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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Kempthorne Spends $235K On Bathroom 11 

Seems Kempthorne spent about $235,000 in taxpayer funds renovating the bathroom a few months ago, which included installing a new shower, a refrigerator and a freezer and buying monogrammed towels, department officials told our colleague Derek Kravitz. Washington Post. More here.Question: Anyone out there willing...

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EOB 3-Fer: Dubya's Nickname For Dirk? 

He’s not telling. Among the many questions Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne received from the audience at the Boise City Club/Idaho Environmental Forum today was what nickname President George W. Bush had for Kempthorne as a member of his cabinet. After much laughter, including plenty from...

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S&S Herb: Conservatives Should Laugh More 13 

Pecky Cox picks up where she left off in 2008, with another terrific winter scene, of snow circles on Priest Lake.For the last two weeks or so, Huckleberries on line has been without it's mentor, Dave Oliveria, while he lounges on vacation. As we approach...

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Washington Ignores Cell Phone Ban 23 

Item: Washington drivers ignore cell-phone/AP More Info: Then cellphone use started creeping back up, said Sgt. Freddy Williams of the State Patrol, who has carried on his own informal off-duty study of driving-and-talking. He can't think of another law that's been flouted quite like this...

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Poll: 9 Of 10 Oregonians Dis Public Schools 

Nearly nine out of ten Oregon residents would send their children to private, charter, or virtual schools, or educate their children in a home school setting if they had the decision-making authority, according to the results of a public opinion survey released today by the...

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BSU Coach Earns 8X Otter's Salary 15 

Idaho’s highest-paid state employee isn’t the governor, a university president or a key scientist - it’s Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen. Petersen heads the list of a record 310 Idaho state employees who now out-earn Gov. Butch Otter. The list has swelled...

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CDA Press Lays Off 3 In Newsroom 15 

Huckleberries hears ... that the CDA Press has laid off 3 people in the newsroom, including veteran reporters Tom Greene and Linda Ball. Huckleberries also hears that the newly unemployed were given less than a week's notice and no severance pay. They did receive pay...

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Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Recount 31 

In this Nov. 4 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes hands with supporters after speaking at the Democratic election night party in St. Paul, Minn. Franken will be declared the winner of a recount by 225 votes with incumbent Republican Norm Coleman today....

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IVA: PP Staffer Implicated In Incest Coverup 

Julia Piercey serves as the Director of Education and Training for Boise’s Planned Parenthood affiliate. What ought to be a concern to all Idaho parents is that Ms. Piercey served in the same role with a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Ohio, and was named as...

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Sparky: Idiot Drivers Out En Masse 15 

Sparky: (I) almost rammed a half a dozen people just for fun. The last driver was lucky I had my child in the car. I ask you what idiot drives with a full cup of coffee in his hand? The dumb (expletive) hit a pothole...

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AM Headlines -- 1/5/09 

I wanted to present proof that I occasionally support the hospitality industry owned by our local tycoon. On Dec. 28, I treated Mrs. O, Amy Dearest, Sweet Stephie & Junior to brunch at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. How good was it? Sweet Stephie requested that...

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APhoto of the Day -- 1/5/09 

Troy Stieve, center, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and his teammate Lester Marks, right, of Monroe, Mich., compete during the World Series of Beer Pong IV in Las Vegas, Sunday. With a $50,000 prize on the line, more than 400 teams flocked to the Flamingo hotel-casino...

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Otter To Name Lt. Gov. Tuesday 

Item: Tuesday marks change for Idaho's leadership: New congressional delegation will consider massive spending on public works, feasibility of new dams, public lands protection/Idaho Statesman More Info: Gov. Butch Otter will announce Idaho's next lieutenant governor Tuesday - a day of some pretty big changes...

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WND Poll: Will US Embrace Socialism? 

Item: Pat Robertson: God says U.S. will accept socialismBroadcaster's annual predictions also assure economic turnaround/WorldNetDaily What do you think of Pat Robertson's claim God told him the U.S. will accept socialism? There is no God There is a God but he doesn't talk to Pat...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

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Vacation Wild Card No. 16 -- 1/4/09 89 

"Where there is smoke there is fire," e-mails Don Sausser for this 16th and final Vacation Wild Card, "but not with this surface fog cloud formed as frigid early morning's air met relatively warm lake water. In minus zero temperatures, snow buried Mica Peak basks...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

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Vacation Wild Card No. 15 -- 1/3/09 219 

In HBO's next-to-last Christmas Vacation Wild Card, I'm pleased to introduce you to Baby New Year 2009. Meet Jacob Robert Crawford, who arrived at 6:54 p.m. New Year's Day at 8 pounds even and 19 inches long, after only 20 minutes of his mother's labor....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

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Vacation Wild Card No. 14 -- 1/2/09 117 

I tried to post MamaJD's YouTube of ThomG taking the Polar Bear Plunge earlier today. But I'm blocked from posting YouTube's, too. I need to discuss that with Blogmeister Ryan. It'd have been a great post for the third-to-last Vacation Wild Card. MamaJD provided the...

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New Year's Day Wild Card -- 1/1/09 85 

CindyH asks 4 questions below. I'll answer them here. At midnight, I watched the ball fall in Times Square at Frito Ray's house with my Oliveria relatives. I kissed Mrs. O and ate a Frito chip. Easily, the worst thing about 2008 was another round...

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