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Developer requests extension for Deschutes area wind farm

Project planned southeast of The Dalles near the Deschutes River

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Activist Ken Ward now lives in Oregon.

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Biologist: New collar for wolf OR-7 no easy matter

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Biologists trying to put a new GPS tracking collar on Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, could be camping out in the southern Oregon Cascades for weeks before they are successful.

Wash. authorizes shooting wolves preying on flock near Spokane

A rancher and state wildlife officials working to herd a flock of 1,800 sheep away from the site of recent wolf attacks in southern Stevens County today received authorization to shoot wolves that approach the flock.

USFWS launches ESA status review for greater sage-grouse, seeks information

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it is initiating its formal status review of the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by requesting information from a broad array of state and federal agencies and tribes.

Parasite-driven disease hits Klamath salmon hard, found to lesser degree In Columbia basin

Some spring Chinook salmon adults returning to the Willamette and Deschutes river basins have been found to be infected by Ceratomyxa shasta (c. shasta), a parasite-driven disease that is contracted by the fish while in the river and that can kill adults before they spawn.

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Fall Chinook salmon counts at Bonneville bounce up and down; ocean, Buoy 10 fishing hot

Fall Chinook returns are slowly beginning to grow, tribal fish sales are open.

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Working for fish, farmers

Fifteenmile Watershed Council looks for innovative ways to protect all interests

Conservation corner: Water quality effort takes a new approach

Whether you have one or 500 acres, if you live along a stream you must take care of it. Water quality laws in Oregon require that agricultural activities do not pollute surface or ground water, correctly manage wastes (including manure) and provide adequate vegetation along streams.

Judge releasing Oregon coal terminal documents

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.

Wildlife refuges phasing out GMO crops, pesticides

GRANTS PASS — National wildlife refuges around the country are phasing out genetically modified crops and a class of pesticides related to nicotine in programs meant to provide food for wildlife.

Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.

Comment period extended for plan to cull 16,000 cormorants from Columbia estuary

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it has extended by 15 days the public comment period on a draft plan detailing possible alternatives to reduce predation by double-crested cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Trash-to-electricity project to double capacity

ARLINGTON (AP) — Waste Management is doubling capacity at its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, generating more energy for homes and businesses 260 miles away in Seattle.

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service launches sage-grouse website

The effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups.

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