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Best of the INorthwest — 2/21/06

Former sports broadcaster Curt Gowdy shares in a moment of silence on Nov. 9, 2002, for the late baseball legend Ted Williams. Across Wyoming, close friends and family of Curt Gowdy remembered the longtime sports announcer who died Monday at the age of 86 as a “great ambassador” for his native state here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI has Dubya in his cross-hairs again today here, while Milt Priggee/Skagit Valley Herald takes aim at veep Cheney here.

2. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved property rights law today that requires governments to pay landowners for property value losses caused by regulations, or to waive the regulation and let the owner develop the property here.

3. A food fight took place yesterday in the Washington state Senate with a group of ninth-graders from Kirkland Junior High pleading the case of the Walla Walla onion to be named the state vegetable over the humble potato here.

4. Now approaching its fifth anniversary, the Nisqually earthquake in western Washington is a good example of the trigger-happy inclination of the Bush administration to declare national disasters and waste tens of millions of dollars on relief here.

5. The Supreme Court shot down the appeal from a woman sentenced to 80 years in prison for trying to scalp and kill her landlady here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (A Presidents’ Day test), Thomas Lipscomb/American Spectator (Pappy shot down at UW), Bert Caldwell/Spokesman-Review (IRS owes you), Ron Judd/Seattle Times (US women’s hockey), Art Thiel/Seattle PI (A dream lies lot in Turin snow).

Online Poll: 79% of 272 respondents to a Helena Independent-Record poll oppose selling U.S. Forest Service land for any reason here.

*A Kalispell angler broke Montana’s nearly 18-year-old perch record with a 2.39-pound catch here.

*A 25-year-old Kirkland man fell about five stories to his death Monday night when he tried to escape from an elevator that was stuck between floors at a Bellevue shopping center here.

*Seattle church leader could become second gay Episcopal archbishop here.

Orbusmax Special: Corvallis council favors resolution calling for troop withdrawal 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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