Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MB: CdA Goat killer, (a different) casino battle, and Inslee's carbon workaround

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:36 AM


No, Inslee isn't going to upset the transportation budget. But he's still going to find a way to further regulate carbon emissions. (Spokesman-Review) 

If this were still the 80s, we'd be speculating about a Satanic ritual. Instead, we're simply asking: Who stabbed three Coeur d'Alene goats? (KXLY)

Should Woodrow Wilson join the ranks of shamed historical figures not fit to title our elementary schools? (Spokesman-Review)

Five of the seven "resigning" psychiatrists at Sacred Heart have agreed to stay on, after workload changes. (Spokesman-Review)


Two Washington state Indian tribes are fighting over the placement of a new casino. No, not the tribes you're thinking of. (NPR)

College students are actually beginning to pick majors that may earn them money someday. (Vox)

How many times has your personal info been hacked? If this quiz asks for your credit card info, don't give it. (New York Times)

Migrants have been trying to storm the Channel Tunnel between France and Great Britain. (New York Times)


How Always Sunny manages to still be pretty great after 10 seasons. (AV Club) 
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Drug-test providers have trouble helping ID dangerous drugs at events like Paradiso

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM


Adam Auctor parks his car along an empty stretch of road in Swan Lake, New York. It’s 2 am as he slogs a miles through densely wooded forest, over a swamp, and across a bramble-choked creek. He reaches his destination wet and dirty and lobs the sacks he’s carrying over the six-foot chain link fence where a co-conspirator waits to intercept the booty. Auctor will smuggle in additional bags in the trucks of food vendors and merchants headed into the Mysteryland USA festival here tomorrow.

Auctor isn’t a drug smuggler; he relayed this scenario in an interview with the Inlander to show the lengths he has to go to to help festival-goers figure out what is actually in the drugs they plan on using. Auctor's company makes kits that test drugs for adulterants — additives or cutting agents used by drug dealers to stretch their products and sell more of less-pure product — and he sneaks 2,000 of these baseball-sized kits into each festival he attends. 

“We do what we need to to save lives,” says Auctor, though he's operating a business, not a charity; his basic MDMA test kit sells for $20 and is also available online

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Nominations for Spokane's 2015 Urban Design Awards open

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM

The 108-year-old SIERR building renovated by McKinstry won an Urban Design Award in 2013. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The 108-year-old SIERR building renovated by McKinstry won an Urban Design Award in 2013.

Calling all urban designers: submissions are now open for the 2015 Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. 

The awards, which began in 2007 and take place every other year, celebrate the architecture, urban and landscape design which, Mayor David Condon says, help shape the Spokane experience.

“Spokane is defined in part by how it is experienced through its many varying lenses and attractive features that include beautiful architecture, historical buildings, plazas, parks and landscapes,” Condon said in a press release. “The Urban Design Awards encourage and recognize the talents of those who add to this sense of identity and place by sharing their creativity in the public places we all enjoy.”

This year’s awards are also unique in the partnership between the City of Spokane and Spokane Arts, to facilitate further awareness and knowledge of how excellent design and city planning make Spokane even more, to steal from the motto, “near perfect.”

As for the award-giving process, the call for entries is open until midnight August 14 on, which includes a 15-point summary of design qualities sought.

Winners from the last time the awards were given, in 2013, include the SIERR/McKinstry building, the new Westview Elementary, the SFCC Music Building renovation, and the Fountain Cafe at Riverfront Park. 

The submissions are first assessed by the City’s Design Review Board which recommends entries to the Mayor’s office, which will present the awards in late October at the closing party for the second annual Create Spokane Arts Month.

In need of some inspiration on what calls for good urban design in Spokane? Look no further than the current issue's cover story, on the Lilac City's rich architectural history. 

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New study shows beer generates more than good times and hangovers, like jobs and taxes

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 1:09 PM


We're currently working on our upcoming Beer Issue — hitting the streets August 20 — so the Inlander staff has beer on the brain a bit more than usual. Walk past some of our cubicles, and you might recognize the signs of a thirsty writer or editor

After a little bit of reporting, it turns out beer is not only a delicious treat, it's a pretty significant part of the economy. Sounds like a great reason to raise a toast — cheers!

