Work begins paving the way for the waterfront

4:20 p.m. July 6
Road work done on Columbia Way, other streets in 32-acre development

The city of Vancouver has passed a construction milestone on the downtown Columbia River waterfront project with the recent paving of the 32-acre mixed-use development's new streets.

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Business News

New tax laws in effect in state

By The Columbian July 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Some tax changes affecting businesess and workers that are included in Washington's new state operating budget took effect on July 1. Here are key changes, as compiled by the state Department of Revenue.

Signs point to lower gas prices this fall

By Associated Press July 6, 2015 4:03 p.m.

NEW YORK — A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.

New technique cuts use of pesticides for hazelnut farmers

By The Associated Press July 6, 2015 3:59 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene-area hazelnut farmers are starting to use pheromones to save crops and reduce pesticide use.

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Corps of Engineers seeks comments on oil terminal

By The Columbian July 7, 2015 6 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments as part of its analysis of the environmental impacts of a proposal to build a rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The terminal, proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., must receive a federal permit for in-water work on the Columbia River.

Bloomberg: These 10 economies will be the world's worst performers by the end of 2015

By Bloomberg News July 5, 2015 4:24 p.m.

NEW YORK — Ukraine will finish 2015 as the biggest loser in global growth, according to forecasts of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Location drives your bottom line

By Aaron Corvin June 7, 2015 6 a.m.

When we think about economic mobility — our capacity to improve our economic status by pumping up our paychecks — a college education, job training and hard work are among the winning ingredients that likely come to mind.

Strictly Business: It pays to read cards' fine print

By Gordon Oliver May 24, 2015 6 a.m.

We can't count the ways that legitimate and not-so-legitimate businesses come after our pocketbooks, and how often they find our vulnerabilities despite our best defenses. Few among us have escaped being drawn in by too-good-to-be-true deals for discounts or financial deals that ended up costing us in the long run.

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Brunell: Dr. Elson Floyd is a hard act to follow

By Don Brunell July 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Dr. Elson Floyd leaves big shoes to fill at Washington State University.

Harney: Lenders go high-tech to spot liars

By Kenneth R. Harney July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

It's one of the most common lies that homebuyers tell mortgage lenders, and it may be on the upswing: In order to get a lower interest rate and down payment, applicants say they plan to occupy the house as a principal residence when in fact they have no such intention.

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Real Estate

Young Clark County woman is plumb inspiring

By Susan Parrish July 7, 2015 6 a.m.

CAMAS — Teeth gripping a plastic pipe fitting, Smokey Fritz climbed a ladder inside a house under construction. Fritz joined two lengths of flexible plastic pipe with the fitting, pulled a tool from her back pocket and crimped the pipe.

Work begins paving the way for the waterfront

By Amy M.E. Fischer July 6, 2015 4:20 p.m.

The city of Vancouver has passed a construction milestone on the downtown Columbia River waterfront project with the recent paving of the 32-acre mixed-use development's new streets.

Papa Murphy's to expand presence at its HQ

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

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc., parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, is expanding at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver.

Trades offer opportunities in Clark County

By JACK HARROUN for The Columbian June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

At a time when countless college graduates find that they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for educators and policymakers to re-examine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success.

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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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