Sunday, June 30, 2013

PHOTOS: Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

This week, Chey Scott explores the history of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens on the South Hill. Lost for decades, parts of the gardens were discovered after the ice storm in 1996. After a 10-year restoration, spearheaded by then Corbin Art Center Director Lynn Mandyke, the gardens were open to the public. Photos by Young Kwak.


A walkway that once gave residents of the South Hill access to downtown runs along the entrance of the garden.


The carriage road circles parts of the lower areas of the gardens.


Various flowers grow in the carriage road garden.  


A staircase leads to the pond at the top of the gardens.


The pond area at the top of the gardens gives an uninhibited view of downtown.


Lynn Mandyke speaks under the restored pergola in the pond area.


A detail of the pergola is photographed. 


The tea house also gives a view of the downtown area.


Trails lead visitors from one area of the gardens to another.


One area that couldn't be restored was the conservatory and greenhouses. Detailed plans could not be found for that area, so it remains an empty plot of land.


Irises are in bloom at the gardens.


The gardens provide many views of downtown.


The Mask of Pan fountain can be seen in the middle of the gardens.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

CAT FRIDAY: The cats of Portland, Oregon

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Back in April, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the fabulous city of Austin, Texas, to visit a family member and see the sights, which included stops at Austin's two large and successful no-kill animal shelters, the Austin Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive! I documented my visits to the shelters for Cat Friday, which you can read here.

Last weekend, I was in the Pacific Northwest's version of Austin: Portland (or is Austin actually Texas's version of Portland?). Being in Portland last Cat Friday was also the reason I left you all hanging without a new post, so sorry about that.During my short stay in the Rose City, I paid a visit to a very successful and large cat-only shelter there, which I've been a big fan of since discovering it and following its Facebook page.   


Cat Adoption Team, or CAT, as it's also known, is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter established in 1998. It's located about 30 minutes south of Portland, in Sherwood, Ore. Since it opened, nearly 30,500 wonderful cats and kittens have been placed into loving homes. Just this year, the shelter adopted out 870 cats, and the weekly adoption count for this week is currently at 49. Pretty impressive.

I noticed lots of positive things at CAT that made it stand out, other than the room full of nothing but totally adorable kittens waiting to find homes. The facility itself was extremely large, with two stories. The first floor included a retail area, reception and a special "kitten room." Visitors to CAT are greeted by a lobby kitty, who gets to hang out in a large plexiglass-walled enclosure. Judy, a beautiful smoke-grey kitty with bright green eyes, seems to have been waiting a while at CAT to find a forever home. She's often featured on the shelter's Facebook page and likes to help out around the office with paperwork and other important duties. 

Judy greets visitors to CAT as the designated lobby kitty. - CAT ADOPTION TEAM
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  • Judy greets visitors to CAT as the designated lobby kitty.

On the second floor, adult cats are kept in private kennels or, if they're friendly with other cats, in small, communal kitty suites with large windows allowing the cats to be viewed from outside the rooms and so they can watch what's going on in the shelter.

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This very large kitty named Anton (his paperwork noted his weight at 22 lbs.) watched the happenings at the shelter from a private suite he shares with two other kitty roommates. This particular room housed cats with Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), which I explain in the CF post about Austin's shelters if you're curious.

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During my visit, a volunteer explained that at the peak of kitten season — which is happening right now — CAT has more than 500 cats under its care. Most of that number includes cats in foster homes, but the upstairs adult cat area must have contained at least 50 private cat kennels in addition to the shared kitty suites. 

This cute little tabby named Everly was very cozy and content on her milk-and-cookie-patterned blankie. The one-year-old cat arrived at the shelter with two kittens, and now that she's done raising them is looking for a quiet home of her own.  

Unfortunately, I missed CAT's Kittenpalooza adoption event by one weekend — it's tomorrow features almost 100 little babies looking for homes. For any readers who might be in the area and looking to adopt, head to CAT for lots of cuteness overload. Adoption fees for adult cats will be waived during the event if you adopt one with a kitten, so don't forget about the grown-up kitties, either. 

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A cone of shame for this little incision licker! He didn't seem to mind, and it certainly didn't take away from his adorable-ness.  

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Take a survey to help shape the future of Spokane's trails system

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Pacific Northwesterners are known for their love of the outdoors, and here in Spokane the options of trails for hikers, bikers, and those who just want to go for a walk or run are seemingly endless. From the Centennial Trail, stretching west to east, to the Columbia Plateau trail, going north to south, we have our bases covered. The Spokane Regional Trail Plan Update begins this summer, and you can help.

The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, along with other outdoor organizations, requests that we, the trail users (and wannabe trail users) give them our thoughts on the existing trails through a super quick, easy 10-question survey. Why, you ask? Well, they are updating the trails to better suit the public. The main goals of the plan are to create a comprehensive trail system between all of the different trails, maintain those trails, and create standards that will make the trails overall better for public use.

