Vol. 17, No. 15
Spokane’s youngest-ever councilwoman on block watches, light bulbs and the Fightin’ First
By Joel Smith
Two respected biologists say President Obama must make good on his vow to “restore science” to salmon restoration
By Kevin Taylor
No P on Grass
Limits on phosphorus lawn fertilizers is the latest wrinkle in meeting water-quality targets
Roping the Budget
Lassoing a steer may be more fun than wrestling a budget into balance for Idaho’s governor
A Spokane Valley man was arrested for possessing bomb-making materials last week, but what exactly did he have?
The Felon Vote
How Gonzaga law students helped refine a legal case poised to change Washington prisons dramatically
By Daniel Walters
The Decade When Spokane Grew Up (Again)
Cleaning up the park in the ’70s was great, but Spokane finally became a real city in the 2000s
With his district to the right of him and Pelosi to the left, Congressman Walt Minnick has walked a tightrope through his first year in office
Inside an English Language Development classroom where students hail from Nepal, Russia, Thailand, Cuba and Afghanistan
By Don Gronning
R-71, Hession and the Public Library
The controversy of Referendum 71 heads to the Supreme Court; plus, former Mayor Dennis Hession and a run on library books
By Nicholas Deshais
Where the Sidewalk Ends
River Park Square has had a testy relationship with street musicians — but is the mall itself violating city noise ordinances?
French and the Clunkers
An ethics committee clears Al French; plus a new, local Cash for Clunkers program
By Joel Smith, Nicholas Deshais and Kevin Taylor
What Are The Chances…
We asked those in the know what to expect in the next decade
Spokane’s new snow strategy; plus, a ban on surface parking and an election challenge in Coeur d’Alene
How budget troubles in Olympia might make marijuana legit
Forget meth, cocaine and heroin: Prescription drugs are the No. 1 killer in the Inland Northwest. And the epidemic shows no end.
The search for a spot for the Spokane Public Market may have ended — in an unlikely location
The Demon Rum
A fired officer’s $4 million claim about alcoholism is a 100-proof insult to protesters
The new Spokane Valley City Council starts its 2010 term with a boom
Thank a Reporter
Journalists keep an eye on the prize, reporting on humanity’s contextualized struggle
By Paul K. Haeder
Before we criticize Obama vs. terrorism, let’s remember “Brownie” vs. Katrina
By Robert Herold
College, the Last Refuge
Just when more people want to attend college, state governments are slicing higher-education budgets
Damn Gub'ment, Damn Taxes
Why we should kill sales tax and consolidate government services
We ought to reach into the crybaby Republicans’ pram and throw away their filibuster toy
Of 40s and Facebook
Whoa, Spokane pretty much looks the same in the new age of social networking
"I See Rude People," Amy Alkon
Hard-bound lessons from our own advice goddess
By Tammy Marshall
Vandals Go Bowling
Who would have imagined University of Idaho going to a bowl? Robb Akey, for one.
By Howie Stalwick
"A Common Pornography," Kevin Sampsell
Former Spokanite Kevin Sampsell pieced together his memoir the same way he pieced together his childhood porn collection
By Luke Baumgarten
A Boy and His Dog
Two Spokane teenagers with a brainy game concept competed against a bunch of grownups who just wanted to kill people
For the Birds
Funding is problematic for Saranac Art Projects, and they’ve come up with a real chicken-shit solution
By Carrie Scozzaro
He’s done the rock thing, but now A.A. Bondy is trying to make music that makes him happy
By Alan Sculley
From Brahms to "A-Punk"
Forget the BBC’s Desert Island Discs. Let’s have Spokane Symphony musicians pick their favorites in Palouse Valley Playbacks
Bang the Drums Quickly
The Spokane Symphony’s timpanist discusses pop-bottle plastic, dental floss and what he thinks about during those long, long rests
By Michael Bowen
Facial hair is cool again. What’s a guy to do?
If you’re sloppy defending Gonzaga’s Elias Harris, he’ll organize a dunk in your face
The Decade in Arts & Culture
The Oughts transformed Spokane from a place that felt like a big town to what’s feeling more like a vibrant small city.
The Decade On-Screen
We watched TVs become more like theaters and computer screens become more like TVs. Nobody watched commercials …
By Marty Demarest
Colleges are starting to think about sustainability in food service. For one night at NIC, this includes locally sourced wild animals
Hedonistic, unrepentant, childlike: Ruben Villarreal is his own kind of Renaissance Man
By Leah Sottile
In Defense of Michael Pollan
The Omnivore — in Pullman this week — wants an immediate ceasefire in the war on food
By Molly Templeton
"Love and Summer," William Trevor
Do you remember the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Apparently, neither does anybody else
"How to Teach Physics to Your Dog," Chad Orzel
You think you understand the Heisenberg uncertainty principle? You don’t. But now Bowser does.
"Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman," Jon Krakauer
Open this book to page 152 and grasp it firmly. Now rip it half in and throw away the chunk in your left hand.
Motive, Method, Opportunity
Curtains is an insult to critics everywhere. This critic is out for revenge.
Embracing the earth without being a jerk about it
By Jeff Echert
The Decade in Food
Locally, we became a much more adventurous area. Nationally, things got scary and voyeuristic
Your clan will probably go ballistic over Mission Bistro’s comfort food
"If You Hear Birds Chirping it’s Going to Be Clear," One Gun Galleria
Halfway through this record, Elijah Mink's talent doesn't just shine — it gleams
Heart in Your Mouth
Katie Herzig may be nervous, but she isn’t scared
'When the Devil's Loose,' A.A. Bondy
Sad music for sad people
"Echo Party," Edan
Edan retains his spaced-out style and his twisting, complex ethos, but the result is nowhere near as compelling as his previous efforts.
Out on a Limb
After nine years, local extreme metal outit Doom Lit Sky is calling it quits
"Contra," Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend takes a cue from the Clash on their sophomore record
The Decade in Music
There’s a lot of things Spokane’s music scene doesn’t have, but let’s talk about all the things it has become in the last decade
Rites of Punk
Ceremony is making new punk rock with an old-school mindset
By Dustin Carroll
It's pronounced "parade."
"Dark Side of the Moon," The Flaming Lips
When the Flaming Lips announced that they'd recorded the Pink Floyd classic in its entirety, a man in the audience blurted out: “Whaaaat the f---?! Yeah!”
James Pants passes up the Big Apple to play a New Year’s gig at the Swamp
"Scrambles," Bomb the Music Industry!
Scrambles blazes through 13 tracks and uses nearly as many musicians — on everything from drum machines to Game Boys.
By Chris Dreyer
Top Albums of the 2000s
Our music team took a stab at picking their Top 10 best records of the decade
The Good Word
Whiskey Dick Mountain preaches — just not about the usual church stuff
By Jordy Byrd
Breaking the Monotony
Liberty Lake’s Le Train Train Quotidien is just trying to make life a little more interesting
Shake, Rattle, Roll
Ain’t nothing gonna get Sammy Eubanks down
Saturday nights on KYRS are a psychedelic Land of the Lost
By Jon Brown
What's in a Place?
The indelible mark left by Spokane’s Empyrean
Deliver Us From "Nice Guys"
Michael Cera offers a young man’s vision of what young women want. Memo to Michael: You got it all wrong, buddy
By Maryann Johanson
The Daily Show
Sure, speaking truth to power can be funny — but not nearly as funny as making fun of the powerless and crazy.
Give It a 10
You know the Madonna/ whore dichotomy? Nine has that and several other stereotypes
By Ed Symkus
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Equal parts zany and conventional, Ratchet & Clank needs to get past the overdone Future series
Not Quite Ready To Wear
Despite beautiful performances, Tom Ford’s first film looks like a fashion designer made it
Family Guy Presents: Something, Something, Something Darkside
The second installment in Seth MacFarlane's Star Wars parodies
Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead has been left 2 die
A documentary that tried to film dolphin slaughter the legal way
Deduce and Pummel
Sherlock Holmes was always smarter than you. Now he can kick your ass, too.
Assassin’s Creed II
Sluggish and simplistic, Assassin’s Creed II may be the most artless work of art ever to emerge from the Renaissance.
Jason Reitman’s directing George Clooney’s acting = the best Great Recession movie yet
Peter Jackson turns a novel about a girl’s murder and ascent to heaven into a psychedelic special-effects bonanza. Bad idea.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel stands up to the popular kid in late-night television
(500) Days of Summer
I’m a girl, but every moral I cherish is opposed to romantic comedies. Then a movie like this comes along and gets me.
Terry Gilliam’s new film is nothing but cunning
Everything’s been all Twilight for so long, we’re thanking God for Daybreakers
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
A lesser directorial virgin would've chosen an easy movie. The Office's John Krasinski took on a David Foster Wallace book.
It only took two episodes of American Dad to dismiss the show as a Family Guy re-hash. But it's long since surpassed its predecessor.
50 Dead Men Walking
An Irish Catholic in '80s Belfast walks the line between the IRA and the British police
By Jacob H. Fries
Paris is burning. Who cares?
Soon we’ll tire of genre films that mash up every convention to create something new the way Book of Eli does, but we’re not there yet
Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 is the multiplayer shooter of the future.
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
All that kid from The Sixth Sense had was a psychiatrist. Today's gifted child has infrared gear and paranormal research teams.
By Lisa Fairbanks-Rossi
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