The folks at something called the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association today released a new study called "Beer Serves America: A Study of the U.S. Beer Industry's Economic Contribution," and in the report (put together by John Dunham and Associates), they break down things like how beer contributes to jobs and taxes both nationally and in each of the states. You can read the report if you want to get into the minutiae, but we thought there were a few noteworthy stats Inlander readers might be interested in: 
  • Overall, the beer industry generates about $252.6 billion in economic activity, which equates to about 1.5 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. 
  • Based on data from 2014, beer is responsible for the existence of about 1.75 million jobs, ranging from the people working at the breweries themselves to all the suppliers affiliated with the industry — bottle and can manufacturers, cardboard companies, marketing enterprises and the like. 
  • The total number of breweries has grown by 2,290 in the past two years, most of them microbreweries and brewpubs. Residents of the Inland Northwest can certainly attest to that trend as our ale trail is growing like crazy. 
  • Nearly $50 billion in taxes is generated by the production of beer and other malt beverages (those hard lemonades, etc.), and those taxes make up about 40 percent of the price we pay for a beer. 
  • In Washington state, the beer industry generates nearly $3 billion in economic activity, and roughly 38 percent of the retail price of beers goes toward federal and state taxes.
  • In Idaho, the beer biz generates about $460 million in economic activity, and roughly 37 percent of the price of each beer goes toward taxes. 
You can check out the data of any state you like with this handy website. And watch for that Beer Issue coming August 20.
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MB: Envision Spokane gets unwanted ballot language, Trump's attorney threatens reporter, kids eat pot cookies

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 9:42 AM


The Spokane City Council votes to pair two "advisory questions" with Envision Spokane's initiative, over their objections. (Spokesman-Review)

Pot edibles can look like cookies or candy. Kids love cookies and candy. Cue the problem. (KXLY)

WSU snags a crew of UW researchers to look into public health concerns facing minority groups. (Spokesman-Review)


A third undercover video is released by the anti-Planned Parenthood group, this one with a former phlebotomist of a company called StemExpress. This release, like the others, includes both an unedited and an unedited version.  (The Hill)

Obama could win a third term, says Obama. If Obama wanted to or the law allowed it, but Obama doesn't. (New York Times)

And now it's that season where the attorney of the leading Republican candidate for president says you can't be raped by your spouse and then threatens a reporter and then apologizes. #Trump (Washington Post)

Jon Stewart has the ear of the president — and more importantly, the president has the ear of Jon Stewart. (Slate)


Here's a map of the United States by home value, which gets really squished around the Montana/Wyoming area. (Vox)
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Slipknot to tear up Spokane Arena Oct. 20

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:17 PM


Just in time for Halloween, the Iowa metal band Slipknot — famous for wearing costumes all year round — comes to take over the Spokane Arena, October 20. The raging show leads up to the act’s Knotfest festival (sporting the tagline: "A happening that will awaken your darkest senses") in California just days later.

The band rose to fame in the late ’90s, around the same time as other nu-metal acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit, which Slipknot tries to distance itself from. The group, through many a lineup change and much time off, has gone on to pull in 11 platinum and 39 gold record certifications worldwide, and most recently many accolades for its 2014 effort, .5: The Gray Chapter.

Enjoying this heart-stopping, often terrifyingly dark music is more about the feeling the nine-piece evokes rather than the melodies, as it’s often difficult to distinguish between songs. But for avid local followers of the crew (and they were ranked No. 17 on this year’s Arena Bucket List, proving there are quite a few fans here), this band is sure to put on one of the most intense shows in recent Arena history. Suicidal Tendencies and Beartooth will open for the metal act, helping everyone let loose. 

Tickets are $35 and $45 and go on sale Friday.

Check out the act's most recent single “Killpop” below:

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Ken Hopkins of "Ken, Dave & Molly" seriously injured in biking accident—you can help. Here's how

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Ken Hopkins of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning show on KZZU was partially paralyzed in a recent biking accident. - GOFUNDME
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  • Ken Hopkins of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning show on KZZU was partially paralyzed in a recent biking accident.

Inlander readers know Ken Hopkins. For that matter, so does much of the Inland Northwest thanks to his role as part of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning radio show on 92.9 FM, KZZU, a gig that earned Hopkins and his cohosts the honor of Best Radio DJ or Team in our 2015 Best of the Inland Northwest issue.  

Now Hopkins can use our readers' help recovering from a horrific biking accident that left him, at least for now, paralyzed from the chest down. News of the July 13 accident arrived today via the unveiling of a GoFundMe page dedicated to helping Hopkins.  

