Sneak Peek: Idaho’s DIY approach to COVID; Drink Local; mood music; Mother’s Day; and more!

The latest issue of the Inlander is hitting newsstands today. Find it at your local grocery store and hundreds of other locations; use this map to find a pickup point near you. You can also read through the entire print edition here.

This week, with our community straddling two states, staff reporters Daniel Walters and Wilson Criscione set out to examine Washington and Idaho’s responses to the pandemic and identify points where they’re out of sync. Part of the differences, of course, can be chalked up to politics. However, officials warn that inconsistencies within a region can cause critical issues.

“When you’ve got diametrically opposed philosophical practices and approaches, it makes public health work a lot more difficult,” cautions Dr. Bob Lutz, the health officer for both Spokane and Asotin counties.

• The issue also features a package of Drink Local stories looking at how local breweries, wineries and distilleries are coping in a world with COVID-19.

• Plus, we have a report on food banks struggling to meet needs, a column on how work is always changing and a little mood music for this moment of global anxiety.

Northern Quest Resort & Casino reopened on Tuesday, albeit with strict social-distancing and other safety protocols in place, becoming the second regional casino to reopen after closures caused by the coronavirus. More >>

Shut-in delirium can only be countered with new streams of entertainment — preferably at no extra cost, because that gub’ment check will only go so far. There are plenty of totally free, no-strings streaming TV apps out there. We’ve rounded up 12 for your quarantine needs. More >>

Many restaurants around the region are stepping in to help make Mother’s Day special, with brunch kits and dinners to celebrate the special women in your family. We’ve assembled some of the many options available this year. More >>

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Amongst last week's batch of postponed events is the Festival at Sandpoint, which usually happens over two consecutive weekends in August. The Browne's Addition summer concert series also isn't happening this year. And the Gorge Amphitheatre has had to nix a number of its events this upcoming concert season. More >>

Don’t miss this powerful essay from Greg Spatz, writer, professor and fiddler: “The more we talked the more we felt like ghosts. Which is pretty normal these days — walking, staying as far as possible from anyone we encounter, waving sometimes, and talking about all the friends and family who aren’t here and who we can’t see in person anymore…” More >>

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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...