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Friday, July 28, 2017

Dare to be bare at the 33rd annual Bare Buns Fun Run

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 2:47 PM


The human body is a beautiful thing, and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, all shades and ages and genders.

A range of those bodies — not just from the Inland Northwest, but all over the world — will be front and center at Kaniksu Ranch, 40 miles north of Spokane, for the original, 33rd annual Bare Buns Fun Run (and the ranch's 78th anniversary).
On Sunday morning, take it all off at the Kaniksu Ranch in Loon Lake.
  • On Sunday morning, take it all off at the Kaniksu Ranch in Loon Lake.

A 5K, clothing-optional run/walk always held on the final Sunday of July, the BBFR features 14 competitive age groups, ranging from 5 and under to 70-plus, with medals awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers, and the top three male and female finishers in each age group after the overall top three.

The ranch, a hilly, forested 260-acre nudist resort northwest of Deer Lake, was founded in 1939 and prides itself as a family-friendly environment, with members and visitors ranging from babies to great-grandparents.

Visitors are welcome on race day, but must leave their cameras — as well as their cellphones — in their vehicles.

The specifics:

Bare Buns Fun Run
Sun, July 30 at 9:30 am $30 individual registration  Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Resort, 4295 N. Deer Lake Rd., Loon Lake, Wash. kaniksuranch.com • 327-6833


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fantastic marmots and where to find them, near downtown Spokane

Nearly 50 dangerously adorable marmot pictures; seek them out on your own!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 4:14 PM


This week, our Outdoors Issue tackles the marvelous spectacle of urban wildlife. Naturally, that includes God's most majestic creature, the yellow-bellied marmot. Marmots that live in urban environments are unheard of in most cities across the United States, but in Spokane, the creatures have presumably been attracted enough by our low cost of living and thriving downtown to move to the city.

As a general rule, the best places to look for marmots are near rivers, by big piles of rocks. But if you want a few specific places to look for marmots, we're here to help. Here are a few of my favorite marmot-spotting spots near downtown Spokane:


The Kendall Yards lot just east of the Inlander, across the street from the new My Fresh Market grocery store

Sometimes these marmots pop out of the big boulders like a game of Whack-A-Mole. Other times they stand still against the skyline, like silent protectors. If you're lucky, you can spot three or more lounging on a single group of rocks, or streaking across the dirt field to duck under the big shipping containers.

Notice how some of these marmots have luscious coats worthy of  Cruella de Vil's Marmot signature collection, while others look like scraggly river rats?

Elizabeth Addis, assistant professor of biology at Gonzaga University, has studied urban marmots and offers an explanation for the variance.

"The ones that didn’t have any fur were parasitized by skin mites," Addis says "They also had lower levels of triglycerides."

Triglycerides are found in fat, meaning the marmots with the gorgeous coats generally have better diets.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Osprey spears sucker fish, takes it on a tour of downtown Spokane

Sucker fish, beware; you are being hunted

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:39 PM

AN OSPREY CARRIES A SUCKER FISH OVER KENDALL YARDS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING LAST WEEK.
  • An osprey carries a sucker fish over Kendall Yards on Wednesday evening last week.

This week's Outdoors issue of the Inlander celebrates the adorable and awe-inspiring presence of wildlife near Spokane's urban core.

This year, I had but one bullet point on my summer bucket list:

• Get a sweet picture of an osprey carrying a fish.

The evening before my story on urban wildlife in Spokane was due, I finally got lucky. Pausing on the Centennial Trail near the Night Market in Kendall Yards, I spotted an osprey searching for food.

After diving down to the Spokane River to snatch a sucker fish, the osprey skims over the Spokane River, then glides above the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.

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Then he heads for the Maple Street Bridge, shooting upward over the evening's traffic.

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Then, he's flying west over Riverside Avenue...

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... swinging by Q6 local news...
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...soaring over the towers of the Steam Plant and the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes...
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... and making a cameo above City Hall. (A few months ago, I was interviewing City Council President Ben Stuckart about financial reporting problems with the Spokane County Democrats, only to be rudely interrupted mid-question by an osprey flying by directly outside the window of the seventh-floor City Hall room.)

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Finally, he flies back across the river, directly over my head, delivering that photograph I've been seeking for two straight summers:

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Earlier this year, I also managed to take a few shots of an osprey — maybe the same osprey — gliding down into the gorge, ripping a big stick off a tree, and taking it back to its nest. (The stick really ties the room together.)

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On top of that, I managed to snap a few pics of the osprey lifting off and turned it into a low-res GIF.

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That's Spokane for you.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

They say that 33 Chilean miners once got trapped in a Spokane pothole, and 24 other unproven pothole rumors

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:03 PM

They say that local gaming company Cyan filmed a man falling into a Spokane pothole for the intro of their smash computer game hit, "Myst." - CYAN WORLDS
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  • They say that local gaming company Cyan filmed a man falling into a Spokane pothole for the intro of their smash computer game hit, "Myst."