On the page, Hopkins relays his situation since the accident two weeks ago: 
As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and I have no feeling from my mid chest down. I do have full use of my arms, hands and neck muscles and am hopeful for the return of other functions once the damages heal and swelling returns to normal. The last 2 weeks have been filled with every range of emotions and tears. I have never before found myself in a position where recovery status is not measured by days or weeks, but my months. It will be a long journey just to get myself in a position to function in the world. 
The money raised will help Hopkins' family make the needed changes to his home and hopefully speed his recovery. Hopkins plans on returning to the KZZU air, according to the GoFundMe page, and the station is intent on reconfiguring the studio for him when he's ready to join Dave and Molly again. 

Once again, anyone interested in helping Hopkins and his family can donate to the cause via the Support for Ken Hopkins and Family GoFundMe page
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THIS WEEK: Cool workshops, tons of tunes, Art on the Green and KuroNekoCon on the way

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:44 AM

As we shift gears from July to August, there are plenty of great opportunities for getting out and about throughout the region. You can see all the Inland Northwest has to offer in our event listings, and consider what our writers think are must-go options in our Staff Picks

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, July 27

OPEN MIC | The LeftBank Wine Bar welcomes local singer/songwriters to its Monday Night Spotlight, hosted by Carey Brazil and offering a cash prize to the audience's favorite artist of the evening. 

Tuesday, July 28

WORDS | Auntie's is hosting a Mystery & Thriller Writing Workshop for interested readers and aspiring authors, hosted by author Jenny Milchman and starting at 6 pm. Free to the public. 

FILM | The Garland Theater continues its Summer Camp 2015 film series with the ol' 80s chestnut Dirty Dancing. Here's a reminder of the power of the Swayze: 

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MB: Speech and Debate, earthquakes and Thai fishing boat slavery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM


Embattled Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing is now being targeted by Washington state Democrats. (Spokesman-Review) 

The Pacific Northwest's emergency planners say they're ready for The Big One. (Spokesman-Review)

After an accident during a bike ride, Ken Hopkins, member of the smash hit "Dave, Ken and Molly" morning crew at KZZU, is in the midst of the long rehab struggle. Here's his gofundme page


The New York Times investigates slavery on Thai fishing boats. (New York Times)

The play, Speech and Debate, loosely based on the Jim West scandal, is getting turned into a Kal Penn movie. (AV Club) 

Mass deportation actually a pretty popular position among Republicans. (Washington Post)

The tension between gay rights and religious freedom is increasing. (The Atlantic)


No, movie critic A.A. Dowd did not call "Accidental Love" a "comedic masterstroke," despite with that the DVD cover would lead you to believe. So Mr. Dowd pens a letter of objection. (AV Club)

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Friday, July 24, 2015

WEEKEND IN MUSIC: South Perry Street Fest, Land of Plenty and rockin' weekend roadies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Marshall McLean Band is just one act playing the South Perry Street Festival on Saturday.
  • Marshall McLean Band is just one act playing the South Perry Street Festival on Saturday.

A bevy of music awaits throughout the region this weekend. Go get ya some! 


Tonight, the Big Dipper plays host to Acoustic Fest, featuring Tyler Lang, Gary Cook, Aleisha Simpson and a cast of seemingly thousands more. 

Land of Plenty continues tonight The Bartlett, a creative convergence of visual art and music that tonight features Cami Bradley, Lemolo, Anna Tivel and Abby Gundersen.

And this weekend seems a great opportunity to scope out the Red Lion Hotel at the Park concert series, which is featuring Soul Proprietor Friday and Bakin' Phat on Saturday. Read about the series and see the full lineup right here


The South Perry Street Festival has a slew of the best local Spokane bands all in one spot Saturday playing all day long starting at 1:30 pm. Real Life Rockaz, Silver Treason, Dead Serious Lovers, Mama Doll, Water Monster and Marshall McLean (one of our Bands to Watch 2015) are all the bill, so take a stroll, ride your bike—do whatever you need to do to get over there. 

If you're in the mood for a little roadie, head south to the Palouse Music Festival. The small town rolls out the welcome mat for a party in the park featuring local and regional talent of all styles. Go a little further south to Clarkston and you can be Rockin' on the River with Collective Soul. 

Over Sandpoint way, the Sandpoint Summer Sounds has a "special crazy days" edition in store, featuring Backstreet Dixie and more. 

Hogfish in Coeur d'Alene is hosting Blackwater Prophet, Northern Stakes and AAI


If you need a little raucous rock come Sunday evening, the Knitting Factory will take care of you with the Theory of a Deadman show. Here's a new vid from the band: 

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