'Ideal' spring for asparagus

By LORETTO J. HULSE, Tri-City Herald April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

KENNEWICK — If you’re driving through Mid-Columbia farmland, look closely at the fields. Chances are good you’ll spot asparagus spears pushing up to the light. Growers began harvesting the tender spears within the past few weeks.

Auditor won't investigate port complaint

By Aaron Corvin April 18, 2014 5:46 p.m.

The Washington State Auditor's Office says it won't investigate a complaint filed by a Vancouver resident about the Port of Vancouver's closed-door discussion of a lease to build the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal.

Northwest Pipe to provide material for Texas project

By The Columbian April 18, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Northwest Pipe Co. says it's been chosen to provide 81,958 feet of 108-inch diameter welded pipe for a pipeline project to boost the volume of water delivered from East Texas lakes to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Umpqua faces challenge as it grows

By Gordon Oliver April 17, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Umpqua Bank has been on a self-proclaimed mission of changing the face of banking with its living-room-friendly "stores," its hyper-courteous employees, and the "world's greatest bank" moniker it brashly embraced years ago as a tiny Oregon community bank.

Esther Short building owners sign on six tenants

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Owners of the downtown Esther Short Building on Thursday announced plans to move six tenants and 60 employees into the vacant structure at 610 Esther St. that is owned by an LLC made up of local investors.

Tours of Port of Vancouver scheduled

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver will hold its first of four public tours scheduled in 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Prestige Plaza's grand opening celebrated

By Cami Joner April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Vancouver business leaders, city officials and a sister city mayor from Japan gathered at downtown's newest housing development, Prestige Plaza, on Wednesday to acknowledge the site's past and marvel at its future.

Cantwell in Vancouver seeking small-business answers

By Aaron Corvin April 16, 2014 4:20 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., on Wednesday took public testimony and asked questions at Vancouver City Hall during her first field hearing as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Prestige senior care names Henderson president

By The Columbian April 16, 2014 6 a.m.

David Henderson has been named president of Prestige Care Inc. and Prestige Senior Living LLC., both based in Vancouver.

Upscale subdivision planned for Camas

By Cami Joner April 15, 2014 4:52 p.m.

With the promise of 53 upscale homes, a planned Camas subdivision is already attracting buyers with the financial means to pay for views and custom-home features.

OSHA fines Portland port terminal operator

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press April 15, 2014 4:30 p.m.

PORTLAND — The company that operates the Port of Portland’s container terminal has been fined $18,360 following a safety inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cantwell to visit Vancouver on Wednesday, focus on small businesses

By Gordon Oliver April 15, 2014 4:27 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, will host a field hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee at 10:30 a.m. today at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Washington View: Total pay crucial in minimum wage debate

By Don Brunell April 15, 2014 6 a.m.

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

County seeks data on fee-waiver program

By Tyler Graf April 14, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Waiving fees on new commercial development is expected to cost Clark County, but that hasn't stopped the program's top supporter from directing staff to look more closely at how such waivers could pencil out.

BNSF officials tell Vancouver safety top priority

By Stephanie Rice April 14, 2014 8:12 p.m.

BNSF Railway officials emphasized a safety-first mentality, billions of dollars' worth of capital investments and a pledge to spend millions training first responders in the event of an oil spill during a workshop Monday with the Vancouver City Council.

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