Friday, January 6, 2017

Pot farmers fire back, Stella's closes, murder suspect arrested and morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 9:31 AM


It what surely will go down as one of the most horrific years in recent memory, there were actually a few high points. Spokane got a new (hopefully long-term) chief of police, the real estate market heated up, the local literary, stand-up comedy and dining scenes are thriving and Native American art is finally getting more mainstream attention that it deserves. Check out our cover story this week: How far have we come?

NEWS: Pot farmers ask Spokane County to lift the temporary ban on outdoor grows.

MUSIC: Washington state native Joseph Hein and his backing band (Lucas Brookbank Brown and Fancy Boy) take the stage at the Observatory tonight for an evening of folksy Americana. Enjoy.

FOOD: Beloved Stella's Cafe will close its doors for the final time at the end of the month. The plan is to merge with sister restaurant Ruins. Check back for more details.


Suspect apprehended
Spokane County Sheriff's detectives, with the help of U.S. marshals, arrested a man Thursday in connection with the brutal murder of Bob Tester, the nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester. Police believe John Arthur Radavich stabbed and beat Bob Tester to death with a wood-splitting maul. Bob Tester had reportedly assaulted his 17-year-old girlfriend the day before his death. The girl told Radavich, her ex-boyfriend, about the assault, which investigators believe prompted the killing. (Spokesman Review)

Mall shooter charged
The suspect in the Cascade Mall shooting that left five people dead last September could face the death penalty. Prosecutors charged Arcan Cetin, 20, with five counts of aggravated murder. Gov. Jay Inslee has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state. (Seattle Times)

Chicago attack broadcast via Facebook
• Four people charged in Chicago in a brutal attack that was broadcast on Facebook Live appear in court today. The racially charged video shows the assailants, ages 18 to 24, cutting the scalp of the 18-year-old victim and forcing him to drink from the toilet. The apparent attackers, who are black, also yell obscenities about Donald Trump and "white people" as they punch and kick the mentally disabled teen, who is white. Here's the video. It's graphic. (Chicago Tribune)

About that wall
• President-elect Donald Trump is still insisting that Mexico will pay for the wall. In an interview Friday, he announced plans to initially pay for the wall along the county's southern boarder with taxpayer money. "We're going to get reimbursed," Trump said. (New York Times)
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cannabis farmers ask Spokane County to lift moratorium on new outdoor grows

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver wrote a letter to county commissioners opposing the temporary ban on new pot farms - HECTOR AIZON
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  • Cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver wrote a letter to county commissioners opposing the temporary ban on new pot farms

Before Spokane County Commissioners passed a temporary ban on new pot farms, they never heard what cannabis farmers thought about it.

But now, farmers are making sure their voices are heard.

More than a month ago, Spokane County Commissioners purposely passed a temporary ban on new outdoor cannabis farms without telling anyone. The goal, said Commissioner Al French, was to not to attract too much attention that would lead to a rush of aspiring farmers obtaining permits before the ban went into effect.

But not telling anyone the ban was on the agenda also ensured that cannabis farmers would not show up to express their opposition to the move. So now, that's exactly what cannabis farmers are doing. In an effort to force the county to change its mind on the six-month moratorium for new outdoor pot farms, the Cannabis Farmers Council wrote a letter to commissioners French, Shelly O'Quinn and Josh Kerns today that accompanied a 14-page report explaining how the moratorium will hurt the local industry.

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Stella's Café to close and merge with nearby sister restaurant Ruins

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Chef Tony Brown gained a notable following with the debut of Stella's back in 2012. He opened the nearby Ruins in 2014, but now plans to combine the two in Ruins' spot. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Chef Tony Brown gained a notable following with the debut of Stella's back in 2012. He opened the nearby Ruins in 2014, but now plans to combine the two in Ruins' spot.

This Thursday afternoon, we learned the owners of a favorite local lunch spot just north of the Spokane River plan to close their doors a final time on January 31.

But fear not, Stella's Cafe fans — owners chef Tony Brown and his parents Steve and Marti Brown plan to reincorporate the cafe's familiar sandwich, soup and pastry options into their nearby sister restaurant, Ruins.

