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President Obama needs to articulate a more comprehensive education ideal, and not just preach math and science exclusively BY ROBERT HEROLD


s I listened to the President’s speech on employment statistics. economic policy at Knox College last But the thing is, when week, I was struck not so much by what we boil down your he said — although he certainly did more than admonitions, what we ever before, naming names and throwing down see made so clear is that some markers, even coming close a couple of what you promote as times to an actual gauntlet — but rather what he good education amounts didn’t say. Once again, for the umpteenth time, to little more than techhe talked about education in terms of jobs, and nical job training; not not all jobs, “good paying jobs,” which is his way thought and not theoof saying that we need to educate more techies. retical science, nor even And once again, he said nothing at all about research. Your aren’t education viewed more generally. talking about jobs at the cutting edge; rather, you I’d offer the following advice: are urging that schools work to turn out techni“Dear Mr. President: As I listened to your cally trained assembly-line workers. (The kind of speech about the economic health of the country, training that, in the old days, was more efficiently I was dismayed to hear, once again, you reduce done on-site through apprentice programs.) education to math, science and technology, or “You don’t grant even a marginal importance ‘MS&T.’ to the study of the humanities, the arts and “By doing this, you seem be arguing against your own experience and your own education. Beginning with your famous speech at the 2004 Democratic social sciences — nothing, not even a balanced National Convention, you have discussed the approach. As a result of your policies and even broad questions of public interest through lines more important, your rhetoric, schools have cut of thought which drive through the humanities — back and devalued literature, music and the other history, literature, social sciences, religion and the arts, all the social sciences, and even civics, which arts. When you speak of the American Dream or at one time was thought to be essential to an the Depression or World War II or race relations informed electorate.” or urban problems or even budget priorities, you don’t turn to math, science and technology; bama doesn’t seem to grasp that that rather, you borrow from history, literature, social education — all education — influences, thought and, yes, your personal story. Let me even defines, ways of thinking. The put it to you this way: Were you to have had the kind of education Obama urges produced body education that you urge for everyone else, you counters in Vietnam; it produces traffic engiwouldn’t have been able to have written even neers who “have messed up more cities this speech on the economic health than any other profession other than of the country; for sure, not your maybe lawyers” (this line isn’t mine, it now-famous 2004 speech before the Send comments to was delivered at a 1998 EWU summer Democratic National Convention; symposium by a recovering nationnor the extraordinary speech you ally recognized traffic engineer named delivered in response to Jeremiah Walter Kulash). Wright’s harangue; nor the eloquent So, Mr. President, the next time you address and poignant thoughts you recently expressed education, I do hope you will continue to urge regarding the killing of Trayvon Martin. more competency in math, science and technolo“Over the past five years, we have not heard gy, but please add this: “We must look also to all much about citizenship, morality, decency, goodthat we share in common — our humanity, which ness, responsibility, perspective nor aesthetics. we express through our common stories; our And what’s even more surprising to me, you felicitous transactions, through our families; our fail to associate what we term the ‘humanities’ music, our art, our traditions, through our life, even with your usual theme, employment, as if shared both in the commons and in the privacy somehow, the ability to write, to think, to express of our homes. Thus, we need a literate public, and to communicate are not as important to the a citizenry that has been liberally educated — to workforce as the skill to calculate. think, to express, to love, to question and to “Just jobs — understandably for you these wonder.” n past five years, jobs have been primarily about

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Home of the Free by ted s. mcGregor jr.


ack in the summer of 2010, my brother Jer and I had already been looking for some time at buildings to buy as a permanent home for the Inlander. We’d been renting in the Civic Building for nearly a decade, and my office looked out on what would become Kendall Yards. Developers came with big plans for the huge site overlooking downtown, they moved some dirt around and faded away. Then Greenstone stepped in, and things started happening. I had always liked the fact that Greenstone CEO Jim Frank was a bit of a rebel developer — he builds old-fashioned, livable amenities like sidewalks and front porches. Our business runs on the power of picking up the phone, so one day I just called Jim and asked what the chances were for the Inlander to build a new HQ out in that big pile of dirt I had been staring at for so long. That was three years ago this month; this week, we’re dedicating our new headquarters overlooking the Spokane River and the city we love. So many people were indispensable in all this — of course Jim Frank and his son Joe, who is part of the next generation of leadership at Greenstone. Our architect, Chris Olson of Nystrom+Olson, designed a fresh, modern building that reflects the Inlander vibe. Nissa Gibbs at Sterling Bank answered an obscene number of questions as we took the plunge into building ownership. Our dear friend Jim Cortner of Cortner Architectural gave us invaluable, independent advice as the building was going up. And Kilgore Construction’s Jason Lathrop and Jad Kilgore kept us on track all the way through. Our new home also represents a turning point for our company. We’ll celebrate 20 years of publishing this fall, and ever since 1993 we’ve been proving that a free, lively weekly that offers real journalism and stays focused on the local community can buck industry trends. We tell stories, but we have a pretty good one, too — unlike so many in our industry, we continue to add readers, pages and new media ventures. And now we’re investing directly in the future of Spokane, via a new neighborhood that has the potential, along with so many other exciting local initiatives, to put Spokane on the map as a city on the rise. So here’s offering our deepest thanks to all the friends who helped us, from the builders and subcontractors, to our amazing Inlander staff, to our clients, and of course to our readers. Thanks to you all, the Inlander is on solid footing, literally cemented into the skyline as a permanent, vital feature of the Inland Northwest. n

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How do you think Spokane should prioritize revitalization efforts? Heidi Spevacek-Rand: I avoid downtown at all costs, because of parking. Can’t window shop for free. Would be attractive to me if I didn’t always have to watch the time and distance to continue to plug meters.

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rarely do they manage to prevent crime, while those Spokane is recovering from one of the worst economic things which do have a demonstrable effect on crime recessions in our recent history, and now two groups, reduction — jobs, after-school recreation, drug treatEnvision Spokane and Spokane Moves to Amend ment, affordable housing, social services, etc. — are the Constitution (SMAC), are proposing local ballot given short shrift or left out of the conversation entirely. initiatives that will have a chilling effect not just on But public safety is much more than just crime businesses of all sizes, but on anyone considering our reduction. It is the quality of the food we eat, the water community as a place to move or to grow. we drink, the air we breathe, the medical care we can Entrepreneurs have made the Perry District, afford and even the wages we can earn — much of Browne’s Addition and the Garland District more which require expensive legal effort to secure. For vibrant, attractive and safe. Envision’s “Community Bill example, we are required to go to court at our own of Rights” could make it nearly impossible for similar expense to get the EPA to enforce its projects by requiring entrepreneurs or even own clean air and water standards. Ditto established developers to seek permission with protection from fracking, coal trains, from each neighborhood resident before Send comments to moving forward with their plans. That tainted foods, dangerous products and exploitive businesses. makes no sense and won’t improve property While often less visible or dramatic, values over the long term or our overall loss, injury or death from environmentally caused quality of life. cancer or other afflictions is likely to be at least as trauIt’s important to keep in mind that business and matic and calamitous as anything suffered from street residential development are already subject to extencrime. May we, therefore, have a serious discussion sive citizen comment and public review. about genuine public safety? That’s why I support the move by the Spokane County Commission and community leaders to seek a Michael Poulin judge’s ruling on whether either of these proposals is Spokane, Wash. even legal. We want to support our economy, not put illegal roadblocks in the way.



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Eyesore Cures

I think the article “Falling Down” (7/4/13) was spot on! There is a building in the Cannon Hill area that is, we hope, on the tear-down list — just a major eyesore. The city needs to come up with those funds to get rid of these bad buildings. The budget cuts have to stop within the city to deal with these problems. The conservatives on the council need to focus on issues that would make our city a better place to live. All of the citizens should encourage the council to stop with the budget cuts and make the city a better place to live for all. T.J. Courtney Spokane, Wash.

Carol Baer: Make the sidewalks safe. I don’t even go downtown anymore when I’m alone because of the kids and gangs. Eric B. Larson: Something must be done with the Ridpath. At this point I wouldn’t be sad to see it go. It brings down that entire area. Steve Faust: We can see the value in making neighborhood business districts friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists in the example of South Perry. The private investments that came after traffic on Perry Street was “calmed,” and street trees and lighting were added, is incredible. We need to do more of that in other parts of town. Laurel Henderson: Create zoning regulations that reuse existing buildings or rebuild on previously occupied lots to reduce sprawl. Diane Curtiss: The Plaza has destroyed downtown. Creates a dirty element and takes up a city block. Area wasn’t like that before they built that monstrosity. Put affordable yet classy shopping downtown. I’ve worked down there for 20 years and am saddened. Monique Belair-Kovalenko: All city centers are going to have transients and street kids. Unfortunately our downtown is so small it’s difficult to avoid them if that’s what you want. … I’ve heard murmurings of moving the Plaza so it isn’t smack dab in the middle of downtown — that seems like a viable option to me if there are other possible locations available. Carolyn Knott: Remove the panhandlers, clean up the streets and do something with all the vacant storefronts. Who wants to go to dinner or shop there with that atmosphere? n


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He Just Can’t Stop by andy borowitz


ew York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner stirred controversy last week by continuing to send dirty texts throughout a press conference devoted to apologizing for his behavior. Weiner was halfway through his apology when reporters noticed him remove a phone from his pocket and aim its camera lens unmistakably in the direction of his pants. After seeing the candidate snap a photo of his pants region and then send a text, reporters bombarded Weiner with questions, asking him if he had, in fact, just sexted. “Yes, I did, but I swear this was the last time,” he said. Weiner then concluded his press conference by removing his shirt and snapping a quick shot of his naked torso. According to the latest New York City poll, Weiner still has a commanding lead among voters

who describe themselves as pervs. Elsewhere, just moments after approving a new law legalizing gay marriage in England and Wales, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain unleashed a blistering attack on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for “lacking the guts” to do the same. The British monarch’s brutal evisceration of Gov. Christie stunned observers, who did not know that she was such a close follower of his gay-marriage stance. “I don’t like to badmouth people,” she said. “But I’m the head of a monarchy that began in the ninth century, and I’m apparently more modern than Chris Christie.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit

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Welfare For Agri-Giants by jim hightower


top the moochers!” shouted a flock of GOP budget whackers in the U.S. House recently, as they literally ripped all food stamp funding out of the farm bill. They say they’re shocked that use of this program has jumped so dramatically in recent years. Crying that “those” people are costing us money, the House whacked the budget for getting food to the poor. Well, yes, food stamp use is up, but — hello, clueless Congress critters — so is the need. Long-term joblessness and falling wages are sucking more of your constituents out of the middle class down into the vortex of poverty. It’s disgraceful for you well-paid lawmakers to gut a poverty program that’s working exactly as it’s meant to do, at the very time it’s most needed. But next, the flock of budget whackers suddenly flew completely off course. Going from disgraceful to disgusting, they approved a farm bill that gives ridiculous taxpayer handouts to the biggest and richest agribusiness operations in our land. Those entities are wallowing in record-high crop prices and farm in-

come this year, yet the GOP’s pious deficit scolds turned into free-spending corporate socialists, doling out the most generous farm subsidies in U.S. history. For example, they perverted the crop insurance program into an absurd, guaranteed-income plan for the wealthiest farms, each of which will collect more than a million dollars a year from us. Moreover, these “free-market” Republicans would also have the government (i.e., you and me) guarantee an artificially high price for various commodities produced by the giant farms. And they would make all of these subsidies permanent. No grocery money for the needy, but a free feed for millionaire farmers? That’s a moral abomination! For more information and action, contact the Environmental Working Group at n For more from America’s populist, check out




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Mobile home owners Richard and Susan Jones are tired of the uncertainty surrounding the Lawson Mobile Home Park, which Spokane County wants to purchase and tear down. young kwak photo


Immobile Homes It was always the intent to shut down the trailer parks in the Fairchild Air Force Base crash zone — but not like this By Daniel Walters


ast week, Susan and Richard Jones’ septic tank backed up yet again. Susan had to hover over the overflowing baby-blue toilet in their 1976 mobile home and fish out “turds” one by one. Living in an aging mobile home in a park full of aging mobile homes, they’re used to it. “It’s not a bad place to live,” says Richard, sporting a ponytail and tie-dyed tank top. “It’s nice and quiet here on the weekends.” But there are downsides. The Lawson mobile home park has been beset by screeches of Fairchild planes over-

head, rumblings from the nearby rock crushing plant, and fecal whiffs from the newly built sewage treatment facility. Some homes have leaky roofs, rotting floors and no hot water. Last year, when the party-prone “juggalos” next door left, their abandoned trailer became infested with mice, and the septic backed up into the bathtub. And about three years ago, the Joneses learned the park was sitting in the middle of a Fairchild Air Force Base crash zone. Seven mobile home parks and the Solar World apartment complex lay in the area the military recognizes as having a higher risk for airplane crashes.

Since the military frowns upon residential development in “Accident Potential Zones,” those properties could arguably make Fairchild more vulnerable to base closure in the future. For years, the Spokane County Commissioners have wanted the mobile home parks shut down. But the Joneses, like so many of their neighbors, can’t afford to move. For the past few years, three nonprofits — Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, and Community Frameworks — have presented the neighbors with a solution: With help from the state Housing Trust Fund, the coalition would build 180 new housing units. Those in the crash zone could move to better homes, out of Fairchild’s way. Everybody would win. It didn’t work out that way. The state budget didn’t provide any money for the housing project, but awarded Spokane County $2.7 million to purchase the Solar World apartments. Last week, the county commissioners voted to ask voters for approximately $18 million in new taxes to purchase the parks in the crash zone with the intent of shutting them down. Not a dime will go to new housing. It’s left mobile home residents and the nonprofits wondering: If the county closes the mobile home parks, what happens to the people who live there? ...continued on next page


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Seven mobile home parks sit in “Accident Potential Zone 2,” an area the military considers at greater risk for plane crashes.

