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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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PHOTOS: “Meet the Joneses” explores the Inland Northwest

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:36 AM

  • Jonathan Hollingsworth
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene

Two words come to mind — bizarro and whimsical — when you encounter “Meet the Joneses,” a photo project by New York-based writer and visual artist Jonathan Hollingsworth, who’s brought to life the Jones clan, a circa 1950s family of plastic figurines making its way in the world.

Hollingsworth, who eventually plans to recount the family’s journey in a book, added to the project during a recent visit to the Pacific Northwest; find more of those images below. You can also follow the Joneses on Facebook and Instagram.

Hollingsworth's previous work includes the photo book Left Behind: Life and Death on the U.S. Border, which documented the items and artifacts left behind by immigrants who died during the perilous journey to America.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our next Suds & Cinema film is Zombieland; your zombie costume could win you money

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 3:38 PM


Calling all fans of blood, guts and beer: You won't want to miss our next Suds & Cinema event.

We'll be screening the 2009 horror-comedy hit Zombieland at the Garland Theater on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm, with Young Buck Brewing selling its delicious beer in the lobby starting at 6:30. Brain Freeze Creamery will have free (that's right — free) ice cream on hand, and our friends at Horizon Credit Union will provide free popcorn while supplies last.

And if that isn't enough of a reason to show up, you can also win some money. We'll be hosting a zombie costume contest, and whoever boasts the most gruesome and creative get-up can win a $100 Amazon gift card provided by Horizon, as well as a basket of memorabilia from the locally shot Syfy series Z Nation. There will also be some real, honest-to-god zombies on hand from the upcoming Zombie Hike in Riverside State Park, and we hear they're down for posing for a selfie or two (those could also win you an Amazon gift card).

Zombieland takes place in the aftermath of an epidemic that has brought the dead back to shuffling, flesh-eating life, and it follows a band of survivors traveling cross-country searching for their families and some Twinkies. The cast is fully loaded — Oscar nominees Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin and Oscar winner Emma Stone — and includes one of the funniest cameos in contemporary cinema (if you somehow don't know about it, we won't spoil it for you).

Doors at the Garland will open at 6:30 pm, and admission is $5; advance tickets are now available at the theater box office. Zombieland is rated R, but the event is all-ages.
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"The Truth Has Wings," and Inlander artists have a place for their sculpture at Terrain 10

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 10:59 AM

The Inlander 's newspaper boxes dotting the Inland 
Northwest are remarkably resilient things, but they're no match for a car. When one particularly sidewalk-friendly driver in Hillyard took out one of our boxes, the bright-red victim ended up stashed in a dark corner of Inlander Central Command. Whispers of a trip to the dump didn't bode well.

Then some enterprising, talented Inlander staffers got involved, turning a newspaper tragedy into an artistic homage to journalism. And the results of their labor, a sculpture called "The Truth Has Wings," has been accepted at Terrain 10. We couldn't be more proud.

"I couldn't bring myself to trash it; it looked too cool, and had a story behind it," says Justin Hynes, the Inlander's distribution manager, who worked on the project along with graphic designers Alissia Blackwood and Jessie Hynes and production manager Wayne Hunt:

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Got a great ghost story? We want to hear it

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

  • Soffie Hicks photo (flickr)
Aside from all the great memes showing the shift that for many people happens from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, there really is something to be said about the shift in mood that takes place almost overnight.

The air is crisper. The nights are getting darker earlier. The stories about things that go bump in the night start to appeal to our senses.

And let's face it: Whether you're a firm believer, a skeptic, or sure that ghost stories are all b.s., the fact is, most of us either have our own ghost story, or know someone else who swears by their experience with the unexplained.

The Inlander wants to hear your best ghost story for a piece we are working on that will explore local brushes with the beyond, paranormal investigation, and dive into why people want to believe.

Please share your story in THIS GOOGLE FORM in 500 words or less.

We may share snippets or your full story in print or online, and if you leave a name and contact information, you may hear from me. Alternatively, feel free to email me directly at

Send in your best stories by Friday, Oct. 13, and look for our coverage just before Halloween. 
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Washington state poet laureate Tod Marshall takes a knee in the Seattle Times

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Tod Marshall, Spokanite and Washington state poet laureate, is in a mood to protest for freedom of speech.
  • Tod Marshall, Spokanite and Washington state poet laureate, is in a mood to protest for freedom of speech.

Eastern Washington takes a considerable amount of pride in the fact that the state's poet laureate, Tod Marshall, is a Spokane resident and Gonzaga professor.

His term as poet laureate is in the home stretch as he nears the completion of two years scampering around the state, meeting with groups large and small, encouraging people to find the poet inside themselves and enjoy the words of their fellow Washingtonians.

Lest you think Marshall is a quiet academic type, content to wallow in the wonderful wordsmiths of yesteryear, you should maybe check out his column for the Seattle Times, published online Tuesday and in the major daily in Wednesday's edition.

In his column, titled "Let's all take a knee to stand for justice and to pray for a return to decency," Marshall delves into this weekend's hysterical public relations war between the current president and the professional football players who are daring to protest for the rights of black Americans and against police brutality. Marshall is particularly perturbed by the president's use of language to sow division in the country:

"The president devalues language, abuses truth and leeches the meaning from words. As Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder reminds us, without agreed upon language there can be no shared truths. Without shared truths democracy fails.

"Further, without shared understanding of language, we cannot have honest and open conversations about race and social justice, about economic inequalities and health-care policy, about the history of discrimination in our country and the possible routes toward transcending mistreatment of any part of the population."

Marshall's term ends in early 2018, and no doubt he'll be heard from again on the state of the country — in poems or columns.

You can read the entire Seattle Times piece here.
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