• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 14-20, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 35

News & Comment

  • Hypocrites unite!

    Hal Clifford is a known hypocrite," wrote one of my many fans several years ago. I've always treasured that phrase, and I repeat it often because it's completely true. I fight logging companies, but I live in a house built of wood. I despi
  • Sunken Cinema

    While there's usually big cause for celebration upon the release of a new animated feature from the folks at Disney, something about this new one, the story of a turn-of-the-20th-century search for the legendary sunken continent, just doesn't
  • Citizen Critique

    Guns go off and bullets whiz by. Bombs explode in great Technicolor bursts. Airplanes dive and crash or save themselves at the last second. Ships hit by torpedoes buckle and implode, then turn over and sink with hu
  • Diamond in daylight

    The Spokane Indians baseball team is cutting back on its use of electricity this season, which is only fitting since the team's home is Avista Stadium. Instead of its normal start time of 7:05 pm, the Indians are moving their nightly gam
  • Born at the Bray

    One of the first things you discover in studying contemporary ceramics is that the word pottery has two meanings. Pottery is, of course, the finished vessel -- the satisfying curl of a mug, the limitless possibility of an empty bowl, the bla
  • Blast from the past

    The field of tall grass is strangely quiet. Suddenly a band of horsemen bursts from a pine thicket and charges across the field. Dressed in gray and carrying a Confederate battle standard, they fire noisy black powder pistols on a contingent
  • Women on a mission

    About a year after Patsy Clarke's son Mark died from AIDS in 1994, she sat down and wrote a family friend. A powerful U.S. Senator, the friend had been close to her late husband, and vice versa. But this senator had also recently been quo
  • The bare minimum

    Nobody wants to be poor. True, some may dedicate their lives to poverty and service, but most of the everyday working people who end up a handful of bucks short of paying the last bill didn't set out with that in mind. Today's working adu
  • Sign language

    Users of the soon-to-be-opened "Rails to Trails" recreational path through North Idaho could face some scary warnings along its 72-mile course from the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer to the town of Mullan. As proposed, signs po
  • Living hand to mouth

    Flipping burgers. Cleaning house. Waitressing. Retail work. These are often the jobs we get fresh out of the gate, when we're just starting out, saving for a car, putting ourselves through school or getting that all-important "experience" t
  • The Beat goes on

    Local musician JEFF SCHMIDT has discovered that music (unlike crime) does pay, though sometimes it can take a couple decades of hard work and dedication before recognition (and the steady paycheck that goes with it) comes a-knockin'. Then
  • Our Lady Peace, Spiritual Machines

    Ostensibly a concept album based on writer Ray Kurzweil's treatise on artificial intelligence (complete with short monologues by the author interspersed between cuts), Spiritual Machines sounds distinctly un-spiritual and more than just a
  • Desert island discs

    At first I thought it was really tough to choose only five CDs to be stranded on an island with. But since I don't have a solar powered CD player, I would gladly trade them for some chicken. Kiss, Alive: I've liked early Kiss ever since

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