The survey asks about your current use of the trails, your biggest concerns and what you would like to see in the future.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Fleetwood Mac, Paradiso Fest and more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

We have great music here. I mean, we host Bassoonarmama. Pretty dope stuff. It’s so good, in fact, that it has been (mostly) restricted to only the adult crowd. That is why today, I am both delighted and slightly saddened to bring you this weekend in music. Enjoy it for me. You all-ages cats, there’s a small light at the end of the tunnel.


We’re not sure what high school kid can afford a ticket to the Gorge’s bassfest, Paradiso Festival, but judging from the pictures, there are a shitload of youngsters with bank accounts far bigger than ours. Some 20,000 EDM fans came out to the 2012 festival, making it the largest electronic music event in the Northwest. This two-day festival is a sampler of all things bassy, neon-colored, glow-sticked and hip in the club world today, with some of the biggest DJs on the planet appearing. Kaskade and Dutch DJ Tiesto split the headlining slots each night. Fri, June 28 and Sat, June 29 at the Gorge Amphitheatre

Baby Bar, My Pinky Has a Name, Kwaaang, BBBBandits (21+)

The Center, Luke Dowler and the Savage Gentlemen (All ages)

The Scoob, Stephanie Hatzinikolis (All Ages)


Fleetwood Mac comes to the Arena: In 1976, as the band recorded its legendary album Rumours, each member was experiencing something horrible: infidelity, divorce, breakups, bad press. But out of the darkness came a record that spoke to pop and rock fans in a way that few others could. Flash forward to today: the band has experienced the deaths of three different key members over the past two years. Like they’ve always done, Fleetwood Mac turns to music to recover. Sat, June 29, at 8 pm at the Spokane Arena, $28-$126

Checkerboard Bar, Sea Giant (21+)

The Center, Battle of the Bands feat. Dirty Shirley, Dank Submission, The Stagnant Motion, The Backups,

Knuckle Deep, Outlier, Move the Earth (All Ages)

Boomers, Cold Shot (21+)

The Cellar, Kosh and The Jazz Cats (21+)

Sidebar, Maxie Ray Mills (21+)

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Sex predators cover story on KHQ

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Writer Deanna Pan was on KHQ today to talk about this week’s cover story on a convicted rapist who recently moved to Spokane after he was released from McNeil Island. The cover package also includes a story from writer Scott Leadingham about watching as his former camp counselor was accused and convicted of sexual contact with minors.

Here’s the full segment from KHQ:

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MORNING BRIEFING: State budget deal, Chinese IDs and life before the Incas

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM


Detectives investigating body pulled from Spokane River near Gonzaga. (KXLY)

Dirty Shame Saloon goes up in flames in Nine Mile Falls. (KHQ)

Darn kids. Pullman-area minors now ordering fake IDs online from China, as explained by DJ Goldfinger. (Daily Evergreen)

The MarQuee Lounge in downtown plans to close its doors. (Inlander)%uFFFD


This week in brinkmanship: Washington lawmakers finally agree on budget, appear to avoid government shutdown. (Seattle Times)

Idaho introducing new stricter gun permits in hopes other states will honor the concealed carry license. (Idaho Statesman)


This week's DOMA decision opens new pathway to citizenship for gay immigrants. (NY Times)

Newly discovered tomb provides insight into civilization before the Incas. (WaPost)

And enjoy these adorable red pandas (the most communist of pandas), straight from the Birmingham Zoo:


Have a good weekend. %uFFFD

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

MarQuee Lounge is closing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM


After five years filling a unique niche in Spokane nightlife, the MarQuee Lounge is closing.

The club announced the news today, citing the end of the lease agreement. Earlier this year it was voted Best Dance Club by Inlander readers in the annual Best Of poll. Tonight is its last-ever Thursday night party.

Here's the full news release/obituary: 

MarQuee Lounge, age 5 years and 2 months, will pass away peacefully in its sleep (due to the completion of its lease agreement) at 2:00am on the morning of July 1st in the year of our lord 2013.

The lovechild of local entrepreneurs Jeremy Tangen and Matt Goodwin, MarQuee Lounge was born into the open arms of a city that desperately needed an outlet for late night entertainment, dancing and questionable decision making. 

Finding its way in mid 2008, MarQuee quickly became well known for its chiseled good looks, top of the line sound system, incredible laser and light shows, popular music, and bottle service that was not not be found anywhere else in the city. 

As the years went by, MarQuee aged with with the grace and poignancy of a true dignitary. New VIP sections were added, the 2nd floor was completely remodeled, there were continuous upgrades to the sound and light features, and of course, there were the parties.... and oh my, how MarQuee loved to party. 

People traveled from great distances to spend the evening with MarQuee; dancing, drinking, laughing, and getting weird. Lines of freshly pressed button-ups and father-not-approved mini skirts stretched around the block on many nights as anxious hoards of Spokane's party goers waited to enjoy MarQuee's warm embrace. 

