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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 9/22/05

On Wednesday, Shannon Sullivan and attorney Brant Stevens carry some of the 17,121 signatures that they believe will help qualify a recall election against Spokane Mayor Jim West for a late-November ballot here/Brian Plonka, Spokesman-Review.

Related: City investigator asks for West's "highly offensive" computer files here.

1. A permitting snafu involving the Washington Parks & Rec commission, has closed down Spokane's new $1.8M gondola, which provides a spectacular ride of the Spokane Falls, here.

2. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times doodles re: Washingtonians who plan to vote to repeal the state's increased gas tax here.

3. Two people were arrested after police chasing a runaway black bear stumbled into a backyard pot-growing operation in Clarkston, Wash., here.

4. Moses Lake, Wash., is one of three possible landing sites being considered for a new moon mission planned by 2018. Whether the craft actually bumps down in the Inland Northwest depends on the atmospheric conditions on the day of re-entry, according to Shawn Vestal/Spokesman-Review here.

5. Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Mont., celebrated his 109th birthday with his usual morning walk, an interview with national talk show personality Paul Harvey and a basket of cigars here.

IMHO-NW: Tim Woodward/Idaho Statesman (Idaho coin design finalists), John Levesque/PI (NASCAR in Kitsap County?), Richard Stallings/Idaho Demo chairman (US Rep. Otter's vote against disaster aid), Ed Symkus/The Inlander (Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride"), and Art Thiel/PI (Arenas can be havens in crisis).

The Olympian provided a photo gallery for the chemistry demonstration that injured 10 St. Martin's University students here.

*A trained rescue dog saved the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association a lot of time by finding 170 graves in the old cemetery near Caldwell, Idaho, here.

*A native of Middleton, Idaho, will be one of the contestants on the seasonal premiere of "The Apprentice" tonight here.

*Study shows WSU students drink less alcohol than the average student does nationwide here.

Orbusmax provides the rest of the Northwest 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.