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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New, unpublished fishing rules apply to trout at Lake Roosevelt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.

Idaho sets spring chinook fishing seasons

Idaho’s chinook fishing season will open on some rivers April 22.

UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Crews place boom to contain oil sheen on Columbia River

Crews have placed an oil absorbent boom on the Columbia River near Wenatchee to contain an oil-like substance that has gotten into the river.

Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Army misses deadline to explain how it took over Columbia shoreline

The U.S. Army missed its March 1 deadline to advise Congress on how it acquired 34 miles of Columbia River shoreline behind the McNary Dam.

Hanford project to keep uranium out of Columbia River

Work to keep uranium from leaching into the Columbia River at Hanford just north of Richland is being expanded after a test showed good results. Wells are being drilled now …

Tri-City levees, Snake dams get better safety ratings

The levees along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities and two nearby Snake River dams have been reclassified to indicate a lower risk to the public. The levee system, Ice …

Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships in Northwest rivers for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Environmental and fishing groups file suit over salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Another semi full of apples crashes into the Columbia River

A semi full of apples crashed into the Columbia River near Wenatchee Thursday, only days after another semi loaded with apples crashed into the river off State Route 243 in …

Nez Perce County officials oppose breaching of dams on Snake, Columbia rivers

The Nez Perce County Commission is adding its voice to other local agencies concerned about the effects of dam breaching on local social and economic issues.

Union Pacific’s lawsuit over Oregon rail expansion opposed by three groups

Three groups are seeking to oppose Union Pacific Railroad’s lawsuit involving a proposed rail expansion along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

Oregon rejects gillnet fishing ban on Columbia River

Oregon officials have declined to ban gillnetting outright, putting the state at odds with neighboring Washington when it comes to managing protected salmon and steelhead.

Oregon to decide Friday on Columbia salmon reforms

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet here Friday to make its decision on the Columbia River salmon management reforms.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:04 p.m.

Grand Coulee Dam’s operators settle over allegations of oil releases into the Columbia River

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging operations at the Grand Coulee Dam polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Lewiston floats dam options

Even though the city of Lewiston has a raft of questions for the federal government indicating that dam breaching would cause massive and expensive headaches, city officials say they aren’t …

Snake River dam projects may be delayed

Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.

Shielded Native American sites thrust into debate over breaching dams

A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it’s tasked with managing has been caught up in a big …