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he 26th Rosauers Open Invitational at Indian Canyon Golf Course, an event that over the past 26 years has contributed more than $2.5 million to charity, wrapped up last month. The tournament was a big success, but it should be remembered as the “The Miracle at The Canyon.” The best Northwest professionals played a course that was in terrific shape — faster, harder greens; tees moved farther back; deeper roughs; and more difficult pin placements. In the end, the winning score, shot by Manito Country Club assistant pro Corey Prugh, now a three-time winner, was 14 under par — several strokes higher than most scores over the past decade. I call it a miracle because only a few weeks before the tournament began, our civic treasure had deteriorated into its worst shape in memory. It isn’t any secret around golfing circles that Indian Canyon has fallen on bad times. Since 1984, the most recent time the course was in great shape, the city has more or less ignored the many needs that any aging golf course will have. In early July, with the tournament looming and the city’s reputation on the line (this tournament is the largest PGA sectional in the Northwest, and word travels fast), current Parks Director Leroy Eadie brought in a new deputy superintendent to whom he gave the necessary emergency authority to put together a new team. And Eadie’s team pulled off the miracle.



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services of Californiabased golf course architect Dan Hixson, who opened his report with this general assessment: “The course is very unique to have lived for 75 years with virtually no changes, at least architecturally. While the game has changed so many different ways in the last 75 years, at its basic core, Indian Canyon is still a great course.” Hixson’s recommended improvements go to tee placement, better integration of cart paths, thinning trees. By just relocating and enlarging some of the tees, the course could be made more enjoyable to play and also could be lengthened to 6,600 yards, adding more than 300 yards. The greens come in for much attention in Hixson’s study. He points out that today’s greens are actually smaller than the original greens and wants to take them back to original size. Lindeblad also wants the city to look at management; he questions the need for the Golf Manager position. Instead, he suggests the city consider establishing a coordinating committee made up of the four head professionals at the city courses. Why the head pros? Because, Lindeblad says, “We are the only staff who see the course and the golfers every day.” Now that the Qualchan loan has been retired, more money should be available for improvements. At present, the Park Board does not set priorities to address the kinds of recommendations made by Hixson, but priorities must be set. A coordinating committee could best provide input to the department’s deliberations.


everal years back, Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg looked at an abandoned sand and gravel pit, and instead of a hole in the ground, he saw economic development via golf. He dreamed of the United States Open. Ladenburg managed to talk his dubious county commissioners into buying this hole in the ground, then approached the USGA, promising to do everything they wanted for a venue worthy of a U.S. Open. In 2015, his vision will be realized when the grandest of golf competitions will be held at Chambers Bay, smack dab in that abandoned sand and gravel pit. (I hasten to point out, in our state’s third largest city.) At Indian Canyon, we begin with smaller goals. Just returning the course to 1984 standards would be a giant step. After that, there’s no reason we couldn’t see a return of those regional and even national competitions that the city took for granted just 30 years ago. n

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Overdosing on Ideology by ted s. mcGregor jr.


he idea that you would shut down the government unless you prevent 30 million people from getting health care is a bad idea.” That was President Obama at his press conference last Friday, commenting on the possibility that Republicans in Congress would shut us all down in the debt ceiling debate unless the Affordable Care Act is killed. Didn’t he get the memo? No idea is too bad for this Congress. “The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment,” the president continued, “is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care… At least they used to say, ‘Well, we’re going to replace it with something better.’ There’s not even a pretense now that they’re going to replace it with something better.” Let’s review how we got here. To start with, the idea of requiring everyone to have health insurance (as we do with car insurance) was first a Republican idea. And don’t forget that Republicans had every opportunity but refused to help write this crucial legislation. Meanwhile, the problem of runaway health care costs persists — The New York Times’ recent series on the subject has pointed out a hip replacement in the United States, riddled with profiteering, can approach $80,000, while the same surgery in Belgium costs $14,000. Finally, the Supreme Court has ruled ACA to be legal, and the Congressional Budget Office has judged that it will cut the deficit. So far, it’s the best medicine we have come up with for what’s ailing us. Many states (including Idaho) are dragging their feet out of ideological spite and inflicting more pain on their neediest citizens. Now a group called FreedomWorks is urging young Americans to burn their Obamacare cards and opt out. (Problem one: There is no such thing as an Obamacare card. Problem two: It’s all fun and games until that young person gets sick and turns out, you know, to need insurance.) The Obamacare obsession has ground America to a halt — the sequester is cutting into our military readiness and social safety net, crumbling bridges continue crumbling, immigration remains unreformed, agricultural policy is in limbo. In time the facts will show one side to have been right and one side to have been wrong. The ACA either will get more Americans covered, start to rein in costs and put some sanity into our insane health care system, or it won’t. History will record that when faced with one of the toughest economic challenges of our time, a shocking number of our leaders just walked on by — without a trace of the Samaritan’s mercy. When they finally did act, it was not to lend a hand; instead they have tried to stymie a solution ever since. n

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I was enjoying reading “Silence of the Hives” (8/8/13) until I read this statement, “…so [Steven] Sheppard, who specializes in genetics and was part of an international research team that sequenced the honey bee genome, wants to build a stronger bee.” In light of our short history on Earth, taken in consideration with our miserable ecological record, why do scientists persist in thinking they can ignore evolutionary process, which involves the parallel development of millions of organisms simultaneously (and/or God/ dess creationism), species interdependence and human history in order to replicate what’s happening all around us in an interconnected and intelligent natural world? Scientists (and the companies they work for) should be asking: How would a “better” bee affect humans? How would a “better” bee affect every other life form on Earth? How would a “better” bee affect natural bees?


I want to thank you for your article about Kelsey Anderson’s family (“What Happened to Kelsey Anderson?” 8/1/13). Thank you for protecting our First Amendment rights and keeping the government accountable by keeping the public informed. I want to thank the Anderson family for their persistence to get answers. My little brother is also in the Air Force, and I want to stand and support the Andersons in their fight. We are part of the same family. A family joined through the stripes of the Air Force. I cried for their loss because Kelsey was my sister, not of birth but by choice. I hope you will not let the proceedings slip from the public view, unless the Andersons so choose to step out of sight, I am waiting for an answer, too. I am waiting to make sure that my brother, and others like Kelsey, are treated constitutionally by the government they fight for. LINDSEY K. SEIDEL Spokane, Wash.

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eff Bezos, the founder of, told reporters this week that his reported purchase of The Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up,” explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake. “I guess I was just kind of browsing through their website and not paying close attention to what I was doing,” he said. “No way did I intend to buy anything.” Bezos said he had been oblivious to his online shopping error until earlier that day, when he saw an unusual charge for $250 million on his American Express statement. After investigating with the credit-card company, he was informed that he had been charged for the purchase price of the entire Washington Post, which, he said,

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Tar Heel Hell B by jim hightower

asketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley says: “I was a Republican until they lost their minds.” Welcome to North Carolina, where the governor’s office, the state senate and the state house have been turned into loony bins of Republican screwballism. We know from the not-too-distant past that it actually is possible to be both sane and a Republican, but don’t go looking for that combo in the Capitol complex of the Tar Heel State. Far-right-wing zealots have seized control of the government, and — Yahooooo! — what a clown show they’re putting on. Any program that helps the middle class or the poor — whack it! Any scheme that enriches and empowers corporate plutocrats — enact it! Any rule or normal procedure that’s in the way of their zaniness — run over it! In July, for example, the rampaging ideologues decided it would be a hoot to punch women in the face with a new law taking away their reproductive rights and nearly all of their health clinics. But running such a divisive and unpopular policy shift through the legislative process

can get very messy, because women (and many men) would rebel, protest and make a fuss. But hey, shouted the clowns, people can’t fuss if they don’t know we’re doing it to them. So — BAM! — without any notice, much less public hearings, senators grabbed a silly bill dealing with the right-wing bugaboo of Sharia law, tacked their repressive abortion agenda to it, and rammed it through in 18 hours. Then, the wacky boys in the House grabbed, of all things, a motorcycle safety bill and piled the abortion stuff onto it — again without any public notice or participation. They even called it a “safety” bill. What fun! Less fun for those buffoons, though, is that they’re now being confronted around the state by protesters wearing motorcycle helmets. n For more from America’s populist, check out

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Megaload Mayhem On the road with activists and an “eco-communist” bent on stopping shipments to the Alberta tar sands BY DEANNA PAN Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 pm

We’re flying 70 miles an hour down Highway 12, past Syringa, Idaho, 15 miles east of Kooskia in Cass Davis’ beat-up blue rig. Davis doesn’t have a plan — not a solid one, anyway — just a destination in mind and a dream. “I wish we had some f---ing equipment,” says Davis. “Yeah,” Brett Haverstick shouts from behind the wheel. He’s a 30-something dude with a scruffy orange beard and red bandana around his head. The windows are open. Above their voices, all you can hear is the whoosh and hiss of wind. Davis is crammed in the backseat with posters and gear. He’s 49, ruddy and wired, wearing zip-off khakicolored pants, sandals and a 10-day-old beard. He’s a self-professed “eco-communist” and, after losing his job at a Moscow food co-op a few years back, he’s been a

professional activist, too. “’Cause we could actually hold ’em up,” Davis continues. “I’d do it by my f---ing self. … I thought we were doing it.” “I thought that was it, too,” Haverstick says. By “equipment,” Davis has a few things in mind: Cables that he could thread through the trees and across the road for an elaborate tree-sit in the towering firs and pines along Highway 12. Or chains and concrete barrels to anchor feet to the road, so he and his comrades could go toe to toe with an incoming hauler roughly the size and shape of a wingless Airbus jumbo jet, shipping 644,000 pounds of machinery. Right now, all they’ve got are bodies, headlamps and posters that say things like “Crime Against Nature,” “No

to Big Oil Tyranny” and “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance.” They’re expecting a couple dozen more protesters to join them — environmentalists, climate activists, fed-up locals and Nez Perce tribal members — at Mile Marker 120 on Highway 12. “I can’t believe we’re megaloading it again,” says Davis. “Only in Idaho,” says Haverstick. The so-called megaload is a massive General Electricowned water evaporator bound for the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. The shipping company, Oregon-based Omega Morgan, plans to move nine more similar loads on this narrow two-lane roadway, cutting through the Nez Perce Reservation and federally protected Clearwa...continued on next page


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ter-Lochsa Wild and Scenic River Corridor in Lochsa.” spite of opposition from the U.S. Forest Service We’re cracking up. Davis can’t be serious. officials, who claim authority in shipments across What would be the point? public lands. Thursday, Aug. 8, 4 pm The protests from Nez Perce tribal members Davis’ philosophy: Screw capitalism. Screw NPR and environmentalists broke out on Monday, (It’s not even liberal.) Screw recycling. Aug. 5, when hundreds of protesters formed “Sacrifice has to be equal, or we’ll never see a human barricade at the border of Nez Perce change,” Davis says. “I’m not sacrificing so long Nation and managed to halt the shipment for two as someone gets to play on their yacht. I don’t hours. Their goal: Stop mining at the Canadian recycle! I’m a high and mighty environmentalist tar sands that ravage the landscape and conand I’m not wasting my time recycling until I see tribute to climate change. Twenty people were corporations starting to curtail the amount of polarrested on charges of disorderly conduct that lution they’re pouring into our rivers, until I see first night. Late Tuesday, children and teenagers fracking stopped. It’s a waste of my time.” hurled rocks at another shipment, stalling it for We drive 20 miles down a winding dirt road 15 minutes. Eleven more were arrested. through the Selway River corridor until it deadNow it’s Thursday night, and we’re running ends at a white sandy beach enveloped by clear, on a half tank of gas. We pass the confluence green falls and untouched forest. where the Selway and Lochsa Rivers meet to Davis grew up in the Silver Valform the Clearwater. It’s pitch black ley in the ’70s in a union family in a on this narrow, two-lane stretch of booming mining town. He’s an Earth road. Haverstick has the brights on. Send comments to Up ahead, all you can see are imposing First! “radical” (his word) and seasoned activist. He was arrested once, three coniferous trees. years ago, protesting an Imperial Oil Davis says he’s jonesing for a “canmegaload. Three times, he wonders aloud if I’m cer stick.” Yesterday, Wednesday, he had bought an undercover FBI agent, operating a sting. But and lost a $7 pack of cigarettes in minutes. State he has nothing to lose — no savings, no income, troopers and tribal police escorting the megaload hardly any material possessions. He could be arand its convoy of vehicles met protesters blocking rested tonight, but he can’t plan on it. Otherwise, the road head on and, in just 10 minutes, broke he says, he could be charged with a conspiracy past the demonstration. charge. Dozens of protesters then took off running None of the men in his family have lived after the megaload. Some went two miles on foot long past 60. He doesn’t expect to either. He has before jumping into cars to follow. Davis’ cigs no plans to have children because he’s confident were sitting on the hood when they revved beclimate change will spawn mass desperation and hind a train of vehicles, inching for hours behind nuclear war. All politicians talk about these days two police cruisers blocking eastward traffic. The is the economy at the expense of our environmegaload made it through Kamiah and into Forment. est Service lands uninterrupted. “Never does ecology come into the debate,” Haverstick described law enforcement’s he says. “Are we keeping the environment where strategy as the “other side of the chess board.” we can have clean drinking water, breathable air, Checkmate for Idaho. Protesters like Davis and nutritious food? … We’re destroying our godHaverstick need to try guerrilla tactics, they say. damned planet.” “Let’s get arrested tonight, bro,” Davis says The car suddenly stops. Davis says he’s gotta now. “Let’s get arrested for mooning the f---ing take a swim in the Selway. He rummages in his megaload. Think about it man. Get four or five trunk for his swim shorts. He digs out a pair of people together. Standing right in the middle of purple trunks. He jumps in the river and paddles the road. … Let’s moon those motherf---ers.” to the other side, floats on his back. Osprey and Haverstick imagines the headlines: “Full golden eagles sweep above the horizon. Cedar, Moon on the Lochsa Stops Megaload.” Or: grand fir and Engelmann spruce surround us. “Megaload Blinded by the Moon Stops at



