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Hanford boosts contaminated groundwater cleanup to protect the Columbia River

The Hanford nuclear reservation is expanding its capacity to clean chemical and radioactive contamination from the groundwater. “That will reduce the time needed to clean up the groundwater,” said Mike …


Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Washington state has dealt a setback to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Two Pacific Northwest tribes are demanding the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi and Yakama nations said Monday that the U.S. government was in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Army Corps fixes Bonneville Dam early, barges again hauling wheat to Portland

Grain barges are again flowing on the Columbia River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fixed a broken lock on the Bonneville Dam sooner than expected.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

Columbia River barge lock to return to service Sept. 30

Officials say barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Broken lock shuts down barge traffic on Columbia River system

One of two ways that Pacific Northwest farmers get their wheat to export in Portland has been shut down after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped barge traffic on …


Salmon Cannon demonstration next week

The Salmon Cannon, an invention of Seattle-based Whooshh Innovations, will debut to the public on the Columbia River on Tuesday.


100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Chronicle calls for new bridges to replace ferries

A series of accidents on the Columbia River ferries prompted the Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page to call for “radical and quick action in devising safer methods for transportation across …


100 years ago near Kettle Falls: Man whose wife drowned in Columbia River joins search for body

Dr. J.B. Crain of Pasco put on diving gear and personally assisted in the search for the body of his wife, who drowned in a ferry accident on the Columbia …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

New plan targets salmon-eating sea lions in Columbia River

More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead. Experts say …


Third tribal salmon release scheduled Friday

The Colville Tribes plan to release 30 more salmon into the Upper Columbia River on Friday. It’s the third release in as many weeks.


More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years

The Salmon Cannon, born in the apple fields of Eastern Washington, is a key component of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ plans to reintroduce salmon to the Upper Columbia River and, …


State fish managers to discuss Columbia salmon, invite pulbic

The public is invited to attend a series of committee meetings comprised of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss the next steps in the …


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Windstorm strands hundreds of motorists after ferry is swept away

Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

For the first time in 80 years, salmon are in the Upper Columbia River

While rain and wind scrubbed the air of wildfire smoke, members of the Colville Confederated Tribes released 30 salmon into the Columbia River upstream of the Chief Joseph Dam on …


Public meeting set on Columbia River policies

The public is invited to attend a meeting of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss next steps in the review of salmon management on …


Canadian mining company must pay Colville tribe costs tied to clean-up of Upper Columbia River

The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal from Teck Metals, which operates a smelter on the Columbia River north of the U.S./Canada border. The decision means …


Northwest Wine: Horse Heaven Hills is home to stellar wines

Horse Heaven Hills spans more than 570,000 acres, all of which are in the vast Columbia Valley. This area north of the Columbia River and primarily south of Yakima Valley …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

Federal authorities have started killing more California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border.


Poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna wins $100,000 to bring poetry to the Columbia River

Castro Luna’s winning proposal is to convene a series of poetry writing workshops and readings along the entire length of the Columbia River, from the point it enters the northeastern …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

City of Vancouver fined $60K for 2017 sewage spills

The Washington Department of Ecology has fined the city of Vancouver $60,000 for spilling nearly 600,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Columbia River.


For a stretch in 1930, Columbia River was solid, icy runway

The year was 1930, and it was freezing – literally.


Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers

Federal officials say a program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in …


Then and Now: Spokane’s rocky landscape

When Spokane city father James Glover arrived in 1874, science had yet to explain the rocky buttes and basins of Eastern Washington or the other varied landscapes of the Washington …


Invasive northern pike found 10 miles from Grand Coulee Dam, Spokane Tribe catches 45-inch fish

In a cavernous, and cold, warehouse in Airway Heights a group of Spokane Tribe of Indians fish biologists encircled a large, vicious-looking fish Tuesday.


Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

WDFW commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1 through 3, Thursday through Saturday, including a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

Steelhead forecast downgraded again

There is good and bad news associated with the latest update of projected steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake rivers.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

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.