China imports en Gregoire returns to China for trade mission OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire hopes to drum up business for Northwest companies in China. She leaves Monday on a trade mission. It's her second trip to the country since last year.<p>Monday, Washington's Lt. Governor Brad Owen leaves on his own trade mission to Spain. His office reports his trip is not taxpayer funded.]<p>Gregoire is leading the National Governors Association trade mission. She will be joined by the governors of North Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:50:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2920 at China snaps up logs from the Northwest <p>Medford, Ore. &ndash; The Pacific Northwest exported almost a billion board feet of unmilled logs to Asia in the first half of 2011.</p><p>That&#39;s enough to build about 70 thousand homes. It&#39;s also a 79 percent increase from 2010 exports, according to second quarter trade data just reviewed by Forest Service economist Debra Warren.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:56:06 +0000 Amelia Templeton 2529 at China snaps up logs from the Northwest