• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 8-14, 2001
  • Vol. 9, No. 4

News & Comment

  • Winter Sports 2001 - Canada

    Inland Northwest winter sports enthusiasts take two different paths to vacation bliss during the annual frosty, dark time. One features endless rounds of golf in the warm Mexican sun. The other is characterized by several thousand vertica
  • Mount Spokane

    Mount Spokane has always been Spokane's favorite winter getaway. Where else can you go night skiing after work? Only an hour from downtown Spokane (okay, we know, most of you make it up there in, like, 45 minutes), Mt. Spokane has
  • Every second counts

    On 24, the stylish, darkly lit CIA thriller from FOX, a digital clock appears in the opening scene, as well as before and after every commercial break. It is accompanied by an eerie, high-pitched, two-toned "tick-tock" sound, as the sec
  • So you like to watch?

    We appreciate the playful attitude of the posters for the 3rd annual Gay/Lesbian Film Festival, with their rhinestone-studded, faintly Dame Edna-esque spectacles. We also like the event's tagline ("Do You Like to Watch?"), which is as funny
  • Trapped in the ice

    Heroes can be fools, yet remain heroic. What was heroic about explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton assembling a crew of 27 men and 69 Canadian sled dogs to make a trans-Antarctic quest to the South Pole in 1914, despite that destination having alre
  • Lookout Pass

    We won't bore you with the details, but due to an accident of nature -- called a "microclimate" by smarty-pants weathercasters -- Lookout Pass is usually the region's first ski resort to open and the last to close. And even though Lo
  • A Quick Tour

    Visually, the MAC is itself a stunning work of art. Most striking is the new exhibition/education building, with its vaulted wooden roof, its glass and granite walls and its dramatic, elongated silhouette. Visitors enter here, to be greeted
  • Snowskating

    Andy Wolf loved skateboarding and earned his green as a professional snowboarder during the '90s, but felt unfulfilled on the snow. He needed, he says, a way to reconcile the two loves of his sporting life. Thus was born the snowskate.
  • Covert operations

    There's a sinking feeling a few minutes into this film, just after the pulse pounding Chinese prison-break sequence that opens it, when the scene shifts over to CIA headquarters in Washington. It's explained that today is Nathan Muir's (Rober
  • Big Mountain

    The pride of Whitefish, Mont., is counted among the top 20 resorts in the nation by Ski magazine; in sheer skiable acreage alone, it is the largest in North America. The resort's Hellroaring Basin is legendary, and you can even b
  • A bigger better MAC

    When the Cheney Cowles Museum quietly closed its doors for renovation two years ago, it was hard to imagine the profound transformation that was about to take place. In the public's perception, the changes, at first, were small. The museum
  • Snowboarding

    Time was, snowboarding had a little image problem. Its participants were alternately seen as slackers with a limited vocabulary and ill-fitting clothes or as badly behaved, hyper-caffeinated punks. For a while, skiers had a hard time sharing t
  • Tuna with all the fixin's

    I sat next to some Baptists at a play the other night. It was a funny play. Two actors each played 11 different characters, inhabitants of a tumbleweed town known as Tuna, Texas. The actors ran all over the place, sauntered backstage, sho
  • American fare

    A few years ago, as I drove through the Black Hills of South Dakota early in the morning after a light snow, the strains of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus wafted out of the car radio. Somehow, the majestic choral piece echoed the spectacular
  • Letters to the Editor

    Last week's headlines offered two very frightening realities in Washington State. The first announced Tim Eyman's newest round of tax-cutting initiatives. The second announced a $1.3 billion projected state budget deficit by Governor
  • Silver Mountain

    Once known as Jackass (we kind of like that name, even if it is distinctly un-PC), Silver Mountain has steadily built a reputation ever since the world's longest gondola started ferrying skiers from the streets of Kellogg, Idaho, t
  • Silver in them thar hills

    North Idaho's Silver Valley has a colorful, gritty and checkered past. And as modern-day residents of Eastern Washington and North Idaho grapple with the legacy of almost a century of mining in the region, reporter/producer Alison Kartevo
  • Verbal fireworks

    David Mamet has long been known as a master of the word. Sometimes they come flowing out of his characters' mouths, sometimes they're delivered around the perfectly timed pauses that he calls for in his direction. Usually they're quite dramat
  • 49 Degrees North

    Known as "the biggest little mountain in the West," 49 Degrees North has a family feel to it. Maybe that's because of owner John Eminger, who worked at the resort as a young man; he bought it in 1996 and has improved it every year
  • Duped by district

    While our first district election of city council members resulted in status quo on the council, the distribution of voting turnout proved to be both notable and predictable. Consider: The District Two (the South Hill and Browne's Additi
  • Schweitzer

    Schweitzer made a name for itself in skiing circles last year with its innovative launch of a high-speed six-pack chairlift. Harbor Properties, owners of the resort just outside Sandpoint, called the chairlift "Stella" and gave it
  • Scenes from an exhibition

    If the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is positioning itself to have something for everyone, then the opening exhibits are proof positive that the museum is putting its money (both literal and metaphorical) where its mouth is. A winnin
  • Citizen critique-Monsters, Inc.