On Friday, the Spokesman-Review ran a story about just how few of the victims of Spokane's winter plague of potholes were able to convince the city to pay their claims. While the city has committed $1 million as part of "Fix-It-Fest 2017" to repair broken arterials and has a long-term strategy to make roads more resistant to potholes, the pothole struggles this year only solidified Spokane's longstanding pothole-pocked reputation.

Of course, for every fact about Spokane potholes, there are plenty of scurrilous, unsourced rumors. As a service to you, the reader, we've collected these rumors in one place, while recognizing that it's entirely possible that we made every one of these rumors up.

1. They say when you gaze into a Spokane pothole, the Spokane pothole also gazes into you.

2. They say if you put your ear to the edge of a Spokane pothole, and listen closely, you can hear the bloodcurdling screams of the damned souls of children who don't obey their parents.

3. They say that, back in 2010, 33 Chilean miners got trapped for two weeks in a Spokane pothole before being rescued.

4. They say that the only thing that can truly defeat a Spokane pothole is for it be swallowed up by an even bigger Spokane pothole.

5. They say you can't reach the bottom of a Spokane pothole until you truly reach the bottom of... yourself.

6. They say when you pour asphalt into a Spokane pothole, you just make it hungrier.

7. They say if you step on a crack, you'll break your mother's back three weeks later when that crack develops into a pothole on Freya and she drives straight into it.

8. They say that most Spokane potholes were created when the dwarves dug too greedily and too deep, and awoke shadow and flame in the darkness of Khazad-dûm.

9. They say that if you make a wish and throw a coin into a Spokane pothole, your wish will come true, but only if that wish involves significant damage to your tires and undercarriage.

10. They say that 15,000 years ago, a glacial ice dam in Missoula broke, sending two-story-tall water blitzing 60 miles an hour from Montana to the Pacific, ripping canyons in the earth and creating the first Spokane pothole.

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Kevin Durant came to Hoopfest, and it was awesome

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Kevin Durant at Spokane Hoopfest 2017. - WILSON CRISCIONE
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  • Kevin Durant at Spokane Hoopfest 2017.

It was supposed to be a secret. Nobody announced that Kevin Durant would be showing up at Nike Center Court on Sunday. But when you're as big a deal as Kevin Durant, NBA Finals MVP and champion, word tends to get out.

Early on Sunday, some people had heard the rumor that the Golden State Warriors' star was in Spokane. Friends told their friends, and those friends told their friends, but nobody really wanted to get their hopes up. Kevin Durant? In Spokane? 

The rumor was that he would show up to Nike Center Court around 2:30 or 3 pm. By 2:15, the bleachers were full and the heat was beating down on the court during the men's elite games. People in the stands were whispering to each other — maybe Durant isn't coming. Is it worth suffering in this heat? Was it a false rumor?

When a few security guards gathered in one place, everyone looked over to try and catch a glimpse of Durant. But it was a false alarm. The security guards were just telling people to get off the court.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of some artists playing Red Room Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Empty Eyes play the Red Room Lounge on Saturday.
  • Empty Eyes play the Red Room Lounge on Saturday.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing Red Room Lounge this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists for all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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Fred Armisen is coming to Spokane. To do what, we have no idea

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Fred Armisen performs at the Bing on July 7.
  • Fred Armisen performs at the Bing on July 7.

Perhaps taking inspiration from the old "Hit & Run" tours of Prince, one of the people he gloriously lampooned during his years on Saturday Night Live, comedian/musician Fred Armisen is coming to Spokane, and he's coming soon.

Armisen will perform on July 7 at the Bing Crosby Theater, joined by writer/comedian Jacqueline Novak. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10 am via the box office at TicketsWest outlets, and they will be $36, $56, $76 and $101.

What, exactly, will Armisen be doing at his show? The press release we received gave no hints, and neither does his website. But the funnyman is an accomplished actor and writer, as well as performer on shows like Portlandia and Documentary Now, and a musician as well. So perhaps a combination of stand-up and songs?

You'll have to go to find out.
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VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of some artists playing The Big Dipper

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Violet Catastrophe play The Big Dipper on Saturday night.
  • Violet Catastrophe play The Big Dipper on Saturday night.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing The Big Dipper this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists for all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of some artists playing The Observatory

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Peru Resh play The Observatory Friday night.
  • Peru Resh play The Observatory Friday night.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing The Observatory this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists for all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of artists playing nYne Bar

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 3:13 PM

J GRGRY plays nYne Bar on Saturday.
  • J GRGRY plays nYne Bar on Saturday.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing nYne Bar this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists of all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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