There are only two more weeks of the South Perry winter market, including the one happening right now from 3 to 6 pm. And even if the produce isn’t as abundant in winter, that just means you don’t have to feel so bad about buying cupcakes instead of kale.
Zombie outbreak! This week’s Entree newsletter has more details about a new espresso stand called Zombies Espresso, as well as news of Sante’s new Butcher Bar and the soon-to-open Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory.
Spokane Cheesecakes will be opening their doors this Saturday, at 1420 E. Sprague.
Also on Saturday, Kendall Yards is hosting a holiday bazaar with local vendors including Brain Freeze Creamery. Then, on Dec. 21, Kendall Yards has a caroling and marshmallow roast event that features Veraci Pizza.
On Sunday it’s the annual Gingerbread Build-Off at the Davenport.
Coeur d’Alene has a new restaurant, Asian Twist, from the owner of Fu-Ki Japanese Steak House in Post Falls.
12 String Brewing Co. is having a 2nd Anniversary party this Sunday with the release of their Volume 2 Anniversary Ale.
With less than 12 hours to spare, Batch Bakeshop met its Kickstarter campaign goal this morning. There are still a few hours left if you want to get in on the rewards.
One Tree Hard Cider found a location in Spokane Valley.
The Pour Fool, an authority on Northwest beer, named Selkirk Abbey the best brewery in Idaho for 2013: “Selkirk isn’t a household name yet. It’s quite possible this is the first you’re heard of them. But with the sheer flavor and quality of what they’re pouring every day, obscurity has the life expectancy of a fruit fly, there in Post Falls.” Selkirk Abbey also announced they’re getting close to distributing in Montana.
The annual holiday gift guide came out this week, and the various categories include a whole bunch of local food-related ideas. Speaking of Selkirk Abbey, a quick gift guide addendum: If you’ve got a family member who drank an IPA one time and got scared off craft beer, bring a bottle of the Deacon Pale Ale to holiday festivities.
Read previous food news here.
Inlander photographer Young Kwak is traveling with a crew from Fairchild Air Force Base to the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Read his previous post here.
After about 18 hours of flight time and an overnight stay in RAF Lakenheath, England, flight Reach 5252, a KC-135 originating from Fairchild Air Force Base, arrived at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, around 8 am PST. The 28 Air Force personnel on the flight will deploy out of Manas for an average of three to four months.
Inlander photographer Young Kwak is traveling with a crew from Fairchild Air Force Base to the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan. We will be posting updates and photos during his trip, and you can also find his photos on Instagram.
Co-pilot First Lieutenant Jacob Mueller goes over a pre-flight checklist with pilot and Captain Joe D'Agostino, in a KC-135 on the tarmac at Fairchild Air Force Base. They check and re-check the weight distribution on the airplane. They have more passengers and cargo than usual. The flight, designated Reach 5252 — initially with 32 passengers, including four to be dropped off in England — is destined for the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
This is 25-year-old Mueller's first deployment. He will be leaving his wife Kayla and 2-year-old daughter Emma at home for two months while he works as a mission planner and tanker pilot over Afghanistan. He's already thinking about his family, as Christmas will fall during the middle of his two-month deployment.
As a graduate from the Air Force Academy in 2010, Mueller had decisions to make. He knew he wanted to be a pilot, but what kind? He spoke with tanker pilots and decided that might be a good fit for his personality. He says, "I like being around people. I like the crew mentality and like having conversations." Mueller feels he could get more of that interaction in a tanker, rather than a single seat fighter. He also said tanker pilots are "on-the-road" less often than cargo pilots, another option that Mueller rule out.
The amount of time"on-the-road" is important for Mueller. He and his high school sweetheart, Kayla, were married 10 days after his Air Force Academy graduation, on June 5, 2010.
Speaking about his family, he says, "I miss them and I love them." But he also has other things to worry about right now. He's anxious about his first deployment. He's heard about what to expect, but isn't really sure. But, he does look forward to adding to the one hundred twenty KC-135 flight hours he currently has.
We almost put an Upworthy-style headline on this one: You won’t believe how sweet and resourceful these two young duct tape entrepreneurs are.
