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November 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Salmon recovery: Ocean conditions are key

The guest column  “How to boost salmon populations” [Opinion, Nov. 6]  gives most of the credit for recent high returns of fall salmon and steelhead to increased spillage of water over dams. However, the data from the last few years indicate that ocean conditions were largely responsible for increased returns. It’s one thing to get…


Comments | More in salmon | Topics: Columbia River, dams, Herbert Curl Jr.

August 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Salmon recovery: Don’t cut back on dam spills

Part of a catch that once would have been unimaginable, more than 400 sockeye salmon are pulled from the net on one pass by the Dream Catcher, , a purse seiner operated by the tribes near the mouth of the Okanogan River’s confluence with the Columbia. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times)

While the return of Okanogan sockeye is cause for optimism, a main driver of this recovery, court-ordered spill at federal projects, has a more doubtful future [“On Columbia, ‘just add water’ seems to be working,” Local News, Aug. 2].

As reporter Lynda Mapes alludes in her article, and as the accompanying graphic clearly illustrates, exponential increases in sockeye, which began in 2007, coincide with then-federal District Judge James Redden’s order to dedicate more Columbia River water for


Comments | More in salmon | Topics: Columbia River, James Redden, Okanogan

July 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Political deadlock on Columbia River Crossing project

Productivity in the United States has fallen I must respond to the article on the Columbia River Crossing. [“Senators’ deadlock shutters Columbia crossing,” NW Tuesday, July 2.] After years of planning and an expenditure of $175 million the bureaucrats in charge of this debacle declare failure, close down the study and walk away. Gen. Eisenhower and his…


Comments | More in Politics, Transportation | Topics: bridge, Columbia River, columbia river crossing

March 22, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Abandoned ship gets owner four months in prison

Legislation for boats, but not guns? Does anyone else find it frighteningly ironic that the Legislature likely will pass much-needed legislation to help prevent costly mishaps with derelict ships, partly through tougher registration requirements, yet tighter gun-registration proposals can’t even get a hearing in the Rodney Tom-led Senate [“Owner of derelict ship gets 4 months…


Comments | More in Environment, Gun control, Washington Legislature | Topics: Columbia River