'Cleaning up years of rotten wheat and bird crap'

'Cleaning up years of rotten wheat and bird crap'

Worst Jobs 2015
My brother had warned me about the rats. When our dad's seed company bought the derelict grain warehouse the year before, Mike had been one of the first ones on site, cleaning up years of rotten wheat and bird crap.

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Arts & Culture

'The brutal fact remained: I was not good at my job'

Worst Jobs 2015
I tell everyone I was fired for streaking. And, then, inevitably, eyebrows are raised and eyes are narrowed quizzically: Did a strait-laced, risk-averse chap like me once have a side zany enough to run naked through the carefully tended fairways of the Spokane Country Club?

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'I would review the bank accounts of these doomed bastards'

Worst Jobs 2015
About 10 years ago, a younger, broker, more confused version of myself did what many other directionless people do and marched down to a temp agency to ask for a job. A few weeks later, the agency placed me in the loss-prevention department in a large national bank.

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'The empty apartment looked as if wild animals had squatted in the house'

Worst Jobs 2015
They mailed me a key to a storage locker, where the overhead light flickered like something out of a terrorist interrogation room. I picked up a bucket of cleaning supplies and a solitary razor to clean newly vacated apartments on Washington State University's campus.

Arts & Culture

'The worst Denny's west of the Mississippi'

Worst Jobs 2015
My first teenage job experience gave me a cautionary lesson about the lust for the almighty dollar. Or in my case, the lust for an extra 15 cents an hour.

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'Every five minutes or so I'd smash the contents down with my feet'

Worst Jobs 2015
The grating of the machine, the paper particles swirling in the air — I can still hear it rattling in my dreams. As a college freshman, I took a work-study job in the school's administrative building as a glorified paper shredder for one semester.

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'All those deaths before had been merely names and ages'

Worst Jobs 2015
There is no logical reason for me to have been the man a few million people trusted for their morning news. I was 22 and just a couple of cash-strapped months out of college with only a handful of school-paper news articles to my name.

Arts & Culture

'Customers ... swoop in like a tornado, leaving your carefully color-sorted stacks of thongs in a hopeless heap'

Worst Jobs 2015
Working at Victoria's Secret wasn't the worst minimum-wage job I've ever had. In fact, if the managers at my former store asked me to come back for a shift or two during the holiday season, I'd probably take them up on it.

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'My first shift ever in retail was from midnight to 8 in the morning on Black Friday'

Worst Jobs 2015
My first day working at Old Navy was also my first day working in retail. I had watched their video tutorials with corny actors explaining how to deal with theft and other company policies, and though promised, never received any of the actual training for the jobs I was expected to perform.

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'Still half thinking that I'm dressing for a TV commercial, I climb in'

Worst Jobs 2015
As an actor, you take any job you can get. My friend lets me know about an acting job that pays, and they want me. They like your style, he says.

Arts & Culture

Nature Calls

The Inland Northwest's rite of passage, in the waning days of summer
I'm stuck. Somehow, while the rest of my floating crew is heading down a patch of frothy Spokane River rapids in their mustard-yellow tubes, mine has found a home perched on top of a glistening, jagged rock.

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Food & Drink

Local Foods Do Good

Don't forget the Spokane-area standbys when you're cruising Pig Out in the Park
There's a lot of food at Pig Out in the Park. That, of course, is a severe understatement, considering the more than 200 items available over the course of the Labor Day weekend event that's become an institution in Spokane's Riverfront Park.

Food & Drink

Beyond the Hut

Kiko's Harbor House Grill brings quality food to McEuen Park
Randy and Akiko Folk have run the Tiki Hut at Coeur d'Alene's Independence Point for five years, but knew they could offer more than just typical concession food if they had more room and a kitchen. Things like a Big Kahuna Dog topped with a homemade relish of grilled pineapple, jalapeño and serrano pepper, onion, cilantro and sesame oil.

Food & Drink

UPDATE: DAFT BADGER BREWING

Come for the beer, stay for the tasty grub
Despite writing up Daft Badger Brewing just weeks after the Coeur d'Alene operation opened early this year, we managed to omit them from our otherwise comprehensive Beer Issue last month. Don't take our mistake as a reason to overlook this brewpub, located in Coeur d'Alene's midtown area.

Food & Drink

Independent Spirits

The booze-making boom hits North Idaho with the opening of Mill Town Distillery
Brewing beer might have been easier, in terms of production and business planning, but Jessie and Victor Vachon had different ideas. "We have to do our own thing," says Jessie from inside Mill Town Distillery, the seventh Idaho-based distillery and the first of its kind in the Panhandle (Coeur d'Alene's Bardenay is based in Boise).

Food & Drink

A New Home

Gonzaga's first on-campus pub revives the Bulldog
Back in 2011, Gonzaga alum Jim Powers of Williston, North Dakota, returned to his old stomping ground to meet up with a few of his college buddies. Just like old times, they decided to grab a beer at the Bulldog, a bar that sat toward the northeast side of campus.

Food & Drink

UPDATE | Uva Trattoria

A new downtown CdA location comes with some new specials
Timing is everything. When Steve Van Zeveren and his sister, Lisa, first were developing Uva Trattoria, their first choice was a downtown Coeur d'Alene location.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of September 3rd
Big 5 / mouth guard You name is Larissa: me thinks? You were so kind and encouraging when I told you about roller derby, you tried to convince me to try on skates.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of August 27th
Re: Arizona  Yes it was nice to see you again! Yes I'm rather unhappy and I'd like to chat more!

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of August 20th
Valley Twigs 8/14 You told me to have a great weekend as you were leaving... missed you in the parking lot.

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