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Landers: Sockeye comeback impressive

Sockeye salmon lived large in 2010, posting record or near-record runs in rivers such as the Columbia and beyond. Seeing the fish get their legs back, at least temporarily, gives …


WSU economist to study Columbia, Snake closures

YAKIMA – Washington State University plans to study the impact of closing navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers this winter. Ken Casavant, a professor of economics and director …


Court halts sea lion killing at Columbia River dam

Sea lions that have faced death by lethal injection for making banquets of endangered fish in the Columbia River won a reprieve today when a federal appeals court told Oregon …


Upper Columbia pollution under study

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling. Researchers have tested 2,300 fish above Grand Coulee Dam for lead, …


Multiyear study of Teck pollution continues

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling.


Northwest tribes want input on Columbia River Treaty

Native people want a say in the future of the Columbia River Treaty, an accord between U.S. and Canada that governs power generation and flood control along the 1,200-mile river. …


States raise concerns about sturgeon

Legal-size sturgeon in the lower Columbia River appear to be at their lowest number since the early 1990s and sport-fishing success its poorest in 20 years. Upstream in Idaho, fish …


Energy Department wants to remove Hanford reactor

A key Department of Energy report is recommending that the K East Reactor be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford’s other reactors.


Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


Columbia, Snake locks will close for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start shutting down all eight locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers in December for repair work, with the last scheduled to reopen …


Salmon, steelhead booming upstream

The big 2010 spring chinook run up the Columbia River is history. The record number of sockeye are still making a splash and the whopper run of steelhead is catching …


Sockeye surprise

BREWSTER, Wash. – A record run of sockeye salmon surging up the Columbia River this summer has delighted folks in this apple-growing region just east of the Cascades. ”We caught …


Record return of sockeye

Sockeye salmon are taking a run at a revival in the Columbia River. The troubled sockeye salmon runs to the Columbia and Snake rivers are returning in post-dams record numbers …


Columbia River sockeye run surging

A huge run of sockeye salmon is surging into the Columbia River this year, with counts this week approaching the daily record for sockeye passage at Bonneville Dam. This comes …


Suit seeks more water for salmon

Conservation and fishermen’s groups are suing the Washington State Department of Ecology to allow more water over dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.


Columbia River chinook run going strong

YAKIMA – Chance Fiander breaks into a sprint across the Columbia River’s rocky bank, pulls a fishing pole from its holder and gives it a good yank. Moments later, he …


Anglers hooking trophy walleyes

February is reputed to be prime time for catching the biggest walleyes in the Columbia River, and this year is no exception.


Columbia River salmon judge presses for resolution

A federal judge in Portland says he wants an end soon to 15 years of litigation over imperiled salmon and dams in the Columbia River system.


Keller Ferry returns to service after leak repaired

The ferry that provides vehicle service across Lake Roosevelt north of Wilbur is returning to service today at noon after a leak was discovered last week.


Hull leak leaves ferry out of service

The state-operated ferry across the Columbia River at Keller has been shut down because of a hull leak, disrupting travel between Lincoln and Ferry counties and the Colville Indian Reservation. …


Keller Ferry across Columbia River shut down

The state-operated ferry across the Columbia River at Keller has been shut down due to a hull leak, disrupting travel between Lincoln County and Ferry County and the Colville Indian …


Steelheading opens Tuesday on Upper Columbia

A huge run of steelhead has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to open the Upper Columbia and five tributaries to steelhead fishing starting Tuesday.


Salmon plan has breach provision

WASHINGTON – In a case closely followed by environmental and business interests, a rewritten plan for restoring endangered and threatened wild salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers in …


Steelhead surging upstream

Record steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam in mid-August could bode well for Deschutes River anglers over the next few weeks, Oregon biologists say. To reach the Deschutes and other upstream …


Salmon pour into region

It is game on right now for an estimated 5.1 million pink salmon that are flooding into Puget Sound. “The pinks are as thick as fleas, and there are clearly …


Smelter funding beach cleanup

A Canadian smelter has agreed to clean up a beach near Northport, Wash., that’s become a symbol for a century’s worth of pollution dumped into the Columbia River. Black Sand …


Man drowns in Columbia River near Bridgeport

A man drowned while swimming with friends in the Columbia River near Bridgeport sometime late Friday or early Saturday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office reported.


Stimulus money to help finish Columbia deepening

The Obama administration will spend $26.6 million in economic stimulus money to complete a project to deepen 103 miles of the Columbia River.


River treaty changes floated

The buzz of an electric alarm clock, the sweet heat of the shower, steam rising from a coffee mug. All over the Northwest, people start their day with energy from …


Rufus Woods gets tagged trout

While not on the magnitude of the net-pen escapes from last year, the Colville Tribe is keeping the trout spigot open at Lake Rufus Woods. About 2,000 triploid rainbows averaging …