“immobile homes,” continued... them to move into,” McCann said. n July 19, officials from Spokane A substantial proportion of the funds raised County, Airway Heights, and the three by the county’s proposed tax increase will go to nonprofits gathered to discuss the relocation costs to help families move. But the county’s plan to purchase the mobile homes. nonprofits worry that if mobile home owners Their conversation turned heated. can’t find new low-rent housing, they could “We want to get people out of the crash quickly burn through those funds. zone. But we want to do it in a careful way that “What about families that don’t want to honors people’s dignity,” Rob McCann, execumove?” Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing tive director of Catholic Charities, told county asked. commissioners. “There’s a lot of ways where this “That’s not an option,” French replied. could go south, and people could get moved out Rushing supports the county’s proposiwithout their dignity.” tion, but only if it never implements an eviction The nonprofit directors weren’t ready to program. In fact, several attendees at the meeting fully support the county’s bond measure, which discussed avoiding the word “eviction” entirely, appeared to frustrate the commissionworried about how residents would react ers. “If you say no, how does that to any misinformation. help anybody?” Commissioner Al “The rumor mill is going to explode. French said. “Tell me how anybody is Send comments to People are going to jump to the wrong conclusions. These are people whose improved by saying no.” Without the purchase of the lives are already in chaos,” McCann said. parks, the commissioners argued, any “They’ve come to us and they say, ‘This residents who moved would just be replaced by is our worst fear, Rob. We’re going to get thrown new tenants. McCann agreed, but said that the out of our place… ’ How do you quell that percoalition of nonprofits had spent years talking ception and panic that’s going to happen?” to, surveying, and establishing trust with park McCann declined to speak with The Inlander residents. If the nonprofits could build them after the meeting, instead pointing to a press resomeplace better, like the places they want to lease stressing that residents should not be forced build, about 80 percent would be willing to move. out without access to low-income housing. But without new housing, there are few The commissioners promised they’ll be comoptions. Many of the mobile homes are so old passionate, and that any evictions will be a last they’ve ceased to be mobile. Modern parks refuse resort. At minimum, law requires giving residents to take them. “It’s tough to move anybody out a year’s notice before shutting down the park. of there when you don’t have anything to offer “If you think I’m going to create a plan where



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Paul Frazier, outside his 47-year-old motorhome, says he’s willing to move, but wants to be treated right. young kwak photo I’m putting people on the street, you obviously don’t know me well,” says Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, who spent three years working for Habitat for Humanity. But O’Quinn says the county doesn’t have the option to wait “six years down the road” for the charities to develop housing. By then, there could be another round of base closures, a concern that drives the commissioners. “I’m just going to be brutally honest about this: Every opportunity we have to get rid of a trailer, we’re going to take advantage of it,” French said. French argues that getting funding for the low-income housing will be made easier if the county is able to purchase the trailer parks. Yet the coalition of charities will have to wait until winter to request tax-credit funding for their housing project, and for the next legislative session to request state funding again. It took about five years, and four tries, McCann estimated, for Catholic Charities to fund and build the recently opened Father Bach Haven apartment complex. Meanwhile, French is confident that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, he’ll be able to close down the mobile home parks in two years. In an interview, French says he expects that some in the private sector will step up to provide new housing. He knows of at least one developer interested in building mobile homes and multifamily units in Airway Heights. But the credit and rental histories of many park residents could pose a challenge when they look for new housing. Susan estimates that only one out of every 10 residents in this park have a job. Medical bills and payments on a Ford Explorer sent her into bankruptcy a few years ago. Her husband pays everything with cash — he doesn’t even have a credit rating. For their part, they don’t plan on looking for a new home. They want to buy an RV, move to Sequim, Wash., and sell tie-dye T-shirts.


sh from the cigarette in the hand of Paul Frazier, the Jones’ next-door neighbor, falls to the ground. A ramshackle shed of aged plywood, built long before Frazier came here, sits in the yard. A rusty TV antenna tops his 1966 Pathfinder motor home and plastic sheets cover his windows, a way to insulate during winter. “These old tin sheds don’t hold much heat,” Frazier says. Frazier, on disability with a bad back, is open to moving. But with the uncertainty surrounding this park, he’s a bit frustrated, and worried about what’s next. He wants something he can own. “I own this,” Frazier says about his Pathfinder. “This is the only house I got. Don’t just take my home from me. Do me right.” n


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DEA agents raided medical marijuana dispensaries in King, Thurston and Pierce counties last week, calling into question the state of Washington’s ongoing efforts to legalize the drug in the face of federal bans.


The Spokane Riverkeeper has joined the Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper and other environmental groups in a lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, claiming chunks of coal and coal dust are harming the Spokane River and Hangman Creek.


A Superior Court judge upheld two local citizen initiatives headed for the November ballot, but will hear another challenge to them later this month. Meanwhile, the City Council approved changes to the initiative process, replacing a review of initiatives by the city attorney with one by the city’s hearing examiner.


A Monday morning fire destroyed the administrative headquarters of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Nespelem.

Deb Conklin, pastor at Liberty Park and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches, spoke to a crowd in Riverfront Park on Saturday as part of a “Face our Families” rally in support of immigration reform to offer a pathway to citizenship. The event, aimed at U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was in solidarity with others around the nation, including one in Ohio targeting House Speaker John Boehner and one in Virginia focused on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.



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On What’s Creating Buzz Cost, in millions, of a contract with a Tennesseebased firm to install Wi-Fi in Idaho high schools. Some legislators criticize the contract, which was approved by Superintendent Tom Luna, for favoring a company that’s donated to his campaign and for not giving local school districts the chance to choose their own local internet providers.

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The organization has repeatedly blasted Simpson as a “Republican in name only.” The anti-spending group’s president, Chris Chocola, says Simpson is “one of the biggest liberals in the Republican Party today.” The Club for Growth PAC has a history of bankrolling successful conservative candidates, including freshmen Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and spent nearly $18 million on last year’s election cycle. — DEANNA PAN

Walt Worthy wants incentives to build a new downtown hotel; plus, new leadership at Spokane Arts Fund Lil’ Help?

Walt Worthy isn’t going to go with his initial plan to build a 15-story hotel in downtown Spokane, but he might build a smaller version — if he can get a little help from the city of Spokane. In a June letter to City Council President Ben Stuckart, Worthy says he determined last year “that the cost to build a large convention hotel was too high for us to feel comfortable moving forward.” Instead, he “value-engineered” the project, eliminating two floors from the plan. He also wanted to discuss incentives the city could give him to build the hotel, including a 10-year tax abatement, at-cost permitting and plan-check fees, and concessions regarding development fees like building permits and impact fees. It’s not unusual for cities or counties to offer big incentives to undertake a massive project. (Kendall Yards is one example.) Such projects can generate substantial amounts of economic development. But granting specific requests, worth vast quantities of tax dollars, to an already successful developer can be dicey. Stuckart says he wants to make sure general rules are made, instead of just targeting one project by one developer. Stuckart also wanted to ensure that, if the city is

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handing out incentives, it attaches strings involving livable wages and the use of local contractors. “The goal is to get back to Mr. Worthy as soon as possible,” Stuckart said at a study session last Thursday. The city is in the process of meeting to write a policy, Stuckart says, establishing which incentives to offer large downtown projects like Worthy’s proposed hotel. — DANIEL WALTERS

Primary Race Heats Up

The Republican primary contest for Idaho’s 2nd District Congressional seat will be the race to watch in 2014. Rep. Mike Simpson’s challenger, Bryan Smith, has raised nearly $150,000 since he announced his candidacy at the end of June, thanks to an influential endorsement from the Club for Growth, a national anti-tax organization with deep pockets and heavy clout. The Club for Growth recruited Smith, an Idaho Falls attorney, to run against Simpson earlier this spring. Simpson, an eight-term incumbent from a heavily conservative district, is among the more moderate Republicans in the House, with 58 percent rating on Club for Growth’s conservative scorecard.

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The Spokane Arts Fund, the nonprofit organization that, among many other things, promotes and supports Spokane’s artistic community, announced its new artistic director on Tuesday. Shannon Roach was selected by the group’s board after an exhaustive search. Roach comes to the position from Seattle, where she served as the executive director of the Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy — which you probably know better as the Grammys. Before that, she was the managing director of The Vera Project, a volunteer-run arts and music venue in Seattle. “This is an exciting time for art in Spokane, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my arts leadership experience to this region. I’ve seen firsthand how arts can foster the creative cultures that bolster economies and build regional identity,” Roach says in a statement. Karen Mobley, who stepped down as director this spring to take the position of program manager, says she knows the organization, which originated last year after the city dismantled its arts department, is in good hands. “She has a positive reputation in the region,” Mobley says, “and I feel confident that she has the passion and the energy that’s required of that job.” — MIKE BOOKEY




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and almost 100 percent fatal to a disease that — when treated properly — doesn’t kill people and doesn’t readily spread from sexual intercourse. Antiretroviral treatments are so effective that, in 2008, the Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS in Switzerland concluded that it was functionally impossible for a person with an undetectable viral load and no other sexually transmitted infections to give HIV to another person. So while there is only one reported case of HIV ever being eradicated in a human, treatment advances mean many people never experience the disease’s adverse effects. Eddie Casto is one such person. ‘I know I’m sick,’ he says, ‘but I’ve never felt sick.’ Although the medicine and the science of HIV have changed, the laws haven’t. Right now, 33 states and two U.S. territories have laws criminalizing HIV exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some even criminalize behavior like spitting, though saliva doesn’t transmit the disease.”

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Sports reporting: “Big Football” by Mike Bookey, a profile of WSU football coach Mike Leach, won third place. EXCERPT: “The far sidelines have the look of a circus show. A pair of offensive linemen pound away at a tractor tire with sledgehammers. Another player whips massive ropes back and forth while his nearby teammate pedals on a stationary bike. Down from them is a 40-yard-wide sandpit that puts off a weird scent of past punishment. It should look and feel like any other college football practice except, for some reason, it doesn’t at all. At the center of all this insanity is a man you’d be forgiven for overlooking. He’s one of the shorter coaches, and his gut hangs out a bit over the top of too-long cargo shorts, just as his mostly graying locks escape the sides of his baseball cap. This is Coach Mike Leach, and he probably doesn’t care that you just made fun of his shorts. He’s got other things on his mind. He’s new to Pullman and he’s here to score the ball with a frequency and creativity this town has never seen. He was away from the game for two years, but that was enough. Leach is ready to get back to business. He knows you haven’t cared much about Cougar football in about a decade. He’s here to change that.” Lifestyles reporting: “American Beauty” by Leah Sottile, a look at why modern, empowered women still compete in beauty pageants, won second place.

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Outflanked on the Right Gary Schimmels helped a conservative group take over the Spokane Valley City Council — but now he’s facing a primary challenge from someone claiming to be even more conservative By Daniel Walters


n 2009, Spokane Valley Councilman Gary Schimmels, despite being an incumbent, brandished the banner of “Positive Change.” He joined Dean Grafos, Brenda Grassel, Tom Towey and Bob McCaslin to shift the balance of power on the council and irrevocably changed the direction of Spokane Valley. But now he’s under siege from many of his former allies. Schimmels is used to running unopposed. Yet he’s defending his council seat on two fronts, facing a primary with longtime political candidate DeeDee Loberg on the left and Ed Pace, a part-time Lutheran pastor, on the right.

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Spokane Valley Councilman Gary Schimmels (left) faces two challengers: DeeDee Loberg and Ed Pace.

“The bottom line is I have two people running against me, and I’m not used to it,” Schimmels says. A few years ago, Schimmels and the Positive Change bloc defeated the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan. SARP, as the plan was dubbed, was an ambitious, pricey overhaul of city zoning and signage codes, intended to resurrect vacancy-ridden Sprague Avenue and give the Valley a distinct downtown. The Positive Change group eliminated the program, believing it would suffocate the free market. Over the past year, the city of Spokane Valley has focused on more immediate concerns, like looking for a city hall location, funding reconstruction of the Sullivan Road bridge and fixing roads. Loberg thought SARP was a good idea. Running

against Schimmels and Pace, she says the city needs a vision. “There’s no long-term strategic planning going on,” Loberg says. She worries that the Valley is focused too narrowly on pleasing businesses. “They’re leaning too far toward ‘business-friendly’ stuff,” says Loberg. “I understand being friendly, but there’s quality-of-life issues that butt up against businessfriendly issues.” So far, the deeper conflict seems to be between Schimmels and Pace, who accuses Schimmels of abandoning the Positive Change ideology. “It turns out his participation in Positive Change was mainly opposition to SARP,” Pace says. “He drifted away from them on anything else. I would stick with the original Positive Change principles:

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The Long Way Back fter four long, dark years in prison, two shining moments stand out in Paul Statler’s mind. The day in December when a judge suddenly tossed out his conviction and ordered a new trial — that was amazing. And the news last week that prosecutors were dismissing all the charges — a relief. But then, Statler says, there’s the next morning, with no job prospects, in debt, anxious and angry for having spent so much time behind bars, wrongfully convicted. “It’s hectic, trying to get back on my feet,” Statler says, adding, “I’m extremely angry. I have trouble dealing with that … just the fact that it can happen and it took so long to correct.” Statler and two friends — Tyler Gassman and Robert Larson — were convicted in 2009 of robbing a couple of drug dealers, despite their consistent pleas of innocence. The only evidence against them turned out to be the word of a jailhouse snitch, who got an exceptionally light sentence for testifying. The case had other problems, which The Inlander examined in a 2010 special report titled “Reasonable Doubt.” The Innocence Project Northwest eventually took up the case, uncovering work and phone records that further called into question the informant’s testimony. That prompted a judge to vacate the sentences. Prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges last week. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker, whose office handled the case, didn’t return messages seeking comment. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, whose deputies led the investigation, released a statement that reads in part: “The Superior Court Judge vacated the conviction and we are bound by the decisions of the court.” “These cases poignantly demonstrate the need for our system to reexamine its use of informant testimony,” Jacqueline McMurtrie, director of the Innocence Project Northwest, says in a statement. “Paul, Tyler and Robert are innocent men who spent nearly five years in prison based solely on the word of an informant who got an extraordinary deal — one ‘too good to be true’ —

for his testimony.” Snitches are notoriously unreliable. A 2004 study by Northwestern University’s Center for Wrongful Convictions showed that snitches are the leading cause of wrongful convictions in capital cases; about 46 percent of those bad verdicts can be traced to false snitch testimony. Snitching accomplices have been shown to be so unreliable, in fact, that about a dozen states now require their testimony be corroborated by some other evidence. Washington is not one of those states, and recent reform efforts in Olympia — driven largely by Statler’s father, Duane — have so far come up short. But the three men may benefit from a justenacted state law outlining compensation for those wrongfully imprisoned. The law, which took effect this week, awards $50,000 for each year of imprisonment, reimburses court and attorneys’ fees and provides in-state college tuition waivers for the person and his children. McMurtrie says the Innocence Project will help connect the men with an attorney to pursue compensation. “Their lives were torn apart,” she says. “But it’s not just time that was lost. It has a devastating impact on people, even after they’ve been exonerated. They have anxieties and difficulties sleeping. It’s hard starting over. … It’s a mixture of tragedy and joy that accompanies all of these exonerations.” When he was behind bars, Statler says he started writing. Not about what happened to him, but how he was surviving. He wanted the people who put him behind bars to know that he wasn’t broken. That no matter what they did to him, he had an inner strength that they couldn’t crush. His writing — mostly tips and principles for success — became a book, The Boss’s Philosophy, now available on Amazon. Statler doesn’t expect to get rich off of it, but that wasn’t the point. “I just wanted to write something positive,” Statler says. “That regardless of what happened, they couldn’t take that from me.” n


