Monday, January 9, 2017

Meryl Streep condemns Trump, school closings, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM

It's a snow day for Spokane schools, and many other districts in the region.
  • It's a snow day for Spokane schools, and many other districts in the region.

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WHAT'S UP: Learn to make the perfect roasted chili salmon, check out the touring Broadway show Pippin, and spend An Evening with Viggo Mortensen.

FIRST FRIDAY: The official First Friday monthly arts walk event has been moved to this Friday, Jan. 13 because of the recent holidays, so check out all the First Friday venue and artist info in this week's paper (on stands Jan. 12) or our permanent First Friday event page: inlander.com/firstfriday.

IN OTHER NEWS

School's out, for today
Spokane Public Schools have canceled classes for the first time this school year after road conditions worsened with anywhere from 2.9 to 4 inches of snow from Sunday alone. (Spokesman-Review)

Streep vs. Trump more interesting than actual Golden Globes
Politics creeped into the Golden Globes once again on Sunday night when actress Meryl Streep called out President-Elect Donald J. Trump for mocking a disabled reporter in 2015. Though she never mentioned Trump's name during her lifetime achievement award acceptance speech, it was abundantly clear she was talking about "the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country."

Trump, of course, fired back in another 3 a.m. Twitter session, calling Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and a "Hillary Flunky," and claimed that he was showing the disabled reporter "groveling" rather than impersonating him, though video and multiple news outlets show him doing so. (CNN/Washington Post)

Fort Lauderdale shooter may face death penalty
Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect Esteban Santiago, who killed five people and wounded six after he began firing in the baggage claim area of Fort Lauderdale’s airport Friday afternoon, will appear in federal court. Law enforcement officials have not yet identified a motive for the shooting, but say Santiago showed up at an FBI office in Anchorage claiming he was hearing voices, some of which told him to join ISIS. Officials also say Santiago, who was taken into custody without incident, declared the firearm as part of his luggage for his flight to Florida from Alaska and likely acted alone. (CNN)

Seahawks roll
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Detroit Lions 26–6 on Saturday night, manhandling the Lions with a dominant running game and solid D, as the Seahawks are wont to do. The win sends Seattle to Atlanta for a showdown Saturday against the Falcons. (ESPN)
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

THIS WEEK: Viggo Mortensen, Pippin, Wylie & The Wild West and more

Posted By on Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Actor Viggo Mortensen is hosting two benefit screenings of Captain Fantastic and Q&As about the film in Sandpoint this week.
  • Actor Viggo Mortensen is hosting two benefit screenings of Captain Fantastic and Q&As about the film in Sandpoint this week.

A bevy of fine options for fun indoors and out await your perusal in our event listings and Staff Picks, so get in there and find something good for entertaining yourself.

Here are a few highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 9

FOOD & DRINK | Start the week with a class, like this on that will teach you how to make the perfect Roasted Chili Salmon.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

LIVE BANDS | Kyle Morton, who you might know from the band he's fronted for a decade, Typhoon, is heading to The Bartlett to headline a solo show. He'll be joined by Anthony D'Amato. Here's a taste of Morton's music:

Wednesday, Jan. 11

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Friday, January 6, 2017

January's First Friday arts events happening tonight — and next week

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:21 PM

If you missed seeing David Wang's pastels last month, the artist's work is displayed through January at Liberty Ciderworks, which hosts a second reception Jan. 13. - DAVID WANG
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  • If you missed seeing David Wang's pastels last month, the artist's work is displayed through January at Liberty Ciderworks, which hosts a second reception Jan. 13.

Today is the first Friday of the month — and the new year — but tonight's events as part of downtown Spokane's First Friday monthly arts walk are happening a little differently this time.

