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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 4/26/06

Anne Alsaker waves her arms while running south on Highway 89, trying to keep a loose horse from causing an accident, near Livingston Mont., Tuesday afternoon. Alsaker, who said she has been around horses her entire life, was driving north on the highway when she spotted the young Percherion loose outside Bob White’s pasture. “I just care about animals and peoples safety,” said Alsaker/Garrett Cheen, AP/Livingston Enterprise.

Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise catches up on the Boise scene after a week’s vacation here.

1. Michael Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been hired by OnScreen Technologies Inc., of Portland, Ore., a maker of compact displays for emergency first responders here.

2. After 25 years of chauffeuring dignitaries to kick off Tacoma’s Daffodil Parade in his 1948 Jaguar, D.W. Brown, 81, has been given the boot by the Washington State Patrol, which believes he’s too old to drive for Gov. Chris Gregoire here.

3. Starting July 1, all women getting abortions in Idaho must receive three booklets detailing risks of the procedure, fetal development and alternatives to abortion here.

4. The gaggle of geese that the city of Sandpoint tried to evict from its beach on Lake Pend Oreille is back again here.

5. There’s a reason Willie Bloomquist has 17 straight steals and the best stolen-base percentage in baseball, and it’s not just because he runs fast. It’s a matter of simple math here.

6. IMHO-NW: Lawrence Mowery/St. Maries Gazette-Record (Of cancer, miscarriage), Doug Floyd/Spokesman-Review (Wetlands disappearance hurts Spokane’s credibility), Idaho Statesman (Albertson’s raises questions with pay hikes), Joel Connelly/Seattle PI (Virginia gov offers Hillary alternative), and Art Thiel/Seattle PI (A little Sonic who could).

Online Poll: A plurality of 28.4% of 842 respondents to a Coeur d’Alene Press poll lists “California transplants” as the greatest threat to North Idaho’s quality of life.

*Lacey driver leaves gas station with nozzle still attached to vehicle here.

*A young mountain lion that raided a corral, killing a packing goat south of Bigfork early Monday, has been destroyed here.

*One of Spokane’s largest gun dealers has lost its license following a federal investigation here.

Orbusmax Special: It’s National Tax Freedom Day, but Washington state taxpayers are still paying here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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