What started out as a fun day playing on the Columbia river nearly ended in tragedy when 42 year old Jose Vargas set out on a personal water craft with his 3 year old daughter and his 89 year old father, somehow all 3 riders ended up in the river and had to be rescued.
It's rapidly becoming a case of, 'I don't know know, ask them' when it comes to finding out if indeed a small plane made a crash landing on one of the small islands in the Columbia River, near the Hanford Reach.
After the drought left farmers and homeowners frustrated last summer many wondered why we couldn't pull more water out of the Columbia River. A news analysis of proposed bills gives a disturbing insight into the process.
Bradley Miltenberger of Echo, Oregon, (below Hermiston) drove up to Yakima three times to attend federal court and fight a $125 ticket. His gas and food probably cost more than that, but it was the principle of the thing. And he won.
We had a boat race party this last weekend and everybody was in the river -- well, almost everybody. Those that weren't kept saying, "I can't believe they're swimming in that river! I'd NEVER swim in that river!" What about you?
The future of the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada will be the subject of 14 public meetings to be held around the Pacific Northwest starting April 10 in Spokane. A session in Pasco is scheduled for May 7.
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