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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, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to appear at town hall Wednesday at Gonzaga University

The congresswoman is scheduled to speak for an hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Spokane. In recent weeks, she’s criticized President Donald Trump for personally attacking Democratic lawmakers in Congress …


‘Dammed to Extinction’ comes to Spokane

A new documentary called “Dammed to Extinction” will premiere in Spokane on Thursday after the inaugural Seattle screening last Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

Washington OKs money to study impacts of breaching Lower Snake River dams

Washington will lead an as-yet undefined process exploring how to help farmers, shippers, utilities and others if the four lower Snake River dams were removed to help recover threatened chinook …


State allocates $750K to study removal of Snake River dams

The state budget approved this week includes $750,000 to study the impacts of the possible breaching of four Snake River dams to help salmon recovery.


Congressman Mike Simpson says he’s determined to see fish runs recovered in his lifetime

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson flirted with backing the removal of the four lower Snake River dams during a conference here on salmon recovery Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Salmon and orcas linked, Legislature told

Legislature looks at ways to save orcas by saving salmon.


Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers to benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas

After decades of arguments and court challenges, a landmark agreement supported by states, tribes and federal agencies is expected to change how water is spilled at Columbia and Lower Snake …


Controversy heats up over removal of Lower Snake River dams as orcas suffer losses

Orca champions have joined forces with dam busters, bringing new energy to an old fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams.


100,000 jobs depend on dams. A congressional committee is coming to Pasco to see if they’re worth saving

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has set a field hearing in Pasco to focus on the economic benefits provided by the Columbia and Snake river dams.


Sue Lani Madsen: The media’s different takes on a dam bill

After passage in Congress of HR 3144 on April 25, Rep. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers held an open media call. It was interesting as an apprentice journalist …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Citing costs, U.S. House votes to halt additional water spills for salmon

Breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams would require an act of Congress under legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.


House backs bill to block spill of dam water to help salmon

The House has approved a bill that would effectively reverse a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to …


Poll shows Washington voters choose salmon over dams

The majority of Washington voters would rather see an increased wild salmon run than preserve four lower Snake River Dams, according to a


Idaho tribes want fish passage above Snake River dams, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

BOISE – Two southeastern Idaho tribes are seeking to intervene in a utility’s attempt to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Judge OKs plan to boost spill at Columbia and Snake dams

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead.


Tentative deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility

Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Inslee opposes House bill on Snake River dams and salmon

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is opposed to a bill introduced by Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that would reduce spill over Columbia and Snake river dams, and prevent the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers bill speeding up hydropower dam licensing clears U.S. House

The congresswoman said in an interview before the legislation passed Wednesday the goal is to increase access to renewable energy by making it easier to build and re-license dams.


Idaho approves $3 million to study raising Boise River dams

Idaho officials have approved spending $3 million to help pay for a federal study to increase the height of three dams on the Boise River.


Dam opponents organize ‘Free the Snake Flotilla’ Sept. 8-9

Conservation groups calling for removal of four lower Snake River Dams are organizing the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla on Friday and Saturday based out of Chief Timothy State …


Besieged Houstonians banding together

The selflessness, indeed the bravery, of our fellow Houstonians, who come through yet again when they’re challenged by Mother Nature’s fickle moods, has become a Bayou City trademark.


Josh Mills: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure

H.R. 3144 would effectively overturn the court ruling and rubber-stamp the government’s previous inadequate and illegal plan.


John Francisco: Legislation protects salmon and hydrosystem

Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source.


Tri-City-area utilities support proposed law to save Snake dams

Three Tri-City-area utilities are supporting federal legislation that would override a federal court decision to save Snake River Dams.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse bill would override court decision to keep dams

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state.


In brief: Snake River family festival spotlights utility of dams

The Snake River Family Festival, with free food, family activities, music and information booths on the importance of dams to the region, will be presented 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday …


Deeper Lake Roosevelt drawdown halted at tribe’s request

Good news for fishermen, boaters and travelers relying on the Gifford-Inchelium Ferry: The Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that they were halting continuation of the …


Young salmon risk ‘gas bubble trauma’ on trip to ocean

Juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating out of the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows this year face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in …