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Inside Huckleberries — 6/23/06

5:15 p.m., Blogmeister Ken Sands called from the bloggers convention in S.F. to say his USA Today newspaper today contained a cardboard insert advertising $500,000 lots on a Jack Nicklas golf course overlooking … Lake Pend Oreille. There’s goes the neighborhood. Can you say “higher tax valuations,” baybee?

5:11 p.m., Looks like Commish Gus Johnson and Katie Brodie started a trend by banning Huckleberries Online at the county courthouse for 8 days in May. Colleague Gary Crooks passed this along here.

3:27 p.m., The fur’s flying in the comment section of that belated Bonner County Bee story about possible corruption in the sheriff’s office. You can find the Bee story (top) and comments (below) here.

2:07 p.m., Blogmeister Ken Sands gave Huckleberries Online and the HBO community a nice mention at that BloggerCon in San Francisco this week here.

1:45 p.m., Note to Self — Make sure Frank Sennett/Hard 7 is among those listed on the new Washington Politics blogroll. Terrific stuff.

11:12 a.m., Blogmeister KenP has offered to step in next week to keep some activity going on the site. Quoth: “Rather than have the blog go fallow for a week while you’re on vacation, do you want to set up a system where I post items submitted by the regulars (and stay out of the conversation to avoid changing the overall tone)? Won’t be as dynamic as usual, but may be better than nothing …” Very cool.

10:17 a.m., “Northern Idaho seems to have a much better developed blog community’ than the rest of the state. The main reason seems to be a really good Idaho-themed blog they have on the Spokane, WA-based Spokesman Review website called Huckleberries Online. (The huckleberry is the official Idaho State Fruit, for those interested.) The author, Dave Olivera, is a columnist for the paper that hosts his site, and does a really good job of providing lots of interesting content and keeping the discussions going in the comments,” new Idaho Politics blogroll commenter Bubblehead is telling Boise about HBO & the Gang here.

10 a.m., The Bonner County Bee finally got it right, on a second try and more than a week late. After running a much-belated follow to Taryn Brodwater’s investigative article re: possible mini-corruption in the BC sheriff’s office yesterday, the Bee had to turn around and run it again today. Why? The jumps off the front page didn’t go anywhere. Someone in the press section ran an old Page 3 instead of the proper jump page. D’oh!

9:30 a.m., Note to self — Should I tell HBOers now that I’m taking next week off, or should I wait until the end of the day? Gotta paint the inside of the house in preparation for invading relatives this summer, to keep my-now-missus-of-31-years happy.

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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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