Housing market on the rebound

6 a.m. April 26
Camas couple who got into industry by self-financing a subdivision during the recession enjoy strengthening demand

When other developers were fleeing the housing market a half-decade ago out of financial desperation, Bob and Liz Rondeau were looking to get in.

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Business News

Remaining 28 Corinthian campuses close

By Associated Press April 27, 2015 5:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

Cowlitz: Casino construction may start by end of year

By Justin Runquist April 27, 2015 5:06 p.m.

Despite a legal challenge hanging over their heads, leaders of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe say they're moving toward starting construction on a new casino-resort near La Center this year.

IPhone, Chinese sales lift Apple

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News April 27, 2015 4:27 p.m.

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple's latest quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations, thanks to surging sales in China and of its iPhones.

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Workshop offers strategies, ideas on crowdfunding

By The Columbian April 27, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Vancouver — A workshop, "Crowdfunding: Ideas and Strategies Before Starting a Campaign," is set for May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Port receives pair of clean audits from the state

By The Columbian April 27, 2015 4:25 p.m.

Vancouver — The Port of Vancouver has received two clean audits from the Washington state Auditor's Office.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Vancouver vibe lacks, as many in tech see it

By Gordon Oliver March 29, 2015 6 a.m.

When high-end digital pen maker Wacom sprung the news this month that it would bail from Vancouver for a glitzier corporate address in Portland's Pearl District, company spokesman Doug Little acknowledged the move would be a loss to Vancouver and its technology business sector.

Strictly Business: Will jobs fall into tech gap?

By Aaron Corvin March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

I'm stuck. Stuck between two schools of thought about the inexorable shift toward higher levels of technology, toward the further distillation of automatic, mobile, social, virtual — everywhere, at all times.

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Harney: Cash-out refinances on the rise once again

By Kenneth R. Harney April 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Could it be time to cash out some home equity by refinancing your mortgage? For growing numbers of owners, the answer this year is an emphatic yes, at least according to new data from some major lenders.

Berko: Blackstone talented at magically making money

By Malcolm Berko April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: I have $14,000 to invest from a January sale of 300 shares of Yahoo at $49, which my broker told me to sell at $50. I need income, as well as growth, and my broker recommended that I buy 300 shares of The Blackstone Group. I'd like to know what you think.

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Real Estate

Housing market on the rebound

By Gordon Oliver April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

When other developers were fleeing the housing market a half-decade ago out of financial desperation, Bob and Liz Rondeau were looking to get in.

New study shows little improvement in housing discrimination

By Associated Press April 22, 2015 1:11 p.m.

PORTLAND — A new study finds that Portland's tight housing market is even tighter for black and Latino renters.

Esther Short Commons gets new retail tenants

By Gordon Oliver April 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Ever since its opening about a decade ago, Esther Short Commons has been a tough home for retailers.

Interest grows in codifying green standard for homes

By Amy M.E. Fischer April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Imagine owning a house with a sprinkler system that monitors the weather and carpets made from recycled milk jugs.

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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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