Outdoors

Killing of cormorants to lower consumption of salmon begins

By By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press May 27, 2015 3:06 p.m.

Armed with rifles equipped with silencers, government hunters have started shooting seabirds on an uninhabited island at the mouth of the Columbia River, to reduce their consumption of juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean.

EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press May 27, 2015 12:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Senators urge funding for sage grouse conservation

By Associated Press May 27, 2015 11:08 a.m.

DENVER — Five Democratic senators are asking colleagues to fund preservation efforts for the imperiled greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse.

Bonneville Dam fish count 5/27

May 27, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count and water conditions at Bonneville Dam

Boat fishing for chinook to open between Beacon Rock, Bonneville

By Allen Thomas May 26, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Spring salmon fishing also to reopen in mid-Columbia pools; netters to fish in lower Columbia on Wednesday night

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May 26, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count and water conditions at Bonneville Dam

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May 25, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

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May 24, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

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May 23, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count and water conditions at Bonneville Dam

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May 22, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awards local grants

By The Columbian May 22, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Money will pay for work around Mount St. Helens in Cowlitz, Skamania counties

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May 21, 2015 8:26 a.m.

Fish count and water conditions at Bonneville Dam

Low-snow winter means early start to summer recreation season

By Allen Thomas May 21, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Most of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is free of snow, with campgrounds open and trails available for hiking

Columbia River fishing report May 2015

By Allen Thomas May 21, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Canyon Creek, Little White Salmon River open Saturday; kokanee bite begins at Yale Reservoir; spring chinook angling perks along in lower Columbia

Pacific Crest Trail treks

By The Columbian May 21, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Both local hikers progressing through Southern California on attempted 2,650-mile trip