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August 15, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Judge orders release of Oregon coal terminal documents

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has ordered the Corps of Engineers to release documents about a planned coal terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman. Columbia Riverkeeper wanted to know why the corps agreed to an easier environmental review for Ambre Energy’s terminal than two others in Washington state. The Oregonian reports the corps…

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August 8, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Wildfire threatens homes in Columbia Gorge

The Associated Press THE DALLES, Ore. — Authorities say the wildfire burning in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge about 75 miles east of Portland has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more. Residents of more than 140 homes have been told to evacuate and nearly 600 households have been put on alert in the…

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April 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Old grenade found along Columbia River at Vantage

The Associated Press VANTAGE, Grant County — A World War II-style grenade was exposed in the Columbia River by the drawdown of water behind the cracked Wanapum Dam. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says it was found Thursday evening by security for the Grant County Public Utility District. It was detonated by a Washington State Patrol bomb squad in a…

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March 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Army Corps to begin killing birds at Columbia, Snake river dams

The Associated Press

CLARKSTON, Asotin County — The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.

The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed. The birds gather at the dams and feast on the migrating salmon and steelhead which bunch up there.

The Lewiston Tribune said the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.

The corps said birds are typically the single-largest cause of juvenile salmon and steelhead mortality. A 2009 study estimated that between 4 percent and 21 percent of smolts passing through the dams were eaten by birds.

The corps has long used non-lethal methods to scare away birds.

The plan has critics.

Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said there are better ways to protect the fish, such as removing the dams.

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March 5, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Bones discovered along Columbia ‘of an archaeological nature’

The bones found along the Columbia River at Crescent Bar in Grant County Tuesday afternoon are old enough to be considered “of an archaeological nature,” the Grant County Coroner’s Office determined Wednesday. Detectives are not sure how long the bones had been there, but it’s possible they are of a Native American or an early settler,…

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March 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Human bones found along Columbia River in Grant County

A resident walking along the Columbia River at Crescent Bar in Grant County this afternoon discovered what officials believe are human bones, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives are not sure how long the bones had been there, but it’s possible they are of a Native American or an early settler, the sheriff’s office…

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March 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha to be stuck all summer … Pearl Jam embezzler sentenced … Bluegrass in Bellevue

Traffic: Expect delays in downtown Seattle this weekend as Highway 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street will close from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The closures allow crews to conduct a routine inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and, on Sunday, a charity race. Weather: In the 40s today. Windy,…

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September 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Grain barge set adrift in Columbia River, Coast Guard says

PORTLAND — Coast Guard officials say it appears that someone intentionally set a loaded grain barge adrift in the Columbia River. The Oregonian reports that the barge was to be unloaded at a terminal that has locked out longshoremen. The crew of a passing tug came upon the unlighted, 252-foot-long barge floating between Portland and Vancouver,…

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April 2, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Dispatcher sends mom to the rescue

UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. | CATHLAMET, Wahkaikum County (AP) —A 911 dispatcher in Washington state called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff’s office patrol boat. A 45-year-old kayaker was hanging onto a log piling Sunday afternoon…

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