Thursday, December 8, 2016

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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On December 9, give back to the community with $10 Schweitzer tickets

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Schweitzer's 2015 Community Day
  • Schweitzer's 2015 Community Day

This Friday, hit the slopes on Schweitzer for only $10 for an all-day pass. No, it's not a scam, it's Schweitzer's annual "Community Day," where the resort gives back to the community by offering tickets for a lower price, and then donating all profits from the day to local charities.

Schweitzer donates 100 percent of the revenue to local non-profits Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPICC) and Community Cancer Services (CCS). BPICC has served the uninsured population in Bonner County since 2003, providing basic health care, prescription services, and more; CCS provides information and emotional and financial support to members of the Sandpoint community affected by cancer. Schweitzer has been able to donate over $149,717 to these non-profits; a lot of money knowing many people struggle with health care in the area.

Community Day is meant to be cheap, with low ticket prices drawing in more skiers and snowboarders (including those who may not usually be able to afford the prices.) For $10 you can spend a day enjoying yourself, knowing you gave back to the community— and even if you don't ski, you can purchase a ticket online and choose the organization you'd like to donate to. Tickets will also be on sale directly from the organizations' outlets and across Schweitzer on Dec. 9, with all proceeds made on the mountain being split evenly between the two organizations. On-mountain ticket sales begin at 8:30am and lifts are open 9 am  to 3:30 pm.
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Pentagon's cover-up, Baumgartner's amendment plan and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:13 AM


ARTS & CULTURE: Here are some ways you can help local families during the holidays.

MUSIC: Guns N' Roses has scheduled a show at The Gorge for September 3, 3017.


Michael Baumgartner
  • Michael Baumgartner
Changing the rules
The state legislature has for years failed to meet its obligation to fully fund public schools as mandated by the state supreme court's McCleary decision. So what's the solution? According to state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, lawmakers should amend the state constitution to rewrite the parts that formed the basis for the court's ruling, instead of following it as currently written. (Spokesman-Review)

Skipping school
A 5-year-old girl somehow walked away from school at Sheridan Elementary, undetected by staff before an STA bus driver picked her up and brought her to police. Spokane Public Schools says security measures have been put in place to ensure it doesn't happen again. (KHQ)

Tax increase
Spokane county commissioners approved a 1-percent property tax increase yesterday in a 2-1 vote. Though that revenue typically would be used for road improvements, commissioners instead funneled it into the county's general fund to balance the budget. (Spokesman-Review)

Burying the evidence
The Pentagon requested a study to figure out how to become more efficient, but when the final report identified $125 billion in bureaucratic waste, Pentagon leaders tried to hide the results — until the Washington Post found them.

Spreading the truth

Donald Trump met yesterday with a former Democratic presidential candidate who won the popular vote and lost the election — not Hillary Clinton, but Al Gore. Gore says they had a "lengthy and very productive session."
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Guns N' Roses schedules show at The Gorge for September 3, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:11 PM

The current version of Guns N' Roses revolves around Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash (center three)
  • The current version of Guns N' Roses revolves around Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash (center three)

Among the least predictable success stories in the music biz this year was the reunion (of sorts) of Guns N' Roses for the Coachella music festival and a slew of stadium dates across the U.S. and South America.

Billed as the "Not In This Lifetime..." tour, the reunion of volatile lead singer Axl Rose with guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan proved both a critical and commercial winner, which was surprising given the bad blood between the old bandmates and Rose's (apparently former) propensity for showing up hours late for shows. The fact that founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin wasn't involved at all, and original drummer Steven Adler was just an occasional guest for a song or two, didn't damper enthusiasm for hearing old chestnuts like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone" and "You Could Be Mine" delivered by three-fifths of one of the great rock bands of the late '80s/early '90s.

The tour proved so successful, in fact, that the band added a slew of European dates and some more American shows for 2017, including a gig at The Gorge in Washington on September 3, 2017. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday at 10 am. Early access to tickets is possible for people who join the band's fan club, Nightrain; $45 and $85 levels come with a variety of perks, t-shirts and assorted trinkets as well as the ability to buy four tickets before the public on-sale Saturday. The presale is going already.

Tickets for the public start at $90 for general admission, with seats and pit passes to the front of the stage going for $250 and up. They are available through Ticketmaster right here.

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Adopt a local family for the holidays and give back to the community

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Most of us look forward to the holidays — time spent with loved ones, gift exchanges and religious celebrations. Yet, many families in our community also view the holidays as an incredibly stressful time as they struggle to make ends meet while trying to provide holiday joy for those they love. These families need help to make their children’s wishes come true, as well as their own. If you feel grateful for your own blessings this season, consider helping provide hope and joy to other families through the following programs:

YWCA Adopt-a-Family Holiday Giving Program
This holiday giving program supports women, children and families that have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. Each mother and her children provide a list of items needed/wanted for the holidays, as well as some details about the situation the mother is in and details about her and her children’s lives. Individuals or organizations can choose to sponsor one or more of the families' wish lists. For more information, contact program coordinator Melanie Wilson, at [email protected]

Christmas Wish
Started by 92.9 ZZU’s Ken Hopkins and Dave Sposito in 1995, this program seeks to help local families in need around the holidays. You can buy a raffle ticket, donate new toys or buy a paper ornament; all gifts directly support Christmas Wish and help a family in the community have a brighter and more hopeful Christmas.

Tree of Sharing
This long-time annual program provides gifts for children and families who may not be able to receive gifts otherwise. Pick up a gift request tag at River Park Square, Spokane Valley Mall or Northtown Mall. Each tag lists the age, gender and needs of the particular child and the deadline for returning the gift (this Sunday, Dec. 11!). For those financially unable to adopt a whole family, this is a way to make a difference in a family’s Christmas that will bring joy and laughter to the children provided for.

Project Hope
This program of the Spokane County Jail Ministries seeks to provide gifts and bibles to families with children who visit the jail at Christmastime to see family members serving time there. You can adopt a family and buy the children gifts, with the option to deliver items in person to the family, or donate cash so that someone else can buy and deliver gifts. The program is a way to provide gifts to children who may have one or both primary caregivers in the jail, not able to be home with their loved ones for the holidays.
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