Hide yo' kids, hide yo' self — from the sun's ungodly heat, that is — 'cause it's going to be pretty unbearably hot this weekend, and into next week. Pretty shitty timing considering it's HOOPFEST, and IRONMAN weekend, arguably the biggest outdoor sports weekend of the year for the Inland Northwest.
Let's also not forget that all of Washington state was declared in a drought back in May, due to non-existent snowpack levels in the mountains, which now means many Northwest streams and rivers are at all-time flow lows.
To combat the weekend heat, Ironman organizations have moved the start time of the race up a half-hour, from 6 am to 5:30 am. Plus, there are many places to escape the heat-radiating asphalt in downtown Spokane if you're heading to Hoopfest.
The Spokane Convention Center hosts Spokane Fanfest, offering free access to the center's restrooms and tables (you can also pay to rent a table or a room). Food trucks, a beer garden and live music round out the weekend event, open Friday through Sunday.
Meanwhile, the downtown branch of Inland Northwest Bank (INB) is also opening its doors to the public as a place to cool off between games, but note that you do need to pick up a ticket to gain entry from an INB location before the event. Tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis since space is limited. The hospitality area is offering free food, beverages, massages, a kid's area and athlete warm-up zone.
Comm’r Conklin informed us that Comm’r Dominguez contacted her on May 5 in order to ensure she would be voting for the 360 Degree Evaluation proposal that was on the agenda for that evening. Comm’r Conklin advised Comm’r Dominguez wished to obtain Comm’r Conklin’s support for the proposal because he was unable to attend the meeting, but wanted to be assured there would be three affirmative votes. Without Comm’r Dominguez’ third vote the proposal could not be passed. Comm’r Conklin stated it appeared that the Named Commissioners had agreed to support the proposal before it was presented to Comm’r Conklin and Comm’r Richter at the May 5 meeting.In particular, Dominguez was singled out for his "unprofessional" treatment of the complainant over her failure to put the reimbursement of his travel expenses ahead of other Office of the Police Ombudsman business. The clash between the two, witnesses said, became heated.
Yes I do have a problem with your choice to put other OPO business before paperwork you received on a Friday, thus pushing it to be completed on the following Monday or Tuesday (as you cannot recall which day it was ... I'm going with Tuesday). I still have yet to received [sic] check. Again you don't seem to not [sic] acknowledge my frustration. Yes there is a lack of communication. If you did not have time to do the paperwork then you should have said so. Again, you don't seem to understand this. I don't need to talk to anyone. What's done is done, however I did not know you reported to Theresa Sanders or Tim Szambelan. So is what I'm hearing [sic], if we have a problem we need to talk with Theresa Sanders or Tim Szambelan? I will be talking with Rachel and Kevin about this matter. This process is not working and needs to be resolved.He was also accused of bias against police officers and of using OPO resources inappropriately.
[The complainant] reports Comm’r Dominguez began having office hours in the OPO while he was on administrative leave from the Spokane Regional Health District. Although Comm’r Dominguez insisted he was not there to “babysit” ... his practice was to come to the OPO for several hours at time, set up his laptop and work on other matters. [The complainant] observed that on several occasions Comm’r Dominguez used the printer/copier in the OPO to make large numbers of copies for non-OPO business.
This Sunday, June 28, two exhibits currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture are coming to a close. But, the museum has a few new exhibits on the schedule for the rest of the year, featuring art from near and far.
One of the two closing exhibits is Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Comprised of 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures and films by 25 Emirati artists, this exhibit is a reflection of how the United Arab Emirates has approached economic development over the last 40 years, while also maintaining its people's tradition and heritage. Director of Museum Experience at the MAC, John Andrew Moredo-Burch says the exhibit is only being featured in a handful of U.S. cities. After its run in Spokane, Past Forward make two more stops before returning to Dubai.
Also closing after a seven-month run is The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. For the collection, the Spokane-based photographer captured the palettes of two dozen artists, all who have a connection to the Inland Northwest. Some photos are displayed alongside a piece of art by the featured artist to show the connection between the palette and the finished piece.
Though two exhibits are closing, there will be new art filling the two gallery spaces soon. Moredo-Burch says replacing one of the current exhibits will be works from Saranac Art Projects, a local, non-profit artist cooperative that brings together artists and curators in the Inland Northwest. The new exhibit is set to open on July 24, running through the middle of September.
Following that, the MAC welcomes the Spokane Watercolor Society from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 for a juried show that is open to all watercolor artists.
And from Nov. 14 to Feb. 7, 2016, New York artist Sean Kenney's exhibit, Nature Connects, comes to the MAC. Nature Connects is a series of works made from Lego toys. Kenney's art includes portraits, home decor and sculptures, all made from the tiny, plastic pieces.
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