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’m frequently asked where I live these days. My quick response: Washington. But I actually live in two Washingtons, though after 10 years in Congress I’m drawn more frequently back to the West Coast version, the place closest to my heart, and where my roots are — Spokane. The reason for the draw is simple: This Washington is real; it’s where Mary Beth’s and my best friends are. Our doctors are here, and it’s our children’s favorite place. I’m part of a vibrant law firm (Lee & Hayes) making a name for itself in the far reaches of the world, right from its Spokane roots. Our family’s summertime is spent at our heavenly Priest Lake cabin. I’m on the board of our nation’s oldest silver mining company — Hecla Mining Company in Coeur d’Alene — and of another innovative, high-tech Spokane company, IP Street. While the excitement and activity of the other Washington are compelling, I must leave our nation’s capital frequently to regain some sense of perspective. While I appreciate the indepth reporting of the Washington Post, its focus is often at odds with my Spokane values, where the simple and straightforward trump glitter and selfimportance. When the sophisticates of the D.C. area have concerns, they differ from those of Eastern Washington. Washington, D.C., could learn a lot from Spokane.


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his space often finds me fretting about the inadequacy of congressional and presidential actions, and offering antidotes to what ails our nation. So this week, rather than lament the Syrian dilemma or the creeping changes that have befallen America, I’m thankful to offer competing perspectives about two locations I actually know well, both with meaning for Spokane residents. While having a home near Washington, D.C., is enjoyable and our family is not unhappy there, returning often to Spokane is

These are anxious and dubious times, but America’s future can benefit from the convictions of common sense.

n Costco recently, I heard from numerous shoppers, telling me how genuinely worried they are for our country, citing America’s staggering federal deficits, our crushing federal debt and the lack of strong leaders in our capital city. Though the scale of values has changed, and the structure of our country is unsettled, we still long for a time when 62.2 percent of Americans believe our country is on the “right track” instead of now, with the figure reversed. I was heartened by a recent courtesy meeting with Spokane Mayor David Condon, a young man committed to Spokane, unabashed in his love for our city and its potential. He and his family were enthusiastic Lilac Parade participants this year. My wife and I also saw a smiling Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Maria Cantwell riding in the Lilac Parade, and they aren’t even up for election! Likewise, the Lilac Parade crowd graciously welcomed them, recognizing that they were here because they deemed it important to celebrate Spokane. As senior status befalls me, time spent equals importance attributed, and that’s why we love this important place. The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, founded by Bill Bialkowsky with Terry Goebel, is a national model for child abuse prevention. It illustrates how Spokane citizens

a goal. Here, people smile easily and say “Hello,” convincing evidence that their friendliness is genuine and unpretentious; physicians and dentists spend extra time addressing their patients’ needs; proprietors do good work for a reasonable price; pharmacists and grocers graciously provide excellent service; and here, one can only find the nation’s best sandwich at Domini’s in downtown Spokane. The other Washington has fewer of these valuable qualities. The world’s large and vexing problems will continue to dog our country no matter our place of residence, or where we spend time. These are anxious and dubious times, but America’s future can benefit from the convictions of common sense and wisdom that are found in Spokane and its environs. That other Washington can learn from this one because we proudly boast of the steadiness of our world-class companies, a vital military presence, a standard of living that others, everywhere, should envy, fine schools and fine teachers, superior college sports and abundant natural resources that surround us. So, don’t worry, I’m neither running for public office nor available for the top job at Greater Spokane Inc. But I continue to be exceedingly proud that Spokane’s the place I call “home.” 


Fixing Our Windows BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.


omething’s changed over the past few years. The litany of local crime on the TV news puts off the weather report a minute longer, and local law enforcement officials utter phrases like “public safety emergency.” And it’s hitting closer: A friend’s garage is burglarized; two friends nearly die from a hit-and-run; our own police chief’s bike is stolen; local kids beat a beloved World War II veteran to death. It’s time to reckon with the fact that despite our mid-sized-city mind-set, Spokane seems to be entering the realm of big-city crime. For decades, local law enforcement ran their own fiefdom, free from real public oversight. As that world started to crumble, it all came into shocking relief, as we discovered we had been systematically lied to (as proven in the Otto Zehm case) and that the Police Guild was pretty good at politics. But it was the rank-and-file who got Mary Verner fired, with the announcement that local police would no longer investigate property crime (which was later retracted). It’s odd because our mayors and city managers have been very good to the Guild; our law enforcement workers are well compensated. Today, I wouldn’t say trust has been completely restored between the citizens and their defenders, but it has been repaired. And law enforcement leaders know they need the community’s support — both Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Chief Frank Straub see the bigger picture behind our crime. Chief Straub got in some hot water with national pundits when he dared to add context to the shocking murder of World War II veteran Delbert Belton. Yes, the alleged killers will get everything they deserve when judgment comes, but that’s not enough. We need to understand where all this crime is coming from to grapple with it successfully. And as much as it angers the just-get-tougher crowd, socioeconomics is at play — broken families and other factors that cops can’t solve alone. But a coherent strategy needs to start with restoring order. The “broken windows” theory would help. Adopted by Rudy Giuliani in New York City, it argues that every broken window you leave unfixed is a message to the community that vandalism is tolerated, which leads to more crime and a general sense of urban decline. Property crimes are Spokane’s broken windows. We need to investigate all crime, and we need to make a public lesson of those we catch breaking the law. But for now we have law enforcement being rationed. Our broken windows are staying broken. Yes, we need more social policy answers — diversionary courts, for example. And we need to care more for our kids and families. But it’s also time to fix those broken windows. It’s time we figure out how to get more cops on the street. 

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The two proposed initiatives were deemed to As a life coach who has worked with families struggling violate federal or state constitutional law and/or not to to raise children with many adverse childhood experihave standing to impose a given regulation. Thereences, I greatly appreciated your article (“Hard Hit,” fore neither initiative belonged on the ballot, as the 8/22/13). However, I was disappointed there was no electorate of Spokane is without authority to make such mention of the Safe Families program available to famiproposed regulations or laws. lies in crisis. Safe Families provides a safe environment The argument that these initiatives should have refor children while their parents or guardians work out mained on the ballot, even if unconstitutional, to “send their issues. This program is run by vetted and trained a message or raise awareness” is without merit. That is volunteers through various churches in the area and not the legal role of the ballot in this state or city. overseen by Olive Crest. There is no cost to the families or the community. Not only do the parents keep cusDENNIS JOHNSON tody of their children, the government is not Spokane, Wash. involved, which means the taxpayers save thousands by keeping these children out of Send comments to the system.


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While “Judgment Day” (8/29/13) dealt very well with the arguments for and against the city initiatives, it gave scant mention why they were ultimately thrown off the ballot. The United States is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. While there are a good number of things we do “democratically,” that is, to decide an issue by a direct vote of the people, our laws at any level must be in agreement with our federal and state constitutions and/or their elected representatives and court precedents. If the U.S. were a pure democracy, we might still have a good number of legally segregated states. Would any court allow a vote on any of the following proposed initiatives: [1] for Spokane to lower the drinking age to 16? [2] to ignore Washington state law and make marriage between people of the same sex illegal in Spokane? [3] to allow a Spokane private business (restaurant, taxi service, tavern, etc.) to refuse service to African-Americans, Mexicans, etc.? The answer to all of those is no.


Thank you for shining the light on our county government regarding the abuse of the newly implemented UGA within Spokane County (“The Loophole,” 8/29/13). Once again, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, through the Planning Department, is pandering to developers by encouraging urban sprawl while ignoring the Comprehensive Plan for Spokane County. I farm on Green Bluff, and we are going through a very similar process with the Board of County Commissioners and County Planners. Wedding/Event Centers are not allowed within the dwindling resource lands of Spokane County, yet the county refuses to enforce its own zoning regulations while they rewrite the zoning text to allow this illegal activity. Official land use violation complaints were filed with the Planners in October of 2012, and still no action has been taken to enforce the zoning regulations. The Planning Commission has unanimously agreed that Wedding/Event Centers are not appropriate within the resource lands of Spokane County, yet the commissioners, specifically Mr. Mielke, continue to support this inappropriate use. DERRICK HANSEN Green Bluff, Wash.

CAROL BAER: I would not go in alone. … Where is the rest of the world? If Syria can do this and get away with it, other terrorist and dictators can too and no one will be safe. The USA cannot keep taking on, alone, all the bad guys in the world. CHRISTY HENSE: I would vote to go in and make a statement that this is intolerable... Isn’t this a repeat of the Holocaust? It is not OK, and those in America that say we should mind our own business are greedy and self-centered. This is an outrage and should be dealt with not only by the U.S. but by the rest of the peaceful world as well. HARRY CRASE: I would say that this is why the U.N. was created. Let the U.N. deal with this. We can support the effort through them. Simple. RANDY ZIEGLER: Wait for the hearings. Obama is not a warmonger... He must know something classified we don’t know yet. BARB LEE: I would likely vote no to military action, although that is not a decision I make lightly or without great thought. I do believe Assad used chemical weapons, and it makes me absolutely sick to see the results. I also believe the U.N. has been stalemated by Russia’s veto. DREW SMITH: I would vote no. It makes no sense to kill more people because some people were killed. BILL TONEY: The claims of chemical weapons use are too vague to justify military action in Syria, especially in light of the mutual defense agreement in place including Iran, Russia and China. The most logical course of action must be diplomacy and continued use of intelligence assets. 



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ecretary of State John Kerry said this week that he was “shocked and flabbergasted” that the Russians heeded his suggestion about Syria’s chemical weapons, telling reporters, “After four decades in public life, this is the first time someone has taken me seriously.” “Whether as a senator, a presidential candidate, or Secretary of State, I’ve devoted countless hours to thunderous and droning speeches that people have consistently tuned out,” he said. “So naturally, to be listened to all of a sudden came as something of a shock.” But after the novelty of not being ignored wore off, Mr. Kerry said, the Russians’ assertion that he had said something worth paying attention to “seemed like a trick.” “You mean to tell me that after decades of spewing mind-numbing rhetoric, I all of a sudden blurted out an idea worth acting on?” he said. “It doesn’t pass the smell test.”

At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney welcomed the Russians’ engagement in the Syria crisis, but warned that “further actions based on John Kerry’s remarks will not be tolerated.” “We ask the Russians to be constructive participants in this process,” he said. “And taking John Kerry seriously is a clear violation of international norms.” Elsewhere, aides to Obama said this week that he was “visibly shaken” after receiving support from House Speaker John Boehner for his Syria campaign two weeks ago, adding that the speaker’s vote of confidence was “making him rethink the whole thing.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit


Tasteless Tomatoes W BY JIM HIGHTOWER

arning: Agribusiness is in the lab again, molesting the “molecular machineries” of Mother Nature’s tomatoes. Actually, it’s the alreadymachined industrial tomato that lab techs are tinkering with. It seems that big produce peddlers have discovered that their red, perfectly round, tomato-looking fruits are so flavorless as to constitute consumer fraud. Tomato lovers have known this for years, but industry didn’t care, for supermarket chains offered no choice to shoppers. Indeed, the bland orb was specifically manufactured by land-grant university geneticists to satisfy industry, not consumers. Profiteering middlemen wanted to grow the crop on huge corporate farms, mechanically harvest it, artificially ripen it and ship it thousands of miles to markets without rotting. As author Susan DeMarco learned while researching Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times in 1972, taste was not even an afterthought. When she pointed out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research director that the reconstructed fruit lacked flavor,

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‘Out of Excuses’ As Spokane voters wait for a stronger police ombudsman, one councilman takes matters into his own hands BY HEIDI GROOVER


rom behind the wheel of a rental car on the edge of Chicago, Spokane City Councilman Steve Salvatori sounds tired. He’s on vacation, but his mind is at City Hall. “I’m worn out. I’m ready to go,” Salvatori says in his signature no-nonsense tone. “The bananas are turning brown.” Salvatori says he’s “out of excuses” for citizens who ask why Proposition 1, a measure passed overwhelmingly in February to give the Office of Police Ombudsman expanded powers, hasn’t yet resulted in actual changes. The city says such changes — among them, independent

investigative powers and a commission to choose future ombudsmen — will be included in a new contract with the Spokane Police Guild, but the two sides haven’t reached one in 20 months of negotiations. As it stands, the ombudsman can sit in on the department’s Internal Affairs investigations, but can’t launch his own. The proposition outlined expanded powers and mandated that future police contracts allow for them. Now Salvatori plans to bring forward an ordinance implementing the powers outlined in Proposition 1, despite arguments that such changes have to happen through negotiations. (He’ll present it to a council com-

mittee Monday and for a vote by the end of the month.) Politically, it seems an easy move: Proposition 1 passed with 70 percent of the vote in a city where the public, the police chief and the mayor say they favor more oversight. But a similar move a few years ago ended in an unfair labor practices complaint and a state decision that sided with the guild. For Salvatori, the risk is worth it. “The lack of a contract is no longer an excuse. … I’m sorry you can’t come to a contract in three years. That’s not my fault; that’s not the citizens’ fault,” he says. “I’m not trying to go out of my way to look for trouble, but I feel we work for the citizens, not for the guild or the administration.”


he frustration isn’t new from a council that finds itself up against a process that leaves it out, but produces a contract it’s asked to approve and budget for. That frustration has only been amplified as citizens have asked about progress in guild negotiations and council members find themselves with few answers. In a letter this May, Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilman Mike Allen asked Mayor David Condon to allow “one or two council members” to attend further negotiations to observe the process. The mayor declined. ...continued on next page


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Councilman Steve Salvatori: “I’m not trying to go out of my way to look for trouble, but I feel we work for the citizens.”

“‘Out of Excuses’,” continued... In July, the Center for Justice, Spokane Peace and Justice Action League and prominent local civil rights attorney Breean Beggs met with the administration and its legal team, but left with little resolution. Local activists have clashed with the city’s lawyers over whether the city has the power to enforce everything outlined in Proposition 1 and whether ombudsman questions should be matters of negotiations at all. (There was also little clarity about what was public and secret during the meeting, Center for Justice communications director Tim Connor says, putting the center and others in an awkward spot as they try to push for reform publicly.) The groups are worried that if negotiations don’t succeed now and move to an arbitrator, his or her decision — one that may sacrifice more power for the ombudsman in order to reach an agreement — could overrule the city’s desires. “There are real trust issues involved there,” Connor says. “It’s not personal; it’s just us saying, ‘Look, we’ve watched you drop the ball over and over again on this issue.’”

