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As A Waterfront Icon Is Demolished, Vancouver Braces For A New Identity

OPB | April 17, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Big things are starting to take shape on the Vancouver waterfront. The southwest Washington city’s $1.5 billion redevelopment plan has been in the works for more than a decade.

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2 Oregon Bills Aim To Prevent Or Mitigate Oil-Train Disasters

AP | March 14, 2017 7:22 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

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Report: Restoration Efforts In Columbia Basin Helping Salmon

AP | March 5, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Boise

The $500 million spent annually on habitat restoration projects and improvements are helping salmon, steelhead and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin, federal agencies responsible for operating 14 federal dams say.

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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.

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Columbia River Gorge Geology Tour

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 8:30 p.m.

The Columbia River Gorge is a sight to behold, but what's even more breathtaking is the story behind its creation. Here's how two major floods shaped this spectacular area.

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Washington Lawmakers Seek New Routes To Cross Columbia River

OPB | Feb. 12, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

It’s been almost three years since Oregon legislators walked away from a controversial project aimed at replacing the Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver.

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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.

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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.

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Heavy Rain, Freezing Rain Follow Week Of Snow, Cold For Oregon

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 2:16 p.m. | Portland

The National Weather Service in Portland issued an ice storm warning for the greater Portland metro area, the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River and Wind River valleys as well as most valleys within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest early Tuesday.

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Union Pacific Sues For Exemption To Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.

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Plaintiffs Call For More Court-Ordered Spill At Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 10, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over dams in the Columbia River Basin are asking the court to order federal agencies to spill more water over the dams this spring to help threatened and endangered fish.

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Megler Creek Project Aims To Restore Historic Connections

Chinook Observer | Jan. 3, 2017 5:06 p.m.

A partnership between the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce will soon restore Megler Creek to its historic levels of fish passage.

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Shielded Native American Cultural Sites Thrust Into Debate Over NW Dams

AP | Jan. 1, 2017 12:18 p.m. | Boise

The Federal Columbia River System Cultural Resources Program tracks some 4,000 historical sites that also include homesteads and missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Now it's contributing information as authorities prepare a court-ordered environmental impact statement concerning struggling salmon and the operation of 14 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin.

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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.

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Columbia River Bar Pilots

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Bar pilots brave weather & dangerous seas as they help commercial ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar.

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The Dangerous Life Of A Columbia River Bar Pilot

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Imagine a stretch of water so dangerous even huge ships can’t cross it safely. Such a place exists in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Oneonta Gorge: Forest Service Calls Crowds ‘Concerning’

Statesman Journal | Sept. 2, 2016 7:56 a.m.

But sharply increasing crowds at Oneonta during recent summers, numbering in the hundreds on weekends, has the U.S. Forest Service concerned about the impact to the gorge’s ecosystem.

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Wyoming Governor Criticizes Oregon Coal Port Ruling

AP | Aug. 16, 2016 7:10 a.m. | Cheyenne, Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he's disappointed with the judge's decision. He says coal is a critical economic driver for his state and the nation.

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Lawsuit Aims To Lower Columbia And Snake River Temperatures For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2016 2:30 p.m.

High river temperatures in recent years has lead to the death of more than a quarter million salmon in the Columbia River. 

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Grounded Cargo Ship Tugged Back Into Columbia River Channel

AP | Aug. 14, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Skamokawa, Washington

A 751-foot cargo ship from Hong Kong that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokowa, Washington, has been pulled back into the channel.