March 23, 2020
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Boeing announces two-week closure in Puget Sound region, beginning Wednesday

Boeing will suspend its Puget Sound factory operations and maintenance operations at Moses Lake for the next 14 days. While shut down, Boeing will conduct "additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites and establishing rigorous criteria for return to work."

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Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib announces he will not run for reelection, opening up statewide elected position

In a surprise announcement last week, first-term incumbent Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib announced that he will be leaving his position at the end of his term to enter the Society of Jesus. His departure means a rare opening in a statewide race with no incumbent. Several prominent elected officials have already announced they are considering a run.

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Virtual Workforce Summit brings together information on COVID-19 and more

Top workforce leaders didn't originally plan to cover COVID-19 at AWB's Workforce Summit, but when the popular event went virtual last week, the expertise of the panelists who came together online were just what attendees needed.

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Be There for Local Business


In this unprecedented time of coronavirus, we need to be there for local businesses

By Maribel Perez Wadsworth and Kevin Gentzel, USA Today

The safety measures that have forced us indoors and away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19 are the right thing to do. We're confident our strength and resilience will carry us through. But we also recognize our small business owners need us more than ever as they take their own precautions.

To emerge from this with our communities strong and intact, we need to ensure that what make them special -- the coffee shop down the road, the local car dealership and our neighborhood music teachers -- are able to stay afloat.

While we may not be able to give them our patronage in person right now, there is much we can do to show our support.

Visit your favorite restaurant's website and purchase gift cards for yourself and others to keep some money flowing to their bottom lines. If those restaurants are still offering takeout or delivery, make a point to order from them now and again soon. And get gift cards for massage studios, arts and crafts stores, local jungle gyms and myriad other businesses.

If your local shops sell their merchandise online, make purchases -- even if the goods won't be available right away.

If you're shopping online for things you'll need while in self-quarantine, like home exercise equipment or activities for the kids, seek out local businesses to make these purchases...

Read the full column in USA Today
Speak Up for Clean Power


Don't let Snake River dams be a coronavirus casualty. Call in to save them

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

In our community-wide effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, we must not become so focused on the pandemic that we neglect other, critical issues facing the Tri-Cities.

Of upmost importance is protecting the Snake River dams, which continue to be in jeopardy.

Last week's time for phone-in comments on the recently released, federal draft Environmental Impact Statement has come and gone, but there are three more scheduled over the next two weeks, and Tri-City participation is crucial.

Considering many people have hunkered down in a semi-quarantine, this could be a good way to spend some time. Why not prepare a statement and send in your testimony, either online, by mail or by calling it in?

Knowing you are helping to protect reliable power production and the region's economy could be invigorating. And it could take your mind off the disease for a little while...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald