Thursday, June 25, 2015

Important things to remember when it gets way too hot this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

The latest weather forecast for the next seven days has projected highs a bit lower than initially expected. - KXLY
  • KXLY
  • The latest weather forecast for the next seven days has projected highs a bit lower than initially expected.

Hide yo' kids, hide yo' self — from the sun's ungodly heat, that is — 'cause it's going to be pretty unbearably hot this weekend, and into next week. Pretty shitty timing considering it's HOOPFEST, and IRONMAN weekend, arguably the biggest outdoor sports weekend of the year for the Inland Northwest.

Let's also not forget that all of Washington state was declared in a drought back in May, due to non-existent snowpack levels in the mountains, which now means many Northwest streams and rivers are at all-time flow lows

To combat the weekend heat, Ironman organizations have moved the start time of the race up a half-hour, from 6 am to 5:30 am. Plus, there are many places to escape the heat-radiating asphalt in downtown Spokane if you're heading to Hoopfest.

The Spokane Convention Center hosts Spokane Fanfest, offering free access to the center's restrooms and tables (you can also pay to rent a table or a room). Food trucks, a beer garden and live music round out the weekend event, open Friday through Sunday.

Meanwhile, the downtown branch of Inland Northwest Bank (INB) is also opening its doors to the public as a place to cool off between games, but note that you do need to pick up a ticket to gain entry from an INB location before the event. Tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis since space is limited. The hospitality area is offering free food, beverages, massages, a kid's area and athlete warm-up zone.

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PLAYLIST: Hot tunes to help keep your cool this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 1:32 PM

This heat. Ugh.

We in the Inland Northwest are fine with the humidity-free temps swirling around 90 degrees F. But when the thermometer pushes well over 100, as it’s predicted to do this weekend just in time for the Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathalon competition and Hoopfest, we don't quite know how to handle it.

So we've compiled a list of 10 songs to keep your spirits up, in spite of the heat. Feel free to listen to this while eating popsicles and sitting in a ice water-filled kiddie pool. 

10. Fleet Foxes, “Sun It Rises”
This Seattle folk act’s beautiful whiney crooning is perfect for the beginning of a hot, hot day.

9. The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer in the City”
It’s no wonder this song topped the Billboard charts back in 1966, it’s just so damn catchy. Plus, the words: “All around, people looking half dead / Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head,” describe this weekend perfectly.

8. Violent Femmes, “Blister in the Sun”
It’s fine that this song isn’t really about the sunshine or the heat at all. Listen anyway, and relive all the other times you got this song stuck in your head.

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One thing that isn't getting more expensive: sex-for-hire

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:08 AM

  • Economist
Around the world, sex workers are charging less per hour for their services than they were a decade ago, according to an analysis by the Economist. Last year the Economist compiled 190,000 sex-worker profiles from review forums. They found that the average price per hour for sex had fallen from $340 in 2006 to $260 in 2014. Street-walking prostitutes typically charge a lot less for their services and their customers don’t rate them on persnickety review sites, so they would likely not be included in the average. The Spokane Police Department's ongoing enforcement efforts along East Sprague allow a peek at what sex sells for locally:

Officer Caitlyn Anderson was working decoy duty May 8. "My duties were to pose as a prostitute working the area in front of Pete's Auto and being available for any potential customers," writes Anderson in her incident report. At 8:40 pm a man pedaled by on a bicycle.
"You working?" the guy on the bike asked.
Anderson ignored him; he came closer.
"How much for a BJ?"
"What?" said Anderson.
"I'll give you $5 for a blow job."
Anderson agreed to meet him in the alley and signaled for the backup team to take the bicycle-riding cheapskate into custody.

An hour later, Officer Marie Rosenthal was pretending to be a prostitute in front of Pete's Auto when a Ford Mustang cruised by, slow. The driver nodded at Rosenthal, circled the block and stopped in the middle of the road. Rosenthal walked over to the car.
"You want a date?" she asked.
He did.
"I opened the passenger door and asked him if he wanted a blow job or were we going around the world," writes Rosenthal in her report.
"A hundred fifty for a BJ," said the driver. He then refused her invitation to meet in the alley and sped away to be taken into custody.

