Linesman training center moving to Battle Ground

4:51 p.m. August 27
Property purchased for $1 million in center of busiest work area

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the Northwest Line Construction Industry, a nonprofit organization that trains apprentices from all over the country, is hoping to break ground on a new training center in Battle Ground next year.

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Business News

Port of Longview may be looking at oil-by-rail terminal

By Eric Florip August 28, 2015 7:54 p.m.

The Port of Longview, already the site of a proposed oil refinery, may also be pursuing a separate oil-by-rail transfer terminal, according to documents obtained by Columbia Riverkeeper.

Integra appoints new CEO

By The Columbian August 28, 2015 5:26 p.m.

The board of directors of Integra, the Vancouver-based provider of business telecommunication services, has appointed industry veteran Marc Willency as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 8.

Fed less certain about hiking interest rates

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press August 28, 2015 5:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.

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Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in Portland

By The Columbian August 27, 2015 6 a.m. launched a one-hour delivery service in some areas of Portland on Wednesday, KATU-TV reported. However, the service will not be available in Vancouver or other parts of Clark County.

WSUV marketing professor to discuss business leads

By The Columbian August 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Ron Pimentel, marketing professor and faculty director of the Professional Sales Certificate program at Washington State University Vancouver, will discuss resources and techniques for finding business leads and background about a company at the next session of WSUV's Business Growth Map Alliance.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Bands at fair stir up memories, draw fans

By Gordon Oliver August 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.

Strictly Business: Raising wages a worthy venture

By Aaron Corvin August 2, 2015 6 a.m.

The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.

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Singletary: Use your financial fear as motivation

By Michelle Singletary August 28, 2015 6 a.m.

A newscaster broke into the regularly scheduled program with breaking news: The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 1,000 points. The network began showing frenzied people on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As each image flashed across the screen, I became more fearful.

Singletary: U.S. public housing situation shocking

By Michelle Singletary August 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Like so many, I was shocked to learn that some housing units set aside for low-income families are being occupied by people earning six-figure salaries.

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Real Estate

'Smart' approach to private wells

By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian August 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Kevin Epp's search for a way to keep private wells from running dry started with his father-in-law's struggles to water his garden, wash his car and simply have enough water in the summer when company shows up.

C-Tran head: The Vine milestone 'historic'

By Eric Florip August 24, 2015 8:35 p.m.

C-Tran officially planted The Vine on Monday, celebrating the start of a project that will bring big changes to Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor.

Downtown galleries, art studios face rising rents and scattered sites

By Scott Hewitt August 23, 2015 6 a.m.

In July, Maureen Andrade emailed out a cry for financial help for the North Bank Artists Project.

Expert stresses focus on efficiency in building  

By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Many newly built homes are full of bells and whistles — granite countertops, soaring ceilings, expansive master suites — but prospective buyers would be wise to look beneath the skin to learn whether the home they want to buy is built with efficiency and comfort in mind.

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Learn more about the Economic Forecast Breakfast held on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton. Catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote featured Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who provided his outlook for the local economy.

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