Although several of First Friday's regularly participating venues are indeed hosting receptions this evening for the artists' they're hosting, event organizer Downtown Spokane Partnership has moved the "official" event to next week, on Friday, Jan. 13. Because of the recent holidays, many businesses that usually participate had asked DSP to hold off one more week to give them (and all of us) a break from the hustle. Others, however, have agreed to host two weekends' worth of receptions to celebrate participating artists, with events tonight and again next Friday.

Because of this change, the Inlander is running a listing of all First Friday venue and artist information in next week's paper, on stands Jan. 12. However, we have also listed as much of this information as is now available on our website, at our permanent First Friday event page: inlander.com/firstfriday.

Artists like Carol Schmauder are looking beyond winter for Avenue West's January show, "Thoughts of Spring."
  • Artists like Carol Schmauder are looking beyond winter for Avenue West's January show, "Thoughts of Spring."
We'll continue to update our listings with more information as we receive it from DSP and the venues. For those who plan to wait to make their monthly arts stroll next weekend, the good news is that the weather forecast is looking to be a little less icy cold.

Also, next month's celebration breaks format again, when the big new Spokane Arts event (taking the place of the winter Visual Arts Tour) called SATURATE takes place the first weekend of February, the 3rd through the 5th. The redesigned event seeks to showcase the city's diverse yet under-recognized artists of color. Venues and artists are encouraged to apply to participate on Spokane Arts' website.
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Troy Bruner, former chair of the Ethics Commission, says most complaints filed for "less virtuous reasons."

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Until recently, Troy Bruner was the chair of the City of Spokane Ethics Commission - PHOTO COURTESY OF TROY BRUNER
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  • Until recently, Troy Bruner was the chair of the City of Spokane Ethics Commission

Until he ran up against his term limit last month, local psychologist Troy Bruner was the chair of the city of Spokane's Ethics Commission, the group that spent months and months assessing the handful of ethics complaints leveled against Mayor David Condon.

Bruner's proud of the commission's work over the six years he served, but in a phone call conversation with the Inlander this week, expressed frustration with many of the complaints the ethics commission dealt with.

"There are valid complaints where someone is a concerned citizen and believes there’s an ethics violation. But those are in the minority," Bruner says. "There are other less virtuous reasons the majority of complaints are filed. They are often motivated by an attempt to get attention or to grandstand, or to use the Ethics Commission as a feeder to get public notice."

Sometimes, he says, the complaints come from "eccentric individuals," like anti-government types who believe the entire government is corrupt.

"We have a few complaints that appear to be from mentally unstable individuals, that ramble on and on about conspiracy theories [about] little mistakes," Bruner says.

In the future, Bruner suggests that the commission be given the ability to quickly dismiss unreasonable complaints, in the same way that a judge has the right to bring a case to a quick close with a "summary judgment" ruling.

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Winter health woes, glaucoma awareness month and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Winter Woes Are Upon Us

The research is in and it turns out cold weather is not that great for your health. While cold weather may make you less inclined to think violent thoughts, you are also less inclined to be kind and forgiving. Intimacy is out the window, but that might be okay since your skin is like sandpaper anyway. And just as the risk for falls and serious injury is real, so is the increased risk for getting sick with a cold or the flu.

Annoying optimists try to put a positive spin on it —“Cold weather reduces the number of tree-killing bugs!” “It’s great for sleeping!” But there’s really not much to like. Still, the days are getting longer and in just a few months your driveway may feature bare pavement again.

Blindsided 
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January is glaucoma awareness month and if you think you don’t have it, you may want to think again. The NIH reports that 50 percent of people who have glaucoma don’t know they have it. That’s because early on, there are no symptoms, just gradual damage to the optic nerve that eventually causes blindness. Only a doctor’s eye exam can rule out the disease.

If you’re over the age of 60 (or age 40 if African American), or have a family history of glaucoma, get screened. Early detection and treatment can save your vision.

Peanut Possibilities
Life-threatening reactions to peanuts (and school offices filled with epi-pens) may someday be a thing of the past. New research sheds light on how parents can help children avoid a peanut allergy simply by introducing peanuts into babies’ diets at a very young age.

