Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The truth is out there: Trailers for new The X-Files season hit the web

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Before "binge-watching" was a thing, there was The X-Files, arguably a show that would have benefitted greatly from things like Netflix or DVRs, had they been available during its fitful run between 1993 and 2002 on Fox. 

The mashup of alien investigations and government conspiracy theories — along with a little "will they or won't they" romantic tension between FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson); they eventually "did," at least for a little while — made the show must-see TV for dedicated fans. Sadly, the show's constant bouncing around the Fox schedule made it hard to keep up with what the agents and regulars like The Smoking Man, the Lone Gunmen and the agents' ally/boss Skinner were up to. Wikipedia has a decent summary of the show's characters and conspiracies, for the uninitiated. 

A couple of feature films have pushed the story along, but X-Files nerds truly rejoiced when it was announced that Fox was bringing the show back for a six-episode season this January, with series creator Chris Carter on board as producer and writer. Yesterday,  a couple of trailers hit the Internet, teasing the new season.

The first is a two-parter:  
And the second is a shorter version:   

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The big stories of this morning

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 9:26 AM

In Case you missed it from the Inlander:
- Spokane police shooting justified in case of a speeding stalker in a Monte Carlo
- Graying farms raise worry for agriculture

Sorry tea lovers, it’s National Coffee Day today.
Here are some of the places around the area serving up free or near-free java in celebration. (KHQ)

A Stevens County man killed his half-brother with an arrow.
When deputies arrived on the scene Monday afternoon, Brian Brodie, of Chewelah, was bleeding heavily from an apparent arrow wound. At that time, Brodie was not responsive. His half-brother Raymond Rudd was then taken into custody. (KREM)

The Mariners hire a new general manager.
Not to say this will ease any of the team’s troubles, but the new GM Jerry Dipoto (fresh from the Angels) does fit the “young, analytical, computer-nerd type’’ bill that the franchise’s ownership was looking for. (Seattle Times)

Volkswagen is trying to clear the air and its name.
After its diesel-emissions cheating scandal, the car company is prepared to refit all of the affected cars with updated engine software, which is as many as 11 million cars. Not helping their plight: airbag recalls.

Trevor Noah’s version of The Daily Show debuted last night.
And it didn’t go terrible. 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Spokane police shooting justified in case of speeding stalker in a Monte Carlo

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:32 PM

The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office will not file charges against Officer Michael Roberge for shooting at a fleeing suspect last November. 

Roberge fired four rounds at Joseph Hensz, hitting him once, as he drove past the officer in a red Monte Carlo. Hensz was treated and released from Sacred Heart Medical Center and is currently serving time in Geiger Corrections Center.

Earlier that afternoon, police responded to a domestic stalking call in north central Spokane, where Hensz had been allegedly circling his ex-girlfriend's residence, according to the prosecutor's news release. Hensz evaded police in a high speed chase. 

Roberge and his partner, Officer Amy Woodyard, caught up with Hensz later that evening as he sped past them at more than 100 miles per hour, according to court documents. Roberge bumped his car into the right rear end of the Monte Carlo, causing both vehicles to stop. Hensz ignored orders to get out of the car, instead revving the engine and accelerating toward the officers. Roberge fired at Hensz as he passed. 

Investigators found three bullets inside the car along with a clear baggie containing white powder, the Spokesman-Review reported in 2014. Roberge was wearing a body camera, but it was not turned on.

Police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller says the Administrative Review Panel will now conduct an internal investigation and make a recommendation on any violation of policy and procedure to the chief if necessary. 

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Graying farms raise worries for agriculture

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Randy Suess, 61, finished his last harvest at his family's century-old farm near Colfax, Wash. Agriculture experts worry that the aging population of farmers makes it difficult for younger farmers to break into the business. - CHELSEA KEYES PHOTO
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  • Randy Suess, 61, finished his last harvest at his family's century-old farm near Colfax, Wash. Agriculture experts worry that the aging population of farmers makes it difficult for younger farmers to break into the business.

COLFAX — Randy Suess, a 61-year-old family farmer, has finished his last wheat harvest. The tractors are stored in the metal shed, and Suess recently signed the paperwork to lease out the century-old family farm.

