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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014


Colville Valley high school students hike through the 19 acres of woods surrounding the Colville Fish Hatchery, purchased by Stevens County to be used for science studies. (Rich Landers)

Colville Hatchery site a natural jewel

CONSERVATION -- My Sunday Outdoors feature story focused on the Colville Fish Hatchery and how it's been transformed into a science classroom for the area's high school students. But it can't be overemphasized that the hatchery Stevens County acquired from the Washington Fish and Wildlife...

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Kristy Bellinger, Washington State University researcher, conducted a study of hatchery and wild salmonids  for her work on a Ph.D. in zoology. She said traditional hatcheries commonly breed for large fish at the cost of the speed they need to escape predators in the wild. (Washington State University)

Hatchery fish are slow pokes, WSU study finds

FISHERIES -- This isn't the first study to find that hatchery-reared salmonids tend to be inferior in one way or another to wild trout, steelhead and salmon, but it's the latest. The report is released a day after Washington designated three steelhead rivers to be...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Samantha "Sam" Mace of Spokane was named by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board in February 2014.   (courtesy)

Spokane woman appointed to state Salmon Board 

FISHERIES -- Samantha Mace of Spokane has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the state Recreation and Conservation Office has announced. The board administers grants for projects that help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Mace has extensive...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Water rushes through spillway gates at Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks, Ore., Monday. The Bush administration today issued its final court-ordered plans for making Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams and irrigation projects safe for endangered salmon. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

BPA paid $644 million for fish-wildlife in 2012 

RIVERS -- In Fiscal Year 2012, the Bonneville Power Administration reported $644.1 million in total costs for its federally mandated actions to mitigate the impacts Columbia River Basin hydroelectric development has had on fish and wildlife. The costs are listed an annual report released last...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries program logo option A. (Courtesy)

Will art prevail in state fisheries logo choice?

FISHING -- Holy heresy! The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is considering the image of a bass for a logo in its statewide “Fish Washington” campaign. Actually, that decision already has been made. Instead of taking a stand, the state fisheries managers chose to have...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Outdoors - Fish fossil from Stonerose Fossil Site in Republic, Wash.  (Rich Landers)

Fish extinction greatly accelerated, study shows 

CLIMATE CHANGE -- Out of sight, out of mind. Next thing you know, they're extinct. And it's happening faster than ever to fish species, according to a recent study detailed in a Columbia Basin Bulletin report. From 1900-2010, freshwater fish species in North America went...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Miners, conservationists work to protect Idaho trout

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook RIVERS -- Two conservation groups and three phosphate mining companies in eastern Idaho have formed a partnership intended to improve water quality in the Blackfoot...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011

Channel catfish shows amazing itch to travel

FISHING -- A channel catfish, of all things, has set the record for traveling the longest distance of any fish in Wyoming fish-tagging history. Wyoming Game and Fish Department official say the catfish was tagged in June 2007 just below the Kendrick Diversion Dam on...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Dworshak Reservoir backs up on the the North Fork of the Clearwater River behind Dworshak Dam near Orofino. The 55-mile-long reservoir has been overpopulated with small kokanee for two years. Fish managers are considering adding nutrients to the water to boost the food chain and help kokanee grow bigger. Meanwhile, the abudance of small kokanee seems to be agreeing with bass — and bass anglers.
 (Associated Press photos / The Spokesman-Review)

Dworshak Reservoir nearly at full pool

BOATING -- Dworshak Reservoir is within 5 feet of full pool today. That's lower than normal for the Fourth of July holiday, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still leaving room for the unusually high, late snowpack to pour out of the mountains....

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The spillways of Dworshak Dam churn out excess water  in April 2008. Lewiston Tribune (Barry Kough Lewiston Tribune)

Infected steelhead killed at Dworshak Hatchery

FISHERIES -- Managers at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery say they have destroyed 332,000 juvenile summer steelhead since April to protect the rest of the hatchery’s fish from a deadly virus. In April, 240,000 steelhead were destroyed after IHNV was confirmed in some rearing tanks by...

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Clark Fork River a foot over flood stage

RIVERS -- The Clark Fork River was a foot over flood stage in Missoula on Tuesday, the Missoulian reports. The Montana river was predicted to rise another couple of feet by Thursday as rainfall and snowmelt increased flows. This isn't good news for anglers with...

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Learn about fish of Montana's Fish Creek

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries biologist, Ladd Knotek, will present a free program about the population and health of fish in the Fish Creek drainage on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Big Pine Fishing Access Site Campground. That's right off I-90 west of...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Dam reaches goal of 93 percent fish passage

FISHING -- Improvements in operating Rock Island Dam will allow survival of at least 93 percent of the young salmon and steelhead migrating downstream, according to the Chelan County PUD. The utility had to be able reach the 93-percent survival goal to meet federal criteria...

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