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Films celebrate 50 years of wilderness Thursday

PUBLIC LANDS  –  A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer.

The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10 short films totaling just over an hour of entertainment suited to all ages.  Screenings still to come include:

  • Spokane – Mountain Gear Store, 2002 N. Division, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26.
  • Metaline Falls – Cutter Theater, 7:30 p.m., June 27.
  • Colville – Rendezvous Theater, 7 p.m., Sept. 25.

Films include: American Values – American Wilderness, Last Light, Sage Steppe, North Cascades Wilderness Ranger, and a production by Gonzaga senior students highlighting the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in northeastern Washington.

The films are being presented by Colville National Forest District Ranger Gayne Sears and partners from the Lands Council or Kettle Range Conservation Group, who will answer questions and hand out door prizes.

Info: Gayne Sears, (509) 447-7300.

Film fest celebrates 50 years of wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS  –  A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer.

The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10 short films totaling just over an hour of entertainment suited to all ages.  Screenings include:

  • Newport – Roxy Theater, 7:30 p.m., Thursday.  June 19 
  • Spokane – Mountain Gear Store, 2002 N. Division, 6:30 p.m., June 26.
  • Metaline Falls – Cutter Theater, 7:30 p.m., June 27.
  • Colville – Rendezvous Theater, 7 p.m., Sept. 25.

Films include: American Values – American Wilderness, Last Light, Sage Steppe, North Cascades Wilderness Ranger, and a production by Gonzaga senior students highlighting the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in northeastern Washington.

The films are being presented by Colville National Forest District Ranger Gayne Sears and partners from the Lands Council or Kettle Range Conservation Group, who will answer questions and hand out door prizes.

Info: Gayne Sears, (509) 447-7300.

GU students go wild in Salmo-Priest film

WILDERNESS –An short film about the 43,348-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness produced by the Friends of the Salmo-Priest will be shown with another film in a free event on Wednesday April 30, 7 p.m.,  at the Gonzaga University Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

The friends group, led by GU students, is observing the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 30th anniversary of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area that straddles the Washington-Idaho border against the U.S.-Canada border.

The student film will be paired with “Wild by Law: The Rise of Environmentalism and the Creation of the Wilderness Act,” a 1991 documentary that was nominated in the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature.

  • Gayne Sears, Colville National Forest district ranger, will discuss wilderness in the Pacific Northwest.

Tucked among the Selkirk Mountains in the far northeastern corner of Washington, the U-shaped Salmo-Priest Wilderness extends its borders along those of Idaho and British Columbia. Its most prominent features are two very long ridges, generally running southwest to northeast, connected near their northern ends by a ridge crowned by 6,828-foot Salmo Mountain. Water from the eastern ridge flows into Idaho’s Priest River while the remaining wilderness drains generally westerly via Sullivan Creek and the Salmo River into the Pend Oreille River. 

Economist Justin Wolfers dives through the data and finds who’s really happy

Here's a condensed version of tomorrow's story, about the visit by economist Justin Wolfers to Gonzaga University's econ symposium.

Rich people are happier than poor people, not just according to popular opinion. Wolfers has spent the past several years examining studies that support that claim, plus dozens of other measures that try to explain why some groups of people are happier than others.

Wolfers, 41, is one of the web’s best-known economists. Born in Australia, he’s now a U.S. citizen and has earned respect for his ability to summarize economic issues and relate them to everyday concerns.

Some of his takes:

  • Men in recent decades in America are happier than women. “No one knows exactly why,” Wolfers said. It may be that women have internalized several measures of success, more than the basic “am I popular” focus young women faced growing up in the 1960s, he said.
  • Young people are happier than middle-aged people, at least in most countries. The reason: raising a family and going through career advancement make life harder, he said.
  • Older people are generally happier than middle-aged people. That’s the flip side of the previous question; as people reach retirement they can start relaxing after raising children or concluding career goals.
  • In general not only are the rich happier than the poor, but globally, richer nations are happier than poorer one, Wolfers noted.
  • People who are married are happier than those who aren’t. But there’s some uncertainty why, Wolfers said.

“It could be that people who are generally happy to start with are those who get married more often,” he said.