A major factor cited for Stella's closure at 917 W. Broadway, where it's been located for the past five years in a rustic and eclectic space, is the end of the restaurant's five-year lease.

It's not clear yet how Stella's and Ruins will combine as one in the latter's diminutive space on the corner of Monroe and Mallon, just two blocks away, but the Browns plan to soon announce how they'll meld Stella's fresh sandwich menu with Ruins' cocktails and ever-changing, themed, tapas-style menu.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an update on Stella's/Ruins new united future in the Inlander's food section, and in our Entrée food newsletter.

And for those who will surely miss making a mid-day pitstop at the original Stella's, mark your calendars — the last chance to visit the space is fast approaching, with a final day of business set for Tuesday, Jan. 31.
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EWU's Cooper Kupp named FCS Offensive Player of the Year

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EWU receiver Cooper Kupp is the national offensive player of the year.
  • EWU receiver Cooper Kupp is the national offensive player of the year.

The season might not have ended exactly as Eastern Washington's players and fans wanted thanks to a freakish play at the end of their semifinal matchup with Youngstown State, but there is still plenty to celebrate from the Eagles' season.

Top of that list is a successful senior campaign by star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who today was awarded the Offensive Player of the Year award for a season that featured him making 117 receptions for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for several hundred more yards and a few more TDs.

Kupp was just one part of the Eags' prolific offense, but his decision to return for his senior year rather than going to the NFL set the tone for an entire team dedicated to trying to win a national championship. The fact they fell just short does nothing to detract from Kupp or the team's efforts.

Kupp is currently training for the NFL draft and won't attend the FCS national championship game in Texas to get the award in person. He's a four-time consensus All-American and ended his career with more receiving yards than anyone in college football history, at any level.

The NFL draft, where we'll learn where Kupp with be catching balls next year, runs April 27-29.
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Botched sexual assault investigation, pesky busker moves indoors and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 9:19 AM



NEWS: How North Idaho College officials failed to investigate an alleged gang rape, and instead turned on the 17-year-old accuser.

MUSIC: Music writers Laura Johnson and Dan Nailen break down who is scheduled to play in Spokane, and who might come through the Lilac City's music scene this year.

RIP: Local arts icon Steve Gibbs died New Years Eve. He was 64.


• A notorious busker moves inside to escape freezing cold temperatures and draws ire from local businesses and security guards. (KXLY)

• A third bank robbery in past two weeks in Spokane has police scrambling to find the thief(s) and draw any possible connections. (KREM)

• A federal judge in Seattle declined yesterday to get involved in a labor conflict over police reform between the city of Seattle and its captains and lieutenants union. U.S. District Judge James Robart said he would not allow constitutional policing to be "held hostage" to collective bargaining. (Seattle Times)

• Julian Assange and Donald Trump don't think the Russians hacked emails to influence the U.S. presidential election. (New York Times)

• Unapologetic about killing nine black worshipers in South Carolina, convicted killer Dylann Roof told jurors during his sentencing hearing that he is not mentally ill and feels no remorse.

"I would like to make crystal clear I do not regret what I did," he wrote in a white supremacist manifesto while in Charleston County jail after his arrest. "I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed." (New York Times)
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

McMorris Rodgers' ethics, Trump's mockery, more morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 9:36 AM



Cathy would have if she could have
You might have heard about the kerfuffle in the House of Representatives yesterday, where Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers chaired the closed-door meeting of Republican representatives that ended up closing down an office dedicated to keeping government ethical and working with whistleblower complaints from workers in "the swamp." At least, the GOP briefly shut down the Office of Congressional Ethics, until a bevy of citizens called to complain about the action, and President-elect Trump questioned the timing of the action via Twitter. McMorris Rodgers told KIRO/Cox Media should would have supported changes to the ethics office if they were part of a larger package of rules changes. (Spokesman-Review, AP, KIRO)

This guy looks familiar
The same man was caught on video robbing credit unions inside two Spokane Safeway stores, and he appears to be the same guy who robbed similar outlets in Utah a little while ago. (KXLY)

