Barrett posts $8.7 million profit in Q2

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Vancouver-based staffing firm still focus of SEC probe

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it recorded a second-quarter profit of $8.7 million. That compares with a profit of $7.3 million in the April-to-June period of 2014.

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Court denies Blixseth jail release

By Associated Press July 30, 2015 4:56 p.m.

HELENA, Mont. — A federal appeals court has denied a third emergency petition to release the founder of Montana's Yellowstone Club from jail, meaning former billionaire Tim Blixseth is likely to be detained until an October hearing concludes.

Forester: Proposed mine won't break environmental laws

By Associated Press July 30, 2015 4:56 p.m.

LIBBY, Mont. — Owners of a northwestern Montana mine say they are one step closer to operating after the U.S. Forest Service found the project would not violate environmental laws or regulations.

Study: Metals industry faces big change with 3-D printing

By Gordon Oliver July 30, 2015 4:54 p.m.

The Portland-Vancouver region's expansive metals industry needs to prepare quickly for the disruptive technological change that 3-D printing technology is about to bring to metals manufacturing, says a report released Thursday by two jobs development organizations, the Vancouver-based Columbia River Economic Development Council and the regional Greater Portland Inc.

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Work-related deaths down overall but hit 5-year high

By Associated Press July 30, 2015 4:31 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. — Work-related deaths are declining historically in Oregon but reached a five-year high in 2014. Insurance-compensated deaths have been decreasing since the 1970s and are down so far this year compared to last.

Terminal operator fined for health, safety violations

By Associated Press July 30, 2015 4:31 p.m.

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a Seattle marine terminal operator more than $400,000 for more than 50 serious safety and health violations at its Harbor Island facility. The state began investigating Seattle Bulk Shipping after a worker was hospitalized with injuries when he fell into an underground grain storage pit in December.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Ideas flow to name river site

By Gordon Oliver July 19, 2015 6 a.m.

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?

By Gordon Oliver July 12, 2015 6 a.m.

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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Singletary: Holes in the fence of ID-theft protection

By Michelle Singletary July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Your personal financial information can't be completely protected.

Brunell: Canada's ports eating our lunch, eyeing our dinner

By Don Brunell July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, was correct earlier this year when he said Canada's West Coast ports are "eating our lunch!"

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Real Estate

Mount Vista pool removal decision makes waves

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

For eight years, the 70,000-gallon pool sitting behind the Mount Vista Homeowners Association recreation center has sat unused.

Windermere Stellar renames mortgage unit

July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver — Windermere Stellar has renamed its Windermere Mortgage Services unit, which now will be called Penrith Home Loans, the company said Monday. The company has 11 offices in the Portland metro area, Vancouver and the north Oregon Coast.

Clark County Half-Yearly Economic Report: Jobs up, housing tight

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

The first six months of 2015 have been a fabulous time to find a job in Clark County, with steady job growth that mostly beats the state and regional averages and exceeds the forecast of state economists in nearly every employment category.

Renewal on the waterfronts

By Justin Runquist July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

A historic transformation is starting to unfold this summer along the banks of the Columbia River in Clark County.

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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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