“It’s bittersweet — not only because of my own farmland, but we’ve been leasing from other families for three generations, and that was tough to tell them that a member of my family won’t be farming anymore,” Suess said.

U.S. farms are turning unmistakably gray, as younger generations opt for other careers and older farmers remain on the job longer than most American workers. The dearth of younger farmers has worried agricultural experts, who have pushed for incentive programs to encourage family farms to continue their operations.

Washington state has been at the forefront of this effort, spending millions to help beginning farmers — defined as those who have been farming for fewer than 10 years.

“Fifty to 100 years ago, farmers would have kids, and you would have the succession plan set,” said Patrick Lewis, executive director in Whitman County’s Farm Service Agency, which provides support to Palouse farmers. “I don’t know if that’s still the plan.”

State and federal agencies are developing programs to assist young farmers who often struggle with high startup costs, particularly with the recent dip in prices for many staple crops like wheat.
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For example, the federal Transition Incentives Program provides two additional rental payments on land enrolled in expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts, as long as the owner sells or rents the land to a beginning farmer. This program helps younger, aspiring farmers get started in the industry.

The state of Washington has spent $2.2 million on the program within two years, the most spent by any state, said Jonelle Olson, who helps farmers navigate the program. After exhausting the original funds allotted in the 2014 Farm Bill, Washington was offered additional funds for the program this month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also offers loans to beginning farmers to mitigate the high costs of starting a farm and purchasing equipment. One concern is that older farmers, nearing retirement, are less willing to invest in innovative technologies that can improve U.S. production, experts say.

“A lot of the things we do day-to-day are helping these folks grow and stay in business,” Lewis said. “With so many farmers getting ready to retire, we’ve solidified a lot of these [programs].”

Still, the numbers are telling: Only 8 percent of American farmers are under the age of 35, according to 2012 Census data. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is nearly 59 years. That’s about 17 years older than the average U.S. worker, and about eight years older than the average farmer in 1980.

Experts like Carl Zulauf think these numbers can be deceiving. Zulauf, a professor and agricultural economist at Ohio State University, said the average age of farmers is growing nearly in sync with the U.S. labor force.

The 17-year age gap between U.S. farmers and the general labor force is due to a culmination of reasons: technology that eases the laborious aspects of farming, the sheer size of the baby boomer generation, and a love of farming.

As in all professional fields, experience is key. Zulauf said returning to the family farm may not grant that experience — at least, not initially.

“I always encourage my students to go work for someone else for their own personal growth before they go to their own family farm,” Zulauf said. “It builds their human capital. They are more willing to innovate, see farms in a different light, and be an independent thinker.”

Suess’ only son, Brian, decided against returning to the family farm. Instead, he is living in Spokane where he works as an insurance agent.
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Brian grew up in a sun-bleached brick house on the family farm in Colfax, where he helped seed and harvest club wheat throughout his childhood. A half-mile away, his grandparents lived on Suess Road and farmed all their lives until they passed the farm down to Brian’s father.

“Being the last Suess kid around, I knew it was up to me to carry it along — or not, unfortunately,” Brian said.

Although Brian said farming is not his passion, it helped him develop skills that served him in the professional world.

“It was realistically the best experience of my life,” he said. “It taught me that if you want something, you have to work your tail off for it. It’s where I got my work ethic from — from Dad, Grandpa and the farm.”

Randy Suess’ transition out of the farm is nearly complete. He held an auction at his home for more than 500 people where he sold the majority of his farming equipment this month. This included tables covered with century-old farming tools that were used by his parents — everything from dusty hand scythes used to cut wheat to an old metal hand-crank drill.

A longtime friend of Suess — another family farm owner — has decided to lease the 1,350 acres of the Suess’ farmland.

“I’ve known him pretty much my whole life,” Suess said. “They farm like I do. They take care of the place, they take care of the weeds, so I picked them.”

Looking forward, Suess has begun applying to new jobs within the wheat industry.

“I’m on to something new,” Suess said. ♦

This article was provided by Murrow News Service, which is produced by journalism students at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.
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Review and Breaking Bad are not so different after all

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM


The difference between black comedy and black tragedy, often, is just a matter of stakes.

