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Landers: Canoeists paddle way of Columbia salmon

Among the scientists and officials at the Lake Roosevelt Forum’s 2013 Conference this week were three young men with notably strong arms. Agency and tribal representatives convened at the Davenport Hotel to outline a variety of complicated and high-price-tag issues facing the Columbia River – fish consumption rates, contamination, water management, invasive species and climate change, to name a few.

Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage

Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the river since the era of dam building. Fishermen from the Spokane Tribe once hauled 700 to 800 salmon per day out of the river at Little Falls, but “it’s something the students haven’t seen and their parents haven’t seen,” said Warren Seyler, an employee of the tribe’s Department of Natural Resources.