Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bitchin' Bites on a Budget: Rotisserie chicken 3 ways

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Shout-out to anyone on a budget because of your job/student loans/expensive rent/life:

We may eat cheap, but that doesn't mean we can't make some bitchin' food.

To share some of the best food budget hacks I know, I'll be attempting a semi-regular blog featuring affordable recipes and meal-planning tips, which will mostly consist of sharing whatever weird food habit I'm in that month or week. My tastes might not align with yours, or the season, but I'm totally open to suggestions if you've got 'em (hit me up at samanthaw@inlander.com if you have ideas or questions).

Most of the time I'll try to make meals that cost $2 or less per serving, with an eye on making meals you can reheat for lunch or dinner. Making the meals ahead will also save on cooking time during the week.

For this first installment, I'm going to brag on one of my all-time favorite ways to make your dollar go further: the rotisserie chicken.

Most grocery stores have these babies hot and ready by the time you get off work, and while they're delicious right out of the container, there are a few things you can do to get even more out of that tasty bird.

The one I got this week ran me about $7 at Safeway. With a few other pantry staples (mayo, pepper, seasonings) and fresh veggies, here's how I make several meals from the same chicken:

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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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Spokane unveils new snowplow plan, WSU searches for new AD, morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:16 AM


Mayor David Condon standing in front of one of the city's new snowplows. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Mayor David Condon standing in front of one of the city's new snowplows.
NEWS: With another hellish winter likely on the way, the city of Spokane has a new snowplow plan that will see workers plowing the moment it snows — though that will create bigger berms.

NEWS: This week, we wrote about the issues caused by the stalled state capital budget. Here's a list of the major projects on hold because of it.

NATION: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl, 31, from Hailey, Idaho, was held captive by the Taliban for five years before the Obama administration traded him for five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. (via New York Times)


No longer unspoken
The hashtag #MeToo has exploded on social media, signifying all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted, and helping people to understand the prevalence of such behavior in society. (The Atlantic)

Watch for falling trees!
Strong winds are expected to roll into town today, with gusts reaching up to 40 or 50 mph. Don't worry; this is nothing like the historic Noiveme2015 windstorm. (KREM)

Community divided
After admitting the process was botched, the Spokane City Council voted 4-2 to allow the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach center to operate the East Central Community Center. (Spokesman-Review)

Moos on the loose
Following Bill Moos' unexpected departure from his position as WSU athletic director, the university has named John Johnson, senior associate athletic director, to lead the athletic department in the interim. WSU President Kirk Schulz also announced the members of a committee that will begin the search for a new athletic director. (KXLY)

ISIS loses its capital
U.S.-backed forces in Syria claim to have taken over full control of Raqqa, the Islamic State's one-time capital that held symbolic significance. (Washington Post)
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Spokane's new snowplow plan: Faster plowing, narrower streets, bigger berms

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 5:41 PM

Mayor David Condon stands in front of a front-end loader equipped with a gate that can drop down to prevent snow from being plowed in front of driveways. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Mayor David Condon stands in front of a front-end loader equipped with a gate that can drop down to prevent snow from being plowed in front of driveways.

Winter is coming to Spokane.

And if it's anything like last winter, it will be a snowy hell of fury and flurries. Last winter, complaints abounded about the city's snow response, including objections from the neighborhoods, downtown businesses and school districts.

In fact, last year, in the middle of snow season, then-Streets Director Mark Serbousek was fired from his position.

But with new Streets Director Gary Kaesemeyer in place, the Condon administration and City Councilwoman Amber Waldref have been pushing to try to reinvent the way the city gets plowed.

They even put out a survey in April to get feedback from Spokane residents.

Today, the city officially outlined their new snow-plowing strategy at a press conference in front of a new front-end loader snowplow.

"The heart of our new plan is really pretty simple," Condon said at today's press conference. "More plowing in more areas sooner."

And so far, at least, they're doing it without spending extra money. Instead, they're shifting staff from other departments to man snowplows during the snow season, and changing the order of planned fleet replacement to buy new equipment.