That’s one reason why this year’s season of Review is so wonderful. Andy Daly plays Forrest MacNeil, a straight-laced dweeb who sets out to “review” life on a five-star scale.

Last season, Review subsisted on cringe comedy, the hilarity of unintended consequences and the horror of being a man who just can’t say no to a dare, whether to eating 15 pancakes or getting divorced by his wife. But this season, as Review got darker and more cartoonishly goofy, it's become a commentary on something more.

Review can just as easily be read as a deconstruction and mockery of the Walter White/Tony Soprano style of “antihero” show. You know the type of story: Where ostensibly good men, battered by challenges and tempted by opportunity, become evil badasses in the pursuit of greatness.

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THIS WEEK: Terrain 8, touring comics and a whole lotta rock with Def Leppard, Death Cab for Cutie and more

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

It might not feel like it's autumn, but by this weekend we'll be living in October. It's true! Better start working on your Halloween costume. But before you get too far down that road, though, check out our event listings and Staff Picks for some fun to do between now and then. 

Here are some highlights of the days ahead: 

Monday, Sept. 28

LIVE BANDS | The Pin plays host to a whopping night of hard rock Monday, featuring Simon Says Die, Ghost Heart, All But Lost, A Cryptic Ending, Method of Conflict and Heart of an Awl. The fun starts at 6:30 pm, and goes late. 

Tuesday, Sept. 29

WORDS | Local author and musician Chris Dreyer heads to Auntie's at 7 pm to celebrate the release of his new tome, The Toilet Was Broken and Other Awful Stories

LIVE BANDS | Arizona's Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are sneaky good, delivering rock-solid roots-rock with a bit of a Tex-Mex vibe, a natural given how close they are to the Mexican border when they're at home. They tour a lot, and they're stopping at the Big Dipper Tuesday. Here's a little sample of their sound, from their early days in a band called The Refreshments: 

COMMUNITY | Drop by Spark Center to join a viewing and discussion of The Raising of America, a five-part documentary series about the importance of giving kids a strong start to their health and education. It starts at 6 pm. 

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Monday Morning Place Kicker: Seahawks off the schneid, Kupp sets TD record for Eagles, Mariners find a GM?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Jimmy Graham got his first TD for the Seahawks in Sunday's romp. - SEAHAWKS.COM
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  • Jimmy Graham got his first TD for the Seahawks in Sunday's romp.

There is joy across the land today as the Seahawks' season-opening two-game losing streak was dispatched with aplomb Sunday, as most of us figured it would be thanks to the team 1. finally playing a home game, and 2. facing a dismal Chicago Bears team that was starting a backup quarterback — and a backup to sad sack Jay Cutler at that. 

I know there was panic among the 12s as everyone fretted over Kam Chancellor's holdout, wondered why new tight end Jimmy Graham wasn't catching TDs every quarter and imagined Russell Wilson's miracle water somehow wasn't working properly. On Sunday, in pitching a 26-0 shutout at the Bears in a game that included the returned Chancellor, and a Graham TD reception, and Wilson doing his typical thing (throwing for 235 yards and a TD, running for 28 more), the Seahawks put everything right with the world, at least for a week. 

Suffice to say, that's not the case on every team. Have you seen what went down at Sunday's Washington Nationals game? 
I don't know who to root for, both Papelbon and Bryce Harper seem like such, um, cool guys

But I digress, we were talking about football. Besides getting Graham going with his first TD reception of the season (and seven catches for 83 yards overall), the Seahawks got a pleasant surprise in the running of Thomas Rawls, who dropped 104 yards on the Bears subbing in for a knicked up Beast Mode, who didn't play a whole lot. Oh, and Tyler Lockett returned another kick for a touchdown, making him arguably one of the Seahawks' best offensive weapons, even when he's more than 100 yards away from the end zone: 

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Comedian Brian Regan heading to Spokane Feb. 13

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:42 AM


Brian Regan was always one of David Letterman's favorite standup acts, making more than 25 stops to the retired talk show host's program over the years, included a spot during Dave's last couple weeks, when every episode was packed with huge guests. 

