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NOAA Will Mix Spills And Barges To Help Young Salmon

April 20, 2010 8:57 a.m.

Federal officials announced Monday that they’ll follow outside scientific advice and spill scarce Columbia River over dams this summer, to help fish.

How WWII Ships Became Barges

Dec. 1, 2016 2:56 a.m. Producer: Cassandra Profita Photographer/Editor: Chris Nolan Archival material: Zidell Companies NorthWest Ecosystem Services, Inc. Oregon Historical Society Research Library The Oregonian City of Portland Archives Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources KOIN Phonodisc Collection, Oregon Historical Society Research Library‚Äč

Coal Dust's Environmental Impacts

March 12, 2013 2:11 p.m.

If trains and barges transport coal from Montana and Wyoming to proposed export terminals in the Northwest, what will the impact of the coal dust be?


New Carissa Removal Begins This Weekend

March 28, 2008 11:51 a.m.

Two barges are due to arrive in Coos Bay Saturday to begin removing the remaining wreckage of the New Carissa. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports

The Oregon Department of State Lands has a contract with the Florida-based recovery company, Titan Salvage, to remove as much of the wreck as possible.  

Economy | Business | local | News | Food

New Shipping Option Gives Northwest Farmers A Break

Dec. 1, 2015 11:45 p.m.

Farmers in Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington will once again be able to use the Snake and Columbia rivers to get their goods to market.

Energy | Environment

5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water

Aug. 1, 2014 12:21 a.m.

While many officials are focused on the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail, a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: oil by water.

Energy | Environment

Controversial Crude Oil And Coal Export Dock In Line For Oregon Subsidies

June 12, 2014 5:53 a.m.

A review board recommends that the state of Oregon spend $4 millions to help expand a controversial crude oil and coal export dock at the Port of St. Helens near Clatskanie, Oregon.

Environment | Communities | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Preparedness A Gap For Oregon's Hazmat Response

May 21, 2014 7:11 p.m.

Reductions in Oregon's state hazardous materials teams have left a gap in Central Oregon, where there was previously little need for hazmat response. Now railroads are carrying more and more crude oil, a classified hazardous material, through the region.

Energy | Environment

Emergency Responders Prepare For Higher Risk Of Oil Spills In The Northwest

Nov. 19, 2013 6:02 p.m.

Northwest emergency responders gather for some verbal role-playing when it comes to an oil spill -- an increasing possibility under the region's many oil-by-rail proposals. **(Updated Nov. 20)**

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Follow The Wheat: The Farm

Aug. 9, 2013 8:45 p.m.

Back in May, a farmer found genetically modified wheat growing in his field. Japan and Korea—two of the biggest buyers of Oregon wheat—both suspended imports, which suggested the $500 million industry could be in jeopardy. The two countries have resumed trade, but the crisis reminded Oregonians of the continued importance of wheat in Oregon's economy. In the Northwest, wheat flows from farms in trucks to small elevators where it's loaded onto barges and brought to the massive elevators at the seaports. From there, it goes to the world. Plenty ends up in East Asia, often going into noodles, and some even reaches as far as Yemen, becoming the staple flat bread called khobz. The wheat begins in early winter at places like Emerson Dell Farm south of The Dalles, which David Brewer's family has farmed for five generations. The farmland rolls up and down, with little creeks in the many gullies and troughs between the hills. There are cattle grazing on grass fields and the crops include mustard and spelt. But most of the land, both now and throughout its 100-plus years, is wheat. The wheat grown here and across the Northwest is called soft white winter wheat, which means it's planted in early winter, grows a bit before frost sets in, then finishes its growth once spring begins. The Brewers' harvest has recently finished but most farmers are still out on their combines cutting the tall stalks. Little of this wheat will stay in Oregon. As much as 90 percent of it is exported, mostly to East Asia. After the harvest, the wheat goes to its next stop: grain elevators.

Oregon Field Guide

Fish Barging

Feb. 2, 1996 3:30 a.m.

Barges are used to ship juvenile salmon downstream, avoiding deadly dams.

Oregon Field Guide

Gorge Tugboat

Feb. 2, 1993 3:30 a.m.

Tugboats navigate the Columbia River, even at night and in bad weather.

local | NW Life | Arts

Maintaining The Public's Art

Nov. 6, 2013 8 a.m.

A small portion of the Regional Arts & Culture Council budget goes to maintaining roughly 2,000 pieces of art owned by the city of Portland and Multnomah County. Watch RACC's Tim Stigliano perform routine upkeep on sculptures along the downtown transit mall.

Entertainment | local | NW Life | Arts | Music

Oregon Eclipse Festival Pairs Glitter And Heavy Machinery

Aug. 12, 2017 6:41 p.m.

This week, 30,000 people from around the world will head to the remote Ochoco Mountains to enjoy a mammoth festival filled with 400 musical acts and dozens of workshops, speakers and artists.

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