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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Silver Mountain gives you a great reason to call in sick to work Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Shred on the cheap on Friday. - COURTESY SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT
  • courtesy Silver Mountain Resort
  • Shred on the cheap on Friday.

Silver Mountain wants you to be a jackass.

The North Idaho ski resort first opened in 1968 under the name Jackass Ski Bowl, and to celebrate the resort's 50th birthday, Silver Mountain is offering $12 lift tickets all day on Friday, Jan. 5.

They're calling it Jackass Day, and those lift tickets will also be good for night skiing until 9 pm, and you can tube a little extra from 5-7 pm if sliding down the hill on rubber tubes instead of skis is more your thing.

There will be some other festivities Friday, including the Jams 4 Cans Rail Jam starting at 7 pm, a Retro Outfit Contest at 8 pm, fireworks at 9 pm and live tunes in both the Moguls and Noah's Canteen watering holes on the mountain.

Now start practicing your scratchy voice for when you call the boss in the morning.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

31 majestic eagles (and one bonus seagull!) from Saturday at Coeur d'Alene

Posted By and on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM

  • Daniel Walters photo

It was a bad weekend for the Eagles, but a great weekend for the eagles.

A group of eagles is called a "convocation." And at Coeur d'Alene lake this weekend, it was practically a pep rally. Hundreds of bald eagles swooped around Higgens Point and the Wolf Lodge Bay, many clutching fish in their talons as they glided from tree to tree.  According to the Spokesman-Review, US Fish and Wildife counted over 370 eagles on Thursday, a new record. 

We took the trek out to Couer d'Alene on Saturday, vowing to only return once we had captured at least one bald eagle on film. But reader, we saw several.

A single tree may be speckled with ten white bald-eagle heads. You look up into the sky and would see dozens of eagles circling above the snow-dusted hills.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

CAT FRIDAY: Gifts for cats and their people

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM

The annual holiday installment of Cat Friday is here, offering our picks for the most interesting, cute, useful and fun gift* ideas for the kitties and cat peeps in your life. Let's get right into it. (Click here for last year's still-relevant list!)

Pro tip: Don't sniff the bag when you treat your kitty to these.
  • Pro tip: Don't sniff the bag when you treat your kitty to these.
Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Minnows
I recently bought a bag of these nasty-looking little freeze-dried fishies for my sweet girl Dellie, and never have I ever seen my dear little fur-baby scarf up something so quickly, and with such fervor. After crunching down one of the smelly minnows, she immediately proceeded to look wild-eyed around the floor in front of her for more. I definitely plan to now keep a bag of these regularly stocked in her treat drawer, alongside her favorite flavor of Greenies (chicken), for special rewards (like post-claw trim) and treats. Remember, though, moderation is key with anything you feed your pet beyond their normal meal portions (I'd gag to find a regurgitated pile of scaly remains on the floor somewhere). Also, if minnows aren't your kitties' animal protein du jour, Vital Essentials offers a full line of freeze-dried, raw treats including chicken hearts and ahi tuna. $4.99 • Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile • 1206 W. Summit Pkwy. and 5608 S. Regal •

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Spokane Grand Tree Lighting ceremony returns to Riverfront Park Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:37 PM


The Spokane Grand Tree Lighting festivities will return to Riverfront Park on Saturday after an extensive holiday.

Elisabeth Hooker, marketing and programming manager of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, excitedly explained that with the revamping of Riverfront Park and the grand opening of the new ice ribbon set for December 8th, it’s the perfect time to bring back the event. It's just one of the holiday events downtown this month.

“A loss of sponsorship during the recession of the late 2000’s put the event into retirement after 30 years in the park, but it’s back this year,” Hooker said, adding that there are 3,000 people interested in the event its Facebook page.

Saturday's festivities run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the tree lighting happening at 6 p.m. There will be dancing, a holiday singalong at 5 pm and a visit from a certain rotund jolly guy as well.

The 60-foot-tall douglas fir tree will be adorned from head to toe with the twinkling lights of the season, donated by Christmas Décor by Senske.
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'Tis the season to be merry: Our next Suds and Cinema film is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:23 AM


Last year's Suds and Cinema screening of the 1989 holiday favorite National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation went so well that we're doing it again. Come down to the historic Garland Theater on Dec. 21 — we'll supply the yuletide spirit, and Rainier will supply the beer (and a whole lot of free swag).

As with past Suds and Cinema events, Brain Freeze Creamery will be on hand with free samples of their delicious movie-themed ice cream, and our friends at Horizon Credit Union will provide free popcorn (while supplies last). And even better, your ugliest Christmas sweater could win you a $100 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Horizon. It's a way better gift than a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.

The third comedy to center on the perpetually unlucky Griswold family and its bumbling patriarch played by Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation (rated PG-13) actually strands the characters at home this time, but every crazy relative imaginable comes out of the woodwork to cause some chaos.

Beer will start flowing in the Garland lobby at 6:30 pm, and the film starts an hour later. Admission is $5. Last year's Christmas Vacation screening sold out handily, so get your tickets now through the Garland's box office.

And we'll be sure leave some space in the lot for Cousin Eddie to park his motor home.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Come on down! Whitworth senior appears on The Price is Right

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Danny Butler, a senior at Whitworth University, is taking the nondisclosure agreement he signed with The Price Is Right seriously, but his zeal for being on the show is apparent.

A self-proclaimed "superfan" of the long-
Whitworth University senior Danny Butler is at far right.
  • Whitworth University senior Danny Butler is at far right.
running CBS game show (it launched in 1956, running on NBC, then ABC, through 1965, then came back in its current form on CBS in September 1972) — he gave up his eighth birthday party to watch the first Million-Dollar Showcase Showdown back in 2004 — this is the second time Butler has attended a taping and his first time as a contestant in the hot seat.  We spoke briefly over the phone prior to the airing of the show, recounting the process of the day's taping and how he was chosen to be a contestant.

