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Save Our Wild Salmon

Explore this page to find editorials and guest opinions concerning all things related to Columbia-Snake River Basin wild salmon and steelhead.

September 30, 2020

Post Register: River accords are 'fishy deal' for Idaho

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Mitch Cutter Sep 16, 2020 In June 2019 Gov. Brad Little convened his Salmon work group, setting members on a mission to develop policy recommendations to restore abundant, sustainable, and well-distributed populations of salmon and steelhead to Idaho.… Read More
September 24, 2020

Crosscut: Opinion - We lose more than salmon and orcas to the Snake River dams

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An enrolled member of the Makah Tribe writes that losing salmon is akin to losing her identity. By Patsy Doherty September 23, 2020 Our region’s Indigenous people are suffering from the same loss as mother orca Tahlequah and her family: a loss of salmon. As… Read More
September 03, 2020

Bend Bulletin guest opinion: Let’s heal our rivers and restore salmon

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BY ALYSIA and ELKE LITTLELEAFAug 25, 2020 As owners of a fly-fishing guide service on the Deschutes River, we have the rare opportunity to interact with the river, her fish and landscapes nearly every day. As Indigenous people whose ancestors fished many of… Read More
August 18, 2020

The Register Guard: River-dependent families need better solutions

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August 17, 2020 The only news I hear about Columbia and Snake rivers’ salmon and steelhead this year is bad — it's too hot. Returns are at 20-year lows, and fishing seasons are shorter. The livelihoods of many McKenzie River guides depend on river systems… Read More
August 12, 2020

Lewiston Tribune: Letter to the Editor - Seek leadership elsewhere

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By J. Michael ShortAugust 12 , 2020 I grew up hunting and fishing, hiking and camping along the Snake River when it ran wild and free. We picked fruit from orchards at Wawawai. I have memories of stopping at Wawawai Store for a candy bar on many a hunting… Read More

Jul 31, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: July 29 Letters to the Editor: Our Readers’ Opinions

Jul 9, 2020 - Nelson Daily Guest Opinion: As Columbia River Treaty negotiators get serious, Basin residents need to speak up

Jun 10, 2020 - Clearwater Tribune: LTE - Time to Get Off the Bench

Apr 20, 2020 - Another view on dam decisions: Support salmon and Native peoples

Apr 20, 2020 - Idaho State Journal: Setting the record straight on lower Snake River dams

Apr 20, 2020 - Idaho Press: Don't let politics drive salmon, steelhead into extinction

Mar 12, 2020 - Idaho Statesman op ed: These groups are setting differences aside to work on salmon solutions

Feb 28, 2020 - East Oregonian: Letter: Sportfishers support Snake River dam removal

Feb 28, 2020 - Oregonian Opinion: Oregon’s orcas, too

Feb 27, 2020 - Idaho County Free Press: Guest Column: Rep. Simpson taking most comprehensive approach to bring salmon back

Jan 29, 2020 - Moscow Pullman Daily News Guest Opinion: Idaho’s salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams

Jan 5, 2020 - Capitol Press Guest Opinion: Ag and Rural Caucus seeks Snake River mitigation

Jan 5, 2020 - Daily Astorian Guest Column: Fishermen and farmers need solutions

Dec 23, 2019 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Energy, salmon, economy: Accord on Snake River dams possible

Oct 11, 2019 - Yale 360: On the Northwest’s Snake River, the Case for Dam Removal Grows

Oct 10, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Say these local businesses, It’s the dams or us

Oct 4, 2019 - Island Weekly: OPALCO’s dam decision is concerning

Sep 10, 2019 - Chinook Observer: Editorial - Only smart, honest policies stand in the way of extinction

Sep 9, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Governor’s salmon work group is going backward

Aug 28, 2019 - The Oregonian: We need a new vision for salmon—and the region

Aug 19, 2019 - Union Bulletin: When it comes to salmon, orcas and Snake River, breach the status quo

Aug 19, 2019 - The Oregonian: In My Opinion - Why Bonneville can’t save salmon

Aug 14, 2019 - Idaho Mountain Express: Salmon work group is going backward

Jul 11, 2019 - Crosscut: Flush with cash, WA should invest in orcas now

Jun 27, 2019 - Washington State Wire: Washington’s path to clean energy can also save orca—and salmon they need to thrive

Jun 11, 2019 - Union Bulletin: With or without dams, we are in this together

Jun 4, 2019 - Seattle Times: Can Bonneville Power Administration be saved?    

May 14, 2019 - Crosscut: An Idaho Republican is asking the right questions about Northwest salmon 

May 2, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Editorial - Simpson is merely listening to his voters

Dec 23, 2018 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Time for BPA to act on dams

Dec 23, 2018 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Anger toward conservation groups over threatened steelhead lawsuit was misdirected

Dec 23, 2018 - Yakima-Herald Saturday soapbox: To help the orcas, and improve salmon runs, remove the dams

Dec 20, 2018 - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:  Dam agreement to save fish worth a try

Nov 19, 2018 - Everett Herald Editorial: Solutions for saving our salmon and orcas

Sep 3, 2018 - TriCity Herald: Activist groups say give us our dammed Snake River back.

