Tag Archives: Columbia River

Eagle Creek Fire Creates Tough Start To Columbia River Fall Fishing Season

Fishing guides have had to take clients to Astoria or Longview, Washington as the Columbia River Gorge burns. It’s been a tough fall fishing season so far along the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Fire means the season kicked off with a closure between Hood River and Troutdale. And even if you went downriver to […]
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Levees – OPB’s Think Out Loud

As wildfires rage all across the west, and Hurricane Irma barrels towards Florida, we’ll hear about another potential disaster. As Willamette Week reports, the levees that keep the Columbia River from flooding into Portland might be vulnerable. Jules Bailey is the convener of a coalition called Levee Ready Columbia, which is working on assessing the levees and […]
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Coos Bay, other coast estuaries focus fall salmon efforts

Mary Anne LeCompte of Mukilteo, Wash., wasn’t there decades ago when our son, Bill Jr., watched a charter skipper toss a sack of bananas into Nawiliwili Harbor on the island of Kauai. “Go get your money back,” he told the angry client who’d brought them. “No bananas on this boat. They’re bad luck.” Bill then […]
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Columbia River reopens to recreational boats; fishing resumes below Bonneville Dam

The Columbia River below Bonneville Dam has reopened to all vessels, including recreational fishing boats. The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the waterway Sunday evening after closing it earlier in the week because of the Eagle Creek fire complex burning south of Interstate 84 between Corbett and Hood River. Source: Columbia River reopens to recreational boats; fishing […]
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Tribes Worry Over Lower Columbia Gorge Coho Runs With Forest Fires

The forest fires raging in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to disturb adult coho salmon right now. But Northwest tribal fishers are worried about what will happen in the fall. Tribes are particularly concerned with a distinct group of coho salmon that spawn on the Oregon side of the Gorge, especially those that use […]
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Our view: Hanford’s waste spread under a cloak of secrecy

Government secrecy sometimes shields incompetence — in Hanford’s case, disastrously. Citadel of Secrets is one way of describing Washington, D.C. The dirty little secret about Washington’s secrets is that we all might be better off with fewer of them. Writing Aug. 27 in The New York Times Magazine, Beverly Gage quotes the late U.S. Sen. […]
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Tracking crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River

Researchers look at the impact of dredging on crabs. It takes six hands to tag a Dungeness crab. One pair of hands preps and tests small cylindrical, acoustic tags. A second pair lifts a crab from a bucket and gently dries a spot on top of its shell. A third has been busy mixing up […]
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Warning signs for salmon

Low levels in young fish off the coast. The numbers of young salmon caught off the Oregon and Washington state coasts during an annual federal survey cruise this June were among the lowest recorded in the past 20 years. In fact, numbers were low across nearly all the species researchers regularly catch or observe — […]
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Kalama port drops methanol shoreline permit appeal

Kalama project still faces opposition from environmental group. The Port of Kalama is dropping its appeal of the state’s shoreline permit for the Kalama methanol plant. The action removes a major challenge to the permit, but it still faces opposition from environmental groups. The port had opposed the permit because it worried it would require […]
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Another Extension On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision As Chair Steps Down

For the seventh time, a decision on a controversial Vancouver oil terminal has been pushed back. The Washington state energy board now has until November 30 to make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee. Source: Another Extension On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision As Chair Steps Down . News | OPB