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Columbia River Crossing
6:37 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Inslee Stumps For Columbia River Crossing

Washington Governor Jay Inslee urged a group of regional business leaders today / yesterday (Friday)  to urge state legislators to support the Columbia River Crossing --the proposed new I-5 bridge.  April Baer reports.

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Boardman Coal Port
5:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Ambre Energy Asks For Coal Export Permit Delay

Ambre Energy hopes to move coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia through a facility at the Columbia River Port of Morrow in Boardman.
Credit EarthFix

An Australian coal company has asked for more time to answer questions from the State of Oregon about its plans for a coal port in Boardman.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:04 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Oregon Senate Approves Funding For Columbia River Crossing

Washington Dept. of Transportation

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:33 pm

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Senate has voted to approve funding for that state’s share of the Columbia River Crossing. It would connect Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

House Bill 2800 authorizes $450 million in bond funding for the project. Supporters believe the I-5 bridge replacement will provide seismic stability and boost commerce. Opponents considered the Columbia River Crossing too costly. Environmental impacts were also a concern.

But Democratic Senator Lee Beyer urged his colleagues to get down to the bottom line.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:13 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Oregon House Approves Columbia River Crossing

Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:47 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House has signed off on what's shaping up to be the most expensive single public works project in the state's history. Lawmakers voted Monday to approve $450 million for a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.

The new bridge would replace a pair of aging, congestion-prone spans between Portland and Vancouver, Washington. If all goes according to plan, Oregon's portion of the funding would be matched by a similar amount from state lawmakers in Olympia, along with federal cash and money from drivers in the form of tolls.

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Oregon Water Projects
4:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Water Eastern Oregon Water Plan

Governor John Kitzhaber signed a plan that will move several eastern Oregon water projects one step forward.

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Ougoing Wash. Governor
4:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In her final state of the state speech, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire urged lawmakers to fund schools and roads. The two-term Democrat delivered her farewell address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.

Gregoire told the assembled legislators they should come up with an additional $1 billion for schools in the next budget to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling.

“There is no free lunch," the governor said. "We cannot cut our way out of this. We cannot save our way out of this.”

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River Pollution
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Canadian Smelter Found Liable For U.S. Pollution

For nearly 100 years, smelter Teck Metals dumped pollutants into the Columbia River.
Credit kootenayvolcano / Flickr

A federal judge Friday found a Canadian smelter responsible for the millions of tons of pollutants it dumped into the Columbia River.

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Oregon Aquifers
5:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Project To Recharge Aquifers With Columbia River Water

There’s not enough water in eastern Oregon for farmers and fish. Gov. John Kitzhaber designated one basin as a place to try a possible solution to this problem. At the Oregon Leadership Summit Monday, farmers and environmentalists talked about what’s being done.

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I-5 Bridge Funding
4:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Oregon Governor Urges Legislature To Act Quickly To Fund I-5 Bridge

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks to the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on state lawmakers to make funding a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River a top priority. The Democrat made his case for a new span between Portland and Vancouver at a gathering of business leaders Monday.

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Columbia River Pollution
6:18 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Cross Border Pollution Argued In Federal Court

The Trail, BC smelter abuts the Columbia River near the U.S. border.
Photo courtesy Teck Resources, Ltd.

A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the latest go-around in U.S. District Court in Yakima.

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