lobby right next to her favorite sculpture, or he might just be waiting to enjoy the work of Sir John Harrington, the guy who invented the flush toilet found in the free public bathroom.

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I’m 5’8”; my fiance is just at 5’7”. I’m only comfortable when he wears lifts, especially if I’m wearing heels. It may not seem like a big height difference, but when he doesn’t wear them, he feels like my son. I know they’re uncomfortable, and he sometimes doesn’t feel up to wearing them. Mostly, though, he won’t let me see him without them, because he knows I’m way more attracted to him when he’s a tad taller. I feel bad about this, and I’ve prayed that one day, my strong love for him will let me ignore this minor “flaw.” —Trying To Get Above It The dream was tall, dark, and handsome. Not elfish, dark, and handsome. Still, the problem here could be seen another way: You need to be shorter. Unfortunately, accomplishing that is the less practical solution, as it would require a saw. It might help to understand that you want him to be taller not because you’re a bad person but because you’re a product of human evolution. In our ancestral past, height in a man likely had mating and survival advantages. (The short caveman would have been less able to reach the lion with his spear: “Take that, you big meanie!”) As for what to do in the present, elevator shoes might be the solution you’re both looking for. While lifts are inserts stuck into the shoe, mainly raising the heel, elevator shoes, which can be custom-made by a podiatrist, have a hidden platform built in throughout the shoe. The latest models are cleverly designed and appear to be normal footwear. This means that a man needn’t suffer the discomfort of tromping around in heels just to be attractive to his partner. (Next thing you know, he’ll be complaining about the scratchy red lace and underwire digging into his flesh.) 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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SpokeFest VolunteersVolunteers needed to help set up the course and fair, provide direction, host food/ water stops and more for the annual community cycling festival (Sept. 8) in downtown Spokane. ( A Night in PersiaThemed dinner hosted by Solace for the Children featuring Persian and American dishes, auctions and a performance by the children staying here for medical treatment. July 25 at 5:30 pm. $50. Best Western CdA Inn, 506 W. Appleway Blvd., CdA. nightinpersia (208-660-8088) Lions Club Train RidesScenic rides. July 27 at 1 pm and 3 pm, July 28 at 11 am and 1 pm. $10-$15. Ione Train Station, Ione, Wash. (877-525-5226) Swim and a MovieOpen swimming, concessions and screening of “WreckIt Ralph” at the pool. July 27 at 6 pm, movie at dusk. $2-$4. Northside and Southside Aquatic Centers, Spokane. (477-4730) Family Park DayFamily festival day at the park featuring slip ‘n’ slides, bouncy house, carnival games and a movie at dusk. July 27 at 2 pm. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St., Airway Heights. Beach Dance PartyPotluck dinner, dancing and free dancing lessons. July 27 from 6-9:30 pm. Free; potluck dishes requested. Sandpoint City Beach. Parking Under the PinesCar and motorcycle show featuring live music, beer garden, vendors, kids activities and more. July 27 from 9 am-4 pm. Free. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration Family bike ride as part of the city’s 10-year anniversary. July 28 from 8 am-noon. $10, includes T-shirt and refreshments. Centennial Trail, Mirabeau Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. (922-3299)

live music, food and more. July 28 from noon-5 pm. Free admission, car registration $15. Palisades Christian Academy, 1115 N. Government Way. (999-7888) Scratch Lab Programming and computer animation workshop using Scratch, for grades 4-6. July 29 and Aug. 26 at 2 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (893-8400)


