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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