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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 7/12/06

Agent Joe McCraw (lead horse), Captain Gary Roman (center), and agent Allen Foraker of the U.S. Border Patrol conduct a backcountry horse patrol on Owl Mountain less than a mile from the Canadian border on Monday, June 5. The patrol recently started using horses because they bring stealth, speed and agility to the job here/Jed Conklin, Spokesman-Review.

Sagebrush: NW guvs hoarding taxpayer cash here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI claims the Repubs have a sure-fire way to distract followers from Bush administration shortcomings here.

2. Ben Roethlisberger, the QB who led the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Seattle Seahawks in this winter’s Super Bowl, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident today here.

3. When Safeco Field was built in 1999, bonds worth $325 million were earmarked for the project — paid with a combination of taxes to be collected through 2016. But largely because of the booming restaurant industry, the bulk of the bonds could be paid off four years early here.

4. The state Department of Transportation is going to try to do something about the increased noise as the expansion of Interstate 5 has the freeway creeping closer to homes in Everett, including the use of “quieter asphalt” here.

5. A preliminary study found that 15 beaches along Lake Roosevelt on the Columbia River are safe for limited use by humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Flag rule doesn’t fly with vets), Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Inquiries for Spokane’s finest), Frank Mieli/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (A declaration of interdependence), Jamie Tobias Neely/Spokesman-Review (Review: “A Chorus Line”), and Joel Connelly/Seattle PI (Top 10 Items for Bush’s Washington visit).

Online Poll: 75.9% of 1487 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll said they have no tattoos.

*EWU coed drowns in Montana’s Clark Fork here.

*Montana Grizzly cornerback is proud to go to Native American games here.

*Six-year-old boy burned after slipping off geyser boardwalk at Yellowstone here.

Orbusmax Special: Are Idahoans indifferent to Hurricane Katrina victims 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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