Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why Boise's Treefort Music Festival matters to Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM


There's been quite a bit of regional music festival news as of late. First, Sasquatch!, in a bold move, opted to not only offer early-bird tickets for the holidays, as per usual, but also announced that Frank Ocean would headline the 2017 Memorial Day event. Then, it was revealed that Spokane would have it's own large, three-day riverfront music festival called Tinnabulation. Boise's own downtown Treefort Music Fest's (March 22-26) first wave of band announcements also landed last week with this seriously on-point preview video.

Now Boise and Spokane, about a six-hour car ride from one another, are similarly sized cities, and the Lilac City can benefit greatly from Treefort Music Festival, especially with high-end indie artists like Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, The Bouncing Souls, STRFKR, Deafheaven, WHY?, JMSN, The Album Leaf, Rituals of Mine, Open Mike Eagle, Carpenter Brut, Eilen Jewell, Jonathan Richman, Grouper, Lower Dens and Meat Puppets coming through their festival. Here's how:

1) Tinnabulation organizers can learn from Boise's music festival setup and build upon that. Treefort, now in its sixth year, has expanded overtime to include five days and a multitude of stages that feature everything from music to yoga. Spokane's Tinnabulation, which runs in September, will start out as three days of mostly music. Organizers say they plan to bring in large national touring acts (perhaps more well-known than what Boise's fest enjoys), but bands like these already booked for Treefort can serve as a starting point.

2) As in the past, let's hope that many of these artists will stop at Spokane before and after their Treefort sets (musicians like Mac DeMarco would be perfect in a Knitting Factory setting— hint, hint). Already Meat Puppets are scheduled to hit the Bartlett March 20 and Strand of Oaks will be there March 23, so that's a start. Any other city — Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Pullman or Sandpoint — that these bands grace during that time, would only continue to build excitement for the Inland Northwest music scene.

Expect two more waves of Treefort music acts to be announced soon. A five-day general admission wristband is $89 for fans under 21, and $165 for those 21 and over.
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Some idiot took a Walmart truck on a high-speed chase and our local TV news knew how to handle it

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:47 PM


This morning, some dude who was apparently smart enough to work a big-rig transmission but dumb enough to think he could get away with stealing a Walmart semi-truck inside Spokane city limits went on rampage throughout the city, with police in his wake.

He then crashed the truck, full of the sort of goods you can get at rock-bottom prices at Walmart, but not before running over a car, hitting a home and putting a whole lot of lives in danger. Then, he ran from the police, leading to a school lockdown throughout a large portion of the city.

It was a mess. And thankfully the dipshit was apprehended and no one was hurt. But there was some good that came out of this mess, and that is this video produced by KHQ, Spokane's NBC affiliate.
You know something's up when the foreboding bass leads us into a shot of a seemingly uneventful intersection. But then — holy shit — there's the Walmart semi truck in question, caught in a freeze frame as it takes a too-wide turn at an intersection and whips around in the lane as the guitar of Satan himself jackhammers up through the pavement on its way up from hell and the drums of Thor tell us that — in case you haven't noticed — this is nefarious business.

If you're not slam-dancing too hard at this point, you can see the Blues Brothers level of police cruisers in pursuit. It gets a little hard to see the truck, but he's out there. Yeah, he's out there, all right, driving like a madman and probably playing this very soundtrack in the cab of that illicitly acquired merchandise delivery vehicle.
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How local law enforcement plans to use that extra $300,000 to fight property crime

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Spokane police chief Craig Meidl speaks before the Senate Law & Justice Committee about how SPD and the Spokane County sheriff's office is spending an extra $300,000 to fight property crimes
  • Spokane police chief Craig Meidl speaks before the Senate Law & Justice Committee about how SPD and the Spokane County sheriff's office is spending an extra $300,000 to fight property crimes

Earlier this year, thanks in part to a big Inlander story about the property crime epidemic in Washington state, law enforcement agencies in Spokane County received a one-time boost of $300,000 from the legislature to fight property crime.

After decreasingly significantly during 2014 and 2015, property crime has been increasing slightly during the first half of 2016 — vehicle thefts, in particular, have been increasing.

Because of a mistake by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs — which is dispersing the $300,000 — local law enforcement haven't actually received the funding yet, putting law enforcement two months behind their planned roll-out schedule.

