December 12, 2016
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Alaska Air Group gets green light for purchase of Virgin America; will become fifth-largest airline

The Department of Justice (DOJ) gave its approval last week for Alaska Air Group's $4 billion purchase of Virgin America. The regulatory green light means that Seattle will be home to the nation's fifth-largest airline (Alaska Airlines is currently number six, and California-based Virgin America is number eight).

Alaska was not required to divest any assets under the DOJ clearance.

"We couldn't be more excited about receiving DOJ clearance for our merger with Virgin America," Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden said in a statement. "With this combination now cleared for take-off, we're thrilled to bring these two companies together and start delivering our low fares and great service to an even larger group of customers."

USA Today and The Seattle Times covered the story.

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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.
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
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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.
Read the full editorial in The Everett Herald (subscription required)
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