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School Owner Drawn Back To Ballet

Karen Kraft walks though a shaft of light from a skylight as she instructs ballet dancers on Thursday at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Beautiful piano music echoed down the halls of Ballet Arts Academy in downtown Spokane on a recent afternoon. An advanced class taught by Karen Kraft executed graceful pliés and pirouettes. Sweat glistened from 17-year-old Mimi Palmer’s brow. “I’ve been dancing 11 years at this studio,” she said. She described her love of ballet: “You can feel yourself let go and forget about the outside world.” Indeed, the glaring sun and bustling traffic seemed far removed from the old brick building as Kraft worked with the dancers. “Don’t worry if you’re falling,” she said. “These are the days you’re learning the best”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo inset: Dancers take turns practicing dancing during an advanced ballet class taught by Karen Kraft)

Question: Do you enjoy ballet?

Whisky-ish Liquer Conquers Spokane

The Jagermeister no longer flows as freely as it once did. Across Spokane, fewer shot glasses of the stuff are being dropped into glasses of Red Bull and tossed in a single gulp down the gullets of hot-blooded twentysomethings. When the Jagerettes drive over from Seattle, as they still do from time to time, they find a city with less of an appetite for the product they sell, even if the market for undulating female hips continues unabated. Once a dominant liqueur in the area — and still dominant in much of the drinking world — local sales of Jagermeister are off 30 percent from last year, according to Young’s Market, a liquor distributor. Bartenders, owners and distributors say the slowing of the river of Jager is not caused by temperance, nor by cost. The culprit, they say, is Fireball/Luke Baumgarten, Inlander. More here. (Young Kwak Inlander photo: A shot of Fireball lights up the bar top at NYNE)

Question: Which bar drink is your favorite?

Square Dancers Visit Spokane

They come from 49 states and nine foreign countries, and they come here to dance. More than 5,200 dancers are expected to participate in the 61st National Square Dance Convention, which begins at the Convention Center today and runs through Saturday, sharing one day with Hoopfest. “We get quite a number of late registrations, so we may make it to 6,000 dancers,” said Don Pruitt, general chairman of the convention together with his wife, Cheryl Pruitt. The convention is organized by the Washington Square and Folk Dance Federation and features square dancing, round dancing, line dancing, clogging and some folk dancing. “It’s a very active group,” said Pruitt/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo: Jeanne Cozad, of Pasco, smiles as she pins on her ID badge with her husband, Jim Cozad, before the start of the 61st National Square Dance Convention)

Question: Do you know how to square dance?

Fired Breast-Feeding Advocate Sues

A Spokane mom and breast-feeding advocate says her former employer wrongfully terminated her after a media frenzy surrounding photos of two military moms breast-feeding in Air Force uniforms. Crystal Scott, a civilian and the program director for Mom2Mom Breast Feeding Support Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, said she was fired June 1 from her job as a mobile X-ray technician at Schryver Medical following a history of discrimination and harassment at the company. The termination occurred just weeks after she coordinated the photos, which went viral on the Web and stirred controversy at Fairchild. Scott said Schryver used her publicity as an excuse to fire her. Schryver countered that bad behavior on the job was the reason for the termination, saying Scott used company time to field media requests. Scott has filed a lawsuit/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR file photo: Crystal Scott, pictured with her sons Aedan, 4, and Roman, 1)


Career Criminals Plague Spokane

The cops call them “ropes,” and they are tying themselves into knots – big, expensive, dangerous knots – throughout the community. Repeat offenders, career criminals, call them what you want. A huge proportion of crime is committed by a tiny number of people whose entire lives orbit the criminal justice system. Federal estimates suggest that 6 percent of criminals commit 70 percent of crimes; half the people released from prisons are back within three years. Last week’s extraordinary shooting and police chase shined a bright light on that wholly ordinary reality. Charles Wallace, pictured, the man who shot two deputies and then himself, had a rap sheet longer than a Russian novel. The judge who last let him out of jail to attend drug treatment has taken a lot of heat. But the truth is, people like Wallace are revolving in and out of jail constantly. It’s not a ton of people. But they’re behind a ton of crime/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: If you were ruler of the universe, what would you do with “ropes” (career criminals)?

Spokane Remains Washington’s No. 2

Washington grew slowly — less than 1 percent — in the last year from a slight increase in people moving into the state, the Office of Financial Management said today. The annual estimate of state population said net migration, the difference between the number of people moving in and those moving out, had been falling since 2007, but that turned around in 2011 for a slight uptick. For the year ending April 1, the state gained an estimated 49,870 persons, making the overall population 6,817,770, OFM said. Seattle is the largest city, with an estimated population of 616,500. Spokane remains second, at 210.000, ahead of Tacoma at 199,600. The City of Spokane Valley remains the state’s 10th largest, with 90,550/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson SR file photo)

Question: Izzit just me, or is Spokane proud to be Washington state's equivalent of Avis?

