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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Love video games? Love prizes for playing video games? We have a deal for you

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM

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Have you played our Inlander Dude video game yet, testing your skills in delivering papers and shooting down obstacles as you cruise the Kendall Yards neighborhood? 

I have, and it wasn't pretty. But no doubt some of you are hitting some scores that I can only dream of. And that's a good thing, because Greenstone President Joe Frank has an offer to all you gamers that could put a cool $500 worth of prizes in your pocket. 

How to score that bounty?

Easy — just beat Joe's high score at Inlander Dude — that would be 47,200 — and send a screenshot of your score to the Greenstone Homes Facebook page. Two winners will get $500 worth of goodies from Kendall Yards businesses. Just be sure to enter by 5pm on May 25 to be eligible. Winners will be notified via Facebook on May 27. 

So what are you waiting for? Take Inlander Dude out for a ride!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today in dumb internet: Budweiser's all-American folly

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 2:26 PM

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You've heard of "wrapping yourself in the flag," right? The idea that one is so patriotic, so full of love for country, that any suggestion that one's motivations are less than purely for the good of the nation is simply ridiculous? 

Anheuser-Busch is reportedly taking the idea to ridiculous extremes this summer by temporarily changing the name of its signature beer from "Budweiser" to "America." 

Seriously. 

And the internet is, predictably, going a little apeshit over the idea. There's Fox News reporting it pretty straight, Time magazine comparing the idea to several other "laughably bad brand renames," Alternet calling the move "truly ridiculous," and a whole lot of other opinions on the matter virally spiraling through your social media feed as we speak. 

The move goes into effect on May 23 — just in time for Memorial Day because, you know, veterans — and runs into November, conveniently staying on shelves through Independence Day and Election Day. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A grant means Airway Heights will have more space for outdoor sports

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

A rendering of the proposed 70-acre recreational complex south of Deno Road in Airway Heights.
  • A rendering of the proposed 70-acre recreational complex south of Deno Road in Airway Heights.

Lacking parks and fields for youth sports programs, Airway Heights has received funding for a new 70-acre recreational complex to be located south of Deno Road and west of Northern Quest Resort. 

The city secured $500,000 in funding for the first phase of the Airway Heights Recreation Complex — $1.7 million project. The complex will include fields for soccer, softball and other sports. 

J.C. Kennedy, the city's parks, recreation and community services director, says the existing parks in Airway Heights don't have the open space to lay out multi-purpose fields. The city has an agreement with the Cheney School District to use their fields for youth soccer and football programs. But as the Airway Heights community grows, more space is needed, he says.

"We just don't have open, flat space to be able to put soccer fields on," Kennedy says. 

This complex should help with that. The plan is to start construction south of Deno Road in June 2017. Of the $500,000 that has been secured, $200,000 comes from a state grant that state Rep. Jeff Holy, Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Kevin Parker helped the city receive. The other $300,000 comes from the city. 

Airway Heights is waiting to find out if it will receive an additional $500,000 in funding through another state grant. 
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The Inlander launches free video game featuring local characters

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 6:52 AM

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It’s a historic day in the annals of the Inlander. Today we’ve launched into the world Inlander Dude, a free video game featuring a local character on a quest across the Inland Northwest. Play it on your smartphone, play it on your home computer, play it at work when your boss isn’t looking! Just try to beat my top score of 46,200 — and then share it on Facebook.

We think the game is record-breaking in several ways. It features a real street in a real Spokane neighborhood, with local landmarks, icons, even pesky marmots. The game was produced with local developers Matt Bogue, Quinn Hoener and Josiah Carlson and was ultimately supported by sponsor Greenstone Homes. Right now, the game uses Kendall Yards as the backdrop, but we’re hoping to develop other neighborhoods down the road.

In the end, Inlander Dude isn’t so much about the Inlander itself, but about the Inland Northwest as a region, the place, the pride, the dude.

Play it at Inlander.com/Dude.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Riverfront Park's going to add some new public art — here are 25 great ideas

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 3:02 PM

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  • This still photograph makes these runners look super fast, but they're actually very, very slow in person.

The City of Spokane has a request for proposal due next Friday for the lead artist to help develop public art for Riverfront Park's massive redevelopment project

While the $650,000 budget for new art in Riverfront may be less than some in the arts community had hoped for, that's still a really big deal. Riverfront Park is a veritable Carmen Sandiego's lair of iconic Spokane landmarks and art pieces. There will be a lot of pressure to match the greatness of pieces like "The Joy of Running Together," David Govedare's series of sculptures of very skinny Bloomsday racers. 

But don't worry. We're here to help, offering tens of thousands of dollars' worth of artistic consultation for absolutely free, or at least that's what we'll claim on our taxes.

Any of these ideas could not only make the Riverfront Park the crown jewel of the Inland Northwest, but the theoretical economic impact could transform Spokane from "Near Nature, Near Perfect" to "Nature, Perfect."

Note: While Inlander publisher Ted S. McGregor serves on the Park Board, he has not read any of these ideas, but we assume he'll love and endorse every single one. 

The 25 Best Suggestions for New Public Art Pieces in Riverfront Park


1. Damien Hirst’s "Vivisected Marmot"

2. "Amorphous Hunk of Bent Metal Meant to Clearly Symbolize Tolerance for Fellow Man."
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  • This goat is sick and tired of dealing with all your garbage.


