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Chinook, steelhead fishery opens

PASCO — The Snake River opened today, Tuesday, Sept. 1, for fishermen to catch and keep fall Chinook salmon and steelhead. The Chinook fishery will close Oct. 31, state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said. Chinook... — Updated 9/1/2020


Cougars to return to gridiron Nov. 6

PULLMAN - The Rolovich era will begin in 2020 after all for WSU football as the Pac-12 CEO Group voted Thursday, Sept. 24, to resume athletics competition Nov. 6. The team will... — Updated 10/23/2020


Proposed bear season changes

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a proposed spring black bear season rule change. The proposed rule modifies season dates, permit numbers in some areas and removes two private... — Updated 10/22/2020


Ritzville athletes back in training

RITZVILLE – High school athletic training camps began again this week, after the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association opened up the coaching window from now through the end of November. "Starting Monday, we are... — Updated 10/22/2020


Sunrise salmon

A salmon fishing boat floats the Columbia River near Vernita Bridge on Saturday morning. A "fishing village" has grown at the bridge over the last few weeks as salmon runs make... — Updated 10/12/2020


Salmon fishery updated

PASCO — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released an update on the salmon fishery. Through Oct. 15, fishermen between The Dalles Dam and the U.S. Highway 395 bridge (the Blue Bridge) at Pasco may catch up to six... — Updated 10/2/2020


Tribal gillnet fishery to open

DALLESPORT — A tribal treaty gillnet fishery will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, along the Columbia River. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, commercial tribal gillnetting will be allowed until 6 p.m.... — Updated 10/2/2020


Campfire restrictions remain in some areas

OTHELLO — While the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is lifting it's ban on most agency-managed lands, some restrictions will remain in place in South-Central Washington. According to agency Lands Division Manager Cynthia... — Updated 10/2/2020


Meeting set on public lands

YAKIMA — The Department of Fish and Wildlife will host an online meeting on the role of public lands for people and wildlife in Yakima, Kittitas, Franklin and Benton counties from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Agency Director Kelly... — Updated 9/23/2020


Scooteney reopens to swimmers

BASIN CITY — A ban on swimming in Scooteney Reservoir was lifted today, according to the Benton-Franklin Health District. The reservoir was closed to swimming Aug. 10 when a toxic algal bloom increased the amount of toxic... — Updated 9/22/2020


Chinook, Coho season opens on mainstem of the Columbia River

PASCO — Chinook and Coho salmon fishing opens on the mainstem of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Blue Bridge (U.S. Highway 395) on Saturday, Sept. 19. Fisheries officials announced the opening Thursday. All Coho retained... — Updated 9/18/2020


Chinook, Coho fishery opens for three days

PASCO — State fisheries officials have updated season rules for catching salmon the next three days. From Sept. 11-13, fishermen may keep one Chinook or one Coho salmon between Hood River Bridge and Pasco. The minimum size is 12... — Updated 9/11/2020


Special pheasant hunts loom

MESA — The early general archery deer and elk hunting season has opened in many areas of Washington state. But two special pheasant hunts loom. From Sept. 19-20, a special pheasant hunt for residents younger than 16 is on tap... — Updated 9/2/2020


Gov. Inslee orders shutdown of most motorsports

OLYMPIA - A new coronavirus-related mandate ending most motorsports statewide went into effect today, Monday, Aug. 24. Under a new directive from Gov. Jay Inslee, "participant-only... — Updated 8/27/2020


State agencies ban target shooting

OLYMPIA — Two state agencies have banned target shooting on the lands they manage. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources have banned shooting until further notice. "We... — Updated 8/24/2020


Pool opens for swimming laps

CONNELL — The municipal pool reopened Aug. 14 for lap swimming. Swimmers can register to swim laps from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and between noon and 5 p.m. Saturdays. The pool is closed Sunday. Residents should... — Updated 8/24/2020


Sea lion removal may improve fishing opportunities

PASCO — Salmon fishermen on the Snake and Columbia rivers may have better opportunities to land a lunker after the National Marine Fisheries Service approved the lethal removal of more than 700 sea lions preying on migrating fish... — Updated 8/18/2020


Barriere and Taylor named Big Sky All-Conference

CHENEY – A pair of seniors on the Eastern Washington University football team have been selected to the 2020 Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team as announced Friday,... — Updated 7/31/2020


WIAA adds fourth season to modified 2020-21 schedule

RENTON—It may sound weird to say, but “Friday Night Lights” won’t be taking place until March this year. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA)... — Updated 7/31/2020


Commission to discuss Fish and Wildlife budget cuts

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss $30.8 million in proposed state Department of Fish and Wildlife budget cuts and agency legislative requests for the 2021 state legislative session during its July 30... — Updated 7/28/2020


Ritzville Rodeo canceled

RITZVILLE – Less than a week after nearby Basin City hosted it’s Freedom Rodeo, the Ritzville Rodeo Association is pulling the plug on the 51st Pro-West Labor Day Weekend Rodeo here. “The Ritzville Rodeo Association is sad... — Updated 7/27/2020


Hatchery Chinook, steelhead season extended for two weeks

WALLULA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the steelhead and hatchery Chinook salmon season through July 31. The two-week season extension is on the mainstem Columbia River from Rocky Point upstream to the... — Updated 7/27/2020


Water Follies, Columbia Cup shutdown leaves waterfront empty

PASCO - It's traditionally the busiest weekend of the year. But this year is different. There are no hydroplanes across the river in Columbia Park, no high-speed action on the... — Updated 7/26/2020


Fish and Wildlife employees on furlough Friday

OLYMPIA — Most state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees will be furloughed Friday, July 17, to reduce agency expenses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The furlough day is the third of four planned — the fourth... — Updated 7/15/2020


Salmon policy language to be released

OLYMPIA -- The state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to move the latest draft of the Columbia River Salmon Fishery Policy forward for additional public comment during its June 12-13 virtual meeting. The commission received a... — Updated 7/2/2020


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