Concrete River FestivalCommunity festival featuring live music, beer garden, car cruise, parade, kids activities and more. July 26-27, Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 10 am-10:30 pm. Free. Downtown Colfax. Down River DaysMusic, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink and more. July 26-28. Downtown Ione, Wash. Gem FaireGems, jewelry and bead show. July 26-28. Fri noon-6 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. $7/all weekend. Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (503-252-8300) Hot Neon Nights Car CruiseCar cruise through downtown Priest River. July 26. (208448-2721) Julyamsh PowwowDancing, music, food and drink, vendors more. July 26 at 7 pm, July 27 from 1-7 pm and July 28 at 1 pm. Greyhound Park and Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave., Post Falls. (800-828-4880) Liberty Lake DaysCommunity festival featuring a car show, street dance, carnival and more. July 26-27, Fri 6-9 pm, Sat 11 am-5 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. (755-6726) Northwest Renaissance Festival Reenactments, vendors, performances and more. July 27-28 from 11 am-7 pm. $6-$35. 6493 Hwy. 291, Nine Mile Falls. (278-7728) Cherry FestivalCherry picking, arts and crafts, vendors and more. July 2728. Green Bluff Growers, Mead, Wash. Glass on Grass Car ShowSpokane Road to SturgisMotorcyle ride rally Corvette Club classic and custom cars. featuring vendors, camping, food, July 27 from 11 am-4 pm. Riverfront games and more. July 25-27. Cruisers Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spoBar & Grill, 6105 W. Seltice Way, Post (625-6601) Falls. (208-773-4706) Timberdays Family events, entertaiSemi-Final Talent Competition ment, car shows, lawn mower races Semi-final round of the Star Searchin’ and more. July 27. Downtown Priest Talent Seach competition. July 26 at River, Idaho. 7 pm. $15-$20. The Center, 6425 N. (208-448-2721) Lidgerwood St. Tri-County Settler’s DayComRoman Nose Art HikeHike to one of munity festival featuring a parade, three lakes as part of a one-day, plein food and drink, vendors, activities and air painting excursion with artists Nan more. July 27. Deer Park, Wash. DeerCooper and Carol Kovalchuk. July 27 (276-2433) from 8 am-4 pm. $45. Meeting locaArt on the Green45th annual arts tion and time TBA. (208-265-2787) and cultural festival featuring fine art Bare Buns Fun RunAnnual clothvendors, local artisans, live music, ing optional 5K fun run/walk. July 28 food, kids activities and more. Aug. at 9:30 am. $18-$28. Kaniksu Ranch 2-4. Free admission. North Idaho ColFamily Nudist Park, 4295 N. Deer Lake lege, 1000 W. Garden Ave., CdA. ArRd., Loon Lake, Wash. kaniksufamily. com (327-6833) Spokane Valley Pond TourTour of private garden ponds, hosted by the Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi SoKids Summer Movie SeriesMovciety. July 28 from 9 am-4 pm. $5-$15. ies shown on Wed and Thu at 1 pm, Residences in Spokane Valley. iewgks. through Aug. 15. $3/show or $15/pass. com (863-4905) Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Show and ShineHot rods, customs, classics and more on display featuring Frances HaComedy. July 25-27 at



7:30 pm. $6-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First St., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) The Ground TruthScreening of the documentary on the struggles experienced by returning Iraq War veterans. July 25 from 6-8 pm. Free. Salem Lutheran, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. (3286527) Brave Outdoor movie screening. July 26 at 9 pm. Free. Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Hugo Outdoor movie screening. July 26 at dusk. Free. Half Moon Park, Holl Blvd. and Indiana Ave., Liberty Lake. (755-6726) Wreck-It RalphScreening as part of the South Perry Summer Theater series. July 27 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647) Rise of the GuardiansOutdoor movie screening as part of the Summer Moonlight Movie Series. July 27 at dusk. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St., Airway Heights. (244-4845) CdA Library Summer MoviesChildren’s movies (rated G or PG) shown on Mondays at 1 pm through July 29. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) Ghostbusters Outdoor movie screening featuring pre-show performances, food and more. July 31 at dusk. $5. Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl, 507 N. Howard St. Selkirk International Film Fest Fourth annual film festival featuring short films from the U.S. and Canada with ties to the region. Aug. 1 at 7 pm. $5. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls, Wash. (446-4108)


