Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCERT REVIEW: Mötley Crüe's fiery final U.S. show

Posted By on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM


For their final North American show ever, Mötley Crüe set the Spokane Arena on fire. Or at least it felt that way with so many pyrotechnics displayed at last night’s beer-induced and packed-to-the-rafters show. All of the spotlights, strobe lights, fireworks and fiery explosions worked well to cover the fact that Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars are no longer as pretty as they were in their 1980s heyday. And a little widening and wrinkling is expected of a band known for such hedonistic and lifestyles.

No expense was spared for the Crüe’s farewell tour after 33 years (mostly) together – they even signed contracts in a publicity stunt press conference barring them from touring again. I can only imagine the pre-production meeting for the tour went something like this:

“OK, how can we make this tour the most outrageous and face-melting ever?”
- Have more onstage explosions than a Transformers film
- See how many times we can say "f—-" 
- Have Nikki Sixx’s microphone hang from the ceiling. Later he’ll light it on fire with his flame-throwing bass only to reveal a pentagram at the top of it
- Make Tommy Lee’s drum-kit not only spin in circles but float out over the audience on a track while slowly tumbling
- Tell our origin story in a testimonial style, explaining how we became the best hair-raising band in the entire world selling more than 100 million records worldwide (Nikki Sixx had the honors here, sharing how he moved from Jerome, Idaho, to Hollywood to become a rock star)
- Include flashy stripper-esque backup dancers
- Sing every hit (“Girls, Girls Girls” and their cover of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” were particular favorites) and even a couple songs from our later records like the entertaining “Motherf—-er of the Year”
- Set up side stage extenders to get closer to the audience
- Make sure Mick Mars has time for a virtuoso guitar solo so insane people will think it’s Hendrix raised from the dead

And all of this was there and more. The audience lapped it up as they should have – this was a stage experience at the highest level. The fans were on point, too, screaming wildly, spilling beers and raising metal-hands to the sky. Some wore bad hair metal wigs and 5-inch platform shoes. One dude even smartly chose to wear sparkly purple spandex pants with no shirt (it was below freezing outside).

As for the music, sometimes it was challenging to hear Neil’s vocals, but for the most part it was all there and they’re playing better than ever. Neil can still sing and skip and run quickly across the stage, Lee’s drumming is just wild, Mars is still weird and Sixx had a flame-throwing bass!

And as they had to, they ended their final show of 2014 (they have final shows overseas next year) with “Home Sweet Home” on a platform in the middle of the arena. As the power ballad built to its ultimate climax the platform began to rise into the air – because of course it did. In the end, they thanked everyone profusely and the house lights came up.

Mötley Crüe claims this is their final tour ever, but it’s clear they love this too much. We’ll see what happens five years from now.

Admissions from the stage:
“I swear to God, our music is going to haunt you until the day you die,” Neil proclaimed near the end of the show.
“We f—-in love you guys! Thanks for putting up with our drug addictions. To the women out there, we’re sorry if we gave any of you diseases.”

Alice Cooper's enjoyably frightening stage setup at the Spokane Arena
  • Alice Cooper's enjoyably frightening stage setup at the Spokane Arena

Alice Cooper was the perfect intro to the evening. No one else can walk around a stage wielding a whip or a sword or wearing a straitjacket like he can. His set was a condensed version of his “normal” solo tour shows but he still managed to get all the nightmarish stuff in – like the guillotine, a huge-ass Frankenstein monster, and zombie nurse back-up dancers. It was just a thrill a minute. The 66-year-old is still singing like "I'm Eighteen” and that’s pretty damn amazing. 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

CAT FRIDAY: It's Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and Star needs a home

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I see it all too often. The playful, undeniably adorable little kittens (and puppies) are always picked over the calm, quiet, snuggly older cats (and dogs).

It's natural to gravitate toward the kittens. Baby animals are damn cute, and if someone brought me a kitten right now I wouldn't turn it away. But the senior cats and dogs, once adorable babies, too, who've been abandoned and surrendered to a shelter — these are the animals who really need more human attention and affection.

November is recognized nationally by shelters and rescue groups as "Adopt a Senior Pet Month," but this doesn't mean we should forget about those sweet oldies the rest of the year.

