CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2001 |
Twelve Roman Catholic bishops in the Pacific Northwest called Thursday for environmental stewardship in the Columbia River watershed, saying environmentalists and business interests need to work together to protect the common good of the region. The bishops from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia issued the pastoral letter after four years of study.
June 21, 2000 |
The federal government issued new rules on Tuesday to protect West Coast salmon and steelhead, but even before they were made official, the new regulations had a full spectrum of critics. The new rules clarify restrictions on land and water use in order to protect 14 different species of endangered fish. Previously, actions that might harm those fish were reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far in their attempt to protect the fish.
July 28, 2000 |
The federal government has released its long-awaited plan for saving Columbia Basin salmon from extinction, calling it the biggest ecosystem restoration project since the Northern spotted owl. However, Native American tribes and environmentalists said the plan, announced in Portland, fell far short of what is needed. There is a 60-day public comment period before the plan can become final.
April 26, 1997 |
The Clinton administration, as expected, declared a California run of coho salmon threatened Friday but declined to offer the same status to part of Oregon's dwindling coho population, letting the state adopt its own protection plan. The decision in Oregon, delayed more than two years, is headed for a court battle with environmentalists and fishing groups, who say the coastal coho runs of central and northern Oregon are on the brink of extinction. The Oregon plan relies on voluntary efforts.
January 2, 2001 |
Some 200 million years ago, the Pacific sea floor shoved itself beneath the coastal plate, leaving exposed a primeval ocean under a crust of magnesium and iron. Rough shrubs grew. Over the years, hardy cedar and spruce pushed down roots. Today, the serpentine slopes and forested valleys of the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon are a rare window into the ancient past. Some wildflower and tree species trace their roots back further than anything in the U.S. West.
February 13, 1999 |
A grounded cargo ship that had been set ablaze to prevent a disastrous oil spill broke apart, but the strategy appeared to be working Friday, with most of the fuel being consumed before it could reach the shoreline. "We did the right thing," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Gene Maestas. "By burning the oil, we prevented it from spilling into the ocean." Coast Guard Capt. Mike Hall added: "Every gallon that is burned means one less gallon in the environment and the coastal habitat."