Friday, November 28, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Bright lights, powerful flicks

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM


If you're not too exhausted from your Thanksgiving festivities, or getting up early to stand in line and get your holiday consumerism on, you should consider taking a look through our extensive event listings and Staff Picks and find something to do that doesn't involve standing in line and throwing elbows over a new video game or TV. 

Here are some of the best things happening on Friday, Nov. 28: 

COMMUNITY | Tonight is the Holiday Light Show Lighting Ceremony in downtown Coeur d'Alene, a tree-lighting ceremony in Sandpoint, as well as the Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular and holiday lighting ceremony. This would be a good time to mention you should check out The Inlander's brand-spanking-new Holiday Guide, full of tips for making the most of your holiday season. 

FILM | We're at the end of Spokane's November celebration of Native Heritage Month, but there are still some ways to get involved, including two screenings of Drunktown's Finest at The Bing on Friday. The directorial debut of Sydney Freeland, a Native American from New Mexico, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection incorporates the stories of three young people struggling with growing up on a reservation. Here's a look at the trailer: 

VISUAL ARTS | The students of the Spokane Art School have a bunch of brand-new, hand-made holiday ornaments for you to check out, or buy, starting today. 
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MB: A new proposal to set the mayor's salary; pot shop doorbusters; and Black Friday protests

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM


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Today through New Year’s, don't be surprised if you park downtown and your meter is already paid for. (S-R)

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan wants the city’s Salary Review Commission to determine the mayor’s salary, a proposal that could appear on the February ballot. (S-R)

You can snag doorbuster deals today — "Green Friday" — at local pot shops. (KREM)

THERE

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are continuing demonstrations at Black Friday retailers. (Reuters)

A gunman in Austin was shot to death by police early Friday morning after opening fire on the police headquarters, Mexican consulate and federal courthouse. (NBC)

Two little boys in New York were rescued yesterday after spending eight hours trapped in a snow bank. (ABC)
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Weekly report: Hunt your own tree, Dakota drilling and turkey transfers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Crews haul away an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Colville National Forest, near Usk, Wash., to serve as this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in November 2013. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Crews haul away an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Colville National Forest, near Usk, Wash., to serve as this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in November 2013.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving! Today officially starts the holiday season. Check out information on cutting your own Christmas tree in the Colville National Forest, or from national forest in Idaho. Get out there and find the perfect tree, just like the U.S. Capitol tree from last year. (Inlander/USFS)

Federal officials revoke permit for controversial wolf hunting derby scheduled for January in Idaho. (AP)

Learn a little about the the Inland Northwest’s redband trout in a new “Trout Tuesday” feature. (USFWS)

Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountain wilderness. And the potential impact on bear populations. (S-R)

Suggestions for the best early season snoeshoeing trails in the Cascade and Olympic mountains. (Seattle Times)

North Dakota oil industry largely governed through warnings and self-regulation. And a look at what oil wells would look like if above ground. (NYT)

A small North Dakota town grapples with constant train traffic. (Reuters)

Ghostly photos from the Idaho range. (Outdoor Photographer)

In a bizarre and tragic twist, investigators find a hiker took photos of a black bear in New Jersey prior to fatal attack. (NJ.com)

Some predictions for the next year in outdoor adventure, extreme sports and fitness. (Outside)

Turkey Day: How wild turkey transfer programs improve genetic diversity. (The Nature Conservancy)


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ballot proposal would change how Spokane mayor's salary gets set

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

While most city officials seem open to a proposal filed today to change how the mayor’s salary gets set, Spokane city council members may conflict over the timing of a ballot measure that would put the matter before voters next year.

Councilman Mike Fagan filed a ballot proposal today that would alter the city’s charter to have the Salary Review Commission, the same entity that sets the city council’s salaries, evaluate and set salary for the mayor. The issue arose earlier this fall after a preliminary budget included a $7,000 raise for the mayor.

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  • Councilman Mike Fagan

“It’s very, very simple,” he says. “All we’re proposing is using the same mechanism [as applies to the council.] That is as simple as you can get.”

