Tag Archive for Columbia River

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

From: WSDOT Southwest Travel News

Ore. legislative panel to consider bridge plan

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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News


WDFW Commission set to consider policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

WDFW Fishing

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 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will meet both days starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. S.W. in Tumwater.

The proposed policy for Grays Harbor includes provisions designed to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocations, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the bay. A revised version of the original proposal is available for public review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/grays_harbor_salmon/ .

The commission will accept written comments submitted through Jan. 31 via email to [email protected] or by mail to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

The updated policy for lower Columbia River sturgeon fisheries includes several technical amendments to the version approved in 2011 and extends the policy through 2018. It does not affect the closure on retention of sturgeon below Bonneville Dam, effective until further notice to address conservation concerns.

In other business, the commission will hold public hearings on several other issues related to fish management. Those issues, which are not scheduled for a decision during the February meeting, include:

  • Catch allocations for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
  • Development of a pilot fishery for seine vessels on the Columbia River.
  • Adjustments in harvest seasons for clams and oysters on 20 beaches in Puget Sound.

The commission will also consider a proposal by WDFW to purchase two acres of uplands and tidelands at Lynch Cove in Mason County. That land would be used to provide parking and access to waterfowl hunting on Hood Canal.

A complete agenda for the meeting is posted on the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html .

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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News


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

From: AP Washington News