December 12, 2016
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers expected to be choice to head U.S. Department of the Interior

On Friday, two days after she met with AWB members in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was reported as the nominee to serve as the next secretary of the interior.

According to press reports, President-Elect Donald Trump will name McMorris Rodgers to lead the Department of the Interior. This cabinet-level agency oversees the 70,000-employee, $12 billion Interior Department, which manages federal lands for both preservation and energy and mineral development, controls offshore drilling and oversees national parks.

She will join retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, a Pullman native nominated to serve as U.S. secretary of defense, giving Washington state two of the 16 seats in the Cabinet.

Once confirmed by the Senate, McMorris Rodgers will replace fellow Washingtonian Sally Jewell, the former CEO of Seattle-based REI.

Her confirmation will leave her Eastern Washington House seat open until a special election can be held next year. The Spokesman-Review reports the election could be held as early as late spring or as late as November. Candidates are already rushing to run for the not-yet-open seat.

McMorris Rodgers was first elected to public office in 1994 as a member of the state Legislature. She rose to become the House minority leader before running for Congress and winning a seat in the U.S. House in 2004. She has risen to become the fourth-highest ranking member of the Republican House majority.

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Sustainability in Action

Building with renewables

By Washington Business magazine

With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

The company's Douglas fir crossarms come from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
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Wrap up review of Longview coal terminal

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

As long as we're talking about bubbles, perhaps those of us in Snohomish and King counties ought to take a look outside ours to other parts of the state that aren't sharing in all aspects of the state's economic rebound.

Both counties enjoy the state's lowest unemployment rates as of October: 4 percent in Snohomish County and 3.7 percent in King. Counties in southwest Washington, however, continue to lag with unemployment rates of 6 percent in Clark, 7.2 percent in Cowlitz, 7.6 percent in Lewis and 8.6 percent in Wahkiakum County.
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