Monday, February 27, 2012

UPDATE: Great Harvest Bread Company

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The windmill at Great Harvest has been spinning for almost 33 years now. Despite bakeries being among the most difficult businesses to keep afloat, a dedicated following of grocery shoppers and diners alike continue to show their support.

Kiefer Jones, a cashier at the bakery, says changeover in the ownership has shifted things a little, but in a good way.

"Well, we've vamped up the deli menu, and there's more variety in the bread. We've just been trying to make everything available more often," says Jones.

Which means you might not have to throw elbows (this time) to get ahold of their best sellers, the basic whole-wheat loaf ($5.25) or their gooey cinnamon roll ($2.50).

So what's the secret to their three decades of success?

"We offer a different product than what you find in the grocery store," Kiefer replies. "The homemade feel is what we go for." (Alicia Purvis-Lariviere)


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MORNING BRIEFING: Burglar suspect attacks cop, car attacks shop

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM


Car plows into Spokane clock shop (KXLY)

Burglary suspect attacks cop (KHQ) 

Postal service cuts put pressure on Spokane (KREM) 


Deja Vu? Police toil unnerves W. Washington (Seattle Times) 

Blah blah, the Oscars . . . ZzZzZzZzZz (L.A. Times)

Toothless woman robs bank for denture money (USA Today) 

Save Yourself

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Why didn't Gingrich bring up his moonbase idea on Thursday? It's not actually that crazy...

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM


This didn't fit anywhere in our coverage this week. But I'll explode if I don't let it out of my system.

Former House Speaker and future moon colonizer Newt Gingrich stumped Thursday in Spokane. But we were stumped (ha!) that he didn't mention his plan to establish a permanent base on the moon. Before the speech, I called up John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute.

Gingrich's proposal "doesn't really pass the giggle test," Logsdon says.

"What Gingrich did was take a reasonable idea and make it unreasonable," he says. "At its root, it's not crazy."

Then why the celestial wet blanket, Mr. Professor?

It took $155 billion in 2011 dollars to get us to the moon during the Apollo program in the 1960s, Logsdon says. And while a base of eight or nine people might be sustainable, it isn't feasible for Gingrich's dream of 13,000 moon pioneers

But Logsdon says doing permanent research could pay scientific dividends. Like extracting oxygen to use as rocket fuel for deep space voyages. Or harvesting helium isotopes that could fuel a fusion reactor. Which, he admits, hasn't yet been invented.

Also, there may be water on the dark side of the moon that could be used to help support a lunar outpost, says Logsdon. But since we haven't done much actual scientific research, we won't know. 

Until, that is, we elect:


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This Weekend in Music: The Fray! The Perennials! Allen Stone!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM


I know there aren't many shows going on this weekend but the one's that are happening are going to be killer.


Nothing like some headbanging to jump-start your weekend. The Hop! has all of your metal needs covered with a show featuring Red Seas Rise, A New Oblivion, Projections, What Wings Once Held, A Year Today and the Ongoing Concept. Show starts at 6:30 pm. $5/$7. All-ages.

Local band the Perennials have served as more of an opening act than a limelight stealer for the last couple of years, but now they're bidding adieu to the Northwest as they head to New York to get serious about their music. Join the band for an album release party with Finn Riggins, Cathedral Pearls, House of Ghosts and Shades at the Porch. Show starts at 6 pm. $15, includes CD. All-ages.   


It's been one hell of a year for Chewelah's Allen Stone. Or should we say half-year? First his latest album reached #2 on the iTunes soul charts, then there was his performance on Conan. And this summer, he'll be the only Eastern Washingtonian playing at Sasquatch. Catch him tomorrow with Simmons and Eric Tollefsun at A Club before he gets any bigger. Show starts at 8 pm. $12. All-ages.

Unless you're looking to waste a bunch of time, forget about trying to classify Finn Riggins. The Boise-based trio (which has some roots at the University of Idaho, too) is known to bounce between poppy, upbeat indie rock songs to way-the-hell-out-there soundscapes during their raucous live show. Catch them at Baby Bar to listen for yourself. Show starts at 9 pm. Gotta be 21.

One day you're a band with a platinum song. The next, you're saving your careers by writing songs for the Muppets. After a tough period, the Fray found the inspiration they needed to write and record their latest album, Scars And Stories. Catch the band with Scars on 45 at the Knitting Factory to hear some of the band's classic hits as well as some songs off the new record. Show starts at 8 pm. $35. All-ages.

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CAT FRIDAY: Star Wars edition

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Do you have Star Wars bobble heads, Ewok cookie cutters or a Lego Death Star hiding in your closet? Do you have a cat? If yes on both accounts, you should probably dress up your cat, break out the lightsaber and have a good ole' fashion throw down in the living room (see video for inspiration). 


