Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it recorded a third-quarter profit of $11.57 million. That compares with a loss of $37.81 million in the July-to-September period of 2014. Meanwhile, the company posted third-quarter net revenues of $199.25 million, up roughly 14 percent from the year-ago period.
Just over two years after Port of Vancouver leaders signed off on a lease for the nation's largest rail-to-ship oil-transfer terminal, opponents of the controversial deal show no signs of letting up in their denunciations of the decision.
Days away from the Nov. 3 general election, the two candidates competing for a shot at helping run the Port of Vancouver once again offered voters a palpable choice. This time, the contrasts between Eric LaBrant and Lisa Ross on economic development policy, public safety and whether the port's governance needs improvement flared up during a packed town hall debate held Monday night at Washington State University Vancouver.
A leader of one of the world's largest contractors on Thursday extolled the virtues of building partnerships between the private and public sectors to get mega infrastructure projects done and increase economic growth.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest apologized Wednesday for mailing inaccurate monthly billings to 17 people, primarily in Clark and Cowlitz counties, who are enrolled in the health care provider's senior advantage Medicare plan.
Clark County's labor market expanded by 6,300 jobs in the 12 months through September, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, while the region's estimated unemployment rate dipped to 5.7 percent — the lowest it's been since November 2007.
With campaign mailers and public statements flying, it's likely that Port of Vancouver voters know where Eric LaBrant and Lisa Ross — candidates for the District 2 seat on the port commission — stand on whether the port should become home to the nation's largest rail-to-ship oil transfer terminal.
A key state official's internal review last December of the proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver reveals deep concern from regulators about the project's potential negative impacts on public safety, the local environment and global climate change. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Ann Essko also said in her confidential review that the joint venture's preliminary draft environmental impact statement, submitted to support its application for state approval, "fails to demonstrate full compliance" with the state Environmental Policy Act.
The Port of Vancouver on Tuesday advanced a broad plan for redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 waterfront property, with details to be hammered out later. However, the plan's unanimous approval by commissioners came amid continuing skepticism during public comments about whether its plan conflicts with a larger adjoining waterfront redevelopment project.
Citing threats to public safety, the head of Vancouver's firefighters union announced Tuesday that the union opposes a proposal to build the nation's largest rail-to-ship oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.