Clark County lags behind in economic recovery

10:01 p.m. September 17
Census Bureau numbers paint a depressing picture of local economy

Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Business News

Honda, Chevrolet give natural gas-powered cars a push

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Natural gas is the neglected stepchild of the alternative fuel vehicles industry.

Musical acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Websites such as Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep discounts on concert tickets, CDs and more for top-name acts.

Worries remain after Ex-Im Bank extension

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Businesses and other supporters of the Export-Import Bank cheered the nine-month extension given final approval by the Senate on Thursday night, but remain worried about the future of the embattled agency.

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Applebaum elected to Northwest Pipe board

By The Columbian September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Northwest Pipe Co. says Michelle Galanter Applebaum has been elected to the company's board of directors. Applebaum, who has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, also was appointed to the board's audit committee, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of steel pipe said in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Local workforce development group receives $4 million

By The Columbian September 12, 2014 6 a.m.

The Washington state Employment Security Department has distributed nearly $41 million in federal funds to 12 local workforce development councils to help workers boost their skills and find jobs, the department said Thursday.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Oil terminal fight gets a new player

By Aaron Corvin September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Add yet another player to the multifaceted battle over whether Vancouver will make room for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal: Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm.

Strictly Business: Visionary Fred Meyer

By Gordon Oliver August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.

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Berko: Keep Boeing, buy Family Dollar Stores

By Malcolm Berko September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: My broker is excitingly enthusiastic about Dollar Tree because of its pending merger with Family Dollar Stores. He thinks the shares could trade at more than $100 in two years. He wants me to sell my Boeing and Wal-Mart to buy 400 shares of Dollar Tree. Please give me your opinion on this stock.

Singletary: Some tips for building good credit

By Michelle Singletary September 19, 2014 6 a.m.

As the old saying goes, no man's credit is as good as his money.

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Real Estate

Clark County real estate market stays strong

By Gordon Oliver September 16, 2014 4:15 p.m.

Clark County's real estate market in August reflected a normal seasonal downturn from July but showed continued strength overall with year-over-year increases in pending sales and median sales price and a 10 percent drop in the time needed to sell a home.

State Highway 502 hits expansion milestone

By Eric Florip September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The ongoing expansion of state Highway 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground marked a milestone recently as crews began paving a stretch of the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Ridgefield rising

By Justin Runquist September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Dale and Karol Cushenbery counted themselves lucky when they recently closed the purchase of their new home in Ridgefield.

Burlington plans activities for Vancouver Plaza debut

By The Columbian September 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Burlington will open its new store at Vancouver Plaza on Oct. 24 with a ribbon-cutting and two days of special activities, the discount clothing retailer announced today.

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