While $15,000 will be taken up with indirect costs of the Association, here's how the police and sheriff's department plan to spend the rest of the money:

$60,000: Informational ad campaign
This won't go directly to making you safer. Rather, it will go to buy ads to inform you how to make yourself safer. They've already met with a public relations firm, which would buy advertisements aimed at "hardening" soft targets. Like: Lock your car. Don't leave purses or laptops or priceless family heirlooms sitting in the front seat. Open garages or unlocked homes tend to tempt thieves.

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The Zags were quick to show UW who runs the state of Washington

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Former Husky-turned-Zag Nigel Williams-Goss torched his old team last night for 23 points. - AUSTIN ILG PHOTO
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  • Former Husky-turned-Zag Nigel Williams-Goss torched his old team last night for 23 points.

Remember when the Huskies used wanting to play other teams as their excuse for cancelling this rivalry a decade ago?

“It’s really not about us not wanting to play them,” former UW athletic director Todd Turner said at the time. “We want to be scheduling nationally.”

Well, last night UW got to play the eighth-ranked team in the nation. And it probably didn’t take long for the Huskies to get to the point of why their university hasn't wanted to come to Spokane.

Behind a season high 23 points from former Husky Nigel Williams-Goss, the Zags thoroughly outclassed their in-state rival 98-71.

If there was a moment to highlight in this beatdown it came just moments into the second half. Williams-Goss had scored on the Zags’ previous two possessions, and then Przemek Karnowski (17 points) — all 300 pounds of his 7-1 frame — beat the entire Washington defense down the court for a breakaway dunk.

Gonzaga’s lead was all the way up to 53-27, and there were over 18 minutes left to be played.
It only got worse for the UW defense, too. At one point, Karnowski brought the ball up the court like a point guard. The giant man with giant dribbles didn’t have the ball stolen from him, like he should against a Pac 12 team, but rather he drew a foul.

The only real positive for the Huskies, other than their willingness to once again face off with Gonzaga, came from freshman guard Markelle Fultz (25 points). Among NBA Draft experts, Fultz is considered to be a potential number one overall pick in the 2017 draft.
With Fultz, along with Gonzaga’s assortment of talent on display, NBA scouts from the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and numerous other teams, packed themselves into the Kennel’s press section to have a look in person.

In all, this didn’t look much like a rivalry. And maybe that's because it had been on ice for a decade. Or maybe because after this 40 minute drubbing Gonzaga, now 9-0 for only the second time in program history, has won 10 of the past 11 match-ups with the Huskies.
But it is indeed a rivalry game, and basketball in the Washington is better off now that it’s back, even if the Washington Huskies’ morale isn’t. Fans should be excited to see it continue next year over in Seattle.

The Zags are back in action on Saturday at 5 pm here in Spokane against a feisty Akron team (7-2) that will likely give them more of a run for their money than Washington could provide. It's televised on ROOT.

On the women's side, you can catch Gonzaga against Washington State tonight in the Kennel at 6 pm. As of now, there are still some tickets available. The Zags head to Cheney at 2 pm on Sunday to take on the EWU women.
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Gift Guide, outdoor pot farm ban, pizzagate guy talks and other headlines

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 9:12 AM


GIFT GUIDE: What you should get people who already have everything (and other ideas for everyone else on your list)

NEWS: Spokane County commissioners quietly voted to temporarily ban new outdoor weed farms. Why the secrecy?

What We've Been...
We decided to resurrect an old blog series where staffers recommend various forms of entertainment, libations and tomfoolery. This week, allow us to rave about what we've been watching.


Weather forecasters are predicting one to two inches of snow to hit Spokane starting Thursday afternoon through Friday. (KREM)

• A Spokane woman will spend five years in jail after she was caught stealing thousands of pieces of mail. (Spokesman-Review)

• The Seattle Times is making "significant reductions" to its staff through buy-outs and layoffs. Last year around this time, the Times cut 15 staffers. (The Stranger)

• "I just wanted to do some good and went about it the wrong way," Edgar Maddison Welch, the man who fired a gun inside a Washington D.C. pizza joint, tells a New York Times reporter in the first interview since his arrest. "The intel on this wasn't 100 percent."

The 28-year-old says he went to investigate a fake news story that Hillary Clinton was somehow linked to a child sex slave ring operating out of the pizzeria. Read the rest of his answers here. (New York Times)
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What We've Been... watching

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:43 PM

A while back, we Inlander staffers started a blog series called "What We've Been..." in which we thoughtfully suggested and raved about our current obsessions, whether that be a great new book, album or beer we couldn't stop thinking about. For this newly revived series, we'll do our darnedest to introduce readers to a wide range of modern culture elements that you may or may not have heard about. Consider it our random review of all things cool, and a complementary feature to our weekly "For Your Consideration" series in the Arts and Culture section.

