Friday, June 22, 2012

Coeur d'Alene History Tours

Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Most people can't tell you much about the town that they live in. How old the buildings are around the city, what battles have been fought there, what historical figures have once walked past where their house now stands - all lost tidbits of information. Knowing the story behind where you live isn't "with the times" for many people.

Robert Singletary, a Coeur d'Alene historian, does not have this mindset. Praised by True West Magazine for his contributions toward preserving the city's past, helping Coeur d'Alene earn an award by the magazine, Singletary gives locals living history presentations through his tours throughout Old Fort Sherman and Historic Downtown. During the hour-to-hour-and-a-half tours, he portrays different characters in order to tell the different and intriguing stories that not many Idahoans have heard before.

Sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho, Singletary as Gen. William Carlin, the Commander at Fort Sherman, and Peter Sorensen, a steamboat captain and community leader, leads his audience into enlightenment Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 11 am to 5 pm until mid October for $15 per person.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Video of cop shooter fleeing authorities is released

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Officials today released video taken by a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helicopter during Tuesday high-speed chase of Charles Wallace, who shot and wounded two deputies during a stop traffic and later took his own life.

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BANDS IN VANS: Hula Hooping is big, apparently, in Alaska

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The shows have begun, and the tour has truly taken flight. We played our second show in Anchorage, Alaska at a beautiful venue called The Taproot. When the hula-hoopers started, I just knew that we were going to have a good time. Two girls hula-hooping to our music — as strange as it sounds, it’s normal up here. And quite impressive. Try to look like you are dancing while hula-hooping, it’s tough. 

We were lucky to find a gracious friend to host all 13 of us. Tyler’s dad tagged a long for a few days, and not only helped with the pancake feed in the morning, but gave us much needed expertise on our freshly cracked radiator. 

To be completely honest, morale started spiraling downward. Though the show in Anchorage was great, there was something missing, and the cracked radiator seemed to drag our spirits down further. But without fail, Alaska delivered and our spirits rose as we drove the Seward highway with a stunning view of mountains on our left and the inlet on our right. Once we arrived in Seward and stepped outside the van our spirits were almost completely restored. The town was small, and quirky, and had an epic view of a mountain surrounded sea. 

Then we entered the bar. The Yukon had signed dollar bills lining the ceiling, life preservers on the walls, vintage beer signs, and green and red vintage lamps. Aside from the large boisterous man sharking the pool table, it was just what we needed. To top it all off, they put us up in an apartment attached to the bar. We felt like royalty for two days. 

We adventured one of the days to Exit Glacier and hiked around for three hours. As we walked on the trail we passed a sign that warned us of bears. “If a bear attacks, fight a black bear. If a grizzly bear attacks, play dead. If it starts to eat you, fight back.” Thankfully bears did not attack us. 

Some of us drank the glacier water, only to see a sign on the way down warning, “Don’t drink the water, you may contract Giardia.”

Kent prophesied that someone would get punched in the nose on this tour, and it came close in Seward after a wild night that started with a dog pile and yelling and ended in each of us taking turns attempting to play KB’s brass instruments while others tried to sleep. All was well in the morning, and we played another night at the Yukon. We were sad to leave Seward, but we headed to the next stop, right on the side of the highway, The Brown Bear Saloon. The venue used to be a brothel, which was made apparent by the bartenders stories and the peculiarly small rooms we were put up in. The Saloon was in a town called Indian, and the short stop was filled with flattened coins from trains and bonfires.

Through it all we’ve come to a single revelation: people around these parts are genuinely happy, and interested in music in general. Alaska is starting to grow on us. 

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Nominate Local Do-Gooders

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Who do you think is making our community a better place?

It's time for The Inlander's annual philanthropy issue (we call it Give Guide), where we highlight people who are changing things for the better here in the Inland Northwest.

But we need your help.

We're looking for people to showcase in the issue, and for nominations for our annual Peirone Prize, a monetary award recognizing people who are passionate about generating change in our community.

From education, youth and social action to the environment, animals or community gardening, there are tons of areas where local people are working hard to make our world better. Tell us who they are, what they do and why they deserve our support!

We know people of all ages are working hard to make a difference, but we want to encourage young people to get involved and stay involved, so we're especially looking for people 35-ish and younger.

Please send names of individuals you'd like to nominate, plus a sentence or two explaining why to [email protected] by no later than next Thursday, June 28.

