High Country Newsletter

The fate of the Columbia and Snake River salmon is uncertain, as is the future of the dams that threaten them. Also unclear is whether or not the federal government can come up with a workable plan to save the salmon while keeping the dams intact. But one thing is clear: The federal judge presiding over the case is not about to back down. Judge Jim Redden, of Portland, has warned the feds that if they can't come up with a reasonable plan for the salmon, he may order them to breach the four dams on the lower Snake River. It's a tough stance coming from a tough man. Veteran reporter Ken Olsen sat down with Redden. And, with a candidness that is rare for a judge, Redden spoke. In this issue of High Country News, we profile the man who hopes to bring justice to the salmon. Jonathan Thompson Associate Editor Salmon Justice A tough judge warns that he'll take tough measures to save the salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=16776Read it for free History of a decline A timeline of the damming of a great river, and the disappearance of its fish. www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=16783Read it for free Editorial: Schooling, fish Judge Jim Redden is right to push the Bush administration on salmon restoration, but fish won't fare well in the courtroom. www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=16777Read it for free