"We've heard you, and we're going to tackle snow differently as a result," Condon says.

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Here's what else is held up locally while Washington has no capital budget

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 2:57 PM

In this week's issue, we highlighted some of the issues that have come up while the state doesn't have a capital budget, including lost jobs and construction projects put on hold.

Here are a few details on regional projects waiting on the capital budget to be approved that didn't make it into the story. Proposed allocations came from the Washington State Senate's version of the capital budget:

Eastern Washington University Interdisciplinary Science Center: $67 million
The largest line item coming to the Spokane area is a proposed $67 million for Eastern’s new science building, which will house the four key disciplines: Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Geology and Physics. In the works for years, the building will replace the current 1962-built structure, which isn’t in the best shape, says Dave Meany, EWU spokesman.

“With a 33% increase in students enrolled in STEM programs, this is a critical project for Eastern,” Meany writes in an email.

Eastern Washington Clean Sites Initiative: about $10.3 million
At sites where the party responsible for pollution can’t be held accountable, the state Department of Ecology may take over cleanup. The impacts of not having the capital budget vary between projects, says Angie Wirkkala, finance manager for Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program, but most cleanups have been in the works for years, and if they’re near a construction phase, it can be hard to stop and start.

“That makes uncertainty not only for the department about how to find a good stopping point, but for the communities relying on that for economic growth and restoration,” Wirkkala says.

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MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Eastern now Washington's only Top 10 team

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Is that a blue-and-gold train about to run us over, or just the Cal Bears? - WSU ATHLETICS
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  • Is that a blue-and-gold train about to run us over, or just the Cal Bears?

It was one ugly weekend for fans of the region's top-tier college football teams, with both Top 10-ranked Washington State and Washington falling in huge upsets, and Idaho blowing a big lead at home. At least Eastern Washington seems to have righted the ship after early-season travails. Let's break it down:

Correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm a relatively new transplant to the area, but "Cougin' it" means losing a game in the last minutes in a painful way that defies explanation, correct? So I guess we'll call what happened in Berkeley on Friday night as a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking, with the Cougs going down to the Cal Bears, 37-3.

Yes, 37-3.

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Firefighters back Prop 2, bombings kill 300-plus in Somalia, morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:29 AM


  • Daniel Walters photo

NEWS: Spokane's Firefighters Union has endorsed Proposition 2, which if passed by voters in November would make it a civil infraction and levy a fine on anyone who brings an uncovered coal train car or rail car of untreated crude oil through the city. 

 Ever wanted a closer look at what the crews in the refueling wing at Fairchild Air Force Base do? Here's our look at the way they run a gas station in the sky.


Switching off an on-ramp?
The eastbound Interstate 90 on-ramp at Walnut Street could be closed by the state because it's so dangerous: it saw nearly 100 rear-end crashes over a five-year period, reports the Spokesman-Review's Nicholas Deshais. 

Desertion in the desert
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, has pleaded guilty to desertion after he walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive for almost five years. Bergdahl told the government that he meant to walk to another base to report leadership problems in his unit, but reportedly said he decided to plead guilty because he didn't think he'd get a fair trial. (New York Times, Idaho Statesman)

More than 300 dead in Somalian truck bombings
Two massive truck bombs killed more than 300 people and injured at least another 300 in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Saturday, in what Time reports is one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.

So long, Moos!
Washington State University's athletic director, Bill Moos, left his job Sunday for the same post at Nebraska, where he'll be paid a base salary of $1 million a year (Seattle Times).
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

THIS WEEK: Alchemous Beasts, VolunBEER, horror movie talk, zombie hikes

Posted By on Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 1:01 PM

A presentation at Gonzaga on Wednesday night explores women of color in horror films, like Blacula.
  • A presentation at Gonzaga on Wednesday night explores women of color in horror films, like Blacula.

