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August 13, 1995 | HANK KOVELL
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
April 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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.
February 5, 2006 | Shannon Dininny, Associated Press Writer
The year was 1929. The tall sagebrush at the far end of central Washington's Moses Coulee hinted at a generous water supply and good soil, despite the arid habitat, so the Billingsley family settled in. It hasn't always been easy raising cattle in the stark environment, but the one thing the Billingsleys haven't had to worry about all those years is water. They've had plenty to get by.
June 30, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
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.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn's request that the Pacific Northwest act like a "good neighbor" and channel Columbia River water to drought-stricken Southern California has received a not so neighborly response from Oregon officials. "I have the distinct impression that you are trying to steal my water," Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt said in a letter to Hahn.
March 12, 2010
Even among those who seek to protect wildlife above all, there are moments of great conflict. One of those moments is playing out near Portland, Ore., as sea lions gorge on endangered chinook salmon that gather at the base of the Bonneville Dam, preparing to make their way up the fish ladders to spawn. Last week and this, wildlife officials have killed six of the most incorrigible of the animals, which have refused to be dissuaded by noise, rubber bullets or other harassing techniques.
June 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
The government proposed on Friday that more Northwest salmon be declared threatened species, the latest step in a high-stakes battle between protectors of the dwindling fish and users of the region's vast Columbia River basin. The National Marine Fisheries Service softened the potential economic impact by recommending lumping two fish runs together as one population and finding another does not warrant protection because its native strand already is extinct.
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