Artisan PizzaLearn how to make crust and more in a hands-on class. July 25 at 5 pm. $45. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) Camp Cooking BasicsFind out what equipment is needed to cook over a campfire and learn tips to make meals. July 25 from 7-8:30 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) Beer Class“Lagers and Ales beyond Pilsners and Pales: Big, Bold, Bodacious Beers” beer education class on different styles of beers. July 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15, reservations recommended. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. (4661644) Monroe Street Pub CrawlAnnual pub crawl to bars along North Monroe Street, starting at The Sidebar & Grill. July 27 starting at 5 pm. $25. Ages 21+. Sidebar, 1011 W. Broadway Ave. (521-0019) Nectar NW Road ShowWine-tasting road trip to the Red Mountain area of Central Washington. July 27 from 8:30 am-7 pm. $99. Departs from Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. nectarnorthwestroadshow.eventbrite. com (981-8439) Eat to Live WorkshopSix-week workshop on the benefits and how-tos of eating a plant-based diet including cooking demos, meal planning and more. Through Aug. 28, Wed from noon-1:30 or 5:30-7 pm. $10/class or $50/program. Center for Spiritual Living, 2825 E. 33rd Ave. (951-5557) CupcakesLearn to use a frosting bag, tips, sparkling sugar and more with

the Bakery Manager of Sweet Frostings. July 31 from 6-8 pm. $50. Inland Norwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1 (533-8141) Italian SaucesLearn how to make marsala, piccata and puttanesca sauces. July 31 at 5:30 pm. $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) Cookies for Grown-UpsCookies paired with beer and wine, hosted by Kelly Cooper, author of “Cookies for Grown-Ups.” Aug. 1 from 7-9 pm. $30. Hill’s Restaurant, 401 W. Main. (8380206)


Summer Concerts in Riverstone Concerts in the park featuring local bands and artists. Thursdays from 6:308 pm, through Aug. 29. Free. Riverstone Park, 1800 Tilford Lane. (208-292-1629) Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Rock concert featuring blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. July 26 at 8 pm. $35-$65. All-ages. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6700) Phish Rock concert. July 26-27 at 7:30 pm. $75-$117. All-ages. The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd, George, Wash. Five Suns Bluegrass FestivalLive music, band workshops, farmers market, barbecue, jams and open mics and more. July 26-27. Fri from 4-10 pm, Sat from 11 am-10 pm. Barbecue $6, events free. McCosh Park, Moses Lake. Palouse Music Festival Family events, vendors, music and more. July 27 from 11 am-8 pm. Palouse City Park, Wash. Emerson Park ConcertPerformance by Island Soul; picnics (no alcohol) welcome. July 28 from 4-6 pm. Free. Emerson Park, 1116 W. Alice Ave. Royal Fireworks ConcertHandel’s Royal Fireworks music and fireworks display. July 28 at 9 pm. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (625-6601) Clumsy LoversBluegrass/Celtic-influenced rock. July 31 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Spokane SymphonyOutdoor concert as part of the “Soiree on the Edge” series. July 31 at 7 pm. $20-$40. Ages 21+. Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. (624-1200)

Rights Education Institute. July 25 at 8 am. $250. Circling Raven Golf Club, 37914 S. Hwy. 95, Worley, Idaho. hrei. org (208-292-2359) Spokane ShockArena football game vs. Pittsburgh Power. July 26 at 7 pm. $14-$35. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (242-7462) Lilac City Roller GirlsFlat track roller derby bout feat. The Lilac City All Stars vs. the Sick Town S.M.A.S.H. July 27 at 7 pm. $10-$12; free for blood donors. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. 5K Foam FestObstacle-style race featuring mud pits, walls, foam sprays and more. July 27 at 9 am. $50-$75. Beginner and advanced courses available. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Drive. (801798-5464) Silver Hoops Basketball Tournament 3-on-3 basketball tournament, competitions and more. July 27-28. The Courts, Kellogg, Idaho. (208-784-0821) Liberty Road RacesBicycle race as part of the Spokane Rocket Velo Inland Road Race Series. July 27 at 11 am. Liberty High School, Spangle, Wash. (777-1000) Zak! Charity OpenAnnual dinner, auction and golf tournament benefiting the Rypien Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. July 28 at Northern Quest and July 29 at the Spokane Country Club. zakcharityopen. org (244-8656) Race the RiverSprint-distance triathlon race. July 28 at $80/individual, $160/relay team of 2-3 members. Riverstone Park, Coeur d’Alene. racetheriver. com Summer Fun Run SeriesAnnual 5K fun run series hosted by U District PT. July 30 at 6:30 pm. $5/adults, kids/free. U District PT, 730 N. Hamilton St. (4587686) Spokane IndiansSpokane Indians vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. July 31-Aug. 4, Thu-Sat and Mon at 6:30 pm, Sun at 3:30 pm. $5-$11. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (325-7328)