City council members had voiced strong opposition to the mayor’s proposed raise, sparking a strong public debate over whether the existing charter rules still served as the best method for determining salary.

Mayor David Condon has since declined the raise and the city council on Monday approved a 2015 budget that stripped out a number of proposed raises for city officials and exempt employee positions.

Meanwhile, Fagan scheduled three public forums on the issue, noting a total combined attendance of just 10 people. In hopes of putting the issue before voters on the February ballot, he hurried to file a proposal this week for the council.

“I made the decision to step forward and address the issue myself,” he says.

The ballot proposal would shift responsibility for the mayor’s salary to the Salary Review Commission. Fagan noted that commission might have to be restructured to ensure an impartial decision, but he felt it would be the best alternative. The mayor proposed a similar change recently as part of an Affordability Plan.

“It’s something that the mayor supports,” city spokesman Brian Coddington says, “and it’s probably the next step in the conversation.”

Council President Ben Stuckart says there has not been much prior conversation, arguing Fagan filed the proposal without bringing it through the regular committee process. Stuckart says he doesn’t oppose the idea, but opposes the way it has been rushed through the process.

“The timing needs to be discussed," he says.

Stuckart explains Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Transit Authority officials have contacted him about the potential impact on their upcoming ballot measures. The council president says the salary issue unnecessarily “muddies the water.”

When the proposal comes before the council, Stuckart says, he plans to argue for delaying the issue until the ballot in August. Fagan says he doesn’t understand why Stuckart would let schools or the STA dictate how the city operates.

“Changing the charter is really, really an important thing,” Fagan says. “If this was as hot-buttoned as everybody says it was, why are we pushing this back to August?”

The council will likely discuss the issue in greater detail next week.


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Celebrating 60 years of spreading the "stoke"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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The Sports Creel is celebrating a birthday that most specialty sporting good stores never see.

Harry Larned first opened the doors to this Spokane Valley staple on March 19, 1954. Throughout the years, the store has remained family-owned and operated – three generations of Larneds have worked there, in fact. Harry’s daughter, Lin, would eventually take over the operation and marry Herb Genteman. One of their two sons, Micah, would follow the family legacy, growing up and making the store a big part of his life. He would eventually meet his wife, TJ, in the store. Currently Herb, Lin, Micah and TJ are the core members of the Creel team.

The location has hardly changed and as Micah describes, “The original location was pretty close to our current location. We’ve always remained within a stones throw (near the intersection of Sprague and Pines).”

Over the past 60 years, the Sports Creel has adapted to the incoming big box stores, other specialty retailers opening and closing and the growth of the Valley. Through the 60 years, they have carried everything from high-end fly-fishing equipment, Chris Craft wooden boat kits and was at one point the largest Hobie cat dealer in North America. “We have sold everything,” Micah says.

But from day one, they have always sold snow skis. “We are now focused on selling stuff for the things we do (and love to do),” Micah adds. The Sports Creel has made its footprint in the Inland Northwest as one of the best special ski and water sports shops.

Throughout the years, the Sports Creel has remained competitive with stores that have the budgets and staff to be open day and night, seven days a week. Herb adds that the last 60 years have been “a survival of the specialty ski shops. Lots have come and gone.” But the Sports Creel has remained a fixture. Happy Birthday, thanks for helping spread ‘the stoke’ for the last 60 years, and cheers to 60 more!
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Tiffany Patterson and gumdrops!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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BEHIND THE COVER: This week's holiday-inspired cover comes from local artist Tiffany Patterson. We asked her what she loves about Christmas time:
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"The holidays held so much magic for me as a child. It seemed fitting to imagine all the wonderful events this season being witnessed through the eyes of a little girl. I grew up in a Weimaraner family, but through truly lovely friends have come to know the charm of Pugs. Christmas sweaters and snorting tiny dogs seemed to go wonderfully with drooling over candied covered houses and enthusiastically hurling yourself down fluffy snow covered mountains."
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WHAT'S UP TODAY? The Grinch and Star Anna arrive in Spokane

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM


It's Thanksgiving Eve, and that means it's a mid-week chance to rage, full-on. Or at least get out of the house. We have a ton of event listings always at your disposal, as well as Staff Picks chosen by our in-house professionals. No time to poke around? We can help. 

