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B.C. smelter reports spill from broken pipe

A British Columbia smelter released about 24 gallons of wastewater tainted with heavy metals on Wednesday, but it’s unclear if the water reached the Columbia River.

Snake River could have short – but sweet – spring chinook season

The Snake River in Washington could see a short but sweet spring chinook season, according to state fisheries managers.

Two missing after plane goes down in Columbia River

ASTORIA, Ore. – A former county commissioner from Washington state is missing after his plane crashed while trying to help a woman scatter the ashes of her deceased husband.

Study looks at future water in Columbia River Basin

Warming temperatures in the future will produce changes in the Columbia River Basin, with more precipitation in winter months and less during the summer, according to a new study released …

One-fish limit mulled for Buoy 10 season

State officials are considering limiting anglers at Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to one salmon per day in 2016 in an attempt to keep fishing open …

Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues

Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching …

Bishop Skylstad honored for Columbia River work

Bishop William Skylstad will be honored Friday for his role in creating the 2001 Columbia River Pastoral Letter, an international document addressing spiritual, social and ecological issues in the watershed.

Field reports: Gillnetting targets region’s northern pike invasion

Northern pike appear to be gaining a foothold in the upper reaches of Lake Roosevelt according to preliminary results from a six-day gillnetting survey that concluded Tuesday.

100 years ago near Kettle Falls: Buck saves fawn

From our archives, 100 years ago Ed Roper, a farmer living on the Ferry County side of the Columbia River near Kettle Falls witnessed a thrilling wildlife adventure.

Landers: Doubling Roosevelt trout limit could preserve wild redbands

Lake Roosevelt trout anglers may soon be doubling their fishing pleasure under a proposal to conserve the Columbia River’s wild redbands. The limit for catching hatchery rainbow trout may be …

Wild fish advocates threaten to sue over Columbia River hatcheries

Funding of chinook, coho and steelhead fish hatchery programs throughout the Columbia River Basin is being challenged by wild fish advocates who contend that hatchery fish adversely affect struggling native …

100 years ago on the Inland Northwest: Bitter cold forces dangerous travel conditions

From our archives, 100 years ago The region was experiencing a bitter cold wave, and several travelers told of harrowing experiences in their attempts to arrive at Spokane for the …

Salmon return to Hanford Reach in record numbers

The federal government says fall chinook salmon are returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River in record-setting numbers.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 10:39 p.m.

6 workers injured in explosion at Columbia River dam

An unknown explosion has injured five workers at the Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River in Grant County.

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 …

Sockeye salmon season cut short for anglers

The sockeye salmon fishing season will come to an early end on the upper Columbia River after this weekend. Half of this year’s big run toward spawning grounds already has …

Drought prompts fishing limits on 38 rivers in Washington

Reacting to reports of drought-related dead and stressed fish, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers, including the Spokane River. The Kettle River near …

Sturgeon die-off in Columbia spurs catch-and-release ban proposal

Numerous decades-old sturgeon dying in the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities are prompting a proposal to close catch-and-release fishing for the species. The proposal is scheduled for consideration today by …

Pikeminnow Reward program paying anglers for 25 years

The precise details are stored deep in agency archives and would take almost forever to ferret out. But here’s likely what happened: At about 10 a.m. on May 24, 1990, …

Sophisticated pikeminnow anglers earn $70,000 in six months

Pikeminnow are pretty close to the bottom of the piscatorial prestige list in the Northwest. But the serious anglers in the sport-reward program – the guys making $50,000 to $70,000 …

Tour Deshais: Water, water everywhere, and only 8 liters to drink

IONE, Washington – When my day begins, I load my bike with eight liters of water in four different vessels. That’s almost 18 pounds.

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 …

Landers: Fish managers plan attack on northern pike in Roosevelt

Northern pike have bared their teeth in Lake Roosevelt this year, bringing to mind the early 2000s, when the non-native predators first showed up in significant numbers in the Pend …

With lower flows, spring chinook make quicker trip

How long does it take for salmon to travel from Bonneville Dam to Idaho? Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, looked at data and came …

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago A gaily decorated steamer fleet arrived at The Dalles-Celilo Canal entrance, part of a dayslong celebration of the opening of navigation to the sea.

U.S. should start Columbia River Treaty negotiations, NW delegation says

The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of …

Columbia Basin tribes lead effort to save lamprey

LAPWAI, Idaho – At the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, hundreds of eel-like fish slither in holding tanks, their black eyes twinkling in the dark water like something from a child’s …

Columbia ranks No. 2 on endangered rivers list

The Columbia River ranked No. 2 on the American Rivers’ list of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers.

Kings, coho, pinks coming back strong

Early forecasts for the 2015 runs of chinook, coho and pink indicate an excellent 2015 salmon season in the Columbia River system and Puget Sound, the Washington Department of Fish …