Danny tells me he was homeschooled and would watch the show during a morning break, between 10 and 11, as a kid. En route to California on a family vacation in 2016, Danny managed to get tickets for a taping of the show, telling this family once he arrived in the state. Everyone agreed, and a Tuesday morning void of an itinerary was filled. Danny's sister Bailee would end up as a contestant on this show, winning an Alaskan getaway but eventually losing the Showcase Showdown finale.

On his most recent trip to The Price is Right stage, Danny and his family showed up at 7:30 am, along with a throng of about 300 other people.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hello, winter! Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park opening Friday

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM

If your equipment isn't tuned and ready, you're already falling behind.
  • If your equipment isn't tuned and ready, you're already falling behind.

Another day, another announcement of an early-season opening at one of our local ski spots.

And there was much rejoicing.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park sent out word that they will open this Friday, Nov. 17, with discounted tickets due to the limited terrain and early season conditions. For $30 for adults and $25 for kids, you can make turns from lifts 2, 3 and 5.

"Coverage is excellent on the groomed runs!" the statement says. "Early season conditions do exist. 10 runs will be open and groomed, and the Terrain Park Crew is hammering down to get a bunch of features built."

You can check out the Mt. Spokane webcam to see the conditions for yourself here.

Maybe that big winter that's been rumored for the Inland Northwest is coming to fruition. Between hitting the slopes, give our latest Snowlander issue a read, on stands now and featuring information on no less than 48 Northwest resorts waiting for you.

And, of course, don't forget the Inlander Winter Party this weekend (Friday, 4 to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm) where you can get some sweet deals, including free passes, from various ski shops and resorts.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

CAT FRIDAY: Four delightfully cute Insta-cats to follow right meow

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 12:59 PM

After nearly a year-long hiatus, one of the Inlander's long-running blog series is back. That's right, cat-loving ladies and gents: Cat Friday is back in the rotation, now on a monthly basis, from yours truly, the Inlander's resident cat-lady-in-chief. To keep the series fresh and new, we'll be posting installments on the second Friday of each month.

First up for the series' rebirth is a round-up of some of my personal favorite cat-stagrams you should be following right meow. Let's get started.

Smoothie: stealing hearts since 2014. - INSTAGRAM: @SMOOTHIETHECAT
  • Instagram: @smoothiethecat
  • Smoothie: stealing hearts since 2014.
Beyond my personal cat — the joy of my heart and life (along with her predecessor, and my family's dear little senior girl, Alice) — this cat named Smoothie is literally the top highlight of my cat obsessions. Every time I see a picture of this precious, emerald-eyed puffball my heart aches (I can't even handle the cute). Smoothie, a golden-shaded British Longhair born in April 2014, resides in the Netherlands and has been stealing hearts across the globe alongside her silver-haired friend Milkshake for several years now. Don't let this petit chat fool you with her wide, innocent eyes. Smoothie is often up to some seriously cute shenanigans, as revealed in her ultra-relatable photo captions like, "When you just want to work, but your cats have other plans" and "When someone tall sits in front of you at the cinema" and "When all the napping makes you feel exhausted." Honestly, if you're not equally mesmerized by the sheer beauty of this tiny, smooth-haired feline, you might need to re-evaluate some things. For a double dose of Smoothie sweetness, make sure to follow her on Facebook, too.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hipster dragon? Trump Dragon? They're part of a new game Spokane-area teens hope to launch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 3:57 PM

  • That Dragon Card Game team
For some Spokane-area teenagers, what started out as a class assignment may turn into a paycheck, as they work to launch a game they've created over the past year.

When teaching high schoolers an innovation and robotics course at Northwest Christian Schools last year, Jeff Drew incorporated entrepreneurship into the class by asking students to get inspired:

What's a product you could make without spending any money?

Or at least without spending much money.

They scoured Kickstarter and Indiegogo to see what was already out there, what performed well and didn't, and then teamed up to create something new.

By the end of the semester, most of the class had rallied emotional support around one team, which created a dragon-themed card game that was simple enough to teach a 7-year-old in a few minutes, and fun enough to play over and over again.

They asked some artistic students to get involved in the card design, and That Dragon Card Game was born.

Hipster Dragon is one of the options for game play in That Dragon Card Game, created by local teens. - THAT DRAGON CARD GAME TEAM
  • That Dragon Card Game team
  • Hipster Dragon is one of the options for game play in That Dragon Card Game, created by local teens.

Now, nearly a year later, while some of the students have moved on to community college and a few are still finishing high school, the team is looking to reach its first funding goals on Kickstarter. They've almost hit their initial goal of $10,000 for the campaign, which is scheduled to last through Nov. 16. After that, they can meet stretch goals to help make the game even cooler.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Halloween Eve: Some songs to celebrate Samhain season

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 1:31 PM

On Halloween Eve, and inspired by a new take on the classic Halloween movie theme music, we decided to pull together some of the grooviest of ghoulie tunes to help you get in the spirit of the season:

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: "Halloween Theme"
This quintessential slasher film's unnerving theme song gets a Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross reboot for next years’ Halloween film directed by John Carpenter. As if the old theme wasn’t inimical enough, the duo does their damnedest to ratchet up the flight-or-fight response; the song pounds with signature Reznor style in its final two minutes of industrial howling, screeching, and drum machine beats — perfect to run up a set of stairs to.

Gin Gillette: "Train To Satanville"

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