 

 

McDonald’s building new drive-through restaurant near GU

McDonald’s Corp. will open a new restaurant this summer on property it purchased near Gonzaga University in north Spokane.

 

The Oak Brook, Ill., company bought two lots on the southwest corner of Augusta Avenue and Hamilton Street. It’s taking the corner lot last used by an oil lube business and a next-door residence, which will be torn down.

 

The restaurant, due to open in July, will be roughly 3,700 square feet with a two-lane drive through.

 

The company paid $170,000 for the residence at 818 E. Augusta, and $475,000 for the lube business property, at 826 E. Augusta. (Photo here is of the quick lube shop, from the Spokane County Assessor's page.)

 

Jeff Ottmar of Cornerstone Property Advisors represented McDonald’s. Steve Peterson of Coldwell Banker represented the property owners.

Gonzaga’s new Rod & Gun Club a bright idea

HUNTING/FISHING — Today's Outdoors column highlights the debut of the Gonzaga University Rod & Gun Club, founded by the Student Bar Association.

The legal angles of the organization were researched and negotiated for nearly two years by students and Law School professors before the club was launched last month.

I think membership would soar if it were opened to non-students, too.

 I'd quickly pay my dues for the opportunity to rub elbows with law students who might help me interpret the hunting and fishing regulations.

Environmental film, Fierce Green Fire, screens Monday at Gonzaga

ENVIRONMENT — The Gonzaga University Environmental Studies program is inviting the public to a free  discussion-stimulating presentation of the environmental film, “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.”

The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium.

  • In Sandpoint, the film will be shown Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sandpoint Events Center, 102 S, Euclid Ave., sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League.

Shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the film explores 50 years of environmental activism, from conservation to climate change.

Director Mark Kitchell – whose previous film, Berkeley in the 60s, was nominated for an Academy Award – will lead discussions between film segments. 

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

  • David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon.
  • Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals.
  • Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals.
  • Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest.
  • Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change.

TVW to show Foley service live

TVW will show today's memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley live on its cable system and on its web site.

The memorial service, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church on Gonzaga University campus. Many of the state's current and former political leaders are scheduled to attend. The school is expecting an overflow crowd, so it will also broadcast the service live on a large screen in Martin Centre.

Mayor David Condon has ordered flags on all city buildings to be flown at half-staff to day in honor of Foley, and will present his widow Heather Foley with a proclamation honoring the former congressman and ambassador.

TVW is on cable channel 25 in Spokane. It will rebroadcast the service next week, including at 7 p.m. Monday

Kaplan Test Prep survey shows students and law schools both want change

Today's story, about plans at GU Law School to create a two-year accelerated program, had plenty of connections to the bigger picture. In particular, legal education is going through a period of intense self-scrutiny, as school administrators realize students don't want to spend three long years before getting out and competing for work.

We were reminded that the Kaplan Test Prep company recently did a survey of law school admissions officers. The key findings, which in this case are pretty obvious once one looks at the real world:

  • 78 percent of law school admissions officers think that “the U.S. legal education system needs to undergo significant changes to better prepare future attorneys for the changing employment landscape and legal profession.”
  • On this point, they agree with the vast majority of pre-law students (79 percent and recent law school graduates (87 percent) who answered the same way in June and August Kaplan surveys, respectively.
  • Near-term pessimism: 67 percent don’t think the steep,  three-year decline of law school applications will reverse itself in the 2013-2014 admissions cycle.

The pub empire grows larger, as the four partners plan to open ‘new’ Geno’s

Long live Geno's. After a brief stint as an upscale eatery, a fire of mysteriou9s origins this summer closed the north Spokane eatery.

The four guys who run several other food establishments will open the new Geno's within a month, and we wish them good luck.

Today's SR story provides the context and history of the group — who can claim to be the area's Neighborhood Pub Conglomerate.

Like it or not, Tom Quinn’s GU mural deserves its own website (and has it)

Tuesday's SR story about the mural taken off the wall of the former Bulldog tavern can be founder here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/06/iconic-mural-in-need-of-wall/

Maybe lost in the story was the sidebar link to a cool website focusing on the mural: Loganmural.com.