(Almost) No Vacancy The recent apartment fire in Pullman is just the latest of the city’s housing challenges BY MEGAN PETERSEN


or her upcoming final semester of college, FEWER PLACES TO GO Washington State University music educaThe Whitman County vacancy rate, as measured each tion major Olivia Borges wanted to live September, has dropped in the past few years as WSU with her fiancé. He proposed to her at the site of enrolled more students. The ideal is around 5 percent. their first date. He gave her his grandmother’s 7% bracelet. She said yes. Then she dropped a lease so she could move in with him at The Grove. But last month, The Grove went up in 5% flames, causing $13 million in damage, landing a man in jail accused of arson, and leaving Borges and 500 other tenants without a place to live. 3% “We were at the point where we needed to jump on the ball,” Borges says of the days following the fire. “Our options were pretty slim.” In a college town where students make up a 1% majority of the renters, housing fills up quickly. With low vacancy and a high-demand market, ’00 ’04 ’08 ’12 finding decent housing and reasonable rent can Source: Washington Center for Real Estate Research be a struggle, often leaving students in substanLisa Waananen graphic dard accommodations. The July 14 fire at The Grove only put more pressure on the market. Pullman knows it has a housing problem, esnation, including complexes in Moscow, Idaho, pecially as WSU’s enrollment increases. Between and Cheney and Ellensburg, Wash. In Pullman, 2008 and 2012, fall semester enrollment jumped local developer Corporate Point has built nine by more than 12 percent. While 5 percent is apartment complexes (about 2,000 units) similar considered a healthy vacancy rate, Whitman to The Grove over the past 12 years as students County’s dipped below 1 percent last year. have looked for alternatives. The university has been building and reno“The supply-demand curve has gone more vating residence halls, but many students prefer toward demand,” says K. Duane Brelsford, the to move to independently owned, non-university president of Corporate Point. housing for more freedom. Many of the houses The Grove featured posh units that, while closest to campus are in substandard condition. 2½ miles from campus, included furnished apartCity inspector Gary Ruse says complaints ments, a clubhouse with a game room about mold and mildew buildup are and library and a resort-style swimming common. Tenants may have to deal pool, at $580 a month for a two-bedroom with leaky faucets and sidewalks upSend comments to apartment. turned by tree roots. Some students Now those who thought they’d end up leasing bedrooms not up return to comfortable housing for the to city code to subsidize expensive school year are scrambling. leases. The Grove is offering options to drop leases Derrick Skaug, a 2013 WSU grad and or to relocate to WSU dorms or The Grove in Pullman city councilman at-large, says some Moscow. On The Grove’s Facebook page, Camlandlords lease two-bedroom houses with two ilpus Crest representatives promised to work with legal basement bedrooms at four-bedroom prices, tenants to help them relocate. But with less than leaving it to student renters to sublease or pay three weeks until classes start, frustrations are the full price themselves. high over the difficulties of finding a new place. With high demand, landlords and manage“The hassle [to find another apartment] ment companies can steadily raise rents, says would be too much,” says sophomore Amanuel Melinda Dutton, managing broker and owner of Getaneh, who is living in Seattle for the summer. RE/MAX Home and Land in Pullman. Single “I decided it wasn’t worth it, so I had to sign up bedrooms can go for up to $500. for a dorm.” “[Rental prices] are not outrageous, but they But moving back into a dorm will cost keep easing into it with $50 more and $50 more,” Getaneh $2,500 more than living at The Grove she says. would have. For some, privately developed apartment Borges, in the end, got lucky. She and her complexes provide a solution. While farther from fiancé went to another apartment complex in campus, they offer attractive extras and freedom Pullman and were able to find an available unit from university rules. the day after the fire. They signed the lease Campus Crest, developer of The Grove, earlier this month. n has built 44 other Grove complexes across the







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he clock in the kitchen read 5:05 am, but it was already more than 100 degrees outside — the early summer sun crowding a midday sky over Orofino, Idaho. “I keep the clock set to Guam time — 16 hours ahead of us,” whispers Adelia Anderson (everyone calls her Sue). “It’s already tomorrow there.” Maybe, just maybe, she says, Guam’s tomorrow might bring today’s truth — if not the full truth, well, maybe a piece of the truth. Anything would help. Sue and her husband, Chris Anderson, remember their first phone call to Guam: sometime in early January 2011, when they called their daughter Kelsey to see how she was settling into her new South Pacific assignment at Andersen Air Force Base. “That’s when we first set the clock to Guam time,” says Sue, cracking a half-smile. “We didn’t want to wake her up with a phone call if she was sleeping.” Five months after her assignment began, USAF Airman First Class Kelsey Anderson was found dead by Andersen Air Force Base personnel, shot with her own service pistol while on duty as a security officer in the early morning hours of June 9, 2011. The Andersons have lost count of the phone calls they have made to Guam since Kelsey’s death. In each call — sometimes in sorrow, other times in anger — they continued to ask anyone who would listen: “What happened at the scene of the shooting?” “Why did it take so long to send Kelsey’s body back home?” “Why didn’t all of Kelsey’s belongings return to her family?” “Why were Air Force personnel ordered not to talk to us?” “They told us she killed herself. She shot herself in the head,” says Sue, “but there was no note, nothing. And she was on duty. And get this, she was scheduled to come for a monthlong break in just a few more weeks.” Sue takes a moment to compose herself but to no avail. “I’m sorry. … I should be over this now,” she says and sobs. In a series of tear-stained interviews, Chris and Sue Anderson tell the story of how their little piece of Idaho heaven — living peacefully along the Clearwater River, about 40 miles east of Lewiston, with two great kids — has devolved into a hellish battle with the United States government. ...continued on next page

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“the long goodbye,” continued... At best, the U.S. Air Force has disrespected the Andersons in refusing to be forthcoming about their daughter’s death, which recently marked a grim second anniversary. But at worst, the debacle reeks of a cover-up that has resulted in a precedent-setting lawsuit against the U.S. government. The Andersons were hoping it wouldn’t have to come to this: They’re listing the U.S. Air Force as a defendant with summonses appearing on the doorsteps of the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. I sat with the Andersons in their Orofino home as the soft-spoken couple tried to make sense of what happened to their youngest of two children. A few feet away sat a brass box with the emblem of the U.S. Air Force emblazoned on the outside, and the ashes of their 19-year-old daughter on the inside.

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The Andersons say they built their home for their two children — Kelsey and brother Max (two years older, now 23). Sitting on a gorgeous piece of North Central Idaho overlooking the river, Kelsey would usually be seen atop one of the family’s five horses — her favorite was Shorty — while Max was usually found riding ATVs or snowmobiles. Lately, Max spends most of his days away from home as a lineman, assigned to assist regions throughout the country that have been hit by natural disasters. His parents say he keeps most of his thoughts to himself. And now the Anderson home is filled with photographs and memories. A hallway-full of class photos

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Chris and Sue Anderson are suing the U.S. government to get details about the death of their daughter (below). George Prentice photo portray Kelsey from kindergarten through high school — prettier and prettier still, her hair growing longer, her smile stretching wider (except for that one year when she had braces). “When we open her bedroom door, I want you to take a big breath,” Sue says. “I don’t know what it is, but it still smells so fresh in there, so lovely, just like her.” Kelsey’s bedroom appears as if she were expected to arrive at any moment: her clothes, jewelry, makeup all where they should be, walls filled with pictures and posters and a sign that reads, “I live in a house, but I’m at home in a saddle.” Her shelves are stacked with triumphs: medals, ribbons and trophies for horseback riding, tap dancing, piano, but mostly soccer. Once, Kelsey’s junior-high soccer coach cautioned her team — comprised of both boys and girls because the school wasn’t big enough for two separate squads — that they would need to “play more physical” against an all-boys team. “What do you mean, play more physical?” Kelsey asked her coach. But in short order, Kelsey “smacked into the boys and took the ball away,” coach Ken Lame recalls, adding that Kelsey turned to him, with a big smile, and said, “I’m going to like this.” “She was the nicest, sweetest, most tender-hearted, toughest, meanest girl you ever saw on the soccer field,” Lame says. Lame’s words were met with laughter and tears June 18, 2011, the day of Kelsey’s memorial. Kelsey’s jersey, No. 12, was officially retired, as many of her former teammates wore their soccer gear and played a pick-up game following the memorial. “I think a lot of the kids are still trying to get over her loss. We hug when we see each other in town,” Sue says. “One of her friends had the words ‘Live in the Moment’ tattooed on her arm, along with Kelsey’s

birthday, the day she died and Kelsey’s initials.” Much of Orofino came out to remember Kelsey at the memorial service, but an especial pall was cast over the ceremony: Kelsey’s body was still half a world away. Her body’s absence would be one of many mysteries still unanswered since the day the Air Force told the Andersons that their daughter had died a violent death. “Sue was up at our hunting camp that day [June 9, 2011]. She was cooking for a bunch of hunters that had just come in,” Chris says. The Andersons, semi-retired from a well-pump installation business, still run an outfitting operation on the North Fork of the Clearwater River for elk, deer, bear and cougar hunting seasons. “I was working in the garden at home that day, and I saw a big black car, with government plates coming up the driveway with an escort from the Orofino police,” Chris says. “A full colonel got out. He wouldn’t even tell me that Kelsey had died face to face. He handed me a piece of paper and said, ‘Read this.’” The letter, delivered by USAF Lt. Col. Theodore Unzicker and signed by the USAF Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart read, in part: Dear Mr. And Mrs. Chris A. Anderson, On behalf of the Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, I

regret to inform you of the untimely death of your daughter, Airman First Class Kelsey S. Anderson. … According to appearances and initial evidence as reported by Andersen Air Force Base officials, she died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. While further details are unavailable at this time, you will receive a letter from your daughter’s commander, which will provide additional circumstances. But that second letter never came. In fact, the Andersons have, time and again, tried to ask about the “additional circumstances” surrounding Kelsey’s death. And two years later, their questions have mounted to the degree that they are suing to find the truth.

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“Kelsey’s Hotmail and Facebook passwords were changed June 9, 2011, and her computer, cellphone and personal items were immediately taken for evidence,” Sue wrote in her detailed notes to Spokane attorney Matt Crotty, who is representing the Andersons in their attempt to read the investigation file on Kelsey’s death. The Andersons say that first of all, they were anxious to have their daughter’s body back home, but were repeatedly told that Kelsey’s remains would be kept in Guam for additional forensic examinations. “The town of Orofino was in shock and we had the services scheduled for June 18. We had a lot of young kids who needed to get over this,” Sue says. “But they kept telling us that they needed to keep Kelsey’s body. And Kelsey’s body didn’t arrive at the Seattle airport until June 21 and she got here on June 22.” The Andersons were still in shock. They had only put their daughter on a plane to Guam on Jan. 2, 2011, following an extended Christmas break in Orofino. “When she graduated from high school in 2010, she said she wanted to see a bit of the world so she talked to an Air Force recruiter. She did magnificently at basic training in San Antonio, and when she graduated from boot camp, she was the proudest person you’ve ever seen,” Sue says. “We had a wonderful Christmas together and she left for Guam on Jan. 2.” The Andersons say they communicated regularly with Kelsey, via email and phone calls, during her five months in Guam. “I spoke to her officer in command and she said, ‘If everyone was like Kelsey, we wouldn’t have any problems in the service,’” Sue recalls. “They even determined that she was a candidate to become a Command Post specialist. The Air Force even sent agents here to Orofino to interview all of her family and friends so that she would be eligible for top clearance, but that never happened.” The Andersons say they pieced together a scenario surrounding their daughter’s death through a series of conversations with USAF Special Agent Jason Larsen and Maj. Sarah Babbitt, Kelsey’s unit commander. “Sometimes they wouldn’t tell me until I was hysterical,” Sue says. At approximately 6:30 am, on June 9, 2011, Kelsey was wrapping up an overnight security shift, which included her check of a

building known only as Hangar No. 1, which houses B-2 bombers, and which is supposed to be staffed by two security officers. Kelsey reportedly requested, via radio, to go to the bathroom on an upper floor of the hangar. A short time later, Kelsey was discovered slumped in a bathroom stall with a gunshot wound to the head. The stall had been locked. The Andersons say that in a conversation following the incident, Larsen told them “there was no or very little gun residue” on Kelsey’s hand and that her service pistol had been sent to the Office of Special Investigations for ballistic testing. Kelsey’s personal belongings, including her smartphone and laptop, were also taken as evidence. For the next several months, the Andersons repeatedly called officials in Guam for more information, but were told that the investigation was still pending and that there was little to be shared.

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On Sept. 24, 2011, some of Kelsey’s belongings, including her clothes, shoes and makeup, were delivered to the Andersons’ Orofino home, but her phone, laptop, wallet, driver’s license, debit and credit cards were missing. When they inquired about the missing items, the Andersons said they were told that the remaining items would be returned after the case was closed by OSI. The Andersons continued to call Guam for answers but were told either there was nothing that anyone could tell them or that the investigation was still under way. It wasn’t until July 2012 that the Andersons were finally notified that Kelsey’s smartphone, laptop and wallet would be sent back to Idaho. They were to be shipped to Mountain Home Air Force Base, southeast of Boise, and driven up to Orofino. “I said, ‘No, this time we’ll come get it.’ But they said, ‘We don’t want you on the base.’ They told us to meet them outside of the base,” Chris recalls. “So two plainclothes, armed guys show up in a Walmart parking lot outside of the Mountain Home Air Force Base, hand me a box, have me sign a piece of paper and drive off.” When they got home, the Andersons discovered that the smartphone had been ...continued on next page

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cover story | air force locked and remains locked to this day. Kelsey’s laptop had “very few files on it,” according to Sue, “And the only photographs left were these tiny little images that you could never enlarge. It just doesn’t look right.”

The Andersons Find Two Advocates

Through much of their frustration, the Andersons say they found an advocate and friend in Bernie Fritz, a casualty assistance representative at Fairchild Air Force Base. “When the Air Force loses a member, there are certain reporting and notification procedures that have to be followed,” said Fritz. “It’s my job that they be done properly and the notification to the family is done timely, humanely and expeditiously.” Fritz was very reluctant to talk about the case.

“You can ask your questions; that doesn’t mean I’ll that mean? No. 82? Does that mean another year until we answer,” he says. get it? Another five years?” But the Andersons say Fritz stepped in where most Fritz says that Kelsey’s file was indeed a part of “a speAir Force personnel didn’t in trying to get some answers cific number of files” in Quantico. regarding Kelsey’s death. “They handle the sequence [of the “I’m fumbling around in the dark, trying to get files] in the order they received them,” he a copy of the report [on Kelsey’s death] for the Ansays. “I’m not part of the decision-making dersons,” Fritz says. “Thus far, we’ve not been very Send comments to process. I’m attempting to be a conduit for information. You’ll have to excuse me if I successful.” Chris says that he learned, through Fritz, that the can’t get into hard specifics. The Anderinvestigative file on Kelsey’s death has been completsons are good folks. They suffered a hored and is sitting somewhere in the OSI headquarters in rible tragedy. There’s nothing anybody can do to make it Quantico, Va. right, but if they had that report, at least they could know “We know that the case file was finally closed on May what happened. If there was some methodology to kick 22, 2012. Bernie learned that there are supposedly 282 that loose and hand them the report, I would have done files and Kelsey’s file is No. 82,” Chris says. “What does that a long time ago.”


