Category Archives: Tri-City Herald (WA)

All local Tyson plant workers to be tested for coronavirus

The fruit operation formerly known as Broetje Orchards also has an outbreak. All workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant near the Tri-Cities will be tested for COVID-19 and then sent home to self isolate until test results come back. “This may require the plant to close for a day or two, depending on when […]
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Oregon governor who supports breaching Snake River dams invited to see them first-hand

Rep. Dan Newhouse wants Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown to take a first-hand look at the world-class fish passage technology on Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities after she lent her support to breaching the four lower Snake River dams. Source: Oregon governor who supports breaching Snake River dams invited to see them first-hand | Northwest […]
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Oregon governor calls for removing Snake River dams in WA

Her stand is misguided, shocking and extreme, says Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash. Oregon’s Democrat Gov. Kate Brown said removing the four lower Snake River dams in Washington state is the most certain way to boost salmon and steelhead recovery in the Columbia Basin. Source: Oregon governor calls for removing Snake River dams in WA | […]
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State fines DOE $1 million over Hanford information access

Washington state issued a fine of just over $1 million to the Department of Energy on Monday, accusing it of restricting access to important information about the Hanford nuclear reservation. DOE has appealed the state’s determination that it has not met legal requirements for sharing information with the state. DOE previously said federal law limits […]
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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 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