Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Your prayers for snow are working; check out this morning's scene at Schweitzer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Yes, it was smoky and hovering in the 90s a mere 
Marking the year's first snow. - SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Marking the year's first snow.
couple of weeks ago. And we ended a seemingly endless string of precipitation-free days just a couple of days ago. But for those of us interested in all things winter sports-related, the pictures sent our way from Schweitzer Mountain Resort are enough to get us salivating for snow season.

Check out the scene at the mountain's Sky House:

  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Schweitzer's Sky House

You can see on this weather radar that there's plenty of precipitation in the mountain areas between Spokane and Missoula; elsewhere in Montana, the early snow has helped with their nasty wildfire season.

Schweitzer is planning on Dec. 1 for its opening day. 49 Degrees North plans to open around Thanksgiving if possible, while Lookout Pass is aiming for Nov. 23. Silver Mountain is likely looking at Thanksgiving weekend, too, if last season is any indication.

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Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea, new details in Freeman school shooting, morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 9:23 AM


NEWS: There's a new undersheriff in town; he's already been behind many innovations within the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

NEWS: With few other options for health care, homeless people can now turn to the newly expanded Providence House of Charity clinic.

Trump: Harsh words for North Korea's "Rocket Man" at the United Nations.
  • Trump: Harsh words for North Korea's "Rocket Man" at the United Nations.

Freeman school shooting
Accused Freeman school shooter Caleb Sharpe drew an "X" over some student pictures in his yearbook, investigators say. Meanwhile, Freeman High School reopened Monday for the first time since Wednesday morning's shooting. (Spokesman-Review)

Trump threatens North Korea
This morning, in a speech to the United Nations, President Trump said that "we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies. He then proceeded to call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man," asserting that Kim is on a "suicide mission for himself." (New York Times)

They call the wind Maria
Category 5 Hurricane Maria is storming through the Caribbean, last night pounding the small island of Dominica. With sustained winds of 160 mph, it's headed toward islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma. (Associated Press)

Nazi knocked out
A video that's gone viral on social media shows a man wearing a swastika armband getting punched in the face and knocked out in downtown Seattle. Police responded, but said there is no investigation underway, as no one reported a crime. (Seattle Times)
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Monday, September 18, 2017

YMCA of the Inland Northwest welcomes refugees, immigrants with events this week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This week, YMCA of the Inland Northwest is joining 
other organizations around the country in welcoming immigrants and refugees to the community and thanking them for their contributions.

The week, Sept. 15 through Sept. 24, is happening in collaboration with other YMCAs and Welcoming America, a nonpartisan nonprofit that works to make communities around the country more inclusive and welcoming to immigrants and all residents.

Monday night, Spokane Mayor David Condon is expected to sign a proclamation at the city council meeting to recognize Welcoming Week, and there are two upcoming events which are open to the public:

On Wednesday, people are invited to dance and listen to African Congolese drumming, followed by a social with the chance to taste Congolese food and food made by refugees representing their respective cultures. That event will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm at the South Spokane Y, 2921 E. 57th.

On Friday, there will be a Garden Revitalization Project at 4:30 pm at the North Spokane Y, 10727 N. Newport Hwy. Music, food, tools and supplies will be provided — just arrive ready to get in the dirt, the YMCA says.
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MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Eags enter win column, Cougs keep rolling, Seahawks barely win

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Eastern got a win! The Cougs are looking great! And the Seahawks? Well, they barely beat one of the NFL's worst teams. Here's your Monday Morning Placekicker, a breakdown of the weekend's local sports action:


EWU's defense made life miserable for Fordham all day Saturday. - EWU ATHLETICS
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  • EWU's defense made life miserable for Fordham all day Saturday.

Eastern Washington fans can breathe a wee bit easier after the Eagles got their first win Saturday on a trip to New York City for a game against Fordham. That win was an emphatic one, a 56-21 rout that featured 10 sacks by the defense and the first appearance of the EWU offense that fans have come to expect. Quarterback Gage Gubrud threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two more scores, while helping new head coach Aaron Best notch his first win. With the win, the Eagles moved up to No. 11 in the country.

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Cheney pot shop employee found dead, turmoil continues in St. Louis, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM


Freeman High shooting examined
After last Wednesday's tragic shooting at Freeman High School, in which one student was killed and three were injured by gunfire:

• A WSU psychologist spoke with the Inlander about recognizing warning signs and supporting teens through complex emotions.
• A Freeman alum reflects on her time growing up in the community and how she thinks people should respond to these acts of violence.
• Legal experts discuss possible outcomes for the shooter, who could face a significantly longer prison term if tried as an adult.
• News emerged Friday that while one mom left her car on the highway to run and see if her child was OK, someone stole her purse from the car, then went on a shopping spree to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

Other news sources on Freeman:


• The shooting took place on the shooter's first day back to school after being suspended. After passing notes to fellow students that caused concern, a counselor and the school told the shooter's parents, and suspended him until he was cleared by a mental health evaluation, the Spokesman-Review's Thomas Clouse reports.
• KXLY reports that the mother of Sam Strahan, the student killed during the shooting, issued a formal statement, thanking the community for support and privacy, and saying, "This could have been prevented!"