This is his favorite spot. Davis doesn’t know what the answer is — how to make people care. It’s impossible, frankly. Still, he says: “My DNA tells me to struggle despite all odds.” Thursday, Aug. 8, 9 pm Engines roar. Lights flash. In Syringa, about two dozen protesters, waving posters, whooping and chanting “Hell no megaload,” approach the private property where Omega Morgan has parked its shipment for the day. A sign reads: “MEGALOADS KEEPING IDAHO $GREEN$.” Bill Sedivy, executive director of Idaho Rivers United (IRU), a conservation group, confronts an incredulous foreman. He tells him IRU has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking for an injunction to stop this insanity. Out of respect for the legal system, out of respect for the river corridors, out of respect for the Forest Service’s authority and out of respect for the Nez Perce Tribe, he pleads: Keep this load parked today. That doesn’t work. “Idaho is not for sale!” a woman yells. “Stay the f--- out of the corridor!” says Haverstick. “Come on, Cass! Let’s go!” “I’m coming, motherf---er.” And we’re running to our cars again. Thursday, Aug. 8, 11 pm “Ah shit, what a shit show!” Haverstick says. “Everyone’s just f--ing scattered and exhausted.” “I f---ing tired, man,” says Davis. “I got up there and said, ‘Hey, let’s get in the f---ing road.’” “I thought that’s what—” “But hey, no one was doing it. I’m not gonna, you know — besides,” Davis adds, “We can pull some sort of stunt and like stop the megaload up here.” It’s so dark now that parked alongside the road you can barely see the outlines of trees. The only light reflects off the sheen of the guardrail. We’re at Fish Creek — known as Sistine Chapel of wild steelhead runs in the Clearwater-Lochsa corridor — and just past an aging bridge that engineers fear could topple under the weight of the entire megaload. The shipment will have to be taken apart before it can cross. A glowing white behemoth starts to round the bend. Two bright lights illuminate a yellow sign on the grill of the truck: “OVERSIZE LOAD.” The megaload is crawling at a snail’s pace as foremen prepare to cross the bridge. Three police cars pull up, and Ken Yount, a young, brawny no-nonsense sergeant from the Idaho State Police, approaches the protesters, flanked by a gaggle of officers. “[I] respect your position,” Yount says. “But we just don’t want anyone to get hurt.” “We’re gonna ask you to stay off the paved portion, off that shoulder. We’re gonna have zero tolerance. We’ll advise and warn, but if somebody were to step out, we’re gonna make arrests. We don’t want to take anybody to jail tonight.” A burly Nez Perce man who’s been at the demonstrations every night, holding a sign in the Nez Perce language, heckles Yount. “What about our rights to peacefully assemble?” he shouts. Yount doesn’t blink. “Not in the road.” Friday, Aug. 9, 1 am The hauler roars. The convoy stirs. The 644,000-pound load is all wheels and steel, lit up like a Christmas tree. Protesters wave their signs and taunt the foremen. Davis has crawled underneath the bridge. He’s pounding tree trunks like a drum. Protesters watch from the side of the road as the lights from the caravan fade into the forest. The megaload and its entourage roll away. The cops leave. Haverstick shake hands with the reporter from Lewiston’s KLEW-TV. Some of the tribal leaders have nachos in carry-out boxes waiting for them in a van. Davis chats up other activists; he’s already planning his next protest. A young Nez Perce man folds his hands in his hoodie, looks up and speaks to no one in particular. “As soon we got here, you could see every star in the sky,” he says. “You can hardly see any of it now.” n


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A manhunt for a California murder suspect ended in Idaho after a group of horseback riders spotted abductor James DiMaggio and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson in the wilderness. Anderson was rescued after DiMaggio was shot and killed by an FBI agent.


The top two vote-getters in August’s primary advance, and in the case of Spokane City Council, Jon Snyder will face John Ahern in November, and Candace Mumm will face Michael Cannon. In the Valley, Ed Pace and Gary Schimmels will go head to head for a City Council position.


A 27-year-old man committed suicide at his Spokane Valley apartment hours after a standoff with sheriff’s deputies on Sunday evening. A SWAT team was initially called to the man’s home after his wife reported a domestic dispute.


A federal judge ruled the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy was unconstitutional. The presiding judge called the tactic “indirect racial profiling.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to appeal the ruling. young kwak Photo

Shirley Harman, left, and Rick Smith sway to the music of Swing Street last Thursday during a weekly dance night at the Southside Senior & Community Center on Spokane’s South Hill. About 50 people attended.



Ranking of Spokane in Outside magazine’s annual list of “Best Towns” in America. The magazine praises the city’s hiking trails, nearby ski resorts, trendy South Perry District and diverse dining scene.


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The size, in gallons, of a new stormwater tank sitting on the eastern edge of Kendall Yards. The tank will trap rainwater and naturally filter out contaminants entering the Spokane River.


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Amid renewed debate on wildlife protections for wolves, the radical environmental group Earth First! has released a how-to manual this week with instructions on how to sabotage wolf traps and disrupt hunting efforts. The 12-page Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual includes illustrated instructions for locating and destroying traps. It also describes how to approach and free trapped animals as well as how to cover your tracks. Many hunters in the Northern Rocky Mountains blame the return of wolves for declining numbers of elk, deer and moose in certain areas. In June, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed ending Endangered Species protections for wolves nationwide. Supposedly written by environmentalist hunters, the new how-to guide mimics historic “direct action” sabotage efforts against loggers, dams and mines. The manual notes that interfering with hunting is illegal and confronting armed hunters could be dangerous. Regional wildlife officials warn harassing licensed hunters or trappers can result in steep fines or jail time. — JACOB JONES

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With dozens of assisted-living and nursing homes throughout Eastern Washington, SNAP housing advocates are recruiting local volunteers to visit vulnerable residents and monitor living conditions at long-term care facilities. Working with SNAP’s Long Term Care Ombudsman program, volunteers spend a few hours a week visiting local facilities and checking in with residents to safeguard their rights and ensure they receive adequate care. “It gives the resident a voice,” program director Linda Petrie says in a news release. The Long Term Care Ombudsman program conducted more than 2,750 visits to facilities in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties last year. SNAP provides a stipend for gas costs. Petrie reports an “urgent need” for more volunteers. New volunteers must complete four days of training, now scheduled for mid-September. For more information on the program and application process, see details at — JACOB JONES

When Washington State University suffered a string of alcohol-related tragedies, including the death of freshman Kenny Hummel this fall, the university convened a task force to figure out how to address the campus culture of binge drinking. On Monday, WSU announced a lengthy host of proposed reforms to make sure this fall isn’t as destructive as last. WSU student body president Taylor Hennessey says many of the changes and alcohol-related programming had been piloted last year with programs like “Booze, Sex and Reality Checks.” Perhaps the most relevant to students: The very first time a student gets an alcohol- or drug-related offense, the school will call Mom and Dad. “Rather than using parental notification as a scare tactic, we view it as an opportunity to involve parents in the process of reducing harm,” WSU’s dean of students, Melynda Huskey, says in a press release. Other ideas include converting more dorm-room floors to alcohol-free, and increasing the number of Friday morning classes. Academic research indicates that without Friday morning classes, students are much more likely to binge drink. But Hennessey suspects that Friday morning classes won’t do much to dissuade more committed binge drinkers. “The same people who are binge drinking just aren’t going to go to class on Friday,” Hennessey says. Meanwhile, the university also plans to change how the community responds to alcohol abuse. The local hospital will connect with WSU’s Wellness Clinic to make sure that students who come with possible substanceabuse issues get intervention. And with the “Red Watch Band” program, students trained to respond to alcoholrelated emergencies will get “shiny” red watches. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Inc. says his agency would need more funding if it was expected to focus on attracting retail. Young Kwak photo

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Why City Hall wants more from Greater Spokane Inc. BY HEIDI GROOVER


n a bleak City Hall meeting room last month, council members sat around an oval-shaped table and agreed: “Call them off.” That night, Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development group, was set to make its quarterly report. “It’s a very cookie-cutter report,” Council President Ben Stuckart said. “It seems very much a template they just throw some numbers into. It doesn’t get me what I need.” Scaling back the number of times the group visits council chambers is just one phase of changes City Hall is looking to make to its relationship with GSI. But first, the administration and the council will have to agree on just what it is GSI should be doing. Debates over the role of the organization are rooted in views about what jobs the region should be seeking and competition between local governments for big business and the tax dollars that follow it. As the renewal of the contract between the

organization and the city, usually done by the beginning of the year, was still unfinished this July, Jan Quintrall, the city’s director of business and developer services, and GSI representatives discussed possible “deliverables” that could be written into the contract. “We wanted something that had a lot more clarity on what we expect from GSI,” Quintrall says. But when they couldn’t come to an agreement that the administration and council would both support, clarity was postponed. “You’ll see [changes] in 2014,” Quintrall says. As it stands, the $56,440 contract between GSI and the city prioritizes areas of town — the University District, Hillyard — and outlines how often GSI should report to Quintrall’s office. In a section detailing the expected “standard of performance,” the contract says, “GSI shall perform the best general practice.” The group has created its own list of focuses, including attracting industries like aerospace and


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health sciences. Now, with empty storefronts in town, the administration wants more focus on attracting retail, says Quintrall, who calls herself a “solution broker,” hired to help the administration and City Council find compromise. When trendy clothing retailer H&M moved into the Spokane Valley Mall, teenagers in beanies and skinny jeans lined up outside the storefront for TV cameras and the chance to be the first ones in the store. The frenzy could have been happening at River Park Square or NorthTown, retail boosters say. But not all council members are convinced. Sales taxes from retail shopping can be a boon to local governments as they tighten their belts, yet retail companies can push out mom-andpop businesses — simply shifting spending to a new store instead of creating new tax revenue. And the jobs often pay less than work in manufacturing or technology. “Would I rather spend a dollar trying to attract a large retailer to the city versus a new aerospace company to the West Plains?” asks Councilman Jon Snyder. “To me it’s not much of a choice.” But what if there were more dollars to spend? Today, if retail businesses are interested in the area, GSI will answer questions or connect them with developers, but it’s not taking the same lusty, targeted approach it took with industrial giant Caterpillar, which opened a distribution center on the West Plains earlier this year. “We have been involved in support of the retail industry,” says GSI President Rich Hadley, “but if we’re going to take on a more dynamic role, that would require more resources.” Quintrall says her department can’t afford to increase GSI’s budget in 2014, but she hopes to in 2015, though she’s unsure by how much. She says until then she would replace another of GSI’s current priorities in the city contract with retail development (rather than adding onto their responsibilities), but wouldn’t elaborate on what might get bumped from their list. GSI’s $3 million budget comes primarily from member businesses, but about half a million of that comes from the state, county and cities in the region. Today, as Spokane considers asking the organization to work on a new priority, the city’s funding of GSI is two-thirds what it was five years ago. Stuckart says he doesn’t foresee an increase in city support. “All I’m hearing is, ‘Pay them the same and tell them to go recruit retail,’” he says. “They have enough on their plate.” Self-labeled “unabashedly pro-business,” City Councilman Steve Salvatori says he’s long supported more funding for GSI and wants to see them go after retail all over the city by contacting big regional stores and selling them on Spokane. Salvatori says good jobs in aerospace and expansion of big box stores “are not mutually exclusive,” and GSI isn’t the city’s only way to reach out economically. “Retail is not evil,” Salvatori says. “If we could have done something to promote Spokane for a big box [store] and we didn’t, then it comes and [locates] one mile outside our border, then who won?” n



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How states throw money at the film industry, and what it means for Washington

