Business

Port commissioner 'disappointed' by newspaper investigation

5:43 p.m. May 21
Fellow board member calls it rerun of previous articles

After nearly a full week of intense public reaction to a series of newspaper stories critical of the Port of Vancouver's practices under the state's open public meetings and records laws, one port commissioner called The Columbian's investigation a disappointment, while another shrugged it off as a rerun of past articles.

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Business News

Port sets meeting on plans for waterfront

By Aaron Corvin May 22, 2015 4:35 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver and Seattle consultant NBBJ will gather Tuesday for a public meeting to discuss components of the port's effort to craft a master plan for revitalizing its Terminal 1 waterfront property. The port's board of commissioners and NBBJ will discuss the planning process and initial concepts for the waterfront project during the workshop, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the port's office, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.

Portland-area rents rising nearly twice as fast as home values

By The Oregonian May 22, 2015 4:35 p.m.

PORTLAND — As a rapid run-up in home prices is beginning to slow, rents are higher than ever and rising fast, putting up more obstacles for renters who want to become homeowners.

Judge tosses Shell suit to stop environmental study

By The Associated Press May 22, 2015 4:30 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON — A much contested environmental impact statement on a proposed oil unloading facility in Anacortes will go forward after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Shell to stop it.

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Briefs

Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service

By The Associated Press May 22, 2015 4:33 p.m.

NEW YORK — Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million. The news sent shares of the online travel company up more than 5 percent in midday trading Friday.

Government to review mystery of slow Q1 growth

By The Associated Press May 22, 2015 4:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON — There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of a year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months. The government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate now says it will adjust its methods to try to resolve the problem.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: For-profit schools at crossroads

By Gordon Oliver May 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Nationally and locally, for-profit schools are in the news these days. And the news isn't good for the schools or their struggling students.

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.

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Columnists

Berko: NVS strong, a promising investment

By Malcolm Berko May 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: Do know the name of a large drug company that is supposed to have a cure for deafness? I have profound hearing loss, and I'm interested in the company. And I have about $30,000 to invest if you think the stock would be a good long-term investment.

Singletary: Be a wise giver, check charities' credentials

By Michelle Singletary May 22, 2015 6 a.m.

There are a great many people who have a giving heart, and unfortunately they are frequently the targets of scammers.

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Real Estate

Sales of existing homes cool off again in April amid tight supply

By Tim Logan, Los Angeles Times May 21, 2015 11:45 a.m.

The U.S. housing market's stop-and-start recovery slowed again in April as home sales dipped.

Work begins on homeless housing at complex

By Scott Hewitt May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new home is rising for people who could die without one.

Proud Ground's creative system, subsidy help families own home

By Scott Hewitt May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The Chidester family moved 13 times in 12 years. Sometimes it was by choice. Other times it was because landlords raised rents or sold houses out from under them.

Public housing agency seeks private-market affordability

By Scott Hewitt May 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority has rolled out initiatives aimed at opening the very tight private apartment market for some very low-income tenants.

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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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