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…More
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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 forMore
Time is of the essence It’s time we “double down” on our effort to get an I-5 Columbia River bridge funding agreement in place right now. [“Oregon looks at building span across Columbia on its own,” NW Sunday, Sept. 8.] If we can’t get a Coast Guard bridge permit this fall, as well as negotiate a…More
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…More
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…More