Friday, October 9, 2015

Spokane Arts Month's many events continue this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM

The second ever Spokane Arts Month kicked off with two of its biggest events — Terrain and the Visual Arts Tour — last weekend, but that doesn't mean things are dying down. Here's a roundup of artsy things to see, hear and do this weekend:

Legends and Landmarks
Check out the newest murals brightening up two of downtown Spokane's many train overpasses, and joining the four murals installed last summer. The two newest additions are at the Post Street underpass, between First and Second Avenues, by Justin Gibbens, an Ellensburg-based artist. The second is along Railroad Alley near Barrister Winery, and was created by Karl Addison, of Bremerton, Washington. You can check out the completed murals anytime.

Spokane Throw
Another sight to see that doesn't require much planning ahead, as it's being displayed all month each night, is the second annual Spokane Throw light installation on the side of River Park Square. The community arts project accepted submissions of handwritten, 25-words-or-less letters and is projecting one of them onto the side of the mall after dark through Oct. 31. Tonight, the Garland District is also unveiling a second Spokane Throw letter, to be projected on the side of the Spokanite Cleaners building at 718 W. Garland. After tonight, you can see that light projection daily after dark, too.

SpoYo! Spokane Youth Book Festival
The kid sibling of Get Lit!, spring's annual literature festival organized by Eastern Washington University, the new SpoYo! fest is aimed at kids who love to read or are just developing an appreciation for books. The first-time event's slate of guest authors is pretty impressive. Along with many of the Northwest's own children's and YA writers, SpoYo! has snagged the author of the popular Bad Kitty series, Nick Bruel, and Amulet graphic novel creator Kazu Kibuishi. The keynote author presentation at the Bing this Saturday evening caps off a day of workshops and features S.E. Grove, who wrote the middle-grade bestseller, The Glass Sentence.

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THIS WEEKEND (AND BEYOND) IN MUSIC: Bartfest schedule, Never Young and Flying Spiders CD release

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Bartfest is definitely the biggest thing happening in music this weekend. After a disastrous first run at it last year, the Bartlett owners/event coordinators have put on music festival this year they feel confident Spokane will enjoy — especially the greatly reduced price tag. Tickets are $20 per night and the festival is all-ages, yet nYne turns into a 21+ venue when the clock strikes (aptly) 9 pm. Read our full preview story on the event here.

Here’s the full schedule:
Seattle's Deep Sea Diver closes out Bartfest Saturday night.
  • Seattle's Deep Sea Diver closes out Bartfest Saturday night.
6:30 pm Perenne
7:30 pm Lock Lomond
8:40 pm Lionlimb
9:50 pm Angel Olsen
6:15 pm Windoe
7:20 pm Bellamaine
9 pm River Whyless
10:20 pm Horse Feathers
11:45 pm DJ


6:20 pm Silver Torches
7:30 pm Bryan John Appleby
8:40 pm Joseph
9:50 pm Marshall McLean
6 pm Smokey Brights
7:20 pm Cataldo
9 pm Mama Doll
10:20 pm Deep Sea Diver
11:30 pm DJ

Norma Jean is coming through Spokane one more time, and all those into screamo are probably out of their minds just thinking about it. Luckily, this time around, the band is playing an all-ages venue, so the kids can see 'em, too. The opening acts are pretty spot on for this show: '68, Sleepwave, the Ongoing Concept and Belle Haven. The show starts at 6:30 pm and it's $20 at the door. 

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EWU's Cooper Kupp continues quest for immortality vs. Cal Poly Mustangs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM

click image Two-time All-American Cooper Kupp stands on his home turf at "The Inferno."
  • Two-time All-American Cooper Kupp stands on his home turf at "The Inferno."

Led by two-time All-American and record-setting receiver Cooper Kupp, the seventh-ranked Eastern Washington University Eagles (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) host the Cal Poly Mustangs (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky Conference) Saturday at 1:05 pm at Roos Field in Cheney. 

The clear story line here is Cooper Kupp, whose name is being thrown around with another guy named Jerry Rice. Yes, NFL legend Jerry Rice. Sitting at 47 career touchdown receptions, Kupp is only three tds away from equaling the career total that Rice compiled at Mississippi Valley State University. Settling in to another phenomenal season, Kupp is leading the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in touchdowns (10), receiving yards (759) and receptions (46). Wearing number 10—the same number worn by Jerry Rice's quarterback at Mississippi Valley, Willie Totten—Kupp's 47 career touchdown catches are sixth all time in the FCS. And if you are thinking to yourself "Ya, but he plays in the FCS" then take a look at what he did against the Oregon Ducks to open the 2015 season: 

With intriguing similarity to the unlikely Rice/Totten super-duo, Kupp's quest for immortality has been aided by the strong play of former walk-on quarterback Jordan West, who passed for 526 yards against Northern Iowa on Sept. 12 and 491 yards in a victory against Sacramento State on Sept 26. As a matter of fact, the performances of Kupp and West in 2015 are why the Eagles have the No. 1 passing offense in the FCS (466.3 yard per game). That being said, the Cal Poly Mustangs have some offensive firepower of their own.

