Business

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, more

Sep 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger…

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U.S. banks’ earnings climb 7.3% as revenues rise, bad loans fall

September 2, 2015, 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, more

September 2, 2015, 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.

U.S. productivity up 3% in spring

September 2, 2015, 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined.

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Briefs

Port of Camas-Washougal board to meet Thursday to discuss vacancy

September 2, 2015, 4:39 PM

The Port of Camas-Washougal said Wednesday that its Board of Commissioners will convene a special meeting today at the port’s office, 24 S. A St. in Washougal, to discuss and decide which applicants to interview for the District 1 position on the three-member board.

Truck maker plans upgrade at central Ore. test facility

August 30, 2015, 6:46 PM

MADRAS, Ore.

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Strictly Business

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

August 15, 2015, 5:00 PM

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

August 1, 2015, 5:00 PM

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.

Strictly Business: Ideas flow to name river site

July 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Last week, I asked for your thoughts on naming our new waterfront urban neighborhood. Gramor Development, the company that will create the bulk of the waterfront community, says it will call the area Waterfront Vancouver USA. But Gramor doesn't control all of the 40-plus acres of redevelopment waterfront property: The Port of Vancouver is redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 site, and it has no new name in mind for its property.

Strictly Business: What’s in a name for waterfront?

July 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Vancouver, more than most places, should understand the importance of a name in shaping a community's identity. We forever live in the shadow of that much bigger, more cosmopolitan Vancouver to the north. And people sometimes confuse our state's name with our nation's capital city.

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Columnists

Camden: Tolling system not always Good To Go!; mistakes occur

September 2, 2015, 6:00 AM

Ernest Hemingway may have been right about not asking for whom the bell tolls. But when the state of Washington tolls you, and you weren't anywhere near the toll way, you should definitely ask. As in "What the hell?"

Pitts: Social media use making us accomplices of killers

August 31, 2015, 6:00 AM

"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more"

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Real Estate

‘Smart’ approach to private wells

August 24, 2015, 5:00 PM

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.

Downtown galleries, art studios face rising rents and scattered sites

August 22, 2015, 5:00 PM

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

Expert stresses focus on efficiency in building

August 19, 2015, 5:00 PM

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.

Southwest Washington home sales still hot

August 17, 2015, 5:00 PM

The real estate market continues to sizzle during this year's hot summer, with home sales and prices continuing their steady year-over-year upswing in July, according to the latest report from the RMLS real estate listing service.

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