Try Out Fitness
Now's the time to sign up to sample a workout class at Spokane Health and Fitness Expo. Here’s a chance to try something new— from KangooJumps to Bootcamp to Pound.Rockout.Workout. There’s no need to stick with a dull workout routine in 2017. Seminars are also offered on an array of nutrition topics, including how to make nut milks. $8 admission includes unlimited classes; Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, January 14-15.
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Pot farmers fire back, Stella's closes, murder suspect arrested and morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 9:31 AM


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• COVER:
It what surely will go down as one of the most horrific years in recent memory, there were actually a few high points. Spokane got a new (hopefully long-term) chief of police, the real estate market heated up, the local literary, stand-up comedy and dining scenes are thriving and Native American art is finally getting more mainstream attention that it deserves. Check out our cover story this week: How far have we come?

NEWS: Pot farmers ask Spokane County to lift the temporary ban on outdoor grows.

MUSIC: Washington state native Joseph Hein and his backing band (Lucas Brookbank Brown and Fancy Boy) take the stage at the Observatory tonight for an evening of folksy Americana. Enjoy.

FOOD: Beloved Stella's Cafe will close its doors for the final time at the end of the month. The plan is to merge with sister restaurant Ruins. Check back for more details.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Suspect apprehended
Spokane County Sheriff's detectives, with the help of U.S. marshals, arrested a man Thursday in connection with the brutal murder of Bob Tester, the nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester. Police believe John Arthur Radavich stabbed and beat Bob Tester to death with a wood-splitting maul. Bob Tester had reportedly assaulted his 17-year-old girlfriend the day before his death. The girl told Radavich, her ex-boyfriend, about the assault, which investigators believe prompted the killing. (Spokesman Review)

Mall shooter charged
The suspect in the Cascade Mall shooting that left five people dead last September could face the death penalty. Prosecutors charged Arcan Cetin, 20, with five counts of aggravated murder. Gov. Jay Inslee has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state. (Seattle Times)

Chicago attack broadcast via Facebook
• Four people charged in Chicago in a brutal attack that was broadcast on Facebook Live appear in court today. The racially charged video shows the assailants, ages 18 to 24, cutting the scalp of the 18-year-old victim and forcing him to drink from the toilet. The apparent attackers, who are black, also yell obscenities about Donald Trump and "white people" as they punch and kick the mentally disabled teen, who is white. Here's the video. It's graphic. (Chicago Tribune)

About that wall
• President-elect Donald Trump is still insisting that Mexico will pay for the wall. In an interview Friday, he announced plans to initially pay for the wall along the county's southern boarder with taxpayer money. "We're going to get reimbursed," Trump said. (New York Times)
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cannabis farmers ask Spokane County to lift moratorium on new outdoor grows

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver wrote a letter to county commissioners opposing the temporary ban on new pot farms - HECTOR AIZON
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  • Cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver wrote a letter to county commissioners opposing the temporary ban on new pot farms

Before Spokane County Commissioners passed a temporary ban on new pot farms, they never heard what cannabis farmers thought about it.

But now, farmers are making sure their voices are heard.

More than a month ago, Spokane County Commissioners purposely passed a temporary ban on new outdoor cannabis farms without telling anyone. The goal, said Commissioner Al French, was to not to attract too much attention that would lead to a rush of aspiring farmers obtaining permits before the ban went into effect.

But not telling anyone the ban was on the agenda also ensured that cannabis farmers would not show up to express their opposition to the move. So now, that's exactly what cannabis farmers are doing. In an effort to force the county to change its mind on the six-month moratorium for new outdoor pot farms, the Cannabis Farmers Council wrote a letter to commissioners French, Shelly O'Quinn and Josh Kerns today that accompanied a 14-page report explaining how the moratorium will hurt the local industry.