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o understand the impatience and mistrust, activists say, just look back in time. Look back to a Zip Trip under a black night sky in March of 2006, where officers beat a mentally ill janitor who had stopped to buy a soda and was mistaken for a thief. Otto Zehm died two days later, but his fate and the police debacle that followed still haunt the city more than seven years later. Look back to the bargaining table in 2009, when activists were pushing for an independent ombudsman in light of cases like Zehm’s. That year, the administration approved a contract that did not expand the powers of the ombudsman,

even though the council had requested such action. “I would have never voted for that contact in a million years,” says now-Councilman Allen, who along with Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin backs Salvatori’s ordinance. “It makes me cranky just thinking about it.” The next year, the council passed an ordinance giving the ombudsman more authority, an action met with a complaint from the guild that the new law changed working conditions for officers and therefore should have been negotiated as part of the guild contract. In a hearing where the city provided no opening statement and called no witnesses, a state arbitrator sided with the guild and the ombudsman was again weakened. Finally, look back to the end of 2011, when that contract expired and the guild and city entered into new negotiations. And to the day Salvatori says he’s tired of waiting, the 613th day without a new agreement — days that, because no new deal has been reached, have been governed by the old contract, one without a strong ombudsman. “The city and the police department are bleeding credibility the longer there’s this big gulf between what voters approved in the proposition and what’s actually happening,” Connor says. Because of that history, the council has been unified in supporting a stronger ombudsman, but could split on this vote. Salvatori’s ordinance specifies that if any part of it conflicts with an existing contract, that part will be unenforceable until that contract has been replaced with a new one. But the city’s loss to the guild is fresh. Stuckart and Councilman Jon Snyder say they don’t know enough to declare which way

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS While Spokane Police Department officials have publicly embraced many reforms recommended by the city’s Use of Force Commission, confidentiality rules surrounding ongoing negotiations between the city and the Spokane Police Guild have left recent efforts on some key reforms delayed or shrouded in secrecy. Commission Chairman Earl “Marty” Martin says one key recommendation calls for the department to open up the negotiation process by having both parties outline what issues they want at the bargaining table. Martin says the public should know “who is staking out what ground. “It’s important for the public to understand who is asking for what or requiring what,” he says of the negotiations. In talks since 2011, neither the city nor the police guild has released information about what issues they have included in negotiations, but some high-profile reforms such as new body cameras and expanded civilian oversight have been pulled into the confidential discussions. Even the Use of Force Commission and the City Council have been cut out of those closed-door conversations on where those reforms are at and how they might be implemented. Martin argues the public should be able to voice feedback on bargaining priorities and should be aware of what sticking points may be delaying the implementation of new policies. “It’s very important for the public to understand what’s holding that up,” he says. “We do hope that in the future they’ll maintain a position that’s more open.” Despite the confidentiality agreement, Martin says the city and police guild could still put out a joint statement on the goals and priorities of the negotiations to help open up the process. — JACOB JONES

they’ll vote. “We lost that ... previously. There’s no reason to think we wouldn’t lose again. It might just end up slowing the process down further,” Snyder says. “It should be very clear to the mayor what the council wants.” Condon says he’s “as antsy as anyone,” but “Proposition 1 gives real clear guidance on what we should be negotiating, so then let the negotiation happen.”


he arguments over how to best implement police oversight in Spokane are steeped in frustration over the secrecy surrounding negotiations. The city and guild signed “ground rules” last February, agreeing that the mediator involved in negotiations is now in charge of releasing any public information. This week, representatives from the Center for Justice, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and the Spokane League of Women Voters sent the mediator a letter asking for just that. “The total blackout on information is a drain on public trust at a time the SPD is making good faith efforts to restore trust,” they wrote. “Any information, especially about the fate of the Proposition 1 city charter reforms, is better than the current drought of information — that only fuels frustration and suspicion.” City and guild representatives refused to tell the Inlander whether they have discussed allowing the mediator to release even limited information to the public. The Use of Force Commission has blamed the secrecy for hurting public trust of low level officers, and Ombudsman Tim Burns agrees it’s having an effect. “How could it not?” he says. Burns says he’s also in the dark about how the negotiations are going and whether his office is a sticking point. (Connor and some council members say they’re told police pay, not the ombudsman, is holding up an agreement.) And while he’s careful not to explicitly support or oppose Salvatori’s effort, Burns says the community is wondering why, despite their vote in February, they still file complaints to an ombudsman with little real power to investigate them. “At some point we do need to go forward because clearly this is the community’s desire,” Burns says. “If that has to be without everyone’s buy-in, well, that’s unfortunate, but it may be the necessary reality.” n





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Local hip-hop artist and entertainment journalist Isamu Jordan died last week at 37 of apparent suicide. Police say a fight turned deadly late Sunday night outside the Hop music venue near Monroe and Broadway in Spokane when a 26-year-old man was shot to death. No suspects have been identified.


Worried about constitutional issues and “criminaliz[ing] homelessness,” Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is delaying a vote on a “sit-lie” ordinance that would outlaw sitting or lying on public walkways from 6 am to 3 am, an increase from current, less restrictive rules.


In its most recent set of draft rules, the Washington State Liquor Control Board said it would license 334 recreational marijuana stores throughout the state. Spokane County will be allowed 18.



Greg Szabo bats for the Spokane Pride blind baseball team Saturday at Franklin Park in a game against the Seattle South King Sluggers. The rules of Beep Baseball — named for the beeping sound the ball makes — are slightly different from the traditional game, and since players may be able to see some light or shadows, the teams wear blindfolds to ensure no one has an advantage. The Spokane team started last year and played its first home game this past weekend.

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After struggling to find nonprofits to act as WARMING CENTERS for the homeless last winter, the city of Spokane is now looking to revamp the program. The city proposes increasing the temperature when warming centers are activated from 15 degrees to 20 degrees and paying organizations per year instead of based on how many nights they’re activated. The program reimburses shelters — one for each target demographic: men, women, youth and families — to temporarily house homeless people during the coldest nights from November to March. When the temperature drops, shelters are activated as warming centers if they were at least 90 percent full the night before. When activated, they’re required to provide shelter and staffing, but not beds, for extra people. In the past, some nonprofits said the money the city offered wasn’t enough to cover the costs of sheltering extra people and the per-night payments made budgeting unpredictable. Under the proposed changes, they would now be paid per year: $12,000 for those serving 25 people per night; $6,000 for those housing fewer. The program would now cost the city $28,000 a year, up from $15,000, because the temperature increase will mean more nights of activation, says Sheila Morley, who oversees the program. — HEIDI GROOVER


After a five-week recess, congressional lawmakers convened in D.C. this week with a long to-do list, including voting on military intervention in Syria, passing a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. IMMIGRATION REFORM, according to Idaho U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador, will likely fall by the wayside. Last month, the House rejected the Senate’s immigration plan, which expedited the path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants. In several media interviews over the past week, Labrador said lawmakers in the House, facing a tight schedule, won’t have time to discuss the issue. “We don’t know exactly when we’re going to be able to have this debate,” Labrador told the Spanish-language network Univision. “With the problems that we’re having internationally and also here in this country, I don’t see how we’re going to be able to have this debate until November. And I really don’t know if it will be possible to do it in November.” The Republican congressman was a member of the bipartisan House “Gang of Eight,” charged with hashing out an immigration bill. He dropped out of the group in June over disagreements on health care for undocumented immigrants. — DEANNA PAN

A petition before Spokane Superior Court from local land-use groups failed last week, giving developers a lot more time to start developing in Spokane County’s newly expanded URBAN GROWTH AREA. And once developments start, little can stop them. In an effort to prevent sprawl, Urban Growth Areas, or UGAs, prohibit denser development outside their boundaries. Earlier this year, Spokane County expanded its UGA, angering land-use groups upset and pleasing developers who intend to build in the newly expanded areas. Groups like Center for Justice and Futurewise believe that the boundary was expanded too far and are arguing that case before the Growth Management Hearings Board. But once a developer turns in a valid pre-application in Washington state, they’re “vested” — meaning future changes in zoning laws don’t apply to that development. Even if the county is forced to shrink the UGA boundaries, the vested properties will be unaffected. A few land-use groups went to Spokane Superior Court, hoping to stop the vesting process until the hearings board could make a decision. Last Wednesday Judge Greg Sypolt denied their motion for a stay, charging that some of their arguments were “seriously flawed in a number of respects.” Ultimately, the judge came to the conclusion that the Superior Court didn’t have jurisdiction — only the Growth Management Hearings Board did. While Rick Eichstaedt, director of Center for Justice, says he’s absolutely confident the land-use groups will win the case before the hearings board, that may not be until next year. “What it further illustrates is the challenge of this loophole,” Eichstaedt says. — DANIEL WALTERS


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ody Grage checks the clock on the wall. Nelson Cone scans the room. It’s almost 10 am, and there are six other people in the conference center at the downtown Spokane Travelodge. All are men — five are white-haired or balding with mustaches. Most are wearing some shade of green. A couple of Green Party banners hang limply on the paste-colored walls. A man in the back snaps photos. “We’re always disappointed in the number of people who show up,” Cone remarks. It’s Day One of last weekend’s Green Party gathering in Spokane. Internal squabbling led to the Green Party of Spokane’s dissolution in 2007. Now, Washington state Green Party leaders have come from the west side — Grage from Seattle, Cone from Clallam County — to convince disaffected progressives east of the Cascades to rejuvenate their local party. “Power is in the people,” Cone says as the meeting starts. “You will face what you face everywhere else. They’ll start in the beginning trying to discount you and ridicule you and say you’re an ineffective bunch of tree huggers, but we’re much more than that. And those that have been with the Green Party know that.” The time is ripe, they say, for a third-party alternative in electoral politics. President Obama is a hawk, poised for war against Syria. The government is spying on its citizens. The country

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WITHOUT A TRACE How do you find someone who disappears into thin air? STORY BY LEAH SOTTILE


ackie Forney fell asleep with a cordless phone cal Center nurse who never showed up for her in her hand every night for two months. And 1 pm shift on Nov. 4, 1981. Two days after her the few times it pierced the midnight quiet of her disappearance, her car was found at Monroe remote country home, her heart would kick-start and Fifth — a place co-workers say she would into a flutter, and she’d jerk the handset up to her have never parked due to heightened fears of ear before the end of the first ring. In the split the South Hill rapist at that time. (See her story second before she hit the plastic TALK button, on page 26.) Deborah Sykes, a 38-year-old mother she would feel reality slow to a stop, like time and hard drinker who liked to hop on the back itself was holding its breath. of her friends’ motorcycles and appeared to simFor months she collapsed onto the greenply walk out of her Rathdrum, Idaho, home on and-lavender quilt covering her double bed, still Feb. 13, 2005. (See her story on page 22.) dressed in her jeans and sweatshirt, makeup Angel Wilson, a 17-year-old with a hissmudged under her eyes, her graying hair in a tory of running away. She left the house she messy ponytail. But the phone was always in her shared with her husband in August 2007 and hand. She prayed for the one call that could end Heather Higgins hasn’t been seen or heard from since. (Read this nightmare for good. more about her case in a web exclusive at InFor three years, she’s been waiting for her daughter, Heather Higgins, to call her and tell her exactly how she And then there is Forney’s daughter, Heather Higgins, a 39-yearcould just vanish from the face of the Earth without a trace. old Eastern Washington University student who disappeared in SepIf Forney tries hard enough, she can almost hear her daughter’s tember 2010. voice on the other end of the line: “Hi, Mom. It’s me.” As she lay Higgins had plans to move to a new apartment and was enrolled awake at night, Forney rehearsed what she would say first: “Where are in school for the fall. She had recently been hospitalized at Sacred you? Are you hurt? Is someone listening?” Heart Medical Center for her bipolar disorder. While she was there, If only she would call. At least, then, Forney would know that her her apartment had been burglarized. daughter — now 42 years old and, as of this week, missing for three Five days after she was released from the hospital, she disappeared. years — was alive. The idea of vanishing is hard to fathom in this era of license plate Forney still has hope that her daughter will come home and has tracking and facial recognition software, with red light cameras peering spent every day obsessing over the details of her strange disappeardown from intersections and the National Security Agency screening ance, fighting the nagging reality that she might not see her again. phone records. Facebook and Twitter and Instagram track our every “That’s the last thing you can think about because it hurts too move. Police departments enjoy the best forensic technology they’ve bad,” Forney says. ever had. And yet one of our biggest fears — one that evokes images While local law enforcement says that most missing-persons cases of strangers tempting children with candy and unsuspecting women resolve themselves in a matter of hours, there are rare instances when being snatched by strangers lurking in bushes — is still all too real for people seem to vanish into thin air. Over decades, there have been the families of missing people. dozens of such cases across the Inland Northwest. Among them: Kathryn Gregory, a 24-year-old, clean-living Deaconess Medi...continued on page 23

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DEBORAH SYKES How a small town deals with the loss of one of its own



ailroad tracks run parallel to Main Street in downtown Rathdrum, like a steel rod holding up a crooked spine. The North Idaho town takes up just eight square miles — most of it trees and open fields — and had a population of a little more than 6,800 in the most recent census. It’s a place where residents like to throw neighborhood block parties in the summer, a town where folks ride bicycles down the center of residential streets and wave at passing cars. People move to Rathdrum because it’s quiet and out of the way. You can know your neighbors here but still be left alone. Here, when someone disappears, it’s felt in the community. Deborah Sykes, a 38-year-old mother, apparently took off her wedding ring and walked out of her house with no luggage, no purse and just the clothes on her back on Feb. 13, 2005. From her missing-person posters, Sykes stares out from behind heavily lined eyes and a sly smirk. She has dark, straight hair and is wearing a black jacket and a black One Eye’s T-shirt — a defunct watering hole in the heart of Rathdrum where she liked to drink beer. The image has been cropped, but the full photo shows her

standing next to her husband and country singer Toby Keith, who is smiling wide, holding up the One Eye’s shirt that the couple brought him. The night before she vanished, Sykes was out drinking at One Eye’s and had been picked up from a friend’s house in the middle of the night by her husband. The next morning, when she was still in bed, her husband left to go to the grocery store, and when he returned, she was gone. In a town so small, it seems even less likely that a person could slip away undetected. And Detective Bill Ray of the Rathdrum Police Department says it still drives him crazy that Sykes hasn’t been found. “It’s so weird that she just walked away from her world. Literally just walked away from her entire world,” he says. “What in the world happened?” Ray sits in a corner office in the flat, gray Rathdrum PD building at the far end of Main Street. A deer head hangs above his computer, and he shakes a blender cup as he’s talking. He’s used to dealing with crimes that are more like annoyances — car burglaries, misplaced firearms. On his desk, there are a stack of those sorts of



cases to work through. And then there’s Sykes’ missing persons file. He’s been with the department for 18 years and is the second officer to take on the case. He still remembers the panic that ripped through the station in the weeks following her disappearance. Rathdrum was even smaller in 2005 — closer to 4,000 people — and everyone seemed to have a theory where Sykes might be. “It was a big deal,” he says. “There was lots of leads, lots of people have ideas. We had to look into all of those.” Sykes didn’t have much of a criminal record, but she’d written some bad checks around the time she disappeared, and there was a warrant out for her arrest. And she hung around with people who had frequent run-ins with the law. She was known to run with a group of motorcycle riders who liked to toss back beers and throw occasional punches at One Eye’s. They weren’t in a motorcycle gang — just local guys who liked to park their bikes in a long row on Main Street and play the part of the biker rebel. “A lot of times the crowds that she ran in would talk more with each other than they would talk with us,” Ray says. “That’s the nature of the beast. I would think by now something would have come up if they knew. Somebody obviously knows.” Ray says it’s possible that Sykes decided to just walk away from her children and her husband and start a new life somewhere else. But it’s a tough feat to pull off. Missing people show up in several federal databases, and if they’re arrested and fingerprinted, those fingerprints would show that they’re a missing person, no matter what alias they might be using. And given Sykes’ past, it would be tough to turn a life of living on the fringe around 180 degrees. It’s not impossible. It’s just not likely. Ray says the trail has gone cold on Sykes and he’s run out of new leads and options. “I mean, I think about [her case] all the time. But as far as doing active investigations on it, I just don’t have anything else to do,” he says. The case betrays everything he believes about Rathdrum — a town he’s proud of, where he raised his own family. But even here, someone could go missing right under his nose.

daughter, Deborah Sykes. They’d gotten a tip that someone had seen her at the Talking Bird Saloon in St. Regis, Mont., and without wasting a second, the pair jumped in their car and sped straight there. When they got there, they thought they might have found her. “I wasn’t breathing ... when I walked over there,” his wife says. “She had on a black coat like Debbie wears. And she had the long hair like Debbie. She turned around, and I told her, ‘Oh, excuse me, I thought you were somebody else.’” Gilcrist is not afraid to admit that his daughter was no saint. She liked to drink — was known for it, actually. If she wasn’t on a barstool at One Eye’s, she probably was at the Shady Rest, down the road. She wasn’t careless, just a free spirit who did what she wanted and who knew how to fend for herself. Over the years, if she was in trouble, Debbie would always call her dad if she really needed help. But the Gilcrists haven’t heard from her in years. Gilcrist isn’t a young man, but he says he will find his daughter before he dies, no matter what it takes. He’s a private investigator, and when his daughter was reported as missing eight years ago, he was often right on detectives’ heels — sometimes even a step ahead of them — as they searched. He knows that the trail has gone cold for Rathdrum police and that other cases have taken precedence over his daughter’s, so he feels it is up to him to play detective and close the book on this mystery. Today, the older man sits in an easy chair in the living room of his Hillyard neighborhood home and pops open the latches on a large, brown leather briefcase practically exploding with paperwork. Gilcrist has hung posters of his daughter in bars, grocery stores, restaurants and police stations from St. Regis to the Oregon coast. He’s walked in ditches beside roads, sent bones to detectives to run for DNA evidence. He heard Sykes wanted to go to the Daytona 500 one day, so he’s even called investigators in the police department down in Florida. “You just look into everything,” Gilcrist says. “Time and money is no object when it’s your daughter.” n


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“WITHOUT A TRACE,” CONTINUED... Children who go missing are a top priority, and effective systems like the Amber Alert have been created to find them in the past few decades. But missing adults — people old enough to do whatever they please — can be extremely difficult to find and are sometimes a low priority for law enforcement. And the painful uncertainty of what happened to them leaves people like Forney suspended in an unending nightmare. “My husband, he doesn’t say anything. But I’m sure he’s tired of hearing me cry,” Forney says. “Sometimes we are driving down the road, and tears are running down my face, and he’ll say, ‘What’s the matter?’ But I can’t hide it.”