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Pearl Jam pays tribute to Jeremy Lin

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Well, not the real Pearl Jam, but rather Jimmy Fallon on last night's Late Night.

Fallon, who has already brought forth dead-on impressions of David Bowie and Neil Young, donned a curly wig and did his best Eddie Vedder (a grunge-era Vedder, to be exact) to sing about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Sure, Lin was downright awful against Miami last night, but this is pretty hilarious. Take a look

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New inquiries at the Ridpath Hotel complex

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

New interests on the Halliday Building (#2 here) could impose a timeline on Stephen Antonietti's plans for the Ridpath complex.

As Stephen Antonietti rushes to untangle complications in order to make an offer on the four Ridpath buildings, there's yet another pressure encouraging him to be quick about it: There are now other parties gunning for the Halliday building.

The crux of his plan for the Ridpath Hotel was always his vision for the Halliday, the empty building to the Ridpath tower’s east. There, he plans to add multiple stories, with a nightclub, a ballroom, restaurants and a rooftop venue.

The Halliday’s entertainment venue, he hopes, would draw the guests needed to fill up the other hotel rooms.

Except, now he has competition.

With only one owner, the Halliday was always the simplest to buy — and thus, the simplest to sell.

But lately, Montana real estate investor Michael Maddy, the sole owner of the Halliday, says more parties than just Antonietti have expressed interest.

“Recently we’ve had some other inquirers, so I called Steve up and said, ‘Soon you have to go forward or we have to look at other options,” Maddy says.

Since Antonietti has been “square with him from day one,” Maddy says he’s not in the business of shopping offers. He says he’s been open with him.  But “we would like to move forward.”

Antonietti says he's just waiting for the paperwork to go through on his offer. He'd hoped it would have been done today, but, true to the hotel's track record, things haven't gone as planned. The alarm went off twice last week — and not because of intruders. These alarms were set off because of water from leaks in the roof. 

Both real estate developer Ron Wells and Ridpath part-owner Greg Jeffreys (who’s been entangled in several cases accusing him of fraud) have said they have plans for the Ridpath buildings, but Maddy doesn’t know exactly who is behind the new inquiries. So far, the other parties have been going through their realtors, who haven’t revealed their client.

But as of yet, Maddy says, nobody has made an offer. “If somebody made me a cash offer today, the first I would do is go to Steve,” he says.

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MORNING BRIEFING: In which one police crisis is halted and another revealed

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Around Town

Thoma settlement suspended — The brouhaha over an alcoholic officer getting his job with backpay back was quelled after the mayor and Human Rights Commission intervened. (SR)

Maybe a card instead? — Meanwhile, a Spokane police officer may be investigated for using the department's resources to find out where a woman he met at a bar lived. (SR)

You best be buying a belt — If you intend to "annoy" or "offend" people by exposing your crotch in Coeur d'Alene, think again. (KXLY)

Out and About

Father defends son who was involved in Bremerton shooting (Seattle Times)

Kenya pursues elusive enemy in Somalia (GlobalPost)

 (Washington Post)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

BYU vs. Gonzaga in Spokane tonight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM


Yeah, Zagnation (aka Zagdom, Zagonia, Spokane) you're probably still reeling from that weird loss to San Francisco on Saturday night.

For a second there, it looked like a WCC co-championship was signed, sealed and sitting on the counter ready to be delivered. All that has changed.

Now, BYU comes into Spokane, playing in the Kennel for the first time in the hopes of bringing the Zags into a tie for second place in the conference heading into the WCC tournament next week in Las Vegas.

But don't expect the Zags to look all befuddled like they did when they went to Provo a couple weeks ago and got beat by double digits. The Zags will be ready for (yet another) Biggest Conference Game of the Season™and will have eyes all over Noah Hartsock, who straight torched them last time.

Zag fans are, again, appropriately pumped for the game. Here is what they're saying.

In other basketball news:

Somewhat Gonzaga-related news, I had a chance to see former GU coach Dan Monson (the guy who started this whole Zagmania thing back in the late 90s) coach his Long Beach State team to a victory over UC Santa Barbara last night on ESPN2.

With an RPI of 40 (basketball nerds will know what I'm talking about), a run-and-gun style and a guy named Casper Ware, Monson — after a less-than-awesome run at Minnesota — seems to be hitting his stride down in SoCal.

His team is tough as nails and has already beaten Pitt and Xavier earlier in a non-conference tour that also brought them up against UNC, Kansas and Louisville. Look for Monson and his 49ers to totally ruin your bracket come mid-March.

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Moon colonizer Gingrich invades Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

A day after the last GOP debate for the near future, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich brought his presidential/moon colonization campaign today to Spokane. Gingrich is struggling to find his footing in a campaign season when he has only won South Carolina. Gingrich didn't take questions from the press, but go here for our photos and read our live coverage below.

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