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The man who ultimately may kick things loose is attorney Matt Crotty. “Plus, Matt’s a military man,” Sue says. Following five years in active duty, serving in different U.S. Army assignments after 9/11, Crotty is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard. “I’ve been in war zones and, unfortunately, I’ve been in units where people have died. But in my experience, the military is usually forthcoming,” Crotty says. “That’s why this sounded so odd.”

We can’t be the only people in America who are going through something like this.

The Andersons filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Air Force in August 2012, asking for a copy of their daughter’s records, including the autopsy. But similar to their other requests for help, they received no response. That’s when they retained Crotty. “When the Air Force didn’t respond, we could go ahead and sue them flat-out or we could appeal one more time, which I thought would be the right thing to do,” Crotty says. “We filed an appeal on May 16. The government is supposed to respond to that within 20 business days. So we gave them that much time, and then some.

But still, no response. No phone call, no email, nothing.” Crotty’s next legal maneuver was the biggest shoe to drop in the case of Kelsey Anderson. Crotty filed a lawsuit June 17, accusing the United States government — and in particular, the U.S. Air Force — with “repeated failures to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.” The government had 30 days to respond in a court motion. “How tough a court battle lies ahead? It depends how nasty the Air Force wants to be,” Crotty says. “We think it is pretty cut and dry. They didn’t do what they were supposed to do in the time they were supposed to do it.” And if the Air Force argues that its administrative backlog is a valid excuse for failing to produce Kelsey’s records, Crotty will be quick to point out that a federal court in Illinois ruled in 2002 that a backlog is not acceptable in providing a report that has already been completed.

Permanent Change of Station

The Andersons say that they felt they had little recourse other than to sue the federal government to get the truth. Quite simply, the trail of information went cold, particularly around Guam. “A lot of people from Guam sent condolences to our family, but they said they were told not to talk to us,” Sue says. “And they told Chris that if he tried to go over there, they wouldn’t let him on the base.” As I tried to track down the key players who would presumably know what happened to Kelsey Anderson, I was repeatedly told that they had been reassigned. “Sir, he’s PCS,” Guam OSI Agent P.J. Davis says when asked about Agent Jason Larsen, the lead OSI investigator into the incident. “PCS means permanent change of station.” Officials in Quantico aren’t talking either, other than to say that the Andersons could contact them directly with

their questions or concerns — which is what they’ve tried to do for the better part of two years. “You really shouldn’t have to sue them to do this, but that’s what it’s come to,” Chris says. “Why would the government want to keep something away from a family? We have to have closure on this. And what we just don’t understand is that they put themselves above the law.” Sue said she wasn’t “100 percent sure that Kelsey committed suicide on June 9, 2011. But if they can show me something that convinces me, I’ll accept that. I think somebody killed her or she killed herself over something horrible. And besides, we can’t be the only people in America who are going through something like this. They just can’t keep doing this. Maybe we can stop it.”

EPILOGUE: The Phone Rings

Last week, the Andersons got the first sliver of hope that answers might soon come. Following media coverage of the case, the couple finally received a phone call from top Air Force brass. “Guess who I just got off the line with? Gen. Mark Welsh, the chief of staff of the Air Force,” Chris says, adding that recent news coverage was “definitely ruffling some feathers.” “[Welsh] told me he wasn’t in a position just now to tell me anything, and that he just recently found out about Kelsey’s case,” Chris says. “I asked [Welsh] if he had a daughter, and he told me he did. He said, ‘I don’t know what I would do if I were you.’” Chris says Welsh gave him “a long line of excuses” but ultimately shared his personal cellphone number, telling him that he should expect answers regarding his daughter’s death “sooner than later.” n Comments? Email them to A version of this article first appeared in Boise Weekly.


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Lake City Playhouse’s production of Bat Boy: The Musical starts at a fever pitch and never lets up By E.J. IANNELLI


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Perhaps in search of similar box-office draws, Lake City Playhouse appears to have taken this to heart for its current production of Bat Boy: The Musical, which begins with people yelling and screaming in a cave, continues with people yelling and screaming in any number of super-terrestrial venues, and ends full-circle with people

yelling and screaming in a cave. Granted, Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe’s musical isn’t exactly famed for its restraint. Consider its source: a front-page headline in the Weekly World News about the discovery of a freakish half-boy, half-bat. The creative trio transformed that story into an overblown operatic farce in which a once-feral bat-child (played here by Cody Bray) comes to sing of compassion and acceptance with BBC-inspired diction, his mouth ringed with the blood of live animals. The musical’s tone, like its protagonist, is therefore an odd hybrid — part solemn with earnest life lessons, part outlandishly tongue-in-cheek. That all might sound entertainingly fresh, but the Bat Boy’s (aka Edgar) plight is one we’ve encountered before, albeit without the same indulgence in gore, absurdity and, as it happens, incest. George Bernard Shaw’s classic ...continued on next page


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Pygmalion, which later morphed into My Fair Lady, watched a Cockney flower girl make the transformation — outwardly, at least — into a duchess. The frightened and misunderstood monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a kindred spirit to Edgar, as is Charlie in Flowers for Algernon. And the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, even in its twee Disney-fied version, covers much of the same ground too. So what does Bat Boy add to all this? Is it an original take on fear, prejudice and the paper-thin veneer that we call civilization, or does it just echo elements of its predecessors? The answer to that largely hangs on Edgar himself, and Bray’s performance is certainly up to the task. His leap from speechless, cave-dwelling beast to articulate (yet still fanged) young man is seamless and natural, with all the requisite humor and sympathy the part requires. His interplay with his adoptive sister Shelly (Madison Rasmussen) and mother Meredith (Marianne McLaughlin) is, to all the actors’ credit, emotional and credible. When Edgar has evolved out of his snarling phase, Bray’s voice brings a very deliberate, very welcome soothing counterpoint to the general hysteria. That general hysteria is the undoing of this production. The am-dram screams that were delivered at the close of last season with such zeal in Into the Woods, also directed by Troy Nickerson, seem to be multiplied here exponentially. The ensemble is so loud and raucous that the lyrics to songs like “Comfort and Joy” and “Another Dead Cow” are all but incomprehensible (not that O’Keefe’s lyrics are the zenith of musical theater);

but then, they’re only straining to be heard above the music, performed by an unseen band situated backstage. The playhouse’s PA sounds as if it’s being taxed to its limits throughout. It’s true that the pacing of Bat Boy relies on palpable tension, but the obvious danger in building from the explosion is that, even with the right equipment, the knob can only go to 11. After several early scenes of paranoid mobs, hysterical mother/daughter strife and threatening raps, when Dr. Parker (Daniel McKeever) and his wife Meredith finally give us an emotional lull in the semi-tender tango of “Dance With Me Darling,” it’s not enough to offset the relentless fever pitch. The angst, paranoia and panic lose their distinctive features as a result, descending into a shrill and shouty pile-on that lacks the nuance and polish that audiences have come to expect from this community theater powerhouse, and Nickerson in particular. Bat Boy does have brief moments of redemption. Edgar’s feeding scenes are emotionally raw and unsettlingly grotesque. The erotic forest interlude overseen by Pan (guitarist Zack Baker) is as entertaining as it is well orchestrated. The family room couch that stashes away in the cave wall is an ingenious bit of set design. But it’s also probable that these delights only stand out insofar as they offer a fleeting reprieve to a musical that often feels more like an assault. n Bat Boy: The Musical • Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm; through Aug. 10 • $15 • Lake City Playhouse • 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene • • (208) 667-1323


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The Official Wordsmith Spokane is getting ready to name its first-ever poet laureate BY MIKE BOOKEY


pokane is making its love affair with the written word official. For the first time in the city’s history, someone will soon be able to put the words “Poet Laureate” after their name. The Spokane Arts Commission is following the example set by other American cities and naming an official wordsmith to represent the values, society and environmental setting of their hometown. Both Los Angeles and Houston have long employed a poet laureate. Closer to home, you’ll find a poet laureate in Boise, Idaho. The state of Washington also has its own resident poet, a position currently occupied by Kathleen Flenniken, a former engineer who once worked at the Hanford nuclear


site before diving into the literary world. The position here in Spokane, which is taking applications through Aug. 20, is the pet project of City Council

President Ben Stuckart, who also serves as a board member of the arts commission. Stuckart says he can see this writer being a key element of the city’s cultural structure.

“I envision it as someone who is going to be writing specifically about Spokane,” says Stuckart. “If you have a big convention in town, I’d like to bring Spokane’s poet laureate with me and he or she could read a poem about Spokane. It’s a way we can give ourselves some literary identity.” This isn’t a full-time job, and the chosen poet doesn’t get an office or even a name tag. But it’s not merely an honorary title, either. The two-year term of Spokane’s poet laureate requires that he or she, in exchange for a $2,000 annual stipend, write original poems for three different events each year while also serving as an advisor to the literary community. The poet laureate would also be expected to select a list of reading recommendations to be disseminated by the Spokane Art Commission and the Spokane Public Library. Karen Mobley, the program manSend story ideas to ager of the Spokane or Arts Fund, says that call the tip line at the naming of a (509) 325-0634 ext. 264 poet laureate comes during a boom in the city’s literary scene. Poetry readings and spoken-word slams are more popular than ever; youth creative writing programs are taking off. At the same time, recent years have seen local writers like Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie become international literary giants.

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Mobley feels the poet laureate could serve as someone who students and younger writers could look up to. “I think that in this case the poet laureate has a chance to be a mentor, but also a literary civic spokesman,” says Mobley. “I think there will be opportunities for young people to see this person, whereas in the old days we’d think of poets and writers as being sort of quiet people who sit in a room — and they can be — but artists and writers do a lot of other things. In many cases in this community, we have people who can be signifiers for a greater cultural change.” Mobley can readily rattle off a long list of local writers she thinks would be a good fit for the job, but she’s nevertheless excited to see what sort of names roll through the application process. The only requirements for the job are that he or she be an established poet and currently reside in the greater Spokane area. Whoever is chosen, Stuckart sees it as a chance to build on the literary reputation Spokane’s writers have already contributed to the community. “I’d love to see us — with the writers we have here who’ve been writing for so long — to build on the years of work they’ve given us,” says Stuckart. n

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112 S. CEDAR ST. Our artist this month is jeweler Erin Campbell of Ladybird Creations. Erin specializes in artisan wire work & vintage inspired art pieces. She incorporates copper, brass, gemstones & fun found elements into her whimsical, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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901 W. FIRST AVE. Hotel Ruby & Sapphire Lounge will be featuring the art of the lovely and talented Melissa Cole! She is strongly influenced by ethnic patterns, which she sees in her travels abroad. 7pm-9:30pm.


159 S. LINCOLN ST. Featuring mixed media sculptor Sami Perry & ceramic artist Liz Bishop. Their work showcases unique explorations of material, surface and texture in a wide range of scale. PLUS! Enjoy samples of Steam Plant’s handcrafted brews.


808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, third level) Presenting artist Buck Mountain. Buck’s complex stipple ink drawings portray wildlife, Native American stories and historic events in a unique blend of geometric lines, silhouettes and minute pen strokes.



827 W. FIRST AVE. (directly behind Neato Burrito) Come join us for the mixed media artwork of Kiefer Jones’ titled show “Brainfreeze.”

707 W. MAIN AVE. (Crescent Court skywalk level) Exhibiting chairs from our annual juried show, “The Chair Affair.” A variety of mediums are used on chairs decorated in beautiful and whimsical ways. Prizes awarded on First Friday. Refreshments. Guitar music and singing by Kirk Schmick, 5-8:30pm.






734 W. SPRAGUE AVE. Spokane’s dumpster artist Jim Battell will be showing his cardboard paintings for August. Also wine tasting from Coyote Canyon.

211 N WALL ST. New works by Bozzi Collection artists and welcoming our newest artist bronze sculptor Sam Terakedis. Music by guitarist/ saxaphone player, Eric Neuhausser.

10 S. POST ST. Featuring watercolorist Bari Cordia Federspiel. Her purpose is to re-create her favorite subjects – big bright flowers and still life arrangements with cupcakes & other edible delights.

BENNETT BLOCK, MAIN & HOWARD (Second floor skywalk level) featuring Frank Knapp for the month of August. Frank is a local artist with timeless imagery in black & white.


808 W. MAIN AVE. (Third floor) First Night Spokane Rising Stars – “Through the Eye of the Lense” – Extended exhibit honoring our Veterans Inland Northwest Honor Flight, photographers will be presenting a pictorial journey in honor of our great American WWII heroes.

906 W. SECOND AVE. (across from the Steam Plant) We have Spokane landscapes by artist Patti Simpson Ward. Artist reception. Music by Brent Edstrom Jazz Trio, 7-9pm.


822 W. SPRAGUE AVE. (across from the Davenport) Experience the larger than life work of Steven A. Scroggins. Kick up your heels to the talented Brady Goss, a piano

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120 N. STEVENS ST. (Main & Stevens) We are hosting a summer soirée with talented artist Christina Deubel & music from Karrie O’Neill. Enjoy wine & appetizers inside or on the patio. Hard Row to Hoe winery will be on hand with new wines & summer specials. Open until 10pm.


906 W. MAIN AVE. Presenting photography by Pat Schilling. Pat will be showing his unique images of Spokane, as well as a variety of desert landscapes from the American West. Artist reception, 5:30-8:30pm.


211 N. WALL ST. (skywalk level across from Bozzi Collection Gallery) Shawn Brigman, enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, will be present in the gallery to talk about his work blending ancestral and contemporary architecture styles & his use of traditional materials promoting culture through design.


218 N. HOWARD ST. Please join us for July’s First Friday and view the wide range of photos by Jenny Lange, from beautiful serene close-ups of local, wild flowers to colorful graffiti from Spain.


8 N. POST ST., SUITE 8 Kick back and relax in a fun, casual air conditioned atmosphere. Serving World Class recognized red wines. Featuring local artist Laura Benage. Live music by Mark Lee of One Match Left, 6-9pm. Light snacks.


402 W. MAIN AVE. (Liberty Building) 3 Minute Mic - Open Mic Poetry 7-9pm (sign up starts at 6:30). Read your own poetry or that of someone else. Feel free to just come and listen. All are welcome!


108 N. WASHINGTON ST. (next to Leftbank Wine Bar) We have live art: a hair show! Models will be displaying hair styles from a variety of decades (50’s, 60’s & 70’s). Come check out this fun fashionable travel through time.


115 N. WASHINGTON ST. We are featuring the modern, bright & brilliant oil on canvas paintings by artist Lynn Hanley.


108 N. WASHINGTON ST., SUITE 105 Featuring paintings by John deRoulet. Music by Tommy G. Phelps Creek Vineyards out of the Columbia Gorge will be pouring tastings of there award winning wines.