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here.

To my own satisfaction, we do eventually learn why Greg is wearing a teapot on his head.
  • To my own satisfaction, we do eventually learn why Greg is wearing a teapot on his head.
This gif recently spotted on a friend's Facebook page first sent me on the quest to discover Over the Garden Wall, a charming storybook-style miniseries from Cartoon Network, released back in fall 2014. With just 10 11-minute episodes, in one sitting you can enjoy this very worthwhile dark fantasy about two brothers — Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and Greg — lost in a fairytale-esque land and trying to find their way home. With their silly costumes and quirky personalities, the brothers encounter a host of unusual characters along the way, including the talking bird Beatrice and a foreboding Woodsman (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) who warns them of the ominous "beast." (Note: While OTGW is indeed kid-friendly, there are some terrifying creatures that are likely to scare the littlest fans.)

Over the Garden Wall creator Patrick McHale (a former writer/director for Adventure Time) was directly influenced by Americana art, folklore and 19th century children's storybooks when creating the show's beautiful, enchanting art style. Viewers with a careful eye will notice many direct and loose references to traditional fairytales in the scenes and story; some may also sense hints of the delightful and emotional reveal in the final episode. If you missed this lovely series during its original or subsequent airings, find all 10 episodes on Hulu.

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Snoop Dogg drops by, Riverfront Park gets on track and morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

The Rep. Matt Shea proposal is not the first time some in Eastern Washington have wanted to become their own state.
  • The Rep. Matt Shea proposal is not the first time some in Eastern Washington have wanted to become their own state.


Dogg Day
Snoop "Snoop Dogg" Dogg is coming to a weed shop in Spokane, despite the rapper's famous opposition to marijuana and marijuana-related paraphernalia.

A Mountain of Value
Pay only $10 to ski at Schweitzer this Friday, to help out a few charities.

Bach This Way
Northwest Bach Festival's Zuill Bailey just got himself a Grammy nomination. Just like Kanye.

The Maple Glaze of Defeat
Why Donut Parade is closing.


Spokane Innovators
James Mitchell, a psychologist who used to have offices in Spokane, says now more than ever we should get all Jack Bauer on our interrogation sessions. (Buzzfeed)

Park Place
Riverfront Park is on track, despite a tumultuous year. (Spokesman-Review)

Nature of the State

Yeah, guys, Eastern Washington is not going to become a new state. (KXLY)


A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World and Shoot Up a Pizzeria Before the Truth Can Put its Pants On
How fake news led to real gunfire. (Washington Post)

When A Drug War Turns Into Drug Warcrimes

The brutal president of the Philippines leads a drug war that becomes a slaughter. (New York Times)

The First Taste Is Free

A tiny private college in Massachusetts offers the first two years of college for free. (The Atlantic)
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Northwest Bach Festival's Zuill Bailey nabs a Grammy nomination

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Northwest Bach Festival's Zuill Bailey at St. John's Cathedral.
  • Northwest Bach Festival's Zuill Bailey at St. John's Cathedral.

Forget all the disappointing Grammy announcements this morning — we're stoked for Sturgill Simpson, but expected even more Bowie and Kanye and far less Drake and Justin Bieber — one of our community's own was included in a classical music category. Zuill Bailey, the Northwest Bach Festival's artistic director for the the last three years, was nominated for the best classical instrumental solo Grammy. This is the cellist's first nomination.

Among the category's four other nominees, Bailey was the only cellist selected for this year's honor. What landed Bailey this distinction was his live performance recording of Michael Daugherty's newest concerto for cello and orchestra, Tales of Hemingway.

Bailey not only premiered the work with the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, but he also worked with the composer for more than two years to perfect the nuances of the contemporary piece, which weaves four of author Ernest Hemingway's classic works into song.

Winners will be announced at the Grammy Awards ceremony held February 12.

While Bailey doesn't live in Spokane, as he's also artistic director for music festivals in El Paso, Texas, and Sitka, Alaska, he comes through town quite often, including this weekend. Hear Bailey, who was also recently named a 2016 Musical Innovator by Musical America, perform as part of the Northwest Bach Festival winter series. Surprisingly, none of his performances, either at Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d'Alene or Barrister Winery in Spokane, will feature a Bach composition. Get tickets here.