Honeymooners Damage Area Hotel

Three floors of a hotel were flooded Tuesday night after a fight between a couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary led to the man damaging the hotel room’s sprinklers. The Pheasant Hill Inn, 12415 E. Mission Ave., had just completed six months of renovations, the general manager told police. He said repairs would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, a news release from the Spokane Valley Police Department said. KHQ reported that the hotel recently spent $2 million on renovations, including carpet, furniture and artwork. Only 28 of the hotel’s 104 rooms are now usable, with big summer weekends, including Hoopfest and Coeur d’Alene’s Ironman race, coming up, KHQ said/SR. More here. (Wikipedia photo for old “The Honeymooners” show starring Jackie Gleason)

Question: Did you and your spouse have your first fight as a married couple on your honeymoon?

Spokane To Discuss Gay Marriage

The debate on gay marriage is headed to the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring a nonbinding resolution in support of “marriage equality,” and despite a Republican-leaning majority on the City Council, it appears the resolution is on track for approval. “People need to understand that this is not a Seattle or West Side issue,” Snyder said. “We have gay and lesbian citizens all across Washington and a lot of them see Spokane as a place where they can make their home.” Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen, a Republican precinct committee officer, said he likely will support Snyder’s resolution. “The Constitution says all are created equal,” Allen said. “I don’t know how you could do a ‘separate but equal’ in this particular category”/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: Is “marriage equality” an issue that you would want to see the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/Hayden/Rathrdum city council take a stand on?

2 Near Hits In Spokane For MMillions

No one won the big jackpot in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, but several people picked five of the six numbers to win $250,000, and three of those winners are in Washington. The Washington Lottery says two of the quarter-million dollar tickets were sold in Spokane and one in Ferndale. In addition, a $10,000 prize was claimed Wednesday by a Naval Base Kitsap worker who played with a group of 28 friends. The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history — $500 million for the Friday night drawing/SR. More here.

Question: Are you playing the $500M Mega Millions lottery? What will you do if you win?

Spokane To Get Ousted CdA Brewery

The owners of Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co., which had to close last year when their building's landlord didn't renew their lease, have re-formed and will open another Brewery this time is Spokane.The new brewery will be called River City Brewing and will be located at 1325 W. 1st Ave on the west side of Downtown Spokane.The beers from River City Brewing will be available at a few locations but unfortunately not directly from River City as the Brewery will not feature a tap room or pub attached/Inland Northwest Business Watch. More here.

SR Blogs: Gramps Scammed $20K

On his Slice blog today, Paul Turner posts two old-time posters warning of the dangers of venereal disease, including the one above. You can see the other one and Paul's blog here.

Gramps Scammed: uthorities are again warning of the “grandparents scam” after a north Spokane County man wired nearly $20,000 to Peru. The man said he received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from a man he thought was his grandson. The caller said he needed $2,400 to get out of jail and that if he wired the money to Lima, Peru, they would avoid a two-day waiting period, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. He did so, and the man called again saying the judge increased bail and he needed $6,250. She transferred that money, then transferred another $6,250 upon request.. The man called again Wednesday about 9:30 a.m. and asked for $4,800 to pay lawyer fees/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know anyone who has received one of these scam calls targetting grandparents?

News Quiz Offers NCAA Tickets

Update: 2 HBO followers are among Top 25 in this week's contest — SFredrickson & newby Lolo (deadlline is Thursday evening)

A heads up to all of our hoops and outdoors enthusiasts: This week's news quiz is offering two great prizes - 1) Two tickets to the first two rounds of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Spokane, and 2) two tickets to the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show. Simply take the quiz, and you're eligible to win Friday's drawings. Meanwhile, the overall champ wins a $50 gift card to the Davenport hotel. You can find this week's contest in the righthand rail “That's News for you.” Or you can click on this link here.