203 N. WASHINGTON ST. (main floor of Auntie’s) Featuring guest artists Cyrielle Criscione and Colleen Lake (Copper-Moon Studio). Cyrielle focuses primarily on wire wrapped/ woven jewelry that includes minerals and fused glass. Colleen Lake’s hand-crafted, one of a kind pieces of art are sometimes functional, and always beautiful.

SANTÉ RESTAURANT & CHARCUTERIE 404 W. MAIN AVE. Featuring large acrylics and abstract watercolors by Megan Broughton for July. Live music by John Zientek.



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1 S. WASHINGTON ST. Please join us for a Narnia experience!


1021 W. FIRST AVE. Pigeon Toe Ceramics: Heirlooms for the Modern Home - All pieces are hand-thrown by designer and Spokane Native Lisa Jones. Come check out this functional art!


35 W. MAIN ST. UP ON THE ROOF: A TASTE OF UNITY - This annual fundraising event will include samples of local ethnic foods, music, raffle & a silent auction featuring items from local businesses. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Unity in the Community celebration on August 17. Join us, 5:30-10pm.



1201 W. FIRST AVE. We are opening our doors for First Friday to appreciation to those in law enforcement who keep our communities safe. Come & see an amazing collection of artifacts & memorabilia. Refreshments. Donations appreciated.


1019 W. FIRST AVE. Please join us at Tangerine, the Ultimate Closet! We are featuring artist Heather O’Dwyer’s vivid & surreal abstracts & landscapes.

NORTH BANK AREA 621 W. MALLON (in the Flour Mill) Featuring painter Sandra Hilson. Hilson layers paint on glass on canvas, creating a unique depth and complexity. Bamboo flute and harp music by Todd & Ellicia Milne.



621 W. MALLON AVE., FLOUR MILL Featuring the beautiful watercolor paintings of owner Ho Lan. Don’t forget to try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.

174 S. HOWARD ST. Featuring Edie Dunlap’s mixed media, colorful, joyful exhibit which includes several styles Edie has explored over the years. Music from Bob & Bev Gallagher, 5-7:20pm (live performances begin at 7:30pm)



303 W. NORTH RIVER DR. Chris Rieser and Jay Rawley will be performing acoustic patio music for all ages, young and old! 5:30-8pm. Happy Hour food & beverage specials!

707 W. FIFTH AVE. Featuring a collection of multi media paintings and drawings by artist Jacob M. Johns. These works encompass the concept of finding clarity within chaos.



The IMAX Theatre, Spokane Falls SkyRide, Carrousel, Pavilion Attractions and Tour Train are open daily. “All Ages” Day Pass now on sale.

1017 W. FIRST AVE. We are featuring “Ode to Gogh” by artist Serge. Music by $ly ¢ooper & The Electronic Experience.



620 S. WASHINGTON ST. Featuring artist Kristin Camp. “Happy” is the word to describe my art. I use color generously. I believe it brightens the spirit and lifts the soul. I aspire to create little works of happiness.”



608 W. SECOND AVE. Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm & enjoy current wine releases & fun art. We are featuring the hand-crafted, rustic furnishings and decorative wood items from artist Dan Barker. Dan has perfected his craft & brings his one-of-a-kind pieces to Barili.

1406 W. THIRD AVE. Museum quality, historical life-sized portraits of my family cira 1920 China (Few photographs of this time period still exist today). Belly dancing in the Red Lantern Lounge starting at 5pm.



115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO) Robert Karl will be featuring the beautiful watercolor paintings of Rebecca Smith. We will be tasting the new releases of Merlot & Gunselman Bench Cabernet Sauvignon. Join us!

1106 W. SECOND AVE. See art on display by artist Charlie Schmidt (the ‘Fastest Artist in America’). Charlie will tag full blast with partner Stow Miller and will show a few of his Keyboard Cat paintings. Large canvases being painted, music & eats. Grab a can of paint & join in the creation! (wear old clothes) The cause is great... helping Spokane’s homeless youth!


319 W. SECOND AVE. Please join us for First Friday. Eric Beualaurier has taken inspiration from color fields painting in his photographic series “Hardscapes”. Wine and art: a great pairing!


811 W. SECOND AVE. Please join us for the August First Friday. We are featuring artist Ara Lyman.

44 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us at the Main Market for the August First Friday. We are featuring various artists from the Tri-County Art Association.


39 W. SECOND AVE. Large colorful works by painter Ricco diStefano. Back by popular demand, music by Maxie Ray Mills!


232 W. SPRAGUE AVE. We are featuring works by artist Priscilla Barnett, from Barbados. She uses a variety of media that include acrylic, oil, pastel and found objects. “Art heals the human heart, come and get healed!”


25 W. MAIN AVE. Confessional, new paintings by Hannah Koeske depicting figures and faces. Also showing drawings by Bradd Skubinna all done in a combination of ink, gouache and collage on postcards and photographs.


24 W. SECOND AVE. We are featuring Savannah Demers from Northwest Bellydancing Company. Savannah is known for her constantly evolving fusion of modern and ancient movements, and her uncanny ability to connect with audiences and music.


2316 W. FIRST AVE. 5 galleries full of exhibits on Plateau Tribal Cultures, extreme NW explorer – David Douglas, Spokane modern architecture & art from the MAC collections. Free admission.

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n W o t i g n n e i h 101 s a W Vintage Spokane gives us an idea why Inland Northwest wines are taking hold in the industry By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


olcanoes, floods and basalt make good wine. Grapes help too, of course, but where those grape vines take root affects their flavor and quality. The low elevation and aridity found in the Columbia Basin (caused by volcanoes and glacial floods) has fostered the development of regional vineyards since the 1800s, but not until the early 1980s did viticulturists truly embrace the region’s potential. Thirty years later, Inland Northwesterners can reap the rewards of that embrace. The Columbia Gorge wine region alone is home to more than 40 wineries and the entire Northwest is starting to see the development of meaderies and cideries alongside craft breweries and distilleries. Events like Vintage Spokane help neophytes navigate this besotted terrain.

More than 50 wineries, including these regional offerings, will be available for tasting at Vintage Spokane.


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Vintage Spokane, a high-quality wine and food event being held at Northern Quest on Aug. 4, is a way for beginning wine drinkers, as well as the more experienced, to meet winemakers directly and develop what event organizer Kirk Tourtillotte calls “a finer understanding of how wines are made.” Apparently, the winemaking process is not as easy as crushing grapes with your bare feet and then waiting a few years. According to Patit Creek Cellars winemaker Joe Forest, it can take more than a decade to introduce new grapes to the region. Washington state was originally known for its Rieslings, but Syrahs have given them a run for their money, says Forest. “Syrah became really popular about 10 years ago, even though it’s been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. [Back then] a lot of grape growers and winemakers were trying to plant as much Syrah as possible, so in the last couple of years it’s lost its luster a little bit,” says Forest. “Now you have other varieties like Malbec, Grenache and Tempranillo that are kind of gaining popularity.” Forest believes that Malbec has staying power, but he emphasizes the length of time it takes for growers and winemakers to cultivate what popular trends decide are the “it” grape. “It’s really hard to stay on top of those trends, because usually if a grape variety comes to the U.S., it has to be quarantined for nine or 10 years before it gets out to the commercial nurseries, and by the time you plant it, it’s three years before you get a crop,” he says. These kinds of time constraints make blends (batches containing a balance of difference varieties) popular among winemakers. Blends allow grape growers to experiment with new grapes without investing heavily in one type. The result is a variety of tastes at a range of prices for the wine drinker.

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The winemaking process is not as easy as crushing grapes with your bare feet and then waiting a few years. Those volcanoes and floods are also responsible for the variety of wines found in the Northwest. The French term terroir refers to the sum of environmental factors that affect a grape, from the amount of rain, to the temperature and climate, to the soil type. Each vineyard has distinct qualities and each winemaker adds their own distinct cultural practices — choosing when to harvest the grape and how to age it. Attendees of Vintage Spokane can sample these differences with each glass from the 50 wineries exhibiting at the event. But it’s not all about the grape. Fruit wines, ciders and mead are also available for sampling, and Stella Artois is one of the event’s sponsors. If you want to take anything home, there is a wine store on-site, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Spokane Youth Sports Association. Last summer, when Northern Quest Resort & Casino hosted Vintage Spokane, more than 800 people arrived to sample wine, nosh on bites and meet with winemakers. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the event indoors. This year, event attendees will sip, sample, pair white wines with seafood at the white-wine bar, watch chef demos, and tour exhibits featuring wares as diverse as hand-crafted wine-barrel furniture from Walla Walla and purring luxury vehicles courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Judging from this summer’s weather pattern, attendees will enjoy the event in the manner in which it was intended — outdoors, with flood basalt deep underfoot and a big, sunny West Plains sky overhead. n Vintage Spokane • Sun, Aug. 4 from 3-6 pm • Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Outdoor Concert Venue • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • $45/general admission, $60/VIP

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emember when you were younger and went to the chillest party ever: beer was plentiful, everyone got along, the music was awesome? Fast-forward a few years and envision grown-up snacks instead of stale chips and run-of-the-mill beer replaced with heady IPAs, porters, stouts, extra pale ales, or pretty much any kind of beer your grown-up self might drink. That’s Idaho Pour Authority (a clever play on IPA), Sandpoint’s new retail craft brew outlet. It stocks approximately 300 types of bottled beer, according to Jon Hagadone, who started the business in May with wife Vicki Reich. Many are seasonal or in limited supply — Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Lagunitas Lucky 13 Red Ale, Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter — so new beers are constantly added. Taste on-site from any of 12 rotating taps, usually featuring at least one Laughing Dog beer, whose home base is just a couple miles up the highway in Ponderay. Tap selections vary seasonally depending on word-of-mouth and interest. Lighter-alcohol porters and stouts predominate lately, says Hagadone, who’s eager about two new Odell Brewing cellar reserves: rich, oak-aged Amuste

Imperial Porter and Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale. The most popular bottle brand? The 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, according to Hagadone, whose family owned the building where his business is located. Formerly Sandpoint Furniture — Hagadone remembers sweeping floors as a youngster — he and son Jake restored the original 1930s Douglas fir flooring, matching the 14-foot-long wood bar. Upright refrigeration units keep your packaged goods the perfect temperature while you finish off a cold one at the bar. Feeling a bit peckish? IPA serves chocolates, and meat-andcheese plates with fresh baguettes from Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, where Reich is also general manager. Enjoy them while listening to nightly live music from local favorites, ranging from easy-listening Charley Packard to indie songstress Holly McGarry. The best thing about this party? You’re invited. n Idaho Pour Authority • 203 Cedar St., Sandpoint • Open TueSat, 11 am–7 pm • • (208) 597-7096

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Truck Stops

Jamaican Jerk Pan co-owner Roian Doctor with his food truck, which was almost towed by the city last week. Young Kwak photo

Local food trucks continue to feel the heat from the city By Leah Sottile


abrina Sorger and her husband Roian Doctor take great pride in what they do. Last Tuesday morning — before lunch customers lined up for plates of jerk chicken and curry tofu with cabbage salad and green peas — Doctor carefully polished the black exterior of their food truck, the Jamaican Jerk Pan, until it gleamed. Three Jamaican flags, towering from the truck’s roof, whipped in the wind. In Spokane’s fledgling food truck scene, after two years of service the Jamaican Jerk Pan is one of the longest-running carts around — not to mention the only place to get Jamaican cuisine between Seattle and Minneapolis. But in those two years, the couple has endured constant mixed messages and questions from city officials on every detail from zoning to sidewalk use. Sorger and Doctor have been patient, complying with confused city officials and police officers every step of the way. But last week, things got messy. At around 8:45 am on July 22, the couple received a call from a police officer that their food truck would be towed in 15 minutes to make way for a road construction crew. Doctor says they received no prior notification that they would need to move, and were happy to comply. But they needed time to get there from their Green Bluff home. When Doctor arrived on the scene, the lock had been picked on the trailer hitch of the food truck, which was already mounted to a tow truck. He protested, convincing the driver to allow him to tow his own business away. Even then, they were slapped with a


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$200 tow ticket and were forced to close down for the day. The city launched a project in early May to make the rules clearer for food trucks. Sorger says those new rules couldn’t come soon enough. Andrew Worlock, a city planner who has been leading the Mobile Food Vendor Project, admits enforcement of the rules has been sticky. He would like to see the haze of the situation clear by summer’s end. “I think the big difference is that the rules are going to be clearer, so if we get a complaint and [the city investigates], they’ll be able to discern pretty quickly whether or not they’re complying with the rules or not,” he says. “That’s kind of one thing we’re lacking right now: It’s not real clear what the rules are and what you have to do to comply. “When you adopt new regulations, there’s always a transition period,” he adds. “My expectation is once we have this all in place, hopefully it’s going to make those situations clearer. And I won’t say it’s going to prevent them, but hopefully so.” Sorger says towing tickets and being forced to shut their food truck down four times for road construction in the month of July is directly impacting her business. “We’re willing to help. We’re willing to comply. We just want them to help us,” she says. “I’ve lived here forever. I like this town and I don’t like hearing people talk bad about it and say Spokane sucks,” she says. “But in this instance, Spokane does suck. And I wish it wasn’t that way.” n

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addell’s clientele come loyally from all over the city to the pub’s South Hill location on Regal Street and 44th Avenue. But the commute soon will be significantly shorter for northern Spokanites hungry for famous burgers and beers on tap. A Waddell’s satellite restaurant and brewery will find a home in the old Tidyman’s building on Francis Avenue, which is set to open in early November. A new staff will serve a much larger seating area (including a huge patio) with a full bar and the brewery’s

new recipes for an amber, IPA, pale ale, and other beers. Items like the Rube Waddell Burger and the “LambStrosity” (both of which were devoured by Guy Fieri a few years back) still will grace the menu, and the kitchen has plans for other meals to couple with measures of whiskey. If you can’t wait until autumn for Waddell’s brandnew beers, the Regal location serves local brews for $1 on Sunday nights. Definitely worth a trek up the hill. — BETH NOTTURNO

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SANDWICHES BROOKLYN DELI 122 S. Monroe St. | 835-4177 This cozy, East Coast-style joint is nestled between train tracks and a bedrock foundation, just below street level. By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, and artisan soups and sandwiches. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar. Order from the deli menu until 8 pm. CRAZY G’S 821 N. Division St. | 315-8943 Crazy G’s has crazy sauce. Sound good? This clean and modern local hotspot, with nostalgic posters of Spokane, serves hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks and burgers with pretty much any kind of cheese served to whatever your heart desires. The burger menu options are merely suggestions, so dare to be different by adding toppings like bacon, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and, of course, crazy sauce. DOMINI SANDWICHES 703 W. Sprague Ave. | 747-2324 Maybe it’s the meat-and-cheesefilled sandwiches so big that they need two hands and a hinged jaw. Or maybe it’s the magic of seeing movers and shakers sit cheek-byjowl with everyday working folks in a setting that looks like Old Spokane at its Edward Hopper best. Whatever. Domini’s is a legend.  GARLAND SANDWICH SHOPPE 3903 N. Madison St. | 326-2405  Located just off Garland Avenue, this little sandwich place should not be underestimated. Its menu is replete with sandwiches, ranging from panini to classics like the BLT and roast beef. The menu is rounded out by a rotation of soups and a salad menu, in case you’d like to venture out of the bread-bound side of things. GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY 2530 E. 29th Ave. | 535-1146 The windmill at Great Harvest has been spinning for almost 33 years now. Despite bakeries being among the most difficult businesses to keep afloat, a dedicated following of grocery shoppers and diners alike continue to show their support. They’ve ramped up the deli menu and started producing more kinds of bread. Which means you might not have to throw elbows (this time) to get ahold of their best sellers, the basic whole-wheat loaf or their gooey cinnamon roll.