Most of the crew has been on set since before sunrise. It’s now past 5 in the evening on a cooler-than-average August afternoon, and the dozen or so cargo-pant-and-Tshirt-clad group of 20- and 30-something men will keep filming until sunset. The next day, some of them will get up before dawn to film again; others plan to start editing footage that night. “Cameras rolling!” “Aaannd action!” yells director Adam Harum, standing behind a monitor showing the main camera’s angle, several pages of script rolled up and tucked into his back pocket. A shirtless actor, also the project’s director of photography, comes barreling down a grassy slope at sprint speed, yelling “Get out of the house! Get out of the house!” On a pine-tree-covered hillside overlooking the gently rolling hills of Orchard Prairie in northeast Spokane County, Harum and his crew have picked up and moved their equipment several times before they’re satisfied with the angle of the quickly changing evening sunlight. All of this effort is for a scene that, when finished, will only amount to about three seconds of footage for a roughly 10-minute episode of the locally produced sci-fi web series Transolar Galactica. The passion project of five young men — all graduates of Eastern Washington University’s film program — Transolar Galactica has gained an impressive following of sci-fi fans across the world in the past year and a half. Last fall, the series raised more than $30,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to fund its second season, setting a record for the most money that’s ever been crowdsourced via the site for a Spokane-based project of any kind. Despite its success, Transolar Galactica isn’t widely known locally since it’s geared toward such a specific demographic — but not all filmmaking is about blockbusters and the big screen. In Spokane and across Washington state, a core of dedicated filmmakers like Harum and his peers are focusing their talents more toward independent and small-budget projects, like exclusively online content and small-budget films that lean artistic and end up at regional film festivals instead of on megaplex screens. Currently, Washington’s film industry employs an estimated 3,400 people — likely between 150 and 200 working out of Spokane — and in the past six years, film projects have brought more than $213 million into the state, according to Washington Filmworks, a Seattle-based nonprofit that promotes the state’s film industry. But at the same time, Washington is losing out on big TV series and films — even some written to be set in the state, like AMC’s The Killing and the Twilight film franchise. ...continued on next page

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“the amazing race,” continued... Industry analysts say the key is money. Of the 39 industry from a grassroots level, through web-based states with some kind of financial incentive for film projects like Transolar and events like the annual 50 Hour productions, Washington falls near the bottom of the list. Slam filmmaking competition, organized by Adam Boyd, The state’s incentive program, managed by Washington one of Transolar’s creators. Spokane-based professionals Filmworks, offers up a modest $3.5 million per year, also found work on the sets of local commercials and compared with other states that annually give away tens small-budget short films largely unaffected by the incenof millions of dollars in tax credits, grants or cash rebates tive program’s lapse. to film productions. For Harum and his counterparts, that diversification During the 2011 legislative session, Washington into other areas of film work offered opportunities to lawmakers let the state’s Motion Picture Competitiveness grow and gain experience that is proving invaluable now Program lapse for a year. Industry advocates predicted that Washington’s film incentives are back. the film business would collapse. It didn’t, but Washing“That’s what’s exciting — even though the feature ton arguably lost much of its edge in the highly side has been slow — is seeing how we branch competitive filmmaking game during that time. out and have been going in other directions,” Not renewing the incentives undoubtedly meant Send comments to Harum says, standing off to the side of the significantly fewer feature films made in the crew while they move equipment to a new state between late 2011 and the first half of 2012 location and wait for the sun to slightly change than in prior years. It also forced production its angle. specialists, actors and directors to do what they do best: “You just have to adapt in the industry, otherwise it improvise. dies, and I think we’re adapting in an interesting way,” Rather than chasing down work elsewhere, industry says Harum. “Technology has changed so much even in creatives who stayed in Spokane through the film incenthe last six years, and that’s making it possible for people tive’s lapse chose to focus on the varied work outside who would never be able to afford to make a movie to of feature films. More energy went to building up the suddenly have access to that.”


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And starting in mid-2011, when feature film work in and around Spokane became almost nonexistent, Harum says it also forced the industry’s more experienced professionals to jump aboard smaller projects to stay busy and keep working.  Spokane got one of its first starring roles on the big screen with 1985’s Vision Quest, a coming-of-age saga about a high school wrestler from Spokane with big dreams. Other widely distributed films would follow, but Spokane didn’t get its name on the map until around the late ’90s and early 2000s. Hollywood began to take note of the diverse landscapes in and around the city — from forested mountains and rolling farmland to arid, sagebrush-dotted expanses and century-old farming towns — along with the relatively inexpensive cost of making a movie here. Another early game-changer for Spokane came in 1999 when North by Northwest, then a young, small production company, released The Basket, entirely written and produced by a team of locals, including North By Northwest co-founder and co-owner Rich Cowan, also


WASHINGTON Incentives: 30-35% Annual cap: $3.5 million

MONTANA Incentives: 20% cash grant; 9-14% tax credit Annual cap: $1 million for grants; no cap for tax credits

OREGON The incentives offered to filmmakers vary Incentives: 16.2% wages; greatly by state — some have no 20% goods/services incentive programs at all or, like Idaho, IDAHO Annual cap: $10 million Incentive program have programs that aren’t currently WYOMING currently unfunded. funded. But most states have some type Incentives: 12-15% of incentive program, and many have Cap: $900k for biennium ending June 2014 been expanding the rewards: Last month NEVADA Oregon lawmakers voted to increase the No film incentive annual program cap from $6 million to UTAH program currently $10 million, and New Mexico’s so-called COLORADO Incentives: in place. Incentives: 20% Up to 25% “Breaking Bad” bill recently upped CALIFORNIA Annual cap: $3 million Annual cap: Incentives: 20-25% incentives from 25 to 30 percent for TV $6.8 million Annual cap: $100 million series made in the state.

Incentive programs usually offer either cash rebate incentives or tax credits: Cash rebate incentives Tax credit incentives

ARIZONA No film incentive program currently in place.

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the film’s director. “It was hard to start out in the beginning,” Cowan recalls from his office at the company’s headquarters in a historic brick building just north of the Spokane River. “It was always a dream to bring production into Spokane, and why not? We have a great city to shoot in, we have infrastructure here, we have an airport close by. You look out the window here and it’s a back lot,” Cowan says, gesturing to the window behind him overlooking the pavilion in Riverfront Park and downtown Spokane. Over the years, North By Northwest has diversified outside of movies and commercials. Most recently it added a web division to complement its core production work. Most of the films North By Northwest makes aren’t big box-office hits anyway, and that’s for a reason, Cowan says. In an ideal year, he says, the company tries to land no more than four feature films, focusing on projects with budgets between $2 million and $8 million because most projects in that range hire local crews in lieu of transporting their own team to the set. “We have a crew of great technical people here in Spokane, and it’s my responsibility to keep them working so they can stay in Spokane,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about is jobs.” Because of the way the state tracks industry employment, and because many locals work as freelancers on film projects, it’s hard to calculate how many people the film industry employs in Spokane. Cowan’s best bet? Somewhere between 150 and 200 people. North By Northwest certainly isn’t the only force making the Inland Northwest a viable place to make films. Other creative agencies in the area include smaller media production studios that largely focus on commercials for TV and radio, online campaigns and other related work. Of the dozen crew members at the 16-hour Transolar Galactica shoot, the majority work day jobs at some of these local companies. They’re giving

up an entire Saturday to volunteer their expertise in camera operation, audio, costume work and makeup in part because of the project’s minimal budget, but also to gain valuable on-set experience. Most are graduates of local film and broadcast programs at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga and Washington State University; some have worked on projects in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, B.C. — even Los Angeles. But with all these resources and infrastructure at hand, shouldn’t Spokane be landing more film work?

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 The idea to offer attractive financial incentive packages to lure filmmakers within a state’s borders is nothing new. Proponents of government economic development programs have long touted the benefits of reducing taxes and offering other bureaucratic breaks to specific industries with the rationale that doing so will help that industry establish itself in a certain place, thus providing livable wage jobs and generating revenue back into the local economy. Offering economic incentives to filmmakers was spearheaded by Louisiana back in 2002. Since then, Louisiana — nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South” — has become a major U.S. film hub, third only to L.A. and New York City in the number of films and TV series being made there. According to its film office, more than 300 film and TV productions have been shot in Louisiana since 2006. The program is lucrative for filmmakers: Productions that spend more than $300,000 in-state get a 30 percent tax credit on that spending, as well as a 5 percent credit for up to $1 million spent on Louisiana wages. Here’s a catch: Because most of these films are multimillion-dollar productions, that in-state spending often exceeds the production’s income tax liability to the state. To address that, the ...continued on next page

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state — other states with similar incentives have followed suit — allows productions to transfer these excess credits by selling them to another state taxpayer or back to the state at an 85 percent buyback rate. The state, and others with programs modeled after Louisiana’s, justifies these measures by asserting that when more film productions come to the state, money will be generated back into its economy. New Mexico was another early adopter, also launching its filmmaking incentives in 2002. This year the state passed new legislation that sweetened its tax credit incentives from 25 to 30 percent for TV series shooting more than six episodes in New Mexico. The measure was fondly dubbed the “Breaking Bad” bill after the hit AMC show, filmed and set in the state. New Mexico’s program caps out at a total of $50 million in credits annually, attracting many widely released films looking to pad their budgets. But not all states with film incentives have had such success. An internal audit of Iowa’s incentive program in 2009 found that a lack of oversight and abuse of the state tax credits allowed producers to buy, among other things, luxury cars for personal use using the credits. The program has since been shut down, and the former manager of the Iowa film office was criminally prosecuted. Controversy over the amount of tax incentives being handed out to filmmakers has

troubled other states, including Michigan, where lawmakers facing massive budget deficits have had to decide whether to curtail the 42 percent tax credit, which has been credited with fostering the film business and helping to buoy the state through the auto industry crisis. Later this year, Michigan’s annual film incentive cap will be cut in half, from $50 million to $25 million. It’s because of Michigan’s generous incentives that Spokane lost to Detroit the opportunity to host the filming of the 2012 Hollywood remake of Red Dawn, a film set in Spokane. Closer to the Inland Northwest, neighboring states present plenty of competition. Oregon is home to a much larger annual incentive fund that last month was increased from $6 million to $10 million by the state’s Legislature. Filmmakers also bypass Washington and head north of the border to Vancouver, B.C., to take advantage of incentives. In past years, films made there have cashed in as much as $250 million annually. (Washington’s other border state, Idaho, hasn’t been able to offer financial incentives to moviemakers since its program, set up in 2008, has been left unfunded.) In Washington state, the $3.5 million in funds reserved for qualifying film productions this year has already run dry. And as a result it’s unlikely any new projects with a budget qualifying for the incentives will start production in Washington through the end of the year.

In Washington, the incentive program works like a cash rebate. Productions qualify by spending a minimum amount in state for goods, services and labor: $500,000 for motion pictures, $300,000 for episodic series and $150,000 for commercials. After those spendings are audited by Washington Filmworks, productions that prequalified receive 30 percent of what was spent here back from the state.

Cown, left, on the set of The River Murders with Ray Liotta. The incentive program is funded through a portion of business and occupation tax liabilities owed to the state. Corporations or individuals can choose to contribute to the program’s fund, and receive a dollar for dollar credit of up to $1 million against their business and occupation taxes owed to the state. Proponents of Washington’s Motion Picture Competitiveness Program argue that while its annual limit is one of the smallest in the U.S. — only five states have smaller film incentive funds — it’s enough to support a thriving independent film scene in both of the state’s film hubs, Seattle and Spokane. “When people are making a film under $5 million, we’re one of the first calls,” says Washington Filmworks director Amy Lillard over the phone from the organization’s Seattle office. As to why there aren’t any big TV series that are filmed in the state, it’s simply because the incentive program is not large enough to support an ongoing larger budget project, Lillard says. “I get asked all the time ‘Why isn’t Grey’s Anatomy filmed here’ and The Killing and other shows,” she says. “It’s because we can’t support it from a business standpoint. We can support it from an infrastructure standpoint, but not the business side.” When Washington’s Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was up for a vote before the state Legislature in 2011, the bill originally called for a larger annual sum to fund the program, recalls state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, who co-sponsored the bill with former state Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane. But because lawmakers were faced with making up a massive state budget deficit at the time, the bill didn’t pass, and the program was not renewed until a second try to bring it back to prior funding levels during the following year’s legislative session. State film industry advocates like North By

