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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- See today's report by S-R reporter Jonathan Brunt.
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.
- See Outdoors editor Rich Landers' May 2, 2012, overview of that tragic case.
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.
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.
A noted franchise expert, Ben Litalien, will be on Gonzaga University's campus next week for two lectures on “Franchising for Community Impact.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
CORRECTED Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Gonzaga University will break ground this spring on a $14 million, four-story building that will add about 650 parking spaces and ground-level dining options for students and area residents.
The new building, which will replace a surface parking lot, will be bordered by Hamilton and Cincinnati streets and DeSmet and Boone avenues. When finished in January 2013, the 250,000-square-foot Gonzaga Retail and Parking Center will be the new home of GU’s campus bookstore and eventually several retail businesses.
The building will have three levels above ground, one underground.
The building will have four levels, GU officials said.
GU school has no immediate plan to sign leases for retail space because it needs to use some of the ground level as a temporary student dining area at some point.
GU’s student dining hall is currently in the COG Building in the center of campus. That building will eventually be demolished to make way for a larger University Center.
RENDERING: ALSC Architects.
From grizzly bears to fly fishing, several interesting outdoors related programs are scheduled tonight in Spokane, plus one biggie for anglers in Sandpoint.
It's too bad people have to choose just one to attend. Here's a sampling of the lineup:
WILDLIFE — Canadian conservation author Jeff Gailus will read from his book “The Grizzly Manifesto” at Gonzaga University this week, sponsored by the university's Environmental Studies Speaker Series.
The program will start at 7 p.m., Wednesday, (Feb. 22) in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. Gailus plans to read from his book and discuss the future of grizzly bears in the United States and Canada.
Gailus has developed extensive knowledge of grizzlies, following them from Yellowstone National Park through the Canadian Rockies to the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (pronounced musk-quah-ke-chee-kah) in northern British Columbia.
The free event, open to the public, is titled, “A Grizzly Tale of Two Countries: Grizzly Bear Management and Recovery across the Medicine Line.”
For some reason we still have more to say about the plight of Mary Livingston, owner of the 1305 Club, once known as the Bulldog (Tavern).
The curious little sidelight to Livingston's effort to find a lasting name for the tavern is the distraction caused by a wall mural for the business. Livingston said the mural was commissioned by previous building owner, Willard Quinn. And the result (above, right image) was done by Spokane artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard).
Two sections of Quinn's wall mural at the business will not remain or have already been removed. The first is the curious portrait of a bulldog with a top hat (above, left image) that was on the wall for awhile, then removed.
Livingston said no one asked her to take it down. Cryptically, Livingston said it was something she just wanted covered over, but didn't specify the reason.
The second is an attempted portrait of GU basketball hall-of-famer John Stockton. See the item down below to see what happened with that part of the mural.
Quinn said he'll be working the wall this weekend and will likely “fix” the Stockton portrait.
Both images, above, provided from Tom Quinn's Facebook page.
Two leftovers from today's SR story about the naming dilemma faced by Mary Livingston, the business woman who took over what used to be the premise of the Bulldog, near Gonzaga University.
First, let's catch up on David Trefry, who ran the Bulldog from 1996 until last summer, when the building owner Willard Quinn III wouldn't give him a good deal on buying it. Quinn then turned around and sold it to Livingston.
Trefry took the business name and has been looking around for spots, including possibly in the new Kendall Yards project. He also caused a minor stir when he renewed his business license with the city. The permit said: The Bulldog Tavern. That alerted some folks who knew that originally the business, well before Trefry took it over, was known as the Bulldog Tavern.
He changed the name in 2005, to comply with state liquor law requirements. Trefry said people wondered if he was reverting to the old name. The answer is no, he said in an email. The permit is still for The Bulldog, but city clerks used the wrong name.
The second item: Livingston was told by Willard Quinn III that John Stockton wasn't happy that his portrait was part of a mural painted by local artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard). The oddity is the Tom Quinn portrait of Stockton on the wall (see image above, where it is to the right of Livingston) has to be the worst ever of the former GU and Utah Jazz star.
Quinn the artist said he sorta winged it, not really knowing how large Stockton is. That explains why he made JS about 6 foot 7. But it doesn't explain how the face is so un-Stockton like. That may be why JS doesn't like it. The face is nowhere near that of Stockton, even from 20 years ago.
We asked a contact to ask Stockton for a statement, but heard nothing so far.
Tom Quinn said he now realizes he can't leave the “Stockton” image on the wall. He figures he'll probably change that body into the shape of former GU hoop star Casey Calvary.
A few days ago, before the story ran, Tom Quinn said he was planning to do a better Stockton image on the other end of that mural. Now that Stockton has made it clear he's not happy with the plan, that won't happen.
Spokane resident Brett Noyes, in the course of trying to start a business, came upon the Startup Weekend idea. Based in Seattle, the Startupweekend.org organization encourages communities to host these three-day weekends to encourage and foster people trying to start a new business.
Noyes liked the idea enough to agree to be the sponsor and presenter of Spokane's first stab at a Startup Weekend. It will run April 20-22 at Gonzaga University.
The event formula is to start with a series of one-minute pitches by would-be local entrpreneurs.
A panel will select a number of the best pitches to move to the next level. The attendees then are grouped into teams to work together during the next two days creating a viable business idea and brainstorming how to make the idea succeed.
A weekend facilitator will be provided by the StartupWeekend group, Noyes said. A number of other guest presenters will serve as coaches through the three days of sessions.
The goal, he added,is bringing together the Spokane area's well-qualified, dedicated business managers, developers, IT specialists and consultants. said many people starting a business struggle to find the right colleagues and partners who can make a business concept strong enough to succeed.
Information is at Spokane.StartupWeekend.org. Registration before April 1 is $55. After April 1 it wil be $75.