MELTZ EXTREME GRILLED CHEESE 1735 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene | (208) 664-1717 The name says it all — everything at Meltz is extreme. Even the simple grilled cheese sandwich. That’s right, the masterminds of this strip mall venue have found a way to transform the classic into a five-star delicacy. To start your finger-licking experience, you get the choice of sourdough, wheat or gluten-free bread. Next comes the most important aspect of your meal: the cheese. Cheddar, fontina, provolone, mozzarella and more are offered at Meltz. Whether you go the Simple route, build your own or try your hand at one of the Uncommon sandwiches, your heart will melt and your taste buds will be satisfied. PARK BENCH CAFE 1928 S. Tekoa St. | 456-4349 Choose from sandwiches and salads, or simply coffee and pastries. With a dining room that encompasses Manito Park, you really can’t beat the ambience. The wafting scent of flowers and the gentle breezes in the pines overhead are absolutely free. Open daily throughout the summer. STELLA’S CAFÉ 917 W. Broadway Ave. | 326-6475 Head to Stella’s during the weekday lunch rush, and you’ll see eager customers — regulars and newbies — lined up, waiting to sink their teeth into one of Stella’s gourmet-style yet moderately priced ($8) sandwiches, like the longtime favorite tofu banh mi. Since Tony Brown and his mom Marti opened the café in 2012, they’ve more than doubled the seating and added a savory breakfast menu to complement its eclectic sandwiches, rotating soups and salads and scratch-baked goods. SPIKE’S PHILLYS AND MORE 718 E. Francis Ave. | 489-3647 Tucked away in north Spokane is a place that can give you one of the more authentic cheesesteaks in the region. Spike’s Phillys and More, which opened in early 2011, serves a total of nine beef Philly options (and another seven chicken choices), all of them served on Amoroso rolls, made in Philadelphia. Spike’s beef features traditional cheesesteak seasonings and oils and, perhaps most notably, they offer most of these sandwiches with Cheez Whiz, the quintessential cheesesteak ingredient. Of course, you can also substitute provolone. n

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Operating on autopilot, Washington is so smooth that you don’t initially realize just how disengaged he is here. However, much like Bobby refuses to call a fellow DEA agent (Paula Patton) his girlfriend — he just likes to have her around for topless post-coital chats — Washington hasn’t much interest in committing to, much less elevating, the middling material he’s handed here. Unfortunately, Wahlberg takes this opportunity to check his work ethic at the door and join his co-star in swaggering, winking and nudging his way through most scenes. That aforementioned bank job — which earns some style points for its use of unnecessarily detailed latex masks — kicks the plot into gear and sics a handful of adversaries on our heroes. Bill Paxton is a crooked CIA agent who apparently fancies himself to be “God’s son of a bitch” but proves too wooden to pull off the supposedly unhinged sadist that’s been penned for him. Meanwhile, Cruising around in a vintage Dodge Challenger, a huffy James Marsden looks like he’s in a snit that the DEA’s Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Navy’s Stig screenwriter Blake Masters didn’t even bother giving (Wahlberg again) make for such convincing badasses him a chance to squander any oddball traits as a corrupt that they even have each other fooled. Indeed, the hook Navy officer. here is that, having been assigned by their Such a lack of invention plagues much 2 GUNS respective agencies to infiltrate a crime of 2 Guns, with its dearth of clever ideas Rated R syndicate, each assumes that that other is epitomized by someone’s decision to stow Directed by Baltasar Kormákur a criminal. It’s only once they’ve robbed a millions of dollars under a mattress. (It’s Starring Denzel Washington, bank together (in order to secure evidence, an unfortunate reminder that Contraband’s Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton naturally) that they realize each other’s lamebrained master plan involved shoving actual allegiances. illicit materials into a hole in a wall.) As In the early going, 2 Guns mostly subsists on its the implausibilities mount, the excitement level is slow scripted-within-an-inch-of-its-life banter. As Bobby and to follow suit. After backing itself into a corner, KorStig bicker over breakfast options and debate appropriate mákur’s film has no other option than to try and shoot gratuities, you’ll be excused if you find yourself thinking its way out. And as Washington and Wahlberg open fire of post-Pulp Fiction fare such as Things to Do In Denver When while being literally showered in cash, Kormákur finally You’re Dead (likely for the first time since its end credits stumbles across something that sticks: a single image that rolled back in the mid-’90s). Alas, none of the rapid-fire captures both the idiocy and excess that fuels the majordialogue found here is notable, much less quotable. ity of Hollywood’s current action flicks. n

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sGuns initially resembles one of those complex logic puzzles from school: “If an undercover DEA agent and undercover naval intelligence officer both try to infiltrate the same Mexican cartel, how long will it take for each of them to realize that the other is not who they appear to be?” However, as it grows increasingly preposterous, it becomes apparent that Baltasar Kormákur’s latest Hollywood effort is simply another one of those action flicks in which logic is the first casualty. In reworking 101 Reykjavík, his Icelandic debut, for last year’s Contraband, Kormákur attempted to balance all the tough-guy posturing with some relatable concerns by having the misdeeds of Mark Wahlberg’s smuggler motivated by his intense devotion to his family. There are no such efforts made to ground the material here. Having apparently sated his interest in genuine characters with the small-scale survival drama The Deep, Kormákur is now content to deliver a mindless shoot-’em-up populated by action figures and cartoonish baddies.


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Cruising around in a vintage Dodge Challenger, the DEA’s Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Navy investigator Stig (Mark Wahlberg) are both working undercover but make for such convincing bad-asses that they even have each other fooled. Indeed, the hook here is that, having been assigned by their respective agencies to infiltrate a crime syndicate, each assumes that the other is a criminal. It’s only once they’ve robbed a bank together (in order to secure evidence, naturally) that they realize each other’s actual allegiances. (CW) Rated R


Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) infiltrates an anarchist group called The East for the private intelligence firm Hiller Brood. Once she convinces its members that she is a sincere member of the outfit, Moss finds herself falling for the charismatic leader of the collective, Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), and begins to question her investigation. At Magic Lantern (KS) Rated PG-13.


Lives are forever changed for a family of Israeli Orthodox Jews when Esther dies in childbirth, leaving her husband, Yochay, a widower and single father. Esther’s parents make the decision that their other daughter, 18-year-old Shira, should marry Yochay in order to keep their only grandchild in the family. The issue here, other than the awkwardness with the arrangement, is that Shira has already been engaged to marry a man her own age. The parents allow Shira to make the final decision, causing tension between her desires and her loyalty to her family. (MN) Not Rated


If fashion were a religion, Bergdorf Goodman would be like the Sistine Chapel. This documentary unveils the ins and outs of the New York City department store with interviews with designers like Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang, celebrities like Joan Rivers and the Olsen twins, and Bergdorf employees. The documentary covers ground from the history of the iconic store to what goes into decorating the grandiose window displays. And, of course, there are the clothes to gawk at. At Magic Lantern (MN) Rated PG-13

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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


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


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)


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


The charming and adventure-filled Oscarwinning 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 ...continued on next page


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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


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 collegemovie 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 ZetaJones, 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-13


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


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

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 onedimensional 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


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


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. (MJ) Rated PG-13


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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he idea seems more likely to have been concocted between the giggles of a couple of smoke-addled college freshmen than presented as the premise for a motion picture — let alone a film that was actually produced: What if a tornado full of sharks hit Los Angeles? Crazy, right? Stupid, too, eh? Absolutely. Yet somehow Sharknado, the Syfy network original film that’s actually about a tornado full of sharks, has become arguably the most talked-about made-for-cable-television movie ever, precisely because it’s so stupid. Since it first aired in early July, Sharknado has appeared two more times on Syfy, the last screening garnering 2.1 million viewers. They’ve also been running a host of other gems like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, 2-Headed Shark Attack, Swamp Shark, Sharktopus and, soon, Ghost Shark. Apparently there’s enough demand for Sharknado that it’s appearing at select movie theaters, including two in our region, so we can enjoy this campy blood-storm of bad acting on the big screen. There is no non-ironic reason anyone would pay to see Sharknado in a proper movie theater — exactly the reason this cinematic abomination is coming to a theater near you. The film’s director, Anthony C. Ferrante, knows the movie is outlandish, but in a recent TV interview he earnestly called the film “ambitious.” He said it was shot it in 18 days (that’s very, very fast) for

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ohn McCrea used to wonder why all musicians are freaks and degenerates. “Our lifestyle looks really amazing from a distance, but being on tour for two years straight is soul-destroying,” says Cake’s lead singer during a phone interview earlier this week. “You come home and find all your houseplants have died — and not just that, people have died, married, life has gone on. You’re moving through space, like an astronaut, but not through time — your connection to an authentic community is gone.” This is the reason McCrea says most turn to alcoholism, or at least chainsmoking. While he admits to dabbling in some things, he says he’s gotten through being in the successful altrock band for more than 20 years relatively unscathed. “Luckily for me, I can’t write songs on the bus,” he explains. It’s because of this that Cake doesn’t tour relentlessly. At home now before heading north to play the Festival at Sandpoint this weekend, children can be heard in the background. The new family dog has just thrown up. “It’s sort of chaotic,” McCrea says. “I like the dog, though.” McCrea lives in what he describes as the middle-ofnowhere-Northern California, not in Sacramento, the band’s hometown. “I don’t hate people,” he says. “I wouldn’t rule out moving to a more densely populated area. But what I do is fairly self-contained and I’m fine out here.” This is where his songwriting takes place. He keeps a basic notepad and pen in his back pocket — no fancy digital devices to dictate to. Anytime during the day, if something strikes him as hilarious or tragic or somewhere in between, he scribbles it down. Like the sound of the vibraslap or trumpet throughout Cake’s ...continued on next page


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“going the distance,” continued... instrumentation, McCrea’s lyrics often immediately give away which band wrote it. “This is the kind of music I would listen to if I weren’t in the band,” McCrea says. “I try to have humor and sadness in one place. I like books and photography like that, showing the interplay between opposites. It’s the processing of life.” Critics have been quick to refer to Cake as smugly superior and ironic. McCrea agrees that if you’ve only heard the group’s radio hits (“The Distance,” “Never There,” “Short Skirt/ Long Jacket”), it’d be easy to conclude the band is one sarcastic joke. “I think they’re misinterpreting us,” McCrea says. “If they don’t understand something, they think we’re trying to insult them. And certainly, you have songs that contain ironic notions … but people need to revisit the dictionary definition of ironic.” Cake’s most recent album, Showroom of Compassion, was released in 2011. While a new record is not ready, the group is putting out an eight-disc vinyl collection of everything in their catalog in November to hold fans over. McCrea contends that if a really good amp is involved, there’s nothing better than listening to music on a turntable. “Not all of our albums were released on vinyl originally — we wanted to fix that,” he says. And since the band has been around for more than two decades, they can pretty much

do what they want. Like give out trees at shows (which you can actually track on their website). “As long as it’s not a big, stupid three-day vomit-fest festival, we like to give out a tree,” McCrea explains. “If it’s our own show, we feel it’s a good opportunity for us to bring them.” While giving out greenery is a kind gesture to fans, it’s not what keeps a band together for so long. “We’re here because we’re focused more on the music than on being a band,” says McCrea, who also plays acoustic guitar, vibraslap, piano and organ. “No matter what you say, the reason you’re in a band is because you love music. Sometimes people love the other aspects of being in a band more, and that’s where the trouble comes.” Even if his feelings about touring are viewed through weary eyes, McCrea knows that in the end, the shows are what make it all worth sharing his work. “It’s not about the applause, it’s about the communicating,” he says. “People have a natural inclination in needing to communicate. That’s what we’re doing.” n Festival at Sandpoint: An evening with Cake • Fri, Aug 2 at 7:30 pm • War Memorial Field • 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint, Idaho • $49.95 • All-ages •

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or the past decade, The Sword has stroked the happy place of heshers around the globe who were reared on Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer records. Like the balance that Ozzy and Dio struck decades before them, the Austin, Texas, outfit has never been one to launch a full-on aural assault on the eardrums of its fanbase. That’s not to say they aren’t heavy and loud — they most definitely are. But The Sword pairs thick, heavy riffs with noodling guitar solos and the clean, easy, melodic vocals of the band’s leader, J.D. Cronise. He never screams, never squeals, and the music always just rides along behind him, cool as can be. The Sword makes heavy rock reminiscent of surf vans parked along the boardwalk, sandy beach bonfires and sixers of cheap beer. And if you didn’t know any better, from the sound of them you might even think The Sword was a band your Dad used to listen to on vinyl way back when. But not everyone sees the band that way. The Sword has found that people like to raise hell at their shows as they might at a Slayer or Mastodon show, forming giant, undulating circle pits of kicking, shoving and general freaking out. Pretty standard stuff for heavy music, but Cronise doesn’t like it. “When I hear ‘Battery’ by Metallica, my instinct is not to put my head down, run in a circle and shove people around me,” he explained

to Decibel last year. “That to me seems bizarre and kind of silly. When other people hear songs like that, that is what their instinct is to do. To me, that takes away from a musical performance when there’s accomplished, talented musicians onstage performing songs for you; to engage in this totally unrelated physical activity to me is disrespectful, in a way, to the rest of the audience that doesn’t want to do that” To some fans, Cronise was committing heresy, instructing them how to react to music and showing a lack of understanding of the brotherly code of the pit — that if someone falls, you pick them up. Online commenters freaked: taking moshing out of metal is like taking fighting out of hockey. But Cronise sees his band differently. They’re making music that’s intended for the pre-mosh era. “Personally, I love when it’s just a sea of banging heads. That’s what I love to see more than anything,” he said in the same interview. “I wish I had a time machine and could go back and stop the first mosh pit from ever happening at a heavy metal show. The age before that happened that was the golden era.” n The Sword with Castle and American Sharks • Tues, Aug. 6, at 7 pm • The Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • $15 • All-ages • • 433-7328

