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  • Clark Fork Delta on the mend with $6 million project

    CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near …


  • B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated

    NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …


  • Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy

    On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …


  • B.C. reservoirs will help aid Northwest during drought

    A robust snowpack in British Columbia will help ease drought conditions in the Northwest this summer. Three B.C. reservoirs will release additional water into the Columbia River to help migrating …


  • Upper Columbia tribes seek to restore river’s salmon runs

    For 75 years, tribes along the upper Columbia River have dreamed of restoring salmon above Grand Coulee Dam. Now, they’re planning an initial study of what it would take to …


  • Bull trout protection plan worries boaters on Lake Pend Oreille

    Dennis Hall spent Saturday afternoon on Lake Pend Oreille, launching his 28-foot cabin cruiser from Sandpoint and ferrying friends across the lake to dinner. With blue skies and temperatures in …


  • New Administrator named for BPA

    The U.S. Energy Department named a new administrator Monday to run the Bonneville Power Administration after a hiring scandal rocked the federal utility that sells and transmits much of the …


  • U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas

    Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …


  • U.S. utilities say Columbia River Treaty payments to Canada are excessive

    Under terms of a treaty negotiated 50 years ago, the United States sends $250 million to $350 million worth of electricity from Columbia River dams to British Columbia each year. …


  • BPA sued over flucating levels on Lake Pend Oreille

    Subjecting Lake Pend Oreille to fluctuating water levels aimed at increasing downstream power generation will erode shorelines, hurt water quality and destroy valuable wetlands at Idaho’s largest lake, the Idaho …


  • Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

    Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …


  • Audit blasts BPA hiring practices

    PORTLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a highly critical audit of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration, saying the agency’s hiring and promotion practices are ineffective.


  • Drop in barge use may factor into dam debate

    SEATTLE – Four dams on the Lower Snake River essentially managed to turn Lewiston, Idaho, into a port city about 400 miles inland. But some farmers shipping their wheat to …


  • Ex-BPA chief Wright picked to head Chelan PUD

    WENATCHEE — Recently retired Bonneville Power Administration chief Steve Wright is being hired to run the Chelan County Public Utility District in Wenatchee.


  • BPA adopts new wholesale power rates

    SEATTLE — The Bonneville Power Administration has adopted a 9 percent average wholesale power rate increase, as well as an 11 percent spike to transmission rates.


  • BPA head fired amidst hiring investigation

    The newly appointed administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration has been replaced in the midst of an inspector general’s investigation into allegations that veterans were not given proper preference in …


  • New York getting Spokane-area help

    Efforts to restore power in the storm-ravaged New York region are getting a Spokane-area boost. Several utility crews from the Bonneville Power Administration have been sent to Long Island, N.Y. …


  • Avista says work will cause power outages

    Thousands of northern Spokane County Avista customers will experience power losses this week as maintenance is performed on equipment. The Bonneville Power Administration will be working on a substation serving …


  • Dam treaty to be revisited

    Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …


  • BPA, utilities to build $14 million power line

    PORTLAND — The Bonneville Power Administration says it signed an agreement Monday with three utilities to build a $14 million high-voltage line in central Washington.


  • Bonneville Power looks back at 75 years

    The Bonneville Power Administration turns 75 this year. It’s an influential though little-known agency that markets power from 31 federal hydropower dams on the Columbia-Snake River system.


  • Wind power helps keep Maryhill Museum in business

    Wind turbines help the Maryhill Museum of Art host eclectic exhibits as diverse as Native American basketry, French fashion, and sculptures and sketches by Auguste Rodin. The museum south of …


  • Wind, hydro operations create balancing act for regulators

    One of the conundrums of wind energy is that the wind doesn’t blow constantly. In the Northwest, most wind farms operate at about 30 percent capacity, which means backup electrical …


  • Detectives retrieve Weflen’s locker items

    Despite the passing of nearly 25 years, the disappearance of Bonneville Power Administration employee Julie Weflen has apparently never been far from people’s minds. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office still …


  • Plan allows more lake fluctuation

    Lake Pend Oreille’s water levels will fluctuate by as much as 5 feet this winter, allowing federal agencies more flexibility in managing electricity generation throughout the Columbia River hydropower system. …


  • Bonneville Power Administration seeks efficiency gains

    HANFORD – The Columbia Generating Station is undergoing its most expensive refueling and maintenance shutdown ever as the owner of the nuclear plant tries to improve its reliability and costs. …


  • Reactor undergoes refueling, upgrades

    HANFORD — The Columbia Generating Station here is undergoing its most expensive refueling and maintenance shutdown ever as the owner of the nuclear plant tries to improve its reliability and …


  • Caldwell: Bonneville power plan creates buzz in industry

    Moan as we might, and do, about the windy, wet spring weather, our troubles are small compared with those facing the Bonneville Power Administration. Last June, an unexpected confluence of …


  • Hayden Lake purchase to help water quality, wildlife

    Wildlife managers have snared a prime piece of real estate above Hayden Lake for continued use by moose, bear, elk and other critters. The acquisition should also help protect the …


  • Lake Pend Oreille’s winter level to rise, fall mildly

    Lake Pend Oreille’s water level will fluctuate by only a foot this winter, while federal agencies analyze a controversial plan to raise and lower the lake as much as five …

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