Peaceful paddles — with beer stops — on Oregon’s Willamette Water Trail

Stops at farms, pubs and winery make river journey a civilized pleasure.

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Chef Taichi Kitamura offers Asian twist to a delightful king salmon tartar recipe

The chinook salmon fishery remains the highlight this summer with good catches happening off the coast at Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco. In this week’s seafood recipe of the week, Seattle sushi chef Taichi Kitamura, owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura on Eastlake and winner of Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network, offers...

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

FISHING REPORT Cowlitz River – 15 bank anglers at the barrier dam kept 3 adult spring Chinook and 3 summer run steelhead.  14 boat anglers sampled at the trout hatchery kept 12 summer run steelhead.  Fishing for steelhead was also reported very good in the Castle Rock area. During five days of operations at the...

Columbia River chinook and sockeye still returning on a record pace

Here are the Columbia River summer chinook and sockeye run-size estimates provided by Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist: Through July 26, a total of 109,430 adult summer chinook and 506,979 sockeye have passed Bonneville Dam. Through July 25, a total of 63,019 adult summer chinook and 290,143 sockeye have passed Priest Rapids...

Lake Wenatchee opens Thursday for sockeye fishing, not affected by drought

Lake Wenatchee will open for sockeye salmon fishing after all, after initially it was indirectly affected by state Fish and Wildlife’s drought closures. Anglers can hit the lake located in Chelan County beginning one hour before official sunrise on Thursday (July 30). “The lake was lumped in with the closures and was indirectly affected by...

Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A day care center in northeast Oklahoma shut its doors Tuesday after a mother reported her two young sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local water park Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita agreed to cease operations while the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and...