Northwest’s Cowan are, for the most part, simply relieved to have the incentive program back in place and remain hesitant to chide lawmakers for not diverting more money to the industry. Meanwhile, critics of incentivizing the film industry are quick to point out that the state programs are creating a race to the bottom, as states try to outdo each other in luring Hollywood. They argue that Washington state policymakers should be focusing more on lowering barriers to make the state an attractive place for all industries, not picking and choosing certain industries over others. “What is our state government — the Disney corporation? Why did they choose this industry to promote, taking $3.5 million from current profitable businesses in order to bribe another company to come here?” asks Paul Guppy, a researcher at the Seattle-based Washington Policy Center, a nonprofit public policy think tank. “We have to ask ourselves: Is this what the state and local government are for — to promote competitive business programs against other states when we still won’t win?” In a similar mindset, Transolar Galactica producer Adam Boyd, who also co-owns a Spokanebased media production company called Purple Crayon Pictures, says he personally believes it would be more beneficial for everyone if all states ditched their existing programs to incentivize the film industry. But Boyd also notes that Washington’s incentives aren’t necessarily in place to simply encourage big, out-of-state projects to come here: “It’s also about investing in the industry in Washington.”  Later this month, North by Northwest is scheduled to start shooting a new feature film in Spokane called West of Redemption. Casting for the lead roles took place about two weeks ago, and the film’s director is Seattle-based, Cowan says. Until that starts, the company is staying busy shooting local commercials and working on other projects. On a recent sweltering August afternoon, a small North by Northwest crew — along with a few advertising specialists from the local agency whose client the shoot is for — is gathered around a cool, inviting swimming pool in the backyard of an unassuming South Hill home. An actor with a bushy brown mustache stands next to the pool, wearing khaki cargo shorts and a Mt. Rushmore tourist T-shirt underneath a red-flowered Hawaiian-style shirt unbuttoned in the front. As the actor awkwardly waits poolside, holding a plate of raw steaks in one hand, barbecue tongs in the other, the 10-person crew moves around their filming equipment to prep for the next shot. Without knowing the shoot is a TV commercial to promote one of the area’s casinos, a casual observer might mistake it as the set of a feature film. High-end digital cameras sit on tripods around the backyard, and a makeup artist waits nearby with a brush in her hand, ready to touch up the actor’s face in between takes on a sticky, 90-degree day. It may all be for a 30-second TV commercial, but you wouldn’t know that by the way the director shouts “Action!” n


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The Show Two former Zags wind up in the same major league clubhouse By Howie Stalwick


teve Ames spent five years riding buses, sleeping in sketchy hotels and cashing tiny paychecks in the minor leagues. Finally, the former Gonzaga University pitcher fulfilled his childhood dream by making it to the major leagues last month as a relief pitcher with the Miami Marlins. By sheer coincidence, the Marlins’ manager is a former major league, GU and Gonzaga Prep catcher, Mike Redmond. “Having a fellow Zag on the team is great,” Redmond says. “I was really excited about that.” Ames fits perfectly with the underdog image of the rebuilding Marlins. He rarely pitched in high school, mainly playing left field at Hudson’s Bay High in Vancouver, Wash. His only scholarship offer out of high school was a partial ride to Columbia Basin (Junior) College in Pasco, where he played two seasons under former Zag Scott Rogers. Ames pitched in 175 minor league games. He initially thought No. 176 was on the horizon when New Orleans Zephyrs manager Ron Hassey had some fun with him before letting Ames know he was joining the Marlins. “He first said, ‘We have a lot of pitching; we’re going to send you down to Double-A,’ ” Ames recalled in a phone interview from the clubhouse at beautiful Marlins Park near downtown Miami. “I don’t know if he’s joking or what, so I go, ‘OK,’ and I kind of turned and walked away. He grabbed my arm and said, ‘Hey. No, no. I’m just kidding. You’re going to the big leagues.’ ” ...continued on next page

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Hassey, who spent 14 years catching in the (through Sunday), he had an 0-1 record and a majors, can be excused for having some fun at 4.50 earned-run average. Ames’ expense. “He works quick, he’s a competitor and he Ames also reacted calmly in early July when has tremendous poise on the mound,” Redmond he was traded to Miami with two other Los says. Angeles Dodgers farmhands in exchange for Ames lavishes praise on his former miMarlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco and cash. nor league pitching coach, Chuck Crim (now “Any time you’re traded, it’s a good thing,” the Dodgers’ bullpen coach), for helping him Ames reasons. “It makes you feel like the Marlins develop. wanted you.” Gonzaga associate coach Danny Evans was Ames was drafted for the first time in 2009, convinced Ames had a shot at the majors coming going to the Dodgers in the 17th round — out of college. Machtolf admits the 517th player selected — after his junior he thought Ames could have used year at Gonzaga. Ames spent just one year another year of college ball, but Send comments to with the Bulldogs, but the Gonzaga coachthe coach is delighted for Ames. “He proved me wrong … he’s ing staff still holds him in high regard. “He was tenacious … just no nonsense,” such a great kid,” Machtolf says. head coach Mark Machtolf says. Ames gushes about “playing Ames shows his appreciation for Gonzaga, recatch in a big league stadium and going out to turning every winter to tune up for spring trainthe bullpen.” He truly seems to be relishing each ing by throwing against the current Bulldogs. and every day in The Show. “It’ll be 30 degrees and he always wants to “It just feels so good,” he says. “You feel like throw an inning or two,” says Machtolf. all your hard work paid off. I mean, I haven’t Ames, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound right-hander, done anything yet, really, but it’s just so nice to throws a nasty slider and a fastball that reaches say, ‘I made it.’ All the years you played, and all the mid-90s. After four big league games the time to do your craft, pays off in the end.” n


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Fool’s Gold A Northwest author fights for truth in the olive oil industry By Kyler Hood

Tom Mueller, author of the best-selling Extra Virginity, has become an advocate for authentication in the olive oil industry.

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or some, olive oil is a healthful choice on salad or bread. But author Tom Mueller, who splits time between the Inland Northwest and Italy, the oil has become much, much more than an afterthought in the pantry. After he found that consumers are often not getting what they pay for when they buy a bottle labeled “extra virgin olive oil,” he set out to expose the fraud. Now it appears that his efforts may bear fruit. In October of last year, the International Trade Commission launched an investigation into the U.S. olive industry to explore what regulations may be necessary to keep American companies competitive in the face of imported oil. It’s those two seemingly simple words — “extra virgin” — and the controversy that surrounds them that sparked the investigation. Mueller is the best-selling author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, a book that exposed fraud and corruption in the olive oil industry. He describes extra virginity as “fresh squeezed fruit juice,” processed without the use of high heat or industrial solvents since both jeopardize oil quality, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has its own voluntary standard for olive oil. For olive oil to be considered extra virgin, it must have no more than 0.8 grams of oleic acid per 100 grams of oil, among other chemical requirements. It also cannot contain any of 16 standard sensory defects ranging from muddy sediment to rancid wood, according to European Union law. If properly implemented, Europe’s more stringent requirements could potentially raise the price of imports and make domestic olive oil prices comparable, but the situation is cloudy, according to Mueller. This is especially troublesome when you consider that in 2012, the Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Affairs said subsidies in that country for olive oil equaled approximately $1.3 billion. These subsidies allow European companies to artificially lower the price of extra virgin olive oil. But Mueller says that some of this product isn’t even extra virgin olive oil. “A significant amount of olive oil sold as extra virgin, especially in food service, is adulterated with other seed oils. You buy cheap seed oils and you mix it in with olive oil and you sell it as extra virgin and you’ve just made a lot of money,” says Mueller, adding that the voluntary nature of regulatory standards in the U.S. means there is little if any effectiveness to the process. In June, the federal farm bill did not pass, but the congressional proceedings disturbed Mueller. Legislators added an amendment ...continued on next page


FOOD | TRENDS “fool’s gold,” continued... to the farm bill that would have essentially exempted imported oil from quality regulation. While the bill didn’t pass, Mueller sees the vote as an unfortunate sign of the strong hand of olive oil companies opposed to new quality regulations on imports. A Trade Commission report, originally scheduled for release Aug. 12, has been delayed indefinitely. But when it is finally released, Mueller is confident that it will drive crucial discussion about olive oil. “I think the International Trade Commission, the work that I’ve seen them do is fantastic. I fully expect [the report] to be a really important document that lays clear a number of issues that have been in the dark until now,” says Mueller. The voluntary standard adopted by Australia also set an excellent precedent, according to Mueller. There, regulators adopted a national standard that created stricter measures for chemical and taste tests, so the likelihood of a fresh product in stores improved dramatically. In April, the North American Olive Oil Association surprised Mueller when it filed a lawsuit against Kangadis Food Inc., a New York-based company that markets Capatriti brand olive oils for alleged deceptive marketing about olive oil quality. Essentially, the company was taken to court for selling olive pomace oil — a waste product from the oil extraction process, produced when an industrial Get the scoop on the local food scene solvent is added to the olive with our Entrèe newsletter. Visit pits, skin and flesh — as olive to sign up. oil. The ongoing class action suit alleges that the company misrepresented its product, and the value of that product, to consumers. Mueller says that more and more consumers are becoming aware and concerned about the quality of their olive oil. “I went to KeHE, which is the No. 1 supplier of supermarkets in America. ... These people invited me to come and do olive oil education at their Chicago convention, and I was booked up. Every 15 minutes of my life for two days was booked up by olive oil and whatever else the buyer and the supermarkets wanted to clue themselves into. ... I guarantee you, two years ago that wouldn’t happen,” he says. Locally, Mueller recommends Oil and Vinegar in River Park Square as a reliable spot for high-end olive oil. But he adds that some chain store labels like Trader Joe’s now show more detail, and the selection at Huckleberry’s is laudable, but quality remains hit and miss. Mueller finds these fraudulent or rancid products by regularly tasting, and in some cases, by adding the authority of lab testing to determine chemical quality. “The only way to go forward for me is consumer education,” he says. “That is literally the only way in which change will come, positive change in olive oil quality, is when the consumer starts saying, ‘This is rancid.’ All of the regulation stuff comes after the fact.” n


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Long Live the Lentil Pullman’s National Lentil Festival celebrates its 25th year By Lisa Waananen


or the very first National Lentil Festival in 1989, organizers hoped David Letterman might accept their invitation to attend since he’d previously featured a lentil farmer on his show. Letterman declined. But about 4,000 other people attended what was billed as “Pullman’s Harvest Extravaganza.” The quirky festival organized by the Chamber of Commerce has been going strong ever since — it was recently named one of TripAdvisor’s “10 Wacky U.S. Summer Events” — and this year marks its 25th anniversary. Many of the original events have become traditions: the lentil cook-off, crafts, concerts and appearances by the round, brown mascot, Tase T. Lentil, who got his name in a contest that very first year. The World’s Largest Bowl of Lentil Chili (450 gallons) has been an annual staple since 1999, says festival director Amberly Boone. The lentil is still front and center in this year’s new attractions, which combine smalltown, county-fair-style charm with the popularity of locally sourced food and competitive cooking. The Legendary Lentil Cook-Off is taking a new

form: Five finalists prepare their recipes — which include less-expected lentil dishes like pizza, granola and carrot cake — on Saturday and serve them at the festival. “They will be cooking their recipes for a panel of celebrity judges,” Boone says. Three professional chefs — including Top Chef contestant Robin Leventhal — are preparing lentil dishes in live cooking demonstrations on Saturday, and a new area called Ag Corner offers a hands-on view of lentil farming. “People can see what it takes to grow and harvest lentils here on the Palouse,” Boone says. The festival also continues the tradition of non-lentil entertainment throughout the two days, capped this year by a free concert on Saturday at 3:30 pm by American Idol alum Casey James, who’s been touring with Taylor Swift. n National Lentil Festival • Fri, Aug. 16 and Sat, Aug. 17 • Reaney Park and Spring Street • 690 Reaney Way, Pullman • (800) 365-6948 •

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hanks to a lawsuit challenging The Weinstein Company’s right to use the title The Butler — one that, depending on your sympathies, is either “protecting intellectual property” or “typical petty Hollywood dick-swinging” — the full, official title is now Lee Daniels’ The Butler. And even if the director’s name is unfamiliar to you, you may realize by the end why auteur credit is so appropriate for this movie. Lee Daniels, you see, is not a subtle filmmaker. Best known for the Oscar-winning misery-wallow Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Daniels also oversaw last year’s swampy, fairly demented adaptation of Pete Dexter’s The Paperboy, which became most infamous for a tender moment in which Nicole Kidman saves Zac Efron’s life from jellyfish stings by peeing all over his face. Call it a special gift for picking source material, but Daniels has seemed to understand where his distinctive brand of visual too-much might actually be just right. He’s at it again with this loose adaptation of the life story of former White House butler Eugene Allen, turned here into a fellow named Cecil Gaines. Born on a Georgia plantation in 1918, Cecil witnesses the sexual abuse of his mother and the murder of his father at the hands of the plantation’s white owner, before eventually


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Forest Whitaker plays the lead role in this loosely interpreted story of former White House butler Eugene Allen, turned here into a fellow named Cecil Gaines. His ability to avoid conflicts and please people catches the eye of a White House staff recruiter, who brings Cecil on during the Eisenhower administration, beginning service that would take him into the Reagan years. Also stars Oprah Winfrey! (SR) Rated PG-13


Our favorite wild-ass, silly-ass, violentass youth superheroes, Kick Ass and Hit Girl are back again this summer to totally ass things up and fight some crime. This time around, they’re joined by other masked crime fighters, including Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). They’ve teamed up to fight a bad guy (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who this time around calls himself by a name we can’t print here. (MB) Rated R


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This Danish film tells the story of a male kindergarten teacher who is loved by the children and his coworkers until one of the kids fabricates a story about sexual misconduct on this teacher. Soon, his life crumbles as he’s accused of a heinous crime he never committed. (LJ) Rated R


