Friday, November 21, 2014

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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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
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  • 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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Stuckart settles ethics complaint, will pay $250 fine

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM


Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has agreed to a deal with the city's ethics committee over a complaint that he violated the ethics code by forwarding a confidential email to the president of the local fire union.

The committee found that it had the jurisdiction and initial evidence to hold a full hearing on the complaint, but allowed Stuckart to agree to a "stipulation," acknowledging he committed the violation and paying a $250 fine instead of facing a hearing, says Mike Piccolo, the city council's attorney.

Stuckart tells the Inlander he proposed the $250, which is “not going to break my bank, but is a fine nonetheless that I deserve to pay.” He says he doesn’t think the agreement will affect his relationship with the administration or any future elections.

In the more than seven years since the city's ethics code was passed and the committee was created to hear possible violations, no one has been found guilty of a violation or had to pay a fine like the one Stuckart has agreed to, Piccolo says.

The complaint against Stuckart was forwarded to the committee by City Attorney Nancy Isserlis last month. Specifically, she said Stuckart and other council members received an email from Assistant City Attorney Erin Jacobson about the course of legal action the city would take after losing a case in which the local fire union challenged the city's reorganization of the fire department, and Stuckart forwarded that email to Don Waller, the president of Local 29.

Isserlis wrote in her complaint that she "believe[d] Mr. Stuckart was aware he was forwarding confidential information to the party opposing the City in pending litigation." She said she discovered the forwarded email while looking into a separate complaint from Waller about a budget action.

When Isserlis forwarded the issue to the committee, Stuckart admitted to sending the email and apologized, but said it was nothing that wasn't already "common knowledge in the press or wasn’t already argued in the court case."

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Inside the Kennel Club: Show us your game day get-up

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Inlander contributors and Gonzaga seniors Franny Wright and Jenna Mulligan will be taking you inside the Kennel Club, the Zag's renowned student section in this occasional series to give you some insight as to what makes these kids amongst the rowdiest in all of college hoops.

Rather than cheer as the typical bright red sea of jumping fans, the student section at last night's insane 94-42 win over Saint Joseph's wanted to blend in. Many Zags tossed some camouflage over their Kennel Club shirts to "hunt the Hawks," while others chose outfits that would stick out a little more for those ESPN cameras. It wasn't just these getups that distracted St. Joe's to the point that they only scored 10 points in the first half, but it might have helped.

"The G.I. Fairy"
Tonight we are hunting, so we're coming out in camo to support the Zags in taking down the Hawks!

"A Bunny of a Different Color"
I saw this pink bunny costume on Amazon, and just knew I needed it for games.

"The Big Bush"
I figured I might as well go all out for camo night and be a bush.

"The Bo-Nanner"
Well, I just had this banana suit lying around, and I combined it with my friend here's shirt!

"The Job Hunter"
Hunting the hawks is a great excuse to pull out all of my camo, and this sign probably can't hurt either.

The Zags finish up their four-game opening home stand on Saturday night against St. Thomas Aquinas, a Division II school from New York. They head to Madison Square Garden after that for a Thanksgiving Eve matchup against Georgia in the NIT Season Tip-Off. That game is at 6:30 pm on ESPN2.
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WHAT'S UP TODAY? Neil Diamond covers, rock climbers and garage rockers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

We have a slew of event listings always online for your perusal, and Staff Picks chosen by our savvy staff of professionals. If you don't have time to go through them all, we can help. 

Here are some fine options for Thursday, Nov. 20: 

LIVE BANDS | If you didn't read our story about Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute band featuring Spokane native Vince Littleton, go ahead and do that right here. Then go sing along to hits like "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "Sweet Caroline" when Super Diamond hits the Knitting Factory Thursday night. 

WORDS | Joanna Luloff is the latest guest in Gonzaga's Visiting Writer's Series, and will discuss her first published collection of short stories, The Beach at Galle Road, as well as her time in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | REI continues its ongoing series of helpful workshops geared to help you make the most out of your outdoor experiences. Thursday night, they host Getting To Know Your GoPro

FILM | You only get one chance in Spokane to see Reel Rock 9: Valley Uprising, the doc about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of the sport, and it's Thursday at Perry Street Brewing. 

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett is hosting a super-sized triple-bill Thursday, headlined by Chicago garage-rock pups Twin Peaks, who will be joined by Meatbodies and Criminal Hygiene. Here's a bit of what Twin Peaks has to offer: 

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