July 9, 2000
Two sections of a scenic road along the Oregon side of the Columbia River have reopened after five decades--this time only to pedestrians and bicyclists. The Historic Columbia River Highway, renowned for its many roadside waterfalls and overlooks, originally ran for about 75 miles along the southern side of the river gorge between The Dalles and Troutdale, east of Portland. Opened in 1922, it was among the nation's first scenic highways.
September 24, 1995 |
The Columbia Gorge packs a lot of Oregon into its narrow confines: pioneer history, epic water projects, boggy rain forests, neat orchards, high desert and high waterfalls. No wonder Portlanders with only a day to show visitors the Beaver State's diversity drive east an hour to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While the great gorge has an abundance of spectacular scenery, it has a dearth of dining establishments, hotels or even campgrounds; thus, the gorge is an ideal day trip.
June 30, 1989 |
Speculation arose today that a quiet, churchgoing accountant who is accused of murdering his wife, three children and mother in their suburban home 18 years ago could also be the legendary D. B. Cooper, who vanished after parachuting from a hijacked jet in 1971. Robert P. Clark, who authorities say is really John Emil List, was returned to New Jersey from Richmond, Va., on Thursday after waiving extradition proceedings. He signed the extradition papers as Clark. Although the man known as Clark denies he is List, authorities said fingerprints and a scar prove Clark and List are the same person.
March 7, 1991 |
Two big Western power companies will swap electricity in a novel plan to lower Southern California air pollution and save baby salmon on the Columbia River in the Northwest. Southern California Edison and the Bonneville Power Administration, which produces hydroelectric power on the Columbia River, will send each other electricity during different seasons of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000
Missing from "Radioactive Waste Seeps Toward Columbia River" (March 12) was any realistic assessment of the dangers to people or the environment from the leaking radiation. I am deeply concerned about many environmental issues, such as global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer, destruction of the rain forest, etc. However, from what I know about radiation, the Hanford situation wouldn't even be on my top-100 list of environmental worries. In many parts of the world the natural background radiation is from 10 to 100 times larger than the average level.
August 13, 1995 |
Travelers can set eyes on some of the same landscapes that Lewis and Clark saw while relaxing on two ships from Cruise West that ply the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Idaho. The Spirit of Columbia and the Spirit of '98 leave from Portland to Hells Canyon on Idaho's Snake River on a weeklong round-trip cruise. The Spirit of Columbia, which carries 80 passengers, leaves each Saturday through Nov. 18. The Spirit of '98 (101 passengers) offers departures only in September and October.
March 19, 2008 |
Traps, pyrotechnics and bean bags shot at sea lions have failed to deter the annual springtime feast of threatened salmon at a Columbia River dam, so federal authorities gave some of them a death sentence. The National Marine Fisheries Service authorized officials to attempt to catch the sea lions that arrive at the base of the Bonneville Dam and hold them for 48 hours to see whether an aquarium or zoo would take them. Otherwise, they could be euthanized along with those that avoid trapping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1989 |
A barge carrying the mammoth reactor vessel from the nation's first commercial nuclear plant completed an 8,000-mile trip Wednesday to Washington state, where it will be buried at the Hanford nuclear complex. Protesters hurled paint canisters and unfurled banners as the reactor vessel from the dismantled Shippingport, Pa., nuclear plant made its way up the Columbia River in a six-week journey that took it through the Panama Canal. The barge arrived at a dock on the edge of Richland.
November 6, 1999 |
President Clinton announced a major expansion Friday of a national wildlife refuge along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest in order to provide protection for Pacific salmon. The White House said management responsibility of 57,000 acres that was part of the top-secret project to build the atomic bomb will be transferred from the Energy Department to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wild salmon and preserve the river's ecology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1999 |
The Columbia River, whose fabled waters flow through 259,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest, long has been a battleground for the powerful forces of agriculture, industry, hydropower and recreation who depend on it.