Lookout, MullanPerformance of an original play by Pat Grounds. Through July 28, Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. All-ages. Sixth Street Melodrama, 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho. (208-7528871) The Merry Wives of WindsorShakespearean comedy. July 25-26 at 7:30 pm, July 28 at 2 pm. $10-$20. University of Idaho, Hartung Theater, Moscow. (208-882-6465) Get Your Kids HikingLearn how to The Stinky Cheese ManPerformance get kids excited to hit the trail in a class based on the illustrated book “The with Jeff Alt. July 25 from 7-8 pm. Free. Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly StuREI, 1125 N. Monroe St. pid Tales.” July 18-28, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 (328-9900) pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15. Pullman Civic Tai Chi WorkshopIntroductory lesTheater, 1220 NW Nye St. (332-8406) sons and demonstrations. Thursdays at Romance RomanceMusical. July 256 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Park, spokanAug. 4. Thu-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 (847-5915) pm. $28-$42. Schuler Performing Arts Stand-Up Paddleboard Series Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave. cdasumStand-up paddleboard series hosted by (208-769-7780) Mountain Gear. July 25 and Aug. 1 and 8 Bat BoyMusical comedy based on a at 6:30 pm. $15/night. Nine Mile Recre1992 Weekly World News story. July ation Area, 14925 N. Hedin Rd. mounta25-Aug. 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 (340-1151) pm. $10-$15. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 HREI Golf TournamentSecond anE. Garden Ave., CdA. (208-667-1323) nual golf tourney benefiting the Human

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Stuff HappensStaged reading of David Hare’s “Stuff Happens,” a narrative of events during the Iraq War. Through July 28, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. Big BadAudience participation comedy. July 26-28. Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 4 pm and 7 pm, Sun at 7 pm. $$8-$10. All-ages. Liberty Lake Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) Let’s MisbehaveMusical based on the music and lyrics of Cole Porter. July 27 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. University of Idaho, Hartung Theater, Moscow. (208-882-6465) Bye Bye BirdieMusical. Through July 28, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Shows at 3 pm and 7 pm on July 20. $9-$12. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-277-5727) Interplayers Volunteer FairLearn about volunteer opportunities with the theater organization. July 29 from 6:308:30 pm. Free. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Comedy. July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-10 at 7:30 pm, Aug. 4 and 11 at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) Mining Madness at the MillPerformance of an original play by Carol Roberts. July 31-Aug. 25. Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Sixth Street Melodrama, 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho. (208-752-8871)

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Summer Wine and Art AuctionFine art, auctions, wine tasting, food and more in a benefit for Shoshone Medical Center Foundation. July 25 from 6-9 pm. Silver Mountain, 610 Bunker Ave. Kellogg, Idaho. (208-783-1111) Gutting the HeartlandOne-night photography show by Jeff Lucas featuring images and art depicting the Illinois Coal Basin. July 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. The Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. Let’s PaintKids’ explorative painting class. July 30 and Aug. 6 and 13. $12/ class. Ages 4-7. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001)


Broken MicSpoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) Poet Linda Kittell“Love Reports to Spring Training” poem collection reading. July 25 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (483-0206) Seth Holmes“Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farm Workers in the United States” reading and discussion by the author, a Lewis & Clark HS alumni. July 27 at 2:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (483-0206) Nancy Bartley“The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr.” reading and discussion. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (483-0206) n


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Pines and IndianaI saw you on Pines and Indiana in the valley. You have a perfect smile. It made my heart melt from my chest right to my toes. You on the motorcycle a few weeks ago. You smiled and blew me a perfectly delivered kiss as you turned onto Indiana right past me. I was having the worst day, then you offered this mild, sweet, and genuine gesture of affection and my day seemed a bit more bearable. And yet you taunted me with that visor just low enough to cover your eyes. I would love to see those eyes. Email me? Dog WalkerI have seen you “good looking” walking the handsome white boxer up and down Nevada in the mornings. Would you like to get together and walk our dogs.

