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Landers: Sockeye comeback impressive

Sockeye salmon lived large in 2010, posting record or near-record runs in rivers such as the Columbia and beyond. Seeing the fish get their legs back, at least temporarily, gives …


Schools will lose Salmon in Classroom

SEATTLE – Each year, 40,000 schoolchildren in the state have been introduced to the life of the salmon through the Salmon in the Classroom program. But beginning in January, the …


Wild salmon struggle to compete for food

WASHINGTON – With the number of salmon in the North Pacific having doubled in the past 50 years, scientists are increasingly concerned there may not be enough food to support …


Court halts sea lion killing at Columbia River dam

Sea lions that have faced death by lethal injection for making banquets of endangered fish in the Columbia River won a reprieve today when a federal appeals court told Oregon …


Northwest tribes want input on Columbia River Treaty

Native people want a say in the future of the Columbia River Treaty, an accord between U.S. and Canada that governs power generation and flood control along the 1,200-mile river. …


Anglers lose crowds, find bountiful runs on Salmon River

When the season comes to tap the annual steelhead runs, Riggins, Idaho, might be upstaged by Lewiston, but it’s not necessarily outperformed. The big run of steelhead that boomed earlier …


Ecology officials offer plan to improve river

Officials at the Washington Department of Ecology have developed a plan to reduce temperatures and improve water quality in the Pend Oreille River.


Fish runs rebounding, but still threatened

A state fisheries biologist says Snake River salmon and steelhead runs have rebounded but haven’t yet reached numbers where they can be considered out of danger.


Consumer groups push for label for modified salmon

Consumer advocates urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to ensure that salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as the conventional variety are labeled in the grocery store …


FDA to consider approval of modified salmon

Federal food regulators pondered today whether to say, for the first time, that it’s OK to market a genetically engineered animal as safe for people to eat.


State opens salmon fishing in Snake River

Anglers can fish for chinook salmon in portions of the Snake River starting today and running through Oct. 31.


Sustainable September packs a tasty lineup

“Sustainable” is the September watchword in Spokane, but where does one start? Consider the food on your plate. Sustainable September, a monthlong series of events sponsored by Community-Minded Enterprises, includes …


Court rules on logging roads, orders EPA regulation

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A federal appeals court Tuesday decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the …


U.S. may limit fish hatcheries on Columbia

PORTLAND – Federal biologists will recommend four options for dealing with salmon hatchery programs that feed into the Columbia River Basin, the toughest of which would pull federal dollars from …


Sockeye to swim into Redfish Lake under own power

Enough endangered sockeye salmon are returning to central Idaho this year that some will be allowed to swim the final few hundred yards into Redfish Lake under their own power, …


Sockeye surprise

BREWSTER, Wash. – A record run of sockeye salmon surging up the Columbia River this summer has delighted folks in this apple-growing region just east of the Cascades. ”We caught …


Idaho sockeye running with big Columbia fish surge

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the state could see higher numbers of endangered Snake River sockeye salmon returning this year.


Suit seeks more water for salmon

Conservation and fishermen’s groups are suing the Washington State Department of Ecology to allow more water over dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.


Arrival of spring salmon has cooks fired up

Spring salmon season has arrived and with it, the sticker shock over the price of those first fish from the Copper River in Alaska. Paying upwards of $20 a pound …


Columbia River chinook run going strong

YAKIMA – Chance Fiander breaks into a sprint across the Columbia River’s rocky bank, pulls a fishing pole from its holder and gives it a good yank. Moments later, he …


Spokane Valley-reared fishing guide in love with Alaska

When Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he’d grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, …


$40M salmon hatchery planned at Chief Joseph Dam

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved plans Wednesday for a salmon hatchery at the Chief Joseph Dam to help rebuild chinook runs in the upper Columbia River watershed.


Springers surge to Yakima

The first fish arrived Wednesday for a spring chinook season that opened Saturday on portions of the Yakima River. A good run of salmon progressing up the Columbia system should …


Ocean salmon seasons set

Anglers are getting plenty of encouragement for planning summer salmon fishing trips to the Washington coast. The fishing will kick off earlier than in recent years with a June 12-30 …


Field reports: Elk Foundation boosts state habitat

CONSERVATION – Wildlife conservation projects in 17 Washington counties have been selected to receive grants totaling $186,270 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this year. Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, …


Alaskan waters lure Colville family as timber jobs wane

Spokane got a chance to taste the difference in Ken DesRosiers’ lifestyle Friday night after his first catch of the season was air-expressed from Alaska. Portions from the two bright, …


Chinook news good

Spring chinook salmon have started their run up the Columbia and Snake river systems in what could be the biggest numbers since 1938. Or maybe not quite that big.


Learn skills to bike in traffic

OUTPEDAL – Bicycle commuters can put skill and safety on their side by enrolling in one of the upcoming “Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101” courses, created by the League of …


Chinook season to open April 24

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a plan to open the spring chinook salmon harvest on the Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers late next month.


Idaho likely to get huge share of springers

Spring chinook salmon are poised for a repeat of 2001, the recent high-water mark for salmon fishing in Idaho. Fisheries managers in Idaho are predicting a return of 180,000 spring …