The state can take a break
A Spokane man on death row for murdering two women 20 years ago died of an apparent heart attack. He was one of nine inmates on death row in the state, where Gov. Inslee has suspended all death sentences from being executed. (KREM)


He just won't stop
President-elect Trump took to Twitter, as he is wont to do, to mock U.S. intelligence agencies and their accusations of Russia trying to influence the election. Also Tuesday, Wikileaks main man Julian Assange claimed Russia didn't provide his group with Democratic National Committe emails. (CNN)

Healthy debates
President Barack Obama is meeting with Democrats to figure out some ways to protect aspects of the Affordable Care Act, while Republicans are meeting to figure out ways to get rid of the legislation that provided more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans with health insurance. (Washington Post)

Off the rails
A Long Island Rail Road train derailed this morning in New York City, injuring more than 100 commuters. (New York Times)

What would have happened if he lost?
Minnesota Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys recently led the team to a win over WSU in the Holiday Bowl. Now he's out of work after being fired essentially for supporting the players who decided to briefly boycott all football activities as a means of supporting 10 suspended players accused of sexual assault. (ESPN)
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Trump questions GOP ethics move, bicyclist killed and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 9:13 AM



THIS WEEK: Pac-12 hoops, Scablands reading, First Friday and more.


Bully fighters
Watch out, bullies. There's a new biker group in town called Little Guardians of the Children, and they're looking to fight bullying in Spokane-area schools (by being a safe place for bullying victims to go to and forcing bullies to reconsider their actions). (Spokesman-Review)

Family builds huge snowman
As the Inland Northwest is bombarded by snow and dropping temperatures, one Spokane Valley family has figured out to make the best of it: A giant, 18-foot snowman. (KREM)

Deadly New Year's crash
A woman who crashed into and killed a bicyclist New Year's Day near Airway Heights could face a charge of vehicular homicide. (KXLY)

House guts ethics office, Trump tweets
After GOP House members voted to gut an independent congressional ethics office, Donald Trump wrote, on Twitter, that Congress should instead be focusing on "other things of far greater importance," without really saying he disagreed with the move. Now, after public outcry, House Republicans have withdrawn the ethics changes.

On his own

Dylann Roof, who has been found guilty of slaughtering nine people during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, will represent himself in the sentencing phase.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

THIS WEEK: Pac-12 hoops, Scablands reading and more

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Washington State's men's basketball team hosts Oregon State at the Spokane Arena Wednesday night.
  • Washington State's men's basketball team hosts Oregon State at the Spokane Arena Wednesday night.

One might be inclined to rest after surviving the holiday season, the deluge of December snow and what was hopefully a fine New Year's holiday weekend. But one would be missing out on a lot of great things to do, as found in our event listings and Staff Picks!

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Tuesday, Jan. 3

TRIVIA | Kick off the new year with some brain-challenging questions and tasty libations with Trivia Tuesday at Nectar Wine and Beer.

FILM | The Garland Theater's Totally Tubular Tuesdays is off the holiday run and back to hour regularly scheduled big-screen modern classics. This week it's Princess Mononoke. Here's a taste:

Wednesday, Jan. 4

SPORTS | Sometimes driving to Pullman for a basketball game isn't the most convenient thing to do, so kudos to WSU for scheduling a Pac-12 showdown in men's hoops for the Spokane Arena, where the Cougs will play Oregon State.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Zags crush Waves, play Pacific on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Gonzaga coach Mark Few got the team to buckle down on D at halftime. - GONZAGA ATHLETICS
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  • Gonzaga coach Mark Few got the team to buckle down on D at halftime.

The sound of shoe squeaks bounced around a near-silent McCarthey Athletic Center for 40 minutes as the Zags and Waves played in front of a sold out but student-less crowd Thursday night.

Back when the Zags were rising to national prominence the Waves were their chief competition in the WCC. This season Pepperdine sits dead last in the league with a 4-9 record. In conference play, though, there is so much familiarity that even last place can scare the league leaders. Gonzaga eventually rolled past the Waves, opening conference play with a win for the 21st consecutive season. But in the first half of this 92-62 victory, it wasn’t pretty.