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Stella's Café to close and merge with nearby sister restaurant Ruins

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Chef Tony Brown gained a notable following with the debut of Stella's back in 2012. He opened the nearby Ruins in 2014, but now plans to combine the two in Ruins' spot. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Chef Tony Brown gained a notable following with the debut of Stella's back in 2012. He opened the nearby Ruins in 2014, but now plans to combine the two in Ruins' spot.

This Thursday afternoon, we learned the owners of a favorite local lunch spot just north of the Spokane River plan to close their doors a final time on January 31.

But fear not, Stella's Cafe fans — owners chef Tony Brown and his parents Steve and Marti Brown plan to reincorporate the cafe's familiar sandwich, soup and pastry options into their nearby sister restaurant, Ruins.

A major factor cited for Stella's closure at 917 W. Broadway, where it's been located for the past five years in a rustic and eclectic space, is the end of the restaurant's five-year lease.

It's not clear yet how Stella's and Ruins will combine as one in the latter's diminutive space on the corner of Monroe and Mallon, just two blocks away, but the Browns plan to soon announce how they'll meld Stella's fresh sandwich menu with Ruins' cocktails and ever-changing, themed, tapas-style menu.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an update on Stella's/Ruins new united future in the Inlander's food section, and in our Entrée food newsletter.

And for those who will surely miss making a mid-day pitstop at the original Stella's, mark your calendars — the last chance to visit the space is fast approaching, with a final day of business set for Tuesday, Jan. 31.
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EWU's Cooper Kupp named FCS Offensive Player of the Year

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 11:18 AM

EWU receiver Cooper Kupp is the national offensive player of the year.
  • EWU receiver Cooper Kupp is the national offensive player of the year.

The season might not have ended exactly as Eastern Washington's players and fans wanted thanks to a freakish play at the end of their semifinal matchup with Youngstown State, but there is still plenty to celebrate from the Eagles' season.

Top of that list is a successful senior campaign by star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who today was awarded the Offensive Player of the Year award for a season that featured him making 117 receptions for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for several hundred more yards and a few more TDs.

Kupp was just one part of the Eags' prolific offense, but his decision to return for his senior year rather than going to the NFL set the tone for an entire team dedicated to trying to win a national championship. The fact they fell just short does nothing to detract from Kupp or the team's efforts.

Kupp is currently training for the NFL draft and won't attend the FCS national championship game in Texas to get the award in person. He's a four-time consensus All-American and ended his career with more receiving yards than anyone in college football history, at any level.

The NFL draft, where we'll learn where Kupp with be catching balls next year, runs April 27-29.
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Botched sexual assault investigation, pesky busker moves indoors and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 9:19 AM

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NEWS: How North Idaho College officials failed to investigate an alleged gang rape, and instead turned on the 17-year-old accuser.

MUSIC: Music writers Laura Johnson and Dan Nailen break down who is scheduled to play in Spokane, and who might come through the Lilac City's music scene this year.

RIP: Local arts icon Steve Gibbs died New Years Eve. He was 64.

IN OTHER NEWS:

• A notorious busker moves inside to escape freezing cold temperatures and draws ire from local businesses and security guards. (KXLY)

• A third bank robbery in past two weeks in Spokane has police scrambling to find the thief(s) and draw any possible connections. (KREM)

• A federal judge in Seattle declined yesterday to get involved in a labor conflict over police reform between the city of Seattle and its captains and lieutenants union. U.S. District Judge James Robart said he would not allow constitutional policing to be "held hostage" to collective bargaining. (Seattle Times)

• Julian Assange and Donald Trump don't think the Russians hacked emails to influence the U.S. presidential election. (New York Times)

• Unapologetic about killing nine black worshipers in South Carolina, convicted killer Dylann Roof told jurors during his sentencing hearing that he is not mentally ill and feels no remorse.

"I would like to make crystal clear I do not regret what I did," he wrote in a white supremacist manifesto while in Charleston County jail after his arrest. "I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed." (New York Times)
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