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Off the wire

5/20/2010

Oil arrives on La. shore, edges into key current
NEW ORLEANS — BP conceded Thursday that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.
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Spill reinforces oil bad will for American Indians
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. —- The sign outside the Pensacola Beach marina says "We're Still Fishing," but that's not really true. The federal government announced it was nearly tripling the size of an area in the Gulf of Mexico that's closed to fishing because of a massive oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it had closed nearly 46,000 square miles, or about 19 percent of federal waters.

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Spill shuts 19 percent of Gulf fishing

POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. — Like many American Indians on the bayou, Emary Billiot blames oil companies for ruining his ancestral marsh over the decades. Still, he's always been able to fish - but now even that is not a certainty.
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Worry that Gulf oil spreading into major current
NEW ORLEANS — BP said Monday it was siphoning some of the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, but worries escalated about the ooze reaching a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.
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Deep sea oil plumes, dispersants endanger reefs
NEW ORLEANS — Delicate coral reefs already have been tainted by plumes of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, including a sensitive area that federal officials had tried to protect from drilling and other dangers.
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Mont. aims to reduce wolf numbers for first time
HELENA, Mont. — Montana wildlife commissioners approved a plan Thursday that aims to reduce the gray wolf population for the first time since the once-endangered animal was reintroduced to the region 15 years ago.
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Local Fishing Charters File Lawsuit against BP America for Record Spill Damages Announces Hagens Berman
GULFPORT, Miss., — The owner of a fishing boat and a charter boat captain that operate in the Gulf of Mexico today filed a lawsuit against BP America /quotes/comstock/13*!bp/quotes/nls/bp (BP 46.03, -0.84, -1.79%) for record damages sustained after last month's devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to Hagens Berman, the Seattle-based class action law firm representing the Gulf fishing industry.
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Kalispell man lands record-setting northern pike
Northern pike are vermin to Montana's formerly pristine trout waters.

But even native-minded coldwater fish biologists warmed to news of a fledgling fly fisherman who landed a record pike on April 30 at Smith Lake near Kalispell.

Read the complete story from The Missoulian.


Fishermen pulling spring chinook out of Columbia
YAKIMA, Wash. — Chance Fiander breaks into a sprint across the Columbia River's rocky bank, pulls a fishing pole from its holder and gives it a good yank.

Moments later, he reels in a 15-pound spring chinook.

Read the complete story from The Seattle PI.