ast gray hallways and secure doors, in a corner of the Spokane County Public Safety Building, sheriff’s Detectives Lyle Johnston and James Dresback try to find people. Both men have a stack of manila case folders on their desks: cold cases, missing-persons files. They say most missing-persons cases don’t ever make it to their desks because they’re usually solved within 24 hours: husbands or wives walk out, saying they’ll never come home again — and then they do. People on a bender who stumble home when they’ve gotten it out of their system. Runaways who decide it wasn’t such a good idea to go. A true abduction or homicide, Dresback says, is a “very small percentage” of cases. And those few times when someone over the age of 18 goes missing and there aren’t any clear-cut signs that a crime has been committed, law enforcement’s role in finding them gets sticky. Because it isn’t a crime to be a missing person. “If there’s any evidence that a crime has occurred, we’re going to move on that right away,” Johnston says. “But if it’s just [that] this person was expected home at this hour and they didn’t show up … there’s no indication of foul play. So we don’t move on it right away because we don’t even know that we have a crime.” Without suspicion of a crime, detectives say they might have to wait weeks before they can start investigating a missing person. Dresback adds that without probable cause, tapping into someone’s life not only isn’t possible, it’s a potential violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. “If there’s no crime, I can’t write a warrant to obtain personal information on somebody,” Dresback says. “If you have a significant other and you’re mad at him, and you say, ‘You

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hen Higgins went missing on Sept. 20, 2010, she looked like a Barbie doll come to life: hair the color of summer wheat, limpid blue eyes, a flashbulb smile. Higgins could make a paper sack look like high fashion, and she had a generous streak to match her beauty-queen looks. Her mom loves to tell about the one Christmas when her daughter packed up old pillows and blankets and brought them to the homeless living under a freeway overpass in downtown Spokane. “Merry Christmas,” she told them. “Jesus loves you.” At 39, she’d made her home in a corner apartment on the second floor of a peeling, tan-and-brown building at the intersection of 10th and Cherry — a lonely two-story among towering Victorian mansions. The neighborhood wasn’t perfect, but she felt safe. She loved watching her old black cat Roamie scale the maple tree out

“I’d call her and I’d need to talk to her — vent about something. She’d say, ‘Mom, I’m doing homework, I can’t talk.’” front and chase birds high into the branches. She paid her rent on time. She smiled at her neighbors. She was proud of her faith and went to church at Mosaic Fellowship, downtown on Second Avenue. She always sat in the front pews and sang with her whole heart. Forney has the same blue eyes and bright smile as her daughter, but that’s where their similarities end, she says. Forney’s a country girl at heart, happier brushing her horse and her standard poodles than being around people. Higgins was always social and loved living near downtown Spokane. But the two were close — as close as any 39-year-old woman can be to her mother. They didn’t talk every day on the phone, but Forney says her daughter was her best friend. Higgins was a single gal, her cellphone filled with numbers. On weekends, she liked to dress up and go dancing with her friends at downtown clubs. She had become a fan of hip-hop and rap music in the 1990s and had a CD collection a mile long. Forney says that though her daughter enjoyed having a good time, she was always meticulous about her obligations — even back to the ...continued on next page

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days when she was a Shadle Park High School student. As a teenager, she balanced boyfriends and activities with her schoolwork and a job working the drive-thru at the Arby’s on Third and Washington. She bounced between a few jobs in her 20s, but by the time she disappeared in 2010 she was committed to getting her degree and starting a career. “I’d call her and I’d need to talk to her — vent about something. She’d say, ‘Mom, I’m doing homework, I can’t talk,’” her mother says. “Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t a total bookworm. But she was serious about what she was doing. And she wanted to do the best.” Higgins was studying to be a journalist at Eastern Washington University. It was work that lined up with one of her core beliefs: to always look out for the little guy. “She was always for the underdog,” her mother says. “And she was a person that really loved justice, which runs in our family. And if the underdog was being done wrong by, you always take their side. None of that bullying business when Heather was around.”

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Maybe that’s because Higgins knew, despite her flawless exterior, what it was like to feel different on the inside. For years she struggled with panic attacks and anxiety until, at age 28, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She doubted the diagnosis and sought a second opinion. Could she really be sick? She said that pills made her feel muted. But her mother says she diligently took her medication and slowly got used to its effects. She carried a miniature spray bottle filled with water in her purse, and if she felt like a panic attack was coming on, she’d mist her face and take long, deep breaths. One day in early September of 2010, Forney got a call from Sacred Heart Medical Center. Details were scarce, but somehow, her daughter had been admitted to the psychiatric ward there. When Forney rushed to her bedside, her daughter was panicking, spouting what seemed like paranoid delusions about the people living in her neighborhood. Forney knew that stress often was a trigger for her daughter’s panic attacks, and Higgins


Jackie Forney’s daughter, Heather Higgins, went missing three years ago this week. had been balancing a lot lately. She’d found a nice new apartment in a safer neighborhood and was scrounging up the money for a deposit. She wanted to be moved and unpacked by the time the new school year began. Higgins stayed in the hospital for 15 days, and upon her release she arrived home to find her apartment — most of which was in boxes due to her impending move — ransacked. Her deposit money was gone. Making matters worse, she couldn’t drive. Higgins had received a DUI and was prohibited from getting behind the wheel. For five days, she begged friends for rides to the bank and to the downtown Moneytree at Third and Walnut, where she was denied a cash advance. Even before she was robbed, the money she owed for her DUI had practically bankrupted her. But now, she was panicked and running out of options. “Her whole life, you could just imagine it like a sinkhole,” Forney says. Forney spoke to her daughter every day on the phone from the time she got out of the hospital. And though so many things seemed up in

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the air for Higgins, she was still trying to find the bright side. On Sept. 19, she and Forney spoke, and Higgins thanked her mother for giving her a new kitten recently. In the middle of all this stress, the cat was making her laugh. Before leaving for work the next morning, Forney called Higgins, but only got her voicemail. She called again that evening. No answer. “That day I never heard from her, and I could hear a little voice saying, ‘Oh Mom, just because I didn’t answer the phone one time doesn’t mean I’ve been carried off to Turkey!’” Forney says, tears starting to well in her eyes. “She’d always say that: ‘Mom! What do you think could happen?’ I’d say, ‘I don’t know. Somebody could’ve kidnapped you and put you in a storage shed!’” After two days passed and no one else had heard from Higgins either, Forney walked through her daughter’s apartment. She found a scribbled to-do list sitting on the couch. Her toothbrush was sitting next to her bathroom sink. Her cats — who Forney described as her daugh...continued on page 28

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KATHRYN GREGORY The 32-year-old case that has one local investigator shaking his head BY LEAH SOTTILE


t was 1974, and Spokane was flying high. For the past seven months, the city had courted people from around the world at Expo ’74, proud of its newly restored downtown. Where blight and industrial railroad tracks had defined the city center, now a sprawling park with green lawns signaled the city’s newfound optimism. The National Civic League named it an “All-America City,” and in some ways, Spokane really was a place where the promise of the American Dream felt alive and well. It was a city that felt like a town: a place where families could feel safe, but where the luxuries of urban life were just a 10-minute drive away. A place where people left their doors unlocked at night and let their kids stay out playing after dark. A place that had a symphony and an opera house, but still held onto the rugged, individualistic spirit that defined the Wild West. So it was shocking when Laurie Partridge, a 17-year-old Ferris High School student, vanished on Dec. 4, 1974, in one of Spokane’s safest areas. According to an article in the Spokesman-Review, Partridge, complaining of stomach cramps, called to see if someone could pick her up from school. When they couldn’t, the 5-foot-4 girl left to walk the 2 miles home by herself. She never arrived, and later that night she failed to show up for her shift at the Lincoln


Heights Theater. Her family knocked on doors along her route, and police staked out a Beach Boys show she had tickets to attend at the Spokane Coliseum the next week. Suspects were interviewed — even Ted Bundy, the notorious serial killer who lived in Washington state at one time, was asked about Partridge. But she was never found. Today, Spokane Police Detective Jeff Barrington is trying to pick up the pieces of a similar case: Kathryn Gregory, or Kathy, a 24-year-old woman who vanished in November 1981. But it’s a case that hasn’t received nearly the attention the Partridge case has. At 24, Gregory was married and lived in a tiny brick house on Tekoa Street, just south of Manito Park. She lived a conservative, average life, according to Barrington, always showing up for her shift as a nurse at Spokane’s Deaconess Medical Center at least a half hour early, always parking her chocolate brown 1978 Toyota Corolla in the same parking lot across from the hospital. So when she didn’t show up for her 1 pm shift on the afternoon of Nov. 4, her co-workers started worrying. Her car wasn’t in the lot, and she hadn’t called to say she was sick. They phoned her husband Brian — a DJ on Spokane’s then-popular Rock 106 radio station — and asked if he’d seen her. He said they’d gone shopping that morning

downtown, stopping to buy cat food at a Safeway store at Third and Maple. He’d dropped her off at 11 am at their South Hill home so she could get ready for work. He left to meet his colleagues downtown for a business meeting. On Nov. 6, two days after her disappearance, her car was located, parked on the street at Fifth and Monroe — just one block from the front doors of Deaconess, but in a place her co-workers said Gregory would never park. Though Fred “Kevin” Coe, the notorious South Hill rapist, had been put behind bars that July, his presence had left women in Spokane acutely aware of their safety. Gregory’s shift on Nov. 4 was slated to last 10 hours, ending long after dark. And she wasn’t the type to risk walking in a strange area at night. When Barrington was handed the Gregory case, he was shocked at how disorganized it seemed. Reports and case files were crammed into a box with no sense of order. As he flips through the case 32 years later, he shakes his head at some of the ways it was handled. Today, he says, Gregory’s car would have been seized by police and combed for evidence. Though officers took snapshots of her vehicle inside and out, it was immediately turned back over to Gregory’s husband.

Barrington says when he got ahold of the Gregory case, he looked for bloodstains in the basement of the house on Tekoa where the couple lived. Another investigator walked the couple’s five-acre property at Lake Coeur d’Alene, looking for any clues. Barrington tried to find the brown hatchback, but after all this time, figures the car probably has been destroyed. Barrington certainly has theories about what happened on that late fall day back in 1981, and he’s got a piece of notebook paper with a giant checklist of things pertaining to the case that he’d like to check out. There are so many questions he wonders if investigators looked into so long ago. Such as: Why was the seat pushed back so far in Gregory’s car? Who might have driven it? It’s cases like this that made Barrington want to be a detective. But he says when he has a stack of recent murder files piling up, a 32-year-old case that might be full of stale leads and dead suspects is pushed to the back burner. “When you get a case on your desk, I don’t want it on my desk very long,” he says. “Unfortunately for me, I think this one’s on my desk for a while.” n Tips on the Kathryn Gregory case should be directed to Crime Check, (509) 456-2233.





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“WITHOUT A TRACE,” CONTINUED... ter’s babies — hadn’t been fed. Her Bible, which she read regularly, was sitting on her bed. In order to leave her apartment, Higgins would have to walk past at least two of the big picture windows of the other units in her building. One neighbor told Forney he’d watched Higgins walk out a few days before, leaving in a blue van with wooden side panels with a whitehaired older man he’d never seen before. And he hadn’t seen her around since.


orney says she’s devoted all of her time to finding her daughter since she vanished three years ago. She started looking before Spokane Police even opened Higgins’ case and is still looking now, knowing they can’t devote much time to it. Just a few days after Higgins was reported missing, Forney quit her job as a caretaker, and commuted every day to Spokane where she would interview neighbors and Higgins’ friends. She’d venture into homeless camps and shelters to hand out flyers and ask questions to see if anyone had seen her daughter. She even wore a wig as she poked around Higgins’ neighborhood so she wouldn’t be detected. She took photos of her list of “people of interest” and kept files on each person. She’d blanket signposts across the South Hill with posters. And every day she’d come back and they would be gone — like someone didn’t want people to remember Higgins. Online, Forney manages two Facebook

pages: “Heather Higgins Missing From Spokane, WA” and “Missing People In The Inland Northwest, Lets Bring Them Home.” She says in some ways, social media is the best way to keep people thinking about Higgins, remembering what she looks like and keeping an eye out for her. When someone goes missing in Eastern Washington, Forney makes sure to track the case on her “Missing People” Facebook page. She wants to prevent another mother from feeling the same sense of constant heartache that she feels. “They become important to me. And maybe it’s kind of like a therapy, but I’ve always been that way,” she says. “If I can help somebody, give them a leg up, I will do what I can. And this is something.” For their part, Spokane Police say they’re actively working to find out what happened to Higgins. Officers were reluctant to discuss details, saying that doing so would compromise the integrity of the investigation. But in a statement released via email to the Inlander, they did clarify one thing: “The case is still active and being investigated as a homicide.”


ll these years later, Forney still remembers sitting on the couch, watching a movie with her daughter. Higgins stretched across the sofa, head in her mother’s lap. They watched Taken, a film where Liam Neeson tracks his kidnapped daughter around

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the globe. The film terrified Forney, and when the credits rolled, she couldn’t help but feel tears gathering in her eyes. She looked down at her daughter’s face and told her, “If you ever went missing, I wouldn’t even know where to look.” When it did happen, when Higgins inexplicably vanished, it seemed unreal. Like someone was playing a cruel joke on Forney. She remembers hanging a flyer at a Maple Street bus stop near Higgins’ apartment. Someone had tacked up a poster for a cat that had run away. “I kept thinking, ‘I can’t believe this,’” she says, now sobbing. “I didn’t ever think I’d be hanging missingpersons posters of [my] child next to somebody’s cat.” The impact of her daughter’s disappearance has left Forney struggling to keep herself together. She’s gained 50 pounds and is pre-diabetic, and has to take a handful of medications to regulate her skyrocketing blood pressure. And her enlarged heart keeps trying to give way. She’s had several stress heart attacks over the past three years, a condition often called Broken Heart Syndrome. The lasting impact of an adult person who simply disappears is haunting for the people who loved them. Until she knows what happened, Forney fixes a small, round button to her shirt every day. Her daughter’s smiling face peers out from it, surrounded by red letters: HEATHER HIGGINS, MISSING SINCE 9-20-10. When people ask her about it, she’ll tell the story and give them a button of their own. When she talks about her daughter, Forney cries almost constantly. But through her mask of tears, her face suddenly becomes hard and her jaw stiffens. “Somebody knows something,” she says, “but they’re not telling.” 


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Rehiring Forrest Rodgers didn’t end chaos and frustration at the MAC BY DANIEL WALTERS


earing one of his signature bow ties, Forrest Rodgers, executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, stands before a crowd of board members at a special Aug. 16 trustee meeting and unfurls his vision for the museum’s future. To him, it’s adapt or perish. “We really, I believe, are at a reckoning point in the history of the museum,” Rodgers says. “We’re going through a period of loss. We’re going through a period of change.” For years, the MAC has suffered from deep budget cuts, chronic uncertainty, serial layoffs and tepid attendance. But this year, there’s an additional challenge: An independent state investigation into Rodgers’ leadership, spurred by a staff complaint, revealed a divided museum full of unhappy employees. After more than a dozen pages of witness testimony — detailed in public records obtained by the Inlander — the investigator concluded it was more than likely that Rodgers’ “leadership and communication since August 2012 has had a significant and detrimental impact on the MAC, including museum programming, education, community outreach, staff morale, staff retention and the staff’s ability to perform as required by their position description.”


