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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Crews work to contain 2,400-acre fire near Colville Reservation; evacuation notices lifted for regions near Soap Lake

The Rattlesnake fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation near Lake Roosevelt is about 40-percent contained, fire officials said Sunday.


Porcupine Bay construction starts year after landslide wipes out road

A road accessing a boat launch for anglers is being repaired more than a year


Surging northern pike population in Lake Roosevelt could threaten salmon, steelhead downstream

With this year’s deep snowpack and swollen rivers, more pike will likely come to Washington, exacerbating an already serious problem – a growing population of northern pike in Lake Roosevelt.


Lake Roosevelt opens to white sturgeon fishing June 15

A surging sturgeon population in Lake Roosevelt has prompted fishery managers to allow harvest fishing for the second year in a row.


Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Fishing disappointment is something to pass from generation to generation

Lots of guys take trucks on fishing trips. Not many take a front loader. Jesse had both at Lake Roosevelt, and a potty chair, too.


Sturgeon fishing to reopen on Lake Roosevelt

FISHING – Anglers will again be allowed to fish for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt. However, the details of the season have yet to be finalized, said Bill Baker, Washington Department …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Trio stands up to paddle Spokane River’s 112-miles in four days

A trio has become, as far as they know, the first adventurers to run the entire 112-mile length of the Spokane River on stand-up paddleboards.


Out & About: Lake Roosevelt sturgeon fishery closing July 31 to prevent overharvest

Anglers are a victim of their own success at Lake Roosevelt where the reservoir’s first sturgeon fishing season will be closed after opening two months ago, a state fisheries manager …


Successful sturgeon anglers jamming Lake Roosevelt fish-cleaning stations

The white sturgeon anglers have been catching with high rates of success in Lake Roosevelt’s newly created fishery are big, tough critters – and they’re causing problems at fish cleaning …


Anglers speed through learning curve to catch Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

Brandon Collier and Lorey Chillbeck were among a flotilla of anglers exploring the new opportunity to fish for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt last weekend. “There was a bit of …


Lake Roosevelt sturgeon season planned; tribes already fishing

After years of closure, a sport fishery for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt is scheduled to open this summer. However, area Indian tribes, which make their own rules on the Columbia …


Lake Roosevelt levels continue to drop; boat launching limited

The reservoir level was at 1,233 feet and still dropping on Wednesday. That means the only


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

Landslide blocks Porcupine Bay access possibly for months

A landslide that occurred Sunday north of Davenport will block access to Lake Roosevelt’s popular Porcupine Bay Campground and boat launch for weeks or even months, Lincoln County officials say.


Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River

The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after …


In brief: Glenrose recreation access topic of county meeting

Proposed plans for a trailhead parking area to serve the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area will be presented by Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff at


Party down with paella

Lake Roosevelt Wine Co. throws paella parties on the patio Friday afternoons throughout the summer.


Mosquitos are bad this year at Lake Roosevelt, park service says

It’s a bad year for mosquitos at Lake Roosevelt, and the National Park Service wants visitors to be prepared.


Rich Landers: Tribes, federal government keeping public in dark regarding Lake Roosevelt

A giant pain in the rear for Lake Roosevelt anglers and boaters appears to be festering under the aloof care of the U.S. Department of Interior and its Bureau of …


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.


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.


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 …


In brief: Wolves making comeback in California wilds

The Oregon wolf, OR-7, first explored the landscape in California in 2011-2012 and now the first settlers have moved into Siskiyou County. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released …


Anglers ready to compete in 23rd annual Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament this weekend on Lake Roosevelt

The Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament on Lake Roosevelt was held in July when it debuted 23 years ago. “It was moved it to June to avoid the hot weather,” laughed …


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 …


Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs

Forecasts for below-normal spring runoff are prompting an early start to the boating and camping season behind the region’s big dams. Reservoir drawdowns are less severe this year because hydro-power …


Out & About: Fires create hot spots for mushrooming

OUTGATHER – Fire-fighting managers and insurance companies aren’t the only groups poring over maps of the area burned by last summer’s Carlton Complex wildfires. A bumper crop of mushrooms may …


Wild redband trout could disappear without protection

Wild redband trout in Lake Roosevelt need more distinction to survive, researchers say. Without a little more protection, the native redbands could disappear from the fishery dominated by the abundant …


Rich Landers: Wild kokanee drive the limit at Lake Roosevelt

Thanks to Idaho, Anglers have been hooking a bumper crop of kokanee in Lake Roosevelt since last year. Unfortunately, they’ve had to release most of the delicious land-locked sockeyes. “Almost …