Post Falls sisters Jaylie and Maleah have been making creations out of colored and patterned duct tape for the past three years, according to their video. They can make tote bags, pencil pouches, headbands, rings, flower pencils, wallets, bows and more. One problem: They like to give their creations away, and are running short on duct tape. They would also like to build a website to better market their work.
Jaylie already has an established record as an innovator. Last April she was a 1st place winner in the games category at the Invent Idaho State Championship at the University of Idaho. Her invention, Artist Agency, is a game about famous artists and sculptors.
Goal: $313 • Deadline: Friday • Minimum donation to get something: $10 for a large multipurpose bow
Batch Bakeshop is planning to move into an actual storefront in West Central next year, and the campaign ends today at 7 pm. The outlook didn’t look so great earlier this week, with the campaign stalled out at about 50 percent of the goal. But some big pledges yesterday pushed it toward success with less than 12 hours to go. However, there’s still a bit of time to contribute for those who want to get in on the rewards. Most involve future sweets, including wedding packages and an ongoing Dessert of the Month Club.
Goal: $15,000 • Deadline: Today! • Minimum donation to get something: $25 for shortbread cookies and assorted swag
Goal: $55,000 • Deadline: Jan. 6 • Minimum donation to get something: $1 to get insider updates; $15 to get a digital copy of the film
Chef Adam Hegsted is opening two restaurants in Kendall Yards next spring, and we wrote more about it last week. The restaurants are already under construction, so this campaign isn’t to fund the whole project — it’s more about community buy-in, and most reward levels include getting your name on the wall as a supportive founding member.
Goal: $34,000 • Deadline: Dec. 31 • Minimum donation to get something: $10 to get your name on the wall
Down in Lewiston, farmer Keegan Athey launched a campaign for her dream of starting a small, all-organic farm that will distribute produce through a CSA. You can read more about her project and philosophy here.
Goal: $5,000 • Deadline: Jan. 4 • Minimum donation to get something: $10 for a sticker; $500 for a full CSA share
Finally, in Moscow two artists are launching a company called Opus, a workshop for reviving historical styles and craftsmanship for manuscripts and bookmaking. The campaign ended last week, but it’s worth checking out the cool stuff they’ve been making. Follow along here as they get things up and running.
The man believed by police was driving the car that drove through Life Center Church Tuesday has been identified as 19-year-old David Evans. He is facing felony charges of 1st degree malicious mischief. (KHQ)
The Idaho “Grinch” was back at it Tuesday, this time in Post Falls when Christmas laser lights were stolen outside a residential home. (CDAP)
Looks like the Bartlett all-ages music venue will finally open its doors tonight. The band headlining the night is aptly titled People Get Ready. (FB)
This morning, the photo-sharing phone app Instagram introduced a messaging service that would let users send private photos and videos to their friends directly. Private being the operative word here. (NYT)
The South African sign language interpreter accused of using fake signs at Nelson Mandela's memorial service this week said he suffered a schizophrenic episode. But apparently, this isn’t the signer’s first time faking it. (USAT)
The Academy Awards are the only movie awards program worth watching, but the Golden Globes nominations are always fun to look over, just to see what to expect come Oscar time. See the full list here. (HP)
Washington state has released the top baby names for the 87,415 babies born in the state in 2012. It’s the third year Sophia took the top spot for girls. Liam edged out Mason by just one baby boy, 409 to 408.
Here are top Washington names of the past two decades. Are elementary schools just full of Emmas these days? (And it’s worth noting that Jacob, after a long run at the top, fell out of the Top 5 to No. 8 in 2012.)
Looking for a local music gift? We now have limited numbers of discounted $15 two-day wristbands available for holiday purchase until Dec. 23. Volume 2014 will be held on May 30-31 in downtown Spokane.
You've got two options:
• Print out your receipt at home and bring it in to the Inlander office to swap for a wristband before Christmas. (Perfect for wrapping.)
• Save your receipt until May 30, and swap it for a wristband at Will Call.
Find other details on the Volume site here.
