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Arbor Crest Winery Mansion on fire…

Good morning, Netizens…

The Arbor Crest Winery Mansion atop the hill overlooking Spokane Valley is on fire, according to KREM-2 news and visible from areas of the Spokane Valley Floor.

Dave

David Elton arrested by Spokane Police…

Good evening, Netizens…

According to KHQ-TV Spokane Police have arrested a man after he wrote an email in which he threatened to kill City Council President Joe Shogun. David Elton, 43, was arrested following an interview with police Tuesday. Elton has been charged with three counts of Felony Harassment/Threats to Kill for his threats against Shogun and two other Spokane residents.

David, as many of you know, has appeared occasionally in Community Comment.

Dave

Andrew Wyeth dead at age 91…

Good morning, Netizens…


Andrew Wyeth, an American painter, died in his sleep early this morning at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, according to the Associated Press. The son of an American book illustrator and artist, N.C. Wyeth, gained wealth, popularity and considerable acclaim for his poignant, moving water color paintings of Maine and Pennsylvania throughout his life.


His works have not only delighted audiences wherever they have been put on display, but in 2007 he won numerous honorary degrees. He received the 2007 National Medal of Arts. In 1963, Andrew Wyeth became the first painter to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1977, he became the first American artist since John Singer Sargent elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1980, Wyeth became the first living American artist to be elected to Britain’s Royal Academy. In 1987 Wyeth received a D.F.A. from Bates College. On November 9, 1988, Wyeth received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States legislature.


A quite excellent history of one of his most-famous portraits, Christina’s World, can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina%27s_World as it explains the story behind the painting, always a must when it comes to Wyeth’s art.


When four-time Pulitzer Prize Winning poet Robert Frost passed away in 1963, I felt as if I had lost literary guide, who so wonderfully expressed a part of history I had not seen. Now this morning, Andrew Wyeth is standing on the other side of the veil with Frost, his hand poised over a blank tempura canvas but will paint no more.


Rest in Peace, Mr. Wyeth. Your incomparable artistry will live on forever.


Dave



Gov. Rod Blagojevich impeached…

The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. This didn’t come as a shock to most. Do you think he should be tossed for abuse of power?

Dave

Power out in downtown…

Good evening, Netizens…

A short time ago I received an automated e-mail announcement that a client located in downtown Spokane had lost regular electrical service and was going on battery backup. Now I know why. Upon further investigation I discovered that an underground power vault located near Monroe and Sprague has exploded, cutting off power to most of downtown Spokane. Street lights, stop lights, even the Davenport and the Spokesman-Review building. 

The power outage reportedly encompasses a six to eight block radius.

Dave

Spokane Declares an Emergency…

Good evening, Netizens…

A few hours ago, Mayor Mary Verner declared an emergency, hoping to obtain some state and/or federal funding to help Spokane deal with plowing the city’s streets. In the meantime, snow is beginning to fall hard in Spokane and the current weather forecast is for 4-9 inches of more snow before Christmas Day.

“I am declaring an emergency in order to allow my departments the greatest flexibility possible to gain additional resources as needed and to start the process to seek any state and federal assistance that is available to our city,” Mayor Mary Verner said.

In my opinion, it is too little, too late. After days and days of optimistic, glowing reports about how well the city was doing at plowing its streets, suddenly now the light bulb comes on and Queen Mary suddenly realizes what a terrible mess our city streets are in? How many days will we wait for the plows this time? When will we be able to return to work after this storm passes?

Administratively, yours is the right decision. Unfortunately you should have made this decision last Friday when City Hall was closed, the STA buses could not run because of waist-deep snow and most major thoroughfares in Spokane were nearly impassable.

This is not about politics. This is about genuine human misery and a perceived lack of caring on the part of our City Government.

Dave

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