It’s never easy to gauge how much an executive director, especially a new director in an uncertain climate, can be blamed for the struggles of an institution. But these numbers are clear: This past fiscal year has been one of the grimmest in the MAC’s recent history. The museum had the lowest number of paid visitors, member visitors and membership revenue in at least a decade. That dismal year began without Rodgers at the helm. In April 2012, the executive committee broke board bylaws to fire Rodgers, who’d been on the job less than nine months, then repeatedly refused to tell the public why. Rodgers threatened to sue the museum for $750,000 if he didn’t get his job back. Donors revolted, bow-tie-clad protesters packed heated meetings, board members resigned, new board members were hired. In July, after more than three months of turmoil, Rodgers was asked to Forrest Rodgers return. “I walked back into that building knowing there were people who were very disappointed that I was returning,” Rodgers says. “[And] knowing that there were people who were elated I was back. And not necessarily knowing who was who.” During those first few months, a state human resources specialist recorded one staffer saying it was like the museum was “in a war.” One side for Rodgers, the other against him. Nearly immediately, Rodgers clashed with the staff’s vision. They had proposed what they called the “Go For It” budget, which would have dipped deep into reserves in order to “invest” in the MAC and address flagging attendance. But Rodgers saw that budget as “naïve and irresponsible” and presented the board with something more conservative. Museum staff spent months preparing to bring “Soulful Creatures” — a touring exhibition of ancient Egyptian animal mummies and sarcophagi — to the MAC. After all, the biggest driver of attendance, donations and net revenue in recent history was the museum-wide touring Leonardo da Vinci exhibit in 2011. But Rodgers angered some staff members by nixing the plans, believing the exhibit was too pricey and had little to do with regional history. Programs Manager Laura Thayer, essentially the museum’s second-in-command, left the MAC after 20 years at the end of September 2012. She didn’t believe Rodgers wanted her on his team. “I didn’t see a way forward,” Thayer says. ...continued on next page




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Starting in May of this year, state investigator Scott Nicholson began sitting down with employees at the MAC, inquiring about Rodgers’ performance after he’d been rehired. Rose Krause, curator of special collections, had filed a complaint accusing Rodgers of gender discrimination, retaliating against those who opposed his rehiring and serious leadership flaws. In her interview, she portrayed Rodgers as an “unprofessional,” “disrespectful” and frequently absent leader who gave little instruction, motivation or direction. With Thayer gone and Unlike before he was rehired, Rodgers now has Rodgers uncommunicative, she told Nicholson the board’s unanimous support. that program staff had little guidance. Big events Board President Al Payne says he is a big fan would be sprung on program staff without much of Rodgers’ business plan. “We asked the staff to discussion or warning. Rodgers, she says, “does come aboard and support it,” Payne says. “They not understand how a museum works.” have a lot to lose if it doesn’t work.” Krause also claimed Rodgers showed favoritRodgers is at his most animated elaborating ism toward certain staff members, mostly males on his plan for the MAC: He says wants to tear or those who supported his rehiring, meeting down the barriers between the art, history and frequently with them and practically ignoring American Indian sections. others. Nicholson’s investigation cleared RodgOver the next two years, don’t expect any ers of the gender discrimination and retaliation blockbuster exhibits like the da Vinci exhibit, or charges, but also identified serious leadership and much changeover in exhibits. Expect a museum communication issues. that uses speakers, programs, events — maybe Of the 34 current and former staff members even actors portraying “livinterviewed, 11 believed ing history” — to drive adRodgers had showed favormissions. And expect a push itism toward men or disIn the response to the board regarding his for more state revenue and a criminated against women. investigation, Executive Director Forrest new fundraising initiative to Seven felt he’d retaliated Rodgers references the “turnaround” he led at begin this spring. against certain employees the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore., from But some worry that who hadn’t supported him, 2000 to 2007. But data calls those claims into what the board hears about while 11 said he had disrequestion. Read more on the Inlander blog. the museum is filtered garded museum procedure. through Rodgers. And 21 employees reported “While they have good intentions, there’s communication problems. this huge, huge disconnect between the daily opThayer called Rodgers’ communication “dierations and what happens with the board,” says visive” and “duplicitous.” Chief Financial Officer Ginger Ewing, former curator for cultural literacy John Drexel said Rodgers wouldn’t share critical who left in December for another job and was information, “causing staff not to have a clear vinot interviewed for the report. “It’s jaw-dropping sion and begin speculating on what is going on.” that the board is still going to do nothing about The frustration pervaded practically every [the investigation]. That leaves the staff totally level of the museum. Communication problems, voiceless, totally invisible and totally helpless.” the facilities custodian said, had put staff on “pins Rodgers says he plans to sit down with his and needles.” Marketing and Communications critics and a state-assigned human resources Director Rebecca Bishop said Rodgers “had a consultant this week. He says he’ll start giving victim mentality,” blaming his leadership team employees more one-on-ones, performance evaluinstead of taking responsibility. ations and long-term plans. Even employees who Krause claimed RodgNot all of Rodgers’ detractors still work at ers had favored had problems with him: Exhibit the MAC. Some have retired or quit. Two of designer Ryan Hardesty said Rodgers “wavers Rodgers’ harshest critics in the reports, Bishop even on small decisions.” and Museum Services Manager Lori Bertis, Rodgers isn’t without his supporters. Though recently saw their positions eliminated due to many were recent hires, 10 of the employees budget constraints. interviewed by Nicholson had no criticism for But morale issues persist. Two staff members Rodgers. Some of his fans call him “professional,” have filed two more complaints, one of which has inclusive” and “welcoming.” In their eyes, Rodgbeen dismissed; the other is being investigated. ers has faced resentful staff members. Rodgers is aware of the challenge. “There are “[His] hands are tied and I fear if he makes some people who are still mad at me … and are changes it will look like retaliation,” Confidential feeling as though this new direction is an explicit Secretary Linda Queen told Nicholson. criticism to all they’ve done in the past,” he says. In a sprawling, two-hour interview with the Even as the museum seeks supplemental Inlander last Friday, Rodgers took responsibilstate funding, Rodgers wrote to the board in his ity for some of the communication failure. He response to the investigation, “we still will have agreed some employees have reason to feel he’s to address the intransigence and resistance of been discourteous. But he also said he didn’t staff unable or unwilling to embrace the changes have the time for the same sort of discussionrequired to move forward.”  oriented leadership as Thayer. He was focused on meeting with concerned donors and prepar-



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ing for the Legislature, trusting program staff could operate without his day-to-day influence. “They’re professionals,” Rodgers says. “They know what they need to do.” He blames staff for some of the tense atmosphere, arguing that some employees were inflexible, overly sensitive and resistant to evidence of the museum’s flaws. To Nicholson, he defended his right to selectively share information, and criticized the museum’s “culture of unnecessary interdependence which has created a license for knowing about everything.”




hen I come home from work dejected and worn out, chicken teriyaki stains on my button-down shirt and pride obliterated from another day in corporate hell, all I really want to do is blow up aliens with an excessively large rocket launcher, wearing nothing but a purple pimp hat and a cheerleader skirt. Not into the cheerleader skirt? How about an astronaut suit? There is very little that you can’t do in Saints Row IV, a game that has taken the rules and shoved them. It makes men feel like men and ladies like the strong, independent women we are. You can even dress your male character up in women’s clothing and cavort around the city like the strong cross-dresser you are on the inside. This game is all about a release from the pressures and irritations that we have to deal with at our crappy office jobs. When you run out of staples. When you’re driving home and some jerk decides to cut you off. When you really wish you could run over the guy who walked through the crosswalk without looking. In Saints Row, those irritations are no longer your concern. You are the President of the United States and pedestrians line the streets, ready for vehicular manslaughter. Yes, these violent games get criticized for sexism, for graphic content and for a general distaste for the rules — and that’s why they’re here. Problems? I could complain about how the plot is all very pieced-together. Developers needed to make the traditional Saints Row-style game play (i.e., open world, completely up to the player) fit into their mega-intense

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Friday, September 27 | 8pm APP | OK, so I’m a little late to the party here because I just got an iPad, but maybe you haven’t heard of CORPSE CRAFT: INCIDENT AT WEARDD ACADEMY either. This game is some of the coolest shit I’ve seen in a long time: It’s like Edward Gorey, Harry Potter and Tetris all rolled into one. The gist: some other Brit kids are being dicks at school, so you launch an onslaught of creepy creatures on their house to set it on fire. It’s frustrating and cute, and you will be totally obsessed.

GAME | This whole zombie trend is getting kind of over the top, right? See, that’s what I was thinking, until I played THE LAST OF US. The apocalypse has come and gone, and America is left with a torn landscape populated by criminals, cannibals and some of the most gruesome, mutated zombies you’ve ever seen. The game — which we reviewed here in June, but thought you might need a reminder — plays out like a feature film, soundtrack and all, and you might find yourself getting choked up just like you would at the theater. It has its fair share of horror-style moments that will have you running to turn the lights on.

MAGAZINE | We here at The Inlander have a mostly female staff, but that’s a rarity in journalism. So we were all excited to see a copy of the new female-centric mag THE RIVETER. We got our copy of the Summer 2013 issue today: it’s the size of a ’zine, but it’s laid out like a little, tiny version of a serious, glossy magazine, mixing journalism and essays. It’s not going to upend the gender scales in journalism, but we can get behind any young, ambitious female journalists looking to stir the pot.

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attoo art is more than skin deep for Jay Brown; it’s his life and his livelihood. Although somewhat retired from nearly three decades of inking others, he still builds custom tattoo guns and will even do a custom job or two by appointment. But his real passion is the nonprofit Northwest Tattoo Museum he developed while running A Fine Art Tattoo Studio in Moscow. “I want people to realize,” says Brown, “that tattooing has deep history… it’s not all Miami Ink.” That Learning Channel reality-based television series, and others like it, tend to glamorize the industry, says Brown. Even if those shows have also helped turn the tide of public opinion on tattooing from one of fringe culture to mainstream acceptability, Brown wants people to see the evolution of the art form, especially in America. His focus — and the feel of the studio he maintains — is that of a 1930s-’50s era parlor. At the museum, which is free (donations welcome), viewers can get a sense of everything but the feel of the needle. Books of flash tattoos — generic illustrations that give an idea of the tattooist’s style and ability — fill the counter while the walls feature work dating from the early 1900s. That’s when men like sailors-turned-tattooists Norman Keith Collins (aka Sailor Jerry) and Amund Dietzel transformed bodies with their bold-line imagery inspired by a mix of Americana and overseas travel. It was mostly pin-up girls, full-masted sailing ships, Chinese dragons contorted in space, fierce-looking eagles surrounded by Old Glory. More than 60 tattoo guns are on display, some with their electrical power units, including those from pioneers Percy Waters, Milton Zeis and Nick Melroy. Many displays also feature original packaging, ink bottles and even instructions. Among the artwork and equipment is memorabilia from the history of the tattoo industry — convention flyers, black-and-white photos of clients under the needle, signage, autographed posters — much of it donated by tattoo artists both locally and across the U.S. When we visited on a recent Sunday, Tim and Cathy James from the Tattoo Room in Spokane were donating boxes of tattooists’ business cards and folders of ’60s-era flash designs. “We can’t throw it away,” says Tim James. Cathy, meanwhile, reminisces about an 88-year-old customer who wanted his deceased wife’s name tattooed on him before he died. “I like the stories people tell,” she says of their clients who tend to wax poetic while being inked.

Jay Brown: “Tattooing has deep history.” CARRIE SCOZZARO PHOTO Brown is full of stories, too. He reserves special reverence for people like R.J. Rosini, well known to the motorcycle community, particularly at Sturgis. A banner from Rosini’s Traveling Gypsy Tour (Brown toured with them from 1992-2003) covers one of the brightly colored shop walls, a tribute to the man Brown calls a mentor and father figure. A contributing writer to Tattoo Artist Magazine and recipient of the Terry Wrigley Award for lifetime achievement from the National Tattoo Association, Brown is meticulous about documenting the more than 300 objects on display. And when he’s not inventorying the 500-item backlog, Brown is organizing events such as flash painting parties to build community among tattoo artists. “For the public, we will have tattoo history seminar and programs and artist get-togethers, so that the public can come out and meet area tattooers and see their work,” says Brown.  Northwest Tattoo Museum • 510 B 4th St., Coeur d’Alene • Mon-Thu by appointment; Fri-Sat, 2-9 pm; Sun, 1-6 pm • NorthwestTattooMuseum • 208-665-6565


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Green Collar Neighborhood Project Hope brings fresh produce and youth jobs to West Central BY ANNEMARIE C. FROHNHOEFER

hile Central Food, on West Central’s south side, sits high on the bluff above the Spokane River and offers its diners some stunning city views, a glance in the opposite direction reveals thickets of wood-frame homes, some empty and some not, vacant lots and the beginnings of a long, uphill slope. The teenagers in West Central know about uphill battles, but they also know something about those vacant lots — they don’t have to stay empty. This past summer more than two dozen West Central residents between the ages of 11 and 18 have worked as members of the Green Collar Job Corps. Some work on Riverfront Farm, an urban farm made up of seven formerly vacant lots scattered across West Central. Others work the Riverfront Farm booth at the West Central Farmers Market in Cannon Park, as well as the South Perry Market. These employees, and those on the neighborhood lawn care team, all learn job skills and gain work experience provided through Project Hope Spokane, a community-based initiative that seeks to provide youth with the skills, attitude and values necessary to ensure adult success. Bakari Green, the 15-yearold sophomore class president at North Central and a Green Collar Job Corps youth leader, has been interested in leadership roles almost as long as he’s been interested in working hard. “When I was in sixth grade I found out about this program, learned more about it, and I got really excited for the program because it was the first chance I had to get a real job,” he says. For the past four growing seasons Green has worked on the farm, pulling weeds, planting seeds and harvesting. This fall and winter he’ll be part of the team that puts the beds to sleep, puts in garlic starts and works the market as well as the “super-small greenhouse.” His eating habits have changed a bit since he began the program. “I made the mistake of coming in with a candy bar and the adult leader didn’t hesitate to jump on that and give me a veggie lecture,” says Green. He eats more vegetables and has learned how to cook up zucchini omelets. Each Friday ...continued on next page



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fresh soil and get the lot ready for healthy crop production. The teenagers who work this scattered farm travel to their assigned areas on bikes, but a recent bike theft has forced those with bikes to go out to distant locations, while those without stay closer to the organization’s base. But this latest challenge hasn’t prevented Riverfront Farm from hauling produce to markets and restaurants. Chef David Blaine of Central Food has plans to make jams and desserts from the farm’s yellow and blue plums. Already, the farm’s garlic finds its way into several different items on his menu. If you’ve enjoyed some of the super-local roasted garlic in Central Food’s artichoke pasta, you have some teenagers to thank. But you won’t have to go far to do that. n

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f you’re the first one to do something at Smacky’s On Broadway, you get to put a dollar bill on the wall. Say you ask for a fork to eat your French dip sandwich and no one has ever done that — dollar on the wall. Or if you’re the first customer to be referred to the Spokane Valley sandwich shop by a health department employee because of the eatery’s spotless record — bam, staple a George Washington next to the door. It’s just part of the offbeat — but not off-putting — vibe that owner Mike Ackermann has cultivated during his seven years running Smacky’s, located among the auto repair shops, truck stops and industrial plants just a couple blocks from where Broadway Avenue meets Interstate 90. Ackermann banters with regulars while welcoming newbies into the Smacky’s universe, a world in which every truth you hold dear about the sandwich is challenged. “You could eat here twice a week for a year and never have the same thing twice,” says Ackermann, who named Smacky’s after the pet monkey he owned when he was growing up in the Philippines. A veteran of the Spokane restaurant scene and son of parents who were in the business, Ackermann is into variety. He offers an array of deli sandwiches, but also six different French dips, a full slate of panini, wraps, and a few Smack Attack sandwiches, including the massive Napoleon. For $11.95, you’re served threequarters of a pound of turkey, ham and roast

Smacky’s owner Mike Ackermann with the massive club sandwich. JOE KONEK PHOTO beef with pepper jack cheese. If that’s not enough options, there are daily specials ranging from pulled pork to specialty Monte Cristo tortes on Thursdays — ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar between two puff pastries, drizzled with raspberry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. Although sandwiches take top billing, Smacky’s offers 20 different bottled beers, soups and salads. The rest of the trappings are simple. It’s only open for lunch, only during the week, and your sandwich comes with pretzels and a pickle. And if you say pretzels and pickles are an odd combination, you won’t get to put a dollar on the wall. n Smacky’s On Broadway • 6415 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley • Open Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-3 pm • • 5354230

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he Miller family wants you to come break bread with them, even if you’re gluten-free. At their Tree of Life Organic Deli & Bakery, they’ll make a believer out of you that healthy can still taste good. Fresh-baked bread, bagels and cookies, deli sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast items have you covered from 8 am to 6 pm every day except Saturday, which is Shabbat, or Jewish Sabbath. The lure for this Jersey girl was the promise of an authentic bagel: boiled first, then baked, for a crispy exterior and chewybut-light interior. Varieties include sunflower seed and traditional poppy seed ($1.50 each, six for $5.25). Sliced, lightly toasted with cream cheese and butter, and I was all verklempt for the deli bagel of my East Coast youth. All baking is done on-site with loaves available for order. White or honey wheat ($4.25), rye ($5.75) and Challah ($5.25) — a slightly sweet, eggy bread prominent in Jewish tradition — are all organic. A drive-through and convenient location — just off I-90 near Tidyman’s in Post Falls — means breakfast of hot cinnamon rolls ($3.50), a breakfast wrap with eggs and corned beef ($5.25), or potato latkes ($4.77). Don’t worry about pronouncing sufganiyot ($1.25), just ask for the Get the scoop on the local food scene best donut you’ll ever eat (filled with our Entrée newsletter. Visit with lemon curd or raspberry) to sign up. and don’t forget a cup of their trademark coffee ($1.95). Or drink your meal with fresh-squeezed juices like the tangy-sweet blend of carrot, apple, celery, ginger and lemon ($5.25/16 ounces). Lunch means daily soup specials — look for Monday’s lentil or Sunday’s matzah ball — several cold salads and traditional deli sandwiches. On the day I visited, a steady crowd flowed through, including a skeptical Betsy Rosenberg, a Chicago native plenty familiar with what pastrami ($8.95/$12.75) should taste like. Her pronouncement: surprisingly spicy and very good. Or, try the lamb burger on a Challah bun ($9.95), Reuben ($8.95/$11.75) or cold turkey or chicken salad ($7.77). All served with a kosher dill pickle, of course. 