Sep 3, 2018 - TriCity Herald: Just in case the Snake River dams go away

Aug 28, 2018 - The Stranger: Giving up Chinook Is a Nice Idea but It Will Not Save the Orcas

Aug 28, 2018 - HCN Opinion: Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers

Jun 28, 2018 - Alison Morrow: What wildlife need from us—awareness 

Jun 25, 2018 - Crosscut: Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death?

Jun 19, 2018 - Lewiston Tribune: Will Idaho's lame duck governor extend his reach?

Jun 1, 2018 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Trump's attack on salmon recovery is unconscionable

Jun 1, 2018 - Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee: Canada’s unneighborly pipeline deal threatens orcas and climate

Jun 1, 2018 - Ridenbaugh Press: Shifts of Market and Region

May 31, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Good treaties make good neighbors: Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty regime

May 30, 2018 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Trump's attack on salmon recovery is unconscionable

May 24, 2018 - For the Sake of the Snake

May 16, 2018 - Idaho Mountain Express Guest Opinion: Idaho congressmen sell out our salmon

May 14, 2018 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Columbia River treaty negotiations must include tribes, First Nations

May 14, 2018 - B-Run Steelhead - Extinction in the Heart of Idaho

May 10, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: A modern Columbia River treaty needs to treat the Columbia as one river

May 10, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Dam study reveals raft of benefits

May 8, 2018 - Idaho Statesman: Chasing the salmon downstream to get an early fishing season

May 3, 2018 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Our View: Congress wields its power to protect dams on the Snake

May 3, 2018 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: McMorris Rodgers got her talking points; now what?

Apr 23, 2018 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Guest Opinion: Dam replacement study reveals new opportunities

Apr 17, 2018 - Yakima Herald Saturday Soapbox: Defenders of Snake River dams are ignoring facts

Feb 14, 2018 - Paul Lindholdt: Free-flowing rivers are essential to our region’s health

Jan 29, 2018 - Register Guard Guest Opinion: New treaty must address ecosystem concerns

Jan 10, 2018 - Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples

Jan 10, 2018 - Canada: Columbia River Treaty a boon to the U.S., but must benefit all (Guest opinion)

Dec 17, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: It’s time to reverse the damage caused by Snake River dams

Nov 20, 2017 - Moscow Pullman Daily News - Letter to the Editor: Giving up fish for unneeded power

Nov 19, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Letter to the Editor - Free the Snake River

Nov 13, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Letter to the Editor: Save the salmon

Nov 5, 2017 - L.A. Times Guest Opinion: Four dams in the West are coming down — a victory wrapped in a defeat for smart water policy

Oct 31, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial Opinion: Has the game changed for Snake River fish?

Sep 25, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Don’t blame ‘the blob.’ Even with good ocean conditions, salmon face hostile rivers.

Aug 14, 2017 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure

Jul 31, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Past 20 years have strengthened the case for removing four Snake River dams

Jul 20, 2017 - Idaho Statesman: Should Snake dams be removed?

Jul 17, 2017 - Eugene Register-Guard Editorial: A damming proposal - Congressional bill is not a good option

Jul 10, 2017 - Lewiston Tribune: Who is McMorris Rodgers looking after?

Jun 29, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: The Snake and salmon: People are feeling the pain of a river lost

May 29, 2017 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Our View: Can lawyers just try to swim with the salmon?

May 29, 2017 - Washington Post Guest Opinion: Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path

Mar 11, 2017 - Canoe & Kayak Guest Opinion: It’s Time To Remove The Lower Snake River Dams

Feb 5, 2017 - Patagonia Blog: The Cleanest Line - Free the Snake and Restore Salmon to Honor Treaty Right

Jan 18, 2017 - Many Dollars and Little Sense: Barging on the Lower Snake River

Jan 2, 2017 - Tri-Cities Herard Letter to the Editor: On orcas, ask an expert

Dec 12, 2016 - Chinook Observer Editorial: Say no to standing by as salmon go extinct

Dec 9, 2016 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Fishy end run

Dec 8, 2016 - Daily Astoria Editorial: ‘God Squad’ is the wrong idea for endangered species

Dec 7, 2016 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Stop studying the studies; breach dams and save the salmon

Dec 7, 2016 - Daily Astorian Guest Column: An opportunity to push for salmon recovery

Dec 4, 2016 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Costly dams are harmful to salmon, tribes, and taxpayers

Dec 4, 2016 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Costly dams are harmful to salmon, tribes, and taxpayers (2)

Dec 3, 2016 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: Future of Idaho’s wild salmon can’t be sacrificed for any other interest

Oct 23, 2016 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: We can restore salmon and have carbon-free energy

Sep 30, 2016 - Call to Action: Court-Ordered Columbia-Snake Salmon NEPA Review: Phase 1 – Public Hearings this Fall!

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