While the cons — health problems/risks, cost of care, emotional attachment fears — of adopting an animal nearing the end of its life are often the reasons people choose kittens first, older pets have many positive qualities often overlooked. They're calm. They're (usually) trained, or if not, they're actually better at catching on than younger animals. And, in more cases than with a younger animal, you're probably really saving a life when you adopt an older pet.

I'll admit I used to more often gravitate to the cuter and more active younger cats hanging out in the shelter's kitty room where I volunteer. But in the past couple years, a very special senior cat entered my life, and I've become totally won over by the quirks and qualities of senior cats. 

But there are too many cats out there like her who aren't as lucky to have such a loving home. Countless senior pets are patiently waiting, right now, for the day they're not overlooked, and someone comes to pick them instead of their younger, rowdy kennel neighbors. Pets like Star.

Star has been waiting to be adopted since March 2014.
  • Star has been waiting to be adopted since March 2014.

This beautiful, regal calico came to the Spokane Humane Society in March of this year, and because of her age and a (manageable) health issue, she's been waiting for a home for the eight months since. Shelter staff can't pinpoint why, because Star is the definition of a "star" cat. She's already declawed in the front, although she's so quiet and well-mannered, she'd probably never think of being destructive. 

Just because a cat has passed their kitten stage doesn't mean they're done with play time, and Star loves to bat around a toy or two when she's feeling frisky.

Since coming to the shelter, Star has been diagnosed with a very manageable condition, common in older cats, called hyperthyroidism. This requires her to take an inexpensive ($16/month) tablet twice a day, mixed into her food.

Star would do best in a calmer, quiet home. She doesn't particularly enjoy being around kids, who don't always understand she can't play all the time. All she really needs is someone who'll let her snuggle in their lap every once and a while. She doesn't really mind other cats, and lived with a feline companion before she was surrendered to the shelter. 

Star was recently featured at last weekend's Spokane Humane Society Furr Ball gala, at the Davenport Hotel, where many guests doted over her beautiful, silky fur and her incredible calmness in such a busy, loud setting. Unfortunately, even though she seemed to win the hearts of many that night, she didn't find the home she longs for. 

How wonderful if Star found a home for the holidays. She's not the only senior cat at SHS looking for a human to snuggle, though, and her other longtime friends at the shelter include Tigger, Stash, George, Fancy, Sam and Luna. SHS's partner shelters (SpokAnimal, SCRAPS) also have senior pets looking for homes, so if Star's not the cat for you, that's okay. We believe her special day will come!

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Transit, public use and the problem of parking lot pee-ers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Yesterday I went to the Spokane Transit Authority board meeting where the “task force” of concerned business owners — led by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Visit Spokane and Downtown Spokane Partnership — gave their opinion on how STA should use its Plaza.

The task force’s recommendations were mostly in line with STA’s existing plans, but they diverged in one hugely significant way. Rather than expanding the Plaza to bring in the community and create greater connectivity for non-transit users, they advocated the opposite. 

In Copenhagen, their bus stops double as quarterpipes. Can we at least have a Plaza that’s also an event space? - SAATCHI & SAATCHI
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  • In Copenhagen, their bus stops double as quarterpipes. Can we at least have a Plaza that’s also an event space?

They suggested moving all services to the first floor. Shuttering the second almost completely. Removing the existing escalator and not replacing it. Restricting all retail uses to only the sorts of things that transit riders might be interested in.

The only concrete example of transit-specific retail the task force offered was “employment services.” You know, because everyone who rides the bus is unemployed, and everyone who drives a car has a job. So a WorkSource branch would be a perfect transit-specific tenant for the Plaza.

After the meeting, I drove back (sorry STA) to Fellow, the coworking space I started last year. As I was parking, I noticed a man urinating on the building between two cars in our lot.

He wasn’t drunk- or stoned-seeming. He was just a dude, in need of relief, taking a leak in broad daylight.

He noticed me as he was finishing up and, with a hip hitch and a zip of the trousers, he smiled and said, “Hi there.”

My first thought was how that parking lot experience felt like a metaphor for what had just happened at STA — someone coming to a place my friends and I have worked very hard to make cool and literally taking a piss on it.

But upon reflection, it’s most productive to think of the parking lot incident less as metaphor than an illustration.

The task force’s plans will never achieve their desired effect because you can never restrict use in public spaces enough to get rid of the parking lot pee-er.

Let me paint a picture of the space in which he was peeing: It’s a surface lot on a stretch of Howard that has almost no street-level retail. It’s also near the train tracks. No one purposefully walks around there unless they have very specific business in one of the handful of buildings on the block. And even then, people drive up, park as close to their destination as possible and shuffle quickly indoors.

I’ve seen people get in their cars and drive from one side of the tracks to the other.

I’ve never felt unsafe in this lot or on the street itself. It’s just ill-suited for pedestrians and starved for destinations. As a result, I have only ever had neutral, negative or just weird experiences on that stretch of road. No one besides our parking lot pee-er hang out there because, besides the beautiful new SUMAC mural under the trestle, no one has given those blocks a second thought for maybe a decade.

Conversely, all the traits that make it a bad place to hang out and have positive experiences is exactly what makes it such a prime place to drive up and find some random dude peeing. It’s secluded and empty of people.

We all recognize the STA Plaza currently suffers from usage woes. It’s a big space without much going on, and big spaces that are empty of people are hard to secure. Both the STA’s plan and the task force’s plan seek to solve this problem, but in opposing ways.

The STA wants to increase amenities to open usage to the entire community, offer more opportunities for engagement and make the Plaza a gathering place. The task force is asking STA to narrow the Plaza’s feature set to only the sorts of things bus riders absolutely need.

The problem with that plan, of course, is that the Plaza is still a public space. Even if you reduce the use to basically nothing, people are still free to hang out.

We know what public spaces with low use look like. They look like the parking lot near Fellow. They look like the stretch of Wall between Riverfront Park and Riverside. They look like the slope of hillside below the Post Street substation.

We also know how to make those places safer: make them more engaging. We turn an unused hillside into Huntington Park. We plan events to offset the lack of retail on Wall.

The crazy thing here is that DSP, GSI and Visit Spokane have all recognized this. DSP was absolutely instrumental in helping Terrain put on Bazaar, the art market we launched this June on a disused stretch of Wall St. I’ve had conversations with folks at Visit Spokane about their desire to drive tourism by activating public squares all around the city. All three entities were enthusiastic supporters of our recently passed park bond.

They totally understand the vision!

I worry though, that because of the fraught, 20-year political history of the project, and the pressure being exerted by certain downtown businesses, no one is recognizing that the Plaza has the exact same potential for activation as Huntington Park or Wall Street. Honestly, I think it has an even greater potential, because it’s indoors and is already the nexus of our transit system.

Let me be the person who says this: Good as it is, I don’t think STA’s plan goes far enough.

One of the greatest revitalizations of a public space I know of is the transformation of Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square from a squat parking garage in the middle of the city into a thriving meeting place.

They did it with smart planning aimed at attracting the greatest diversity of people possible — just like STA has done — but then they went further: creating a separate entity to program the space, filling it with cool stuff a couple hundred times a year. Now it’s the home of concerts, festivals and events, a hub of downtown Portland, and a big tourist attraction.

Now imagine how it would feel if a tourist or business traveler coming to Spokane for the first time grabbed the shuttle from the airport, rode downtown and found themselves disembarking onto an art market, or a free concert, or just a bustling place with a diversity of people and a diversity of shops.

Isn’t that the sort of town you’d want to explore? Like, “Wow, if their bus Plaza is crackling like this, what must their clubs be like? Their restaurants? Their neighborhoods?”

Then who better to ferry that person around to those destinations than, you know, STA itself. The word “synergy” gets thrown around, but come on now.

Now imagine that same tourist getting off the shuttle to a Plaza renovated according to the task force’s specifications: a smaller, more utilitarian space for the workmanlike ferrying of people from place to place, with maybe an employment office in one corner.

At any other time than peak hours, the space would feel empty and maybe a little alienating. If that tourist had to spend any time waiting for a transfer in the task force’s version of the Plaza, I honestly ask myself who he or she would run into.

It’s still a public space, even if no one’s using it, so the only person I’d put money on is that smiley guy from the parking lot, making the most of the solitude to take a quiet pee in the corner. 

Luke Baumgarten is the interim co-executive director of Spokane Arts, a cofounder of Terrain, the founder of Fellow Coworking and former culture editor of the Inlander. He tweets @lukebaumgarten.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Alice Cooper, the Hoot Hoots album release and Flannel Fest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Just one last weekend before holiday music-playing can commence. Yes, I have a strict policy of no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, check out these awesome acts.

Barcelona isn’t from Spain; they’re an experimental pop three-piece from Seattle. Their 2014 series of three EPs called The Melodrama, about learning to love and be loved, is a poignant masterpiece. Catch them out at the Bartlett tonight at 8 pm … that is if you have tickets. The show is sold out.

The Lantern Tap House’s Flannel Fest is exactly what it sounds like. Show up wearing your best flannel and be prepared to drink beer. If you have a beard and thick-rimmed glasses you’ll probably have an even better time. Friday, local rockers the Camaros play and then Saturday you get Buffalo Jones and the Holy Deep. Both shows begin at 10 pm.

The Seattle-based Hoot Hoots come through Spokane often, and we appreciate that about them. Saturday, they’re back in town at the Bartlett touting a new album called Colorpunch. The 11 fresh tracks have so much verve for life, you’ll want to listen to it at home while dancing around in your underwear. At the show you’ll do the same thing, just with clothes on. The poppy synthesizers are infectious, everything about this fuzzed-out quartet is high-energized fun… and a little goofy. Especially look out for the song “See You” — you won’t be able to stop smiling. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $12 at the door.

Singer-songwriter, folk and pop music. Saturday’s winning Big Dipper show runs the gamut of styles with Smokey Brights, Planes on Paper, Cold Mountain Yeti and Matthew Winters. The all-ages show is $8 at the door and starts at 7 pm.

We already wrote a sweet essay on the L.A. glam-metal pioneers Mötley Crüe and why it’s too bad this is their very last tour. Read that here. Also, be sure to read our review of the show Sunday. And what we didn’t have time to talk about is shock-rocker Alice Cooper! The man is crazy on stage — campy and over-the-top. But in real life, and this could be his craziest move, the guy is also a follower of Jesus. His opening set Saturday at the Spokane Arena is not to be missed.

Also, in case you’re into classical music, you won’t want to miss this. 
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Behind the Cover: State of Mind

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM


You may wonder why we ran a black and white photo on the cover this week. We run every page in color, week in and week out and I enjoying seeing the design, illustrations and photos in color. This was a conscious decision on my part. As I was briefed on the cover package, which included a mental health resources guide and seven mental health profiles, I knew pretty quickly I wanted the package to run in black and white. For me, removing color allowed me to focus primarily on the emotions of each photo. Color sometimes introduces distractions in the background, on a piece of clothing or something else in the frame. By removing those variables, I wanted readers to focus on the person, only.

My goal was to take a portrait of each person, and when possible some event or other part of their lives, which is reflected within the issue. For the cover, I wanted to show a tight portrait, face forward with a neutral expression. I didn't want to show happiness or sadness or anger or any other overt emotion. I wanted the eyes to do the talking, which is also why I shot the portrait with a wide aperture, to focus primarily on the eyes and leave as much of the rest of the image as blurry as possible.

As soon as I photographed Marieka McPhee, I knew that her portrait was the one I wanted for the cover. Staring right back at the camera, she had a strong and stoic expression that lent itself well for a cover image.  Below is the photo before the title text and masthead were added. To read more mental health stories from this issue, go to:

Marieka McPhee - YOUNG KWAK
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Spokane Arts announces Laura Becker as its new executive director

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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  • Laura Becker

Three months after the resignation of Spokane Arts' executive director, Shannon Halberstadt, who ushered the reorganized arts nonprofit into new territory, the organization has announced a new leader in Spokane native Laura Becker.

Becker has been working in arts administration in Seattle since 2001, most recently as the lead of the Seattle Department of Transportation's 1% for Arts initiative, which allocates funds and installs art in SDOT facilities. Before that, Becker was a project manager for the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program, which brought her to Spokane frequently. During that time, she saw a city and an arts landscape that was quickly changing for the good.

"There's a young, vibrant energy [in Spokane] that I’ve been witnessing over the last five years," says Becker when we reached her by phone in Seattle, where she was in the middle of an arts installation.

"With all the creative talent in Spokane, people feel like they can live here and explore an arts career without having to leave town," says Becker, adding that this wasn't the case when she left for the University of Washington in the 1990s.

Becker will be in Spokane a few days a week next month getting acclimated at Spokane Arts before taking over full time at the beginning of the year. She plans to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to fundraising and planning for the longterm aims of the organization, which is coming off its first Spokane Arts month in October.
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WHAT'S UP TODAY? Mountain films and improv laughs at your family's expense

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The number of options in our event listings is mind-boggling, and the Staff Picks culled by our crafty pros here at the office are always spot-on. We encourage you to peruse on your own, but if you don't have time, here are a few options that caught our eye for Friday, Nov. 21: 

FILM/SPORTS & OUTDOORS | The films that make up the Banff Mountain Film Festival each year inevitably include some mind-blowing scenery of peaks and valleys never seen before. Friday night marks the opening of three days of movies at the Bing. Here's a look at some of what we have to look forward to: 

COMEDY | Talk about an improv topic ripe for comedy, the Blue Door Theatre is spending Fridays in November doing Family Dinner, an improv show based on audience suggestions about their own family members. 

THEATER | This is your last weekend to catch The Modern Theater's take on the classic play The Glass Menagerie. You can read our story about recent changes at the theater before you go.  

WORDS | You have another opportunity to hear some readings from local poetry collection Railtown Almanac Friday night at the EWU Riverpoint campus. You can read more about the book in our story here
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MB: Mt. Spokane expansion approved, GOP files ACA suit; fire plane co. moves to West Plains

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM


The Washington state Parks Commission yesterday voted to approve a ski area expansion on Mt. Spokane's southwest facing slope. (KXLY)

City Council President Ben Stuckart agreed to pay a $250 fine for violating the city's ethics code. (Inlander)

The STA is moving forward with plans for a $72 million project to create the "Central City Line," a trolley line from Browne's Addition through downtown to Gonzaga and SCC. (S-R)

After two weeks of student protests over how Gonzaga addresses sexual assault, the school's Title IX coordinator has unexpectedly resigned. (Inlander)

Firefighting plane company Aero-Flight is moving its operations to the West Plains, expected to create about 65 jobs. (KHQ)


Well, it's happened — the House Republicans have filed their long-threatened lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the ACA. (CNN)

Predictions for the St. Louis grand jury's pending decision over charging Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (WaPost)

Details are surfacing on Florida State shooter Myron May, who showed signs of distress and paranoia leading up to yesterday's events. (NY Daily News)


Coming back from the dead, Nintendo is expected to have a smashing holiday season of sales. (Fortune)
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gonzaga Title IX coordinator resigns, students ask to be included in hiring replacement

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

About 40 students demonstrated at Gonzaga this week to call for changes to the school's sexual assault policies. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • About 40 students demonstrated at Gonzaga this week to call for changes to the school's sexual assault policies.

After two weeks of students calling for changes to the way the school addresses sexual assault, Gonzaga University's Title IX coordinator, who handles all reports of sexual assault on campus, has resigned.

The school's human resources department confirmed that Sarah Green resigned Wednesday and "has left the university," but would not provide any more details. Green's voicemail now directs callers to the assistant director of human resources, Gretchen Stoup, who will temporary fill the job.

Eric Baldwin, who oversees student conduct and counseling as the dean of student well being and healthy living, said he found out about Green's resignation today and has "absolutely no context" about why she left.

Leaders of the student group that's been organizing on campus — we wrote about them this week here — say they found out about Green's departure when they were told she wouldn't be attending a panel discussion tonight being put on by the student group Students Advocating Sexual Health Awareness. The students were also given "absolutely no details" about her resignation, but quickly emailed Baldwin to ask for student involvement in the hiring of her replacement.