Despite starting their season against five opponents that have been nationally ranked at some point this season, the Mustangs have ridden their triple-option offense to become the top-ranked rushing offense in the FCS (363.8 yards per game). Cal Poly's offense is led by well-rounded quarterback Chris Brown, who is seventh in the FCS with 529 rushing yards in five games, along with 342 passing yards and 12 total touchdowns. Mustangs head coach Tim Walsh and his dangerous offense will look to exploit Eastern's run defense, which is 122 out of 123 FCS teams, allowing 313.0 rushing yards per game. Although they are 2-3 on the season, Cal Poly has played relatively well in 2015, opening their season with a victory on the road against then 12th-ranked Montana.

With the top rushing offense in the FCS pitted against the top passing offense, this important Big Sky Conference game is set up to be an offensive shootout. The Eagles will be looking to improve to a winning record and keep marching towards a fourth straight Big Sky Conference championship, while the Mustangs will try to avoid dropping to 2-4 on the season. 

If you can't make it out to Cheney on Saturday, the game will likely be televised at The Swinging Doors in Spokane and you can check EWU Football social media accounts on Friday for more information on where to view the game.

Following the contest, remember to keep an eye out for the post-game wrap up, right here on The Bloglander. 
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Straub, VanderSloot, and other lawsuit-slinging folks in the headlines

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Fired Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub isn't going to go down quietly. Instead, he's suing the City of Spokane, Mayor David Condon, City Administrator Theresa Sanders and City Attorney Nancy Isserlis for $4 million dollars for violating due process in the way he was terminated. 
Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub wants $4 million.
  • Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub wants $4 million.

To be clear, that's the same Nancy Isserlis who's currently Straub's boss. In a fiery letter Oct 2, (the day after this Inlander cover story was published)  Straub attorney Mary Schultz calls the firing of Straub a "hatchet job,” “politically motivated railroading” and “a premeditated and engineered plan to elevate the mayor's decisiveness quality at the expense of Frank Straub's reputation.”

“City administration undercut his authority, coddled mutiny, and subversively managed cancerous factions to its own perceived advantage,” Schultz wrote. 

In particular, she takes aim at the information the city released in conjunction with Straub's firing. Schultz says they "bludgeon[ed] him with this press release process,” and “intentionally distributed these damning allegations.” She says the city promised Straub payments and benefits “in exchange for his work on his own burial announcement — your press release.”

The letter further calls into question the timeline presented by Sanders. Sanders told Spokesman-Review reporter Nick Deshais that the decision to fire Straub came "six seconds before" a press release was sent out on 4:37 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Schultz claims that Straub had already been terminated the day before. 

"That's clearly not true," Schultz says to the Inlander when asked about Sanders' comments on the timeline. "The history doesn't support that." 

Similarly contradicting Sanders' claim, in a statement Thursday evening, Mayor Condon said, "We received a signed resignation letter Tuesday morning, but because of a pending claim cannot comment further.”

Condon's opponent Shar Lichty didn't hesitate to pounce: "It is apparent from the numerous versions the media and public have been given in regards to the 'resignation' of Frank Straub that we may never know the truth," Lichty said in a statement Friday morning. "The truth doesn't change and yet we continue to get conflicting and ever changing statements from the Mayor's office."


The two-decades-long battle for compensation from who lived downwind from the Hanford nuclear plant, and suffered because of it, has finally come to an end, Northwest News Network reporter Anna King explains. All 3,000 of them have either settled or dropped their claims.

After handily losing a defamation case against Mother Jones, famously litigious Idaho political donor Frank VanderSloot is far from cowed. In fact, he promises to establish a $1 million fund for conservatives to sue liberal papers in the future.
"I will be urging others who share my (and the Court’s) view about the press’s pattern and practice of character assassination to contribute to the fund as well," VanderSloot writes in a statement

Black-sounding names make white people make racist-sounding assumptions. "I've never been so disgusted by my own data," the study's author said.

“I will not be a candidate,” former VP candidate Paul Ryan said when Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced he would not be running for Speaker of the House. The Washington Post explains why he might be a candidate anyway.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

[UPDATED] Straub files $4 million suit against the city for due process violation

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 5:26 PM


Spokane's former police chief, Frank Straub, has filed a $4 million claim against the city for violation of due process. 