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MB: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, Hoopfest brackets and the Affleck Curse

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM


Adrian Dominguez officially resigned from the Police Ombudsman Commission Wednesday, but he did not go quietly. (Inlander)

A Sprague teenager pleaded guilty to kidnapping a local toddler. (Spokesman-Review)

The Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon is moving to August next year, and there will be a new triathlon in its traditional weekend. (Inlander)

Hoopfest released its brackets for 2015. (KREM)


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, once again, rejecting the argument of a conservative group that only people in states who set up their own health care exchanges should get federal subsidies for health care. (Washington Post)

President Obama teamed up with Republicans to get the trade legislation he wanted, but at what cost? (New York Times)

Ben Affleck took down another franchise—this time his performance got PBS's Finding Your Roots suspended. (BBC)

The Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death Wednesday, and finally spoke to his victims. (CNN)
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

IRONMAN CdA changes date for next year and adds another race

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM

  • Matt Weigand
Ironman officials announced today that they are moving their Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathlon to late August next year. At first you may think the move is to avoid things like the ridiculous heat participants will face this year (which forced them to bump up the race times), but it turns out there are other reasons. They aren’t, in fact, running away from June weather because they are introducing an entirely new triathlon, Ironman 70.3, in the regular time slot.

Ironman 70.3 will take place on June 26, 2016. This race gives a wider audience a chance to participate because it’s only one loop of each discipline instead of two like the original Ironman race — meaning the new triathlon is half the distance of the existing Ironman. Another plus is that 70.3 CdA is the same course as the original, so athletes can train for Ironman CdA by participating in the added triathlon.

Another reason to move Ironman Coeur d’Alene to the new date of August 21, 2016, is that organizers hope Lake Coeur d'Alene will warm up throughout the months prior to the race day. As Ironman athletes have to swim two whole loops in the chilly lake, this change is sure to be a welcomed one when those loops come in August instead of June.  

For those of you who like to be ahead of schedule, general registration will open on Monday, June 29, for Ironman Coeur d’Alene and Monday, July 6, for IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene.

Also announced was the extension of Ironman Coeur d’Alene through 2020.
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Dominguez quits Ombudsman Commission: "Process has been anything but fair"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Adrian Dominguez: Not a fan of the Office of the Police Ombudsman investigation. - EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PHOTO
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  • Adrian Dominguez: Not a fan of the Office of the Police Ombudsman investigation.

Tomorrow, the City Council will hold a special session to consider the recent resignation of Adrian Dominguez from the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission. His resignation is the third departure of the five member committee, after Kevin Berkompas and Rachel Dolezal, to come after a scathing investigation found several commission members had behaved in harassing and destructive ways. 

Adrian Dominguez, an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional Health District who once led the writing of this huge report, was singled out several times in the report. He was accused of breaking open public meeting requirements:
Comm’r Conklin informed us that Comm’r Dominguez contacted her on May 5 in order to ensure she would be voting for the 360 Degree Evaluation proposal that was on the agenda for that evening. Comm’r Conklin advised Comm’r Dominguez wished to obtain Comm’r Conklin’s support for the proposal because he was unable to attend the meeting, but wanted to be assured there would be three affirmative votes. Without Comm’r Dominguez’ third vote the proposal could not be passed. Comm’r Conklin stated it appeared that the Named Commissioners had agreed to support the proposal before it was presented to Comm’r Conklin and Comm’r Richter at the May 5 meeting.
In particular, Dominguez was singled out for his "unprofessional" treatment of the complainant over her failure to put the reimbursement of his travel expenses ahead of other Office of the Police Ombudsman business. The clash between the two, witnesses said, became heated. 

One email from Dominguez to the whistleblower rambled angrily: 
Yes I do have a problem with your choice to put other OPO business before paperwork you received on a Friday, thus pushing it to be completed on the following Monday or Tuesday (as you cannot recall which day it was ... I'm going with Tuesday). I still have yet to received [sic] check. Again you don't seem to not [sic] acknowledge my frustration. Yes there is a lack of communication. If you did not have time to do the paperwork then you should have said so. Again, you don't seem to understand this. I don't need to talk to anyone. What's done is done, however I did not know you reported to Theresa Sanders or Tim Szambelan. So is what I'm hearing [sic], if we have a problem we need to talk with Theresa Sanders or Tim Szambelan? I will be talking with Rachel and Kevin about this matter. This process is not working and needs to be resolved.
He was also accused of bias against police officers and of using OPO resources inappropriately. 
[The complainant] reports Comm’r Dominguez began having office hours in the OPO while he was on administrative leave from the Spokane Regional Health District. Although Comm’r Dominguez insisted he was not there to “babysit” ...  his practice was to come to the OPO for several hours at time, set up his laptop and work on other matters. [The complainant] observed that on several occasions Comm’r Dominguez used the printer/copier in the OPO to make large numbers of copies for non-OPO business.

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Coeur d'Alene Casino hosts the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM

A shot from the 2012 Keeping the Homefires Burning event - SEVENTH GENERATION FUND
  • Seventh Generation Fund
  • A shot from the 2012 Keeping the Homefires Burning event

The Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort and Hotel is hosting the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for an event called Keeping the Homefires Burning.

