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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 6/5/06

JoAnn McGuckin, whose several armed children held police at bay for five days outside their home in Sandpoint, Idaho, after she was arrested on child injury charges five years ago, is shown on May 16 at her home in Kootenai. Now the siblings, all teens or older, and JoAnn McGuckin are trying to get on with normal lives here.

Stapilus: "What if the real estate market slows or stops (in places like Kootenai County)?" here.

1. Founder Michael Powell, 65, passes reins of world famous Portland bookstore to 27-year-old daughter, Emily, here.

2. The Nez Perce Tribe of northern Idaho is one of three Indian tribes to observe a bicentennial event to commemorate the Lewis & Clark expedition, but it isn't celebrating here.

3. Most people go to Zip's Drive-in to fill their bellies. Owner John Carlson goes to fill his fuel tank. Carlson recently converted his 1993 Chevrolet pickup to run on kitchen grease, and he proudly advertises its fuel source with a large "This truck is powered by French Fry Oil!" decal on the tailgate here.

4. Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise was one of the thousand people who waited in Boise's heavy heat Sunday for a chance to view the new governor's mansion donated by J.R. Simplot here.

5. The signature of Battle Ground, Wash., pilot Dick Ionata has become part of the Smithsonian Institution's aviation collection, along with the Wright Brothers' first flying machine and the Spirit of St. Louis piloted by Charles Lindbergh here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Cheap things to do this summer), Frank Miele/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Let's TP nation's capitol), Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review (Immigrants still proud of stories), Olympian (Someone must pay protest costs), and Bruce Kauffmann/Oregonian (Weatherman decided D-Day's go).

Online Poll: 64% of 191 respondents to a Lewiston Tribune poll say that humans are the most dangerous predator in the woods.

*Real Life Ministries in Post Falls is one of the nation's fastest-growing churches here.

*Report: Idaho 7th in the nation in housing appreciation rates here.

*Number of Idaho businesses offering health insurance to fulltime workers drops 6% here.

*Beautiful weather phenomenon awes Spokane skygazers here.

Orbusmax Special: About 40 percent of Washington's prison dental budget goes toward teeth ravaged by meth 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.