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VIETNAMESE THREE SISTERS VIETNAMESE 10615 E. Sprague Ave. | 928-2580 Owner Long Dam runs this place with his three daughters (thus the name), and they make a mean pho, along with other Vietnamese dishes, each made from Dam’s own recipe. Good pho isn’t accomplished easily, though — the broth alone takes eight hours to prepare. You can easily play it safe and go for the beef or chicken pho, but there is a reason that tripe and tendon are preferred by most natives; you’ll just have to try it to find out. They also offer a delicious version of Vietnamese coffee, a concentrated, dark-roast coffee with sweetened and condensed milk, served either hot or over ice.

their pho — Pho Van’s is a rich yet clean tasting broth, complemented by the lime and sprouts you can add to it. Though the King Pho reigns supreme, generous portions of other items like roasted duck soup are popular with customers. VINA ASIAN RESTAURANT 2303 N. Ash St. | 328-2197 You can get good Chinese and Vietnamese food at plenty of spots around town, but Vina has something most others don’t: the Hot Pot. Basically, you get a heating element, giant bowl of broth and your choice of rice noodles, meat and veggies brought to your table for a buildyour-own soup adventure. Though you can fill your soup with as much meat as you can consume, they also have a vegetarian tofu soup or a seafood option for those less inclined. It’s impossible not to get hooked. Cool down with a honeydew melon or taro bubble tea.

PHO VAN 2909 N. Division St. | 326-6470 Turning an old Pizza Hut on North Division into a classy pho joint is no small feat. The result is a well decorated, modernized restaurant that has kept the Vietnamese tradition and authenticity in its menu, consisting of pho, rice and noodle dishes of all varieties. Every restaurant has a different version on the broth for

PHO 999 2904 E. Sprague Ave. | 535-7300 The building isn’t much to look at, and the menu is simple: nearly two-

dozen kinds of pho, depending on what meats are in the broth. This is not evidence of a lack of imagination. It is a sign of focus. If you want the best pho in Spokane, this is the place. Add the house-made lemongrass and jalapeno sauce in sesame oil for some pleasant spice to your soup. Despite the fame of the pho, it’s difficult every time to pass up the Vietnamese-style pork chop, topped with a fried egg. Go ahead, gnaw on the bone. We know you want to. PHO THANH AND CAFE 2108 N. 4th St. | Coeur d’Alene 208-665-9903 The difference between lunch and dinner is a matter of perspective, not proportion. Big porcelain dishes of fragrant Vietnamese food with spicy sides and sauces are in abundance on this Coeur d’Alene eatery even during the lunch hour. But there are also rice plates and vermicilli options if you’re looking to go outside of the bowl. We suggest calling for take-out, convinced that one order of wonton soup lasted us four whole days on a recent visit. n

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he lights finally fell dark. The projector beamed through the dusty theater and the screen went green, with a message from the Motion Picture Association of America telling you that the preview coming up next was approved for all audiences. Then you heard those three words: “In a world...” It was always that same guy, but you probably thought it was God informing you that aliens had taken over Earth or that Big Momma was back in the house for a sequel. His name was Don LaFontaine, and he’s the man we see in a video tribute at the beginning of Lake Bell’s directorial debut. These days, movie trailers don’t use that much voiceover, maybe because LaFontaine died five years ago. But In a World... is built upon the singular premise that someone is going to revive the “in a world” fad, and we




OPENING FILMS Keri Russell stars as an American woman so obsessed with the works, life and everything else of Jane Austen that she decides to blow most of her savings to go to a resort in England called Austenland. As you might guess, that resort is for Austen freaks to pretend they are living in the time of Jane. And, of course, our heroine soon finds a couple love interests to keep her busy. (MB) Rated PG-13


Luc Besson directs this film in which a not so typical family, the Manzonis,  are relocated under the witness protection program from their Brooklyn home to a small town in France. The former mobsters, now turned snitches, handle their problems in their new lives via violence, bribery and the occasional explosion. As the odd events pile skyward, it becomes apparent that their new location is still not enough to hide them from their former mafia cronies. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones star. (ER) Rated R


Directed by Wong Kar-Wai, Grandmaster tells the story of Ip Man, the martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. Ip Man looks back on his life during a time of political change in China, in which the Japanese have invaded Manchuria. Through his trials and tribulations, mainly a flurry

of violence and perfectly timed punches, Ip Man discovers himself and, of course, kicks butt while he’s at it. (ER) Rated PG13

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


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Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s stunning documentary centers on a male orca named Tilikum who has been responsible for the death of three people, most recently the much-publicized 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in Orlando. He was terrorized by the other whales with whom he shared a tank and also spent his early years cooped up in a tiny holding pen at a third-rate amusement park. But the film’s reach goes far beyond Tilikum’s violent

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The Lambert family returns in the sequel to the bone-chilling thriller aptly named Insidious: Chapter Two. Patrick Wilson stars as Josh Lambert, the reassuring father to the now healing family, attempting to erase the events of the past. But as unusual things begin to once again happen in the household, Renai Lambert, played by Rose Byrne, begins to suspect that perhaps her husband’s reassurance is simply denial, and something has followed her hubby out of the spirit-world, to once again wreak havoc on the now ohso-suspecting family. (ER) Rated PG-13


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New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is down on her luck. Her marriage to a wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) fell apart after he lost all their money in a Wall Street scam, forcing Jasmine to move to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger, a grocery store clerk. To Jasmine, it seems like there’s not much left in her life to look forward to, as she struggles to cope with her downfall from a life of luxury to one where she’s forced to decide whether she should become a dental receptionist or a nurse. Writer/director Woody Allen presents us a modern yet familiar character study of how the haves and the have-nots perceive themselves. (CS) PG-13


Paranoia is the order of the day in this courtroom drama about what happens after a terrorist explosion in London. A defense barrister (Eric Bana) and defense advocate (Rebecca Hall) must hide the fact that they had an affair. But things ramp up when they start feeling they’re being watched and followed for other reasons. Director John Crowley keeps the tension high, at first with words and surveillance cameras, then by turning it all into a full-fledged thriller. (ES) Rated R ...continued on next page

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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





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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


Ethan Hawke gave us an amazing performance in the remarkable Before Midnight earlier this year, so it’s OK for him to take some time to do something, well, less remarkable. Here, Hawke plays Brent Magna, who used to be a professional race car driver, which comes in handy when his wife is kidnapped by some jerk and he has to steal some other chick’s car (that chick is a post-Bieber Selena Gomez; the car is a Shelby Mustang) and drive really fast to rescue said wife. (MB) Rated PG-13


Ashton Kutcher takes a break from embarrassing himself on Two and a Half Men to star as Apple founder Steve Jobs in this biopic of the man who made the iPhone possible. You’ll learn all about how Jobs dropped out of college yet still managed to change the way we listen to music, surf the Internet and take photos of ourselves. (MB) Rated PG-13


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


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


Working as a security guard at an art museum in Vienna, Johann has found a sense of peace in the quietness of the gallery’s halls. Then, a Canadian woman, unfamiliar with the city but intrigued by art, arrives at the museum and soon befriends Johann. Together, they tour the museum, learning more about themselves than the pieces of art they are supposed to be inspecting. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated.


If you’re over the age of 17, you probably have no idea what One Direction is. Allow us to school you on the subject: it’s a British boy band who sing inconsequential music about inconsequential topics. Now there’s a concert film — for some reason directed by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame — coming to theaters so young girls can scream at the screen and fantasize about marrying one of them. The fact that you now know about One Direction will have no impact on your existence. (MB) 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


Vin Diesel returns as Riddick, the interstellar warrior we first met in Pitch Black and then saw return to action in 2004’s Chronicles of Riddick. This time around, he’s been left for dead on a barren planet where he’s forced to fight for his life against alien beasts. Then, a bunch of bounty hunters come looking for the mole-eyed hero and, again, he has to fight for his life. (MB) Rated R.


Sutter Keely is the most popular guy at his school. He’s funny, he parties, he has a hot girlfriend and he lives “in the moment,” that is until his girlfriend dumps him and he wakes up one morning on the lawn of “nice girl” Aimee’s house. Aimee (Shailene Woodley) is completely the opposite of Sutter: She has goals, she’s smart and a little shy and nerdy. In many ways, this plot like the typical “bad-boymeets-girl-next-door” coming-of-age story, but this film — from the writers of modern cult classic — doesn’t take the harsh realities of youthful love and confusion about the future and tie it all up in a tidy little package. (CS) Rated R


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


Gary King Simon Pegg plays a sad-sack 40-something for whom life’s window has seemingly already closed, leaving him with no option other than to take solace in past glories and live as if encased in amber. Determining that he has unfinished business in his hometown, Gary convinces his estranged friends to take another crack at conquering “The Golden Mile” — a 12-pub/12-pint crawl that saw Gary and his friends fall well short of finishing 23 years earlier. (CW) Rated 







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or such a deft wit, Jane Austen sure has maintenance, and thirty-something singletons inspired some ham-fisted entertainment. who suffer existential crises when fantasy collides Actually, the Austen influence here is with reality and comes up in the red. There’s an negligible, save some thin ribbons of plot snipped amusing sidebar set at the actors’ bunks, where from her catalog, including Sense and Sensibilthey strip themselves of their Regency garb and ity and Mansfield Park. Sincere Austen devotees sun by the pool, talking trash about the dumb won’t find much in common with this modernAmericans whose fantasies they service, but the day Jane (Keri Russell), who decks out her apartpicky viewer might grumble that it’s not funny ment in Regency-style tchotchkes and a life-sized enough to justify the cheat. Otherwise, the film is cardboard cutout of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. told entirely from Jane’s perspective. And there’s The filmmakers gallop through this gettingan attempted sexual assault that exists to goose to-know-Jane stage to get her to the the plot, then is unceremoniously title’s Austenland, an immersive dropped. AUSTENLAND resort in England for which Jane Most egregiously, first-time feature Rated PG-13 empties out her savings in order to director Jerusha Hess (who previously Directed by Jerusha Hess pretend she’s an Austen character. co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Starring Keri Russell, Jane Professional dim-bulb Jennifer and Gentlemen Broncos) and her coSeymour, Bret McKenzie Coolidge plays another one of writer, Shannon Hale (on whose novel the guests, and already you’ve the film is based), appear disinterested halved the prospective audience. in genuinely exploring Jane’s ardor (For those of us not already on board with her for Austen’s books — how she came to love them, half-lidded, dumb-as-a-fence-post persona in suwhat they mean to her, and why she has so long perior entertainment like the Christopher Guest forgone human interaction in favor of these films, Coolidge’s presence here is like persistent fictional comforts. Here, Austen is just a quirk, heartburn.) something to hang a rom-com on: Jane could just There are also two love interests — call them as easily be swoony for Star Wars, or Trollope, or Austenland’s premier attractions: JJ Feild plays an torture porn. Any of those avenues might have actor playing a Darcy type, while Bret McKenzie yielded greater rewards than Austenland’s amble (of Flight of the Conchords) is more like stage crew, from plot point to plot point until our heroine charged with tending to stable animals, grounds arrives, triumphant, at a last-reel kiss. 

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Life Less Ordinary


Blackwater Prophet wants the world. But how do they get it? BY LEAH SOTTILE


or miles, there are houses and rows upon rows of green yards and perfect gardens with respectable cars parked in the driveways. There are parks. There are families walking in big bunches with dogs on leashes and little ones crammed into front and backpacks. On a cloudy latesummer day, this section of Spokane

Valley is the picture of ordinary. This forgettable part of a sprawling place is where the members of Blackwater Prophet live, and where they come from. With the exception of some straggly hair and a few tattoos, to some people they might be forgettable too. They work at Pita Pit and Domino’s. They’re quiet until they get some liquor

in them, then they giggle a lot. It seems like the odds were stacked against them to be anything but ordinary. So the first time you hear Blackwater Prophet’s far-from-ordinary sounds, it’s a revelation. Their songs are swampy and thick, driven by the interplay between 21-year-old Nicholas Parker’s quaking bass lines and

22-year-old Bryan Coats’ drums. That gives Blackwater Prophet its vibe; Garrett Zanol, another 22-year-old, gives the band its soul. He hunches over his guitar, adding solo after solo of distorted psychedelic riffs, singing and moaning into the microphone like he’s asking for forgiveness. It’s dark, fierce, aching rock ...continued on next page


MUSIC | ROCK “LIFE LESS ORDINARY,” CONTINUED... ‘n’ roll, wrought out of instinct. These songs are dispatches sent directly from a dark, primal place in their hearts. The band’s genesis story? It’s ordinary. After Coats and Zanol jammed for years, they invited Parker — they call him Beav — to play along one night. Lightning struck. “We wrote a song that night, and then just scrapped all the old shit,” Coats says. “We were a new band. So it just kind of happened like that.” They weren’t expecting this bluesy style to come out — they’d previously played in indie bands. But when they got together, a deep, lurching, heavy blues rock came out, and Zanol started writing songs about things that really mattered to him. They weren’t just songs of heartbreak or love lost — though there are a few of those. “Wicked Ways” talks about a friend who was molested for nearly a decade by his stepfather. On the back porch of the ordinary house Zanol shares with a roommate — who announces mid-interview there’s no toilet paper left and comes downstairs while the band practices to take a video of himself flipping them off — he explains that his friend confessed what was happening to him for the first time. “Jesus! We play this music, and I didn’t even know,” Coats says, dumbstruck. “How are we learning this the same time you are?” They laugh, passing around a bottle of whiskey and chasing each pull with a swig of

Pepsi. They don’t need to talk much about what they’re going to say in their songs, or how they’ll play them. They jam until they create something that they love, plain and simple. And what comes out is always artful and driving and a little sloshy. The band has been playing for awhile, and they’re still surprised when they perform to empty venues or clubs dotted with the few friends who come out to drink and yell “faggot!” at the stage while they play. They feel this music. They know it’s good. They wonder what they need to do to get noticed — to seem less like ordinary kids from Spokane Valley. “If people knew our music and we were somewhat known,” Zanol says, dragging on a cigarette, “it’s like maybe there’s a chance that other people will make music that’s not bullshit in this town. Or they’ll listen to us and be like, ‘Hey, there’s something going on here. There’s a little diamond in the rough. F--- their names, I don’t care who they are: this music is alright.’” “For like 10 years now, I’ve been like, ‘I need to be in a thing that turns everything around,’” Parker chimes in. And this is it, he says. This is that band. The interview reverses itself. They ask how to get popular, how they get people to pay attention, how to get the good shows and play to the right people. They can’t tour — they work at Pita Pit, for chrissake. How do they get known in their own hometown?

“Can we just catch a break and then have Rolling Stone f---ing give us a cover? And then get a record deal?” Coats says, smiling. “Do you know how we can do that? I want a simple solution.” They’re so worried about the future, about what they want and could be and how to get there. About the what-ifs and what-could-bes. But right now — right here in this backyard — is the best it’s ever going to be. If a record deal propels them to stardom and fame and girls

“They feel this music. They know it’s good. They wonder what they need to do to get noticed.” and money, they’ll always wish for these days: days when they played music that came from their hearts. For Saturdays when all they had to do was be carefree and smoke cigarettes and play music in their basement. They’ll ache for the days when they were ordinary, and life was just a big open road ahead of them.  Blackwater Prophet with Odyssey, Hooves and Entanglement • Sat, Sept. 14 at 7 pm • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • $5 • All-ages • 328-5467

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Gone, Not Forgotten Remembering poet, musician and rapper Isamu Jordan BY JESS WALTER


y friend Isamu “Som” Jordan was a of play and wonder. If you met Som (probably gifted writer and musician; a tireless in his Flash sweatshirt, maybe buying comic promoter of Spokane and its artists; a books, or speaking at some community event) generous, loyal friend; a sweet, sensitive soul; a you never forgot him. joyful father. I know I never will. Som grew up in southeast Spokane with Som, his wife Rachel, and his sons Caleb his grandmother Carrie Jordan and graduated and Osiah are like family to my wife Anne and from Lewis and Clark in 1993 before going to me, and to our three kids. We miss him dearly. Washington State University. But we take real inspiration He began working for the from the way he lived, from Spokesman-Review, on the Our his art and from his energy, Generation page, as a teenager. The longtime veteran of the Spokane and that’s what I hope his artistic scene, veteran journalist for the As Som wrote in one of my friends and fans and bandSpokesman-Review and frontman for the mates and all of us will do favorite of his early stories, hip-hop group Flying Spiders was found now. Take care of one an“I was born in Spokane but dead of an apparent suicide last week. raised in Larry’s Barber Shop other. Don’t let anyone think He was 37. in the East Central neighborthey’re alone. Be proud to be hood.” from here. And keep singing Som was Spokane to his core and many and writing and painting and playing and makof his raps and poems were about the city. He ing a great place better. n wrote searing social commentary and sweet nostalgia served up with equal parts love and A public service and celebration of Som’s life rhyme. He was crazy for his band Flying Spiders will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 pm at the and he loved their fans, peppering them with the Bing Crosby Theater. In lieu of flowers, an refrain “sexy, intelligent people.” Som showed education fund for Rachel and Som’s sons that, as an artist, you could burst with pride over has been established at Washington Trust being from Spokane and still push it to be better. Bank, accessed through (search He had an infectious smile and a profound sense for Isamu Jordan).


