October 20, 2014
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Lt. Governor and state schools chief attend weeklong trade mission in China

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen led a weeklong trade mission to Shantou, China. He was joined by about 30 business and education leaders, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, who is incorporating the trip into a longer mission. While in southeastern China, they participated in the "Washington State Day in Shantou" event over the weekend.

Miss Washington Kailee Dunn made a presentation about the state's agricultural products.

The event is one of several in China to promote Washington exports, Owen's office said. Their destination, Shantou, is one of five so-called Special Economic Zones in China with more free-market economic policies. The city of 5.5 million is almost as populous as the entire state of Washington, with its population of just under 7 million.

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By Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners

Last month at Bonneville Dam, an extraordinary coalition of Northwest tribes, government agencies and river users -- including farmers, businesses and utilities -- gathered to celebrate a landmark event for our region's iconic salmon.

This year's return of about 2.3 million salmon and steelhead to the Columbia River Basin shattered the modern-day record for total annual salmon returns -- an abundance we haven't seen since fish counting began at the dam more than 75 years ago.
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