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Wellesley I saw you driving a black Impala going west on Wellesley and I turned off of Monroe heading west on Wellesley, in a white Chevy truck. You waved and smiled at me

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Cheers Thank You!Cheers to the woman in a white SUV (I think) and the other motorists on Saturday July 20th at Pines & 21st Ave. at 2 pm who helped me get my sister’s boyfriend german sheppard who would not come to me. I couldn’t run because I couldn’t breath. I am on oxygen and I was yelling “someone help me please”. There you were, you stopped and ran up and down Pines, THANK YOU good citizen, thank you! Good karma coming to you all. My Love!Cheers to my amazing darling of almost 1 year. Through the best of times and some difficult times we’ve made it this far! You’re the best thing to happen to me this past year, especially spending our first holidays together. You’ve given us lifelong memories for each other that I hope to look back on in down the road and smile as if they were just yesterday. And now I get to share one more memory that lasts a lifetime: Your birthday! Although we’re far apart, you’re always close to my heart. My darling, my giant teddy bear from afar, my wondrous girlfriend: I love you and forever will I love you! I hope this is a good enough birthday present to make up for the fact that you’ve put up with me for this year ! Love, your silly boyfriend! Pay It ForwardJuly 18, 2013 at Shadle Starbucks. To the lady in

I See You I see you pass me everyday. Do you notice me? I try to flip my hair to catch your attention or wear something to grab your eye. Yet I’m invisible. Maybe time has brought us apart, or I don’t look the way I used to. Yet still, I think of you the same as I did the first time I saw you. We just pass by somedays without a word said. No more “I love you” just goodbye. Please don’t forget me, or that I’m still the one you fell in love with as you are the one who stole my heart. Your Wife Reconnect I think of you holding me as I melt into you. Our love is destined to be together and grow old with one another. I smile when I think of us. We have a story between us that would be considered a fairy tale of all dreams. I never want it to end, you are my love. North YMCATo the employees at the North YMCA who helped the dog left in the car on Thursday, July 18th. You guys showed compassion and caring to give the dog cool water and sit in the shade after he had been left in a car with only one window open. I wanted to make this a cheers to you guys rather than a jeers to the owner and tell you guys that you were wonderful for what you did. Missy I love you so much you mean the world to me. We are going on 11 years of marriage that’s pretty good for couples now a days. I’ll love you forever! Love always your Pickle.

My New WifeI thought you were the coolest person I’d ever met at your 21st birthday and I think you’re even cooler at your 25th birthday! Happy birthday and happy anniversary to my new wife. 4 years together and I love you more than ever. Happy anniversary and birthday. I love you! Concert Goer Cheers to the generous concert goer who left an extra Postal Service ticket at the will-call window. I wasn’t having a great day, but you and the band gave me the best night! I’ll find a way to pass it forward. Thank you! Happy Birthday!Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Bryan. Happy Birthday to you. You are an awesome man. I am so lucky to get to share life with you. I Love you lots and lots, tons and tons, bunches and bunches. Belly to BabyMy Husband and I were elated to find we were expecting our first child June 2013. We knew right away we wanted the culmination of the journey through pregnancy documented and sought the services of a local photographer. We just have to say a huge “Thank You” to Fawn Manning of L’amore Photography for her wonderful talent and expertise. The “Belly to Baby” photos turned out amazing and we couldn’t be happier! We recommend her to anyone and everyone, she specializes in Maternity, Newborn and Families and we plan

To My QueenWe’ve been married for 4 months now, and even though you don’t believe me I fall deeper and deeper in love with you every day. I am in absolute awe of you. You may not cook, you may not clean, but you steal my heart every time I see you smile, and every time laugh. I knew from the MOMENT I met you that you were an amazing women, I knew from the moment you said Kelley O. is this week’s winner “yes” that you’d be an amazing wife and there’s of the “Say it Sweet” promotion! now no doubt in my mind Send in your CHEERS so that you’re going to be an you too can be enamazing mother. Thank you for tered to win 1 dozen giving me this new gift, we can get through anything. Love you. “Cheers” cupcakes at


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We have been through a lot but then we lost my mom, dad and grandmother in just a few years. You held me up during all of it. Couldn’t have made it without you. We thought the worst was past us then the final blow to our family as we lost our son, Cody, last year. Who could have know. You were hurting but all while you carried me to help me get through the devastation. Well, it has been the hardest year of our lives, but you still amaze me. Thank you for all your support. Now it is my turn as we hit the one year mark to help you stand up and heal. I love you more than ever and without you we would not have made it. Love you, sweet pea

the bathroom. The kicker? You left the seat up. We’re an all-girls household and did not appreciate your business.