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Here's what led up to the closing of Spokane landmark Donut Parade

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Locals are mourning the closure of the donut shop that's been in business since 1968. - DONUT PARADE FACEBOOK
  • Donut Parade Facebook
  • Locals are mourning the closure of the donut shop that's been in business since 1968.

A few months back, we published a feature examining how a few locally owned businesses were rising from the ashes of misfortune. One business featured in the piece had been facing what seemed like a relentless stream of mishaps and misfortunes. Yet after the recent announcement that longtime Spokane business Donut Parade has closed its doors for good, it seems the Reno family has run out of options.

Since posting that decision on the shop's Facebook page this past Sunday, it's been shared more than 800 times. There are more than 650 comments from people expressing their sadness to see Donut Parade go. Others, though, question the financial and management decisions of its owners.

When we talked with co-owner Christian Reno in late August of this year, Donut Parade had been struggling to stay afloat after a car crashed into the shop's front entrance. Because the building's owner hadn't repaired that damage in the months following that incident, Reno told the Inlander that many of customers saw the boarded up doorway and thought the business was permanently closed.

"I know it sounds really stupid to say," Reno said at the time, "But we really don't know what's going on. I don't have the money [to fix the door], and it was slow before that and it's been slow since then."

A few weeks after our interview with Reno, however, and the shop's front door was finally repaired.

Before the car accident damaged the building, she said a power outage on National Donut Day (June 3) — one of the busiest days of the year — forced the shop to close early. The Renos, who bought Donut Parade back in 2008, closed the shop for a week after that to decide if they were going to keep trying to get the business to a financially viable status. Then, just days later, a car plowed into its front door.

Reno also told us in August that not only was the shop falling far behind on its bills, but her family was, too. She expressed gratitude for many of Donut Parade's regular customers who'd been helping buy things like coffee and lemonade mix that she'd trade for donuts.

"We just keep rolling the dice and keeping our fingers crossed that we can stay open," Reno said. "That is 100 percent my plan."

In the days since announcing Donut Parade's permanent closure, a GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise $80,000 was launched in an attempt to reopen the shop. So far, just over $2,200 has been donated, to be used for the following, according to the campaign:

"We here at the Donut Parade have given our all to keep the doors open but as any small local family business owners know, there are many, many, many expenses to keep things afloat. Any amount donated is appreciated and is 100% going back into the business. We are apart [sic] of this community, live in this neighborhood, our children have grown up in this establishment. The Donut Parade is apart [sic] of who we are. With that being said, we are reaching out to our community asking for help so we can continue to serve the great people of Spokane. With our goal being $80,000, this covers our past due expense of power bills, water, supplies, building repairs, loans we've taken to try and stay open, business revenue...and rent."

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Snoop Dogg comes to Spokane tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Snoop Dogg plans to stop in north Spokane while traveling through Washington on his Puff Puff Pass Tour.
  • Snoop Dogg plans to stop in north Spokane while traveling through Washington on his Puff Puff Pass Tour.

Go ahead and drop it like it's hot — the one and only Snoop Dogg comes to Spokane Wednesday and you'll want to celebrate. Indeed, the famed rapper (and weed aficionado) plans to stop at Royal's Cannabis shop for a meet-and-greet photo session ahead of his Tri-Cities show that evening.

Jane Marlow, manager of the marijuana shop, says her business was only contacted last week about the possibility of Snoop Dogg coming through. His management was referred to Royal's over other local marijuana dispensaries, she says.

"We were so surprised, but we're all really excited now that it's confirmed," Marlow says. "We've been working day and night to be ready for tomorrow."

And the breakdown for Snoop's stop looks like this:
— Snoop should arrive by noon and plans to be on hand for fan photos at least until 1 pm.
— Photos with Snoop are free and open to anyone 21 and over, but Royal's is asking people to donate at least one pair of socks for their sock drive, which benefits Blessings Under the Bridge charity.
— Snoop is not giving autographs or selling marijuana, people will take photos with Snoop and then be asked to exit the building. The goal is to get as many fans in to see the rapper as possible.

Snoop's PR team issued an email today saying that the rapper loves doing these appearances and giving back to the cannabis community on many of his tour stops. Along with his recent Puff Puff Pass Tour, Snoop has recently been making merry with Martha Stewart on their new VH1 cooking show Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party. You should catch up on episodes while waiting in line tomorrow to see the musician/TV personality in the flesh.

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