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Barbless hooks required on Columbia

Washington officials have had an itch for years to shift to barbless hooks for salmon and steelhead sport fishing in the Columbia River. It’s been proposed — then postponed because …


Field reports: Expectations lower for spring chinook

FISHING – A spring chinook run of 141,400 – the poorest in six years – is forecast to enter the Columbia River, destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam, according to …


Grain shippers say no lockout

PORTLAND – Pacific Northwest grain shippers say there will be no immediate lockout at a half-dozen terminals along the Columbia River and on Puget Sound. The owners had given the …


Restoring sockeye salmon a big task

REDFISH LAKE CREEK, Idaho – A vermilion slash in clear, cold water, the Snake River sockeye in this mountain stream is one of nature’s long-distance athletes, traveling at least 900 …


Sides react to drastic changes to Columbia River fisheries

At times, change has come to Columbia River fisheries at a glacial pace. But the restructuring of the lower Columbia commercial and sport fisheries under way is more like an …


Yakima angler takes big leap from fishing to guiding

Vince Froehlich’s drift boat was dressed to kill. Six rods were rigged and ready to hunt down king salmon and steelhead with bobber and egg setups, plugs or divers. A …


Company admits to toxic dumping

Canadian mining company Teck Metals Inc. has admitted in U.S. District Court to dumping toxic metals and other pollution into the Columbia River near the Washington border during the past …


Canadian mining company admits pollution

Canadian mining company Teck Metals, Inc. has admitted in U.S. District Court to dumping toxic metals and other pollution into the Columbia River near the Washington border during the past …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The Spokane River got a pick-me-up with increased flows starting Tuesday as Avista began the annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene.


Portland-Vancouver bridge gets fast-track status

PORTLAND — A controversial bridge project linking the cities of Vancouver, Wash., and Portland has received “expedited” status from President Barack Obama, a move that’s largely bureaucratic and the impact …


Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag

In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …


Researcher seeking clues behind clusters of disease in tiny town

NORTHPORT, Wash. – Rose Kalamarides was in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Her older brother also got the debilitating disease. So did one of her …


Warm water stalls Snake steelhead

Warm water temperatures in the lower Snake River have put the brakes on the summer steelhead run. “The fish aren’t entering the Snake River,” said Alan Byrne, a fisheries biologist …


Wildfire near Pateros grows to 2,000 acres

PATEROS, Wash. — A wildfire across the Columbia River from Pateros in Douglas County has grown to 1,000 acres in size.


Yakama tribe reviving another run of sockeye

In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation has been collecting thousands of adult fish for release in a …


Getting There: Fancher Beacon tower taken down

The historic Fancher Beacon tower that once held a powerful rotating light for early aviation is now gone from atop Beacon Hill in east Spokane. Named after Maj. John T. …


Dam treaty to be revisited

Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …


Sewage spills into Lake Roosevelt

High flows in the Columbia River helped dilute sewage spilled into Lake Roosevelt over the weekend from a British Columbia treatment plant, local health officials said. Heavy rains overwhelmed a …


Columbia’s high flows helping dilute sewage spill

High flows in the Columbia River helped dilute sewage spilled into Lake Roosevelt over the weekend from a British Columbia treatment plant, local health officials said. Heavy rains overwhelmed a …


Huge salmon runs forecast for summer

Although forecasts for the 2012 spring chinook salmon run turned out to be overly optimistic, Northwest fish managers are projecting a large return of summer chinook to the Columbia River …


Girl presumed drowned in Columbia at Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — A 13-year-old girl is missing and presumed drowned in the Columbia River at Wenatchee.


One person missing in Columbia River boating accident

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Two adults have been rescued and one juvenile male is still missing after their recreational boat sank on the Columbia River in Camas, Wash.


Judge bars Teck ‘divisibility’ bid

The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington won a victory in a pretrial phase of a lawsuit against Teck Resources for dumping millions of tons of smelter slag into …


Landers: TV hunting host fined; Walleye bounty proposed - Oh my!

Steelheading streams are off color and the wild turkey hunting season is still more than three weeks off. With a little breather in the action, let’s play the field today, …


Northern pike forecast: few and far between

The hammer is about to come down on northern pike that have invaded the Pend Oreille River. Non-native pike will never be eradicated from the river’s Box Canyon Reservoir, Washington …


Hanford tower taken down during cleanup

RICHLAND – A guard tower that stood over the Columbia River at Hanford for half a century came crashing to the ground Wednesday. “It’s really an iconic symbol of Hanford …


Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …


Sea lions raid Columbia, grow taste for sturgeon

Sea lion predation on sturgeon in the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam increased for the sixth straight year in 2011 with more than 3,000 estimated killed. Monitors for the U.S. …


Angler nets $66K from Pikeminnow Reward Program

Talk about a down economy: Even the pikeminnow anglers are seeing their earnings decline. Nikolay N. Zaremskiy of Gresham, Ore., is the top earner for 2011 in the northern pikeminnow …


Study: Summer water supply to dwindle

Population growth will ramp up demand for water in arid Eastern Washington over the next 20 years, even as climate change alters flows in the Columbia River and its tributaries, …