A University District pedestrian bridge is now seemingly on the path toward construction after years of speculation. (Inlander)
Today, the Christmas Bureau opens at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, inviting low-income families to pick from a selection of quality toys and books to meet their holiday needs. (S-R)
Washington State may still win the 777X deal. Tuesday, a Boeing executive met with the Machinists union officials who last month led the rejection of the company’s contract offer. (ST)
A modern-day "Grinch" stole a Hayden man's house Christmas decorations last weekend. (CDAP)
Thank God it wasn’t Miley Cyrus; Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Edward Snowden, Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad and Ted Cruz were runners-up. (TIME)
Apparently, the House and Senate are capable of reaching a budget deal. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray helped announce the $85 billion agreement. (WP)
Around this time every year, “Best of” lists appear from every media outlet (be sure to check out our own in the weeks to come) but even more entertaining are “Worst of” lists. Here are the worst movies of the year as deemed by A.V. Club.
ZagNation is going national tonight. The now 20th-ranked Bulldogs take the court in Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia University. And they're doing it on national television during primetime — 6 pm PST on ESPN2.
To Gonzaga fans, West Virginia is best known as the squad that the Zags have beaten into the ground the past two seasons. First came a 24-point shellacking in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and then Bob "Mafia Tracksuit" Huggins brought his Mountaineers to Spokane just eight months later only to get even more shellacked, that time by 34 points.
This year's Mountaineers have been playing some tough ball. They've lost three games, but all three were to quality opponents, including a seven-point defeat to #10 Wisconsin. Where it's going to get interesting tonight is the long distance shooting. The Zags, as I mentioned on Saturday, are the nation's top overall shooting team, overall from the field and from three-point land. WVU isn't too shabby, either. They stroke it at a 44 percent clip, good for sixth in the nation.
Expect things to get fast. Both these teams can get up an down the floor and, as I've said, aren't afraid to let it rip.
Keep an eye on WVU's Eron Harris. The sophomore guard is averaging almost 19 points a game.
Gonzaga guard Gary Bell got dinged up in Saturday night's game against New Mexico State and sat the entire second half. Apparently, it was a hip injury, but expect him to be back in the starting lineup tonight. Hopefully we'll also get another look at freshman Ryan Edwards. The 7-plus-footer from Montana got a couple minutes in the blowout over Coppin State, but didn't make an appearance Saturday night. But all reports have him recovered from a tonsillectomy.
It's December 10, but somehow this is Gonzaga's first actual road game of the season. They traveled to Maui in November, but those were technically "neutral site" games. This has to be a refreshing change for a Gonzaga team known to criss-cross the nation in the early months of the season, hoping to boost its tournament resume before dominating WCC play.
Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there who still thinks of Kevin Pittsnogle when someone mentions West Virginia basketball? Anybody remember this ugly, yet deadly son of a gun? The guy could totally stroke it, as he did in the 2006 NCAA tournament, taking the Mountaineers all the way to the Sweet Sixteen. His prowess in that tournament prompted my friends and I to develop a drinking name called Pittsnogle. As I recall, it was a combination of beer pong and bowling and featured more than a page of rules.
What ever happened to ol' Pittsnogle, you ask? He never made an NBA squad but dabbled in the D-League for a few seasons. These days, he'll happily sell you a Jeep in Martinsville, W.V.
People have been talking about a pedestrian bridge in the University District for a decade, and it’s now closer than ever to actually happening. Not terribly close — construction wouldn’t begin until 2016 or 2017, most likely. But the design phase, approved by the Spokane City Council last summer, should be finishing up in 2014.
You can find out more and offer feedback today at an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the WSU Spokane South Campus Facility, room 100N (the building where the Bookie is located at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.). Right now, the growing Riverpoint campus is cut off from the East Sprague area by some wide roads and the major barrier of the railroad tracks. The pedestrian bridge would connect those areas and, in theory, create a reason to revitalize the East Sprague neighborhood with housing and businesses that would attract students. The bridge itself is meant to be something of a landmark, with a soaring arch that was favored during public surveys in 2011.
The money for the design phase comes from a $3.1 grant from the state. Funding for construction isn't secured yet, and the total project is projected to cost about $14-16 million.
Here are some images posted on the bridge site:
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