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Inside Huckleberries — 1/10/07

*Drive-by Wheelchairing: SReporter Taryn Brodwater sez the staff at her opthamologist was atwitter when she arrived this afternoon (with vision going downhill b/c she's stuck in front of a computer screen all day). Seems "a woman's wheelchair tire had popped. It was apparently as loud as a gunshot and the receptionist dove behind the counter for cover. As I was waiting to get my glasses adjusted, a man showed up to wheel the woman out in her lopsided wheelchair."

*Bonners Ferry Mayor Darrell Kerby called Huckleberries Online to point out that there's no Kootenai in Kootenai County and no Bonner in Bonner County. He was reacting to today's print Huckleberries item about the pronunciation of Kootenai. Seems much of North Idaho was Kootenai County in the beginning (after the tribe) and then split into two, with the northern half becoming Bonner County. Later, it split again with the northern half becoming Boundary. That's your local history lesson for the day.

*The Spokesman-Review has been named as recipient of "Abolitionist of the Year" award from the Washington Association for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. Seattle attorney Jeff Ellis contacted Opinion Page Editor Doug Floyd to say that the paper will be recognized at a dinner March 5. Seems our decision to reverse our stand on the death penalty was noticed. I changed my position b/c the death penalty has become an ineffective sham.

*Julie Fanselow/Red State Rebels posts the names of those honored at the 9th annual United Vision for Idaho Progressive Celebration and Awards Dinner -- yes, there are progressives in Idaho, Virginia -- here.

*From Mary Dorsey of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council/Spokane: "I just read your column on how to pronounce Kootenai, etc. Well, then there are the native Washingtonians who pronounce Washington - Warshington. Never could figure out where that 'r' comes from. Oh, they also warsh their clothes!"

*Factoid (from Family Phil): "Did you know that Idaho is the 4th leading producer of milk in the US? This new UI Dairy Research Center is a pretty big deal for the state. ... I'm surprised it's not getting more press."

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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.