This documentary will rattle your bones as Jeremy Scahill, a correspondent for The Nation magazine, searches to uncover what he believes to be covert wars happening around the world. He takes the viewer along as he interviews the victims of secret air strikes and military visits. This isn’t just the Middle East, either, as Scahill points out. (MB) Not Rated

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

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




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That desire to be free from your parent’s rule and live life as you choose is a common one. This film tells the story of three friends who make this romantic fantasy a reality. Running into the woods to build their own house, they come to better understand the meaning of friendship, family and what it means to rule. Delightful performances mark this unique coming of age story. At Magic Lantern (JR) Rated R


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


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In 1972, Linda Boreman was forced by husband Chuck Traynor to star in the pornographic film Deep Throat. The film garnered significant mainstream attention, and Boreman, performing under the name Linda Lovelace, became a national icon representing female sexual freedom. This film shows the dark, abusive reality that was Boreman’s life. It stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard. At Magic Lantern (JR) Rated R


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In this sci-fi tale, the 1-percenters don’t just live in their own world philosophically and in terms of lifestyle; they’ve literally left the planet behind. Orbiting above Earth is the titular satellite/ habitat, where those who can afford it enjoy the bliss of cure-all medical technology and breathable air, while the surface world has turned into one massive, overpopulated, disease-ridden wasteland. But then one of those lowly Earth dwellers (Matt Damon) gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, and his only chance of survival is finding a way to get up to the medical marvels of Elysium. (SR) 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. (ES) Rated PG

Johnny Depp dons another wig as Tonto, the Native American sidekick to the not-so-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 Carib-

bean special effects and quippy humor, Depp and Hammer gallop horseback through the dust in an adventure against the Western bad guys. (BN) 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-goldshoe-wearing war profiteer. (ES) Rated PG-13


The son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), ventures out into the Sea of Monsters with his friends to find the Golden Fleece, which holds the power to restore peace to their town. Full of myth, magic and adventure, this movie takes the viewer along for the quest with impressive visual effects. (JR) Rated PG


Disney has almost made the movie Cars  again. This time, it’s just with planes. Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, is a plane with dreams of becoming a champion racer, but he’s afraid of heights.

With the help of his mentor Skipper (Stacy Keach), Dusty sets out to make his dreams come true. He meets goofy characters voiced by Brad Garret, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and John Cleese along the way. (JR) Rated PG


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) Rated 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


Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who finds himself in major debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). He’s then forced to make a trip to Mexico to pick up some bud, and he believes he’ll keep a lower profile if he crosses the border with his family. Without one, he recruits a nerdy boy, a punk girl and a stripper (Jennifer Aniston — as a stripper!) to pose as his kin travelling in an RV. (JR) Rated R


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n 40 years, a lot of things can change. In the back office of the record store she’s owned with her husband for that long, Deon Borchard fiddles with the knobs on a stereo near her desk and suddenly the office — a space practically wallpapered in CDs and records — is filled with the warm, twangy vocals of a male country singer. With the music cranked, she’s thinking about all the things that have changed since the opened the doors of the Long Ear in 1973: the way she and her friends used to listen to records, how important their ritual of listening to a brand new album was to their lives. How music just seemed to matter more to people — like it was a part of their spirituality, almost. “We’d run down to our local record store, pick it up, run home real quick and we had a waterbed — because everybody had waterbeds — and light the blue candles and sit on our waterbed with the big pillows behind us and we would have big speakers around us and listen to the music. Didn’t say anything. Just listen to the whole side, and then get up and turn the record over and listen to the whole next side,” she says. “And then we’d talk about the record and say, ‘Did you hear him talking about this?’ ” The Borchards have owned The Long Ear for 40 years — moving the shop four different times and ...continued on next page


MUSIC | records “life is a mix tape,” continued... enduring through the rise and fall of the 8-track, the cassette tape and the mom-and-pop record store. Today, well into the digital age, the Long Ear marches on. It is at the very center of the Borchards’ lives. Deon still remembers meeting her husband for the first time in the early 1970s in Orange County, Calif. It was music that brought them together. A friend brought Deon to a swap meet to see the guy who made 8-track tapes: “He said, ‘There’s this guy out there that makes the best 8-track tapes. You won’t even believe how good they sound.’ So I’m going, ‘Far out!’ I went out there... we walked across the parking lot at the swap meet. And I stopped dead in my tracks because there was Terry.” The pair bonded over their love for music. She says they went to 40 concerts that first summer they were together. After six months, Terry and Deon were married “on the first Monday we both had off together.” Soon they moved to the small vacation town of Big Bear Lake, Calif., where they would open the first incarnation of the Long Ear. Terry built the record bins. Deon sewed the curtains. A friend sold her macramé plant hangers. Clouds of incense hung in the air. “We wanted it to be the kind of a place that you could walk in and it was like you had opened the door into another room in your house,” she says. She remembers walking around town with a big yellow note pad conducting her own “market research,” asking people around town, “If we opened a record store, would you come?” The Long Ear took off, expanding to a new location after a few years of business. The Borchards had a son, Victor, who came to the store every day with them. They

(Left to right) Co-owners Deon Borchard, Terry Borchard and manager Chelsea Fritze at the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene. young kwak photo promised him that when he was old enough to see over the counter, they’d put his name on the store business cards. He was tall enough at age 9. Soon the sanctuary they had found from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles was tainted. Smog rolled over the hills from L.A. Looking for a new home, in 1992, the Borchards packed up two U-Hauls and headed north to Coeur d’Alene — a place that reminded them of the Big Bear Lake they used to know. They’ve been in the store’s current location for 13 years now. Deon admits that the Borchards’ own love for music was never enough to make the business survive. The rise of digital music has killed lots of stores like the Long Ear — stores much bigger than the Long Ear. She says that’s why their store had to change: today there are racks of handmade dresses and satchels, glass cases of flasks and hookahs, jewelry, posters, stickers. As for music, the store

carries more than 18,000 titles. “The way that we’re hanging on is by diversification, and because we’re really stubborn,” says Deon, who says they lean heavily on their employees — people who believe in what they’re doing at the Long Ear, and who treat the store like its their own. She points to one of the managers, Chelsea Fritze. She met her husband, Nic, the other store manager, right here at the Long Ear. They’ve got a baby, too, now. “It’s not unlike Terry and I,” she says. “So here we go with the next generation of Long Ear.” n The Long Ear’s 40th Birthday Festival with performances by Robert Cray, the Flying Mammals, the Static Tones and more • Sat, Aug. 17, from 11 am-7 pm • The Long Ear • 2405 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Free • All-ages • • (208) 765-3472


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Red Rocker Devotee An unlikely fan divulges her love for Sammy Hagar By Ashley Graham


here’s a warm glow about Sammy Hagar that’s apparent whenever he steps on stage. Big smile, T-shirt sleeves rolled up as he punches the air, red tennis shoes properly suited for running and jumping. He’s energetic, personable, and passionate. I saw Hagar for the first time on Aug. 3, 1999 at Riverfront Park. My sister won tickets from KKZX and convinced me that taking our parents to see “the guy from Van Halen” on a Tuesday was going to be a great time. I thought she was crazy. Turns out, big sisters are pretty smart. Hagar was 51, I was 15, and that concert changed my life. No joke. Hagar is solely responsible for classic rock making me a weirdo in high school, and for me nowadays being the quirkiest 29-year-old in most conversations. I’m not his typical fan — I was a year old when “I Can’t Drive 55” charted, and I absolutely swim in every size-large Cabo Wabo shirt I’ve bought. Instead, I was won over at that age (when the rest of my summer concertgoing involved Peakfest with Eve 6) by the guy’s stage show, the ease with which he interacted with fans and their devotion. Since then, Hagar’s released albums, toured with Van Halen, become a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, formed Chickenfoot, written a biography, launched a rum line and opened restaurants. Now that I live in San Francisco, I even hit one of them up in Roseville, Calif., on his birthday last year. A dude who many lost track of after his ’80s and ’90s heyday, and who I so easily could have overlooked were it not for that first experience, has remained a constant throughout my entire adult life. What I didn’t know in 1999 was that being a Redhead (Red Rocker devotee), is a lifestyle. Stop by the bar around the corner from a Hagar concert before the show and you’re guaranteed to see an obvious gaggle (they’ll be the ones in Cabo tees, goatees and visors, just like the man). Hagar has spent decades earning their respect, providing good tunes and good times — whatever he does, they’ll buy it and go to four of the tour stops that follow. (I’ll be clocking my first this Saturday at Northern Quest with my awesome parents). A night listening to Sammy Hagar is a night well spent. n Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas • Sat, Aug. 17 at 8 pm • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • $69 and up •

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o this one is free and all-ages. There is absolutely no excuse not to get thyself out the door for the Garland Block Party on Saturday. Not only does it feature music from local and national acts, including Violent Vickie, Nude Pop, Daethstar, Summer in Siberia and Cathedral Pearls, but vendors of the food and art variety will also be there to satiate the senses. Beer gardens are involved, too (phew), as is a fashion show. Far too often you need to wait until sometime after midnight to hear any of these bands play live at a show. And that’s what this block party is all about: it’s the perfect setting for those who have a 10 pm bedtime. — LAURA JOHNSON Garland Block Party with Violent Vickie, Nude Pop, Daethstar, Summer in Siberia and Cathedral Pearls • Sat, Aug. 17 from 3-10 pm • Garland District, 3810 N. Monroe St. • Free • All-ages • garlanddistrict. com

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Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), Miss Abbey Trio Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn J Carr’s Corner, Helms Alee, Dead, Norska, Hooves Coeur d’alene Casino, Big & Rich, The Ryan Larsen Band The Cellar, Kosh J Coeur d’Alene Park (Spokane), Angela Marie Project Curley’s, The DBC Band Forty-One South (208-265-2000), Truck Mills Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J Hayden City Park (208-6673162), Nu Jack City J Hills’ Restaurant (747-3946), Floating Crowbar J The Hop!, The Ridgelands, Scatterbox, The Widower, Invasive Species, Stoning Cats, Autolycus LeftBank Wine Bar, Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Mootsy’s, Mirror Mirror, Hundred Visions, Brothers ov Midnite, Austin Leonard Jones nYne, Angela Marie Project, Mama Doll, Hannah Reader, Liz Rognes and Rachel Price O’Shay’s, Open mic J the Phat House, The Tone Collaborative Rico’s (332-6566), Palouse Subterranean Blues Band J Riverstone Park, County Line Band The Rock Bar, Armed & Dangerous Splash, Steve Denny The Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Zola, The Bucket List

Friday, 8/16

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he band’s name is entirely fitting of what their music sounds like — a grenade going off. But in this instance that’s not a bad thing. With an influence of punk and hard-core metal throughout, the exact origins of what this Seattle-based band plays is hard to pin down. But that’s part of the fun of going to one of their shows — that and getting your eardrums thoroughly pummeled. After playing the Capitol Hill Block Party three weeks ago, the four-piece rolls over to Spokane for the first time Sunday. The group’s first full-length, Heaven is Empty, hit streets in May. — LAURA JOHNSON Grenades with Cascabel, Bone Dance, Losing Skin and Autolycus • Sun, Aug. 18 at 8 pm • Checkerboard Bar • 1716 E. Sprague • $5 • Allages • 535-4007

Vaughn Big Sky’s (489-2073), Son of Brad Bolo’s (891-8995), The Coleman Underground Boomers (368-9847), My Mom’s Birthday Carlin Bay Resort (208-6677314), Aftermath Carr’s Corner, Rod Mac, Maestro, Slette, Mutiny Inc., Epik, Prosper, Chief Danger, Classic Clique, DJ Killmore The Cellar, Bones, Bolan & Nelson Clover (487-2937), Andy Day Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mike Morris, The Jam Band Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Ray Allen and Friends The Country Club (208-6762582), Hollowpoint First Street Bar (276-2320), Cliff Park Fizzie Mulligans, Protocol Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos

The Hive (208-304-9199), Spankalicious, DJ B Breaks Iron Horse, Bad Monkey Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Redwood Son J Laguna Cafe, Pamela Benton LeftBank Wine Bar, Starlite Motel J Luxe Coffeehouse, Mad at Paul Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Plastic Saints J Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Maxie Ray Mills Northern Quest, DJs Ramsin and Mayhem nYne, Chapel Blues, Kelly Hunt, DJ MC Squared J Park Bench Café (456-4349), Union Street Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Jean Mann J The Phat House, Left Over Soul J Rathdrum City Park (208-6672162), NativeSun J Red Lion at the Park (326-

8000), Chris Rieser and Jay Rawley Republic Brewing Company (7752700), Grant Sabin Band J The Shop, DJ Soott J Silverwood Theme Park, The Hitmen Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Deuce Splash, Bruiser, Steve Denny Zola, Shiner