Now Regan is back on the road performing shows from coast to coast as part of his seemingly never-ending tour, and he'll stop in Spokane at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Friday, February 13. Tickets are $55, $75 and $95, and go on sale Saturday at 8:30 am through the Northern Quest Box Office (call 509-481-6700)  or website

I've seen Regan a couple of times, and even though I generally like my standup comedy with some filth, his clean approach doesn't detract a bit from how funny the dude is. Here's a taste from his last Letterman visit: 

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5 news stories you need to know now

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Sunday night's super moon lunar eclipse, aka super blood moon. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Sunday night's super moon lunar eclipse, aka super blood moon.

Last night, many gazed upon a coppery supermoon lunar eclipse.

According to NASA, the last supermoon/total lunar eclipse occurred in 1982 and you’ll have to wait until 2033 to see another. (Spokesman-Review)

The Seahawks FINALLY won last night. Washington state rejoices.

Duck needed repairs.
Federal investigators announced the Duck vehicle involved in Thursday’s deadly Aurora Bridge crash was recommended for a safety repair back in 2013, which never happened. A fifth crash victim died Sunday. (Seattle Times)

Shell calls it quits on Alaska drilling.
Just weeks after Shell won approval to fully drill a well in Alaska’s Arctic waters, and spending billions in the process, the company has decided to move on, citing expense, regulations and insufficient amounts of oil and gas.

President Obama blasts Putin ahead of the first formal sit-down the pair have had in two years.
In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly this morning, President Obama had harsh words for Russia regarding Syria and Ukraine. Naturally, Putin got his say on 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose Sunday night. Things are starting off well. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Heavy Seventeen final show, Terrible Buttons reunion, Nixon Rodeo and Itchy Kitty releases

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

What a spectacular weekend for local music, before the onslaught of crazy shows next week … Def Leppard, Death Cab For Cutie, Neil Young, Terrain as well as comedy from Todd Barry and John Mulaney. Why can we never spread this stuff out, Spokane?!

Mootsy’s is hosting a cancer fund benefit for friend of the Spokane music scene, Polly Birge. The lineup includes Seattle rockers Oil Can as well as thrilling Spokane groups Siamese Suicide, Fun Ladies and Gorilla Rabbit Chicken. The show starts at 9 pm.

Sometimes, one night just isn’t enough. So it’s understandable that for the release of Nixon Rodeo’s third studio album, the Spokane hard rockers are performing Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper. Nixon Rodeo’s new album, recorded at Amplified Wax, continues the band’s forward momentum — they played the Warped Tour at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn last month. Aptly named Relentless, the record moves between power-pop rock and screamo and lyrically focuses on a theme of never giving up. The four-piece’s album ends with a rousing rendition of “Billie Jean” — and hey, the Michael Jackson cover angle worked for Alien Ant Farm. Friday’s show includes the Backups, the Drone Epidemic and Windowpane and Saturday includes Moretta, Free the Jester and Breakdown Boulevard. The all-ages shows are $15 at the door and start at 7 pm.

Local rockers Heavy Seventeen are playing their final show Saturday at the Baby Bar. The band has decided to go their separate ways after a recent tragedy in drummer Cody Brooks’ family, but as frontman Matt Lakin put it, they didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye.
“We frequented the Baby Bar, that was kind of our stomping ground as a band,” Lakin explains. “We’re looking to have one last party there.”
Film Filmed is Lakin’s newest project, an acoustic duo with his brother, and the band will open the show, along with the Holy Cows. The party begins at 10 pm.

We don’t know if you noticed, but Terrible Buttons’ name has been discretely tucked into the lineup of Saturday’s Plastic Horse Records showcase at the Bartlett. Along with Kent Ueland’s solo project the Holy Broke and his brother Dane’s Seattle-based folk-act And Yet, the Buttons are back in business (for one night only that we know of). Other indie bands on the bill include Wildcat Choir, Bob Crash, Valley Fair and Dewi Sant. The all-ages show is $12 at the door and starts at 7 pm, an hour earlier than most Bartlett shows.

The recently opened record store Garageland plays host to Spokane’s one and only punk feline act Itchy Kitty this Sunday, continuing the venue’s local Scene Showcase Series. The trio will play tracks from their brand new album, which will also be available in store. The all-ages free show starts at 4 pm. Go and hear these ladies roar! 
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