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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, …


Hanford cleanup safety doubts raised

LOS ANGELES – The Energy Department has asserted that Bechtel Corp. underplayed safety risks from equipment it is installing at the nation’s largest nuclear waste cleanup project, according to government …


Anglers question Yakama Tribe fishing platforms at Drano Lake

COOK, Wash. — Tribal fishermen have built about a dozen platforms off the Columbia River along Drano Lake, a move likely to spark conflict with long-standing non-Indian salmon and steelhead …


Expert: Columbia River has peaked

LONGVIEW, Wash. – Even as heavy snowpack in the mountains continues to melt, the worst of the Columbia River flooding has passed, a forecaster says. Worries of serious flooding increased …


Colville Tribes call Teck smelter study ‘deficient’

Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed in a historic settlement to assess the impact of its pollution on U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort …


Lawyers argue salmon numbers

PORTLAND – In what is likely the final major hearing before a federal judge decides what must be done to make Columbia River dams safe for salmon, lawyers argued Monday …


Hanford nuclear plant shut down for refueling

RICHLAND – Workers at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are nearly midway through the longest refueling outage in the 26-year history of the plant, which has come under …


Spring drawdown bares shores of Lake Roosevelt

Getting to a spot for shore fishing along Lake Roosevelt this week is much like hiking across the Sahara Desert. Vast expanses of sand, mud and rocks are being exposed …


Pike prompt three surveys on PDO River

Three northern pike studies that involve gillnetting fish are scheduled this spring on the Pend Oreille River by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kalispel Tribe. The …


Caldwell: Bonneville power plan creates buzz in industry

Moan as we might, and do, about the windy, wet spring weather, our troubles are small compared with those facing the Bonneville Power Administration. Last June, an unexpected confluence of …


Okanogan Valley Guide Services caters to fishermen in any weather

People who wait for perfect weather miss a lot of good fishing,” said Jerrod Gibbons, blowing warm breath on his numb fingers Tuesday after releasing a bright, fat steelhead in …


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 …


WSU economist to study Columbia, Snake closures

YAKIMA – Washington State University plans to study the impact of closing navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers this winter. Ken Casavant, a professor of economics and director …


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 …


Upper Columbia pollution under study

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling. Researchers have tested 2,300 fish above Grand Coulee Dam for lead, …


Multiyear study of Teck pollution continues

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling.


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. …


States raise concerns about sturgeon

Legal-size sturgeon in the lower Columbia River appear to be at their lowest number since the early 1990s and sport-fishing success its poorest in 20 years. Upstream in Idaho, fish …


Energy Department wants to remove Hanford reactor

A key Department of Energy report is recommending that the K East Reactor be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford’s other reactors.


Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


Columbia, Snake locks will close for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start shutting down all eight locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers in December for repair work, with the last scheduled to reopen …


Salmon, steelhead booming upstream

The big 2010 spring chinook run up the Columbia River is history. The record number of sockeye are still making a splash and the whopper run of steelhead is catching …


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 …


Record return of sockeye

Sockeye salmon are taking a run at a revival in the Columbia River. The troubled sockeye salmon runs to the Columbia and Snake rivers are returning in post-dams record numbers …


Columbia River sockeye run surging

A huge run of sockeye salmon is surging into the Columbia River this year, with counts this week approaching the daily record for sockeye passage at Bonneville Dam. This comes …