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Video Shows Jobless Toll On CdA Man

Coeur d'Alene resident Shawn Schlager talked about the making of his documentay that detailed the hardships of being unemployed. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Michelle Schlager had been through a few tough years with her husband, Shaun. He lost his job as a graphic designer in 2009 and has struggled to find work. The financial burden strained their marriage and left Shaun awash in self-doubt. Still, it wasn’t until she interviewed him – as part of a project for his community college class – that she learned he’d spent some time contemplating the value of his life insurance policy. The financial value of his death. “I never knew he felt that way,” she said. It’s hard to count all the blows that joblessness has landed on Shaun Schlager, but they go way beyond the checkbook. “A lot of times,” he said, “it’s hard to even look at Michelle. Because I’m the man. I’m supposed to provide for the family.” Schlager, 35, has detailed his three-plus years of unemployment in a frank and forthright documentary he produced for his documentary video class at Spokane Falls Community College/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: How has long-term unemployment impacted your life or the life of someone in your family?

AM: Spokane Med School On Wish List

Dave LaFountaine, project supervisor for Burton Construction, guides in the new Spokane Falls Community College planetarium dome on the school's campus Wednesday in Spokane. The dome, built by Burton Construction, weights 17,000 pounds and is 30 feet in diameter. Jim Camden SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Food, the American Diet and Localism - a panel discussion

Mark your calendars for next Monday, February 9, as Spokane Falls Community College will host a panel discussion titled, “Food, the American Diet and Localism” - as part of their Year-Round Theme on Localism.  The event is put on by SFCC’s French Club and the Theme Committee and of course, food will be served.  The discussion will go from 11:30 to 1:30 @ Spokane Falls Community College in the SUB builidng, rooms A & B. See below for more details of the event:

  • Rancher and sustainable agriculture advocate Maurice Robinette will cover the beef and global warming connection.
  • Jeremy Hansen of Sante will detail his restaurant’s role in local and organic sourcing.

Bit-sized samples will be served by Natural Start Bakery, One World Spokane, Sante, and maybe Great Harvest Bread Company.

For more information, please feel free to contact Paul Haeder - paulha@spokanefalls.edu 

or Elodie Phan - elodiep@spokanefalls.edu