hatchery

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Supporters of the Leaburg Fish Hatchery in eastern Lane County are making a last-ditch appeal to Oregon lawmakers to keep it open. A legislative budget committee could vote as soon as Tuesday on whether to save the nearly 70-year-old facility along the McKenzie River 20 miles east of Springfield.

For years, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife operated the facility under a federal contract. The federal government pulled out of that contract last year, which means it would take state funding to keep it open.

Rick Swart/ODFW

Oregonians who receive assistance from food banks might find an expensive - and tasty item in their boxes this winter.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a banner run of Chinook and Coho has allowed them to donate 175-tons of salmon to the Oregon Food Bank. It will be distributed to food banks across the state.

KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke to Rick Swart with the ODFW.

Jes Burns

A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.  The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.  Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.  It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.  

In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.