"There's a general feeling of we don’t really trust the administration. We've seen people be silenced, we've seen things mishandled, and we want to have a stronger voice in how things are dealt with to restore trust," says Meg Besch, one of the leaders of the student movement. "Having a voice in hiring the person creating the policies that keep us safe or don’t keep us safe is something that needs to happen."

Baldwin says he will lobby the administration to involve students as a search for Green's replacement begins. Meanwhile, he says, his office will continue to work with them on the changes they hope to see to the way the school handles reports of sexual assault and supports survivors. The hiring of a new counselor and changes to the counseling intake process have decreased wait times for students in need of those services, he says. (Students complained that they had previously been asked to wait two months for counseling. As of today, there are no students on the wait list for counseling appointments, according to Baldwin.) The school is also close to finalizing a contract with nonprofit Lutheran Community Services to provide a victim advocate on campus. A victim advocate, unlike a Title IX employee, is not required to report instances of sexual assault if the victim doesn't want to report or wants to do so anonymously. Anyone hired by the university is subject to Title IX rules, but using a contract would allow an exemption for Lutheran's employees and a new resource on campus for students who've experienced sexual assault. Baldwin says he expects that contract to be finalized by next week.

Along with those changes, the students are still calling for more, including an on-campus survivors' support group and harsher penalties for students found to have committed sexual assault. Besch, the student leader, says her group met once with Green and she seemed open to their ideas, but "we don't feel like [her resignation is] going to hurt our momentum."

"That's not something we're going to allow to happen," Besch says. "We're going to keep pushing to get the changes we think we need here."

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Weekly report: Ski area expansion, stormwater risks and wildlife research

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

A first dusting of snow falls on the National Weather Service station west of Spokane this morning. - JACOB JONES
  • Jacob Jones
  • A first dusting of snow falls on the National Weather Service station west of Spokane this morning.

OUTLANDER serves as a weekly round up of Inland Northwest outdoor recreation and natural resources news. This feature will highlight a wide variety of issues and events, ranging from camping stories to national environmental disputes. We’ll also try to include some scenic photos. Feel free to pass along suggestions or curiosities that celebrate the Great Outdoors.

Just a week short of Thanksgiving, Spokane finally gets its first dusting of snow for the season. Check out Snowlander for information on local ski resorts and other inspiration for making the most of it.

In related news, the state parks commission this morning approved a ski area expansion at Mt. Spokane that drew sharp opposition from local conservationists. (KHQ) Who spoke against it last night. (KXLY)

A couple of film showings celebrate the awe-inspiring outdoors, with acclaimed "Valley Uprising" showing tonight and Banff Film Festival selections showing this weekend. (Inlander)

Also, some quick tips for getting your skis in shape for the season. (Outside)

And advice for snowshoeing like a pro. (Backpacker)

Moving on from winter sports, wildlife officials ask for misdemeanor charges in the killing of a wolf in Whitman County. (NWSportsman)

If you're missing summer angling, check out this travel feature on Spokane's rewarding urban flyfishing. (NW Flyfishing)

Renovation work will make the popular Tubbs Hill trail wheelchair accessible. (SR)

Check out a new recreation plan for the Snoqualmie Pass area and offer feedback by Dec. 19. (DNR)

Washington-based research shows stormwater can kill salmon in a matter of hours. (AP)

So maybe consider going out to clean up along the Spokane River this Saturday with Gonzaga. (Riverkeeper)

A new investigation also shows how Boeing has opposed clean up efforts in Washington's Duwamish River. (INVW)

The state Attorney General's Office plans to sue the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to bolster worker safety protections. (AGO)

Meanwhile environmental groups have sued to protect habitat for the lynx, which includes portions of Northeast Washington. (Conservation Northwest)

Montana researchers looking for a better understanding of how hunters and bears interact. (Billings Gazette)

Researchers and video effects provide vivid explanation of how herds move across protected wilderness in Wyoming. (Biodiversity Institute)

The U.S. Senate rejected a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline this week by a single vote. (CNN)

But India's coal rush could tip climate change. (NYT)

Just as NOAA confirms this year has seen five record warm months. (AP)

And industrial pollution is turning Canadian lakes into jelly. So we can look forward to that. (WaPost)

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