While there were certainly a fair share of tears shed, they pale in comparison to the overwhelming amount of joy, love and general happiness that MarQuee was able to generate for its lucky guests. All of whom, MarQuee loved in return.

MarQuee was an active member in the Spokane community as a member of the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Greater Spokane Incorporated, while also hosting events for the city's many businesses and organizations on a regular basis. 

Countless awkward/memorable/beautiful moments during various parties can be attributed to MarQuee's ability to allow all of its guests to temporarily suspend the tedious and monotonous reality that has become their day-to-day life. MarQuee was in fact, a breath of fresh air for Spokane's overworked and under-loved blue and white collared workers alike. 

MarQuee Lounge is survived by a talented and hard-working staff of 32 incredibly diligent (and painfully beautiful) bartenders, cocktailers and security. It also leaves behind a laundry list of thousands of satisfied customers, a staggering amount of started relationships, and 5 years of awards and acclaimations for being Spokane's favorite night club as voted by you, the ones MarQuee must sadly leave behind.

Arrangements have been made to celebrate the life of MarQuee Lounge throughout the course of the weekend. To pay your respects, or gather a few last precious memories, please feel free to visit 522 W. Riverside.

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FOOD BLOTTER: Food truck, weekend events and IHOP reopening

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

In case you missed it, the writing of this week’s Food Blotter was interrupted by the surprise announcement that MarQuee Lounge is closing after this weekend. We’ve seen indications that both entrepreneurs behind the nightclub have some new projects in the works, so we’ll keep you updated on that.

For now, back to the regularly scheduled programming: 

The Bistro Box has arrived! A few weeks ago we told you about the beloved Renton-area food truck relocating to Spokane, and it apparently didn’t waste a single day in getting here. It’s licensed and ready to go for Hoopfest weekend, tentatively scheduled for a weekend debut on Main Avenue between Bernard and Washington.

This week’s Entree has news of a soon-to-open all-organic cafe in Post Falls, plus details on this weekend’s big craft distillery and brewery event, Spokane on the Rocks. There’s also the big Bikes, Brews and BBQs event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

In print this week, we’ve got a full story about the exciting summer for Santé and an update on Luxe Coffee House.

Just less than a week ago, Patit Creek Cellars opened its new downtown Spokane tasting room on West Sprague across from the Davenport. The Walla Walla winery has a popular wine club and we’ve heard good things about the riesling and the cabernet sauvignon, but you’ll probably just need to taste everything they’ve got.

Last week we mentioned that a new Total Wine location was in the liquor licenses — sure enough, the next day they announced the new Spokane Valley store. We’ve still got some time to debate which is going direction, the drive way up North Division to the current store or the drive out the Valley, is going to be the less unbearable route to warehouse booze.

Finally, the locally owned Coeur d’Alene IHOP that got hit by a car in May is reopening, fully remodeled, at 6 am next Monday, July 1. The restaurant shut down for repairs after an intoxicated driver crashed into the south side of the building on May 19. Here’s the whole press release via the Spokesmans Huckleberries blog.

Read previous food news here.

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Washington lawmakers have agreed on a budget (for real this time)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Three days before the end of a second special session, Washington lawmakers have agreed on a $33.6 billion operating budget for the next biennium. For real this time

Flanked by Republican and Democratic Senate and House leaders, Gov. Jay Inslee announced at a press conference late this morning that business as usual will go on next week. Dozens of state agencies won't close and thousands of public workers won't lose their jobs.

"Washington will be at work Monday," Inslee told reporters.

Inslee spokesman David Postman said negotiators hope to have a finalized budget for the governor to sign by 5 pm tomorrow.

“You'll see the big fat thing soon," Postman said.

Details on the new budget are sparse. According to a statement from Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, the spending plan sets aside $1 billion for public schools and freezes college tuition. Negotiators also agreed to end an $85 million tax break on landline phone services. 

Lawmakers probably won't go home even after the budget passes, Postman said. The Legislature may still vote on a transportation package and new DUI laws before the special session ends.  

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Kelly Olynyk talks about his draft resume

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Now that the Miami LeBrons have successfully bought another NBA championship, it's finally time for this year's crop of exceptional college basketball players to find out where they'll be making money next season.

Spokane hoops fans will have their eyes on the draft board this evening as Gonzaga's own Kelly Olynyk, who announced this spring that he'd forego a redshirt senior season to play pro ball, waits to hear where he'll start his NBA career. currently has him as the #17 pick and headed to Atlanta in their latest mock draft.

The draft begins tonight at 4:30 pm on ESPN. 

Earlier this week, Olynyk and his long, luscious Canadian hair, sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose of ESPN's for a "job interview." Check out the video and see how he did. Personally, I'd hire him, but we don't have much use for post moves and dunks in the newspaper business.

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