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House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals

The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

Pikeminnow Reward program paying anglers for 25 years

The precise details are stored deep in agency archives and would take almost forever to ferret out. But here’s likely what happened: At about 10 a.m. on May 24, 1990, an angler brought a squawfish to the registration station at LePage Park at the mouth of the John Day River in the Columbia Gorge.

Sophisticated pikeminnow anglers earn $70,000 in six months

Pikeminnow are pretty close to the bottom of the piscatorial prestige list in the Northwest. But the serious anglers in the sport-reward program – the guys making $50,000 to $70,000 a year – are just as sophisticated and skilled as top-notch bass and walleye tournament fishermen.

Pikeminnow reward season kicks off with higher bounties

FISHING -- Anglers can help save salmon and get paid to do it by going fishing. The Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program kicked off its 2015 season on the Snake and Columbia rivers this week, and anglers already are cashing in on a more lucrative pay-out...

New Administrator named for BPA

The U.S. Energy Department named a new administrator Monday to run the Bonneville Power Administration after a hiring scandal rocked the federal utility that sells and transmits much of the Northwest’s cheap and abundant hydroelectric power.

BPA head fired amidst hiring investigation

The newly appointed administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration has been replaced in the midst of an inspector general’s investigation into allegations that veterans were not given proper preference in hiring, and managers may have retaliated against employees cooperating with the investigation.

Feeding the river

Two major Bonneville Power Administration projects are tending to the welfare of Kootenai River fisheries, which have been starved for more than attention since Libby Dam went online in 1972. The success of the multiyear, multimillion dollar projects is easy to confirm with an Idaho fishing license and a fly rod. Trout, whitefish and suckers are bigger in the river’s Idaho stretch, and their numbers have increased.