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Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy

On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …


Columbia Basin tribes lead effort to save lamprey

LAPWAI, Idaho – At the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, hundreds of eel-like fish slither in holding tanks, their black eyes twinkling in the dark water like something from a child’s …


Avista’s 2014 earnings up 73 percent

Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary.


State Senate GOP seeks to change clean energy rules

OLYMPIA – Republican legislators want to change the state law that says rivers and streams are not a renewable energy source. A Senate bill would allow electric utilities to spend …


B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting

In the 1960s and 1970s, three huge dams were built in British Columbia to hold back the flow of the Columbia River. The entire Northwest still benefits from their construction. …


Landers: Foam-line fishing gets fly fishers salivating

Saturday was scum bag day on the Clark Fork River. I’ve had better days of trout fishing in terms of fish caught.


Historic deal requires Corps disclose dam pollution

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking …


Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented

SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …


Deep drawdown: Lowering water levels test patience and ingenuity of local fishermen

Spokane anglers Jim Kujala and Dave Ross kicked butt on Lake Roosevelt rainbows all winter, catching their five-fish daily limits in as little as 20 minutes occasionally with the help …


U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas

Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …


Elwha River sees chinook salmon run increase

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The largest run of chinook salmon in decades returned to the Elwha River this fall, according to officials with the Olympic National Park. Fish are streaming …


Kokanee won’t run Lake Pend Oreille dam level

Kokanee no longer pack enough influence to keep the U.S. Corps of Engineers from fluctuating water levels at Lake Pend Oreille during winter. Since 1996, the lake level behind Albeni …


Dam’s removal should boost steelhead trout

TROY, Idaho – A Troy city crew began chiseling away at the long-forsaken Dutch Flat Dam on Wednesday to clear the way for steelhead trout seeking larger bodies of water …


‘Clean Hydro’ campaign hopes to build dam support

A coalition of utilities, river ports and farm organizations has embarked on a three-year, $3 million effort to improve Northwest residents’ perception of dams. The “Clean Hydro” campaign kicked off …


Boundary Dam relicensing will boost recreation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the …


Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish

PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …


Unusual alliance allows beaver relocation

It took more than six years, several legislative struggles, a raft of sniggering jokes, and the unlikely alliance of a conservative Eastern Washington Republican and a progressive environmental group, but …


Proposal streamlines retrofitting of nongenerating dams

WASHINGTON – The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. …


Congress eyes old dams as new power sources

The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. The Hydropower …


UI posts dam files online

LEWISTON – Some predicted that salmon and steelhead runs would be wiped out, bountiful big-game herds would crash and a beautiful canyon would be turned into a mud-lined reservoir. Others …


High court sides with power company over Montana dams

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has sided with a power company in a dispute with Montana over who owns the riverbeds beneath 10 dams sitting on three Montana rivers.


Field reports: Public meeting set on fishing proposal

FISHING – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is taking comment on proposed changes to sportfishing rules. A public meeting has been set for agency staff to discuss proposals 6-8 …


Federal judge rejects latest salmon protection plan

A federal judge in Oregon ruled Tuesday the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon once again violates the Endangered Species Act. …


Field reports: Local geese herded for population study

WILDLIFE – Biologists and volunteers herd Canada geese into pens and clamped leg bands on about 1,000 young birds in Eastern Washington in the past week for a Washington Fish …


Dam in southwest Washington slated for removal

Nearly a century after it was built, the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River is about to be removed, reopening the Columbia River tributary for the passage of salmon …


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 …


Condit Dam removal will free White Salmon rapids for rafters

Condit Dam towered over Mark Zoller, his crew of three, and the rafts they’d just wrestled down a catwalk and a cliff to reach the White Salmon River near Underwood, …


Runoff prompts Avista to open Post Falls gates

The huge runoff from recent thaw has prompted Avista Utilities to open all of its spill gates at Post Falls Dam, the utility said today.


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 …


Suit seeks more water for salmon

Conservation and fishermen’s groups are suing the Washington State Department of Ecology to allow more water over dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.