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In case you missed my BOTNW comment yesterday: "The state Department of Lands and the U.S. Corps of Engineers each deserve a steaming Hot Potato for withholding public info re: HagaWorld's plans to dredge the Blackwell Island channel. The local bureaucRATs wouldn't provide a conceptual drawing of The Kingfish's plans to convert the island into an upscale big-boat sales, service and slip place. They say it's too preliminary. Earth to Lands/Corps types -- conceptual drawings are part of the public process. Have you already been shaken down by Hagadone's knuckle busters? You guys'd better shape up and play square. You're doing public biz. And this member of the public is watching."

1. Eric Devericks/The Seattle Times provides one of the most accurate reviews of the prez debate here.

2. Christina Allton sez her husband, Eric, was the kind of man who would place is coat over the proverbial puddle to keep a woman from getting wet. Now that Capt. Eric Allton of Boise has fallen in Iraq, that's one of the memories she has of him, according to Anna Webb/Statesman, here.

3. Defying political correctness, a group of Flathead County religious conservatives are handing out placards that read, "in God we trust," and Commish Bob Watne plans to proudly display his, according to Alan Choate/The Daily Inter Lake, here.

4. In the "shades of Watergate" dept., police are investigating the theft of three computers used by poohbahs in George W's Washington state office, according to David Postman/Seattle Times, here.

5. "As many as 18,000 women, from as far away as Sacramento, Calif., and Vancouver, B.C., will be at Seattle's KeyArena beginning tonight to hear the daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham lead one of the state's largest Christian rallies for women," according to Tan Vinh/Seattle Times, here.

6. IMHO-NW: Idaho Statesman (Kill parts of Patriot Act), Larry Stone/Seattle Times (Ichiro, Edgar celebration), Seattle Times (Round 1 for Kerry), Joel Connelly/P-I (Kitty Kelly book on Bushes), and The Oregonian (Ready to welcome wolves).

7. A massive chunk of glacier has cracked in the crater of Mount St. Helens, according to Gene Johnson/AP, here.

8. Growth in the Hispanic and Asian-American communities are fueling Oregon's population growth, according to the AP, here.





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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.