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ave for Bill Clinton and his mighty saxophone skills, there aren’t many musicians who can say they’ve run for president. J.P. Whipple can. He ran his highly unsuccessful campaign from the side of the highway — raising only a few dollars toward his cause — but has a vision for this country. That happens when a person travels all over America selling his own version of a shoe-hating, one-man band. Whipple has no permanent residence, but brings with him plenty of self-deprecating humor. Swinging by Jones Radiator for the third time this year Friday, the touring troubadour will show off a literal truckload of instruments. — LAURA JOHNSON

or folks especially excited that Spokane County will soon be opening 18 marijuana dispensaries, this rapper is right up your alley. Of course, Dizzy (born La’Reonte) Wright flows about things other than weed, but it’s seemingly his favorite subject — he named last year’s debut album SmokeOut Conversations. Las Vegas-based, he may appear to be a young Snoop Dogg — make that Lion — but sounds nothing like him. His rapping style has more of a Kendrick Lamar feel over mostly grooving R&B tracks. Next Thursday, Spokane will go up in a cloud of smoke, deep thoughts and soulsearching when Wright rolls through. — LAURA JOHNSON

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LATAH CREEK WINERY (926-0164), Maxie Ray Mills LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Nick Grow J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Dirk Lind O'SHAY'S, Open mic RICO'S (332-6566), Palouse Subterranean Blues Band THE ROADHOUSE, Sammy Eubanks SPLASH, Steve Denny J SPOKANE INTERSTATE FAIR, In This Moment, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet THE SWAMP, DJ Aphrodisiac ZOLA, Troubadour

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Taylor and more THE CELLAR, Fur Traders J THE CENTER, Funeral Age, Zan, Skinwalker, Infrablaster, Mautam, Vultra CHATEAU RIVE (795-2030), Dirty Martinis for Clean Water feat. Terrible Buttons CLOVER (487-2937), Robbie French COEUR D'ALENE CASINO, The Hitmen, Bob Sletner COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR (208263-6971), Bright Moments THE COUNTRY CLUB, Mustang CURLEY'S, Not Guilty FIRST STREET BAR (276-2320), Scorpius FIZZIE MULLIGANS (466-5354), Bruiser FORTY-ONE SOUTH (208-265-2000), Truck Mills GIBLIANO BROTHERS, Dueling Pianos GRANDE RONDE CELLARS (4558161), Jack Jones and L. Jan, Maxie Ray Mills

THE HOP!, Adrenaline Rush (Rush Tribute), Facedown, Topsoil IRON HORSE, Nova IRV'S (624-4450), DJ Prophesy J JONES RADIATOR, Tyler Aker, J.P. Whipple (See story above) KNITTING FACTORY, Trivium, Devildriver, After the Burial, Slyosis J LAGUNA CAFE, Diane Copeland LIBRARY LOUNGE (747-3371), Big Hair Revolution J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Bradfords Capsoul MAX AT MIRABEAU (922-6252), Limousine J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Kevin Gardner MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Working Spliffs MOOTSY'S, 13Scars, Revolt J NEWPORT CITY PARK, Newport Music Festival feat. An Dochas, Pickled Okra, Jim Faddis et al, Johnny & Moondogs NYNE, DJ MC Squared

PEND D'OREILLE WINERY (208-2658545), Bare Grass RED LION RIVER INN (328-9526), Chris Rieser & Snap the Nerve THE ROADHOUSE, Last Chance Band THE ROCK BAR (443-3796), The Usual Suspects J THE SHOP, Tribute to Isamu Jordan (See story on page 49) feat. Tara Foote, Poncho P, Jaeda, Ben Cater, Amoe SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, DJ Deuce SPLASH, Steve Denny, Aftermath J SPOKANE INTERSTATE FAIR, MercyMe THE LANDING (208-689-0600), Bill Bozly WHITESTONE WINERY (838-2427), Chelsey Heidenreich ZOLA, The Rub

Saturday, 9/14

315 MARTINI BAR, Truck Mills BEVERLY'S (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn

Sunday, 9/15

ARBOR CREST WINERY (927-9463), Nobody Famous  CALYPSOS COFFEE (208-6650591), The Copoetics THE CELLAR, Pat Coast COEUR D'ALENE CASINO, Echo Elysium DALEY'S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church HOGFISH (208-667-1896), Likes Girls  THE HOP!, Illusions Fate, V.D.,

Monday, 9/16

BOWL'Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open mic  CALYPSOS COFFEE (208-6650591), Open mic CARR'S CORNER, Lust for Glory, Hard Fought Fight, Undercard  THE CENTER, Ben Tibbets fundrasier concert feat. Darin Hilderbrand, Ben Klien EICHARDT'S, Blues Jam hosted by Truck Mills  THE HOP!, Outlier MOOTSY'S, NASALROD, Mercy Brown, Switchin to Whiskey PJ'S BAR & GRILL (328-2153), Acoustic Jam with One Man Train Wreck SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, DJ Fusion ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio

 THE HOP!, Vessels, Watchers and Hunters, Losing Skin, Deviance IRV'S (624-4450), DJ Prophesy  LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Dario Re  MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Lonesome Lyle Morse RED ROOM LOUNGE, Brian Ploeger Quintet SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open mic SPLASH, Steve Denny SUKI YAKI INN (624-0022), One Man Train Wreck

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 THE CENTER, Dizzy Wright (See story on facing page), Jaren Benton, Emilio Rojas on Sept. 19 CARR'S CORNER, Diesto, Rasputin,

Tuesday, 9/17


315 MARTINIS, The Rub BEVERLY'S (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn THE CELLAR, Max Daniels KELLY'S IRISH PUB (208-667-1717), Powell Brothers  MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP (208-8828537), Will Fontaine  RED ROOSTER COFFEE (2029138), Open mic  THE SHOP, Dave McRae SPLASH, Steve Denny VIKING, The Winter War, Matthew Sontag ZOLA, Dan Conrad and the Urban Achievers





Wednesday, 9/18 BABY BAR, Week of Wonders BEVERLY'S (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn  CAFÉ BODEGA (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame open mic THE CELLAR, Pat Coast EICHARDT'S, Charley Packard FEDORA PUB, Kosh

Bloody Gloves on Sept. 20 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS (4558161), Spokane Songwriters on Sept. 20 THE PHAT HOUSE, Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey on Sept. 20 REPUBLIC BREWING CO. (775-2700), Guitars for Kids Benefit Concert feat. The RBC Band, Junkyard Duo on Sept. 20 THE HOP!, The Vibrators, Barnacle Burn, Collateral Damage on Sept. 22 MOOTSY'S, Jaeda + Half Zodiac, Corina Corina, Jonny October on Sept. 23 THE CENTER, The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights, The Sissies on Sept. 24


Over Sea Under Stone JONES RADIATOR, Gil Rivas  KENDALL YARDS, Mike Ross MOOTSY'S, Kithkin, Video Destroyer, Bandit Train, Clusterfu*k  NEWPORT CITY PARK, Newport Music Festival feat. Kevin Pace & Early Edition, Wanigan, Panhandle Polecats, Pearl Snaps SPLASH, Steve Denny ZOLA, Bill Bozly


BOLO'S, Kozmik Dreamzz BROADWAY BAR (326-5000), Dudley Do-Wrong THE CELLAR, Fur Traders  CHAPS (624-4182), Just Plain Darin CLOVER (487-2937), Karrie O'Neill COEUR D'ALENE CASINO, The Hitmen, Bob Sletner COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR (208263-6971), Ray Allen THE COUNTRY CLUB, Mustang CURLEY'S, Not Guilty DALEY'S CHEAP SHOTS, Jesse Weston Trio  EVANS BROS. COFFEE (208-2655553), Rock Creek Alliance Benefit feat. Six Foot Swing FIRST STREET BAR (276-2320), Scorpius FIZZIE MULLIGANS (466-5354), Bruiser GIBLIANO BROTHERS, Dueling Pianos GORGE AMPHITHEATER (785-6262), Zac Brown Band  THE HOP!, Odyssey, Hooves, Blackwater Prophet (See story on page 47), Entanglement HOPPED UP BREWING CO (4132488), Hopped Up on Art feat. Jimmy Warren, Eliza Johnson, Bandit Train, Shane Recktor, Wade Rockstrom, Miles Martin, Cody Lyman IRON HORSE, Nova IRV'S (624-4450), DJ Prophesy JONES RADIATOR, John Craigie, Marshall McLean LIBRARY LOUNGE (747-3371), Big Hair Revolution MAX AT MIRABEAU (922-6252), Limousine MOOTSY'S, Buffalo Jones, Matthew Lindley, BBBBandits  NEWPORT CITY PARK, Newport Music Festival feat. Shook Twins, Jim Faddis & One More Ride, Blue treak, Wide River, Brian Oberlin, Kevin Pace & Early Edition, Heartbreak pass, Swing For Sale NYNE, DJ MC Squared RED LION RIVER INN (328-9526), Chris Rieser & Snap the Nerve THE ROADHOUSE, Last Chance Band THE ROCK BAR (443-3796), DJ Sonny  ROCKET MARKET (343-2253), Ron Greene  THE SHOP, Azure Rising SILVER FOX (208-667-9442), Shred Corps, 13 Scars SPLASH, Steve Denny, Aftermath TRINITY AT CITY BEACH (208-2557558), Monarch Mountain Band VIKING, Flying Mammals THE WAVE (747-2023), Likes Girls ZOLA, The Rub

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September 15-October 29 Sundays, Tuesdays or both 4-6 pm at The Warehouse (across from Gonzaga) Trial day is Sunday September 15. Please email if you would like to come check out our first gym time.



MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BELLTOWER • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 THE CENTER • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 433-7328 THE CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 CURLEY’S BAR & BISTRO • 26433 W. Hwy. 53, Hauser • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGAN’S • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROTHERS • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington St. • 315-8623 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 MOON TIME • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 O’SHAY’S • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 ROADHOUSE COUNTRY ROCK BAR • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPLASH • 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 VIKING BAR & GRILL • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main • 624-2416


Mel McCuddin’s “Swinging Superhero”

Harold Balazs’ “Dog House”


The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene reached a big milestone this month, celebrating its 150th gallery show. What better way to pay tribute to the gallery’s past 16 years of success and its mission to preserve and share some of the area’s best art than to honor two of the Inland Northwest’s most recognizable professional artists: Harold Balazs and Mel McCuddin. Both are octogenarians, but that’s not stopping either from making new art and continuing to grace the walls and community spaces of the Inland Northwest with their work. Don’t miss a chance to meet the artists and watch them demonstrate their techniques in a special session at the gallery this weekend. — CHEY SCOTT The Art Spirit’s 150th Show feat. Harold Balazs and Mel McCuddin • Sept. 13-Oct. 5, opening reception Sept. 13 from 5-8 pm; artist talk Sept. 14 at 1 pm • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • • 208-765-6006




Interplayers Backstage Tour & Prop Sale • Sun, Sept. 15 from 4-7 pm • Free admission • Interplayers Theatre • 174 S. Howard St. • • 455-7529

March for the Fallen • Sat, Sept. 14 at 8 am • $25-$40 • All-ages • Centennial Trail trailhead at Seven Mile Road, Riverside State Park •

A new local theater season is just around the corner, and Interplayers Theatre has been busy preparing with upgrades, renovations and a bit of feng shui. Before season opener Brighton Beach Memoirs kicks off the season on Sept. 19, Interplayers is opening its doors to let guests view backstage improvements. They’ll also be selling a collection of excess props as a fundraiser, so bring some cash to thrift for quirky costume accessories, lamps, wigs, random hand props, and even wedding dresses. — BETH NOTTURNO

March for the Fallen is about paying tribute to those Washington military members who are no longer with us by raising money for those who are. The annual event is open to all and includes a noncompetitive 14.7-mile march/walk/jog, along with three different competitive events for those who seek more of a challenge. Funds raised from the march will go to local veterans organizations. Just for participating, attendees will receive a T-shirt and a commemorative dog tag. Opening ceremonies begin Saturday at 8 am. — LAURA JOHNSON



September 27, 4-9pm September 28, 1-8pm


The Spokane Riverkeeper has been busy this year: there’s a lawsuit concerning coal trains polluting the river as they rumble by, pending legal action over Washington’s fish toxicity standards and other complicated but important efforts about issues like stormwater and sewer overflows. But all you really need to know is that you can help protect Spokane’s clean water just by heading to the largest annual fundraiser, this year featuring music by Terrible Buttons and drinks from locals Dry Fly Distilling and River City Brewing. — LISA WAANANEN Dirty Martinis for Clean Water • Fri, Sept. 13 from 6-10 pm • $40 at the door • Chateau Rive • 621 W. Mallon Ave. •


We lamented the loss of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre in last week’s issue, but want to remind you that not all culture is gone from CdA. In fact, Opera Coeur d’Alene is not just alive and well, the organization is actually growing. This week it stages two performances of Rigoletto complete with professional (and quite accomplished) performers. An example of that talent you’ll see? Raúl Melo of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, a frequent performer on A Prairie Home Companion. — MIKE BOOKEY Rigoletto • Fri, Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm and Sun, Sept. 15 at 2 pm • Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College • 1000 W. Garden Ave. • $15-$59 •


• 3 Beer Gardens


• Over 100 kegs of beer

STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D's Comedy, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) BEFORE IT'S IN THEATERS Live comedy show based on audience suggestions of movies. Fridays at 8 pm through Sept. 27. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) BADA BING COMEDY SHOW Live comedy show featuring Jebb Fink, Duane Goad and Ken Habib. Sept. 13 at 8 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)

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 MIC Live comedy open mic night. Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm. Ages 21+. nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. (474-1621)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR KIDICAL MASS A three-mile family ride, hosted by Spokane’s Summer Parkways. Sept. 12 at 5 pm. Free. South Perry Neighborhood, starting at Two Wheel Transit Bike Shop, 817 S. Perry St. VOCATIONAL TRAINING MEETING Women's auxiliary meeting on vocational training and helping prepare women for the workforce. Sept. 12 from 1-2:30 pm. Free. Union Gospel Mission Center for Women & Children, 196 Haycraft Ave., CdA (208-665-4673) DIRTY MARTINIS FOR CLEAN WATER 7th annual fundraiser for the Spokane Riverkeeper program, featuring live music, local beverage purveyors, auction and art sale. Sept. 13 at 6 pm. $35$40. Chateau Rive, 620 W. Mallon Ave. CONTRA DANCE Community dance with live music by Out of the Woods. Sept. 13 at 7 pm. $5. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 W. First Ave. (208-263-6751) SPOKANE HEART & STROKE WALK 5K fun run or walk to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. Sept. 14 at 9 am. $25-$30. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. (536-1500) CANINE CARNIVAL Community event featuring public outreach from local animal shelters, pet blessings, pet competitions and more. Sept. 14 from 9 am-2 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake. (208-773-5950) HARVESTING HOPE Project Hope's annual fundraiser features a social hour, screen-printing activities, auction and dinner. Sept. 14 at 5:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm. $40. Salem Lutheran, 1428 W.

