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2008-07-24 21:00:25

By ALLEN THOMAS The Cape Horn loop trail passes under this waterfall south of state Highway 14. The U.S. Forest Service has released preliminary alternatives for a Cape Horn recreation plan that include moving the popular trail away from its passing underneath a scenic waterfall near the Columbia River. Comments on the alternatives will be accepted by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office in Hood River through Wednesday. For planning purposes, Cape Horn is the area in...

2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 24--One of the great fish surprises in years has landed in the Northwest: Sockeye salmon, an ocean-going species that starts and ends its life hundreds of river miles inland, have swum their way up the Columbia River this summer in numbers unseen in five decades. No one knows exactly why. Some say it's because federal courts ordered the release of extra water over dams in 2006 and 2007 to make passage easier when the fish were young...

2008-07-24 15:01:02

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 24--The Department of Energy has agreed in principle with a proposal that could mean continued use of Rattlesnake Mountain for emergency and other radio communication and possible limited operation of the Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory. DOE responded this week to a proposal by Energy Northwest to consolidate public communication systems into a single new tower and then tear down the old towers scattered on the mountaintop. An...

2008-07-23 21:00:26

By ERIK ROBINSON Anglers line the north bank of the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam to fish for shad in June. A new scientific report recommends policymakers pay more attention to the harm caused to native plants and animals by invaders such as shad, an East Coast native that now forms the single largest mass of fish in the lower Columbia River. Shad, native to the East Coast, were brought west in the 1870s. Most Columbia River anglers have no reason to know the name Seth Green....

2008-07-23 15:00:50

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 23--Most Columbia River anglers have no reason to know the name Seth Green. Yet today's Columbia River fish population would be dramatically different were it not for Green's decision in 1871 to hop a westbound train in Albany, N.Y. An early fish culturist, Green was on a mission to seed the Sacramento River with juvenile shad native to the East Coast. Responding to a request from state fish commissioners in California, Green headed...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--A state Department of Ecology request for public comment on a list of alternatives to large storage reservoirs to serve the Yakima River Basin got little response Monday afternoon. Just a smattering of people -- many of whom have well-known, strongly held positions -- bothered to show up for a two-hour open house at the Yakima Convention Center. A second session was scheduled for Monday night, again at the convention center, and...

2008-07-22 09:00:39

By David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--A state Department of Ecology request for public comment on a list of alternatives to large storage reservoirs to serve the Yakima River Basin got little response Monday afternoon. Just a smattering of people -- many of whom have well-known, strongly held positions -- bothered to show up for a two-hour open house at the Yakima Convention Center. A second session was scheduled for Monday night, again at the convention center, and...

2008-07-21 12:01:17

By Gail Kinsey Hill, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 21--Utilities and independent developers are poised to more than quadruple the amount of wind power in the Northwest, a huge increase that underscores the region's push for renewable energy. "It's phenomenal," said Elliot Mainzer, a transmission manager with the federal Bonneville Power Administration. "It's more than we expected." Evidence of the wind rush shows up in a recent BPA assessment aimed at finding out how much more...

2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Hagadone, Zach The Stoller Corporation, a Colorado-based environmental, waste management, remediation, and ecological services company, has been awarded a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension for management of the disposal facility at the abandoned Hanford nuclear site in Washington. The project, though based in Richland, Wash., falls under the administrative jurisdiction of Stoller's northwest regional headquarters in Idaho Falls. "It's a big job," said company spokesman Jim...

2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Crompton, Kim Inland Power & Light Co., the Spokane-based electric cooperative that obtains all of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration, says it's exploring the possibility of participating in a non-federal power pool to meet some of its future energy needs. CEO Kris Mikkelsen says Inland Power is looking at joining with one or the other of two utility groups that are forming to seek economies of scale by buying power jointly on the open market, and expects to make a...


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Columbia Plateau
2013-04-19 16:35:47

The Columbia Plateau ecoregion is a Level III ecoregion designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, with little areas over the Washington state border in Idaho. This ecoregion stretches across a wide swath of the Columbia River Basin from the Dalles, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho to Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian border. It incorporates nearly 500 miles of the Columbia River, as well as the lower reaches of major tributaries....

2012-06-15 07:32:22

Symbol: GRCO Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Biennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   GRNAC Grindelia nana Nutt. ssp. columbiana Piper   GRNAD Grindelia nana Nutt. var. discoidea (Nutt.) A. Gray Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:ID, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular...

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2005-06-15 14:36:36

The Short-horned Lizard is a small lizard that occurs in North America. Like other horned lizards, it is often wrongly called the "Horned Toad", but it is not a toad at all. It is a reptile, not an amphibian. It is also one of five species of lizards found in Canada. Taxonomy The taxonomy of the Short-horned Lizard is in the midst of a major revision based on recent research. As of 2004, accepted nomenclature recognizes two species: Phrynosoma douglasii (Bell 1829), the Pygmy...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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