The week ahead offers a bevy of entertaining possibilities, so be sure to check out our event listings and Staff Picks when you want to get out of the house. Here are some of the highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Oct. 16

FILM | The Magic Lantern's Monday Night Movies series presents Motherland, a documentary about the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

COMMUNITY | The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame honors people vital to athletics in the region with a ceremony at the Spokane Arena.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

WSU at Cal: Unbeaten Cougars contend with Bears, possible poor air quality

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Last November, Gerard Wicks rambled for 128 yards against Cal, averaging more than 14 per carry, in WSU's 56-21 win. - WSU ATHLETICS
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  • Last November, Gerard Wicks rambled for 128 yards against Cal, averaging more than 14 per carry, in WSU's 56-21 win.

A victory tonight in Berkeley would keep undefeated Washington State, the nation's No. 8 team, on the path to a potentially epic Apple Cup matchup. But the Cougars could face an unanticipated obstacle in the nationally televised Pac-12 North matchup with Cal at Memorial Stadium (7:30 pm; ESPN, KXLY 920 AM); poor air quality in the Bay Area resulting from Northern California's devastating wildfires.

After passing the season's first test away from home with flying colors (at least in the second half) in last Saturday's 33-10 win in Eugene, the Cougars (6-0, 3-0) play the second of five road games in their final seven contests; 3-3 Cal — which started promisingly, with non-conference wins at North Carolina and home against Mississippi under first-year head coach Justin Wilcox —  has lost all three of its games in the Pac by increasing margins and comes off a 38-7 beatdown at Washington last Saturday night, particularly notable for the Golden Bears' rushing total: minus 40 yards.

That's music to the ears of a Cougars defense that held the Ducks (who have a much better running game than Cal) to a paltry 2.9 yards per rush and just six first downs on the ground. The Bears, who have surrendered an average of nearly 38 points per game in their three conference losses, couldn't do much to stop the Huskies on the ground or in the air, and it's hard to see how they slow down the Cougars, especially senior quarterback Luke Falk, who continued his assault on the Pac-12 record books in Eugene, throwing for three TDs, good for 19 this season (also the number of times he's been sacked) and 108 in his career, second in the conference all-time. USC's Matt Barkley holds the record of 116.

Eastern fans will see a familiar face on Cal's sidelines: longtime Eagles coach Beau Baldwin, who in his first year as the Bears' offensive coordinator and running backs coach, has yet to light a fire under the unit: Cal's offense resides at or near the bottom of the Pac-12 in nearly every offensive category. The Bears don't look likely to break out of their offensive doldrums against an Alex Grinch-coordinated WSU defense that's at or near the top in nearly every respective category.

And Greater Spokane League fans will see a familiar face on the Cal defense: inside linebacker Evan Weaver, who starred at Gonzaga Prep. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore has appeared in all six games, starting three, and led the Bears last week at Washington with six tackles, two for losses.

Last November, Falk strafed Cal for 373 yards and five TDs as the Cougars routed the Bears 56-21 at Martin Stadium, only their second victory in a dozen games vs. Cal, both in the Mike Leach era.

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Spokane's Firefighters Union has endorsed the anti-oil-train Proposition 2

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Safer Spokane's Proposition 2 — which would fine the owners of any train cars lugging high-pressure crude oil or uncovered coal — has struggled to draw high-profile supporters. Other than Breean Beggs, who wrote the initiative, other city councilmembers have been reluctant to jump on board, despite their fears regarding the utter devastation that an oil-train disaster would inflict upon Spokane.

But last week, Safer Spokane announced they'd won over at least one powerful political group: the Spokane Firefighters Union.

"We want to be able to save everybody from everything," says Randy Marler, president of the Spokane Firefighters Union. "It happens downtown, we’re not going to be able to save everybody. That’s concerning."

An oil tanker derailing downtown might not only result in a massive fireball that could consume nearby buildings, it could send flaming oil sloshing down streets and leaching into the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, the sole source of water for most people in Spokane County and North Idaho's Kootenai County.

"There's not something that we can do to effectively fight a fire like that," Marler says. "If there’s anything that the industry can do to make it safer, we would support it."

This has had firefighters worried for quite a while.

"No amount of preparation, no level of staffing, no amount of equipment, apparatus or personnel, would keep this from being anything less than catastrophic to our community," firefighter Dave Kovac told the Spokane City Council last year.

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