Here are some things worth considering for Wednesday, Nov. 26: 

THEATER | How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical opens its Spokane run Wednesday night, and seems a fine way to get into the spirit of hanging with more family than you'd prefer on Thanksgiving. You can read a bit more about the production in our story on holiday shows

LIVE BANDS | Seattle's Star Anna is here to spend a couple night at Jones Radiator, so if you can't catch her Wednesday, consider a stop after downing some turkey on Thursday. Here's our interview with the young rocker, and here's a bit of what you can expect: 

KARAOKE | Open mic with T & T for all you aspiring musicians at Geno's, on a night when the audience will likely be friendlier and/or more drunk than a typical Wednesday. 
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MB: Ferguson protests spring up in Spokane and across the country; FDA requires calorie counts

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM


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More than 200 people rallied outside Spokane City Hall last night in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. (Inlander)

Former deputy Spokane County prosecutor Marriya Wright won't do jail time for helping a criminal avoid arrest. (S-R)

The city of Spokane was found guilty yesterday of wrongly firing a city employee who suffered a stroke. (S-R)

THERE

In the wake of the recent grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, protesters staged demonstrations in more than 170 cities across the country. (CNN)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had heart surgery this morning. She is expected to be discharged within two days. (NBC) 

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring chain restaurants and other eating establishments to post calorie counts on their menus (NYT)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE!

Let's all listen to this holiday classic. 


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Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 7:40 AM

More than 200 people attended Solidarity Action for Ferguson march and rally last night in response to Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted for the shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. After a "die-in" in front of Spokane City Hall, symbolizing Brown's body being left in the street for hours after his death, marchers walked from City Hall to the STA Plaza and back chanting "no justice, no peace" and "hands up, don't shoot," among others.

Local NAACP chapter President and Inlander commentary contributor Rachel Dolezal, left, draws a chalk outline around her 20-year-old son Isaiah Dolezal as part of a "die-in" in front of City Hall. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Local NAACP chapter President and Inlander commentary contributor Rachel Dolezal, left, draws a chalk outline around her 20-year-old son Isaiah Dolezal as part of a "die-in" in front of City Hall.

Jackie Vaughn, bottom, walks down W. Spokane Falls Blvd. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Jackie Vaughn, bottom, walks down W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Twenty-year-old Isaiah Dolezal, right, carries a Pan-African flag as his 13-year-old brother Franklin Moore walks along his side down W. Spokane Falls Blvd. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Twenty-year-old Isaiah Dolezal, right, carries a Pan-African flag as his 13-year-old brother Franklin Moore walks along his side down W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Fred Ward, center, Jackie Vaughn, right, and others walk down N. Wall St. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Fred Ward, center, Jackie Vaughn, right, and others walk down N. Wall St.


Restoration Church Rev. Andre Dove, bottom, walks down Wall St. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Restoration Church Rev. Andre Dove, bottom, walks down Wall St.

Marguerite Wright, center, chants while walking down N. Wall St. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Marguerite Wright, center, chants while walking down N. Wall St.

Kellie Crawford, center, and others walk down W. 1st Ave., chanting "hands up, don't shoot." - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Kellie Crawford, center, and others walk down W. 1st Ave., chanting "hands up, don't shoot."

Yuri Borges chants while walking down W.1st Ave. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Yuri Borges chants while walking down W.1st Ave.

Lanae Dedmond, right, and others chant while walking down S. Post Ave. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lanae Dedmond, right, and others chant while walking down S. Post Ave.

Marchers approach the STA Plaza on W. Sprague Ave. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Marchers approach the STA Plaza on W. Sprague Ave.