Spokane resident and webmaster Mike Thompson created that site, which provides a key to the 40-some figures painted by artist and art instructor Tom Quinn.

Thompson runs Spokane web design firm Omni9.com.

Which big development project along north Division is this one?

A major project along north Division street will start later this year.

This aerial rendering, compliments of Spokane's Bernardo Wills Architects, shows the projected end result.

IF you know your Spokane development scenarios, you know exactly who's doing this multimillion dollar project.

If you don't, check Wednesday's Spokesman.com pages and the print edition of the SR to get the details.

This project will be major.

Where will the GU tennis and golf center be built? Due east of The Academy

Earlier in May The SR published an item about Gonzaga University beginning plans to build a $6 million tennis-golf center on the east edge of the Spokane campus. The story didn't provide a good map.

This photo, from Google Maps, will help locate where the center will go. It's expected to be built by late October of this year. The listed address for the project is 1220 N. Superior. But going by a map, that address doesn't show you where it will be.

The building marked by the Red “A” flag is the privately owned Academy senior center. The open field directly to the right (east) of the Academy is the general area of the 72,000-square-feet project, according to GU officials.

That open field, trapezoidal in shape, was purchased by Gonzaga in the past few years.

Mission Park's tennis courts are visible due north of the proposed site.

Memories of GU’s COG

Gonzaga University is bidding farewell Wednesday to the COG.. The COG was the university's central dining hall for 58 years. A new university center will be built in its place.

Sunday, I walked through the COG for the final time, snapped this cellphone photo of the outside, and memories filtered back from 1973-1974, my freshman year, when I ate three meals a day there.

The linoleum in the bathroom near the entrance is exactly the same linoleum. The cafeteria smell is the same. I peeked in the windows and the way the food was arranged looked different. We didn't have salad bars, for instance. One night a week — Saturday? — was steak night. Might have been just one Saturday a month.

People complained about COG food, but I loved it! And I gained the Freshman 15. It took until my junior year in Florence to walk it all away.

An open house is scheduled for GU community folks and alumni between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. I can't make it, so I said my own goodbyes yesterday.

Overhaul begins on trails in Dishman Hills Natural Area

CONSERVATION — About 200 volunteers chipped in today to start a major revamping of the Dishman Hills Natural Area trail system.

Groups such as the Spokane Mountaineers and Gonzaga University student programs turned out in the Spokane Valley for the annual service day organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

Regular trail users will soon notice a big difference as new trails are built to connect a series of four larger loops while some other trails, including sections of a few well-used ones, will be decommissioned.

The effort seeks to reduce the criss-crossing of trails and provide more resting areas for wildlife.

More signs will be posed as the project continues.

Other groups today planted hundreds of trees to reforest an area near the Camp Caro parking lot off Appleway and Sargent Road.

Dan Dickau used to be 6- foot, 3-inches. Maybe, but he’s downsized since then

After writing today's story about Dan Dickau opening his barber shop, The Barbers, up by the North Division Y, the only reservation we had is about the former Zag hoop star's listed height.

At his NBA page, Dan is listed at 6 foot 3, 180 pounds.

When I visited Dan at this shop, I was struck by his size. He's not 6-3 and not 180 anymore. Either he's lost weight and height, or those NBA stats were a bit inaccurate.

He does have large hands. He's a good addition, by the way, to Spokane's small business team. Welcome, Dan.

Photo: NBA.com

GU president reviewing decision on Catholic club

A month after Gonzaga University officials denied an all-male, all-Catholic student club official recognition as a student organization, the college’s president has announced he’ll review the decision.

“The university is concerned that all of the factors involved in this decision have not been represented in their entirety, and thus may be misunderstood,” a GU spokesperson wrote in a statement released last weekend.

A Knights of Columbus College Council, a Catholic fraternal group, does exist on campus, but the denial means the group is not eligible for funds from the school’s student government and cannot officially use the college brand. Jody Lawrence Turner, SR

Should an all-male, all-Catholic club be allowed at a private Catholic university?

Why isn’t Hersheys really riding the Zagnut connection for March Madness?