Broadway Ave. projecthopespokane. org (230-1223) SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK Walk to promote awareness of suicide, with proceeds benefiting local and national prevention programs. Sept. 14 at 10 am. Entry by donation. Mission Park, 1200 E. Mission Ave. (888-333-2377) SELKIRK CONSERVATION ALLIANCE AUCTION Annual fundraiser featuring a film screening of the locally-filmed BBC documentary "Land of Lost Wolves," a potluck lunch, auction and more. Sept. 14 from 12:30-4:30 pm. Free. The Beardmore, 119 S. Main St., Priest River, Idaho. (208-448-1110) BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT Annual event featuring a raffle, silent auction, and dinner to benefit local underprivileged youth. Sept. 15 from 12-8 pm. $75. Bozarth Mansion, 12415 N. Fairwood Dr. GATHERING OF THE 92ND VETERANS Community gathering for former and current members of the 92nd Wing at Fairchild AFB and their families. Sept. 15 from 1-4 pm. Free. Waterfront Park, 1386 S. Lefevre St., Medical Lake. (9396539) AN OLD FASHIONED SUNDAY Seventh annual fall celebration featuring family activities, art displays, vendors, food, live music and more. Sept. 15 from 11 am-4 pm. Free admission. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3414) CLASSIC CAR SHOW Invitation-only car show featuring classic cars, food and wine, live music and more. Sept. 15 from 11 am-2 pm, music at 4:30 pm. Free

admission to car show. Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. (927-9463) PICNIC WITH THE BEAVERS Guided hike with Lands Council staff to the Liberty Lake beaver dams, tree planting, activities and picnic lunch (bring your own). Sept. 15 from 1-4 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3704 S. Zephyr Rd. (838-4912) FAMILY FUN DAY Community event featuring food, kids activities, adoptable animals, vendors and more. Sept. 15 from 10 am-4 pm. Free. American Family Insurance parking lot, 106 N. Evergreen Rd. (927-6716) VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION Learn about volunteer opportunities with Catholic Charities. Sept. 17 from 1011:15 am. Catholic Charities Family Services Center, 12 E. Fifth Ave. (358-4270) LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends of the Spokane Public Library's fall fundraiser. Sept. 18 (pre-sale) from 4:30-8 pm and Sept. 19-21, Thu-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5307)


TED TALK DISCUSSION GROUP Weekly discussion group on TED talks. Meets Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. GENEALOGY CLASS One-hour course for beginning hobby genealogists. Sept. 12 at 2:30 pm. Class on using on Sept. 13 at 2:30 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. (232-2510)


INTRO TO ALOHA MASSAGE Tamara Mondragon, Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage and healing arts instructor, demonstrates techniques and more. Sept. 13 from 7-10 pm. RSVP required. Whispering Falls Massage, 13701 E. Sprague Ave. (688-7097) SPOKANE HOLISTIC CHAMBER Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan discusses using pure essential oils to replace items in your medicine cabinet. Sept. 13 at 6:30 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) SEED SAVING Learn how to save seeds from the garden in a class through the new Spokane Seed Library program. Sept. 14 at 11 am, South Hill branch; Sept. 17 at 6 pm, Shadle branch; Sept. 21 at 11 am, Hillyard branch. (444-5331) WIRE-WRAPPED BRACELET CLASS Learn how to wrap wire, hammer metal and more, completing a bracelet in this 2-hour class. Sept. 14 from 11 am-1 pm. $40. Ages 18+. Rings & Things Showroom, 304 E. Second Ave. (252-2900) CONTRA DANCE Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society, featuring music by Crooked Kilt. Sept. 14 from 7-10 pm. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd. (747-2640) GREEN BUSINESS LUNCHEON Featuring speakers Doug Krapas of Inland Empire Paper Co. and Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich. Sept. 16 from 11:30 am-1 pm, lunch at noon. $25. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (209-2861)


SPOKANE COUNTY INTERSTATE FAIR Livestock exhibits, rodeo, demolition derby, live music, food and beverages,

vendors and more. Sept. 6-15, 10 am10:30 pm daily except Sept. 15 (closes at 8:30 pm). $7-$10 admission. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. LITTLE SMOKE CIGAR FESTIVAL Featuring 25+ vendors of cigars, spirits, beer, wine and more. Sept. 14 at 5 pm. $95$105. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (481-6700) ART ON BROADWAY Third annual community art festival featuring artisan vendors, live music, food, wine and beer garden and more. Sept. 14 from 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. Fair outside of Shear Illusions Salon, 807 N. Argonne Rd. (999-3583)


AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS Screening of the Texas outlaw saga film. Sept. 1214 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First St., Sandpoint. (208-255-7801) RIFFTRAX LIVE: STARSHIP TROOPERS The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff on the sci-fi film. Sept. 12 at 7:30 pm. $12.50. Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone (CdA) BEFORE MIDNIGHT Romantic drama. Sept. 13-15, times vary. $3-$6. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) A DANCER'S DREAM Two Works by Stravinsky by the New York Philharmonic, a recorded concert screening. Sept. 14 at 3 pm and 7 pm. $10. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)

Would You Recognize A

Victim Of Domestic Violence?

WITH VIOLINIST ILYA KALER These are pictures of local domestic violence survivors 1 out of 4 women will experience a form of violence in her lifetime!

Stop Violence Against Women Day Women’s Health & Resource Fair with the N. Idaho Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Coeur d’ Alene Casino Resort Hotel





September 27th | 11:30 am – 8 pm

Saturday, September 21 - 8pm Sunday, September 22 - 3pm

37914 S Hwy 95 Worley, ID 83876 Join us. Together we can make a difference! Cost is $75.00, includes catered lunch, prime rib & salmon dinner, keynote presentations, breakout sessions, mini-spa treatments, health & wellness screenings, door prizes & more. To register please call: (208) 686-0601 or Find us on facebook: Stop Violence Against Women Day This is a fundraising benefit for the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe’s Stop Violence against Woman Program

LIQUID ASSETS Documentary on public water infrastructure, hosted by the Moscow Water Dept. Sept. 16 from 5:30-8 pm. Free. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main., Moscow. (208-883-7114) FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL Screening of "Amour" on Sept. 17, "Rust and Bone" on Sept. 24. 7 pm. $4. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) INGREDIENTS Documentary about the sustainable food movement, hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Sept. 18 at 7 pm. $4-$6. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208882-4127)


EAT YOUR WAY TO STRONGER IMMUNITY Learn strategies to adjust your diet, sleep and exercise to build health and vitality for the coming fall season. Sept. 12 from 6:30-8 pm. $5/person. Pilgrim's Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) WINE DINNER Four-course dinner paired with wines from Foundry Vineyards of Walla Walla, hosted by winemaker Justin Basel. Sept. 12 at 6 pm. $50/person. Studio 107, 503 Sherman Ave. (208-664-1201) LOCAL WINE SPOTLIGHT Sample a selection of wines from Spokane wineries. Sept. 13 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) FOOD FOREST WORKSHOP Workshop with Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden" on creating an edible forest

garden. Sept. 13 from 9 am-4 pm. $75$85. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. Register at sccd. org (535-7274) ALES FOR TRAILS Outdoor microbrew festival featuring regional breweries, live music and food, benefiting the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Sept. 14 from 1-7 pm. Silver Beach Marina, CIDER & SUMMER SPARKLERS Sample a variety of local hard ciders and sparkling wines for Washington Cider Week, with live music and food available. Sept. 14 from 3-6 pm. $10. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. (315-4036) EAT TO LIVE Presentation on the Eat to Live program's approach to losing weight and increasing wellness. Sept. 14 from 2-3:30 pm. $10/person. Pilgrim's Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) HAYDEN CHAMBER PUB CRAWL Second annual pub crawl hosted by the Hayden Chamber of Commerce featuring stops at five locations. Sept. 14 from noon5 pm. $35, including pours, shirt and glass. Starts at Daanen's Deli, 8049 W. Wayne Blvd., Hayden. (208-863-8229) DRINK LOCAL AT THE FAIR Three Spokane-based breweries are featured at the Lions Club Beer Garden: River City, No-Li and Trickster's Brewing. Sept. 15 from $6/full beer, two half beers or four beer samples. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. HUNTING FOR WILD MUSHROOMS Learn about different species of mushrooms, where to find them in North Idaho and more. Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm. Free. Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane

St. (208-773-1506) AVIATION GIN TASTING Sample gin and cocktails using Aviation Gin. Sept. 17 from 7-9 pm. Free to attend. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. corkjoy. com (208-457-9885) ALL THINGS IDAHO A cooking class on how to make several dishes using ingredients from Idaho, with chef Steve Geving. Sept. 18 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. (208-4370426)


SHEET MUSIC EXHIBIT "Battles, Balderdash & Beauty" exhibit of historic sheet music. Runs through Dec. 3. Public reception Sept. 12 from 2-4:30 pm. Gonzaga University Foley Center Library, 502 E. Boone Ave. libguides.gonzaga. edu/sheetmusic (313-3847) KIRTAN AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE Kirtan chant featuring Gina Salá and Daniel Paul. Sept. 12 at 7 pm. $15-$20. South Perry Yoga, 915 S. Perry St. (443-6241) NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL Local bands performing on two stages, open mic sessions, workshops, contests, food and beverage vendors, camping and more. Sept. 13-15. $10-$40. Newport City Park, 1st St. and Calispel Ave. pvbluegrass. com (738-4141) COEUR D'ALENE OPERA Performance of the Verdi opera "Rigoletto." Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm, Sept. 15 at 2:30 pm. $29-$59. Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College. (800-4181485)

ARIEL STRING QUARTET Opening concert in the Auditorium Chamber Music Series featuring pianist Orion Weiss. Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. University of Idaho Auditorium, Moscow. (208-885-7557) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open mic night open to musicians and writers. Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak St. Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-5911)


GPS BASICS Learn how to use a handheld GPS system. Sept. 12 from 6:308:30 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-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. (7681780) BIKE MS A two-day, 150-mile ride along the Idaho Panhandle to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Sept 14-15. $50. (482-2022) MARCH FOR THE FALLEN March, walk or jog 14.8 km to honor Washington's fallen military service men and women. Sept. 14 at 8 am. $25-$40. Riverside State Park, Seven Mile Trailhead. EVERGREEN MOUNTAIN BIKE ALLIANCE Fundraiser event for the newly formed nonprofit chapter that builds and maintains mountain trails throughout the state, featuring craft beer tastings,

music, auction and more. Sept. 14 at 7 pm. $5. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) WHITEWATER KAYAK CLINIC Beginning whitewater kayaking clinic hosted by Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club. Sept. 14-15, Sat 10 am-2 pm, Sun starting at 10 am. $25-$55. Boulder Beach, Upriver Drive. (209-3066) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Sundays from 1:30-4 pm and Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th. (456-3581) SCENIC HALF Half marathon, 10K and 5K distances, beginning at Sandpoint City Beach. Sept. 15 at 8:30 am. $24-$69. Downtown Sandpoint. (208-263-2161) RIDE THE RIM Third annual century and family fun bike rides hosted by the Liberty Lake Rotary Club. Sept. 15 at $15$45. Starts at Meadowwood Tech Center, 2100 N. Molter Rd. rotaryinmotion. com (869-9624) ROUND ABOUT 5K 5K run/walk benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sept. 15 at 9 am. $18-$28. Starts at Deer Park Physical Therapy, 707 S. Park. (590-4187) OPEN HOUSE Sample yoga classes free of charge. Sept. 15 from 9 am-6:30 pm. Harmony Yoga, 1717 W. Sixth. (747-4430) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets on Sundays from 4:30-7 pm and Wednesdays from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. info@spokane.northwestbadminton. org (448-5694)

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My previous relationship was passionate but was with an emotionally abusive man. I’ve been dating a new man for five months. I wasn’t initially attracted to him, but he ended up sweeping me off my feet because he’s the most generous man I’ve ever met. He’s all about me. He goes out of his way to do so many nice things for me — even buying me things I can’t afford. We’ve had fun, but I’ve had doubts creeping in, like about how he’s still not my physical type. Also, I’m not sure we AMY ALKON share enough interests or, quite frankly, are on the same level intellectually. Then again, I know he’d go along with anything I wanted to do, because he just wants to make me happy. I’m just not sure that’s enough. Because of all the pros about him and my previous bad choices, I made myself give him a chance. Perhaps I’m just sabotaging things because subconsciously I don’t feel I deserve all this kindness. —Hesitant Wanting to want someone isn’t enough. Eventually, when he starts getting all smoochy-feely, your head will lecture your retreating funparts, “Come on…he’s so nice. You should want to get it on,” and your body will counter with, “Unfortunately, you’d rather have your face eaten off by a raccoon.” If only one of the “many nice things” this guy does for you could be transforming himself into somebody you’re actually attracted to. You, like many wellmeaning but misguided idealists, want to believe you can become attracted to somebody the way you can learn to fly-fish or bartend. Sure, great people sometimes get more attractive as you get to know them. But for them to get attractive enough for you to want to get naked with them, they have to have enough of the stuff you need in a person to go “hubba-hubba” instead of “yawna-yawna” or worse: “Get away from me, or I’ll scream.” You say you’ve had doubts creeping in, and around the top of the list should be, “Is he a man or a purse dog?” It’s a bad sign if he really would “go along with anything (you) wanted to do.” His unflagging eagerness to please suggests he’s one of those guys who think they have to buy a woman’s company with their cash and compliance. On a more positive note, this pleaserhood does resolve the matching interests issue, since one big thing you have in common is that he likes whatever you like. (Have you nicknamed him “Xerox”?) If you don’t feel you deserve a nice guy, that’s something to address, but not by bolting yourself to some all-weather Santa you find borderline dumb and about as sexy as grout. You need to hold out for physical, emotional, intellectual, and best friend-ly chemistry. A guy should also be enough of a person to sometimes find what you want to do hellishly boring or excruciatingly girly and suggest you do it alone or with a friend. If he’s right for you, at times when he isn’t right there with you, you’ll probably find yourself wandering off into fantasies about him — and not the sort in which the guy gets kidnapped immediately after paying for dinner.


I’m 21, and I’ve just gotten my first girlfriend, this amazing girl I’ve known since high school. I lost my virginity to her, and I’ve since started having sex dreams about my female friends. Two of these girls are recently single and have been hanging with me a lot and using me for a shoulder to cry on. I love my girlfriend, but the opportunity for stepping out, combined with my overactive libido, has me worried. —Itchy When you’re a 21-year-old guy who has just discovered sex and is looking to remain faithful, loving someone deeply is a start. It also helps to pay someone to knock you unconscious and encase you in a block of ice. Welcome to the 20-something male libido. In other words, of course you’re having sex dreams about your female friends. (You were expecting recurring thoughts about stenciling wall art in the front room?) Life consists of tradeoffs. You can have a girlfriend or a sex buffet. Pick one. And be realistic. Your heart might belong to your girlfriend, but if other parts of you are raring to go all Dora the Explorer, you may need to have a bunch of sex friends before you’re one woman’s boyfriend. If you do choose love, be mindful about how easy it is to succumb to temptation. Keep yourself out of harm’s way with some rules, like that you aren’t allowed to be alone with lonely single women, except maybe those who’d have a hard time catching you because they are 90 and didn’t get the motorized scooter that goes up to turbo. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR PANHANDLE PARKS FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNEY Second annual tournament benefiting the nonprofit Sept. 16 starting at 7:30 am. $225/person. The Golf Course at Black Rock, 18168 S. Kimberlite Dr., CdA. (208-651-6271)


DEATHTRAP Comedic thriller performed by the JACC's Theatre Troupe. Sept. 12-15, Thu-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) QUICK EXIT Peformance of an original play by Chris Herron. Sept. 13-14 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) HOG HEAVEN Performance of an original script as a college scholarship fundraiser. Sept. 13-15, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Green Bluff Grange, 9809 E. Greenbluff Rd. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Performance of the Oscar Wilde play. Sept. 13-29, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. (671-3389) THE ODD COUPLE Female character version of the Neil Simon play. Through Sept. 22, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12-$14. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. DAMN YANKEES Musical comedy. Sept. 13-Oct. 5. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. (208-667-1323) BACK STAGE TOUR & PROP SALE Preview the set of the season opener "Brighton Beach Memoirs," tour the theater's latest improvements and shop the excess prop inventory. Sept. 15 from 4-6 pm. Free admission. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529)


DRAWN TO THE WALL V Invitational exhibtion featuring drawing installations by prominent local artists. Through Oct. 12. Public reception Sept. 12 from 6-8 pm, walk-through Sept. 13 at 10:30 am. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone. (313-6611)

RABBITY INTERLUDE Art show inspired by the artist's recent trip to Scotland. Through Sept. 28. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland.( 325-1500) PAULINE ANDERSON HAAS "Compulsive Continuation: A Celebration of Her 90th" exhibition. Through Nov. 1. Gallery hours Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm. Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth University. (777-3258 ARTIST'S SHOWCASE PREVIEW Preview the artwork featured in the Spokane Valley Arts Council's 7th annual benefit auction. Through Sept. 27. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) PALOUSE PLEIN AIR Fourth annual outdoor painting festival and competition hosted by the Moscow Arts Commission. Painting runs from Sept. 1320, artist reception/awards ceremony Sept. 20 from 5-7 pm. $20/participant. Third Street Gallery, 206 E. Third Ave. (208-883-7036) HAROLD BALAZS AND MEL MCCUDDIN The gallery's 150th show features work by the two notable artists. Sept. 13-Oct. 5, artist reception Sept. 13 from 5-8, artist demo/talk Sept. 14 at 1 pm. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., CdA. (208-765-6006) SANDPOINT AT NIGHT Exhibit featuring artwork depicting Sandpoint between sunset and sunrise. Sept. 13Oct. 5. Redtail Gallery, 518 S. Oak St., Sandpoint. (208-964-8066) BEGIN! Monthly, all-ages after-work party featuring complimentary admission to the museum's exhibits, no-host bar, music by Lilac Linguistics and more. Sept. 13 from 6-8 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) COEUR D'ALENE ARTWALK Monthly art showcase at downtown galleries and businesses. Sept. 13 from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown Coeur d'Alene. (208-292-1629) TOWN & COUNTRY ART STUDIO TOUR 10th annual self-guided tour featuring multiple artists. Sept. 14-15, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm. Free. ART ON THE AVE Cultural community event featuring live music, visual art displays, food vendors and more. Sept. 14 from 3-7 pm. Free to attend. International District, East Sprague between Madelia and Napa St. HOPPED UP ON ART, MUSIC AND BEER Evening showcase featuring local artists' work, live music and beer. Sept. 14 from 2-9 pm. Hopped Up Brewing Co.,

