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Huckleberries Election Nuggets

*Wedding bells will be ringin' for Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel and his gal, City Administrator Wendy Hague, Dec. 10. At the Bloem/McEver Election Night celebration last night, Gabriel described himself as the blind pig who found the lovely acorn. (For those keeping score at home, Ken answers to Assistant City Administrator Jon Ingalls to avoid a conflict of interest.)

*Woody McEvers explained to HBO last night why he has such a magnificent head of hair at age 57: "I was a laid back surfer dude without a worry in the world until I was 32." In other words, he's only had to stress for 25 years while the rest of us Boomers have been doing it a lot longer.

*Yes, Virginia, Your Huckleberry Hound was called a mo-fo last night by a relative of one of the CDA municipal election contestants who meant it.

*Yes, Virginia, candidate Mary Souza did call KVNI talkmeister Dick Haugen to ask for equal time Monday, in case I said something during our 45-minute program that she wanted to respond to. (Chalk it up to more bad advice from her unofficial handlers.)

*Huckleberries hears that the GOP Central Committee has stepped back from the brink and isn't going to challenge Mike Kennedy's election on the grounds of residency. Kennedy was last seen walking 300 feet north at 1 o'clock this morning from the Caddy Shack, which is within the city limits, to his old home, which isn't -- with the mayor's permission to spend the night with his wife and family. Just before he did, he crossed his fingers and hoped aloud that the Repub CC was dumb enough to file an appeal.

*In the Odd Couple arrangement which has MikeK renting a room from Ryan Hill to fulfill residency requirements until his new house is finished in Coeur d'Alene Place, MikeK plays slovenly Oscar to Ryan's neatnik Felix.

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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.