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Monday, November 21, 2016

Ice Storm '96 was 20 years ago this week

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:45 PM

A tree splintered by Ice Storm's wrath, in Spokane's Corbin Park. - DAN HAGERMAN
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  • A tree splintered by Ice Storm's wrath, in Spokane's Corbin Park.

While many of us last week looked back to events that happened a year ago — the massive windstorm that left so many without power (and heat) for days — another major weather milestone that happened around this time is also remembered: Ice Storm 1996.

Let's recap the details surrounding Ice Storm:
  • Ice Storm began on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996
  • Before that, between 2-4 inches of snow had accumulated in the area
  • Things went from fine to worse when 1.5 inches of freezing rain fell on top of the snow, coating everything in sheets of ice
  • Trees could not withstand the weight and crashed down on power lines and buildings (this site has dozens of photos showing the storm's aftermath)
  • Then-mayor of Spokane Jack Geraghty declared a state of emergency, which lasted until Dec. 1, 1996
  • More than half of the city's residents lost power; three days after the storm 100,000 people in the region were still without power
  • It took up to two weeks for some outlying areas to reconnect to the power grid
  • The damage from Ice Storm caused the worst power outage in 108 years (in other words, since electricity had existed out West). According to Avista, the only event on record to cause more power outages than Ice Storm was last November's unprecedented windstorm.
  • Four people lost their lives in events relating to the storm
  • Total damages were estimated at more than $22 million
  • Ice Storm remains one of the region's most severe weather events on record
Several of us on the Inlander staff, have lasting memories of Ice Storm, which we share below. Leave your own Ice Storm memories in the comments!

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Letter to the Editor: Spokane, you're great!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 2:55 PM


"Spokane Sunset," a photo submitted for the 2016-17 Annual Manual cover contest. - STUART DANFORD
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  • "Spokane Sunset," a photo submitted for the 2016-17 Annual Manual cover contest.
While the political divide across America seems to grow deeper every day post-election, what follows is a bright spot, and something that actually has little to do with politics.

Some of you reading this may remember an awesome social media campaign making the rounds last month, courtesy of our great Northern Neighbors. "Tell America it's Great" was the work of a Toronto-based ad agency, featuring a candid video of friendly Canadians sharing what they think is great about the Red, White and Blue. It remains a fun and heartwarming reminder that our country is, and has always been, great.

Turns out, some of our Canadian friends also think Spokane is pretty great, as pointed out in this thoughtfully-written letter recently sent to the Inlander. (We think you're great, too, Canada!)

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, the Inlander EXPOSES dopplegangers of the Inland Northwest!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 1:30 PM


It's almost Halloween night for local Spokane celebrities.

Picking out candy, of course, is easy. The tricky part, of course, is finding the right Halloween costume on such short notice, especially when you eliminate the potentially racially insensitive costumes from the mix. 

Fortunately, the Inlander is here to help by revealing a last-minute tip: Many of you already look like other local or national celebrities. By feeding  the region's facial architecture through rigorous doppleganger regression analysis, the Inlander has identified some of the region's top look-a-likes. For them, Halloween shopping is simple. 

For example, all Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell has to do is to throw on a bow-tie and a beaming smile and he's...
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...former Museum of Arts and Culture director Forrest Rodgers
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Washingtonians search for these Halloween costumes more than other states

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 1:58 PM


In general, Halloween costumes are fun. They can be a reflection of the individual or of recent topics of discussion. Or in the case of one Inlander writer, literally a topic of discussion:
Inlander staff writer Daniel Walters as a fake Salon thinkpiece titled "Smashing the 'Slutty Pumpkin': Why the Sexy Halloween Costume Trend is #Problematic" - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Inlander staff writer Daniel Walters as a fake Salon thinkpiece titled "Smashing the 'Slutty Pumpkin': Why the Sexy Halloween Costume Trend is #Problematic"

But they can also be racist, sexist, racist and sexistunnecessarily sexy (there's a lot of these), buffoonish, stereotypical, demeaning and just freakin' wrong

In Washington state, apparently Halloween costumes are a little food-ish, slightly bumbling and quite frankly, really nerdy, according to 11 years worth of Google trends data.

Real estate site Estately compiled the data and listed all the costumes searched by each of the 50 states more than any other states.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

3rd annual Big Lebowski Suds & Cinema coming up: Beer! Costumes! Free parking! A rug that ties the room together!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 2:50 PM

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Two years ago, we invited folks to watch the Big Lebowski with us for our Suds & Cinema series, our local beer-meets-movies event. We packed a theater with that screening, so we did it again the following year. That worked, too.

So, for the third year, we're doing a Lebowski celebration on Thursday, Oct. 20. And it's at a new venue for us — Riverside Place, which most of you know as the old Masonic Center. We've got a huge, creepy-cool room reserved for the screening, which features beer from No-Li Brewhouse, Lebowski-themed ice cream from Brain Freeze and also some other food options.

The parking, located on Main Avenue on the north side of the Masonic Center, is completely free if you're going to the movie. Admission is just $5 at the door, too.

And if you decide to dress up as a character from the movie, you could be walking home with some cold, hard cash from Horizon Credit Union. We'll have three categories: the Dude, Walter and Wild Card (any other character in the film). Winners of each category receive $50.

We'll be getting beers going at 6 pm, with the contest and movie starting around 7 pm.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spokane Humane Society's "Pawlitics" puts twist on election to help pets

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Cat person or dog person? Every vote for your species counts!
  • Cat person or dog person? Every vote for your species counts!

