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Fate Of Pacific Northwest Orcas Tied To Having Enough Columbia River Salmon

Northwest News Partnership | July 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

What does the next decade hold for killer whales that share the Puget Sound with millions of people and just a fraction of the salmon that historically were the beloved sea mammals; main food source.

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

High Flows, Cool Temperatures Throw Northwest Salmon Forecast For A Loop

Daily Astorian | May 13, 2017 12:03 p.m.

Oregon fishery managers say abnormal water conditions this spring have flung them, and their ability to predict what will happen next, into new territory.

Transportation | Environment | Energy | Water | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

News | local | NW Life

Ice Storm Paralyzes Columbia River Gorge

AP | Jan. 18, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

An ice storm shut down major highways Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed towns in the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice.

Education | local | News

Oregon Schools To Homebound Kids: Please Read And Do Math

OPB | Jan. 18, 2017 4:36 p.m. | Portland

The ice, harsh winds and steep hills conspired to keep the Corbett School District superintendent from even reaching the office Wednesday, along with all of the district's students.

Environment | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Opponents Hail Track Expansion Defeat In Columbia Gorge

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2016 1 p.m.

Northwest oil train opponents are celebrating  after a county in the Columbia River Gorge rejected a track-expansion request from Union Pacific Railroad.

Books | Environment

NW States Get 5 More Years To Kill Salmon-Eating Sea Lions

OPB/EarthFix | July 6, 2016 12:40 p.m.

 A federal agency has approved the continued killing of California sea lions that are eating salmon and steelhead near the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam.  

Environment | Climate change | Animals | Land | Oregon Field Guide

Pika

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 midnight

Pikas are the adorable masters of the high country. These potato-sized members of the rabbit family squeak like plush toys and live among the rocks and under deep blankets of snow on the highest cascade peaks. So why are thousands of them living just a few hundred feet above sea level in the Columbia River Gorge?

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Corps Finalizes Plan To Kill Thousands Of Columbia River Cormorants

OPB | Feb. 6, 2015 4:01 p.m. | Portland

A final cormorant management plan released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls for the killing of around 26,000 birds to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

Environment | Think Out Loud

Application Brings Nestlé One Step Closer To Oregon

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 12:06 p.m.

THURSDAY: Nestlé has cleared one more hurdle in its effort to open a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

Think Out Loud

Searching For The Sound Of Celilo Falls

OPB | Nov. 12, 2014 12:50 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A new project tries to capture the sound of the iconic Celilo Falls.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Flame Retardants, Aerial Herbicide Spraying & More

OPB | Sept. 22, 2014 12:06 p.m.

MONDAY: We'll get the latest on flame retardants in the Columbia River, pesticide regulation in Oregon and more with our EarthFix team.

Think Out Loud

Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

OPB | Aug. 20, 2014 12:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

Think Out Loud

Rowena Fire

OPB | Aug. 6, 2014 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We get the latest on the Columbia Gorge fire that has caused evacuations in the Oregon town of Rowena.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Bees And Trees

OPB | July 30, 2014 12:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with EarthFix reporters about banning bee-harming pesticides, a new controversial logging method, and more.

Politics | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable: January 16, 2014

OPB | Jan. 16, 2014 12:06 p.m.

THURSDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

News | Environment | Water

Vancouver Land Trust Buys Columbia River Island

OPB | July 11, 2013 2 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Vancouver-based land trust is buying a 136-acre island in the Columbia River near Beacon Rock State Park.

Think Out Loud

How We Live: Houseboat

OPB | Aug. 6, 2012 12:40 p.m.

In the next installment of our How We Live series, we find out what it's like to live in a floating home.

Think Out Loud

Sea Lion Deaths in the Northwest

OPB | June 11, 2012 9:30 a.m.

What do we know about the deaths of 20 sea lions in the past two months in Oregon and Washington?

Think Out Loud

Rising Rivers

OPB | June 8, 2011 9:35 a.m.

Unless you work on the water, it's easy to ignore gradual changes in river levels. But as several rivers in Oregon approach and exceed flood stage, some people are starting to take notice.