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JAMIE FORD Talk and book signing by the Washington native and NYT best-selling author for the release of his next novel "Songs of Willow Frost." Sept. 11 at 7 pm. Free, reservations required. Auntie's, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) JONATHAN EVISON The Washingtonbased, award-winning author will read and sign copies. Sept. 11 at 7:30 pm. Free. BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) MIKE BULLARD Book talk by the author of "Lioness of Idaho: Louise Shadduck and the Power of Polite." Sept. 12 at 7 pm. Free. CdA Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) MICHAEL HOUBRICK Signing of the author's children's book "The Rat Pack of Hollywood Visits the State Fair." Sept. 13. Auntie's, 402 W. Main St. (953-8210) PENN WALLACE Reading and signing of the author's book "Blue Water & Me." Sept. 14 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main. 838-0206) JOAN KOPCZYNSKI Book signing of the author's work "Spies, Lies and Psychosis." Sept. 14 from 2-4 pm. Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave. (534-0372) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Performance poetry competition open to all. Sept. 15, sign-ups at 8:30 pm, starts at 9 pm. $5. Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. (315-9531) J.A. JANCE Reading and signing with the NYT-bestselling author of several book series. Sept. 16 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie's, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE "Guns, Marriage and Corporations: How the Surpreme Court is Approaching Today's Critical Constitutional Issues" by attorney and Center for Justice director Breean Beggs. Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm. Free. Whitworth University, Weyerhaeuser Hall. (777-4937) BROKEN MIC Spoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) JESS WALTER Local author Jess Walter presents as part of the YWCA's Social & Racial Justice Beloved Community Book Club. Sept. 18 from 5:30-7 pm. YWCA, 930 N. Monroe St. (326-1190) n


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Saturdays through Oct. 12 from 9 am-1 pm; Wednesdays, from 3-5:30 pm. Farmin Park, Third Avenue and Oak Street, Sandpoint. (208-597-3355) SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET, Thursdays through Oct. from 3-7 pm. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. (720-8449) SPOKANE FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays through Oct. 30 from 8 am-1 pm; Wednesdays from 8 am-1 pm, starting June 12. 20 W. Fifth Ave. (995-0182) SPOKANE PUBLIC MARKET, Thursday-Saturday, year-round from 10 am-6 pm; Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave. (842-3544) ST. MARIES FARMERS MARKET, Fridays through Oct. 4 from 3-6:30 pm. Downtown St. Maries, Idaho. (208-245-4381) TUESDAY GROWERS’ MARKET, Tuesdays through Oct. 8 from 4:006:30 pm. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. (208-882-8537) VERADALE FARMERS MARKET, Tuesdays through Sept. 24 from 2-6 pm. Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. (990-3683) WEST CENTRAL MARKETPLACE, Tuesdays through mid-Oct. from 3-6 pm. A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell Ave. (703-7433) 

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AMC River Park SquareYou came up to Box Office on August 29th, and asked if we were hiring. I nearly replied, “I certainly hope so” because you are super pretty, but I refrained. I immediately regretted it. Can we pretend that I was as cool as I was in my head? Yokes On Indian TrailI believe your name is Tyler. You have a friend that worked at Yokes a few years back. I see you every now and then. Every time I see you come in I always have great ideas for conversation starters but then you walk up and my mind goes blank and my heart starts to race. I keep telling myself that I’m going to ask you out for a drink or coffee sometime, but when I get up the nerve I don’t see you for a few weeks and by then the nerve is gone. I have to say you have the most amazing smile. You are the type of person that when you smile your whole face lights up. When I see you smile it automatically puts a smile on my face. Even if you see this and don’t feel the same that’s fine I don’t know if you even do read these, but I have to some how get my feelings out and when I see you I chicken out. So maybe you will see this maybe you don’t but it’s one way for me to try Northbound On DivisionMe: black leather, black Harley, and couldn’t keep from smiling back at you. You: sexy and very contagious smile, in a white car with one headlight and a friend who appeared slightly embarrassed. Still want to go for that ride?

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breath away, where we are going and the possibilities endless. The look in your eyes makes my body rush as if I’m floating on a cloud and your kiss makes me remember. You asked me something in a secret little love den off the ocean shores that continues to ring music in my ears. My love, we are bound by a date etched into our flesh, forever as this love was imminent. You are my sun and moon. Thank you for being you. For loving me, my Roman King! Spokane Geek CommunityCheers to Spokane’s Geek Community! Congratulations for winning the 2015 WorldCon bid. This is the World Science Fiction Convention coming to Spokane in 2015. Fans and producers of SF books, TV, and movies, games and more from all over the world will be converging at the convention center. Woot! I Saw You at the the Coeur d’Alene Casino for the first time 11 months ago. I was waiting in the lobby and you strutted through the front doors with that confident walk that only you possess. You were still dirty from a long day at work, but when you looked at me with those magnificent blue eyes I could care less and when you kissed me you set my soul on fire. Everytime I see you I feel the same way as I did the very first time. We’ve lost our way a little bit lately and I know you have your doubts about me so I want the whole world to know exactly how much you mean to me. This reminds me of that 1979 song “If you like pina coladas... if you like making love at midnight... you’re

To Maria On RubyWhen somebody makes you truly happy, magnifies the good in you, and makes you feel like you’re everything you’ve always wanted to be. That is what I feel when I’m near you. A sweet, wonderful, beautiful, and dynamic woman. Just a look into your green eyes is mesmerizing and seeing your lovely smile excites me, and takes my breath away. I want to see more of you silly monkey! Call me! Huckleberry Hound Acts of KindnessTo the generous woman and her little girl at the Airway Heights Wal-Mart on September 3rd who offered to pay for the school supplies that I had to “put back” because I didn’t have enough money. My daughter’s first day at a new school was a wonderful one because of your act of kindness, so thank you so very much! And also, to the gentleman who offered to pay for 2 soda pops (one for me and one for my daughter) because my EBT card wouldn’t work at the Connoco at Exit 276 on September 4th. WOW! Thank you for making our night, the soda pop was a reward to my daughter for helping me clean up the junk on the porch without being asked to do so. We are so BLESSED!!

Huge Props to the guy on September 4th, at the “House of Seoul”, in Airway Heights, who paid the lunch tab for the seven Airforce Sere members that he was sitting next to, and in the greatest sense of giving didn’t have the waitress tell them until after he had left! Needless to say they, and every one else within earshot, were shocked and pleasantly surprised by your awesome gesture. My Larabelle V10-plus years ago we met, five-plus years ago we began to build a relationship and just last year this time (09/22/12 ooohrahhh) - Ron Hey SexyYesterday was so great thank you for taking us to Flaming Joes, The wings were great. I also just wanted to say hanging out with you at the river/lake and wherever the day took us has been wonderful. The past year with you

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has been great!, I hope it will last for ever! you are a very wonderful loving and caring Women, I want you to know that! And I love you and always will! Charles also has enjoyed your company and loves you!

ON YOU! Last week there was a woman who sent in her daughter to return a bag full of merchandise which was stolen from another mom while she was finishing her shopping in another store. Yesterday there was a woman who made her daughter try on a shirt in the fitting room, and then tried to say she bought it last week. Lady, the sticker was still on your kid’s shirt. You people disgust me. Instead of encouraging your children to appreciate what they have, and working for what they want, you are teaching them some sense of entitlement. You need that Phineas and Ferb shirt like you need a hole in your head, and to the sneaky mom trying to get money back on your bag of stolen stuff, you should feel sorry for yourself. Karma’s a real bitch.

Thank God for Google Drive, but unfortunately not everything was able to make it through. Oh well. The muse will strike again. Anything could be my inspiration. Maybe even you. Think about it. I could forever immortalize your heinous act in a short story, or even a character. I won’t even use your name. If and when the police find you, I will only describe your face, no doubt twisted by hate, so that there will be a clear picture of my villain. It might not be a laptop you steal, but an heirloom. A car. A life. A little extreme, perhaps, but you never know what significance your quarry has for your victims. Readers will forever hate you through your crimes expressed through my pen and paper, and that is how your legacy will be carried out. After all, words are forever. Or maybe I won’t write about you at all, and you will just be forgotten. Another nameless soul swallowed by unforgiving time. Lesson learned? You do not mess with a woman’s work. Also, now that I am employed with a job that surely pays better than petty theft, I can now afford a newer, better laptop to write with. Thank you, and have a good day!

We Belong I initially thought you came back for me too soon, yet remain convinced that we were meant to find one another. I will not fail to whisper your name when you feel lost in the silence, until we are one...home in each other’s arms. Our FamilyTo 14 years and 3 amazing children! You and the kids mean the world to me and I can’t thank you enough for all you do for our family! You are always there for us! I love waking up to see you laying next to me and falling asleep in your arms every night! You are my best friend and I hope you never forget how much you mean to me! I look forward to what life brings us in the future and as long as I have you I can face anything life throws at me! For ever and always yours!I love you Goop!

Jeers Diamond Cup/UH Boats return to CdA ID! Being the speed freak I am (Cars, Motorcycles, Planes, Boats) and never having been to see UH boats in person, I was so looking forward to this event. Took vacation time, bought weekend pass for ‘Diamond Seating’, then Saturday, reality hit, I wasted vacation time, wasted my time, wasted my money, my experiance with this ‘event’ was so bad that I will never waste my time, vacation and money on any future ‘Diamond Cup’ or any other UH event. The one bright spot here were the white T-shirt ‘Event Staff’ who really tried to help but were operating in such a leadership (read event organizer) vacuum that there was little they could really do.

You Saw Mebut you looked right through me like I had some horrible contagious disease. all because I can’t walk and use a wheelchair! It’s not contagious, just because you talk to me does not mean I think your going home with me. 10 years ago it was “thank you for your service”, “you’re a hero”, a bunch of rainbows and unicorns. So the next time you see someone in a chair, imagine it was you, your brother, father, uncle, brother...and treat them the way you would hope someone would treat yourself or family member, because you know the blink of an eye... it could be

An Open Letterto the Gentleman that Broke into my Boyfriend’s Car and Stole my Laptop: Way to keep it classy. If you were here you’d hear my hands clapping in 3/4 time, which is far more than you deserve. I mean, really dude? Hanging around a park until we walk away for a few minutes, only to smash the window and jack my laptop? I understand YOLO, and times is hard, sir, but that is L-O-W, LOW. But your violation has cost me more than $600 Shoplifting I work in a busy retail worth of equipment, no, I’ve lost store in the mall. Everyday when something far more valuable: my I check the fitting room to find writing. Bookmarked websites? a handful of empty hangers, or Gone. Inspiration references? Also find sensors shoved somewhere gone. Dozens of poems. Notes and “special” I am disappointed, but ideas I’ll never recover. Strings of not surprised. However, it never words that flow in those once-inceases to amaze me the amount of a-lifetime meditations, never to be people who bring their kids in on reenacted. Only the rough the shoplifting. SHAME draft D of my J I H A S N E M A S H D first I E S S E N E T L A novel. R O T

RE: PerplexedI grew up on the snobby East Coast and I have to say, one thing I immediately appreciated upon moving to the Inland Northwest six years ago was everything that you complain about. I always felt out of place in New England but when I made my way to Spokane I felt like I should have been here all along. I read both of your jeers, both equally annoying and superficial. And I read all the jeers in response to you, which made me proud of the patriotism in my adopted city by the river. I doubt that my entire wardrobe is worth more than $100, which is probably what you spend on one pair of pants. Spokane is so laidback, we don’t need snobby people like you here. You should move. But don’t move to Seattle or Portland, as people are laidback there too. You should make your way to New York City or Boston, far far away from us where you will fit in with all the snobby, superficial folk who haven’t even heard of Spokane. I’m sure you’ll love that.

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Kick (and Punch) Starter A local startup wants to monetize specific blows of bloody beatdowns BY DANIEL WALTERS


he epiphany was delivered through a flying knee kick and a dog’s shock collar. The knee belongs to Joel Thomas — when he was 19, he launched it into the head of his mixed-martial arts opponent. His teammates, amid the pumped-up machismo of the pre-fight locker room, had together offered him $50 to knockout his opponent with a flying knee kick. Fifty bucks? That was enough for Thomas to leap off the ground and slam his knee against his opponent’s face, making the crowd roar. The shock collar came up six years later on his 25th birthday. Someone offered to give him $5 to try it on. No way, he said. But then he went around the party and gathered $37, enough for him to slip the collar over his head and let five seconds of electricity course painfully through his body. The lesson — beyond “don’t wear a shock collar intended for a dog” — was clear: At the right price, people are willing to do absolutely insane things.


hat’s what brought Thomas here, to the Liberty Lake beach outside the two-story home of Gravity Jack CEO Luke Richey, where “Rock You Like a Hurricane” blares from the speakers, tanned, midriff-baring Hooters girls

pass out beer, and “Ski,” a national radio host rocking sunglasses and a goatee, announces, “And now we have the man, founder of FighterBonus, jumping in the cage. He’ll show you how it’s done.” Thomas is now 27, old enough to have been an amateur fighter, undefeated professional MMA fighter, get injured and start his own MMA gym in Spokane. But he’s young enough to still be able to throw a punch or two. Gloves on, mouthguard in, shirt off, he steps into the ring — a floating cage that had to be hauled, inch by inch, onto the beach by dozens of volunteers due to a permitting snafu — and the fight begins. A blur of blows to his opponent’s head, a flurry to the gut, a tangle of limbs… they’re against the cage, they’re on the ground, and in less than two minutes it’s all over. Thomas wins. Afterward, he stands before the sizable crowd and lays out the grand idea powering his startup company: Think of it as a Kickstarter for kicks, a way to use crowdfunding to — blow by blow — literally change the way fighters fight. The sport of MMA already inspires countless animated GIFs and viral YouTube videos compiling the best hits and most outrageous knockouts. When MMA fighter Anthony Pettis ran up the side of the cage to deliver a spinning mid-air kick to his opponent’s head, it became a moment die-hard fans watch over and over. But Thomas doesn’t just want to make some money off of those moments — he wants to give fans the power to make them happen. Partnering with Gravity Jack, one of the region’s ambitious tech companies, Thomas plans to let fans place bounties on fighters they despise, encouraging competitors to defeat them using a specified move. Any fighter who takes down Ronda Rousey with an arm bar, for example, might get paid $5,000.

But the really exciting piece is the jackpots: Fans would pool their money to reward fighters who end fights with really showy, flashy moves — the crowd-pleasers. Knock someone out with the sort of off-the-cage kick Pettis used, or with Thomas’ flying knee kick, or a karate chop, a spinning backfist or gooseneck submission hold, and win an entire pot of money. If no fighter performs the move, it doesn’t cost the donor anything. “It’s literally like saying, ‘If you mow my lawn, I’ll give you $20,’” Thomas says. “If you don’t mow my lawn, you don’t get $20.” Does that sound like it could mess with fight strategy? Thomas is counting on it. “It makes it more exciting, it takes out the boringness. That’s what we’ve seen,” Thomas says. “People have gotten so safe that it’s boring... That’s not why anybody watches sports. They don’t want to see just safety.” He describes his frustration with a fight he paid to see; all the featured fighter did for most of the round was play it safe. It was wise technique, but made for boring viewing. His jackpots could change that. “It could be at, like, $3 million,” Thomas says. “You make $6,000 if you win in the UFC, your first fight. If you know you’re going to make $3 million to do a cage kick? Dude, I’m going to be jumping off the cage like a freakin’ spider monkey, and I might get knocked out trying, but it’s going to be worth it.” He’s a long way from that sort of impact. He needs to line up some big partnerships with organizations like the UFC, and hopes nobody swipes his idea in the meantime. He’s already dreamed up scenarios. Imagine MMA announcer Joe Rogan excitedly shouting out how much money the fighter just earned. Imagine a coach changing a fighter’s strategy in between rounds after seeing a sudden influx of money for a certain move. Imagine the idea spreading to other sports — an actual football team coached by fans. “People would throw in money, and then whatever had the most money, that’s what play they would run,” Thomas brainstorms. “It would be crazy to see a team like that win.” After all, money has always influenced sports. Maybe now the influence can be a little more direct. n

MMA fighter Joel Thomas (left) wants to let fans pay fighters for performing particularly awesome moves. His packed launch event in Liberty Lake kicked off FighterBonus, a startup that does just that.





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