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‘Love your Columbia’ event focuses on Klickitat

Klickitat Advocacy has organized “Love Your Columbia” on Aug. 26, giving volunteers the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds and perform other restoration at Columbia River locations in their communities.

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Commentary: Communities can become 'fire-adapted'

In recent years wildfire seasons in the western United States have become so intense that many of us who make our home in dry, fire-prone areas are grappling with how to live with fire.

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Secretary ponders fate of Oregon monument

SALEM — After touring the "unique" Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized.

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Oil train legislation sent back to committee after criticism

PORTLAND — State lawmakers sent a proposed oil train safety bill back for more work Friday after growing concerns that an amendment favoring the railroad industry had watered down key provisions on public oversight and financial accountability.

OR sees historic low in 2017 steelhead return

SALEM (AP) — Steelhead fish in Santiam and Willamette rivers in northwestern Oregon have hit low levels not seen in over 40 years, fisheries managers said.

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Trust receives bird conservation grant

Columbia Land Trust has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, a group formed in 2013 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance.

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House passes suction dredging ban

SALEM (AP) — Suction dredge mining could be permanently banned from western Oregon's wild salmon habitat under a bill that has passed the Oregon House.

No drought in NW

SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn't showing any signs of drought.

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Young salmon risk 'gas bubble trauma'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma.

Bill would allow tribes to kill sea lions

SPOKANE, Wash. — Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.

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AmeriTies complaints aired at meeting

Sometimes emotional residents cited their health problems and made calls to close AmeriTies West at a meeting Tuesday to discuss air quality monitoring focused on naphthalene emissions from the tie plant.

Air quality meeting set Tuesday

A meeting is set for Tuesday, March 21 to discuss the final results of air quality testing that found naphthalene remains below levels that might produce immediate health concerns, but exceeds levels for lifetime exposure.

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Bills aim to prevent or mitigate oil-train disaster

SALEM (AP) — Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

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Federal court dismisses UP lawsuit

Rail officials say ruling will be appealed

The legal back and forth over the proposed four-mile extension of a railroad siding at Mosier continues. On March 8, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken dismissed a lawsuit filed by Union Pacific Railroad in January because the railroad failed to include three Indian treaty tribes as defendants in the case.

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Trump sinks water rules

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to begin the legal process of rolling back federal jurisdiction over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think this is the direction we need,” said Keith Nantz, a Maupin rancher who chairs the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

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