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Judge: More water must be released from Columbia, Snake dams

A federal judge in Oregon says that beginning next year, the government must spill more water from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve the chances that …


600,000 chinook fry lost at Kooskia hatchery

Fisheries officials are hopeful they can mitigate the loss of 600,000 spring chinook fry at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery but are anxious over the fate of 1.4 million juvenile …


Oregon curtails some use of gillnets on Columbia River

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission backed off its Columbia River standoff with Washington when it met Friday in Corvallis.


Idaho sets spring chinook fishing seasons

Idaho’s chinook fishing season will open on some rivers April 22.


That place where ghosts of salmon jump

Commissioned as public art when the Spokane Public Library moved to its building with a view over the Spokane Falls, this poem by Sherman Alexie honors the falls, and their …


Canada Island renamed in Salish for the Spokane Tribe

The name snxw meneɂ (sin-HOO-men-huh) means “salmon people” in the Salish tongue spoken by the tribe. The island had previously been known as Cannon, and Crystal, Island.


Report: Restoration efforts in Columbia Basin helping salmon

The $500 million spent annually on habitat restoration projects and improvements are helping salmon, steelhead and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin, federal agencies responsible for operating 14 federal …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Environmental and fishing groups file suit over salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in …


Commercial salmon disaster funding awaiting congressional approval

When Washington’s congressional delegation pressured U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker into signing a disaster declaration for the state’s commercial salmon fishery, local fishermen were hopeful those funds would be making …


Dam supporters say Trump should not consider removal

A supporter of keeping four giant dams on the lower Snake River calls it “ironic” that dozens of fishing companies and environmental groups are asking President Donald Trump to take …


Large numbers of salmon return to Oregon’s Deschutes River

Oregon’s Deschutes River saw a large number of native sockeye salmon return to its waters in 2016. A total of 536 sockeye salmon returned to a complex of hydroelectric dams …


Oregon to decide Friday on Columbia salmon reforms

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet here Friday to make its decision on the Columbia River salmon management reforms.


Snake River dam projects may be delayed

Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.


This sheet-pan salmon supper will start 2017 just right

Sheet-pan salmon suppers take minutes to make, and yet the healthy fats in salmon are filling


Sportsmen to be asked to pay higher fees

Salmon and steelhead anglers in the Columbia River would pay 69 percent more in fees under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s final hunting and fishing license increase proposals …


Body of snowmobiler found in Idaho mountains

Authorities say an east-central Idaho snowmobiler has been found dead in a mountainous area northwest of Salmon.


Idaho mother sentenced to 12 years in baby’s meth death

An Idaho woman who prosecutors say caused her baby daughter to overdose on methamphetamine has been sentenced to a dozen years in prison.


Columbia River salmon reforms could be decided soon

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …


Big crowd turns out in Spokane to talk about Lower Snake River dams

About 200 people turned out in Spokane for an open house to discuss dam operations on the Lower Snake River. A federal judge ordered a review of the dams’ impacts …


Columbia, Snake dams topic of public meetings

FISHERIES – Court-ordered federal public meetings are coming to the region next week, partly to explore the potential for eliminating four lower Snake River dams to boost survival of endangered …


Feds release recovery plan for Snake River chinook and steelhead

Restoring healthy populations of wild salmon and steelhead to the Snake River basin could take 50 to 100 years, and will require improvements in survival rates for young fish migrating …


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 …


Nancy Hirsh: We can restore salmon and have carbon-free energy

The claim is that we can have either salmon restoration or we can have carbon-free energy, but not both. This is a false choice.


Feds asking public to weigh in on breaching Snake River dams

People will across the region will have a chance to weigh in on a controverisal proposal to remove the four Lower Snake River dams this fall as three federal agencies …


After disastrous 2015, more Idaho sockeye return to spawning grounds this year

More sockeye salmon returned to Idaho’s Snake River basin this year, thanks to cooler weather in July and strategic water releases to help the endangered fish.


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 …


About 35 percent of Snake River sockeye presumed dead

About 35 percent of this year’s Snake River sockeye salmon run hasn’t shown up at Lower Granite Dam, and the fish are probably dead, the Army Corps of Engineers said …


Chum salmon surprisingly resistant to pollution, WSU research finds

BREMERTON, Wash. – Chum salmon appear to have a cockroach-like resistance to pollution. Scientists at Washington State University’s stormwater research center in Puyallup recently made the surprising discovery that chum …


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, …


Oregon officials work to remove dam on Umatilla River

Eastern Oregon officials and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are working to remove a dam on the lower Umatilla River that for years has caused problems for …