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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2006, 12:15 P.M.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 8/7/06

Two caribou walk down a road near oil transit and other pipelines on the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North Slope Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. began shutting down the Prudhoe Bay oil field Sunday after the discovery of unexpectedly severe corrosion and a small spill from a Prudhoe Bay oil transit line here. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Eye On Boise: Check out the online calculator provided by The Spokesman-Review to see how Idaho Gov. Jim Risch's proposed property tax cut will affect you here.

1. Milt Priggee/Puget Sound Business Journal shows how gas prices are affecting vacationers this year here.

2. Students will return to the dorms at Washington State University in a couple of weeks, but the police won't – at least not without a warrant or an invitation here.

3. Reacting to community shock that a Spokane police officer would rent his basement to a convicted sex offender, columnist Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review provides a checklist to prevent someone else from bunking with a dangerous roommate here.

4. Nephew of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, eulogized for heroism after being killed in action in Iraq here, while Kansas hate church pickets funeral here.

5. Tri-Cities, Wash., police waste no time in finding stolen doughnut truck here.

6. IMHO-NW: Spokesman-Review (Don't punish Spokane for spill), Frank Mieli/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Sacrificing safety for rights), Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review (Naming Spokane's unknowns), Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press (Blog utility and Idaho radio), and John Blanchette/Spokesman-Review (Judy Doba kept WSU coach in game).

Online Poll: A plurality of 49.7% of 1535 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll believe that Iraq had WMDs in 2003.

*Washington Medicaid officials plan to rewrite regulations to make it clear the state will no longer cover sex-change operations here.

*Rolling Stones' Boise concert sells out in 54 minutes here.

*Misplaced remains, possibly of 15-year-old girl, show up in Pocatello evidence locker here.

Orbusmax Special: Oregon family learns the high cost of down-loading free songs 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.