To My LaLaA special cheers to my LaLa on her big birthday! I know this is a week late, but hey I’m blonde and we both know what that means! Although we don’t get to spend as much time together as we would like and have threatened best friend divorce for lack of date nights I wanted you to know that I love love love you and couldn’t ask for a better spazmatica buddy ever! We went from hating each other to being the closest of friends! Happy Birthday love monkey and shoe shopping is on like Donkey Kong! Love you, DeDe I Love You For Being YouYou make me feel like a very special girl, I love the way that the day we meet “we clicked,”fell in love with each other and since then have been a happy couple. We have both been down rough roads, but we hold each others hand and walk through all the challenges in life we face together. I love everyday being with you. I love going place’s as a family, I enjoy every moment we spend together. You mean the world to me. You came in my life at the right time, I’m so bless to say you are” “my best friend, my lover “ You make everything go smooth when rocks get in the road. I want to thank you for your unconditional love and support through everything. You are my hero and always will be. You make me feel like I can be my self and shine my life away to the goals I have in my life! Thanks for being you! I love you from the bottom of my heart! Always and forever! Micheel&Mr.Man Happy 45th Birthday Buddy!It was awesome hanging out with you and watching Harry Potter and having cheesecake! Hope to see you this weekend! Love you buddy!! :-P Sophie RJ 27 years of the one I love. How did we get this far. You have been my night in shining armour.

I Love You!Savannah w. I love you sweet cheeks! You have made me the happiest man in the world. You are the love of my life and I can’t wait to grow old with you. You’re perfect love, but the only thing I want you to change is your last name.

Jeers Crosswalk Jeers to the man who yelled at me for trying to cross 9th and Sherman on the morning of July 20 in Coeur d’Alene. The Idaho driver’s manual states “Motor vehicles must yield to pedestrians when: the pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” All intersections unless otherwise marked have either a marked or unmarked crosswalk. If I was trying to cross a highway I must yield to the vehicle but in town at intersections I have the right of way. Swerving around me was stupid and immature. Getting out of your car to yell at me was even more ridiculous. I have never had any kind of ticket how many have you had? Shame On You!I’m a college kid with a single mom and we were having a yard sale to raise money for my school books. I can’t believe anyone would take advantage of us like that. Not only did you steal a textbook I could have sold, you barged into our house to use


Shopping Experience Ladies, customer don’t want to hear all your gossip about your friends and their relationships. At your age you should have more discretion. Jeers To Spokane & JeersJeers to the general feel of Spokane/Jeers section (ironic, huh?). I read the Inlander every week and always end up reading the Jeers section. Should know better by now, as it is filled with reports of burglary, road rage and admonishments of white trash. While I understand that this is the forum for such ventilation, it is a continual reminder of why I am nearly ashamed to have been born in this beautiful city. I have since moved across the state line to the Lake City. While there is road rage here, I never feel the cold, metropolis like manner that I feel when I am forced to venture into Spokane for services that CDA can’t offer. I am always grateful to return to a community that is still somewhat filled with solidarity and concern for their fellow human being. Spokane, get your shit together. Your local news depresses the hell out of me. RE: Take Them HomeYou have got to be kidding me. You have some nerve judging parents because their children are acting up in public. If my special needs child behaves better than your ‘normal’ children, what does that say about you? If you, a parent of a down syndrome child, are labeling your child as ‘not normal ‘what does that say about you? I am a caregiver for the developmentally disabled, many of them very high functioning, and the most hurtful thing to them is not being referred to as ‘not normal’. Well you know what’s not normal? Your arrogance, stupidity and immaturity. You seemed to be saying if your child is tired, hungry, not feeling well or not being listened to their parents are being neglectful/bad parents. I question if you even have a child of your own because any parent, or intelligent human being, would realize a toddler can easily go through all those emotions in a two minute span. Children are not robots that can be programmed to obey and sit silently. They are unpredictable, messy, loud, and sticky. But that’s part of their charm. Man I wish I knew where you worked so I could rally up all the screaming babies I could find and just surround you with them. In the end, is it really worth getting this worked up about kids making a little noise? Count your blessings and keep things in perspective bro. And maybe pull that stick out while you’re at it.