Saturday, 8/17

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Laylah’s Drink, Tomb of Ligeia The Cellar, Current Flow J The Center, Dirty Shirley, In Flux, Knuckle Deep, Invasive, Lust For Glory, Cutlass Supreme, The Camorra, Evolved, Stepping on My Soul, Undercard J Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin, Tyler Coulston Clover (487-2937), Karrie O’Neill Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mike Morris, The Jam Band Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Doug Bond The Country Club (208-6762582), Hollowpoint First Street Bar (276-2320), Cliff Park Fizzie Mulligans, Protocol J Garland Block Party, Nude Pop, Summer in Siberia, Sick Kids XOXO, Cathedral Pearls, Daethstar, B Radicals and more (See story above)

Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos Green Owl (208-448-1995), YESTERDAYSCAKE J The Hop!, Elektro Grave J Huckleberry’s (624-1349), Talmadge and Kassandra Iron Horse, Bad Monkey Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy J The Knitting Factory, Bow Wow La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Bright Moments J The lantern Tap House (3159531), Marshall McLean Band, Tyler Aker LeftBank Wine Bar, Kari Marguerite and the 76

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Monday, 8/19

Baby Bar, Iconoplasty, Red Hands Black Feet Bowl’z Bitez and Spiritz (3217480), Open mic J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Truck Mills John’s Alley, Good Gravy Mootsy’s, Mirror Mirror, Is/Is Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Zola, Nate Ostrander

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Tuesday, 8/20

Arbor Crest Winery (927-9463), Sara Brown Band Baby Bar, BBBBandits, Lust for Glory, Snake Island Carr’s Corner, Fatality, Rise From the Fallen, Crytikal Mass The Cellar, Pat Coast J Checkerboard bar, Losing Skin, Grenades (See story on facing page), Cascabel, Bone Dance, Autolycus Coeur d’Alene Casino, Echo Elysium Coeur d’Alene Cellars (208-6642336), Angela Marie Project J Cda City Park, Back Adit Daley’s Cheap Shots, Voodoo Church John’s Alley, Paa Kow’s All Means Band Mootsy’s, 66beat, Hornet Leg, Bad Mood, Rice Queen

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Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills Café Bodega (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame open mic The Cellar, Current Flow Downtown CdA, The Fat Tones Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fizzie Mulligans, Kicho J The Hop!, The Freshman, Wurd One, Dajnx, Indica, Embodied Organics, Vante Hendrix Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Windy Hill Fedora Pub, Kosh J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dario Re J Mezzo Pazzo, Joe Caruso J The Nest at Kendall Yards, Kathy Colton and The Reluctants Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Ben Fuller J The Phat House, Ragtime Steve, Bar Church, Be Open Mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic Splash, Steve Denny Zola, The Bucket List

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Bow Wow dropped the “Lil’ ” back in 2003, but it’s hard not to think of him that way still. Proving he’s all grown up, the rapper/actor (remember Like Mike and Roller Bounce?) brings his show, hosted by Natalie Nunn from the Bad Girls Club no less, to the Knitting Factory this Saturday. The now 26-yearold, born Shad Gregory Moss, got his real start when Snoop Dogg noticed the talented pre-pubescent flowing his brains out. What the guy raps about now we’re not quite sure, but the show certainly will be intriguing. — LAURA JOHNSON Bow Wow • Sat, Aug. 17 at 7:30 pm • $25-$75 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague Ave. • sp.knittingfactory. com

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Unity in the Community • Sat, Aug. 17 from 10 am-4 pm • Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard St. •

North Idaho Fair and Rodeo • Aug. 21-25 • $5-$7 admission per day • Kootenai County Fairgrounds • 4056 N. Government Way, CdA • • (208) 765-4969

For low-income families in the Inland Northwest, this weekend’s Unity In the Community provides school supplies (grades K-8) and much more at its 19th annual community multicultural celebration, which this year is themed “Sharing Our World.” In addition to the supply giveaway, youth can travel through the Cultural Village and get their “passports” stamped as they learn about the cultures represented in Spokane. Local employers, health and wellness organizations and seven nearby colleges will also be on hand to give kids and adults helpful information to fuel their futures. — BETH NOTTURNO

This year’s slogan for the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo, “Everything Under the Sun,” is fitting. The rodeo, demolition derby, draft horse show and pull, and motocross will lure visitors through the gate, but it’s the live music and traditional fair attractions that will get you to stay all day. Charley Jenkins and Shiner headline the music, while hypnotist Michael Swenson tops the live performances. The Family Fun Park will be open throughout the fair, where you can hop on an express train chugging along the tracks. — MYCHAELA NICKOLOFF




Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, based on the 1980 film of the same name, might be your last chance to see a Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre show. The theater has been operating since 1967 but said this week that they may close permanently due to slow ticket sales this season. If 9 to 5 yields a big box office and donations come rolling in, organizers say they may be able to continue into next year. — MIKE BOOKEY


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When I was 6 years old, I went to a friend’s house and watched The Princess Bride. It left me with an emotional scar for the better part of my childhood, though I’ve since learned to appreciate this classic piece of American cinema. The scene of Westley and Buttercup traversing through the dangerous Fire Swamp, infested with R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size), is what got me. I had nightmares about those damn R.O.U.S. for years. The moral of the story: if you have young, impressionable kids in tow to see this last film as part Riverfront Park’s outdoor summer movie series, they should cover their eyes along with me during that potentially terrifying scene. — CHEY SCOTT



The Princess Bride • Wed, Aug. 21 at dusk (8 pm) • $5 • Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl • 507 N. Howard St. •





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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D's Comedy, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) You Need a Hero Live improv comedy show based on audience suggestions. Through Aug. 30, Fridays at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) open Mic Comedy Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Ages 21+. Chan's Red Dragon, 1406 W. Third Ave. (838-6688) Improv Comedy Night Familyfriendly comedy night based on audience suggestions. Aug. 16 from 7-9 pm. $5. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (990-2834) Safari Short-form improv games

based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Harry J. Riley Live comedy show also featuring Jason Komm. Aug. 17 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D's Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) Live Comedy Live stand-up comedy shows every Sunday at 9 pm. Free. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) Comedy Open MicStand-up comedy open mic night. Aug. 22 at 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223) Dana Carvey Live comedy show fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer. Aug. 24 at 8 pm. $40-$150. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200)


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I’ve been on three dates with a gorgeous, funny, kind, and successful woman. Two weeks ago, we met for drinks with a group of my friends, and a guy in our crowd who’s in the habit of saying crass things showed up. He ended up insulting her by making a rude, totally vulgar sexual remark about her. He was trying to be funny, but I could see she was offended. I was so taken aback that I didn’t say anything. Shortly afterward, she amy alkon said that she had to leave. I walked her out and apologized for him, and I have since apologized by email and in three voicemails. I’ve tried to set up another date so I can apologize in person, but she keeps getting off the phone really quickly. Would sending flowers to her work be appreciated or —Friend’s Foot In My Mouth seem creepy? Life sometimes presents you with a chance to show a woman what you’re made of, like when some creep aggressively disrespects her in your presence. Your response — staring into your beer — told this woman a lot about you, like that you’re the sort of boyfriend who would take her camping and, upon hearing a bear crashing through the woods, tuck a hot dog in her pocket and shove her out of the tent. If your initial response wasn’t enough to make her never want to see you again, you probably sealed your romantic doom by taking immediate inaction in the wake of your inaction. Sure, you did say you were sorry…and email her that you were sorry and leave her multiple voicemails saying that you were sorry and then flap your lips some more and try to ask her out to say you’re sorry in person. Unfortunately, there’s a difference between a meaningful apology and regret-flavored borderline stalking. Sending flowers — immediately — might have been wise, as a number of studies find that people are more likely to be forgiven, even for serious transgressions, if their apology is accompanied by a gift, which says that they value the person they hurt enough to invest in repairing the relationship. But no amount of flora will solve what I suspect is the real problem here: She probably now sees you as a passive wimp who responds to even a minor challenge by folding like a sheet of typing paper. (If you have a favorite blood sport, it’s probably crocheting.) You didn’t have to challenge the guy to a parking lot duel. You just needed to say something — perhaps just a stern, “Dude, you’re really out of line.” Even women who can defend themselves just fine want a man who’ll stand up for them. Being a stand-up guy comes not out of memorizing a list of the right things to do but from becoming a person who can’t help but do them. This, in turn, comes out of personal standards for courage, generosity, fairness, and integrity. Of course, in order to assert these standards, you’ll need self-respect. If that’s a problem area for you, pick up “The Assertiveness Workbook,” by Dr. Randy J. Paterson, and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” by Dr. Robert Glover. Put in a year manning up, and if happy hour again becomes insulting hour, you’ll take action — and it won’t be scurrying to the nearest florist to ask, “Excuse me, but which color roses say ‘I’m a man who will rise to the occasion instead of hiding under the table’?”

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SpokeFest VolunteersVolunteers needed to help set up the course and fair, provide direction, host food/ water stops and more for the annual community cycling festival (Sept. 8) in downtown Spokane. ( Thursday Night DanceCommunity dances featuring live music by local bands. Thursdays from 7:30-9:45 pm. $5.50. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) Strides for Strong Bones3-mile fun run benefiting the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition. Aug. 17 at 9 am. $15-$20. Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. (206-465-2585) Centennial Trail Volunteer Day Volunteers are invited to participate in light work to improve Centennial Trail heads including painting, weeding and more. Aug. 17, 25 and 31. More info by emailing riversidestatepark1@ (795-4609) Stiletto SprintHigh-heeled sprint races to benefit the Women's Healing and Empowerment Network with men's, women's and team sprint races. Aug. 18 from noon-5 pm. $5-$30. Luxe Coffeehouse, 1017 W. First Ave. (443-3527) Make it a Mile Walking Program Walking group to train for the Spokane Heart and Stroke Walk on Sept. 14. Meets on Tue and Thu from noon-1 pm, Aug. 20-Sept. 12. $25, includes shirt. Meets at Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain, 570 N. Howard St. Check in at the Fleet Feet tent. (328-4786) Family Dance NightGet moving with the whole family. Aug. 23 from 7:30-8:30 pm. $5-$10. The Buddhio, 915 S. Perry St. (389-0429) Mobius Extreme Science Show Live science demonstrations featuring new demos by Mobius scientists Aaron and Don. Aug. 24 at 7 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.


Picnic in the ParkHealthy Woman event featuring refreshments, a social hour and lecture on how to prevent skin damage caused by the sun. Aug. 15 from 5:30-7 pm. Free. Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. (473-5639) Pickin' on the PrairieVendors selling vintage, antique, salvaged, handmade and collectible items and more. Aug. 17-18 from 10 am-4 pm. $4 admission. Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Rd. pastblessings. com (499-5099) Rock Band FundraiserVideogame night fundraiser hosted by the Modified Dolls benefiting Child's Play and the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Aug. 17 at 5 pm. $5 entry, donations accepted. Black Wolf Gaming Center, 14208 E. Sprague Ave. (2792290) Out of This WorldFundraiser gala benefiting the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center in Sagle, Idaho. Aug. 17 at 5 pm. $150+. Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center, 325 Bird Ranch Rd., Sagle. (208-255-4321) Contra DanceHosted by the Spokane Folklore Society, featuring mu-

sic by the Canote Brothers. Aug. 17 at 7 pm. $8-$10. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd. (747-2640) DIY Skin CareLearn how to use ingredients you have at home to care for your skin. Aug. 17 from 11 am-1 pm. $20, registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Paper Cutting WorkshopLearn the basics of the art from folding to design. Aug. 17 from 10 am-noon. Ages 9+. $25. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Ride the BasesMotorcyle ride and poker run to Avista Stadium with a Spokane Indians game to follow; event benefiting the Rypien Foundation. Aug. 18 at 9 am. $30, includes game admission and barbecue. Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson, 19011 E. Cataldo Ave. spokaneindiansridethebases. com (535-2922) Puppet MakingLearn to make different types of puppets and put on a play at the end of the class. Aug. 19-30 from 10 am-noon. Ages 12+. $156. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) The White PartyWomen's networking and social event featuring live music, entertainment and more. Aug. 22 from 5-8 pm. Free. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (928-9664) Lilac City Volkssports5K or 10K walk around the park, hosted by Lilac City Volkssports Association. Aug. 24. Free. Meet at Fred Meyer at Third and Thor at 8 am to caravan to the park. (cva0326@hotmail. com)