Phillip Baker, center, marches with his hands up while chanting "hands up, don't shoot" on W. Sprague Ave. in front of the STA Plaza. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Phillip Baker, center, marches with his hands up while chanting "hands up, don't shoot" on W. Sprague Ave. in front of the STA Plaza.

Phillip Baker, left, chanting into a megaphone and Lanae Dedmond, center, walk down N. Wall St. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Phillip Baker, left, chanting into a megaphone and Lanae Dedmond, center, walk down N. Wall St.

Jacob Johns, center, carries his 2-year-old daughter Lily while walking down W. Main Ave. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Jacob Johns, center, carries his 2-year-old daughter Lily while walking down W. Main Ave.

Nia Rivers, center, walks down W. Main Ave. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Nia Rivers, center, walks down W. Main Ave.

Chare Gilliam chants while walking down N. Lincoln St. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Chare Gilliam chants while walking down N. Lincoln St.

Participants gather in front of City Hall after marching. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Participants gather in front of City Hall after marching.

Eight-year-old Jonathan, center, and his 11 year old brother Gabriel, right, hold candles in front of city hall. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eight-year-old Jonathan, center, and his 11 year old brother Gabriel, right, hold candles in front of city hall.

Nineteen-year-old Joshuena Williams, center, leads a chant in front of City Hall. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Nineteen-year-old Joshuena Williams, center, leads a chant in front of City Hall.

Israel Jones, center, holds a sign in front of city hall. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Israel Jones, center, holds a sign in front of city hall.

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THIS LONG WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Pre-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving shows

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

WEDNESDAY
If Thanksgiving is all about family, the night before Thanksgiving is about hanging out with all of those friends who are back in town for the long weekend. The Knitting Factory has that figured out with its upcoming annual Butterball Bash. The headbanging lineup includes Seattle sludge metal group Witchburn and Spokane rock acts Seven Cycles, Deadones USA, Elephant Gun Riot and Free the Jester, who just released their debut EP last month. It’s time to rock hard before hitting that big turkey feast and Black Friday. The free ($5 for minors) all-ages show begins at 7:30 pm.

Every time singer-songwriter Star Anna goes on tour she eats at Denny's. There's comfort in familiar cuisine and she appreciates any menu that includes a respectable pun (Moons Over My Hammy is a favorite). This Thanksgiving she'll eat at the 24-hour diner again thanks to a two-date stop in Spokane next Wednesday and Thursday. The shows begin at 8 pm and is $5. Read the full story here.



What better way to eat an amazing burrito at Neato Burrito, then to do so while listening to electronic music? The Baby Bar plays host to the Thanksgiving Eve DJ Party featuring DJ Case, Stone Tobey, Kain Bridge One and Da III. The beat-filled show starts at 9 pm and is free.

THANKSGIVING
Last year, at an impromptu Mootsy's Thanksgiving show, the other guys all realized Aker needed a rock band behind his wailing, soulful vocals. Months later, Pine League was formed. The local rock band plays Mootsy’s again Thursday. Just roll down there whenever your family festivities have hit a lull.

FRIDAY
Friday evening, after you’ve eaten a sufficient amount of leftover turkey-filled sandwiches, hit up the Big Dipper for an evening of local metal acts. (I’ve heard hardcore music actually helps with digestion). The bands include Over Sea Under Stone, Lions Beside Us and Banish the Echo. The all-ages show is $8 at the door and starts at 8 pm.

SATURDAY
The Knitting Factory brings in that breezy California singer-songwriter sound Saturday with Eric Hutchinson, Tristan Prettyman and Nick Howard. The show starts at 8 pm and is $20 at the door.



Local kick-ass metal acts Cold Blooded, Progenitus and I Hate This City play the Rock Your Socks Off Benefit organized by the Modified Dolls, a nonprofit founded by “modified” — i.e., pierced and tattooed — women and dedicated to charity Saturday. Bring socks for the House of Charity and nonperishable food items for Second Harvest. The show starts at 10 pm at Underground 15.



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