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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Congress votes to compensate Spokane Tribe millions for flooded Grand Coulee lands

Some 70 years after their traditional homelands were flooded as part of the reservoir for the Grand Coulee Dam, Congress approved a new system of paying the Spokane Tribe for …

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, …

U.S. Senate passes legislation to compensate Spokane Tribe for losses from Grand Coulee Dam

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018

Grand Coulee Dam operator to pay $115,000 over hazardous waste violations

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to pay $115,000 to settle violations related to improper handling of hazardous waste at Grand Coulee Dam.

Treaty negotiator: Canada could revisit salmon restoration to British Columbia spawning grounds

Salmon and steelhead migrated into Canada each year before the construction of Grand Coulee Dam blocked fish passage to the upper Columbia River basin. Getting salmon back to British Columbia …

UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Georgian engineers from Enguri Dam get break from Russian conflict at Coulee Dam tour

One of the world’s tallest hydroelectric dams is in the country of Georgia, a former Soviet state on the Black Sea.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Interior Secretary Zinke wants Spokane Tribe compensated for loss of land and lifestyle to Grand Coulee Dam

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged to support compensation for Grand Coulee Dam’s impact on the Spokane Tribe during a Thursday visit to Wellpinit.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Drugs worth more than $1 million seized in Grant County this month

The landscape of Grant County paints a hard place. It’s underworld has been laboring even harder.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017

FAA bans drone flights near major U.S. landmarks; Grand Coulee Dam included

The Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

Grand Coulee Dam’s operators settle over allegations of oil releases into the Columbia River

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging operations at the Grand Coulee Dam polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Firefighting efforts continue in Okanogan County; 230 Yard fire mostly contained

Wildfire flames were visable from Grand Coulee Dam as a wildfire sparked near the city limits of Elmer City pushed south in strong winds Sunday evening. The fire, which started …

Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Grand Coulee Dam

An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River …

Grand Coulee Dam’s operations subject of Columbia Riverkeeper lawsuit

An environmental group sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington are polluting the Columbia River in violation of clean-water …

Tribes end canoe journey at Kettle Falls, celebrate hope of salmon’s return

Paddlers from the Colville, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Kootenai and Kalispel tribes arrived in dugout canoes at Kettle Falls on Friday after making journeys similar to the trips their ancestors might …

Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s canoe gets repairs; others start trip to Kettle Falls

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is taking a hiatus today from its canoe journey to Kettle Falls. Repairs are being done to the 35-foot dugout cedar canoe, which had some minor …

Spokane Tribe will study salmon habitat above Grand Coulee Dam

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has received $200,000 to study whether salmon would thrive above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.

Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues

Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching …

Reardan students giving salmon talk in Portland

Reardan High School students will be in Portland on Tuesday to give a presentation at the Bonneville Power Administration about reintroducing salmon above Grand Coulee Dam.

Forgotten sacrifices: Grand Coulee Dam memorial found in Colville

GRAND COULEE – By most accounts, the last life claimed by the Grand Coulee Dam was that of Howard Gumm. The day he died, July 27, 1984, the Teamster was …

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 …

Tribes talk salmon, dams as Columbia River Treaty renewal looms

Northwest tribes and their Canadian counterparts are meeting in Spokane this week to discuss engineering solutions for getting salmon over Grand Coulee Dam. Returning chinook, sockeye and steelhead to the …

U.S. Senate committee approves compensation for Spokane Tribe

The Spokane Tribe is one step closer to receiving long-sought compensation for land lost to the Grand Coulee Dam over 60 years ago. A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday establishing …

Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …

Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage

Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the …

Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …

Grand Coulee Dam to get new light show

GRAND COULEE – After 25 years, Grand Coulee Dam will get a brand new laser light show next summer. The show will include a new story about the dam’s impact …

Forgotten towns

Grady Knight, a Colville-area video producer, is looking for Spokane and North Idaho people in their 80s and older who grew up on the upper Columbia River before it was …

Grand Coulee light show to be upgraded

WENATCHEE — Anyone who has spent a summer’s evening within sight of the Grand Coulee Dam has probably seen its free nightly laser light show. Lasers projected on the face …

Spokanes seek new Grand Coulee deal

WASHINGTON – Nearly 70 years after completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, members of the Spokane Tribe argued before a Senate committee last week that they have a moral right …

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 …