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is an organization that was founded in 1977 during the cultural, social, and political renaissance era of the time. Executive Director Tia Oros Peters says that the organization came "out of a dream and a vision," and includes chiefs, clan mothers, youth and community activists who work to respond to the needs of grassroots indigenous communities.

The organization focuses its efforts on cultural revitalization, leadership innovation, community-based support and pure learning. Peters says that it is through these foundations that the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is able to transcend geography and boarders to promote learning and growth. 

Now in its 20th year, Keeping the Homefires Burning is three-day event that consists of educational sessions and speeches from a variety of indigenous leaders and panels throughout the Native community. Peters says the theme for the event this year is "Building Native Assets," and topics will include "strong identity, devotion to community and family, openness to meet others and building a future for everybody."

Group sessions from speakers, as well as board members of the Seventh Generation Fund, will focus on a variety of topics ranging from Native hip-hop, to culturally relevant healing strategies, to community empowerment.

Keeping the Homefires Burning hopes to bring between 150-170 participants from throughout the Inland Northwest, as well as from across the country to learn more about indigenous communities and engage in dialogue. 
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Two MAC exhibits close this weekend, but new art is on the way

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Pastels owned by Spokane artist Sheila Evans, featured in The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. - DEAN DAVIS
  • Dean Davis
  • Pastels owned by Spokane artist Sheila Evans, featured in The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis.

This Sunday, June 28, two exhibits currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture are coming to a close. But, the museum has a few new exhibits on the schedule for the rest of the year, featuring art from near and far.  

One of the two closing exhibits is Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Comprised of 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures and films by 25 Emirati artists, this exhibit is a reflection of how the United Arab Emirates has approached economic development over the last 40 years, while also maintaining its people's tradition and heritage. Director of Museum Experience at the MAC, John Andrew Moredo-Burch says the exhibit is only being featured in a handful of U.S. cities. After its run in Spokane, Past Forward make two more stops before returning to Dubai.

Also closing after a seven-month run is The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. For the collection, the Spokane-based photographer captured the palettes of two dozen artists, all who have a connection to the Inland Northwest. Some photos are displayed alongside a piece of art by the featured artist to show the connection between the palette and the finished piece. 

Though two exhibits are closing, there will be new art filling the two gallery spaces soon. Moredo-Burch says replacing one of the current exhibits will be works from Saranac Art Projects, a local, non-profit artist cooperative that brings together artists and curators in the Inland Northwest. The new exhibit is set to open on July 24, running through the middle of September.

Following that, the MAC welcomes the Spokane Watercolor Society from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 for a juried show that is open to all watercolor artists. 

And from Nov. 14 to Feb. 7, 2016, New York artist Sean Kenney's exhibit, Nature Connects, comes to the MAC. Nature Connects is a series of works made from Lego toys. Kenney's art includes portraits, home decor and sculptures, all made from the tiny, plastic pieces.

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WW: Pot legalization hitting one-year anniversary—take our short survey and tell us a story!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 9:56 AM

Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email [email protected]

Washington is approaching the one-year anniversary of I-502 kicking in and making recreational marijuana stores legal in the state. We're currently working on some stories to commemorate the birthday, and as part of that we're asking readers to share some stories from the first year of legalization, and to take a survey about their marijuana habits (including not using it at all). 

Please help us out! You can click right here to take our quick and easy 15-question survey. It's totally anonymous, although you can share your email with us if you're willing to chat with a reporter for a potential story

And you can click right here to tell us any unusual, funny or scary stories from the first year of legalized weed in Washington. Again, totally anonymous, although we'll need your email to verify your story. 

As added incentive, we'll be picking four people at random from our survey to win $25 gift cards to local restaurants from among the folks who share their email with us. 
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MB: Naming WSU med school, America's homegrown terrorists, Palin unemployed

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM


There's an effort to name the new WSU medical school in Spokane after Elson Floyd, the school president who died over the weekend. (Spokesman-Review)

Spokane is preparing for the insane heat coming our way this weekend by setting up cooling centers for folks needing a spot to cool off. (KXLY)

Some members of the Marks family, well known to Spokane natives as the Gypsy family with long-running disputes with the city, are suing the governor, Spokane mayor and pretty much everyone else in Washington. (Inlander)

The Coeur d'Alene Ironman adjusted its schedule due to the heat wave hitting this weekend. (Inlander)


Many states are ramping up their own anti-gay laws in anticipation of the Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling. (AlJazeera-America)

Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed on American soil by homegrown American terrorists and white supremacists than by Muslim jihadists in the years since 9/11.  

Sarah Palin and Fox News are breaking up. (CNN)
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