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Thu., July 6, 2006, 12:11 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 7/6/06

Seattle Mariners' Eddie Guardado, center, laughs with teammates Rene Rivera, left, of Puerto Rico, and Kenji Johjima, of Japan, during baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers earlier this year. Today, he was traded to Cincinnati for a minor league player here/Elaine Thompson, AP Photo.

Stapilus: New Idaho Gov. Jim Risch might be wise to settle for another race for lieutenant governor here.

1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times doodles re: the mixed constitutional message being sent by congressional elephants here.

2. Adam Morrison, the former Gonzaga Bulldog star who was the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s NBA draft, signed a two-year contract worth more than $6M with the Charlotte Hornets today here.

3. Kaiser Aluminum Corp. becomes a new company today. It has new owners. New stock. A new balance sheet. A new relationship with the Steelworkers union. Most importantly, it has a new outlook after surviving the corporate equivalent of purgatory here.

4. Don Shelton of the Seattle Times was one of 18 former University of Idaho alum who answered the call to support a former classmate who is suffering from Alzheimers Disease here.

5. An Everett, Wash., bank robber whose loot was ruined in a dye pack explosion didn't waste any time making up for the loss, robbing a second bank within about 15 minutes here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Singing cowboy rides off into sunset), Misoulian (Reviewing Lewis & Clark bicentennial), Idaho Statesman (Idaho's $199.9M surplus), Mark Henckel/Montana Outdoors (Fishing is so right), and Tim Dahlberg/Associated Press (Mascot's life isn't always easy).

Online Poll: 63.9% of 1313 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll say North Korea poses a threat to the United States.

*The Idaho Statesman has a terrific piece on McCroskey State Park, near Moscow, here.

*Army levels 3 charges at Fort Lewis officer who refused Iraq deployment here.

*Nampa will allow The Torch bikini bar (which also operates in Coeur d'Alene) to reopen after busting it for illicit sexual activity here.

*Benewah County appears willing to start another fight with the Coeur d'Alene Indians over property taxes here.

Orbusmax Special: Court rules that individual doctors at Oregon Health & Science University can be sued 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.