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Field reports: Canoeists on path of Columbia salmon

RIVERS – An expedition of canoeists and Native American students is leading an upstream effort advocating construction of a fish ladder at Grand Coulee Dam to reintroduce chinook salmon runs …


‘Clean Hydro’ campaign hopes to build dam support

A coalition of utilities, river ports and farm organizations has embarked on a three-year, $3 million effort to improve Northwest residents’ perception of dams. The “Clean Hydro” campaign kicked off …


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 …


Body found in Columbia River ID’d as man missing for two years

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A body that was found in the Columbia River nearly a year ago has been identified by the Grant County coroner’s office as a Seattle man …


Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …


River tests raise health concerns

Testing is needed to determine if historic smelter pollution poses a health risk to rural residents and tourists in the upper Columbia River Valley, Washington state officials say. High levels …


Tribes celebrate opening of $50M fish hatchery

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery Thursday on the Columbia River.


Lake Roosevelt bass escape new liberal limits

Smallmouth bass get preferential treatment among exotic predators in Lake Roosevelt. Starting April 1, the daily catch limit on walleyes increased from eight fish a day to 16 fish a …


2013 is year of the kokanee for area anglers

Region-wide forecasts suggest 2013 will be “the year of the kokanee” in the Inland Northwest. Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho and Lake Koocanusa in Montana are providing their best fishing in …


Out & About: Record fall chinook run forecast for Hanford Reach

OUTRUN – A potential record run of fall chinook salmon is forecast for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. The preliminary estimate released by the Washington Department of Fish …


East Side anglers lobby for higher Snake River chinook quotas

Often shorted their share of spring chinook, anglers east of the Cascades want a dialog with Washington, Oregon and Idaho during 2013 leading to a better fishery in the Snake …


Field Reports: Fishing rule changes on commission agenda

WILDLIFE – Updates on proposed fishing rules changes will be presented by state fish managers at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Feb. 8-9 in Olympia. Proposals affecting Eastern …


Barbless hooks required on Columbia

Washington officials have had an itch for years to shift to barbless hooks for salmon and steelhead sport fishing in the Columbia River. It’s been proposed — then postponed because …


Field reports: Expectations lower for spring chinook

FISHING – A spring chinook run of 141,400 – the poorest in six years – is forecast to enter the Columbia River, destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam, according to …


Grain shippers say no lockout

PORTLAND – Pacific Northwest grain shippers say there will be no immediate lockout at a half-dozen terminals along the Columbia River and on Puget Sound. The owners had given the …


Restoring sockeye salmon a big task

REDFISH LAKE CREEK, Idaho – A vermilion slash in clear, cold water, the Snake River sockeye in this mountain stream is one of nature’s long-distance athletes, traveling at least 900 …


Sides react to drastic changes to Columbia River fisheries

At times, change has come to Columbia River fisheries at a glacial pace. But the restructuring of the lower Columbia commercial and sport fisheries under way is more like an …


Yakima angler takes big leap from fishing to guiding

Vince Froehlich’s drift boat was dressed to kill. Six rods were rigged and ready to hunt down king salmon and steelhead with bobber and egg setups, plugs or divers. A …


Company admits to toxic dumping

Canadian mining company Teck Metals Inc. has admitted in U.S. District Court to dumping toxic metals and other pollution into the Columbia River near the Washington border during the past …


Canadian mining company admits pollution

Canadian mining company Teck Metals, Inc. has admitted in U.S. District Court to dumping toxic metals and other pollution into the Columbia River near the Washington border during the past …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The Spokane River got a pick-me-up with increased flows starting Tuesday as Avista began the annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene.


Portland-Vancouver bridge gets fast-track status

PORTLAND — A controversial bridge project linking the cities of Vancouver, Wash., and Portland has received “expedited” status from President Barack Obama, a move that’s largely bureaucratic and the impact …


Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag

In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …


Researcher seeking clues behind clusters of disease in tiny town

NORTHPORT, Wash. – Rose Kalamarides was in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Her older brother also got the debilitating disease. So did one of her …


Warm water stalls Snake steelhead

Warm water temperatures in the lower Snake River have put the brakes on the summer steelhead run. “The fish aren’t entering the Snake River,” said Alan Byrne, a fisheries biologist …


Wildfire near Pateros grows to 2,000 acres

PATEROS, Wash. — A wildfire across the Columbia River from Pateros in Douglas County has grown to 1,000 acres in size.


Yakama tribe reviving another run of sockeye

In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation has been collecting thousands of adult fish for release in a …


Getting There: Fancher Beacon tower taken down

The historic Fancher Beacon tower that once held a powerful rotating light for early aviation is now gone from atop Beacon Hill in east Spokane. Named after Maj. John T. …


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 …


Sewage spills into Lake Roosevelt

High flows in the Columbia River helped dilute sewage spilled into Lake Roosevelt over the weekend from a British Columbia treatment plant, local health officials said. Heavy rains overwhelmed a …