Pend Oreille County FairExhibits, animals, live entertainment, vendors and more. Aug. 15-18. Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds, 419152 Hwy. 20, Cusick, Wash. (509-455-1367) National Lentil FestivalStreet fair, lentil-themed food, wine and beer tasting, parade, pancake breakfast, children's events and more. Aug 16-17. Downtown Pullman, Wash. (509-334-3565) Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals Cars, exhibits, demos and more. Aug. 16-18. $6-$15. Kids under age 6 free. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. good-guys. com (925-838-9876) Vintage Trailer CampoutFirst annual vintage trailer camping weekend featuring activities, barbecue and more. Aug. 16-18. Newport City Park campgrounds, Newport, Wash. Cusick RodeoRiding competitions and more. Aug. 17 at 7:30 pm, Aug. 18 at 1:30 pm. Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds, 419152 Hwy. 20, Cusick, Wash. (509-455-1367) Hispanic Heritage FestivalMusic, dancers, exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, food and more. Aug. 17 from 10 am-4 pm. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (6256601) Peach FestivalPeach picking, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Aug. 17- Sept. 2. Green Bluff Growers, Mead, Wash. Garland Block PartyLive music,

art vendors, food and the Runway Renegades fashion show. Aug. 17 from 3-10 pm. Free. Garland Business District. Unity in the Community19th annual celebration of Inland Northwest culture and diversity, featuring cultural villages, family activities and more. Aug. 17 from 10 am-4 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane Obon FestivalJapanese Buddhist cultural event featuring martial arts demos, kids activities, food and more. Aug. 17-18, Sat 2-8 pm, Sun 4-7 pm. Free and open to the public. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (534-7954) Bonner County FairContests, activities, booths, vendors, food, live entertainment and more. Aug. 20-24. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-8414) North Idaho Fair & RodeoVendors, booths, animals, exhibits, rodeo competitions and more. Aug. 21-25 from 10 am-10 pm. $6-$9. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. (208-765-4969) Northeast Washington Fair Vendors, exhibits, food and drink, arts and crafts and more. Aug. 22-25. North East Washington Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave., Colville, Wash. (684-2585) NW Indian Encampment & PowwowGathering of native tribes from across the Northwest and Canada, featuring traditional music and dance, an Indian Market and more. Aug. 22-24, Thu from 5-9 pm, Fri at 7 pm, Sat from 9 am-7 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (242-2400) Clayton Community FairExhibits, animals, demonstrations, activities and more. Aug. 23-25. Clayton Fairgrounds, 4616 Wallbridge Rd., Clayton, Wash. claytoncommunityfair. com (276-2444) Millwood DazeAnnual 5K fun run, pet walk, wagon parade, activities, entertainment and more benefiting Meals on Wheels Spokane. Aug. 25 from 8 am-3 pm. Downtown Millwood along Dalton Street. (232-0864) Budge FestParking lot party featuring live music, food, beer garden and more. Aug. 24 from 2-9 pm. Free admission. Ages 21+. Budge Brothers Brewery, 2018 E. Riverside. (426-3340)


Kids Summer Movie SeriesMovies shown on Wed and Thu at 1 pm, through Aug. 15. $3/show or $15/pass. Kenworthy, 508 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-4127) Despicable Me 2Animated family film. Aug. 14-18, showtimes vary. $3$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-8824127) ZambeziaAnimated family film. Aug. 15 at 2:30 pm. Free. All-ages. The Kroc, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208667-1865) One Track HeartOne-time screening of the documentary about Krishna Das. Aug. 15 at 7:30 pm. $7. Magic

Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) Bolt Outdoor movie screening. Aug. 16 at dusk. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake. pavillionpark. org (755-6726) The Prince of EgyptScreening of the animated film. Aug. 16 at 9:30 pm. Free. Lidgerwood Presbyterian, 4449 N. Nevada St. (487-9667) The HobbitScreening as part of the South Perry Summer Theater series. Aug. 17 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (534-1647) Hotel TransylvaniaOutdoor movie screening. Aug. 17 at 8:20 pm. Free. Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Star Trek IIScreening of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as part of the Mobius Sci-Fi Spectacular Series. Aug. 17 at 11 am and 2 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Thunderstruck 12Screening and world premiere of the snowmobiling film. Aug. 17 at 8:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Dirty WarsSpecial screening of the documentary and a discussion to follow hosted by PJALS and Veterans for Peace. Aug. 19 at 7 pm. (Film runs through Aug. 22). $7. Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. (844-4288) The Princess BrideOutdoor movie screening featuring pre-show performances, food and more. Aug. 21 at dusk. $5. Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl, 507 N. Howard St. The Making of MomentaDocumentary about the ecological impacts of coal mining for the Inland Northwest and beyond, hosted by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. Aug. 22 at 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-5977188)


Sierra Nevada Tap TakeoverBeer tasting hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Aug. 15 from 5-8 pm. Free. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-457-9885) California Dreamin'Wine tasting class focusing on California region wines. Aug. 16 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253)

African Coffees ClassLearn about and sample African-grown coffees. Aug. 17 at 10 am. Free, RSVP requested. Roast House Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland Ave., Ste. C. (995-6500) Taste of RathdrumBarbecue cookoff, live music, beer garden, food vendors and more. Aug. 17 from 11 am-9 pm. Free admission, bbq competition entry $10. Majestic Park, Rathdrum. (208-687-2399) Chocolate and PastriesPastry chef Bruce Wing teaches how to make brioche dough, puff pastry, mini desserts and more. Aug. 20 from 5:30-8 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) The Black ForestA cooking class with chef Steve Geving, teaching how to make several Bavarian dishes. Aug. 21 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. (208-437-0426) Dog Days of SummerBeer tasting class featuring craft beers with the word "dog" in their name. Aug. 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. (466-1644) Inland NW Ale Trail KickoffOfficial kickoff party for the Inland Northwest Ale Trail featuring local beers and more. Aug. 22 from 5-9 pm. Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main Ave.


Summer Concerts in Riverstone Concerts in the park featuring local bands and artists. Thursdays from 6:30-8 pm, through Aug. 29. Free. Riverstone Park, 1800 Tilford Lane. (208-292-1629) Sammy HagarRock concert. Aug. 17 at 8 pm. $69-$139. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (481-6700) The Long Ear AnniversaryCelebration of the record store's 40th anniversary featuring live music, activities, vendors and more. Aug. 17. Free. The Long Ear, 2405 N. Fourth, CdA (208765-3472) MunchyFest First annual Jared Pope Memorial hemp education and awareness festival featuring live music, food and more. Aug. 17 from 5 pm-dusk. Free admission. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. Ottmar Liebert & Luna NegraInstrumental guitar concert. Aug. 22 at 8 pm. $30-$40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)

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Gleason FestIndie music festival benefiting The Gleason Initiative Foundation, featuring performances by local and regional bands, a beer garden, vendors and more. Aug. 24 from noon11 pm. $15. Downtown Spokane, Division and Main Ave.


Spokane IndiansSpokane Indians vs. Hillsboro Hops. Aug. 16-17 and 19-20 at 6:30 pm, Aug. 18 at 3:30 pm. $5-$11. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (325-7328) Bonner County Rodeo Horses, bulls, competitions and more. Aug. 16-17 from 7-9 pm. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., Sandpoint (208-263-8414) Spokane to Sandpoint Relay6th annual 200-mile team relay race. Aug. 16-17. $100/team member. Starts at Mt. Spokane, main lodge. (541-350-4635) Motorcycle Rodeo and Swap Meet Bike obstacle courses, live music, beer garden, camping and more. Aug. 16-18. $10 admission, $5-$30 rider events. Clayton Community Fairgrounds. (2941249) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780) Ball Lakes HikeEasy hike to Pyramid and Ball Lakes in the Selkirk range. Aug. 17 from 8 am-5 pm. Free. Register with CdA Crossing SwimSecond annual 2.4-mile open-water swimming event benefiting local charities. Aug. 18 at 8 am. $55-$250. All-ages. Starts at the Hagadone Event Center at the CdA Resort, 900 Floating Green Dr. (208-769-7819) WunderWoman TriathlonOlympic and sprint triathlons. Aug 18 at 7:30 am. Prices vary. Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. (326-6983) Spokane Table Tennis ClubPingpong club meets Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (456-3581) Spokane IndiansSpokane Indians vs. Tri-City Dust Devils. Aug. 21-23 at 6:30 pm. $5-$11. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (325-7328)

U.S. Sprint Boat RacesU.S. Sprint Boat Association Jet Sprint Races. Aug. 24 at $15-$20. Webb's Slough, St. John, Wash. (648-3393) Dwight Dash5-10k trail run. Aug 24 at 9 am. $19-$29. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St. (625-6200) Priest Lake TriathlonSprint-distance triathlon open to team and individual competitors. Aug. 24 at 8 am. Hill's Resort, 4777 W. Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake, Idaho. (208-946-9543)


Mining Madness at the MillPerformance of an original play by Carol Roberts. Through Aug. 25. Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Sixth Street Melodrama, 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho. (208-752-8871) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatPerformed by students in the theater's academy musical performance camp. Through Aug. 18, Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$19. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) 9 to 5Musical. Aug. 15-25. Thu-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $28-$42. Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-769-7780) REMIX: Improv & Scripted Together Performances featuring a blend of scripted and improvised acting in twocharacter scenes. Aug. 15 at 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) Church Basement LadiesMusical comedy. Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sat-Sun at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) The Hunt for the Pend Oreille Paddler Comedy. Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 23-24 at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Panida Theatre, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Hamlet Performance of the Shakespeare play by Moscow Art Theatre Too. Aug. 22-31. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm. Free. East City Park, 900 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-918-1882) Lost in the FiftiesComedy/tragedy performed by theater students. Aug. 23-25. $5-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave. Newport, Wash. (671-3389)

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Summer Creativity SeriesSeries of creative arts sessions for children ages 6-12. Thursdays from 1-3:45 pm, through Aug. 15. $12/session. Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3414) Pine Needle BasketsDemonstration of the craft by Alice Nelson. Aug. 15 from 10 am-3:30 pm. Free. Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington St. (3276920) Pennie WoodsWatercolor and mixed media artwork on display. Aug. 15Sept. 18. South Perry Pizza, 1011 S. Perry St. (290-6047) WSU Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition Biannual exhibition featuring artwork by the WSU Fine Art faculty. Through Sept. 14. Artist reception Aug. 22 at 6 pm. Museum of Art/WSU Gallery, Pullman campus. (335-6282) Artist Studio Tour10th annual tour of local artists' personal studios. Aug. 16-18 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Locations vary in and around Sandpoint. (760-519-1556)


Local Author SaturdayLocal authors Steve Wells and Josh Gross will discuss and read from their work, sign book copies and answer questions. Aug. 17 at 11 am (Wells) and 5 pm (Gross). BookPeople, 521 S. Main. (208-8822669) Josh GrossThe Boise Weekly reporter reads and talks about his book "The Hack." Aug. 18 at 1 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Jenny MilchmanThe author reads from and talks about her debut novel "Cover of Snow Debut." Aug. 20 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Broken MicSpoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) Inland NW Writers GuildThe local writers group hosts open discussions, writing exercises and author presentations. Aug. 21 at 6:30 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Katie QuirkThe Spokane native author reads from and talks about her middle-grade novel "A Girl Called Problem." Aug. 22 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) n

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Deaconess CafeI saw you August 6th, in the Deaconess cafe. You: shiny aqua teal shirt, spiked hair and goatee. Me: tall red head. I winked at you and we shared a smile. Regret not asking for your number. Wanna get drinks at Hugos on the south hill.

On Bernard I saw you driving on Bernard. I was being goofy that day so it was pretty hard to miss me. Anyway you’re awesome, have a great summer!!

of the most awesome displays of community and generosity I’ve seen in Spokane. It started with a young man paying for the old lady behind him. She then payed for the person behind her and it continued several hours into the day. I’m not sure the exact amount but it must have been 30-40 people. Dealing with the complete stupidity of customers and the corporation daily has make my heart cold as ice. But the actions I saw completely melted the frozen wasteland. I’ve never been so proud of my city and the people in it. Good on you Spokane, good on you.

It knew even back then that it had found a safe place. And because of that it found its forever home. Our story together has had many chapters, and there are still many to be written, and I cannot wait to write those tales with you. My love, you will always be able to find comfort and solace in my arms, and I will always be your hero. I will always remind you of the amazingly beautiful and wonderful woman you are. I will always love you. So please, listen to your heart and not your fears. Do not be frightened by the what if’s and the unknowns. Just trust and have faith that we can climb and master any mountain placed in our way. After all, the universe is on our side. With all of me, Your Superman

Iron ManWe always seem to be working out at the north side YMCA at the same time. We’ve talked a couple of times about running and how you’re training for the iron man which is too legit. Just wanted to say that you have the cutest smile. I left for school, but will be back over Thanksgiving break. If you ever want someone to run with you know where to find me!

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A Close EncounterI-90 heading West you in a tan truck with matching canopy. You came into my lane, nearly sideswiped me. I threw up some hand gestures and a few choice words. Eventually we ending up at the same stop light, you shrugged and lipped “I am sorry”, with your sexy tatted up left arm.


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Main Market“Your cashier today is: Mikaila, reads my receipt. “I know,” I tell the receipt, “I saw her.” The receipt, of course, doesn’t reply. It is just a piece of paper, after all. And yet, I continue: “Receipt,” I say, “I know she doesn’t drink coffee, but I wonder how she feels about wine.” Naturally, the receipt continues it’s stubborn silence... Maybe a glass of wine, or tea, sometime? Avett Brothers ShowPete, we met at the end of the show, danced and had a smoke. You held my hand as I walked back to my seat. Your were very handsome and charming, and I’m kicking myself for not stealing a kiss. I just want you to know that YOU made MY night. STA PlazaI saw you Friday, August 9th, at the STA Plaza at around 9:55 pm. You came up to me when I was sitting on the ground and asked me if I would like some free food. I was so awestruck by your beauty that it took me a second to respond. You are very friendly and I would like to see you again sometime. If you read the Inlander please respond next week.

