City Council President Ben Stuckart voted to oppose a religious registry last night
No religious registry
Supported by a crowd that more than filled council chambers, the Spokane City Council passed an ordinance last night that would prohibit Spokane employees from helping to create a registry based on religious preference, fearing Trump will give federal orders to do so. (Spokesman-Review)
Trump's travel ban has separated one student at Washington State University from her husband, who had planned to travel to the U.S. from Iran soon. In response to Trump's orders, local college leaders yesterday issued statements in support of immigrant students. (Spokesman-Review)
Within hours after the acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates refused to defend Trump's immigration order, Trump fired her.
Trump's education secretary pick may have plagiarized
Plagiarism is bad, kids. But maybe, soon, it won't be so frowned upon in this country, since Trump's pick to lead the Department of Education appears to have plagiarized in her confirmation hearing. As I write this, a senate committee has approved her nomination.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will file a lawsuit today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other Trump administration officials, Ferguson announced during a news conference this morning.
The lawsuit, which will be filed in the federal District Court in Seattle, asks a judge to declare unconstitutional key provisions in Trump's executive order on immigration. Specifically, the suit will allege violations of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, due process and religious freedom.
Lawsuits making similar claims have been filed by individuals in at least four cities, including Alexandria, Virginia, Boston, New York and Seattle. Judge's rulings on those cases have been narrower in scope but ruled against detention of individuals in airports.
"If successful, this will have the effect of invalidating the president's unlawful action nationwide," Ferguson says, adding that his office will also file a temporary restraining order to immediately suspend the executive order's implementation.
A protester waves a "we are all immigrants" sign next to the Lincoln statue on Monroe street near downtown Spokane.
The suddenness of President Donald Trump's executive orders banning refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslims countries late Friday took even members of his own administration by surprise. Chaos and confusion overtook airports across the nation as customs and border patrol officials began detaining incoming passengers.
Almost immediately, protesters flooded into the streets and airports objecting to the move. On Sunday, in Spokane, hundreds of protesters stood on the square in front of the Lincoln statue on Monroe Street, chanting and cheering as cars drove past.
It wasn't the first local protest against Trump, and it won't even be the last one this week. Tonight, protesters plan to pack the City Council chambers in order to (within the confines of council rules) urge the city to prevent local resources from being used to enforce or comply with Trump's controversial executive order.
We snapped a few pics of yesterday's protest. Check them out below:
Prepare to get weird. Flaming Lips are headed to Spokane.
You gotta love when the harsh, dark days of winter give way to warmer temps and an uptick in the number of touring bands heading to Spokane.
In just the last week we've heard about more-than-worthy shows scheduling the Lilac City, offering a diversity of sound and venues, and making music dorks like myself start some serious financial planning to handle buying all these tickets.
The highlight from today? Word that the incomparable Flaming Lips — they of the giant hamster ball, inexplicable Miley Cyrus collaborations and incredibly inventive tunes — are coming by the Knitting Factory on May 13 (a Saturday!). Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am. and are $38 in advance/$40 day of show for the all-ages gig. (We fantasized about this happening just a couple issues ago. Behold our power!)
The Oklahoma psychedelic rock crew has a new album Oczy Mlody and a stage show unlike anything you'll catch from most bands with nearly four decades of performing under their belts. Here's a trippy vid from their new album:
Also announced recently, alt-country cats Son Volt are swinging by The Barlett for a show on Sunday, May 7. The band is led by Jay Farrar, possessor of one of the great voices in modern American music, as well as former Uncle Tupelo bandmate with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Son Volt has a new album, Notes of Blue, arriving on Feb. 17. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance, $28 day of show through The Bartlett website.
It's no surprise because a week ago the Zags were at No. 3, ranked behind Villanova and Kansas, two formidable presences. But both those team took losses last week, while Gonzaga continued steamrolling through its West Coast Conference schedule. On Saturday, they went on the road and delivered a 96-49 beatdown of Pepperdine that's become almost normal in its efficient ruthlessness this season.
What makes Gonzaga different than the typical No. 1 team in the weekly poll? Well, they rarely get to the top spot during the regular season, even though teams regularly move around within the upper tier of the rankings. Call it an East Coast bias, or simply disrespect to the quality of Gonzaga's conference opponents, but voters typically don't give the Spokane squad much love.