3."Giant Statue of a Six-Year-Old-Boy and His Stuffed Tiger" to put in the giant red wagon.

4. Statue of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" placed along the South Howard Street Bridge, which would continually emit a high-pitched, mournful wailing at all hours.

5. "The Joy of Your Hoopfest Team of Out-of-Shape Coworkers Getting Absolutely Destroyed by Relentless Musclebound Athletic Gods Who Are Obviously Close Relatives of Stephen Curry."

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Local entrepreneur organizes "Treasure Hunt Spokane" scavenger hunt race

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:31 PM

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In a mash-up that combines elements of the now-trending escape rooms with a timed relay race and a scavenger hunt, a young Spokanite is organizing an event called Treasure Hunt Spokane early next month.

Garrett Schoen, 23, is a self-described "wantreprenuer" who came up with the idea after seeing a post on Reddit about birthday party treasure hunts for kids. That concept was getting a lot of feedback from users, so he thought, "Why not put together something similar but for adults?" 

Treasure Hunt Spokane's first "hunt" is set for Sunday, May 8, and tasks teams of two or more to solve riddle-style clues that take them from secret location to location in and around downtown Spokane. The fastest team to reach the final location on the map for the hunt (after stopping at all previous stops) wins $250 in cash. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate our planet at local events this weekend.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM

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Celebrate our glorious planet today — this year marks the 46th Earth Day observed in the U.S. — and throughout this weekend at local events, including tomorrow's big Earth Day Spokane celebration in Riverfront Park.

Also happening tomorrow is the city-organized Cleaning from the Corridor event in the East Sprague Business District. As mentioned in our preview story about the efforts, hundreds of volunteers are being recruited to help with cleaning, painting, trash pick-up, creating art murals and planting along East Sprague, between Perry and Lee streets. 

You can still sign up to help out with Cleaning from the Corridor on the Spokane Gives website, volunteerspokane.org. Beyond the projects to spruce up the area, the day will have a festive feel with live music, local artisan vendors setting up pop-up shops and historic walking tours of the area, one of Spokane's oldest business districts.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Daily Show host Trevor Noah coming to WSU for Dad's Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Trevor Noah performs in Pullman Nov. 4
  • Trevor Noah performs in Pullman Nov. 4

WSU has scored a bit of a coup for its 2016 Dad's Weekend entertainment. Forget stale classic rock, they're bringing in the fresh comedy of new Daily Show host Trevor Noah for a show on Friday, Nov. 4, at Beasley Coliseum

Noah rose to fame in his native South Africa, hosting TV shows and through his standup comedy. He was the first South African standup comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman when he started coming to the states. 

He recently had a one-hour standup special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, appear on Comedy Central, and of course you can see him pretty much every day on The Daily Show

Tickets for Noah go on sale Monday at 10 am at the Beasley Coliseum box office in Pullman, through TicketsWest, or by calling 800-325-7328. They are $54.50, with a $5 discount available for WSU staff, faculty and students.

Here's a bit of Noah's standup: 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

InHealth: Toast to your health, garden season and fitness fun

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Good News, Bad News
Researchers at Oregon State University have found a flavonoid called xanthohumol can produce dramatic improvement in symptoms related to metabolic syndrome, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Xanthohumol helped reduce bad cholesterol, insulin levels and markers of inflammation in mice that were deliberately fed a rich, unhealthy diet.

"This is the first time we've seen one compound with the potential to address so many health problems. These were very dramatic improvements." lead researcher Cristobal Miranda comments. So where does one find this compound? Amazingly enough, right there in your beer.

Unfortunately, you would have to drink 3,500 pints a day to achieve the therapeutic level of xanthohumol used in the research. But researchers believe the compound could be easily and inexpensively obtained for use as a supplement, if it is found to be safe and effective in humans.

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It’s Grow Time
With trees fairly exploding into bloom this week, and the 10-day forecast looking pretty decent...is it time to get your garden growing? The region’s last official frost date is May 15, so jump the gun at your own risk. Learn about how to make “gardener’s gold” — compost — at the Hillyard Library on Saturday April 23, from 2-3:30 pm with Master Composter Ryan Herring.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

North Spokane Trader Joe's set to open in mid-April

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 2:59 PM

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TJ's devotees, the wait is almost over. The second Spokane location of the popular grocery chain is set to open on Friday, April 22.

Located in the Franklin Park Commons shopping center, sandwiched between Bed, Bath and Beyond and Ross Dress for Less outlets, the North Side spot has been under construction since last fall. The 12,000-square-foot store's official address is 5520 N. Division.

The upcoming grand opening is welcome news for residents who do most of their shopping north of the Spokane River. To get their hands on any of Trader Joe's popular private label brands, shoppers across the region have had to trek up to the Lincoln Heights shopping center, where the Inland Northwest's only TJ's location has been open since 2011.

The North Side store hours are daily, from 8 am to 9 pm. Residents living nearby should see promotional flyers arrive in their mailboxes soon.

We predict it's going to be pretty busy (some might even say crazy) during the store's first few weeks, so be prepared if you do plan to check it out. 

If you know nothing (no passing judgement implied) about Trader Joe's brands and inventory of specialty grocery products, most of which are free of artificial ingredients, check out its website for a preview. The new Spokane store will sell basic items (milk, eggs, bread, etc.), as well as beer and wine.
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