California Firm Buys Kaiser Smelter

A California company that acquires old industrial locations has paid $1.5 million for the former Kaiser Mead smelter operation. New Mill Capital, LLC, plans to convert some of the existing buildings on the 183-acre North Spokane site into usable industrial locations for new tenants, said Gregory Schain, executive VP of New Mill. Other buildings will have to be gutted and taken down, he added. New Mill is a subsidiary of Industrial Realty Group LLC, a California company that buys and develops excess commercial and industrial properties across the country. Its website said the firm has a portfolio of over 80 million square feet within 70 projects across the United States. The plan is to turn the site into a north Spokane industrial park, Schain added/Tom Sowa, SR. More here. (1995 SR file photo shows an aluminum-making pot at the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter in mead)

Question: Have you or any member of your family worked at Kaiser Mead smelter operation?

Ron Paul Attracts 1000 In Spokane

About 1,000 people turned out to hear Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Friday at the Spokane Convention Center. He hit on many of the same things he did two weeks ago at a rally in the same location. But this time he also talked about revelations this week that two former United States senators believe that Saudi Arabia may have had involvement in the 9/11 attacks. He talked about that again in a press conference after his speech. He also talked about his campaign strategy and Super Tuesday. You can hear most of the press conference in the link above/Jim Camden, Spin Control.   (Jed Conlin AP photo: Ron Paul speaks at Spokane rally today)


Santorum, Paul Returning To Spokane

GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will be in Spokane this week. Rick Santorum will be at the New Life Assembly Church in Spokane Valley on Thursday at noon. Ron Paul will be speaking at the Spokane Convention Center Friday at Noon/KREM2.

  • On her Facebook wall, Kootenai County Republican official Lora Gervais reports: “Another visit from Santorum this week in Coeurd'Alene is starting to look more promising.”

Parting Shot — 2.23.12

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shakes hands, signs autographs and poses for photos with the large crowd assembled to hear him Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The man who orchestrated the Republican wave that took out Spokane’s own Speaker of the U.S. House nearly two decades ago was back Thursday, this time with a bid for the White House. Newt Gingrich finds himself trailing in polls, well behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the surging campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But he said Washington could help put his campaign back in the running. He said Washington, which holds its GOP caucuses on March 3, can make a “big difference” in the race as the final contest before Super Tuesday, when 10 states, including Idaho, hold primaries or causes/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Will Super Tuesday be Newt Gingrich's last hurrah?

PM: Newt In Spokane Heading To CdA

Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callistra, arrive at the Bing Crosby Theater for a rally Spokane this afternoon.  Picture story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stopped in Coeur d’Alene Thursday night for a town hall meeting. Before taking the time to meet with some of his supporters Gingrich sat down at a $1,000 per plate private function in North Idaho. Ahi-tuna, tiger prawn martini's, a full bar and an oyster dish were all on the menu. The function is serving nine different hors dourves, and no entres. Roughly thirty republicans will fill the lavish Coeur d’Alene home to meet Mr. Gingrich for about an hour and a half/Cole Heath, KREM. More here.

Question: If you had an extra $1000 now and didn't intend to spend it on a ticket to talk to Newt Gingrich, what would you do with it?

Newt Visits Lake City At 7 Tonight

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a debate watching party Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today, Gingrich is visiting Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. He'll be present at a townhall meeting at the Coeur d'Alene Inn tonight. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Columnist Shawn Vestal covering Gingrich this PM in Spokane, via Twitter: “Newt filled the Bing like he was Matthew Modine or something.

Question: Do you plan to see Newt Gingrich in Coeur d'Alene tonight?

All Eyes On Lajla

Here's more proof that Bjorn Handeen's 3YO daughter, Lajla, was the most photogenic individual at the Ron Paul rally in Spokane Friday — this side of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Monday, HucksOnline provided you with photos of Lajla by KXLY web producer Nicole Hensley here and by SR photog Jesse Tinsley here. Now, a Berry Picker offers this third photo of Lajla and Bjourn at the rally.

Question: Were you a cute 3-year-old?

Little Lajla Meets, Delights Ron Paul

At KXLY, Web Producer Nicole Hensley took this great shot of Bjorn Handeen and his daughter. Handeen, the Kootenai County Republican precinct committeeman from Precinct 52, and daughter Lajla were front & center at the Ron Paul rally in Spokane Friday night. Bjorn emails of daughter Lajla, who isn't 4 year: “She was an angel the whole time. I've been able to bring her to all kinds of political events and meetings, as a matter of fact, and I suppose if she can sit through a KCRCC meeting, a Ron Paul speech is easy! When Ron Paul shook her hand, he asked if she knew his name. She smiled, nodded, and said “Ron Paul!”. He got a big kick out of that. She was beaming that whole weekend. She's not even four, but I have  feeling that she'll remember that exchange for a long time.” You can read Nicole's report & see her KXLY photo gallery here.

Question: Have you taken your children to a political rally?

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