    Coming up on the heels of Toy Story 2 and last summer's Shrek, Pixar's Monsters, Inc. had some Godzilla-sized shoes to fill. Not just in terms of the dizzying special effects and vividly realized computer animation, but also in terms of c
  • Righting the ship of state

    Last spring, when we last monitored the log of the good ship Olympia, a frantic "Mayday" signal had just been broadcast. At that perilous moment, Washington's ship of state was dangerously foundering in stormy political seas. Captain Gary
  • Oral history

    David Matheson is part of the new story of what it means to be Native American in the 21st century. A member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Matheson holds an MBA from the University of Washington; he has served as council leader, tribal cha
  • Moving a museum

    For most of 2001, I've worked in a temporary position behind the scenes in the Collections Department at the Northwest Museum of Arts & amp; Culture, as the organization has undergone its latest major expansion. That's not Collections as in m
  • Without a clue

    So, like, I had this idea, man. This will be so cool. We could like get together a bunch of our friends, y'know -- just some guys we know, whoever, doesn't matter -- and we could take over an old theater and put on, like, a play. We could d
  • Who's to blame?

    Charles A. Taylor joined the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) as chancellor/chief executive officer in the summer of 1999. He took the reins of an institution that serves more than 50,000 students, has a staff of approximately 2,000, i
  • Budget battle at City Hall

    There's a simple sign taped to the wall outside of City Administrator Jack Lynch's office. It reads: "Did we inform the council?" Depending on who you ask at city hall, you're likely to get a wide variety of answers to that question. The
  • CD review-Superchunk

    Here's to Shutting Up is all that, a predominantly quiet, unusually somber album from a band that built its early reputation on jagged, noisy anthems that mingled punk urgency (supplied by singer Mac McCaughan's impassioned, off-kilter vo
  • What's a trustee?

    Across the state, 34 community colleges are governed by boards of trustees. Those boards all serve under the Board of Community and Technical Colleges of Washington, which is located in Olympia. Helen Malone, the current president of the
  • Mood indigo

    Jazz finds its footing in free movement -- an established beat, a strong chord progression, then a high squealing trumpet or a moaning saxophone that drops down the scale and wanders away across countries of color, tone and melody. The mu
  • A brand new view

    When INCUBUS made its 1997 major label album S.C.I.E.N.C.E., it appeared the band might just be the latest in a long line of hip-hop-tinged metal bands following in the path of Korn, the Deftones or Rage Against The Machine. But with Make
  • Stacking it high

    I think I've heard every Three Little Pig joke there is -- careful, don't step in the goo." Scott Weston, a burly man in a bright red jacket, is a blot of vivid color as he charts a course around a construction site in the Spokane Valley on
  • Desert Island Discs

    A deserted island and five CDs of my choice, and if college tuition gets any higher, I may end up having to resort to this. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town Springsteen's first commentaries on social/economic inequality p
  • The roots of terror - Part 2

    After returning to his home in Saudi Arabia in 1990, following a decade of fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, 33-year-old Osama bin Laden started lobbying religious scholars and Muslim activists throughout the Gulf. He was furious th
  • Local briefs

    Spokane -- Of the 10 national forests under the direst threats across the country, two are in the Inland Northwest, according to the National Forest Protection Alliance, an environmental umbrella organization. The two Inland Northwest
  • CD review - The Clean

    In certain circles within the indie pop underground, the name of the New Zealand band The Clean is invoked with a reverence usually reserved for the most almighty of rock 'n' roll deities. There's a good reason for this. The influence of
  • Street beat

    What happens when you mix two Gonzaga University students and Spokane's homeless population? Read all about it in Rising Times
  • From the ground up

    This was a little different use of the balers," says Spokane County farmer Larry Tee who, with his son Brian, grew the wheat that made the straw that made the bales that made the houses that Scott Weston built. "Instead of using the str
  • No peace in the valley

    The crack of a bat and the cheers of a late-fall baseball game mingle with the hum of traffic and the faraway slapping of waves on the river's banks. At 3 pm, it's already getting cold in the shadow of the Maple Street Bridge, and little
  • Danger school

    The world's a dangerous place, and David Dose wants to teach you a thing or two about it. A consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense at Fairchild Air Force Base and elsewhere, the 39-year-old Dose makes a living teaching people -- so
  • Local News Briefs

    World AIDS Day -- SPOKANE -- Saturday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day, and local activists from Planned Parenthood, the Spokane AIDS Network and other groups are inviting the public to an afternoon observance. Janine Ballou, case manager at th
  • By a whisker

    Everybody's a flag-waver these days. How many people vote, though? Not that many-- about 40 percent of eligible voters in Spokane County cast ballots on Tuesday, according to County Auditor Vicky M. Dalton, a number she

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