Straub was forced out of the department a few weeks ago after complaints surfaced from high-ranking officers about his leadership style.

In letters to City Attorney Nancy Isserlis dated Sept. 18, the officers complained about emotional outbursts, personal attacks, use of profanity, untruthfulness and threats regarding employment, among other things. Before a news conference on the afternoon of September 22, those letters were given to reporters to provide justification for Straub's removal. The fact that the letters containing the allegations against Straub were made public without giving him a chance to respond is a violation of due process law, says Mary Schultz, Straub's lawyer. 

"You can release or reassign a police chief. He's an at-will employee," she says. "But what you can't do is send out a bunch of attorney client confidential letters without letting the person accused of these things address them."

In the claim, Straub denies that he resigned. In a letter to the city Schultz writes: 

"You fired Chief Straub on Monday morning, Sept. 21, 2015. City administrator Teresa Sanders texted him at 6:39 a.m. on Monday, September 21st, and required him to report to the Mayor for a 7:00 a.m. 'meeting' of unannounced content. ... [Straub] was told he was being discharged that day unless he immediately submitted his resignation. He was told of the existence of the letters, but not shown the letters. He asked for an investigation, and was denied. His termination was already a fact." 

Schultz alleges that the city dumped Straub for political reasons. "This was an engineered process to damage Frank Straub and enhance the mayor's standing."

“This is unfortunate as we would like to move the Spokane Police Division forward without distraction," Mayor David Condon said in an emailed statement. "We received a signed resignation letter Tuesday morning, but because of a pending claim cannot comment further.”

A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the claim was for wrongful termination. In fact, the suit is for violation of due process in the manner of termination. 
Read the entire claim below: 


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Is an 'East Coast law firm' behind the latest Envision initiative?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

From the Alliance to Protect Local Jobs website
  • From the Alliance to Protect Local Jobs website

The Worker Bill of Rights, an initiative that will go before voters in coming weeks, will either be a much-needed victory for long underpaid and kicked-around workers, or it will cripple the local economy, depending on who you ask. 

The Alliance to Protect Local Jobs, the campaign opposing it, argues that the initiative is not only a bad idea, it’s being “driven by an East Coast law firm” that wants to make Spokane part of its broader agenda.

That law firm, according to Michael Cathcart, the lobbyist for the Spokane Home Builders Association who is also overseeing the campaign against the Worker Bill of Rights, is the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. The nonprofit law firm has championed the idea that natural ecosystems are entitled to legal rights and has challenged the legally entrenched idea that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights guaranteed to actual people. According to its website, CELDF has helped over 200 municipalities in 10 states draft versions of its Community Bill of Rights that have incorporated these ideas.

In Pennsylvania, these laws have been used to combat fracking, a controversial process used to extract natural gas. CELDF has sought to expand these laws into Ohio, Oregon and elsewhere.

“They have a certain agenda, not just for the country, but the world in fact,” says Cathcart of the CELDF, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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Celebrate the glory of fresh hop beers at the Lantern Tap House this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 4:14 PM


There's this trend in the craft beer world that's been going on for a while now, but just seems to have caught the attention of the mainstream beer consumer and that's fresh hop beers. These are beers brewed with, as the name implies, hops that are freshly picked and dropped into the brewing process before given a chance to dry out, making for a floral, aromatic and overall delectable beer. The downside? The beers are typically made in small quantities and don't last as long due to the brewing process.

So when something like the Lantern Tap House's Third Annual Fresh Hop Festival rolls around, you should hop (pun!) on the opportunity to taste as many as you can. The festival, which is now underway until 10 pm and runs again tomorrow (4 to 10 pm) and Saturday (noon to 10 pm), is housed in a tent outside the South Perry Street pub and features an impressive 29 beers from 23 different breweries on tap. Here's the list the Lantern provided us with.

Iron Goat, River City, 12 String, Laughing Dog, NoLi, Double Mountain, Paradise Creek, Ninkasi, Perry Street Brewing, Hale’s Brewery, Ecliptic, Breakside, Beer Valley, Wallace Brewing, Trickster Brewing, Laurelwood, Oakshire, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Full Sail, Sockeye, Payette, Big Sky, and Base Camp.

And, remember, this is probably your only chance to taste the bulk of these beers. I've tasted a half dozen or so fresh hop beers from Northwest breweries so far this season and — let me tell ya, kids — it was a good year for hops.

There's live music tonight and Friday night, in case the beer along wasn't reason enough to get your tastebuds down to the festival. 