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ew people have had a more fascinating childhood than Shooter Jennings. Growing up traveling on the road with his pa Waylon, who often toured with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash (also his godfather), his musical education was unlike any other. Dubbed “Shooter” by his dad after pissing all over a nurse right after birth, Jennings has been performing ever since. One of the more talented members of country royalty’s second generation, his mix of rock (a genre he was far more interested in at the beginning of his musical career) and outlaw country puts everything produced by the Nashville pop-country machine to shame. — LAURA JOHNSON Shooter Jennings • Fri, Aug. 2 at 9:30 pm • John’s Alley • 114 6th St., Moscow, Idaho • $12 • 21+ • • (208) 883-7662 J = the inlander RECOMMENDs this show

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eon Russell had almost been forgotten by the world when Elton John reached out to him about doing an album together. Stunned to learn that his childhood piano idol had fallen so low, John wanted to do something for him. Since the pair teamed up for the 2010 album The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, Russell has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, toured extensively and enjoyed a career resurrection. With his famous shock of long white hair and beard, balanced by a large Stetson, the Oklahoma native reeks of cool at 71. For someone who started out as a session musician playing with The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and many more, and co-wrote “Superstar,” made famous by the Carpenters, he is pretty damn cool. His original version of “A Song For You” remains the best to this day. — LAURA JOHNSON Leon Russell • Thu, Aug. 8 at 7:30 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • $37 • All-ages • • 227-7638

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J Bing Crosby Theater, Leon Russell (See story on facing page) on Aug. 8 Northern Quest, Alan Jackson, Gloriana on Aug. 8 The Center, Davey Suicide, God’s Money Shot on Aug. 9 Red Rooster Coffee (321-7935), Lachlan’s Daughters on Aug. 9 Post Falls Kiwanis Park, Indie Fest at the Park feat. The Changing Colors, Vinyl Instinct on Aug. 10 The Center, ZZ Ward on Aug. 11 The Hop!, Statue of Liberty on Aug. 11





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With Hoopfest long over, it’s time for basketball enthusiasts to hit the bench and volleyball players to step up to the net. Spike & Dig, the largest six-on-six volleyball tournament in the Inland Northwest, has already attracted more than 325 teams for its 22nd annual tournament. Not signed up? Head down anyway to cheer on the players while snacking on grub from the concessions stand. The competition won’t be the only thing bringing the heat; be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a cooler stocked with water. — MYCHAELA NICKOLOFF Spike & Dig • Sat, Aug. 3 from 9 am-6 pm and Sun, Aug. 4 from 9 am-4 pm • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex • 5071 N. Assembly St. • • 863-1063



Spokane Highland Games • Sat, Aug. 3 from 9 am-5 pm • $5-$10 • Spokane County Fair & Expo Center • 404 N. Havana St. • • 922-3661

Gay Camp • Sat, Aug. 3 at 8 pm • $12-$28 • Interplayers Theatre • 174 S. Howard St. • • 455-7529

It’s like the movie Braveheart is being dropped into the city. There’ll just be less Mel Gibson (which is good) and less war (also good) at the annual Spokane Highland Games. You’ll be left to fully enjoy bagpipes, dancing, knight competitions, vendors, beer tents, blacksmiths and more. In this land of the Scots, visitors can watch sports like the caber toss, in which competitors simply chuck a massive log as far as they can. Also, you’re bound to see lots of dudes in kilts (depending on your preferences, this might also be good). — JEFF RUTHERFORD


Rainbow boas, drag getups, wigs and flannel adorn the cast of Gay Camp, a play that uses the power of comedy to combat the “anti-gay morons in America.” A trio of actors play the parts of more than a dozen different characters who’ve been sent to Camp Acceptance, where they slap the gay away until you’re deemed normal (straight). In an expectedly over-the-top style, this onenight-only performance will leave you with sore sides and plenty of innuendo, but also a glimpse at some serious issues. — BETH NOTTURNO

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Eat, drink and be merry, all while supporting a local cause at the fifth-annual Up on the Roof, a fundraiser supporting Spokane’s Unity in the Community. Attendees can chow down on food and imbibe beverages donated by 15 local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment from belly dancing to music by local rock band The Nordmans, all from the scenic viewpoint of the Saranac Building’s rooftop patio. It’s a fundraiser, after all, so open up your pocketbooks during the silent auction and raffle. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies given away to area children at Unity in the Community in Riverfront Park on Aug. 17. — ANNA CLAUSEN

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Not to put a damper on anyone’s enjoyment of what’s turning out to be a perfect summer, but it’s already August. If you’ve been meaning to immerse yourself in all that’s artsy and local this season, make a point to get out there and check out this month’s First Friday. We recommend stops at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery to see “Red Lodge to Spokane — Art from the Big Sky,” featuring exquisite sculptural pieces by resident artists at Montana’s Red Lodge Clay Center. At Avenue West Gallery in the Crescent Court, “The Chair Affair” annual juried show features whimsically decorated chairs. Don’t forget to head north of the river to the Garland District’s First Friday events, too. — CHEY SCOTT 401 W 1st Avenue, Spokane WA 509-413-1185 • Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

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I’ve been dating an amazing guy for a month. Our first amazing date turned into an amazing night, which turned into an amazing month. We completely adore each other. Every time we hang out feels like the greatest day with a best friend. The problem is, I work and go to college full time, and I really wasn’t ready for anything more than fun and sex. In fact, “more” is freaking me out. Because we’d initially agreed that we were only amy alkon looking for something casual and short-term, I told him that I was developing feelings for him and gave him the option of walking away, but he actually seemed happy to hear how I felt. I have such jitters now because I cannot afford to risk getting distracted from my studies. When I think about this, I sometimes get so anxious that I feel I need to ditch this amazing guy, which is the last thing I want. —Good Reasons To Avoid Getting Serious Love sometimes calls upon people to do more than just show up to bask in its glow. Take that emperor, way back when, in India. When he wanted to memorialize his beloved wife, he built the Taj Mahal, not the Taj Ma lean-to. Luckily, Mr. Amazing won’t have to muster 20,000 workers to spend 20 years building an “elegy in marble.” What you need is a boyfriend who’s willing to have what amounts to a long-distance relationship while living only a short distance away. In other words, he’ll have to be up for long walks on the beach — by himself — while you’re back in your dorm room, in bed with both Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. And as lovely as it is when a man “says it with flowers,” when you need to pry yourself away from him to get back to your studies, he should show you that he loves you by handing you a single red crowbar. It’s possible that spending the next few years as your sainted boyfriend will wear on him and cause him to walk. If, however, he does stick around, it’s either because he prefers martyrdom to checkers or Ultimate Frisbee or because you two have something special. It’s easy to be supportive when a big bed and a couple of mai tais are all that’s on the agenda, so it says a lot when a guy’s always got your back, and not just because he’s looking to unhook your bra. Be sure that you don’t take this for granted and that you regularly express your appreciation. It won’t be easy to maintain your job, schoolwork, and even a muted form of a relationship simultaneously. The stress may leave you needing to lose the freshman 15 pounds, but if your amazing relationship is as amazing as you say, there’s a good chance you won’t need to lose the freshman 165.

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My girlfriend is a smart and accomplished 33-year-old woman who wears little girl-type clothes. She always looks pretty, but there are times I wish she would dress more like an adult. For instance, last week, we had dinner with my boss, and she wore a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and pigtails. How does a man ask a woman to sometimes dress a little more sophisticated? —Eggshells I used to worship Hello Kitty, and then I turned 7. Some women do work the head-to-toe little girl look longer than others, but 33 sounds a little late for it. Maybe your girlfriend has gotten in a style rut and hasn’t noticed that she isn’t pulling off 22-going-on-12 like she used to. Then again, she might be wearing these clothes because she’s aged out of them. (Paging Alanis Morissette, because isn’t it ironic?) Clothes say a lot about a person, but there are times your shirt or skirt or whatever really needs to shut the hell up, like when you’re accompanying your boyfriend to dinner with his boss. This would be the time to dress to make him look good (more business casual than monkey bars casual). Tell your girlfriend that you always love looking at her and that you aren’t asking her to change her style entirely, just to dress more sophisticated on occasion, especially occasions for your work. She probably has something passable in her closet, but you might offer to take her shopping for a few new additions to her wardrobe. If she’s just forgotten to look up and notice she’s 33, a new little black dress might lead her to realize it’s time to say Goodbye, Kitty, and start dressing in a way that suggests she got out of college about 10 years ago, and not the stroller. 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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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) Short StacksLive improvised comedy show. Aug. 8 at 10 pm. $5. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) You Need a HeroLive improv comedy show based on audience suggestions. Aug. 2-30, Fridays at 8 pm. $7$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Safari Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Live ComedyLive stand-up comedy shows every Sunday at 9 pm. Free. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) All-ages Comedy Open MicStandup comedy open mic night. Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 at 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223)


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. ( School Supply DriveDonations needed to be distributed to area children by the Salavation Army on Aug. 16. Drop off locations: Shopko, Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Prime Source Credit Union, Advance America, Spokane Public Safety Bldg. (329-2721) Bad Science Friday “Popular Science”-themed activities on how to judge science as told on TV and the Internet. Aug. 2 from 10 am-6 pm. $7-$10. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669) The Lightning Bug BallThis firstever parent/child dance offers ballroom dancing lessons, refreshments and more. Aug. 2 from 5-8 pm. $25/ couple, $35/family of four. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Up on the RoofSee page 55. Run for the Fallen IdahoAnnual memorial walk/run honoring fallen soldiers with ties to Idaho. Aug. 3. Free. Post Falls High School, 2832 E. Poleline Ave. (208-627-2675) Pitch for the Cure WalkThe Spokane Indians host an annual breast cancer awareness and fundraiser walk. Aug. 4 at 3 pm. $15-$25, includes ticket to the baseball game. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. pitch-for-the-cure. com (535-2992)


A Course in MiraclesTheological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Free. 1042 W. Mill Ave., Ste. 207 Coeur d’Alene. (208-660-7687) Civil War Remembered Exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Aug. 1-Dec. 29. Museum hours Wed-Sun from 11 am-4 pm. $3-$6 admission. Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E.

Sprague Ave. (922-4570) Truck ShowFirst annual Inland Northwest Truck Show. Aug. 2-4, FriSat from 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm. $5-$8. Greyhound Park & Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave., Post Falls. (844-3746) Organization WorkshopWorkshop led by a professional organizer on managing paperwork and files. Aug. 3 at 10 am. Free. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. (828-3257) Party for the PupsParty bus pub crawl along Trent Avenue, benefiting SpokAnimal. Aug. 3 from 1-7 pm. $25. Starts at Hot Rod’s Bar, 6520 E. Trent Ave. (534-8133) Share the DharmaMonthly open house at the Buddhist monastery featuring guided meditations, discussions and more. Aug. 4 from 9:45 am-3 pm. Free. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport. (447-5549) Pend Oreille Garden Tour22nd annual tour of local gardens and hosted dinner. Aug. 4 from 12:30-5 pm, dinner at 5 pm. $10/tour and $10/ dinner. Locations throughout the Pend Oreille River Valley. pendoreille.wsu. edu (447-2401) Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Meeting to recruit volunteers to plan the organization’s annual fundraising walk in May of 2014. Aug. 5 at 6 pm. Templin’s Red Lion, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls, Idaho. (208-640-6341)


Art on the Green45th annual arts and cultural festival featuring fine art vendors, local artisans, live music, food, kids activities and more. Aug. 2-4, Fri noon-8 pm, Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. Hillyard FestivalAnnual community festival featuring a parade, vendors, activities, sidewalk chalk art contest and more. Aug. 2-4, Fri noon-10 pm, Sat 9 am-10 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. Free. Sharpley-Harmon Park, 6000 N. Market St. (868-2900) Coeur d’Alene Street FairFood and drink, fine art, crafts, vendors and more. Aug. 2-3 from 10 am-8 pm, Aug. 4 from 10 am-5 pm. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. (208-415-0116) Colville Rendezvous DaysLive music, arts and crafts, entertainment, encampment, vendors, and more. Aug. 2-4. Colville City Park. (509-684-5973) Spokane Highland GamesSee page 54. Palouse PrideLGBT pride week celebration featuring activities, a parade, live music and more. Aug. 3-11. Times and locations of events vary throughout Moscow, Pullman and Lewiston, Idaho. (208-596-4449) Huckleberry FestivalHuckleberry pancake feed, hosted picking hikes, arts and crafts vendors, food, activities and live music. Aug. 4. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint. (208-255-3081) Kids DayFamily activities, booths, entertainment and more. Aug. 10 from 11 am-5 pm. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (242-2400)


Kids Summer Movie SeriesMovies shown on Wed and Thu at 1 pm, through Aug. 15. $3/show or $15/pass. Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Family Movie EventFree movie screening; viewer’s choice. Aug. 1 at 2:30 pm. Free. All-ages. The Kroc, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) 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) Sharknado One-time screening of the Syfy film. Aug. 2 at 12:05 am. $12.50. Regal Cinemas at Riverstone (CdA) and Northtown Mall. Beetlejuice Screening as part of the South Perry Summer Theater series. Aug. 3 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647) Mamma Mia!Outdoor movie screening. Aug. 3 at dusk. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake. (755-6726) The SandlotOutdoor movie screening featuring pre-show performances, food and more. Aug. 7 at dusk. $5. Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl, 507 N. Howard. BraveAnimated family film. Aug. 8 at 2:30 pm. Free. All-ages. The Kroc, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) Here Comes the BoomOutdoor movie screening as part of the Summer Moonlight Movie Series. Aug. 9 at dusk. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St., Airway Heights. (244-4845) Star TrekOutdoor movie screening. Aug. 9 at dusk. Free. Half Moon Park, Holl Blvd. and Indiana Ave., Liberty Lake. (755-6726) Oz the Great and Powerful Screening as part of the South Perry Summer Theater series. Aug. 10 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647)


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 Ave. (838-0206) Washington’s Wine CountryTaste and learn about Washington’s grape varietals and growing regions. Aug. 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $25, reservations requested. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. (4661644) BrewsfestAnnual mountaintop concert featuring live music and beer from regional microbreweries. Aug. 3. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave, Kellogg, Idaho. (208-783-1111) Vintage SpokaneGourmet food and more than 60 wineries. Aug. 4 from 3-6 pm. $45-$60. Ages 21+. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (242-7000) 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

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Birds Art exhibition featuring birdinspired artwork in various media. Aug. 1-31. Free. Gallery hours Mon-Thu from 10 am-6 pm, Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave., CdA. (208-667-5700) Forest FriendsMixed-media exhibition of nature and wildlife-inspired art. Aug. 1-30. Artist demonstration Aug. 8 from 10 am-4 pm. Entree Gallery, 1755 Reeder Bay Rd., Nordman, Idaho. (208-443-2001) Color Your WorldKids’ art class taught by Tresia Oosting. Aug. 2 and 9. $30. Ages 6-12. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Grimm Brothers Invitational Group art show based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tales, featuring 30+ prominent local artists’ work. Aug. 2-31. Artist reception Aug. 2 from 5-8 pm. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. (324-1500) The LakeArt exhibition featuring local art inspired by Lake Pend Oreille and other regional lakes. Aug. 2-31. Gallery hours Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm. Art Works Gallery, 214 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-2632642) First FridayNew art gallery shows and exhibits, live music and more. Aug. 2 from 5-8 pm. Free. Locations throughout downtown Spokane and beyond. For a complete listing of events see page 36 or FirstFriday. Pine Needle BasketsDemonstration of the craft by Alice Nelson. Aug. 4 from 10 am-6 pm and Aug. 15 from 10 am-3:30 pm. Free. Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington St. (327-6920) Mask MakingWorkshop taught by artist Rollin Thomas. Aug. 5-9 from 10 am-noon. $82. Ages 12+. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001)