Cheers A Big Thank You!A big fat cheers to Divine’s Service Station on 3rd Ave., Spokane’s last full-service gas station. I don’t know how many times you have saved my incompetent buns. From dead batteries to the weekly flat tire, you’re always ready and willing to give a hand! Thank you for your wonderful service, I wouldn’t buy my gas anywhere else.

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” You Made My DayCheers to the guy in red shorts and aviators outside the Rockwood Bakery Tuesday, August 6th. After my routinely embarrassing parking job, I crawled out of my car, to see you staring at me. You said something along the lines of “You are beautiful, you know that? What a great outfit”. Well, shucks, man, you really made my day. It’s incredible what power a little compliment can have. I’ll be sure to keep the good vibes going! The tall gal in the silver Subaru I Love You!I love you so very much, you and your family. I wanted to tell you that again to let you know that I know the greatest man on earth and the best family too! I know we have had our problems, blame is not an issue, I realize this, I realize the issue, the factor that is utmost important, is what I/we are going to do to make us last forever. I know what I will do; “I will love, support, encourage, trust and believe in you, in the God which has brought us together, in His power to get us through even the hardest days and deliever us both from the things which hurt us spiritually, mentally, and physically!” We can do this as long as we keep “God” First I believe in Him and I believe in you Mr. RedFox, always and forever that’s how long I’m in this relationship, always and forever!. Much Love and Respect your sweetie -T-

Thank You!Cheers to the “bikerpeople” that I saw a while ago, under the freeway viaduct in Spokane feeding the homeless individuals and hanging out with them. I wanted to and should have stopped to meet all of you and tell you how great and thoughtful you all are. It was a very uplifting sight to see and a great hand-up-a great example of paying things forward. Thank you! Female FlaggersJust wanted to say “cheers” to the 3 awesome female flaggers that were working at Trent and Napa this last week-wasn’t sure how to recognize your awesome job with that horrible intersection and the work that was being done. Nice job all and thank you for your hard work!! Are You?If your name is Ted and you dated a navy girl named Debi 20kknd years ago, please reply! Petrie I can’tt believe we’ve been a couple for 1 year already. What a year it’s been with you by my side, life is so beautiful. True love is spending one day getting married and the rest of your life feeling glad you did. Happy Paper Anniversary my darling I love you always, you love me ever!

Please Call MeI hope that you read this section still. I have been trying to get a hold of you for months now. I moved. Your phone is off and our mutual friends have not seen you for awhile either. I want you to know I miss you and love you my friend! The last time I saw you I should have told you how I felt! I fought my heart everyday to not fall for you but I did! My number is still the same....please call me! On FacebookDear Mary W., I Saw You post on Facebook about how every girl wants an “I Saw You” to be about them, so I decided this one should be for you. You’re pretty awesome to say the least and your sense of humor is compelling. You are a very talented person and I hope you continue with Drama.

Jeers Jeers To Meat a little Chinese bar, you forgot a birthday card for the occasion, I offered paper and markers and an amazing two and half year relationship bloomed. I lost my mind and screwed up a BEAUTIFUL thing... Jeers to me for destroying the best thing I ever had. -Avon, P.S. wanna talk again, I miss my best friend.

A Big Cheers!Thank you to Brews Bros on Ruby and Sinto! It was a very rainy morning and of course nothing stops my urge for my a.m. coffee and while I was waiting in line in the rain with the cars (I walk) the ladies there offered me to come inside and order while I waited to get out of the rain! Thank you so very much, I Submit your Cheers at was on my a.m. /sweet pit stop for coffee before work and I and be entered to win: really did appreciate not getting completly soaked! Courtesy of

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Northern Quest CasinoI saw you August 12th. We were at the black jack table, and talked about your purple hair and how I used to have Our FutureGravitation can not be purple in mine. You mentioned you held resonsible for people falling. either owned or worked at a hair Our paths of belonging are coming studio and said you were admiring together. I feel alive again. I can`t my locks! As you got up to leave, know the future either. Let go of you grabbed my shoulder as you left our fear. I`m ready to be in your life. and told me I was beautiful. I looked I will treasure every moment. KME I will never forget for you after and couldn’t find you! the way my heart felt If you’d like to connect, find me! Good On You Spokane! I’m a Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. when it had to walk away Must be 18 or older to enter. Subway worker who witnessed one from you that very first day. “I Saw You” is for adults 18 or older. The Inlander reserves the right to edit or reject any advertisement at any time at its sole discretion and assumes no responsibility for the content.

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$8 Blue MoonTo the Saturday night bartender. I’m pretty sure you get paid by the hour. In your job description it probably states, “Pouring beer”. I met up with a friend of mine that evening to pay him some money he helped me earn. Since he was sitting at the bar I sat down and asked for a beer. Not a very labor intensive task by any standards. Although I did ask for an orange slice, it must have been that which pushed you over the call of duty. I paid for me drink with a debit card. Once I checked my bank statement before paying a bill I found out I was right about you from the moment I sat down. A self-entitled piece of crap that doesn’t even appreciate that he has a sweet job! From now on I’m paying for all my drinks with cash. That way nobody can help themselves to an undeserved $3 tip that could have made a $5 beer turn into a $40 fee, just to square up with an actual friend. I’m not the kind of person (anymore) that would follow you home and slash your tires. Instead I stand back and watch while karma does to people more than I could, without attracting my own negatives. BTW, I get free drinks from bars more classy than yours turned out to be.

RE: I Have No Words.The irony in your post is you calling this woman out for teaching her child how to hate, yet you’re posting in the Jeers section. You sound like you could take a little lesson in your own preaching and stop judging strangers for things that are absolutely none of your business. As a mother myself, I can tell you that grocery shopping with kids can be quite the experience, add nosy know it all strangers judging you and it becomes even more thrilling. I have seen a hell of a lot more disgusting behavior than what you encountered. Telling your child to stop making noise or you’ll take their toy away is pretty standard, reasonable parenting to me. And, for all you know, she might be at home right at this moment playing dinosaurs with her child, you can’t make a snap judgement about someone’s parenting based off one encounter in the store.

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Horrible PeopleWe took our two dogs to the river by Harvard Road in Otis Orchards. We parked in the dirt parking lot only to have 3 wolf/ husky mixed dogs charge us and bite my sweet basset hound. The worthless owners (2 large ladies both sitting in their blue Toyota SUV while their dogs ran free) came out and said they had no idea anyone would be walking their dog by the river. To the scummy owners: we have your license plate and encourage anyone who sees them to be cautious because these dogs are dangerous and the owners couldn’t care less.

Blaring MusicI was enjoying a lovely and quiet day at Black Rock Marina - commented on how quiet and serene it was to my wife as a matter of fact, a few bald eagles, loons, blue heron filling the sky. After walking the dogs and returning to the boat, I pass a handful of young men, half dozen or so, all preening and posturing at the gas dock. I get back to our boat and my wife just in time to see them leave in their badass custom ski boat with the big rack and the bazillion watt sound system sliding out of Rockford Bay blaring a lovely hip-hop tune with lyrics that were nothing but”..all I do is f#$k and party” over and over and over. Now I have to ask, what if one of these charming fools dated anyone reading this missive’s daughter... or what if they were your son. Wouldn’t you be ever so proud? What mama on earth would not bitch slap the heck out of any son who would do such a pathetically ignorant and low class thing? Oh, wait a minute, I forgot that America has bread the likes of Honey BooBoo and these are just the kind of losers that likely record said shows. I also have to ask, just what kind of lovely young women are somehow attracted to cretins of such class and high standards? Now don’t go thinkin’ I don’t get f%*$ing and partying - I’ve done my share - but to blast it at high decibels in such a serene environment is just so not right. If phasers on stun were available I would have put an end to it. It is such a sad statement as to the social ills of this country, that a gaggle of handsome and privileged young men (those boats aren’t cheap) would encroach on the rest of the world with their pathetically shallow IQ’s and hormones.

Bitter Much?Time to get over it sister. It might help if you quit lying to yourself in order to sleep at night in the bed you have created. Maybe you would find that you may just lose some of that hatred which is killing you and realize that you are the issue. Not anyone else. Perhaps its time to grow up and take some accountability of which you are always speaking so highly of.

Selfish??Am I selfish? Am I looking for too much? I see couples out there of all ages happy and enjoying life and in Love! I am Gullible People!Jeers to all the honestly jealous and I just wish I gullible people that keep falling could feel this Love. I have been for this parking lot money scam! married and in a few relationships If I were dishonest, I could be a over the years and I have still yet millionaire overnight in this town, to feel it. Why can’t I find a woman who can Love, Laugh, smarten up Spokane!! Smile, Cry, have D A B R Dreams, and G M A T S B O N K L A M E just enjoy living H O T I L E O L A U Y O U Y O U life? Someone B A D Y O U Y O who can be P E E K S V I A N D E Y E O T S F E N G T I T I T G O I N G I T I S H A N O C I IS WEEK’s M I S T S M E T TH I E Y T O G S T NSWERS! G A A R T A M K L W O F O L E N E O N E I O N E O N E O A N K R D O L Q T R A N Y N I L R A E P T T A T A T T A T T A T I T T W I L E R E N E E U N T O A P E S S S A M A I S A N

Honking! Jeers to the line of cars behind my friend who was picking me up from Fred Meyer’s so I could run home and grab a car key for my mom. Your incessant honking and vulgar screams do absolutely nothing to speed up the process of me getting into a car. I am sorry that I wasted approximately twenty seconds of your time, as much time as it takes to heat up whatever garbage you were going home to eat. To the angry man who got out of his car to do only what I assumed was to beat me up... you are not the hulk and I am not the reason why your children never call you. Pesticide UsersJeers to all the people and companies who use pesticides. You are the reason bee colonies are collapsing.

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#HappySpokane? What a study of tweets ranking cities by “happiness” really says about us By Lisa Waananen


arlier this year, a study from the University of Vermont concluded that Spokane is the happiest city in the Inland Northwest, and No. 11 in the nation. A flurry of tweets and media coverage revived the news in the past few weeks after the Huffington Post republished the data — Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers tweeted it, as did Gonzaga, Whitworth, Visit Spokane and dozens of proud Spokanites. KREM 2 did a full story about how happy we are: “While Washington ranked higher than other states, it is worth noting that Seattle didn’t score as high as Spokane.” But is Spokane really all that happy? It’s possible — but this study doesn’t prove it. There are plenty of obvious limitations: Not everyone uses Twitter, and the study only included geotagged tweets. The study authors say they analyzed about 1 percent of all tweets in 2011. It’s within those tweets that things start getting really absurd. The researchers assigned words “happy” or “sad” values based on a crowdsourced list from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, then tallied up how often cities used those words. Basically, Spokane used “happy” words like “health,” “home,” “liberty” and “coffee” more often than average, and used “sad” words like “shit,” “don’t,” “no,” “ass,” “hell” and “ain’t” less often than average.


By design, the study takes words out of context. Every “no” is negative; every “lol” is positive. There is no accounting for phrases, sarcasm or regional differences in humor, as commenters in “unhappy” Southern states have pointed out. The study attempted to filter out place names, but that clearly didn’t work so well. No. 5 Simi Valley, Calif., placed particularly well because of the positive word “valley.” The state of Idaho benefited from the words “sun” and “valley.” New Mexico benefited from the positive word “santa” and Nevada benefited from “vegas.” Boulder, Colo., the city just ahead of Spokane on the list, was boosted because people there use the positive word “pearl” much more frequently than in other cities — and it’s possible the popular downtown area called Pearl Street makes people in Boulder happy, but that’s not what the study was supposed to be measuring. The more intriguing question is not whether Spokane really is that happy, but why we so badly want to believe it. There are other ways of measuring cities’ happiness, like the poll-based GallupHealthways Well-Being Index, and Spokane typically comes out just on the better side of average. Why isn’t that good enough? Why do we want to believe that we’re not just happy, but happier than others?

The easy answer is Spokane’s famous inferiority complex, but the bigger problem is not unique to Spokane — by conflating happiness with positivity and making it a competition, the Internet has fostered an arms race of happiness. And all this inflated optimism might be bringing us down: Several studies in the past few years have found correlations between time spent on Facebook and feeling depressed. At least one other study has found no connection, but it doesn’t really matter what any of the studies say if you’ve ever once scrolled through photos and updates on social media, feeling lousy because it looks like everyone else is having so much more fun than you. I got away from the Internet and walked through downtown Spokane and Riverfront Park, where children stomped in the fountain and men lay in the grass with hats pulled over their eyes. A group of office workers out smoking laughed over a piece of gossip; the man selling hot dogs at the corner of Howard and Riverside smiled, and I smiled back. You look pretty happy to me, Spokane, but it doesn’t really matter — I’d most like to believe it’s the kind of place where any one of us with happiness to spare will share when possible, and any one of us without enough will feel welcome to ask for help. You don’t need a study of tweets to know if that’s true. n



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