Federal Judge James A. Redden's potential swan song hearing on the Northwest's highest-profile salmon case Monday was short but not particularly sweet.

Redden, 82, has presided over the U.S. District Court case since 2003. He has twice rejected government plans to operate hydropower dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers while protecting seven thin runs of salmon and steelhead above Bonneville Dam. He's expected to rule on the third plan soon...

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