Columbia River

Ferry Update
6:24 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade

The M.V. Sanpoil makes its inaugural trip across the Columbia River at the Keller Ferry crossing. Crowds turned out for the christening, but usually there's little foot traffic on this remote ferry.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update. Correspondent Jessica Robinson was at the christening of the new vessel and has this story.

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Coal Plan Hearings
5:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

Protest organizers held what they dubbed a "people's hearing" outside the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality meetings in Portland. Resident Mark Hill said the department is not looking at the bigger picture.
Credit Cassandra Profita

Coal opponents danced, waved banners and cheered Tuesday outside a Portland hearing about a proposed export terminal. It was a quieter scene inside the meetings in Eastern and Western Oregon, where officials heard hundreds of public comments.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:50 pm

Here's a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

Americans are pushing for a better deal, but the B.C. government is preparing to defend what's now considered an entitlement.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:58 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Joint Washington-Oregon Columbia River Crossing Office To Close

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:40 pm

In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

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Seafood Shop
4:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Tribal-Owned Retail Fish Shop Set To Open On Columbia River

Brigham Campbell, 14, of Cascade Locks holds a recent catch of shad in Cascade Locks, Ore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

For thousands of years, Northwest tribes have used the Columbia River as a regional center of commerce. For the first time this summer, they’re building a new venue for their ancient tradition – a native-owned seafood shop.

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Columbia River Crossing
6:17 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Oregon And Washington Sign Agreements Related To CRC

Oregon and Washington have signed mitigation agreements with two of the three industrial companies whose business would be disrupted by the Columbia River Crossing. April Baer reports from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Columbia River Crossing
5:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Columbia River Crossing Funding Hinges On Washington Special Session

Artist rendering of the potential I-5 replacement bridge.
Credit Columbia River Crossing

When Washington lawmakers return to Olympia in two weeks for a special session, Governor Jay Inslee is demanding they approve funding for the new Columbia River Crossing. The Democrat wants that funding included in a broader gas tax measure.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:36 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Columbia River Crossing Hits Another Bump In Olympia

Some Washington senators question the Columbia River Crossing's cost, design, and whether it will actually deliver promised jobs and traffic relief.
Credit Northwest News Network

The $3.5 billion effort to build a new bridge between Portland and Vancouver is in trouble in the Washington Senate. That’s the view of a Southwest Washington Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

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Columbia River Treaty
6:43 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin In Spokane

A decades-long treaty between the United States and Canada will soon be up for renewal. It governs power management and flood control in the Columbia River Basin. Next year is the first time in 50 years either country can end or revise the treaty.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:39 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Costly New Bridge Over Columbia River Spawns Ultimatum, Brinkmanship

Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A costly new interstate highway bridge over the Columbia River is spurring brinkmanship in Olympia. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Democratic Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday to press state lawmakers to commit hundreds of millions dollars to the proposed new toll bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

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