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E3 Technology co-owner Mike Leach: “The unfortunate truth is that hackers are always a step ahead.” young kwak photo

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Ross Shaw is a good guy who gets to play the part of a bad guy By Daniel Walters


oss Shaw asks you to trust him. He asks you to believe him when he sends you an email, calls you on the phone, or stops by the front desk. If you’d be so kind as to click on that link, download that program, spell out your computer password and allow him access to your server room, he can get out of your hair. The problem is that he’s lying. He’s not a thief trying to steal data — it’s trickier than that. He’s hired by banks, credit unions and hospitals to test their security by attempting to scam his way into their system. Most of the time, he succeeds.


n the basement of a Spokane Valley home, where talk radio buzzes in the background and Star Wars figurines sit on the shelves, business co-owner Mike Leach says he started E3 Technology, Inc., back in 2002, after the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 began to require banks to undergo information security audits. Businesses bring in E3 to analyze their network, spot the flaws and then help them fix them. “The unfortunate truth is that hackers are always a step ahead,” Leach says. When it comes to ones and zeroes, massive strides have been made. Today, firewalls are tougher and antivirus scanners are smarter. But there’s almost always a weak link: people. “Just asking someone their password turned out to be a lot more effective,” Shaw says. That’s where Shaw comes in. Shaw sits down with management first and gets permission to test the employees using a number of different scenarios, based on real hacking attacks.

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In April, the Associated Press Twitter account spat out a shocking tweet: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The stock market dove. The tweet was false. The AP had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. When the same group seized control of the satirical newspaper The Onion, the paper revealed it had received an email with the phrase “Please read the following article for its importance” and an apparent Washington Post link. All it took was one staff member clicking the link, and logging into their Google Apps account when requested, to give the Syrian Electronic Army control. Shaw says that tactic, called “phishing,” has been one of their most successful. E3 customizes emails to specifically target the companies they test. They may design an email with the company’s logo, signed by the company’s president, asking for a password. “We’ll imply that their job is on the line, and they really screwed up, and the only way to make right is to respond to us,” Shaw says.


It’s always been easy to find the names of those in an IT department. Search-by-occupation features on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook make it even easier. Shaw calls employees, pretending to be part of their IT group, asking them to reveal important, confidential information. Only occasionally do they question the sound of his voice. But he’s prepared for that, too. “Oh, I’m on a cellphone, or I have a bad connection, or I have a cold,” he’ll tell them. “I’ll hold the fan up to the phone or pretend

I’m in a data center.” He’ll use the same sort of cold-reading technique as a carnival psychic. “If it’s a guy your own age, you may want to talk about their favorite football team, cars or jet skis,” Shaw says. “An older individual, you may want to talk about their grandkids. … Once you trust me, you are more inclined to believe what I’m telling you.”


On rare occasions, he’ll even show up in person, trying to gain access, unescorted, to sensitive areas. “We come up with a story,” Shaw says. “I’m there to work on printers. I work with the building manager. I have an alarm going off.” Occasionally, the team will mock up a fake badge or business card. But most of the time they don’t need to. “Because I was in IT, I tend to look like an IT person,” Shaw says. “Slacks and a collar, that’s usually just enough.” If he can get them to make that first leap — and believe he is who he says he is — convincing them to hand over sensitive information gets a lot easier. “One of the first engagements I was on … I spent 45 minutes,” Shaw says. “In that time, I [was given] my own office, the domain administrator password and access to the vault.”


The good news, Shaw says, is employees have grown more skeptical over time. Sometimes he gets the chance to meet with the people he fooled, explaining to them where they went wrong. Most of the time, they knew something was up. After he helps them, next time they’re much harder to fool. Ultimately, he says, stopping him or an actual hacker boils down to a few simple principles: Trust your doubts. Verify the facts. Ask for ID. Don’t give anyone your password. “The problem with information security is that I only have to succeed once,” Shaw says. “They have to succeed 100 percent of the time.” n

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