Stories tagged: Columbia River
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
Crabbing halted from northern Oregon to California border
State agriculture officials in Oregon have shut down commercial and recreational crabbing in coastal waters from Tillamook Head along the northern coast to the California border because of high levels …
Sat., Nov. 12, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
Natural gravel beaches protect dunes at Clatsop Spit
After spending millions trying to reinforce the jetties around the mouth of the Columbia River with large boulders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has turned to natural gravel beaches …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
Energy company drops plans for coal dock on Columbia River
An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released
Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Hundreds expected for hearing on coal-export terminal
Hundreds of supporters and opponents are expected at a federal hearing Monday about a proposed coal-export terminal along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 9:32 a.m.
Fishing season ends early on Columbia River
Recreational fishing will end early on the Columbia River after fish populations were found to be smaller than expected.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Corps can continue killing salmon-eating cormorants, judge says
The killing of cormorants on the Columbia River to protect steelhead and salmon can continue despite a federal judge’s ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have considered …
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
100 years ago on the Columbia River: Brothers’ canoe trip turns deadly
From our archives, 100 years ago The canoeing vacation of brothers George and Walter Roos of Portland ended in tragedy at the The Dalles.
Fri., Aug. 26, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
Hiker dies in fall at Columbia River Gorge
Authorities say a hiker died after falling from a trail in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Tribal fishery for fall chinook salmon opens, strong harvest expected
About 778,000 fall chinook are forecast to make their way up the Columbia River this year, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. That’s smaller than last summer, when …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 5:27 p.m.
Smelter must pay tribes’ legal bill, court says
The owner of a Canadian smelter must pay the Colville Tribes about $8.3 million for legal fees and environmental studies related to ongoing litigation over the smelter’s discharges into the …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 11:45 a.m.
Hot water poses ongoing threat to Columbia River salmon, groups say
Hot water is killing salmon in the reservoirs behind Columbia and Snake river dams, and the federal government must take action to prevent future die-offs of the Northwest’s iconic fish, …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Housing project proposed for tribal members living in substandard conditions on Columbia River
WHITE SALMON – When the home Johnny Jackson built himself caught fire, emergency responders discovered the lone fire hydrant at the Bureau of Indian Affairs managed tribal fishing site wasn’t …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 5:18 p.m.
Historic ferry returns to Astoria as tourist attraction
A ferry that once plied the Columbia River between Astoria and Washington state will soon be back in service as a tourist attraction.
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
State adopts ‘fish consumption rule’ after years of debate
Washington state regulators have adopted new clean-water rules tied partly to how much fish people eat, ending years of heated debate over how clean the state’s waters should be.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills
Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …
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.