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Northwest Arts Review returns from a pre-election hiatus with a literary and visual arts focus. Chris Maccini talks with Spokane author Jess Walter about his new novel, The Cold Millions, and we’ll take a virtual trip to the Wallowa Valley to learn about the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, OR. Dan Webster drops by for a film review, too, and we celebrate our return with some spirited music from the EWU Wind Ensemble, led by Patrick Winters.

INHM: Traditional Weaver Joey Lavadour

Dec 2, 2014
Museum Collection

  Joey Lavadour was 15 years old when he learned from tribal elder, Carrie Sampson, how to weave in the traditional style of the Plateau people — a tradition that goes back more than 10,000 years. "I was so fortunate that she took the time to work with me,” he says. “The art of weaving had never been lost to Carrie and her ancestors. A continuum of knowledge flowed directly down to her and then passed on to me.

The message at Wednesday’s YWCA awards luncheon was for women: take chances in your career, and doors will open. Northwest native Hattie Kauffman knows that first hand, and gave the keynote address at the Women of Achievement event. This year seven Spokane women were recognized for leadership.

Flickr: Five Acre Geographic

The number of returning fall Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this fall has taken a dramatic upswing. Over the weekend, 107,000 Chinook climbed the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam.

A spokesperson with the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Sara Thompson says those numbers set a new record. She says "those are the highest numbers over Bonneville Dam since it’s construction.”

Thompson says the record number of returning fish is excellent news for Colombia River Tribes and their fisheries, and she attributes the improvement in the runs to a number of factors.