Body of kidnapped Cheney man found; community plans memorial
Cameron Smith, the Cheney pot shop employee who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint last weekend, has been found dead, and his community is mourning, reports the Spokesman-Review's Nina Culver.

Turmoil in St. Louis

Protests continued throughout the weekend in St. Louis after a white officer was acquitted of murder charges in a 2011 shooting death of a black man. Officers made more than 80 arrests Sunday night, and reportedly shouted "Whose streets? Our streets!" a chant more commonly used by protesters. (CNN, Washington Post)

Dreamers explore option of going back to Mexico
In Seattle, young people brought to the U.S. by parents when they were children heard from the Mexican consulate that they will be welcomed by Mexican businesses who could use their high level of education and English-speaking skills, the Seattle Times' Nina Shapiro reports. But many of the "Dreamers" question what that would really look like.

Nepotism in Oregon legislature
The Oregonian reports that a quarter of legislators in Oregon hire their family members to work in their offices on the taxpayer's dime.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

THIS WEEK: E.T., beer festivals, Think & Drink and tons of tunes

Posted By on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Earth, Wind & Fire headline the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire headline the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Monday, Sept. 18

COMMUNITY | Poet, activist and educator Dominique Christina hosts a workshop open to the public at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

COMMUNITY | The Humanities Washington Think & Drink series kicks off another season on Spokane with a visit to the Magic Lantern and a talk about "The Divided Classroom."

FILM | Head to the Downtown Spokane Library for a free screening and panel discussion about Beyond The Wall, a documentary on U.S. incarceration practices and trends.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

FILM | Join fans nationwide in a special screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in honor of the little guy's 35th anniversary.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

REVIEW: Magic Men Live: where half-naked ancient civilizations and 50 Shades of Grey collide

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Something about the sound of nearly 700 women (and a few men) screaming shrilly inside the Bing Crosby Theater Thursday night — paired with the carnal desires behind those shrieks — made me wonder how powerful a coven this group could make, if only we weren't all there to watch beefy men get nearly naked.

Gather sisters, gather thee,
Into the Bing, where we shall scream
So shrill shall be the mighty call
As ladies demand to see it all

The sculpted men on stage will dance
Bump, and grind, and throw a glance
at each and every one of us
who've paid too much to just sit and blush.

Those non-believers, they will see
how powerful, we ladies be
I can tell I'm losing you already
No one else thought the witch thing? Just me?


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Mother of Freeman student had purse stolen from car while she ran to see if child was alive or dead

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Some asshole (or assholes) stole a purse from a Freeman High School mother as she ran to the school, wondering whether her children were alive or dead. The criminal(s) have since racked up $36,000 in fraudulently cashed checks and credit card charges, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect in theft from Freeman parent's vehicle - SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Office photo
  • Suspect in theft from Freeman parent's vehicle

As word of the deadly shooting spread Wednesday morning, parents descended frantically on the south Spokane County school to pick up their kids. Traffic jammed, and many abandoned their vehicles on Highway 27.
Suspect in theft from Freeman parent's vehicle - SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Office photo
  • Suspect in theft from Freeman parent's vehicle

Sometime between 10:30 am and noon — before many parents knew whether their kids were safe — someone snatched the purse from one of the abandoned vehicles parked along the highway, a news release from the sheriff's office says.

"Property crimes themselves are typically hard for victims to deal with, especially when identity theft and fraud are involved," a news release from the Sheriff's Office says. "But the fact that these criminals took advantage of such a tragic situation is particularly heinous."

Anyone with information about this crime should call Sheriff's Office Det. Dean Meyer at 509-477-3159.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Inlander and Spokane's evolution featured in latest UW alumni magazine

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Do you read the Inlander every week? Of course you do!

Do you know the story of how Spokane's weekly paper, nearly a quarter-century old, came to be? Probably not, despite the existence of this handy "Who We Are" page on Inlander.com and this slick video:

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What the Freeman High School shooter could face if he is tried as an adult

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM

The 15-year-old Spokane County boy who shot and killed one classmate and injured three others Wednesday morning at Freeman High School is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. The question now is whether he will stand trial in juvenile court or will face the accusations as an adult.

If convicted as a juvenile, attorneys say the boy 
would be released by the time he's 21 years old — a six-year sentence. As an adult, a conviction could put him away for at least 20 years.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said during a press conference Thursday afternoon that his office will push to "try him as an adult for pre-meditated murder."

"This young man got sucked into a counterculture of violence," Knezovich says. "A culture that's enamored with school shootings."

Ultimately, it's up to prosecutors whether to charge the accused shooter, Caleb Sharpe, in juvenile or adult court. Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell did not immediately respond to emailed questions about the case.

But local defense attorney Bevan Maxey, who is representing Sharpe, believes that prosecutors will try to have the case moved to adult court. "However, that hearing won't be for a considerable period of time," Maxey says.

From there, it's up to a judge. And there are many factors to consider.


For 16- and 17-year-olds charged with "serious, violent" crimes in Washington state, prosecutors can move the case to adult court without a judge's approval. But for kids 15 and younger, the state must ask for the case to be moved to adult court, and a judge will decide.

That hearing is similar to a "mini trial," says Spokane County public defender Megan Manlove, who works in juvenile court, but is not representing the accused Freeman High shooter.

"It's a lot of preparation, and typically each side will retain experts," she says. "Sometimes those hearings can last two days."

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