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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 2/27/07

A moose calf stands alongside a driveway in Indian Meadows in urban Coeur d’Alene waiting for his mother. The pair have been spotted around the northwest Coeur d’Alene neighborhood since mid-January/Kerri Thoreson,

Leaning Straight Up: Who is the real Al Gore? Statesman or politician, environmentalist or fraud here? Meanwhile, Michael Costello/Palousitics sez Dubya walks Gore’s talk here.

1. Four children from two families are dead and efforts are under way to revive a fifth who were trapped in a submerged card that slid of an southwest Idaho highway into an icy pond in northeast Oregon here.

2. Colfax teenager Robert Duckworth’s Sunday started with a ghost hunt. It ended with him stuck in a 77-foot-deep well, imagining scenes from a horror movie while he awaited his eventual rescue here.

3. A woman is asking North Idaho College to refund the money she paid for an English class, saying her instructor spent more time bashing Republicans than teaching English composition here.

4. A scarlet fever outbreak in Jerome could have been caused by mishandled or contaminated food, but it probably didn’t come from a dairy, Idaho Dairymen’s Association President Bob Naerebout told Jerome County commissioners Monday here.

5. The Montana House killed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed children who aren’t vaccinated for religious reasons to attend a state-funded preschool or day care center. Parents can currently get a medical exemption for immunizations and still send their children to such facilities, but can’t exempt them because of their religious beliefs here.

6. IMHO-NW: Frank McGovern/UI Argonaut (Celeb lifestyles are whack), Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Dunno much about poker), Chuck Pezeshki/Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Food, well-being and WSU), Idaho Statesman (Weak justification for English-only bill), and Jimmy Blue/WSU Evergreen (WSU fans major in bad sportsmanship).

Online Poll: 55% of 364 respondents to a Helena Independent poll say they favor comprehensive sex eduction in Montana schools.

*Members of the Idaho Science Teachers Association have approved an official position against teaching intelligent design in Idaho’s public schools here.

*Three Boise-based filmmakers will produce a documentary about the Boise State football team’s 2006 season for release as early as this fall here.

*Accused Chehalis underwear thief won’t face sex charge here.

*An American bald eagle found injured in Cheney Monday night has died here. Video here.

Orbusmax Special: Idaho’s tribes seek to eliminate S-word 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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