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Spokane Chiefs have four former players on NHL rosters

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 3:23 PM


As the 2015-2016 National Hockey League season gets rolling this week, there will surely be some new faces on every roster, and four of those faces are former Spokane Chiefs. Overall, the Western Hockey League has produced 146 players that are now currently on NHL rosters.

Forward Tyler Johnson, who played for the Chiefs from 2007-2011 (and probably doesn't like Jimmy Kimmel very much), will again be strapping on his skates for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015. Fellow forward Michael Grabner, who played for the Chiefs from 2004-2007, will be playing for Toronto Maple Leafs. The Chiefs have also sent two defensemen on to the NHL this year, with Jared Spurgeon playing for the Minnesota Wild and Jared Cowen skating for the Ottawa Senators. Spurgeon played for the Chiefs from 2005-2010, while Cowen was a Chief from 2006-2010.

The Vancouver Canucks lead the NHL in WHL graduates with nine on their current roster, while the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs each boast seven former WHL players on their 2015-2016 rosters. 

The Spokane Chiefs are 3-2 on their season and play Friday night in Portland against the Winterhawks. The next Chiefs home game is Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:05 pm against the Prince Albert Raiders.
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Vote for the Spokane Mayor's Urban Design Awards

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 12:22 PM


What's your favorite Spokane building? The biannual Spokane Mayor's Urban Design Awards committee wants to know for its 2015 People's Choice Awards

Nominated locations aren't just buildings, but also include parks, community gathering places, entire city blocks and even projects that aren't completed or haven't begun construction.

Started less than a decade ago, the Mayor's Urban Design Awards "celebrate the importance of creative thought, technical proficiency, and the relationship of good urban design to our city's economic health and overall well-being." 

The last year awards were given, in 2013, included recognitions of the SIERR Building, Westview Elementary School, the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building renovation and expansion, Riverfront Park's Fountain Cafe and the City Ramp Garage renovation.

Winners of the 2015 awards are to be announced at the end of the month, during the Spokane Arts Awards and costume ball, on Friday, Oct. 30. 

Here are the SMUDA People's Choice Awards nominees:

  • Ruby Suites, 1120 N. Division
  • Fresh Soul restaurant (under construction), 3029 E. Fifth Ave.
  • Holiday Inn Express on the Rock, 801 N. Division
  • NUDO Ramen House, 818 W. Sprague
  • Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway
  • Olmsted Brothers Green, Kendall Yards
  • Division Street Gateway, I-90 off-ramp at Division
  • Saranac Commons, 19 W. Main
  • Perry Street Brewing building, 1025 S. Perry 
  • Dutch's and Huppin's block, 400 W. Main
  • Spokane Convention Center expansion's completion
  • University District Gateway Bridge (to be constructed)
  • University of Washington Spokane Center, 201 W. Main
  • DCI Engineers Office, 707 W. Second
  • Ferris High School modernization
  • The Gathering House, 733 W. Garland
  • Sprague Union Terrace, 1420 E. Sprague
  • The Nest Plaza in Kendall Yards, West Summit Parkway and North Cedar
  • Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, North Post Street between City Hall and the Washington Water Power plant

Voting for the People's Choice Award closes on Oct. 23. If you don't want to cast your vote online, in-person ballots are available on level two of River Park Square.

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Is it racist? Is it safe? Is it funny? and other questions of the day

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Kalispel Tribal Vice Chair Ray Pierre fishes along the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Wash. The Kalispel tribe is very concerned about water pollution impacting fish.
  • Kalispel Tribal Vice Chair Ray Pierre fishes along the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Wash. The Kalispel tribe is very concerned about water pollution impacting fish.

Happy fish consumption day!
 Gov. Jay Inslee is going to take another shot at announcing water quality standards. What standard will he choose? Curious federal regulators want to know. Here's our background on the issue

Listen to this robocall against Sandpoint mayoral candidate Shelby Rognstad and tell us: Is It Racist? (Hint: Yes.) It's one of the few negative campaign tactics in Idaho, I assume, to focus largely on California and Ferguson, Missouri. 

A Spokane police officer who was charged with domestic violence — specifically, of trespassing by pushing his way into his girlfriend's home and yelling at her that she was a "slut" while armed with a .38 revolver — is back on active duty, ready to Protect and Serve the Public. 

Jaime Pendleton, of Date Grape infamy, is facing charges for felony grand theft for stealing an ATM card. And, for the record, jokes about him getting graped in prison are NOT funny. 

Can NATO, that scrappy band of Boy Scout do-gooders, band together to stop neighborhood bully Putin? The New York Times explores the question.

Kevin McCarthy, whose big mouth on the Benghazi committee handed Hillary Clinton a big campaign ad,  has dropped out of the Speaker of the House leadership race. He was widely expected to win. So what happens next?
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