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Tom Karier: Dam breaching isn’t so simple

Years of campaigning have painted it as a simple choice: those who favor salmon should support breaching the lower Snake River dams and those who favor lower power prices and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Inslee ignores request to veto study of effects of possible Snake River dam breaching

Despite calls for veto, state operating budget has money to study effects of possible breaching of Snake River dams.


Marci Green: Debate on Snake River dams has run its course

It’s time for Gov. Inslee and the Washington state Legislature to recognize the conversation around removing the lower Snake River dams has run its course.


Wanda Keefer: Salmon, dams: We need both

Removing the Snake River dams would impact everyone, in a variety of ways. The biggest threat to salmon today is climate change.


Salmon deal to add more spillage at region’s dams

A short-term agreement over fish passage operations at Snake and Columbia river dams could help researchers determine whether spilling more water there can significantly boost survival of juvenile salmon and …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.


Nancy Hirsh: Dam study reveals raft of benefits

A new study commissioned by the NW Coalition shows that the ongoing decline in wind and solar energy prices can not only contribute to a cleaner environment, it may help …


Terry Flores: Survey on support for Snake River dams misleading

The Spokesman-Review recently reported on a poll conducted by special interest groups that have been campaigning for decades for removal of hydropower dams on the Snake River (“Poll shows Washington …


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.


Mark Schoesler: Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring

Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring. I serve the people of Washington’s 9th Legislative District, which includes the lower Snake River from the Idaho border …


Paul Lindholdt: Free-flowing rivers are essential to our region’s health

Federal judges and regional governors – not to mention every conservation group in the nation – regard the lower Snake River dams as the worst of the worst. They remain …


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 …


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 …


Terry Flores: Snake River dams vital to renewable energy future

These activists continue to peddle a demonstrably false fish tale: that solar power and other renewables could replace the reliable carbon-free energy produced by the Snake River dams.


Judge criticizes federal plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs; says dam changes must be considered

A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn’t do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers …


Snake River sockeye salmon recovery plan released

Federal authorities have released a final recovery plan for the Snake River’s sockeye salmon runs, which teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1990s. Only a handful of sockeye …


With lower flows, spring chinook make quicker trip

How long does it take for salmon to travel from Bonneville Dam to Idaho? Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, looked at data and came …


East Side anglers lobby for higher Snake River chinook quotas

Often shorted their share of spring chinook, anglers east of the Cascades want a dialog with Washington, Oregon and Idaho during 2013 leading to a better fishery in the Snake …


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 …