Stories tagged: Columbia River
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin
An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act.
Tue., July 12, 2016, 5:24 p.m.
Slow progress seen on rupture-prone rail cars
Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted …
Wed., June 29, 2016, noon
Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Grand Coulee Dam
An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 9 p.m.
State shifting through comments on coal-export project
Environmental regulators in Washington are shifting through about 267,000 comments they received on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River near Longview.
Tue., June 21, 2016, 9:53 p.m.
West Coast states meet to share oil spill-response efforts
Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier …
Sat., June 18, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Tribes end canoe journey at Kettle Falls, celebrate hope of salmon’s return
Paddlers from the Colville, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Kootenai and Kalispel tribes arrived in dugout canoes at Kettle Falls on Friday after making journeys similar to the trips their ancestors might …
Sat., June 18, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
Field Reports: Sockeye surge flies in face of Columbia forecast
Sockeye salmon have been surging into the Columbia River in record numbers.
Mon., June 13, 2016, 10:02 a.m.
Paddlers from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes meet at confluence
The Colville Confederated Tribes’ dugout canoe was getting some adjustments Sunday night on a beach near the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The cedar canoe was made in …
Wed., June 8, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
Oil removed from train that derailed in Columbia River town, Oregon official says
Crews have removed the last of the crude oil from a train that derailed Friday in the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier.
Wed., June 8, 2016
Editorial: Accelerate oil train safety
Congress must ensure that railroad reforms are rapidly adopted to ensure the safety of communities along oil shipping routes.
UPDATED: Mon., June 6, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Union Pacific resumes service after derailment
Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week’s fiery derailment.
Fri., June 3, 2016, 3:07 p.m.
Oil train that derailed near Hood River passed through Spokane
An oil train has derailed near Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge, news accounts say.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Army Corps improving fish passage at Lower Granite Dam
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making big improvements in fish passage facilities at Lower Granite Dam, hoping to increase the number of endangered salmon and steelhead that migrate …
Tue., May 31, 2016
Opinions from past add perspective
Editorials covered Columbian Basin hydropower, welfare, expanded government services and Medicare.
Sun., May 29, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Major spill from proposed oil terminal would be catastrophic, report says
A new report from the state Attorney General’s Office says an oil train or tanker accident in the Columbia River could cause more than $170 million in environmental damages and …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Lake Roosevelt trout released from net pens earlier than preferred
Signs of stressed and dying fish caused fish managers to release trout earlier than desired from some of the net pens scattered along Lake Roosevelt this week.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:24 p.m.
Buoy 10 salmon season to get a new look
Washington and Oregon on Thursday announced a new look for the popular Buoy 10 late-summer salmon season at the mouth of the Columbia River: Only adipose fin-clipped hatchery chinook will …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 9:28 a.m.
Review of Washington coal-export terminal to be released
State and local regulators on Friday are releasing a sweeping review of a coal export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.
Fri., April 15, 2016, 1:26 p.m.
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.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
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.
Thu., March 24, 2016, 8:36 p.m.
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.
Tue., March 22, 2016, 2:37 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 10, 2016, 9:04 a.m.
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 …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
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 …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
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.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 12:47 p.m.
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.
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016
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.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, 3:19 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Jan. 15, 2016
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 …