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May 09, 2019

Willamette Falls Locks funding in Metro Parks and Nature Bond :

On behalf of the Willamette Falls Locks Commission, we are writing to request that Metro dedicate $5 Million from your planned 2019 Parks and Nature Bond towards repair and reopening of the Willamette Falls Locks and the associated trail and park facilities at the locks…. more from:


Read the PDF here

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Grand Ronde not the only tribe with Willamette Falls Interests

As the chairs of four tribes in Oregon with interests in Willamette Falls, we feel compelled to set the record straight about the controversy over the construction…  more from

Story by Gary Burke, Raymond Tsumpti and Delores Pigsley of Oregon Live

April 22, 2019

Willamette named one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the country

The Willamette River, the aqueous arterial that defines much of Western Oregon, is in trouble… more from:

Story by Kale Williams of Oregon Live

January 10, 2019

State begins killing sea lions at Willamette Falls to save salmon

State wildlife officials have begun killing California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to save… more from:

Story by Kale Williams of Oregon Live

June 13, 2019

Grand Ronde tribes plan to purchase closed Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde plan to purchase the shutdown Blue Heron paper mill as well as more than one mile of land along the Willamette River further upstream…. more from:

Story by Peter Talbot of Oregon Live

December 10, 2018

Grand Ronde win right to keep Willamette Falls fishing scaffold

The state has upheld the right of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to build a scaffold at Willamette Falls to catch 15 salmon…  more from

Story by Molly Harbarger of Oregon Live

June 21, 2019

Vancouver investor seeks to reopen 

West Linn paper mill

Efforts are under way to reopen the 130-year-old West Linn Paper mill, nearly two years after it abruptly closed and cast out 250 millworkers.

The surprising revival effort is being led by eclectic Clark County investor Ken Peterson…. more from:

Story by Mike Rogoway of Oregon Live

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October 17, 2017

West Linn Paper Company shuts down after 128 years

West Linn Paper Company said Monday that it will shut down, eliminating roughly 250 jobs…  more from

Story by Mike Rogoway of Oregon Live

May 31, 2017

Willamette Falls project to debut final concept for public riverwalk

Willamette Falls Legacy Project, a multi-phase development along the Willamette River in Oregon City, offered a sneak peek Wednesday at the final concept…  more from

Story by Beth Nakamura of Oregon Live