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Wed., May 31, 2006, 12:24 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 5/30/06

A pair of Canada geese take their goslings for an afternoon swim near the Fireside Lodge at Spirit Lake, Idaho, Tuesday/Kathy Plonka, Spokesman-Review.

Eye On Boise: Nevada to keep billion$$$ as a result of deal over Kempthorne confirmation here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI projects the high cost of gas prices this vacation season here.

2. Abuse and neglect may contribute to far more child deaths than previously acknowledged, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the state's Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman found that seven of every 10 children who died in the Washington state's child welfare system in 2004 suffered from abuse or neglect that may have contributed to their deaths here.

3. A Bonner County, Idaho, deputy who was charged with disturbing the peace after repeatedly challenging a fellow deputy to a fight is expected to enter a plea and be sentenced today here.

4. David Matheson, the architect of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's rapid casino expansion, was fired last week from his job as the casino's chief executive officer here.

5. Former Idaho Falls Prosecutor Kimball W. Mason has gone from putting people behind bars to sitting behind bars himself, after he was sentenced Tuesday in 7th District Court for stealing weapons from his city’s police department here.

6. IMHO-NW: Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review (Mom's Exhibit focuses on Iraq kids), D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Jim Risch's interim legacy), Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press (Jim Risch: Efficient, pointed), Betty Richardson/Idaho Statesman (Public good should outweigh partisanship), and G. George Ostrom/Hungry Horse News (Kooky crime marches on).

Online Poll: Only 1.4% of 1035 respondents said they'd definitely pay $50 to have their business card flown into outer space here.

*Boise State wins its first WAC all-sports championship here.

*A candlelight vigil is planned tonight for the four Dayton, Wash., victims who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating here.

*Acclaimed Heronswood Nursery of Kitsap County, Wash., closing here.

Orbusmax Special: Washington smokers find secret nicotine dens 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.