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Posts published in “Day: March 12, 2014”

Salmon and steelhead, still surviving

carlson CHRIS


It was one of those bitterly cold January days, though the skies were cloudless and the sun shone brightly on a blessedly windless blue day.
The temperature hovered at 6 degrees as we put the boat out onto the Clearwater just as the sun was rising.

My longtime fishing bud, Father Steve Dublinski, and I had decided to see if we could catch some of the river’s “B run” steelhead though odds were against us. We had an excellent guide¸ James Hollingshead, of Hells Canyon Sport Fishery, who had guided us before.

We put in at The Pink House just outside of Orofino. I knew it was one of Governor Cecil Andrus’ favorite spots because my former boss and I had discussed fishing holes when we drove the Clearwater to various events during the nine years I worked for him.

The river gods were with us for shortly before noon we started pulling in almost lunker-sized steelhead. Between us we caught, and released six magnificent steelhead---none smaller than 30 inches or ten pounds. The largest was close to 36 inches and 15 pounds.

Two were hatchery steelhead, and had they been between 20 and 27 inches, Steve could have kept one and I could have kept one. Because of their size back they went along with the other four fine fish. It was a great day on the Clearwater.

I spent much of the day reflecting on how much Idaho’s sport fishers should be grateful to the former governor for his long fight not only to protect Idaho’s salmon and steelhead runs, but also enhance prospects for increasing the returns. Efforts such as his dogged support for dam drawdown to aid salmon and steelhead smolt migration to the ocean were crucial. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Mostly appprovals on school levies (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
Denney says inquiry on wife was political (Boise Statesman)
White Clouds monument plan gains steam (Boise Statesman)
Asotin County debates pot plans (Lewiston Tribune)
Nez Perce tribal admission rules reviewed (Lewiston Tribune)
Syringa Park water system fix needed (Moscow News)
ASUI seeks separate regents for each university (Moscow News)
Latah commission contest draws Goesling (Moscow News)
Whooping cough cases increase at Canyon (Nampa Press Tribune)
Middleton wants skate park (Nampa Press Tribune)
Legislators retain gun privelege (Nampa Press Tribune)
New graduation discipline rules (Pocatello Journal)
More Filer dispute on shot dog (TF Times News)

New OSU parking rules questioned (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Candidate filing for primary complete (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette Times, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Eugene airport improvements done (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene-area cougar caught and killed (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath water agreement under discussion (KF Herald & News)
Aridity results in property tax loss (KF Herald & News)
Legislative session in review (Ashland Tidings)
Medford charter school students increase (Medford Tribune)
State police move in at Josephine (Medford Tribune, Roseburg News Review)
Hermiston gets all-day kindergarten (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Umatilla County holds on pot decision (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Weak young enrollment in Cover Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
Roseburg council halts traffic study (Roseburg News Review)
Local candidates campaigning (Roseburg News Review)
Salem studnts suspended for retweeting (Salem Statesman Journal)

Mill sale talk taking longer (Everett Herald)
More younger people sign for health care (Kennewick Herald)
Cowlitz added 1,300 jobs last year (Longview News)
Adopting firm shutting down (Port Angeles News)
Seqium maintains pot moratorium (Port Angeles News)
Olympic Medical Center labor deal reached (Port Angeles News)
$15 min wage could go to ballot (Seattle Times)
Nasal sprays for overdoses at WSU (Spokane Spokesman)
State pays $3 million settlement on sex abuse (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark County jobs higher than in 2007 (Vancouver Columbian)
Low cost insurance for Clark may be lost (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima won;t ban e-cigarettes (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima rail trails okay legally (Yakima Herald Republic)