November 30, 2015
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Columbia River's salmon return is second best year on record

This was the best year for Columbia Basin fall chinook salmon since hydroelectric dams were build 80 years ago. More than 456,000 fall chinook were counted this year at McNary Dam, breaking the facility’s previous record set two years ago.

Overall, 2.3 million adult salmon passed through the Bonneville Dam, making this the second-strongest year on record for the overall Columbia Basin.

Federal and tribal leaders saw the strong returns as signs that habitat restoration efforts and fish passage improvements on the dams have been working.

The East Oregonian has more on the story.

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Washington Is Already a Climate Leader

Low-Cost, Low-Carbon: The Northwest's 20-Year Energy Plan

By the Washington Climate Collaborative

The Northwest remains an attractive location for job creation due to its low-cost and low-carbon electricity -- companies want to locate here and workers want to work here. On the eve of Governor Inslee's trip to Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, it's an opportunity for him to tout his own state's carbon-reduction leadership.

Rather than spending time focusing on complex, top-down regulatory schemes designed to drive up the cost of energy, leaders should find ways to encourage innovation and collaboration. If they do, Washington can make a great contribution to that discussion.

Click here to read the full blog post from the Washington Climate Collaborative
Bringing Back Charter Schools

New Task for Lawmakers

By the Editorial Board of The Columbian

Washington lawmakers should add another item to their long to-do list for next year -- bring charter schools into compliance with the state constitution.

First of all, charter schools are the will of the voters. Secondly, in approving charter schools, Washington became the 42nd state to allow them. There seems to be little reason the state cannot learn from other parts of the country and embrace charter systems that work well while eschewing those that do not.

Lawmakers should be beholden to what is best for students -- and that means a well-managed charter school system.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Columbian
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