Environment



Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet. Three days a week, Bobby Begay and his two-man crew — Reggie Sergeant and Ted Walsey Jr. — from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission board a boat at the North Bonneville dock to mount an offensive against predatory sea lions.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Dam spill order affirmed by court

PORTLAND — A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea. The decision came after U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon of Oregon ruled last spring that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must spill more water through spillways rather than turbines that pose a danger to the fish.

April 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sea lions focus of fish survival war

NEWPORT — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right and then began swimming north as a collective groan went up from wildlife officials who watched from the shore. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles from the Pacific Ocean that's become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Radioactive monitors failed at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A new report says mistakes and mismanagement are to blame for the exposure of workers to radioactive particles at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Wash. Gov denies Vancouver terminal, opponents praise move

A planned oil train terminal that has drawn controversy in some Gorge communities suffered its heaviest blow yet when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee denied the project’s permit Monday, siding with state environmental regulators. The Tesoro-Savage terminal that was proposed for the Columbia River shore in Vancouver would have boosted the number of fossil fuel trains rolling through the Gorge.

February 1, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


Mt. Hood land exchange resolves OR land dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation written by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Representatives Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to protect and enhance Oregon’s land conservation and recreation priorities on Mt. Hood is now law.

December 26, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..


Air quality topic of public hearing

A vocal opponent of AmeriTies West and the creosote compounds it is permitted to release said of a proposed new air quality rule, “If Cleaner Air Oregon was made for anything, it was made for the city of The Dalles.” Kristina Cronkright spoke at the Dec. 14 hearing in The Dalles on the proposed reform to air quality laws called Cleaner Air Oregon.

December 21, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..


Trump rolls back oil train rules

PORTLAND (AP) — The Trump administration has angered environmental groups and some residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety. The Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed by 2021 — systems intended to help prevent fiery oil train wrecks like the one that happened in the Oregon last year, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday.

December 8, 2017 12:09 p.m. read more..


Curbside recycling going to landfill

Many items that previously have been recycled are headed for the trash heap until Northwest officials figure out what to do with them. Jim Winterbottom, district manager of Waste Connections, Inc., which operates The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage, told The Dalles City Council on Oct. 23 that China is not accepting recycled materials from the West Coast at this time. “All this stuff we’ve been getting away with for years is coming back to haunt us,” Winterbottom said.

October 27, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..


Photos show fire losses

CASCADE LOCKS (AP) — Aerial photos show severe damage to some parts of the Columbia River Gorge from a large wildfire that continues to burn.

October 12, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..
 

Monuments to be resized hold artifacts, key habitat

SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.

September 19, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..


Poaching ring to face charges

SEATTLE — An extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot, authorities said Friday. The investigation began with Oregon State Police troopers who were looking into poaching in The Dalles.

September 12, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..


Fire management practices criticized

SALEM (AP) — Intense wildfires plaguing much of the West have rekindled controversy over logging restrictions and fire management practices that critics say have created explosive fire seasons.

September 8, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


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