January 9, 2017
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NASA adds eight more missions, bringing additional launches to Boeing, SpaceX

Boeing and its CST-100 Starliner Capsule were awarded four additional missions to the International Space Station (ISS), bringing the total to six by 2024.

NASA tripled the number of ISS flights awarded to both Boeing Co. and SpaceX (also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp.).

The CST-100 Starliner has a loading capacity of 220 pounds and can carry up to seven astronauts at one time.

The Starliner’s scheduled flight tests, launching out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, begin July of 2018. The first flight test will be administered without a crew, two months later, an astronaut crew will be on board during the test flight, according to The Denver Business Journal.

“Awarding these missions now will provide greater stability for the future space station crew schedule, as well as reduce schedule and financial uncertainty for our providers,” said Phil McAlister, director of NASA’s commercial spaceflight development division.

The CST-100’s purpose will be to transport NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to and from selected stations.

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Sustainability in Action

Port Townsend Paper: Renewable and Responsible Fiber Products

By Washington Business magazine

Port Townsend Paper recycles enough cardboard each week to cover a football field 10 feet deep. That chain of renewable paper production includes fiber sourced from certified and sustainable forestry operations for any needs that can't be met by recycled paper.

The company is also an emissions reduction leader. Port Townsend Paper has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent over the past decade by reducing the use of fossil fuels, efficiency improvements, and use of renewable and carbon-neutral biomass.
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Rural Washington Is Still Trying to Recover

Don't let McCleary hurt rural economy

By AWB President Kris Johnson

We are a hopeful and hard-working nation. We have proved time and time again that when we come together, we are unstoppable.

After the difficult national election, we believe this is the message that can help move our nation and state forward. And we believe employers are the solution to help heal the divide and restore hope to communities still awaiting the economic recovery.

Employers -- the millions of risk-takers that create opportunity and build communities across this nation -- have a unique responsibility to ensure we send a message that we are committed to be a unifying voice that can, with words and actions, unify the country behind our shared goals.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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