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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 7/19/06

In this photo provided by Karl Beznoska, Beznoska's 12-foot Burmese python is shown on an operating table Tuesday in Ketchum, Idaho. It took surgery to save the python after it swallowed an entire queen-size electric blanket _ with the electrical cord and control box. "The prognosis is great," veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt said after Tuesday's two-hour operation on the python.

Sagebrush: Cussin' Bush refreshing change of pace here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI looks at the Oklahoma City tycoons who are making waves in the Emerald City here.

2. The Oklahoma City group that purchased the Seattle Supersonics once lured the New Orleans Hornets to play in Oklahoma temporarily here. Meanwhile, Art Thiel/Seattle PI gives his view of the sale here.

3. Robbie Knievel, the son of legendary stuntman Evel Knievel, has agreed to perform a motorcycle jump here during Evel Knievel Days later this month in Butte, Mont. Evel's battle with pulmonary fibrosis is making it harder and harder for him to breathe, and this may well be his last Evel Knievel Days celebration here.

4. Last week's sewage spill sent at least 53,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Spokane River over a three-day period, city officials estimated. But the actual amount could be much higher because eyewitnesses last week reported seeing what appeared to be sewage debris in the river as early as May here.

5. Congressman Butch Otter's name appears on the rosters of 28 caucuses to lead Idaho's four-man Republican delegation in that category. But all four are members of the all-important potato caucus here.

6. IMHO-NW: Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review (Should women merely watch war press forward?), Idaho Statesman (Risch picks may be short-timers, too), Bert Caldwell/Spokesman-Review (Living wage could kill jobs instead), Missoula (Clumsy senators straddle immigration fence), and Kalispell Daily Interlake (Shuttle program back on track).

Online Poll: 73% of 884 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll say the Napoleon Dynamite Festival shouldn't be held next year.

*A Washington soldier returns from Iraq after family apparently killed in fire here.

*Bonner County property rollback stalled here.

*Teen mom faces abandonment charge here.

*Riley Creek to cut Moyie Springs workforce in half due to poor lumber prices here.

Orbusmax Special: Ex-Spokane mayor Jim West fights for life in Seattle hospital 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.