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MORNING BRIEFING: Shootings, Romney flip-flops, Manu Chao

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hereabouts

Cops order CdA apartment evacuated (KXLY)

Sheriff Knezovich baffled by gunman's release (SR) 

Police identify officer, suspect in Sunday shooting (KREM)  

Thereabouts 

Romney changes mind, gets chill on immigration (WashPo) 

Boehner: White House cover-up on 'Fast & Furious' (WaTimes) 

Most annoying West Wing character? Discuss (Esquire) 

Me Gustas tu

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Meeting about the future of the MAC tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

It looks like the MAC's board of trustees' decision to replace some of its executive board has done little to quell those still a little hot about the museum's decision to fire it's executive director, Forrest Rodgers.

Tonight at the Bing Crosby Theater, a group is holding a "Rally to Save the MAC." The event, which is not sanctioned by the MAC, kicks off at 7 pm and is an open community meeting to discuss what organizers see as a mishandling of Rodgers' firing, which looks like it could end up being handled in the courts.

"Show them we stand for a new MAC. New leadership from top to bottom and we will not be silenced, we will not lose our direction, our purpose or our passion. The MAC does not belong to the few, it belongs to us all and we have spoken," the group wrote on the event Facebook page.

Again, this kerfuffle looks like it's far from over. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Inlander names Jacob Fries as editor

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

For the first time in 19 years, The Pacific Northwest Inlander hired an editor to lead its newsgathering operation when Jacob H. Fries was promoted to editor last week.

Fries grew up in Spokane and graduated from Central Valley High School. He earned his college degree from the Medill School of Journalism at northwestern University in Chicago in 2000, and worked at the New York Times and the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) before returning to Spokane in January of 2008 to work for The Inlander.

"I've worked at a lot of papers, but this has been by far the best job in journalism I've ever had," Fries says. "It's been rewarding to come back to my hometown and be a part of such a great local newspaper. While other media are shrinking, the Inlander continues to grow and innovate, and that’s been exciting to be a part of."

Since joining The Inlander, Fries has been a news editor and managing editor. During his tenure, The Inlander has won numerous journalism awards, including the General Excellence award for 2011 from the Society of Professional Journalists northwest Chapter. The Inlander was also named one of North America's "newspapers that do it right" by Editor & Publisher magazine earlier this year, one of just 21 newspapers — including both dailies and weeklies — to earn that notice.

"Jacob has helped put the 'news' in our newspaper for four years now," says Ted S. McGregor Jr., publisher of The Inlander. "He gets the kind of journalism our region needs, he gets Spokane and the Inland Northwest, and he shares my vision for what The Inlander should be. We're very excited to have his leadership."

Inlander founder Ted S. McGregor Jr. has served as editor and publisher since he and his family started the newspaper in 1993. He made the announcement last week and will continue as publisher of the newspaper and president of Inland Publications, Inc.

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CITY HALL EYEBALL: Low marks for state's retiree health care funding

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM

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A new study out today measuring state government pension funding fiascos ranks Washington state somewhere in the poor-to-middling range — though no state really passes with flying colors.

The study, by the Pew Center on the States ranks states based on what they've promised to pay into the funds versus how much money they've actually committed. The report — find the full one here and the Washington particulars here — says that there are "serious concerns" about the state's retiree health care funding. The other category is the state's employee pension funding, which the study ranks as "needs improvement." 

Our lovely neighbors to the east fared better. Idaho's retiree health care funding was deemed a "solid performer," the highest of the study's three rankings. And the Gem State's pension plan earned the middle grade, "needs improvement." See the Idaho stats here.  

Need more of the white paper/red carpet treatment? Here's some more City Hall Eyeball

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MORNING BRIEFING: Dead soldier, boring idiots, Miles Davis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Here

Mead High School grad killed in Afghanistan (KXLY)

Gov. Gregoire wants fed funds to protect from tsunami debris (SR) 

Out there

Obama immigration plan popular with voters (Bloomberg) 

'Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots' (ALD)

Microsoft wants to sell you some new shit (Seattle Times) 

 Miles and Co.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Local theater stalwart dies during rehearsal

Posted on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Longtime local actor David Gigler, known for playing numerous roles over the last two decades, especially at Spokane Civic Theatre, has died.

Gigler, 47 collapsed and died suddenly at around noon on Saturday during rehearsals at Interplayers theater.

He was preparing to play a lead role in Interplayers' production of Ruthless, the Musical, scheduled to open on June 21. Interplayers artistic director Reed McColm has canceled the entire run of the show.

Gigler was the life partner of the show's director, Troy Nickerson, himself a highly respected and longtime local director and actor.

Just last year, for his January 2011 performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men at Lake City Playhouse, Gigler won a Spokie (The Inlander's local theater award) for Best Performance as a Leading Actor in a play.

Local playgoers will also recall Gigler's rousing song-and-dance performance as Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Spokane Civic Theatre in 2001.

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