Put aside your differences regarding the two-legged candidates running for presidential office this election cycle. The real question is at hand: Are you for the Democats, or the Repuplicans? 

For its newest fundraising and community awareness campaign, the nonprofit Spokane Humane Society is asking the community to cast their votes for the four-legged species of their preference. (Full disclosure: I volunteer there on a semi-regular basis to snuggle and socialize cats; and my adorable floofy cat Dellie is an SHS alumna... which means you also might guess which party I'm for here).

The main goal of the campaign — launched earlier this week at Pawlitics.net — is to get the public to interact with the shelter in a fun way, while learning more about its mission and the need for financial support to carry out that mission. Another angle of the program is to emphasize responsible pet-ownership behaviors, which in turn helps lower the number of animals in shelters.

"This political, two-legged campaign is not something anyone is excited about, so in an attempt to grab onto some of the fever that's been boiling over, we thought this would be a nice way to have a laugh and take a break," says Jenna Carroll, Spokane Humane Society outreach and volunteer coordinator.

On Pawlitics.net, users can vote for their favorite Democat or Repuplican party candidate vying for positions like "Senat-grr" (this week's featured race) and "Secretary of Plate" (one of the races to come).

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Workaholics Adam DeVine heading to Spokane on standup tour

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Workaholics fans of the Inland Northwest rejoice! Adam DeVine is coming to Spokane in the spring on his "Weird Life" standup tour. 

Granted, some of you might know him not from Workaholics, but from his roles in the Pitch Perfect movies, as a nanny on Modern Family or from the recent Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Whatever the case, Devine will be doing a one-man show on Wednesday, March 1, at the Bing Crosby Theater. 

Tickets for DeVine go on sale Friday at 10 am via TicketsWest outlets and the Knitting Factory. They are $39.50 for floor seats, $29.50 for balcony, and there will be a limited number of early-bird tickets available for $19.50. Head over to DeVine's Facebook page for more info on that, although I had a hard time finding it. Try calling the 800-325-7328 and ask the TicketsWest folks for the deal on early-bird tickets. 

Here's a bit of DeVine paying tribute to another act that recently played Spokane: 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Attention Gilmore Girls fans: Luke's Diner comes to Spokane Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Expect Indaba Coffee to look a little different come tomorrow morning. - FACEBOOK
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  • Expect Indaba Coffee to look a little different come tomorrow morning.

That's right Gilmore Girls fans, a small piece of Stars Hollow comes to Spokane Wednesday as Indaba Coffee transforms into Luke's Diner. As part of a national coffee/TV mashup celebration, honoring the day Gilmore Girls originally aired back in 2000 on the now-defunct WB network, Indaba is one of only 250 coffee shops in the country selected to participate in this event, and the only one in Eastern Washington.

In coordination with Netflix — the streaming service is rebooting the classic show with four extra-long episodes premiering the day after Thanksgiving — Indaba Coffee plans to offer 250 free cups of coffee between 7 am and noon at both locations (downtown and in Kendall Yards). 

Obviously, you can't expect the gruff and plaid-clad Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) to be there in the flesh, but the baristas will most likely be decked out in hats and aprons and the coffee cups and sleeves will have an extra special treatment. 

This is a great time to sit down with friends and family alike to discuss your predictions for the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Will Rory choose one of her ex-boyfriends (Jess, obviously), or will she forge ahead as a driven journalist without any man by her side? Are Luke and Lorelai finally married? Will Emily ever stop being annoying? Does Lane ever get to leave Stars Hallow? More coffee, please! 

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Comedian, Emmy winner Louie Anderson heading to Spokane in March

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Louie Anderson headlines The Bing on March 30.
  • Louie Anderson headlines The Bing on March 30.

Long-time standup comedy favorite and recent Emmy winner Louie Anderson is heading to Spokane for a show at the Bing Crosby Theater in March. 

The show is on Thursday, March 30, and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am via TicketsWest outlets, the Knitting Factory website or by calling 800-325-7328. Tickets are $28.50 for balcony seats, and $36.50 on the floor. 

Anderson made his debut on The Tonight Show in 1984 and immediately became a favorite of host Johnny Carson. Aside from his non-stop tours doing standup, largely about his Minnesota upbringing and oversized family, Anderson created a hit children's show in the mid-90s, Life With Louie, and also was host of Family Feud for a few years. 

Most recently, Anderson won a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Baskets, playing the mother of twin sons played by Zach Galifinakis. The man has range!

Here's a bit of Anderson doing his standup thing: 


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pay a little less to do the wild thing with Tone Loc

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM


Perhaps when the "I Love the '90s" tour announced a stop at the Spokane Arena, you thought to yourself, "Do I really love the 90s? Do I love them enough to want to check out the odd package that includes one of the biggest one-hit wonders atop the bill in Vanilla Ice, and a slew of pretty solid retro soul, R&B and hip-hop acts?" 

Oh, and Color Me Badd. 

Well, if the price of seeing Vanilla Ice, Salt 'n' Pepa, Tone Loc, Coolio and Young MC (yes, and Color Me Badd) was holding you back, today there's a deal with your name on it. Instead of paying $47.50, or $67.50, or $87.50 (maybe Vanilla Ice washes your car for that price?), you can go to the TicketsWest website between 10 am and 10 pm Thursday and get tickets for $30 — just use the code word "Love"in the promo box, and you'll be on your way to seeing "Bust A Move," "Wild Thing," "Gangsta's Paradise," "Let's Talk About Sex" and a bunch of other tunes that you might vaguely remember from Yo! MTV Raps! and TRL. The show is this Sunday at the arena. 

Really, the price is worth it just to see this tune. Seriously: 

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