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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 6/6/06

Rancher Wayne Hage is shown in November 1997 in the area where federal agents seized 100 head of his cattle in 1991, in Meadow Canyon near Tonopah, Nev. Hage, who battled the federal government for decades over public lands and private property rights and came to epitomize Nevada's Sagebrush Rebellion, died Monday June 5, 2006. He was married to former Idaho Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage/Mark Waite, AP photo, Elko Daily Free Press file)

Hindu: Baseball draft day: yikes! here. (M's draft California RHP Brandon Morrow here. And SF Giants take UW RHP Tim Lincecum here.

1. North Korea has some good advice for Iran, according to Eric Devericks/Seattle Times -- not, here.

2. Lawmakers from Washington state -- especially Rep. Jim McDermott -- as well as their spouses and staff spend a lot of time in airplanes, and not just because their districts are a continent away from Capitol Hill here.

3. Jim Risch has been Idaho's governor for less than two weeks, and he's already been dubbed the de facto leader of Bushlandia by one member of the international press here.

4. A 15-year-old Billings boy accused of beating another 15-year-old boy with a hockey stick was charged as an adult this morning in District Court with attempted murder here.

5. Everyone has a daily routine, be it a cup of coffee or an early morning jog. For Jamie Boutwell, it's jumping off a 486-foot bridge here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (These kids are our hope?), Amelia Veneziano/WSU Daily Evergreen (Jimmy Carter: Where are you?), Sara Anderson/F-Words (Dems eye Idaho 1st District seat), Gracie Doran/WSU Daily Evergreen (In defense of body modifications), John Blanchette/Spokesman-Review (Spokane Chiefs owner does care).

Online Poll: 51.3% of 1027 respondents to a Seattle PI poll say they don't trust either Microsoft or Google when it comes to protecting their privacy.

*Officer refuses to go to Iraq with Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade here.

*A man is missing and presumed drowned after his kayak goes over a dam in the Tri-Cities here.

*A letter found in the trash bin near the home of Capitol Hill shooter Kyle Huff has been released by Seattle police here.

Orbusmax Special: A Seattle school district has stripped the Chief Sealth High girls' basketball team of two district titles for repeated recruiting violations 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.