Also making Gonzaga different? This year, they just might not give up the No. 1 before March Madness rolls around. They still have road games against BYU and St. Mary's (currently ranked No. 18), their two toughest foes in the WCC, but this ain't your normal Zags team. They're not even that similar to the team that reached No. 1 four years ago, in that the combination of excellent transfers (Nigel Williams-Goss, Jordan Matthews, Johnathan Williams) and homegrown talent (Przemek Karnowski, freshman Zach Collins) has blended quickly into a defensive force, as well as the offensively explosive team Zags fans have come to expect through the years.
Gonzaga always has a target on its back in the WCC as the team to beat, and being ranked No. 1 in the nation won't change that. Next up? What is suddenly the biggest game of the year when the Bulldogs visit Provo for a showdown with BYU at the school's 19,000-capacity Marriott Center. The game is Thursday at 8 pm and will be shown on ESPN2.
ON INLANDER.COM WHAT'S UP: This week, SpIFF continues, Gruitfest recreates the hop-less beers of yesteryear, and the Spokane Symphony performs the soundtrack to the 1925 Phantom of the Opera, live. Have a great week, Spokane, that's all I ask of you.
COMMUNITY | Current president got ya down? I hear ya. Join some like-minded folks at the Resist Trump: Community Meet-Up and learn how to get involved locally to take your mind off the national madness.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
FOOD & DRINK | The folks at Bellweather Brewing are going really old school with Gruitfest, one night dedicated to old beer styles that don't rely on hops. Read our story about the festival, and go thirsty.
Ranked the No. 2 women's bantamweight, Peña stands to gain a title shot if victorious
on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Peña (left) won her last UFC match, against Cat Zingano, in July 2016.
If you're a follower of mixed martial arts and the UFC, you may know that Spokane's highest-ever ranked athlete in the organization is facing her next opponent Saturday night. If you're not a follower (or rather, more of a casual fan of the oft-bloody combat sport) we're here to fill you in on feisty Spokane daughter Julianna Peña's next turn in the octagon this weekend.
Currently ranked the No. 2 women's bantamweight (135 lbs.), Peña has been rising in the ranks since returning to the division in 2015 following a serious knee injury that was almost career-ending. As the main card event for this weekend's UFC Fight Night Denver, Pena faces the No. 1 Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan. (In the UFC, each division's champion is at the "zero" spot; Brazil's Amanda Nunes is the current bantamweight champ.)
Though the odds favor Peña's opponent, they're very, very close odds, which means it stands to be a close five-round match with high potential to be quite exciting, considering Peña's early, aggressive bursts. And if she wins, and thereby moves into the No. 1 spot, Peña is almost ensured that her next fight will be against the champ Nunes.
on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 2:34 PM
A house fire in Spokane Valley took the life of 3-year-old Latoya Monica Dinet Bables-Paradise a few days ago, devastating the family and leaving them short of money for a burial.
That's where No-Li Brewhouse stepped in to help raise $15,000 through the sale of some t-shirts designed by local graphic artist Chris Bovey and printed on the fast-track by Giant Screen Printing, adorned by the words "Spokane Has Heart." You can see the basic design here.
No-Li is hoping to sell 375 of the shirts on Monday and Tuesday at the brewhouse. They cost $40 a pop, with all proceeds going to the girl's burial. If the shirts sell out, the fundraiser will reach its goal. No-Li will be selling the shirts from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday, or until the shirts sell out.
There is also a GoFundMe page to raise money for the parents and surviving siblings recover from the fire.
Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love play tonight at The Observatory.
There's a bevy of fine tunes happening all over the region this weekend, so go hit up our music listings to get a groove on. Here are a few highlights of the weekend:
The Bartlett is celebrating three years of making the Spokane music scene a much better place, and they're doing it the best way they know how — by delivering some excellent tunes. Tonight, catch Super Sparkle and The Dancing Plague of 1518.
The Observatory has a show that is sure to be a killer, featuring the soulful Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love and Fat Lady. It would be hard to find a local double bill more joyously rocking and funky than these two relatively new acts.