Eagle Island boat launch on N. Fork of Lewis River to tempoaririly close

By Al Thomas June 20, 2014 6:15 p.m.

WOODLAND — Eagle Island boat launch and parking lot on the lower North Fork of the Lewis River will be closed to the public beginning Monday while being used as a staging area for a habitat restoration project.

Al Thomas: Anglers accused of not reporting wild handle

By Al Thomas March 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Do spring chinook anglers in the lower Columbia River lie to fish checkers by not reporting it when they release wild fish, thus extending the season?

Campground reservations open for Lewis River parks

By Al Thomas March 5, 2014 11:16 p.m.

Campground reservations are being accepted for PacifiCorp's Cresap Bay and Cougar Camp parks along the North Fork of the Lewis River.

NEW VIDEO - Breaching Condit Dam

By Mark Bowder , Kathie Durbin , Eric Florip and Al Thomas October 26, 2011 2:17 p.m.

Read The Columbian's live coverage of Wednesday's explosive breaching of Condit Dam.

White Salmon River steelhead plants set to end

By Al Thomas August 19, 2010 6 a.m.

Two decades ago, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission told the Southwest Washington office to pick a stream to stop planting hatchery steelhead and test as wild-fish-only water. The regional biologist picked the Wind River, a good test spot since most of the watershed’s habitat is protected in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Memories on three decades of volcano coverage

By Al Thomas May 13, 2010 6 a.m.

Thirty years ago come Tuesday, Mount St. Helens launched its geologic cannon blast, leveling much of the Southwest Washington backcountry, killing deer and elk and turning the Toutle River into a heated surge of mud.

Outlook better for Willamette in spring

By Al Thomas November 12, 2009 4 p.m.

Considering how fiesty the sport-commercial feud over Columbia River spring chinook salmon and sturgeon got earlier this year, the just-completed meetings in Vancouver and Astoria were downright boring.

What's Bill Doba up to these days?

By Al Thomas November 5, 2009 4 p.m.

It seems like a long time since Bill Doba coached Washington State, yet it’s been less than two full seasons. For anyone interested, Doba is living in retirement in Vandalia, Mich. Doba had a good run in Pullman, 19 years and the last five as head coach. He left the top job with a winning record 30-29, but also left the talent cupboard virtually empty — as evidenced by the Cougs’ mark since he departed.