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Elderly Richland woman dies after car plunges into river

An elderly Richland woman has died after becoming confused and driving her car down Columbia Point boat ramp into the frigid Columbia River.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial

A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.


Researchers use banned traps for selective salmon fishing

Researchers are exploring the viability of using previously banned fish traps as a more sustainable way to catch salmon on the Columbia River.


Duck hunter drowns in Columbia River boating accident

A Kennewick father of two was identified as the victim of a weekend duck hunting accident in Pasco, Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, noon

Fire crews make headway on Gorge fires

Fire crews worked alongside two bulldozers to construct fire lines along the Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County on Thursday, which officials estimate was about 6 percent contained.


Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

High speed Lincoln County police chase ends in three-hour swim

It was a chase like no other as a man fleeing from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies swam in the Columbia River for three hours Thursday with a boat containing deputies …


Body of teen swimmer recovered from Columbia River

Authorities have recovered the body of a teenager in the Columbia River near Sauvie Island after he went under water and didn’t resurface.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

More naturally flowing Columbia River would benefit region’s economy, tribes say

Allowing the Columbia to flow more like a natural river would benefit the region financially, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to local communities, Northwest tribes say.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee

A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an island in the Columbia River has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.


Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee

A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an Oregon island has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.


Poor steelhead return to Columbia River means fishing restrictions

The number of steelhead returning to the Columbia River Basin this summer is expected to be the lowest since 1980. To conserve the number of fish expected – about 130,700 …


Andy Van Hees and Arlene Burns: Remember Mosier: Stop fossil fuel transports

The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.


Successful sturgeon anglers jamming Lake Roosevelt fish-cleaning stations

The white sturgeon anglers have been catching with high rates of success in Lake Roosevelt’s newly created fishery are big, tough critters – and they’re causing problems at fish cleaning …


Anglers speed through learning curve to catch Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

Brandon Collier and Lorey Chillbeck were among a flotilla of anglers exploring the new opportunity to fish for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt last weekend. “There was a bit of …


Welcome back to Desert Canyon, a gem near Wenatchee

Desert Canyon is back to being Desert Canyon, known for its challenging 7,285-yard layout, well-manicured greens and fairways, and expansive waste areas. The course has found stability since 2011 with …


Alta Lake has deception at every turn

At first glance, one might jump to the conclusion Alta Lake is a pushover. The first hole quickly changes that perception.


Woman dies in boating crash on Columbia River

Authorities say a woman died after the boat she was on crashed into a pylon on the Columbia River.


Anglers put the bite on Columbia River bass

Even with the Walla Walla River running high and milk-chocolate brown in mid-April, a couple of anglers casting crawdad jigs from a raft were hooking not-so-small smallmouth bass in the …


Program encourages pikeminnow fishing on Snake and Columbia rivers

“Catch a pikeminnow, save a salmon” is the motto for another season of fishing for dollars in the Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program.


Deeper Lake Roosevelt drawdown halted at tribe’s request

Good news for fishermen, boaters and travelers relying on the Gifford-Inchelium Ferry: The Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that they were halting continuation of the …


Missing Seattle woman found dead in Columbia River

Police say a Seattle woman who was reported missing in March has been found dead in the Columbia River.


Washington Legislature passes Columbia River bridge bill, but Oregon lawmakers busy

Last week, a bill addressing the Interstate 5 bridge between Washington and Oregon sailed out of the Washington Senate. But the message Washington lawmakers tried to send across the river …


Washington sea birds killing for salmon stability continues

The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers say they will continue to kill cormorant sea birds known to heavily reduce the Columbia River’s salmon population for a third year.


Bill seeks to allow tribes to kill salmon-eating sea lions

Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.


Boat overturns on Columbia River; 4 taken to hospitals

Authorities say four people were rescued after a boat overturned on the Columbia River near Multnomah Falls.


Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River

The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after …


New, unpublished fishing rules apply to trout at Lake Roosevelt

Anglers have to go beyond the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet to be legal when fishing portions of Lake Roosevelt this spring.


Wenatchee facility source of biodiesel in Columbia River

State and federal authorities have identified a Wenatchee fueling facility as the source of biodiesel that leaked into the Columbia River.


Oregon curtails some use of gillnets on Columbia River

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission backed off its Columbia River standoff with Washington when it met Friday in Corvallis.