Pepperdine in the first half shot over 50% from the field and connected on four of eight from long range against Gonzaga’s best-in-the-nation three point defense. But Gonzaga was lighting it up as well. Led by Jordan Mathews’ 5-11 shooting display four Zags combined to make 10 three pointers.

Przemek Karnowski and Nigel Williams-Goss led the team with 16 points a piece. Five Zags scored in double figures. Balanced, as always. Pepperdine’s Lamond Murray Jr. scored the game high with 19. And Chris Reyes added 10 points of his own, but suffered his second loss to the Zags in 2016. Reyes previously played for Utah, which Gonzaga knocked out of the NCAA Tournament.

Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd said at halftime that the Zags weren’t hustling. Well, early in the second half a full-court press forced the Waves to turn the ball over. And on the next possession enormous human Karnowski stole the ball. From that point the Gonzaga lead, which had been floating in the single digits for most of the game, expanded into the teens and twenties.

The game clearly in hand, Mark Few was able to empty his bench late, allowing fan favorite Rui Hachimura and birthday boy Bryan Alberts to see the floor. With their entrance the crowd erupted. It took until the 2:38 mark of the second half but there was a huge lead and a lot of noise. And the Kennel, even without its club, felt normal.

Next up for the 13-0 Bulldogs is a New Year’s Eve date with the Pacific Tigers in Stockton, California.
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NYE EVENTS: Five local concerts to help you ring in 2017

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Spin Doctors bring in 2017 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.
  • Spin Doctors bring in 2017 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

It’s OK if you haven’t locked down your New Year’s Eve plans; you still have some hours to decide which musically inclined adventure will take you into 2017. Here are some of the big events going down around Spokane Saturday night.

For anyone in the mood to give a big F-you to 2016, the Observatory and the nearby Baby Bar are here to serve. The bars are teaming up for two local rock-filled lineups that are sure to please. The Baby Bar features Deer, Peru Resh and DJ Lydell while the Observatory offers up the talents of Wild Pacific, Fun Ladies and MC Positive Luv. The shows include a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.
Goodbye Twentysucksteen NYE Party • The Observatory/Baby Bar • 9 pm • Free • 21+

As 1990s nostalgia has been huge this year, it makes sense that the Spin Doctors are coming to Airway Heights’ Northern Quest Resort & Casino to celebrate the end of 2016. We’re not sure about the band’s set plans, but their hit “What Time Is It?” would be a perfect for the midnight countdown. For those not wanting the party to end, the casino’s Club Impulse also offers a NYE party with DJ Patrick right next door.
Spin Doctors • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 10:30 pm • $25 • 21+

Seattle’s Cave Singers are back in town (they were also here in July) to help the Bartlett ring in the New Year. Expect the indie-rock trio to blast its fruitful mix of folk and punk straight into your soul, while local openers the Smokes will impress with their scuzzy garage-rock sound. As in the past few years, the traditionally all-ages venue has made their NYE show 21+ only.
The Cave Singers and the Smokes • The Bartlett • 9 pm • $20 • 21+

After five years apart, Small Town Nation heads to the Knitting Factory for one blowout reunion show. The popular local pop-punk act went far together over seven years, even recording an album with MxPx’s Mike Herrera, before eventually going their separate ways (two members are now in the Nixon Rodeo). The show openers include rock acts Punks in Drublic, Velafire, Good Kids Bad Ideas and Ragtag Romantics. The show should be done about 11:15, giving you plenty of time to hustle outside to view the downtown fireworks at midnight.
Small Town Nation NYE Reunion Show • Knitting Factory • 7:30 pm • Free • All-ages

For those looking for a reason to stay away from downtown this New Year’s Eve, five Northside venues have banded together to offer Last Night. One $10 button gets you into all of the participating bars and music venues to watch more than 20 blues, rock and acoustic artists perform, including Supervillain, Sovereign Citizen & the Non-Prophets, Over Sea Under Stone, Karrie O’Neill and more. Click here for more lineup information. Last Night Spokane • The Palomino, The Venue, Jackson St. Bar & Grill, One Bridge North, Spike’s • 6 pm • $10 • 21+

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