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Spokane Authors & Self Publishers Monthly meeting. Aug. 1 at 11 am. Free, buffet under $10. Teppanyaki Buffet, 5504 N. Division St. (991-4011) Three Minute MicSpoken word open mic hosted by Chris Cook and featuring readings by David Hardie and Jai Blair. Aug. 2. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) BootSlamPoetry slam night, open to all ages. Aug. 4 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. Broken MicSpoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) n





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WW in MLI met you Saturday, July 20th at WW in ML. Your sister bartends (part-time) next door and sings beautiful karaoke! Single? If so, I would love to meet. U know me, it’s “Juan”

The Love of My LifeThis Cheers is for the love of my life. I haven’t always been that nice to you or appreciated everything you do for me like making me dinner every night, telling me how beautiful I am, or so many other things. But what really shows me your love is how you have put up with my attitude for the past 3 years together, no matter how bad I’ve treated you. Now we are at the point where you don’t know if you want to be with me anymore, and that broke me. I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to write one of these for you but I’m here now babe. And our relationship and love is worth the world to me. I’m doing everything I can to show you I can be better for you and treat you the way you deserve. You’re an amazing man, kind, smart, hardworking, and so much more. Even if we don’t work

to raise $177,000, but after many stubborn people like me trying to talk them into doing donations and fundraisers (and to your article) they have decided to try and raise they money. If they don’t raise enough, the money will be donated to the local area. So far in five days they have raised over $2,000 but still need $175,000 to go. I hope it can stay open and want the word passed a long so it can. Thanks everyone for supporting! The website is

kissed you, wow! what a kiss. We both just looked at each other and didn’t quite know what to say. One of us finally said that was the best kiss ever, it was electric. What a sensation, unforgettable. I was smitten by you and couldn’t bare to be without you and when you accepted my proposal a month later, I was truly surprised and extremely proud you would marry me after only a month. So we moved you to Spokane in a blizzard in December and got married. After 36 years and a few trials and tribulations, I hope you are as happy as I have been with you over the years. I love you with all my heart, always will. XOXOXO, Bill”

On A WebsiteI Saw Duane12 from St Maries, Idaho on a website, and am waiting a response. Pass this message on to him if you know him. Please send your reply to I will know who you are by certain responses from that website, from funthebesttime.


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Atmosphere at NorthtownI first have to start out with how I really don’t like going to the mall. Although, my daughter likes to go there more often than I like to. Going there earlier this year for the first time stumbled onto this very cool store to say the least. I have only been there a few times, but just noticed you this time. You, beautiful dark hair and the coolest eyes. You were mostly at the counter on the right as you enter the store. No nametag, but I’m pretty sure your hair is darker than the rest of your coworkers. Me, the guy that never purchases anything. Just wanted to say that it’s well worth the trip to the mall just to see you. Got my attention. If your not seeing anyone, it would be cool to hang out and listen to some metal with you. Did I mention you have cool eyes? Shock GameFriday 7/26, Shock Pittsburgh game, Arena section 216 front two rows. You: waist length dark wavy hair, cute, white shorts and sandals, slimmer than Gina Athans, younger than new Beaujolais; there with several girlfriends including one with a small child. Me: behind you, shaved head and goatee, blue Shock shirt and camo cargo shorts, old enough to be your dad. You kept gathering up all that hair and flipping it back on my shin. I was sure you didn’t know, but today I thought “what the heck.” The worst that can happen is nothing, right? Value VillageSaturday, July 27th, you made my day! I wanted to ask you if you had seen a lawn chair, but you were busy carrying things to the shelves. Your red hair, and green eyes got my attention. Our eyes met many times as I briefly walked through the store. As I left the store I shook my head and smiled, depressed and inspired, wishing I had said something. If you remember me, tell me something only I would know. I’d love to talk more and get acquainted

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” out, I at least wanted to write you the cheer you’ve been asking about for and have deserved for so long. I’ll love you for the rest of my life. To the moon and back. Customer ServiceCheers to the sweet gentleman at Lalo’s Pizza for bringing me extra pineapple for my pizza. It must not be easy to keep up with free pizza day but it was super genuine for you to listen and appreciate customer requests; by far the best pizza I’ve ever had. I just moved here and am continuously enamored by the generosity of the Spokane community. I can’t wait till next Wednesday when I can receive my favorite food and drink at a decent price with a gracious smile. Thank you! Paying It ForwardThank you to the nice gentlemen that bought two 5 dollar pizzas for our little family. Our card was declined and the quarters I had wasn’t enough for one pizza. As we were leaving you came to us insisting on buying our dinner. We had a great night and couldn’t get over what had just happend. Thanks again! And today is Friday, “payday.” I am certainly going to pay it forward. Passing it on. Have a great day. Save The Auto Vue Drive-InCheers to The Inlander for their article on the Auto Vue drive in. I have been on their facebook as many other people have to try and figure out a way to keep it going. I have talked to the owners and at first they didn’t think it was possible

EncouragementsI saw you directing and cheering me on and the other participants at Valley Girl. Thank you, your smiles, directions, and encouragements were energizing. If you would like to share your talents, again please volunteer at SpokeFest on September 8th sign-up under the volunteer page at or email me at: spokefestvolunteers@gmail. com Paying It ForwardCheers to the lady in the drive-thru at Mead Subway. You gave me a $5 tip which really made my day. Then you paid for the order behind you. And when I told them you paid for their meal, the lady looked like she was going to cry. Maybe she didn’t expect a stranger to be so nice. I also liked how you said “God Bless” to me before you drove away. We need more people in the world like you. Connectedthat you feel me holding you floods me to the depth of being. The thought of growing old with you invites me to welcome the ticking of the clock until I have arrived at home in your arms. I feel certain that time will stand still. To Hubbers As you know, it’s your birthday. I hope your 29th is funktastic! You are the hardest working man I know. The best dad, and husband! As you also know, we’re broke. So my birthday gift to you is this “cheers”, and a promise that I won’t consciously fart in bed for a whole year!! (aren’t you a lucky guy?) LOVE YOU!! Gasious wife Life Sometimes life isn’t easy. Infact, most the time it’s one problem after another. But having you around makes me feel good. I love you! “J”-TNT

HappinessI have been happier than I ever thought possible since the day you agreed to spend the rest of your life with me. I’m amazed daily at your generosity, caring and love. You are the most amazing woman I have ever known. I’m grateful for every day because I get to spend it with my best friend. I love you. To An Amazing HusbandJoel. I love how you start my car every day. I love how you hug me goodbye. I love how you have a cup of tea waiting when I come home. I love how you hold me if I cry. I love your honesty and humor. I love the weird noises you make. I love you from morning to evening. I love watching you paddleboard on the lake. I love that you are always there for me. I love that your heart is so true. I love your great looks and charm. I love everything there is to love about you. I love your idiosyncrasies and quirks. I love that your love keeps me smiling everyday. I love that our marriage is the best it can be. I love you forever. That’s all I have to say. Happy Birthday Joel, enjoy your big adventure this weekend. Beverley. I Will Always Love YouHi Cookie! It’s been a wild ride since you found me at that Snapple machine. It’s been 8 years of the best and worst times of my life. I wanna thank you for

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making me part of your family. I love you and your girls and while things ultimately have not worked out for us, I will always love you. Take care of yourself gorgeous! Milk

freeway! Didn’t hear me honk, only way to get her attention was the bird I flipped her and then she just smirked. I shouldn’t have taken even one hand off the wheel, but I hope I saved some lives by doing so. - Pissed off Mama Bear.

your owners are letting you run wild over here. You sniff, chase, and sometimes terrorize the natural habitat. Let’s share the park with runners, cyclists, and horseback riders who may not want to interact with you. Ask your owner to keep you under control. Hows about a leash? Owners, your pup will still love you for the walk, and then all wild and domestic animals and people can have an enjoyable experience.

Customer Service Cheers to the employees of Steer Inn on Division! Every time I have been there the customer service has been genuine and top notch. The employees are friendly and greet you with a smile, and thank you on your way out! The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. These people make your dining experience enjoyable, even if it’s for a quick bite on the go. I tell all my friends and family about this place! Here’s to you all working at Steer Inn, your customer service is great and does not go unnoticed! To The Rescue My dog escaped and he was running towards a very busy intersection. He stopped riding your bike and grabbed him as he went running right past you. I would have been broken hearted if anything had happened to him. Thank you! Good Samaritan Thank you to whoever found my wife’s purse in the Fred Meyer parking lot and took it to the customer service counter. She didn’t realize that she had dropped it when she was putting our baby in the car. We had just gotten paid and we would have been in a world of hurt if we lost our rent money. Thank you! Thanks! Thanks Waste Management guy. Day after surgery and all drugged up I forgot to put my trash out. You hop out of your truck and grab the bin from the side of my house. A small act that really made my life easier. Thanks.

Jeers Freeway Driver First time Jeer’er, but I have to do it. Major jeers to the idiotic freeway driver swerving in and out of the center lane as she texted going down the

Grocery Store Shelves Jeers to Spokane’s grocery stores that do not properly keep their shelves stocked! When an item runs low, that means people are buying that item; order more! The lame 21st century excuses “Our computer shows we still have some left” and “All our ordering is done by ‘corporate’ just don’t cut it. Managers: walk down the isles with your clipboard. When you see an empty space, order more! Paying To Park To Spokane Parks for initiating weekend “pay parking” at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Thanks to you, Spokane taxpayers now all have acres of unused lot space, cars choking up “free” parking on formerly quiet streets, and folks who just want to go to the park and use the playground and splash pad being “hosed” to park within a reasonable distance! Government at it’s best, nail the taxpayers down with another giant unsustainable contractor bloat project, then gouge the users and abuse the surrounding residents. What will they think of next? Respect The Road I’m a cyclist. I love riding and I love that as the members of the FBC you guys do your monthly full moon bike rides and enjoy the fellowship of other riders. It annoys me beyond belief however when you insist on running red lights and stop signs and blocking intersections like you own the road. This is exactly the sort of behavior that creates conflict between drivers and cyclists and it is a big deal to regular bike commuters like myself. Please be adults and act respectfully to other people on the road. Share the road goes both ways! Dog Owners Palisades and Indian Canyon dogs! We love you, but







Car Alarm Jeers to the person who tried to break into my car the other morning. And I apologize to the neighbors who had to hear my car alarm going off at 6am. I honestly didn’t awake until it was too late and had been going off for far too long. I’d like to apologize to everyone except the next door neighbors. I’d like to jeer you even harder than whoever tried to break into my car. My car alarm did what it was supposed to do, it alerted people to a possible break in. It’s not like i was sitting in the window pressing the button to wake everyone up for shits and giggles. I realize that it was going off for a bit and I am truly sorry for that. I even understand why you took it upon yourself to be very noisy after that insuring an insomniatic atmosphere for us the rest of the morning, however, your antics soon went from slightly overreacting to down-right childish when you decided to put a very inappropriate sign in the window across from my friend’s window, Insanely meow like cats to direct our attention to the window and then dump garbage in the yard. If you want to blame anyone, blame me, not her. Communication is the adults way, passive aggression is for children. Sorry! To the blonde woman driving a silver SUV the morning of Monday, July 29th at Dutch Bros on Freya Street: Thanks for the horning blaring and nasty gesturing because you thought I intentionally cut in front of you in line for coffee. I honestly didn’t see your SUV, and I apologized when “you brought it to my attention”, but that didn’t seem to matter to you. For a relatively attractive woman, no amount of makeup could have covered the “ugliness” that everyone saw in your face that morning! Your reaction was pretty severe considering it was just a cup of coffee...or was it? Yet when they took your order a few minutes later, you were all smiles? Obviously you need some kindness sent your way, so, oh yeah...that “mysterious” cup of coffee someone bought for you.. that was me! I sincerely hope you enjoyed it, and my hope is that a random act of kindness might make you be kinder to people.


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Bill Easley, 59, has been looking for full-time work since he was laid off in 2011.

One man’s search for work, as others his age look toward retirement BY HEIDI GROOVER


very morning at 5:30, Bill Easley wakes up in a rented basement apartment where his budget for the month is taped to the wall. He spends the days that follow selling building materials for minimum wage at the Habitat for Humanity store or tweaking his résumé for every job opening he comes across. He fills a 3-inch-thick binder with job postings and cover letters. On weekends, he visits his sister or his aging parents. But mostly, he waits. He waits for good job postings, for callbacks, and most of all, for some direction. “It’s almost like I was destined to travel this path,” he says. “I just don’t know what’s happening.” Easley, 59, with soft blue eyes behind wire-rim glasses, used to sell real estate, then environmentally friendly building materials to architects. Today, he’s unemployed,


surviving until recently on unemployment benefits and 18 hours a week at Habitat. Now, the benefits are over and the $165.42 a week — $661.68 a month — is all he has to budget. This is the life that’s left when the promise of a comfortable retirement is gone, washed away with the other certainties of previous generations. Easley is one of about 100 Eastern Washington seniors looking for help from the AARP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program. The organization matches people who are often near or past retirement age with local nonprofits for parttime work, while helping them fine-tune their résumés to find something permanent. “I’ll probably never know what retirement is,” Easley says. Easley grew up in Spokane, Pullman and Yakima. He

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got his GED, and when all the other 18-year-olds in town were saying they were going to move away, he really did it. Across California, he did everything from managing a Skipper’s to selling real estate. In that business, someone told him he should set up his 401k. But times were good. He didn’t think he’d need it. Now he sets up a meeting at a Starbucks, but doesn’t order anything. He’s traded in his smartphone for a $5-amonth “Obama phone” plan, a federal program through the FCC to give low-income people access to phones. This week, he’ll park his car and ride the bus instead. And even though he wants a permanent job, he’s considering turning to a temp agency. Easley’s attitude roller-coasters from beaten-down to hopeful, but always stops on the promise of tomorrow. He’s gained a new understanding of the downtrodden, he says, so he’s hoping for a job at a nonprofit, like the YMCA or SNAP. He’s stressed and tired, but he’s counting on his faith for answers. It can feel like that line from the old Simon and Garfunkel song “The Boxer,” he says: “Asking only workman’s wages, I come looking for a job. But I get no offers; just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue.” “You start to feel that way,” Easley says. “Life can spiral downward, but you’ve got to keep yourself up. When you’re unemployed … you’ve got to get up in the morning and you’ve got to do something.” n

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