Working in Clark County: Deanna McClelland, senior loan consultant

6 a.m. June 1

"What I get most from my job is what I get back from my commitment to assisting those who need me in order to obtain their mortgage loan," says Deanna McClelland, a senior loan consultant at Guild Mortgage in Vancouver. "We make homeownership dreams come true. We did all start with a dream, right? That is what I love best about what I get to do for a living."

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Business News

Intel's Altera deal defends data centers

By Ian King, Bloomberg News June 1, 2015 7:01 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel Corp. has agreed to buy Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion to defend its presence in data centers, forging a deal that will add to a record year for industry consolidation.

Camas-Washougal Chamber to honor two at banquet

By Gordon Oliver June 1, 2015 5:05 p.m.

The Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce will honor Camas business owner Art McCallum as Business Person of the Year and Washougal community volunteer and consultant Rene´ Carroll as Citizen of the Year at the chamber's annual award banquet Wednesday evening at the Camas Meadows Golf Club.

Google unveils simpler portal for users to delete data it has about them

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times (TNS) June 1, 2015 4:03 p.m.

Unending scrutiny from regulators is keeping pressure on Google to get better about explaining how it tracks users and how they can tinker with privacy settings.

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Alaska Airlines plans direct service linking PDX to Austin, Texas

By The Columbian June 1, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Alaska Airlines said Monday that it will launch direct service between Portland and Austin, Texas beginning Nov. 5.

Chobani CEO joins in pledging to donate wealth

By The Associated Press May 31, 2015 4:38 p.m.

NEW YORK — Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he will join some of the world's richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, which has been estimated at $1.41 billion.

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Strictly Business

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.

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.

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Harney: Owners often overvalue their homes

By Kenneth R. Harney June 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Do you know what your house is worth? Would you concede that there's a chance that your estimate of its value might be higher than what a buyer would pay?

Berko: It's only a matter of time for value-added tax

By Malcolm Berko May 31, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: A friend with impressive political connections in Washington says the next president will ask Congress for a value-added tax to support our welfare and entitlement programs. He says it's the only way the country could pay for these programs.

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Real Estate

Staging homes fattens their sale prices

By Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News May 31, 2015 6 a.m.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Priced at just less than $4 million, the English manor-style house with its exemplary country gardens on a wooded half-acre will undoubtedly sell itself in the runaway real estate market here in the Bay Area.

Pending U.S. home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press May 28, 2015 11:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

Metro-area housing prices rose 1.1 percent in March

By The Columbian May 26, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Home prices in the Portland-Vancouver area rose by 1.1 percent in March, exceeding the 20-city average of 0.9 percent noted in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index that was released Tuesday.

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.

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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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