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Salmon warning served in Seattle OUTCRY – Seattle diners who ordered salmon at more than a dozen restaurants last week got their meal with a message: a warning that the …


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.


Poachers caught fishing near hatchery

Three Kennewick men caught fishing in closed waters have been charged in Franklin County District Court on several counts involving theft of salmon and steelhead from a state fish hatchery …


Utility agrees to removal of 4 Klamath River dams

In a major boost for dwindling salmon stocks, a utility company has agreed to the removal of four hydroelectric dams that for decades have blocked fish migrations on one of …


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 …


Salmon plan boosts protection, administration says

The Obama administration says it will be more aggressive in protecting declining Pacific Northwest salmon runs and will study breaching some dams as a last resort in a long-awaited management …


Heat bares ice at Mount Rainier

CLIMBING – An unusually early-summer snowmelt created hazards on the Muir Snowfield at Mount Rainier starting in August. Exposed bare glacier ice and crevasses have complicated travel on this route …


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 …


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Even ‘play dams’ are bad for fish OUTLAW – Rock dams built by kids and campers to create swimming areas in streams can be a death trap to migrating fish.


Fishery managers predict big fall chinook run

Idaho fishery managers expect more than 28,000 fall chinook to cross Lower Granite Dam in neighboring eastern Washington on their return from the Pacific Ocean, which would make it the …


Sockeye reach Stanley Basin

The first two sockeye salmon of the season completed the marathon journey from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Little Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Stanley Basin …


NOAA granted another month for salmon plan

PORTLAND — A federal judge Monday gave the Obama administration another month before saying where it stands on the Bush administration’s strategy for balancing endangered salmon against federal hydroelectric power …


Economy had snag for area fishing icon

How bad has the economy been? Northwest fishing icon Buzz Ramsey has been out of work since January, but he leverages his fishing allowance by using “poor man’s ramps,” as …


McDermott calls for review of salmon recovery

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has called for a scientific analysis of the federal government’s Northwest salmon recovery effort, saying that most wild stocks remain at dangerously low levels despite the …


Sockeye season opening at Lake Wenatchee

Special fishing season authorized so anglers can harvest some of more than 23,000 sockeye salmon headed into this central Washington lake.


Alaska’s king salmon vanishing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon – long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through …


Colville tribes look forward to opening of Columbia River salmon hatchery

NEAR BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Fish flew as Shelly Davis and Raynee Innes hustled to get 1,300 salmon packed on ice. The women grabbed silvery sockeye and blue-backed chinook from coolers, …


Idaho poised for another big sockeye run

Fish biologists say this year’s migration of sockeye salmon to Idaho is on track to be the biggest in decades.


Yakamas release sockeye into Cle Elum Lake

SALMON LA SAC, Wash. – The Yakama Nation Indian Tribe released sockeye salmon into a lake on the east slope of the Cascades on Tuesday, marking yet another effort by …


Field Reports

FISHING – A banner season is expected for Washington salmon anglers, and the fish are already cruising the state’s saltwaters. A strong return of more than 1.2 million hatchery coho …


Surge of small salmon startling

BONNEVILLE DAM, Wash. – In the world of salmon, size matters. That’s because big male fish have the best chance of fending off rivals to stake out a prime spot …


Feds fact-finding on dams and salmon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Two top members of President Barack Obama’s environmental team are in the Northwest this week, listening but pointedly not speaking about the tense conflict between salmon …


Chinook forecast scaled down

Salmon managers in the Columbia River Basin say only about half the number of spring chinook originally predicted will return past Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River this year. Managers …


Salmon season looks good for Wash. anglers

Salmon anglers will have more fishing opportunities off Washington’s coast and in the Columbia River this summer, while most recreational fishing in the Puget Sound will be similar to last …


Lower Snake 3rd most endangered river

Four dams that are blamed for damaging salmon runs on the lower Snake River in Washington place the waterway third among the nation’s most endangered rivers, according to an annual …


Pre-dam photos may be glimpse of future

Anyone who’s driven U.S. Highway 12 across southeast Washington’s rolling terrain into Idaho will recognize at least some of the scenery in Kyle Laughlin’s photographs. The Snake River flows through …


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 …


Appeals court upholds salmon hatchery policy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A federal appeals court Monday upheld the federal government’s discretion to use salmon raised in hatcheries to bolster wild runs, but not as a substitute that …


Columbia spreads wealth

State fisheries biologists say a huge Columbia River spring chinook run should deliver healthy returns of 18,500 salmon to the Wind, Little White Salmon and Klickitat rivers of the Columbia …


Salmon run project begins

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Scientists know what two dams did nearly a century ago to the Elwha River’s legendary salmon runs. Now they get a historic chance to find out …