Today's story on “merch madness,” and the boost in sales for products related to Gonzaga University, noted that only one candy bar carries the “Zags” name. That's a bar made by the Spokane franchise of Rocky Mountain Chocoloate Factory.

And yes, why didn't someone really work the Zagnut angle? If ever a bar is ripe for GU merchandising, the Hersheys-owned Zagnut seems the one.

The answer we got from a Hersheys spokesman is that the company has one product and one product only that is the “official March Madness” candy bar. That's Reese's. That's the whole story, as far as we could tell.

The Zags store sells plenty of Zagnut bars, we learned. It's especially popular as a stocking-stuffer.

Women, climate change topic of Gonzaga environmental series talk

ENVIRONMENT – Sustainability expert Gloria Flora will be in Spokane this week to discuss how women worldwide are confronting the challenge of climate change.

The free public lecture titled, “If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Women and the Global Response to Climate Change” at 5:30 p.m., Friday (March 22) in the Wolff Auditorium of Gonzaga University's Jepson Center.

The lecture is part of the Gonzaga Environmental Studies Speaker Series — which recently sponsored Dr. Jane Goodall — and is sponsored by the Gonzaga environmental studies, and women’s and gender studies departments.

Read on for more details about Flora and her quest to keep flora and fauna functioning on earth.

Pizza Oven by Gonzaga shuts down, owner blames contractor for unpaid bills


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The Pizza Oven restaurant near Gonzaga University, at 829 E Boone, has shut down.

The restaurant is the second eatery in the retail strip to have closed. Last year, Noodle Works shut down after a few months operation. The property was developed by Spokane resident John Stockton.

Attempts to reach Pizza Oven owner Matt Rai were unsuccessful. He continues operating a Pizza Oven in River Park Square downtown.

Rai posted a sign on his Boone Avenue store blaming the closure on a general contractor who allegedly failed to pay the subcontractors who finished building the store.

The location used to be the home of Mark Starr's David's Pizza. Starr continues to have plans to reopen that business in downtown Spokane.

That’s the ticket

High school teacher Dave Jackson wonders if any babies have been conceived in the GU Kennel Club “Tent City” before a big game. And he further wonders what would be a creative name for such a child.

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Lawsuit filed in 2012 student kayaking death on Rock Lake

WATER SPORTS — A city parks instructor manual appears to ban city-sponsored kayak trips in the kind of weather that led to a chaotic and deadly excursion organized by Gonzaga University and sponsored by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. 

Christopher Gormley, 18, died from hypothermia after his kayak tipped in the frigid waters of Rock Lake on a notably windy day during the spring break trip on April 1, 2012.

Program to find reduced-price lawyers

A first-of-its-kind program that pairs lawyers and law students to help middle-class families in need of legal work begins in Spokane this week.

Dignitaries including Washington Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, Gonzaga Law School Dean Jane Korn and Spokane City Attorney Nancy Isserlis will announce the program at a 10:30 a.m. event today.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Spokane artist Tom Quinn adds director David Lynch to bar mural near GU

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We went over to the Gonzaga neighborhood recently and found Spokane artist Tom Quinn hard at work on the final touches of a mural being added to the University Bar & Grill.

We were struck by two things: John Stockton (who apparently didn't want his image on the wall) was replaced by GU hooper Casey Calvary; and David Lynch, who has a very limited Spokane connection, was featured on the wall, holding a beer next to Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen, a true GU alumna.

We asked Judge Eitzen if she'd seen her wall portrait, and the answer was a loud and clear “No.” In fact, Eitzen even asked: “Is that me?”

Artist Quinn said previous bar owners Willard Quinn III and his wife Christine came up with the requests to add Lynch to the mural.  But in our view, Lynch hardly qualifies for the wall. He was born in Spokane but then moved to Sandpoint. He has no connection to that neighborhood or GU, that we know of.

Revised version: based on Wikipedia, Lynch was born in Sandpoint and then lived briefly in Spokane.

Christine Quinn also requested Tom Quinn add a portrait of actress Michelle Morrow, whose images are featured in the accompanying video. She hails from Spokane.

Tom Quinn, by the way, is not related to Willard Quinn III.  

