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Owner of boat that sank in Columbia River charged

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office is prosecuting the owner of a 41-foot fishing boat that sank in the Columbia River last July near Finley, spilling about 50 gallons of diesel fuel…. …read more

Possible human bones found along Columbia River

CRESCENT BAR, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County sheriff’s office says what detectives believe are human bones have been found along the Columbia River in an area newly uncovered by the drawdown of nearby Wanapum Dam…. …read more

Crack found in Wanapum Dam on Columbia River

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County PUD has decided to draw down the water level behind the Wanapum Dam after divers found a crack in a spillway pillar…. …read more

Coast Guard reports ship aground at Astoria

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a 739-foot cargo ship anchored at Astoria ran aground in the Columbia River when the crew tried to change positions in the river without authorization from the bar pilot guiding it…. …read more

Corps: narrower review of Wash. coal-export plan

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to do a more narrow environmental review of a proposed terminal on the Columbia River to ship millions of coal to Asia…. …read more

Pack your patience if you’re traveling the Columbia River Gorge this weekend

VANCOUVER – Travelers planning a weekend journey on State Route 14 through the Columbia River Gorge should pack their patience along with raincoats and umbrellas. …read more

Ore. legislative panel to consider bridge plan

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Columbia River bridge-replacement project faces a critical test in an Oregon legislative committee Wednesday…. …read more

I-5 bridge over Columbia could last a long time

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — If plans to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River fall through, the current bridge may be in place for years to come…. …read more

Oregon bridge hearing scheduled for Wednesday

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House appears poised to move forward with a proposal to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River…. …read more

Feds to evict birds from Columbia River

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Federal officials plan to evict Caspian terns from two Columbia River man-made islands to protect endangered salmon and steelhead…. …read more

Motorist killed on icy I-84 in Oregon

CORBETT, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a female passenger was killed in a single-vehicle crash on icy Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge…. …read more

WDFW Commission set to consider policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new policy to guide salmon management in Grays Harbor and an updated policy for sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting scheduled Feb. 7-8 in Tumwater. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for…

Kotek, Courtney, Kitzhaber dig in on bridge

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The push for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is headed toward a collision course in the Oregon Legislature…. …read more

Columbia River Gorge trail network envisioned

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Imagine a system of hiking trails around the Columbia River Gorge where tourists could spend the day trekking through scenic forests, stopping at vineyards and spending the nights at one of the towns along the Columbia River…. …read more

China, BP venture plans Columbia chemical plants

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber…. …read more

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoists a man after he became stranded on the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 17, 2014. The aircrew successfully hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River, Ore.

WARRENTON, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted one man after a vessel ran against the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Friday afternoon. There were no reports of pollution or major injuries. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, were contacted at approximately 12 p.m.…

New Columbia fish plan is little changed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement…. …read more

Ore.: 4 Columbia River Gorge hikers call for help

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff’s spokesman says search and rescue crews have set out to locate and escort four adult hikers who called 911 to say they were lost on a trail above Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge…. …read more

Public input sought on potential habitat restoration project near Astoria


Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is seeking public input and comment on potential environmental impacts from a proposed project to restore a tidal marsh in Clatsop County, Ore., to benefit salmon and steelhead. An open house describing the proposed work will be held Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the…

Coast Guard medevacs one 10-miles west of Grays Harbor

A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevac an injured crewmember aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter 10-miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Jan. 10, 2014. The crewmember sustained a head injury after the Star Delta, a 623-foot cargo ship, encountered a swell. U.S. Coast Guard video by the 13th Coast Guard District.

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevaced an injured crewmember from a 623-foot cargo ship after he sustained a head injury 10 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Friday. The crewmember was reportedly conscious when transferred into the care of local emergency medical services. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia…

Ore. treasurer not sold on Columbia bridge plan

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State Treasurer Ted Wheeler says he’s not convinced that Oregon can collect all the tolls needed to pay for a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, and he won’t OK construction debt until he is…. …read more

Port of Portland shelves marine terminal expansion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Portland says it won’t press its plan to develop new marine terminals on West Hayden Island in the Columbia River…. …read more

Favorable report for new Columbia River bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Analysts say tolls could generate enough revenue to finance construction of a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River at Portland…. …read more