L&I fines Waste Connections, contractor

5:24 p.m. January 28
Agency claims 23 safety violations; Penalties total $177K

The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday it has fined two Vancouver area companies a total of $177,600 for multiple safety violations at the West Vancouver Material Recovery Center.

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Business News

Port offers tours of terminal sites

By The Columbian January 30, 2015 3:07 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is offering the public free, two-hour tours of its marine terminals and industrial sites.

Consumers fuel steady U.S. economy as rest of world struggles

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press January 30, 2015 1:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Environmentalists oppose oil trains at Anacortes refinery

By The Associated Press January 30, 2015 11:05 a.m.

MOUNT VERNON — More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles.

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Pom Wonderful loses appeal of FTC ruling

By Wire services January 30, 2015 5:03 p.m.

Los Angeles — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that pomegranate juice seller Pom Wonderful falsely claimed in its advertising that its products could treat heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.

Groups oppose oil trains at Anacortes refinery

By Wire services January 30, 2015 5:02 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON — More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Tanzania trip shows disparity

By Gordon Oliver January 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Few life experiences can match the wonder of visiting some of the world's greatest nature preserves, including the Serengeti National Park, in the equatorial eastern African country of Tanzania. My wife and I indulged in that great adventure on a photo safari through three of Tanzania's wondrous wildlife parks, reveling in close-up sightings of lounging lions, elephants wandering in our path, and partially submerged hippos whose backs double as perches for birds. I'll always treasure those six days staring out the pop-top of a Toyota Land Cruiser, observing and photographing this masterstroke of nature.

Strictly Business: Experts on menu at forecast breakfast

By Gordon Oliver December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

If you really want to hear from the experts on our local Clark County economy, talk to the experts — the people working every day to provide jobs in our community.

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Singletary: Tax breaks needed on college savings plans

By Michelle Singletary January 30, 2015 6 a.m.

The plan was to take away a very generous tax break for college savings. It was, I believed, as did so many other college savings advocates, ill-conceived.

Singletary: Financial advice with a personal touch

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

When Danita Wadley talks about her clients, she often uses "we." Wadley is a licensed financial coach in Houston whose job is to help people navigate various personal finance issues. When I talked to her about 49-year-old Traci McMurtry, I could hear the pride in her voice.

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Real Estate

U.S. home ownership rate falls to 20-year low

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times January 29, 2015 11:44 a.m.

The national home ownership rate fell last quarter to the lowest level in two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

Development in North Salmon Creek spurs concerns

By Emily Gillespie January 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Development projects and changes to roadways in the north Salmon Creek area have neighbors worrying about the quickening pace of their quiet neighborhood.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rise at slower pace, 4.3%

By Victoria Stilwell, Bloomberg News January 27, 2015 5:04 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a slower pace in the year ended in November, a sign the industry struggled to find momentum even amid low mortgage rates.

City approves Vancouvercenter request for changes, extension

By Justin Runquist January 26, 2015 9:59 p.m.

Downtown Vancouver's largest building project will be significantly scaled down after the city approved a developer's request Monday night for several key changes to the design.

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Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.

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