Category Archives: Tri-City Herald (WA)

Salmon, steelhead season shut down on most of Columbia River

Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing effective Thursday, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The closure comes at the tail end of a challenging year on the Columbia that saw low returns for many salmon and steelhead runs, said Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of […]
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Salmon, steelhead season shut down on most of Columbia River

Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing effective Thursday, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The closure comes at the tail end of a challenging year on the Columbia that saw low returns for many salmon and steelhead runs, said Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington […]
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Changes in out-of-state sales tax exemptions hurts retailers

The Washington state Legislature’s last-minute tax measures would change the sales tax exemption for Oregon residents who shop with Washington retailers. It will hurt cities near the state line. Source: Changes in out-of-state sales tax exemptions hurts retailers | Tri-City Herald

State, federal officials sign off on Snake River Dam agreement

Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation along with Washington and Oregon agreed to a three-year plan aimed at helping salmon heading to sea and ending a decades-long court battle. A new agreement aims to boost salmon populations and preserve inexpensive power in hopes of ending a decades-long legal battle […]
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Cheaper utility rates needed under a new Columbia River Treaty with Canada 

U.S. and Canadian officials are beginning talks on the Columbia River Treaty, and cheaper power rates must be part of the outcome. Negotiating cheaper utility rates is a top goal for the U.S. as Columbia River Treaty talks begin this week with Canada. The significance of these discussions cannot be overstated. Source: Cheaper utility rates […]
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BNSF tests oil spill response near Hermiston

BNSF transports several million gallons of oil next to the Columbia River every week. This week they are demonstrating their plan if something goes wrong. Source: BNSF tests oil spill response near Hermiston Wednesday, Thursday | Tri-City Herald

Newhouse drops “save the dams” bill 

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state. The bill — introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers with Rep. Dan Newhouse, both R-Wash., and others — would keep in place the Federal Columbia River Biological Opinion, or BiOp, until 2022. It’s a plan created by a […]
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Hanford emergency declared over possible tunnel collapse

An emergency was declared at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington state on Tuesday after the roof of a tunnel used to store highly radioactively contaminated waste collapsed. Source: Hanford emergency declared over possible tunnel collapse | Tri-City Herald