To look at some of Quinn's artwork and track progress on the mural, he's on Facebook here.

Franchise expert to present two lectures next week at GU.

A noted franchise expert, Ben Litalien, will be on Gonzaga University's campus next week for two lectures on “Franchising for Community Impact.”

The two 90-minute presentations will be Thursday, May 31, starting at 7:30 a.m. and then at 9:15 a.m.
 
Both are in the Wolff Auditorium at GU's Jepson Center and are free to the public.
 
The earlier session focuses on issues relevant to business owners and entrepreneurs. The second session ocuses on franchising and nonprofit groups.
 
A press release quotes him saying, “Given the sustained unemployed an under-employed populations across our communities, taking a deeper look at the franchise model is essential for providing economic stimulus.”
 
GU is cohosting the event with SNAP, a Spokane-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting people and groups improve their lives.
 
Litalien operates the company FranchiseWell LLC.
 
 

Gonzaga students attacked, robbed

A Gonzaga University graduate student was beaten unconscious when he tried to stop two women from stealing his friend’s purse early Thursday.

Spokane police tracked the suspects using a GPS program in an iPhone stolen from the victims.

Arrested were Tayone D. Akers, 20, (pictured) Anthony J. Walker, 20, and Ronald R. Scott, 18, and two 16-year-old girls.

Read the rest of my story here.

Former Bulldog tavern now calling itself the University Bar and Grill

The patrons have voted, and the new name for the former Bulldog in the Gonzaga Neighborhood is ….University Bar and Grill.

Owner Mary Livingston said this week more than a thousand people voted and helped select the location's new name.

After Livingston took over the business (and could not use the trademarked name, Bulldog) she went through several names, including the 1305 Club (for 1305 N. Hamilton, the business address). It was also, briefly, zagZ and for awhile The Dog.

“We had hundreds of great names suggested and the final decision was tough,” she said. She said the hope was to connect with nearby GU's community but also not alienate fans and patrons from other colleges and schools.

The bar will celebrate with a three-day grand opening that starts next week, Friday May 11.

Dishman Hills to get TLC; join the group

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WHAT: Dishman Hills Natural Area Cleanup, sponsored by REI.

WHEN: April 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Road, Spokane Valley

WHO: Community groups and volunteers needed.

About 340 helpers made a big difference last year in the appearance of this gem of habitat for trail hikers and wildlife in Spokane Valley.

Groups are organized for trail restoration and clean-up, noxious weed removal, tree planting and other projects.

REI and the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association organize the event and provide music and free food.

Preregister here for info and to make sure you get a T-shirt!

Dig deeper into the volunteer trail work with a full weekend project sponsored by the Washington Trails Association.

Spokane’s Green Cupboards comes close, doesn’t get tech award

Spokane's hot young ecommerce company Green Cupboards came close but didn't take home the top award in an annual  tech awards contest last week in Seattle.

Sponsored by the Washington Technology Industry Association, the 2012 Industry Achievement Awards are presented to recognize bright and aspiring firms in the state.

Green Cupboards, which sells organic, “green” and eco-friendly items, lost out in the best early stage company category to Big Door, a Seattle firm that “gamifies” other company websites.   Green Cupboards was started by seed money and a team of GU grads who conjured up the company idea during a Hogan Entrepreneurial Contest hosted by the school a few years ago.

No other East Side companies got any recognition in the achievement awards.

Are you ready for ‘guided discernment’ to keep down your workplace stress?

On March 27, two GU business faculty members will discuss their insights into how women can manage stress. The event will start at 10 a.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center's Herak Room. 

It's free to the public.

The presenters are Molly Pepper and Peggy Sue Loroz. Both women have conducted research on the types of stress women encounter in the workplace and how they can best deal with it.

The press relief from GU pretty much boiled the advice into three nuggets:

Firtst, women should create boundaries around productive time to maximize time-management, increase planning, and minimize stressful work-related emergencies.

Second, women are encouraged to establish an affinity group to support one another.

Third, the advice is for women to develop “guided discernment” to discover their personal “Mighty Purpose” and develop strategies to keep that purpose in front of them at all times.